Looking Forward to Honoring
Izannah Walker's 200th Birthday

Monday, September 25th is Izannah Walker's 200th birthday. We can't let that go by without honoring Izannah. 😊 Check back because MAIDA Today will be featuring artist's creations and providing links to other blogs honoring Izannah's 200th birthday.  

Making Antique Inspired Doll Accessories:
Studying Antique Doll Quilts

image via Edyth O'Neill
Izannah inspired doll in back and cloth doll front center by Edyth O'Neill
Small Izannah doll by Elaine McNally, blonde doll on right antique.

Edyth's blog has more images of doll quilts, so be sure to visit her!

Edyth O'Neill's pictures jogged one of my early memories: Once when I was young I visited an aunt's house across town.  A girl  lived two houses down from my aunt's house who had a wonderful wooden doll bed and a doll quilt. I was somewhere between six and eight years old.   I've forgotten the girl's name, but I sure can remember that bed and quilt.  I wanted it. There was something substantial and heartwarming in that hand-made  bed and textile bed covering that the pink plastic Barbie camper couldn't fill.  I'm not knocking Barbie, just relating a memory from childhood.  Isn't it funny how these memories can stay so sharp and clear?   And isn't it interesting how our likes and wants surface so early in life?

image via Edyth O'Neill, antique cradle, Martha Rutledge quilt
Charming small antique quilts made just for dolls are treasured collectibles in their own right. If you enjoy antique doll quilts you will want to visit some heartwarming examples at the following websites:

Old ones are quite pricey, but some lovely ones are made today.  Our next post on quilts will focus on making our own antique inspired doll quilts and the books and patterns available.  

Above and below are shown a group of doll quilts from Three Texas Collections shared by Edyth, followed by some additional  quilts shared by internet friends.
image via Edyth O'Neill

image via Edyth O'Neill
quilt by Edyth, doll by Elaine McNally, rug by Martha Ruteldge

image via Edyth O'Neill

image via Edyth O'Neill

image via Edyth O'Neill
wonderful quilt by Martha Rutledge
dolls by Elaine McNally

Quilt images from other internet friends....

image courtesy Pam Fisher

image courtesy Pam Fisher

image courtesy Barb Whitehead

image courtesy Barb Whitehead

Viewing all these makes me want to make a doll quilt!  I've been saving pieces from the doll dresses I've made for just that purpose. Our next post on doll quilts will be about resources available for making them.   

Edyth's blog has more images of doll quilts, so be sure to visit. 

Mystery Cloth Doll with Swivel Neck

Recently I bought a large doll in a booth at an antiques mall.  The doll is listed as being papier mache, but looking at the construction of the doll it is clear it is made of cloth.  I thought I would share images here, in hopes someone may have some information.

The doll has what I think is human hair seen on and is about 26" tall.  It has a swivel head, and the head is made of cloth.  The doll was wearing clothing which appears to be from the 50's, and boots which are much newer.  The seller says it came through a distance cousin of the family, and is probably from the 30's. But of course this is vague information. 

If you have any ideas, please comment!


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