Sunday, September 27, 2009

More Bonnet Girl Embroidered Blocks

I've been working on more Bonnet Girl blocks...these are just so much fun! I've made this one delicately colorful! I really like how the French knots look going further up the skirt-it reminds me of dotted Swiss fabric from when I was a girl! (I had a red dress with white dots.) I couldn't resist-I had to google dotted Swiss fabric-it was first made in Switzerland! :) in 1756 and is usually a light/pastel cotton fabric (batiste) and the dots are either woven or flocked on. You can see some pictures of dotted Swiss fabric here. (I remember my dress was flocked. Remember when flocking was really popular?-my mother had flocked wall paper in our hallway.)

This girl's dress is an all over floral-maybe nasturiums and her bloomers are a very delicate gray blue "lace". She is all ready to go for a walk in the park to look at the changing leaves-dressed in her Fall finery!

This is really fun, now I don't just get to dress up my "dolls", I can make up stories about them too!
Remember, if you'd like to make some Bonnet Girl blocks-the free pattern is on my sideboard.


Ulla said...

I love the stories. You can invent the girl's personality based on the dress you make for her, very inspiring.

C. C. said...

Nice Bonnet Girls!

I love those and Sunbonnet Sue's. If I didn't have a dozen projects going right now I'd make some with you!

C. C.

Stacey said...

Hi Those girls are so sweet. I collect vintage pillowcases with Sun Bonnet Sues!! To me they are like "eye candy". What are you going to do with yours?
Driving Miss Stacey
Sew Far Sew Good Quilt Shop

Roslyn said...

My best dress in 7th. grade was a yellow flocked nylon! I think my confirmation dress was flocked too, oh my I guess it was the "in" thing, Miri.

racheld said...


These are just charming---like the love affair I had with Sunbonnet Sue when I was a teenager---I embroidered two dozen or so squares, all in different little costumes, as you've patterned the fabrics for your sweeties.

It never got quilted, and I saw the stack of squares last in my parents' closet, I think.

The very first house I moved into as a very young bride had a quilting frame attached to neat little pulleys in the ceiling of the second bedroom. When the house had been first built, my husband's grandmother would have three other ladies (that's all that would fit) come over and they'd quilt a quilt for Baptist Children's Village every Thursday afternoon for years.

What wonderful conversations they must have had, right there in what became the nursery for each of my three children. I hoped they could absorb some of the echoes of their great-grandmother's kindness and generosity.

Thank you for visiting Lawn Tea today!!


The Chapman's said...

I have seen these before, but just once. How do you quilt these? Is there a pattern or a template? I really want to make one of these for my selfish self one day. It reminds me slightly of Holly Hobby from my childhood. Thanks for any help. :)