Lopez Island Library is a community run library and is the most enchanting library I have ever visited. A lot of it has to do with the volunteers! The fact that it was once a one-room schoolhouse also adds to the charm. You can read its story here.
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Besides books, this amazing community library also makes musical instruments available for check out!
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3) Cross-stitched Cowboy Crib Quilt
Bernhardt Wall, another early 20th century artist, also got into the act and created his own distinctive bonneted little girls. Over the last century both Corbett’s and Wall’s simplified designs have been adapted for Redwork embroidery.
Click on the photo twice to see the stitching up close. You can see how she first outlined each dog and child in a black running stitch. Then she stitched a blanket stitch around each figure, crude though it may be compared to most examples of outlined applique of this period.
One of the members of the Quilt History List told me that she is reasonably certain the pattern came from one of the Colonial Pattern series booklets from the 1950s. She further added that Betty Hagerman cited this pattern in her book, A Meeting of the Sunbonnet Children. The children are featured in various poses including with butterfly, watering can and balloon, etc. One of the poses includes a girl in similar garb bending over a Scotty dog. Another pattern to track down and add to my documentation!
I'll go back to the library and take clearer photos tomorrow. This is what I grabbed off eBay when I bought it.
This delightful find has the date 1944 embroidered on it plus the name Donald.
I first enountered a Tile Quilt at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in an antique quilt dealers booth. It caught my eye as I was cruising by and it was such an odd-duck I put on my brakes and took a photo.
I looked and looked at this quilt for the longest time until I finally realized....all those little pieces are just "left-over scraps" randomly placed in the maker's own "made-up" pattern. In some instance she was almost able to make it look like a snowflake-type pattern!
My 1944 Tile crib quilt really has no pattern to it but it was born of the same idea....left-over scraps randomly placed on a background fabric, no scrap too small or too oddly shaped to NOT use! AQSG friends Bobbi Finley and Carol Gilham published a book under C&T's banner in 2010 about this unusual pattern style — "The Tile Quilt Revival".
PS: Want to see still more doll quilts?