Cherish the simple things Fall

Cherish the simple things Fall

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Memories of Hitty & April Dolly quilt...

What a difference 2 weeks can make at the edge of the northwoods in Wisconsin...from a snow storm of “historical” significance to this week...patches of snow here and there but mostly bare ground and opening the potting shed to gather rakes and work gloves - let the yard work begin! Asparagus roots and onion plants have just arrived in the mail and need to find their place in our garden...
During the snowfall of April 14-15, the sewing room was like a cozy retreat and time was there to work on April’s Dolly Quilt Challenge organized by Wendy at The Constant Quilter. Finding a little 6 1/2” orphan block in pink was easy...the little basket pattern was from a long time friend and has always been one of my favorites. I love the accent of “spikey” embroidery stitching around the edges.

The basket is surrounded by scraps from a Judie Rothermel fat 8th bundle purchased at a long ago quilt show. And there was “just enough” of the vintage look toile fabric left to do a small border and backing for the dolly quilt.
Pinks and browns in a quilt always bring to mind stories such as Little Women or Hitty, Her First Hundred Years.
And any time I recall these beautifully written books, my Mom is never far from my thoughts. One Christmas I made her a Hitty doll (Mom was a doll collector) complete with bonnet and boxes. Are you a follower of Gail Wilson? Oh my, there was a group of us who got together and for months everything was all about Gail’s stunning doll kits. I still have 3 other kits of hers that wait to be done...I am not sure if the hands or eyes could complete the details needed now.


I look at Hitty with her painted face, tiny coral necklace and minute lace edging on her undergarments which I made by crocheting thread on a needle and know it would be a challenge at this time. Everything was done by hand. Now that Mom is gone, Hitty has become even more special to me and memories flood back. I miss her so...I would like to think she would approve of April’s little quilt.
Happy stitching and sweet memories to you this week...
Pat

12 comments:

  1. I'd never heard of the Hitty book, will need to look that up, and maybe read it to my granddaughter when she visits. Your doll and your sweet dolly quilt are perfect together. What a pretty orphan block you had to begin this quilt, I love it!

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  2. All I can say is that my heart swells with this post.

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  3. What a sweet post. Love the dolly quilt, and what a special doll!
    Like "Quilting Babcia", I have never heard of Hitty, either. Really surprises me that there is a book like that of which I am not familiar. I will have to check it out!

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  4. I love your darling little basket quilt and your sweet Hitty doll!
    How special to hold those memories of your Mom, even if they are tearful at times.

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  5. Oh, what a lovely little quilt with fond memories! Such a sweet basket block in the center and I love the little dolly you made for your mom. So precious :)

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  6. Your April mini quilt is wonderful. It's a sweet basket block framed simply. Memories are special treasures we can recall at different times. Thanks for sharing yours.

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  7. I love your post about the Hitty doll, in the uk we had Tottie, a farthing doll. I hope to read more about Hitty. The quilt is sweet..

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  8. I like the decorative stitching used around the basket. Adds a touch of elegance.

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  9. Your April quilt is delightful. I love the basket it reminds me of the wonderful coxcomb feathers on mid nineteenth century quilts. You little doll is gorgeous. My mother used to make dolls with purchased porcelain heads and limbs. I don't dare start doll making, I have enough irons in the fire!

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  10. The quilt and doll are adorable. The stories are new to me, but who wouldn't love something like that! I think the toile is a perfect choice!

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  11. This is precious...love the soft and dreamy colors and design and your beautiful doll as well :)

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  12. Your little Basket Quilt is adorable.
    I think I made almost all of Gail Wilsons projects, dolls and furniture. So fun!
    Love your precious hitty, and loving memories.

    Best wishes for a successful garden!

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