Saturday, March 29, 2014

A bingo bag and an angel

Angel Doll and Bingo Bag

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Lady Luck

Lady Luck, pancake doll, playing cards and buttons.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Rag Quilt, the true story

This is a good video that sums up the steps in 10 minutes.

Step one is to cut the squares.  Some instructions say to make the batting squares the same size as the fabric squares, I decided to make them smaller.

The next step is to make the sandwich, with batting the filling.  Then a big X across the squares to hold the batting in place.

As you see, I created 6" cloth squares and 5" cotton batting squares with a pattern I made.  In spite of my best efforts this is what happened.  This was true of two rows, I added a strip of red fabric, to the front and back of each sandwich.

After I fixed that mistake, when I had finished sewing all the strips I discovered that on one piece I had failed to catch the fabric on one side.  

Did a rip, and resewed by hand the side.  After that was done, I did the cutting that creates the rag quilt.  I used the Fiskars rag scissors, but any scissor with a fine serrated edge will do, and I think a regular scissors would also have a good effect.

Ready to be washed, this step assures the fuzzy edges that characterize one side of this quilt.

Here it is in all its fuzzy glory.

This is what the back of the quilt looks like.

This was a lap quilt and I've already used it while watching television.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Valentine Magick

A simple pancake doll for Valentine's Day

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Saturday, January 04, 2014


Doll made by Lora Frisch
This doll was modified from a pattern created by Dianne M. Ingram.  The pattern was in the January 2014 edition of Soft Dolls & Animals.

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Bûche de Noël for my dolls

A surprise package today, Tes Scholtz sent me a Bûche de Noël for my dolls, as well as a tree and a teddy bear.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Shawl by Sue Wing

Sue Wing knitted the beautiful silk shawl

Thank you Sue Wing!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Chanukah 2013

My thanks to Robin Campbell who sent me the fabric, Barbara Dean who sent the lace, Pam Gill, my daughter, who sent the card and my husband Ralph who bought the apples.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tinsel Trading Has Moved

Tinsel Trading is now at 828 Lexington Avenue, NYC.  This is between 63rd and 64th St.

They vacated this site on August 31, 2013.  1 W. 37 St.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sea Sprite

This sea sprite sports a vintage shell decoration.  Her collar is attached with a shell on a chain from the buttons my mother saved.  She died in 1971.  The pattern is by Margaret Murphy and was in the January 2014 issue of Soft Dolls & Animals.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Dollies Enjoy a Tea Party

Magpie, store at 488 Amsterdam Ave., NYC
Dollies enjoying a party at home

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tilda Girls Dress For The Holidays

These Tildas were made from the ballerina pattern by Toni Finnanger
They have been modified to have regular feet and are fifty percent of the original size

Saturday, October 19, 2013