RSC18 week 16

DOLL QUILTS, PART ONE

Years ago I began to collect old  doll quilts, before they became too expensive.  Now I’ve decided to show them so other doll and quilt lovers can enjoy these vintage delights.
The smallest of these is a pair of tiny dollhouse bed quilts, about 4 X 6 inches.  The colors are typical of the 1920’s to 1940’s period.  These have the lavender popular then, as well as the cute little toys and sweet florals of that time, done in peach, soft blue and yellow.  The quilting is done in the ditch.

The next photo shows a pair of mini quilts of the same vintage.  The patches set on the diagonal are about 5/8’s of an inch.  The colors are much the same with the addition of more dark blues and the bright red polka dots.  The Sunbonnet Sue is quilted, but has no batting.  It is pieced from the typical light green and could have been an orphan block from another quilt project.  Both of these pieces do not show any careful quilting stitches, just a way to make something from scraps.

Finally the red and chrome yellow potholder is backed with a heavy drapery fabric and backed with a heavy drapery fabric.  It also has a pink bias tape loop clumsily stitched on, like the very irregular  large quilting stitches.  

All of these quilted pieces from my mother’s girlhood speak  to me of her daily life in times of the need for thrift and usefulness that girls and women met with creativity and care.
I hope you will share your thoughts about these delightful vintage treasures.  Check other ideas at
Rainbow Scrap Challenge at
   soscrappy  and

Oh, Scrap! at 

13 thoughts on “RSC18 week 16

  1. I can just imagine someone making those tiny treasures for a doll house! Perhaps the clumsy stitches are the first attempts of a young girl? I know I hand stitched clothes and bedding for my dolls when I was about 8 years old. They weren't done well, but were done with enthusiasm 🙂

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  2. So many sweet little lovlies. It does make me wonder how much our lives have changed with too much of everything. I admire the loving use of every little scrap that we can still enjoy all these years later.

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