What have you been sewing on? I just finished up a table topper and table runner. What is so cool is that you them at the same time using the 60 degree ruler. Come to the shop and the ladies will show you how.
I grew up in a one room school house divided by a curtain down the middle. The curtain divided grades 1-4 from grades 5-8. We usually had 32 to 36 children divided between all eight grades. Tommy Tucker and Connie Allen and I went through all eight grades together, occasionally another child would come for a year or two but would never stay long. In the fourth grade a new girl showed up. Her name was Susie Reno. She was sweet, kind and very pretty. I loved Susie. Whenever I could, I would go home with her after school to play. Her house looked fine from the outside but when I went in I was shocked. There was only one chair, no other furniture. My family was not at all well off, in fact we were pretty poor, but we did have furniture. They had very few toys but somehow Susie and I entertained ourselves without them.
One day Susie was not at school nor were her siblings. When I asked about her the teacher said they had moved. I was heart broken. How could they just move like that without telling anyone? How could this happen? Then I heard two adults talking about it, obviously they did not know I was close by. Susie’s family was on welfare, the county welfare paid for bus tickets for all of them to go to another county to get them off the welfare roll. Susie’s mom could choose wherever she wanted to go within the state of Kansas but where that place was is a mystery. No one would tell us, and maybe they didn’t know either, where they ended up. I often wonder about her. Where did she end up? What was her life like?
I wish I knew where she was, I would send her a quilt! Is that not what we give to those we love?
One of my most cherished items from my childhood was my Madame Alexander doll, Twinkles. I would not trade her for anything. Twinkles once had to go to the doll hospital, she had lost most of her hair and had to have a new set of braids. I remember being so forlorn until she finally returned. She now reigns over my sewing room from a perch on top of the book case. She and I have gone through many things together.
I love passing on to my granddaughter things that I liked when I was a child, now that she is six I think she is big enough for an American Doll. I hope she enjoys her doll as much as I enjoyed mine. These dolls come with their own name, this one is Isabelle but I don’t care if she changes her name. It is HER doll, and she may think she needs the name of Carol or Shira or Lola.
My granddaughter will receive her doll this Christmas, along with a box of clothes for her. As you have probably already guessed, clothes made by grandmother. Making these clothes has been a wonderful walk down memory lane. My mom spent many a late night sewing not only doll clothes but also clothes for my four sisters and I. I have to wonder if she enjoyed making the clothes as much as I have enjoyed making these, sewing a bit of love into each stitch. I made the dress that Isabelle is wearing from the book “Doll clothes for every day play.” It matches a dress I made my granddaughter this fall.
Did you have a favorite doll? Do you make doll clothes now?
Hi, I am the owner of Prairie Quilt shop in Hennessey, Oklahoma, where I am fortunate to share my passion with other sewists!