Sunday, June 24, 2007

Childish Things

Spent a few delightful days with my two sisters this week! "Baby" Sister and I took off in her Grand Prix with her XM radio blaring 50s music and went to southern Missouri to visit "Big" Sister---yep, I'm a middle child!!! And doesn't that just explain a lot?!? We hit every antique mall we could find and ate every meal out---who could ask for more? Well, maybe a quilt shop would have been nice, but neither of them are into the crafty side of life. We really need to get together more often. The only downside to this was that I missed out on Primitives of the Midwest and a chance to meet up with fellow bloggers Quiltgranny, A Simple Girl and Quilting With Ragdolls---would love to have done that!!!! Maybe next time....

I have been enjoying Laura's doll quilts so much at Pine Ridge Quilter that I thought I'd post a photo of a recent one I made.


I am so-o-o enjoying mixing hand embroidery with piecing right now. The patterns for the Itsy Bitsy Spider were found here. Aren't they cute??? And so childlike. Even though the designer used them on a skirt (equally cute!), to me they were crying out to be on a doll quilt!!!!

Another collection (bet you're getting tired of these, huh?) are my little tin dishes. I don't have many. They are outrageously high at antique shows and on eBay. But they are such a fond remembrance of growing up 40s style. We had so many tea parties and mud pie bakeries in the back yard. And, of course, my own tin dishes did not survive the rain and rust LOL! I am thankful to whoever took better care of theirs so I could enjoy them!






24 comments:

QuiltingFitzy said...

I have a set of Mickey Mouse tin dishes that I just LOVE! Thanks for showing yours.

Fiona said...

I love your collections - particularly because they are items that were familiar to, and used by ordinary people. I'm that way with museums - I much prefer museums of working life to the houses of the rich. Love the doll Quilt too, BTW - the rhyme seems to go especially well with the 30's fabrics.

Connie said...

Born in '47, I share your nostalgia for things from growing up then. I'm sure I had tin dishes as a child but few of my toys survived as I had younger sisters and we passed things down. I do have my Terry Lee doll and all her accessories (clothes & trunk) and she's my treasure. For a while I had a room in my basement (former house) called my Forties Room where I had filled it with anything you can think of. When we moved I basically liquidated the room and kept one Rubbermaid tub of smaller things. I kept my Royal Ruby glassware among other things. Do you remember them? I was fond of them only because my mom had some and when I see them I think of my childhood. Your collections are so beautiful and I enjoy seeing the photos you post.

Nancy in MT said...

Wonderful stitchery and quilt, too cute Vera, and another wonderful collection. Cherie got to meet Libby at the Primitives, she wrote a nice post about the event.

dee said...

I love seing your collections and the doll quilt is adorable-I just adore the 30s fabric-It's always so cheerful.

Patti said...

What a precious little doll quilt! I'm with you - I'm so itching to start a quilt that includes some stitchery. So far I've managed to be good, but I feel myself weakening!

I never tire of seeing your collections. You have them displayed so beautifully! I don't remember tin dishes, but I remember a wonderful set of china dishes that got a LOT of use. Pieces broke gradually, and I'm sure my mother gave the remaining few to Goodwill when we became teenagers.

anne bebbington said...

The Insy-Winsy spider quilt is so sweet and I love those tins - but if I brought something like that into the house I'd get DH grumbling 'Where are we going to put that old rubbish?' I think I'm going to re-christen him Grumpy Old Man at the moment, don't know what's gotten into him :o)

Niki said...

Just poppin' by to say HI. I'm on the Q4P blogring as well ;) Love your blog!

Knot Garden said...

The tin collection is precious. You have a house full of treasure!

Leigh said...

I love your spider quilt. It is so cute.

Deb Sews Quilts said...

I love the spider quilt. I went to your link but couldn't get the patterns to print. Do you have any suggestions? Wish I was more computer literate! I really enjoyed seeing your Fiesta. My sister started collecting that back in high school ( over 30 years ago). We found some great pieces that we would never be able to afford now. Thanks for sharing!

Jane Ann said...

Ah, tin dishes. Haven't thought of those in a long, long time. One Christmas Santa brought me a set of child's Fiestaware. Wouldn't I kill to have that now? Wouldn't you?

Libby said...

I did miss getting the chance to meet you at Primitives last week . . . next year for sure. I'm already so excited I can hardly stand myself *s* Not only was the quilting great but I saw fireflies and that just about sent me over the moon.
I sure do enjoy seeing your collections - born in '60 most of my things were made of plastics. I would have loved to play with some of the things such as these.

Littlepenpen said...

Love the itsy bitsy spider quilt... love the 30's fabrics. I am dying to buy a collection of 30's fabrics. I bought a new pattern last week that was displayed in the store using those fabrics. It was so "homey" looking.

Angie said...

Your dishes collections are great! We had mud pie bakeries in the back yard too! :D And it sounds like you had a great time with your big/little sisters. :) There are 6 of us girls, with me being the 'baby'...so there are worse things than being the 'middle' child LOL you could have been the BABY!!!! :/ ROFL

Laura said...

Love your little spider quilt! And your fiesta ware. That is something I always wanted to collect but never did. I guess it is never too late to start a new collection!

Samantha said...

You have such fun collections!

Linda_J said...

What fun seeing your collection and the little embroidered blocks in the quilt.

I was sorry to hear that you didn't get to see the girls from bloggerland but sounds like a fun time with your sisters. Can't do it all, even if we want to.

Linda said...

What a fun collection of tinware! I have a few pieces left of china that my grandpa brought home from the war for me (WWII). The eensy-weensy spider is so cute. I find myself wanting to use more stitchery in my quilting, also. For me it has come full circle. I did my very first quilt with embroidered baby animals and plain blue squares for my first baby in 1960. A long time ago!

Sweet P said...

That is an adorable quilt. I've started doing redwork and stitchery and can't wait to get my work into a quilt.

Morah said...

Gosh, I haven't visited for a while. I'm so jealous that you get to spend time with your siblings. SOunds like a blast!!!

Finn said...

Hi Vera, sounds like a wonderful time with your sisters! Hope they didn't pick on you too much..LOL

The itsy-bitsy spider quilt is just adorable. I think embroidery works perfectly with the piecing. And what a neat collection of the old tin doll dishes. I opted out of doll dishes for the most part, in favor of guns and holsters, but I do remember them. Yours are just terrific! Hugs, Finn

Deb H said...

Even though I'm very arachniphobic, I like your Itsy Bitsy Spider quilt. The collections are great too. I'm a collector too, of all sorts of things. I'm trying to resist the impulse to collect anymore. My mother always called them dust collectors, & was quite a minimalist.

atet said...

Love that skirt! Thanks for the link to the embroideries!