I have always loved crafts of any kind and in 1979 I started my
first crazy quilt – I had collected lots of pictures but the only
instructions I found were in Judith Montano’s first book. Some of my
blocks were of contemporary events – like the moon landing. The
entire quilt was trial and error (lots of errors) and many of the
blocks have faded. Orange is not a color I ever use – but many
blocks have faded to orange now. I didn’t do any more real crazy
quilting as I was employed full-time in the business world at this
time and I became interested in making porcelain dolls.
retirement from the business world, I devoted most of my time to
porcelain dolls. Among my doll making awards were the Doll Crafters’
Millie and the International Doll Makers’ Golden Bell. I taught doll
making and costuming for several years on an independent basis,
drafted some patterns for Bell Ceramics and Jean Nordquist, wrote a
book, Making Santas with Katie Redd, and wrote articles for Doll
Crafter and Doll Maker’s Workshop. Had a wonderful time.
My daughter had always liked the old crazy quilt made in
1979-1980 so I decided to make a wall hanging for her. Of course, I
now have a large supply of wonderful books by incredible talented
quilt makers, and I discovered great websites for making crazy
quilts. I also have a great supply of silk fabric purchased during
my doll making years. I am absolutely not a quilt maker, and at 82,
my embroidery skills are deteriorating, but my daughter loved her
wall hanging, and it did get a blue ribbon at the Ellis County,
Texas Quilt Show. You and others might enjoy an old lady’s blocks.
Although I really do not care for the stripping, my daughter
One block is dedicated to my parents, Al and Kate and their farm,
one to my daughter as a little girl, with a porcelain doll, teddy
bear, dancing and water skiing. One is dedicated to her home, her
children, Cam , Mis and Bud and the dogs and one to her religion.
The four fans hold it all together. I am sending three pictures of
my daughter's quilt. I will send the fans in another email.
Now I have three grandchildren who want wall hangings!!