Cloth books are a great favorite for babies. Although they were sold for decades in the 20th century, it's only recently that quilters could buy panels to assemble their own. I love one that I found that appears to have been made in the late 1950s or during the 1960s. Kudos to this enterprising maker who used embroidery transfers!
Monday, September 20, 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021
It's the middle of September already! It doesn't seem possible! If the winter flies by the way this month has, I'll be happy and spring gardening soon!
Alice has a lovely dahlia blooming!
Betsy sent these lovelies:
Thursday, September 16, 2021
In 1976, Spinning Wheel Antiques and Early Crafts Magazine published an article called "Sunbonnet Babies Encore". The article explained how to distinguish various sunbonnet babies by illustrator. There was even a design with the various styles of sunbonnets and who made them. It sounds ludicrous, doesn't it?
Bertha Corbett Melcher is a great example of what happened to a lot of illustrators. Whenever an illustrator became successful, there were always folks who tried to capitalize on the success of the original work.
Some just followed the example and created similar characters like Dorothy Dixon who did a series of illustrated postcards that were popular in the early 20th century:
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Yesterday Nann emailed me so I could see some of the redwork shams she had collected. You have to check this out! Hit here!
I have one pieced sham. It's not for a child but the Pennsylvania Dutch are famous for pieced sham. Ann Hermes who often attended our quilt study meetings is famous for her collection and she has a wonderful book, Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases And Other Small Treasures. If you are interested, the book is available at Amazon here.
The pillowcases and shams tend to be pricey but I bought one from a dear late friend who has since passed:
Making shams and pillow covers for kids apparently was part of the nursery ensemble. I remember getting a baby pillow when I was pregnant with my child and being told that pillows are for show-- not for the crib. Of course everything is different now and kids aren't covered with blankets or quilts until they are much older.
These were layover shams that were placed over the pillow and easily removed:
Kit pieces that included a sham: