Palmateer Point Quilt-a-long

Last month I joined a group on Facebook called “Humble quilts”. They specialize in miniature sized quilts. I thought this would be a good fit. I didn’t realize how right I was until I started my first quilt a long with them!

I was not able to start the quilt a long with everyone else due to my work schedule being a bit crazy but as soon as I had a day off; I was off and running! The quilt a long was called “Palmateer Point” and was based off an antique quilt that the blogger/ group owner found. She didn’t reveal the design until the final post on her blog. I thought that was a great touch seeing as this was supposed to be a very “scrappy” quilt.

I used this quilt top as a way to use up scraps in my stash(most of which were civil war era patterns). I used up quilt a bit and was happily surprised that most was well coordinated. I was very worried that I would have to run out and buy more fabric and the goal of this years quilting has been to use up the mountain of stash fabric I have instead of adding to it. I have chosen the binding fabric but I have to dig more to figure out what backing fabric to use. So onto my finished quilt top (it has yet to be quilted):

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Here are the blog entries for the quilt a long as well. This was a good stepping stone for me as a beginner quilter transitioning into more complicated work and refining my techniques. So if you are a beginner just pace yourself and remember the original was not perfect either! So breathe!

Introduction:

http://humblequilts.blogspot.com/2017/09/palmateer-point-quiltalong.html

Part one:

http://humblequilts.blogspot.com/2017/09/palmateer-point-quiltalong-part-1.html

Part two:

http://humblequilts.blogspot.com/2017/09/palmateer-point-quiltalong-part-2.html

Part three:

http://humblequilts.blogspot.com/2017/09/palmateer-point-part-3.html

Part four:

http://humblequilts.blogspot.com/2017/10/palmateer-point-part-4-and-finale.html

Quilt reveal and Link party:

http://humblequilts.blogspot.com/2017/10/palmateer-point-linky-party.html

 

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next adventure report!

UFDC Public Day 2017 Part Two

Before I show off the day that we spent at Disney World, I wanted to show off my favorite of the exhibitsat the UFDC Convetion. I liked all of them but this was my hands down favorite.

Meet Miss Ethel Newcome!

She is a wax doll that was sold at a Sanitary Fair in 1864 during the Civil war. I have a soft spot for Sanitary fair dolls. They have the best wardrobes but what really strikes me is the effort that was put into them. It was all to benefit the soldiers welfare during the war. This money was spent on hospital supplies, food etc.

Ethel does not have as large of a wardrobe as Rose Percy or the Sanitary fair doll I saw last UFDC public day. What she does have is beautiful!

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My favorite pieces were the riding habit and the fur set in original boxes!

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But we cant forget about accessories! Every girl and doll needs something for every occasion!

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Stay tuned for the next installment of trip photos!

 

 

 

UFDC Public Day 2017 Part one

This year the UFDC Convention was held in Orlando,fl! Which was a great twist of fate as one of my favorite places to vacation is Orlando and Disney. So my partner in crime and I decided to hit both! I will save the Disney world photos and exhibit photos for another post though.

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Public day is the only day they allow non members to shop in the vendor hall and view the displays. Even just viewing the vendor hall is a treat! This year I saw so many 18th century dolls and many were in great shape. These dolls are usually not seen outside of museums or private collections.

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The was a mix of older antique dolls to “modern” 20th century dolls. All of them were great to see.

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Instead of trying to describe everything we saw, I will just post the images and the link to see more photos that were taken on the trip.

Follow this link to see many more photos: https://www.facebook.com/pg/reprodolls/photos/?tab=album&album_id=333997397048639

https://www.facebook.com/pg/lydiaanntravelingdoll/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1602252953159900

Enjoy!

Stanhope Stobe’ Seminar

In June of this year, I traveled down to Atlanta,GA to attend a workshop by Sue Mitchell on how to recreate the beautiful Stanhope Stobe’. Before I go into the details of the workshop and show you what I created, let me give you a little bit of the history of this technique.

In 1852 the first micro-photo was created and soon after it became what is known as a Stanhope. These teeny tiny photos grace souvenirs from all over the world in the form of miniature binoculars, crosses, walking sticks, jewelry etc. Religious themes seem to have been popular. In 1867 Antoine Edmond Rochard patented the use of these Stanhopes in a doll’s chest plate. Most of these dolls were produced between the years of 1867 and 1875. It is likely that these dolls were never meant to be put onto bodies due to the awkward nature of trying to view the image. It is my opinion that these were basically very expensive dresser decoration for ladies of high society.

Rochard himself did not produce the dolls, he just had the idea and patented it. He could have had firms such as Barrois or Jameau produce his creation. The only markings these dolls have on them is: Ed Rochard Depose Brevete S.D.g.d..

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Most of us will never see an original of these dolls due tot he scarcity and the fact most reside in museum’s away from prying eyes. ¬†Some examples have as few as two jewels and some have as many 41!

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Now for the seminar, we used reproduction Stanhope’s made by Stanhope Microworks based out of Mechanicsburg, PA.

The first step was to design out how you wanted your chest plate to look. Did you want to use more gold or more jewels? Rhinestones or cabochons? There were quite a few choices. We received one Stanhope to use for this seminar. I choose to make a necklace out of rhinestones rimmed in gold. The gold we used was real gold.

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In between firings of each layer of the gold on the chest plate we worked on the head of the Stobe’.

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We also made the wig for this doll. This was only my second wig but I feel like I improved tenfold since my first one a year and a half ago! Everyone did a similar style, simple yet elegant. We didn’t want the hairstyle to take away from the Stanhope itself.

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Here is everyone’s finished doll’s! I was the only one who did not mount there chest and head on a body. I wanted to evoke the original use of these works of art.

 

and Mine all mounted on her beautiful silk covered box:

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If you want to see more images of this seminar check out the following link:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/reprodolls/photos/?tab=album&album_id=314479362333776