Monday, July 6, 2009

My grandmother

My grandmother was born 112 years ago, July 3, 1897. We are fortunate to have many of the quilts that she made. One of her favorite patterns was what she called Dutch Doll. It is also known as Sunbonnet Sue. Almost every grandchild has one of her quilts. I have fond memories of sitting on the floor beside her on rainy summer afternoons making doll clothes. She enjoyed all kinds of sewing.

She cut her dolls free hand so they are not the same shape or size, similar but definitely not cut with a template.

This quilt has muslin on the back and is hand quilted with very small, very even stitches.

Many of the dolls were topstitched with black floss. Much of that has worn away. All of the dolls have solid color hats, hands and shoes. I am so glad that so many of her quilts have survived.