Quilting, Farming, Variety

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Doll or Dolls?

They say laughter is the best medicine; there's even a Bible verse that says "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine..."  Maybe my latest doll (or dolls) will make your heart merry with laughter:

She is (or they are) a topsy turvy doll, one doll with two change about faces.

The doll is made from a tee shirt knit so she's very soft and lovable.  Her hair is made from yarn and her face is painted.

This is the face that made me laugh; her hair brought back memories of a woman I used to see on the streets of the city when I was a little girl.  She had lots of real dark unruly hair and I was afraid of her.

I haven't decided if this girl is asleep or being coy, but I like her better.

Their aprons are made from vintage linens I purchased on eBay a few years ago. 
So -- another "work in progress" is finished.  There are three more dolls waiting to be finished, then I think I'll pack away the stuffing and patterns and stick with something I know how to do - quilting.  And here's a sweet poem for you who love dolls:

THE DEAREST DOLLS  by Hannah G. Fernald

Miss Winifred Evelyn Constance McKee
Invite our dolls to an afternoon tea
But do not bring them all
For my table is small
Just let each little girl bring her dearest said she.
I felt in my heart it would not be polite
To take my poor Rosa she'd grown such a fright
She is blind in one eye
And her wig all awry
For she sleeps in my bed with me all through the night.
I explained to dear Rosa just why she must stay
And I dressed Bonnie Belle in her finest array
And then do you know
When the time came to go
I snatched up my Rosa and ran all the way.
And what do you think of the six dolls that came
There were four that were blind there were two that were lame
And each little mother
Explained to some other
She is old but I love her the best just the same.

Have a wonderful, happy weekend,

Saturday, February 23, 2013

New Stitches

I got a new sewing machine in December as an anniversary/Christmas present.  The Singer I have makes nice stitches but it gives me fits coming unthreaded so much of the time, and with my aging eyes and fumbling fingers, threading the machine is a chore.  The new machine is a Brother from Wal Mart, not a fancy expensive machine, but it has a needle threader! and a button for raising and lowering the needle so it doesn't come unthreaded!  And -- it has a buttonhole foot, another great thing for me.

Another of its features is a multitude of decorative stitches, and of course I wanted to see how they look when put to fabric.  So I made some little crazy patch blocks and added some of these stitches to the seam lines of each piece.

Not all the stitches appeal to me, but I especially like the cross stitches, little hearts, flowers, and leaves.

The machine automatically sets the length and width of the stitches, but as I became more familiar with them, I began to make them longer and wider which gave a different look; I like them better this way.

Now I know these are no where near as pretty as hand stitching and I don't plan to use them much, but for a little doll quilt or doll clothes they can add a sparkle of interest.  It's been fun playing with the machine.  Now it's off to feed cattle -- after I clean up the mess; threads everywhere!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

February Apron

February's apron is a child's apron, size 7-8.   After all, no one said all the aprons had to be for Grandma or Mommy.  It is made by a Simplicity  "It's So Easy" pattern, number A2319 which was only 97 cents at Wal Mart.  The fabric was purchased online from Connecting Threads.

Teddy just had to sit next to the apron so you can see the size of it.

I don't have any little granddaughters who could wear the apron, but someday there might be a great-granddaughter I could give it to and she could say, "Look, Mommy!  Mama Charlotte gave me an apron!"