Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I would have loved to have had a set of Betsy McCall dolls.  Mine were the five and dime variety.  The kind you punched out of a book.  Not that I am complaining but when I happened upon these beautiful Betsy dolls I realized their was an entire story wrapped up in them.  Lines of clothing.  Seasonal even.  One of the sheets reads that her dad is James and he is 6 feet tall...of course.  She even has a doxie named Nosy.  Oh how much I have missed with just my five and dime paper dolls.  Thank goodness these can be found online.  Even in one spot.  Follow the above link to see the original line of Betsy McCall dolls on Pinterest.

It just so happened that I had to stop by the church charity shop to unload a couple of bags.  Which meant I had to stop and check the shelves for goodies.  This fantastic stack was marked at 5 dollars!  An outstanding purchase that I will drool over for weeks.

This is the only completed circle in the bunch.  I can tell that some of them were clothes she must have cut up.  Most of them are feed sack.  Some of them are canvas.  All of them are lovely.  I counted around 170 half circles.  That makes 85 whole circles of quilty goodness.

All of which are hand stitched.  Incredible!  That can make years of pillows, pincushions, ruffle trims, I could go on for days, months, years even.

This darling green glass was just icing on the scrap cake.  Can't imagine how long these have been sitting and waiting to be finished, but I can see the love that went into them and I am ready to show it off.   

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Jane said...

Oh, my goodness, those quilt pieces are wonderful! Reminds me of my mother & grandmother! You really went to the thrift store at the right time that day!
Love the Betsy McCall paperdolls! Here's a link to the complete set: http://www.thebleudoor.com/betsymccallhome.htm

I hope to get them all printed out before they disappear or I lose the link.

Sarah said...

Love. No other words needed. :-)

Cindy said...

Love Miss Betsy!!! I recently found a glass similar to that but clear...love the feel of it. Fun to drink out of..it is heavy!!

Sadie is back showcasing...Toto and Rufus are having a blast. Thank you for making Toto!!

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Kathryn D. Duke said...

W H A T a find....lucky you!!! Just think that some of our UFO's might end up in the same place and someone like you will also find them!!!

Sewn With Grace said...

Okay, I'm flat out jealous. Green eyed monster jealous. Stomp my foot jealous. So happy for you, I guess. :) Blessings today friend!

Miss Holly said...

You hit the jackpot!!! What a find...and just think... you will be finishing someones dream!!

donna said...

I am in love with paper dolls. Found the on the net not to long ago and went crazy. When I was little I had all kinds of paper dolls. I think my precious paper dolls got thrown away and lost forever. I have never been able to find them.
Wow you hit the scrappy jack pot. What a great deal and to know they where had stitched with love. (priceless)

GardenOfDaisies said...

Oh Renee, look over there! Quick! It's a circus elephant? Didn't you see it?
What? Why no, I don't have any idea where all your paperdolls, green glass and vintage quilt blocks disappeared to.


I LOVE all your finds today!!

Musings from Kim K. said...

The thifting fairy was smiling at you with those quilt pieces! What a lovely lovely find. You really went to the thrift store at the right time that day! I have several vintage paper doll sheet framed in my craft room. I miss Mary Engelbreit's magazine and her sweet paper dolls.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Isn't it amazing what you can do with scraps--if you have talent (which I don't! LOL).


“I don’t have time,” my grandfather said,
“to dither around and stand on my head,
pretending that crimson is blue, not red—
just tell me the truth, if you please.

“I’m much too old for being lied to,
so tell me the truth about the rose hue
that colors the sky when the day is through
and adds a bright blush to the trees.

“Some call it red and some call it pink,
some call it strawberry wine-colored ink;
I call it rubicund, that’s what I think—
now leave me alone, if you please.”

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Featherless Pomegranate

birdie blue said...

score! so happy you founded something so perfect for you, renee.


MomWaldsPlace said...

What a treasure! Thank you for sharing. It's like an eye-spy game.

Ann said...

Oh those fabric scraps are great finds. Eye candy!! I'm a Sunflower State gal too.

Corey said...

Oh, what a find those scraps were! I found a big pile of wonderful quilting fabric a few months ago- lots of real vintage and lots of reproduction- for only $3. How fun for you that lots are sewn together!!

Carly said...

Fun, oh so fun! What an amazing find! Can't wait to see what becomes of them!

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

Great score! One thing about donating to thrift stores, I never come home empty-handed!

Barbara said...

All of those fabrics have left me a little woozy! Just great!

Unknown said...

Oh Renee! Don't you just love these fabric pieces! Thanks so much for sharing them with us! E

trish said...

Oh sweet heavens! What a treasure you have there!! :o)