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Baby Quilts Circa 1978

My mom still has all of my Cabbage Patch Kids and their clothes (most of which she made).  They have bunk beds and car seats and lots of clothes to wear.  They used to live in the attic in the home where I grew up and my sister and I would spend hours playing house with the Cabbage Patch dolls and a few other dolls.  We set up beds and cribs and used all the old blankets we could find to take care of the “kids”.  The girls came out of retirement when Casey was little and moved down to the cottage so Casey could play with them when she visits.  There was one year where she really enjoyed them but in the last few years, she gets them out for a few minutes and that’s about it.  This year, she was more interested in the little quilts that were with the dolls.

We’re not really sure who made the quilts and which one might have been mine and which one might have been my sister’s.  They look like a true patchwork of leftover fabric, in some spots bits and pieces were put together to get the square.  They are perfectly imperfect…the squares are not exactly square and they don’t meet up perfectly at the corners, but that completely adds to the charm.

I hung them on the clothesline to snap pictures, trying to get a shot before the wind blew them up and away from me.  It was a beautiful sunshiny day and I love how the sun shines through the seams.  Plus the scenery in the background is not too shabby either…high tide on that particular day and time.

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One quilt is a little more pastel than the other.  The other has some richer reds and greens and blues…maybe they thought I was going to be a boy.  Something makes me think the darker one was mine.  The pastel quilt is backed with a low volume floral print and the darker one is backed with a Holly Hobbie fabric.  There is no binding, just a zigzag seam around the outside.  They are about 30 by 30 inches.  They are quilted with ties.

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These quilts are just a few years shy of 40 years old and they’re just getting better with age.  The fabric is super soft and Casey brought one of them home to Florida with her for snuggling.  (It’s certainly not needed for warmth here right now!)  Like the button bag, it’s fun to imagine someone working on it a few decades ago and picking each fabric piece to add.

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