Welcome to My Red Cape. Long ago in another time my husband Jack and I lived in a little old red house. It was the stuff of dreams to us for the few years that we were there. I live there still a number of hours every day in imagination, with old dolls and paintings and fabrics and feather trees. I draw inspiration and happiness from the memories of that space in time and share some of it here with friends who remember how to step with Alice through the looking glass and take delight in whimsies and antiquities.

For more than sixty years I have studied, collected, repaired, and bought and sold antique dolls. They have been back ground music in my life at every stage, sometimes louder, sometimes subdued, but always there with me. To see only the posts about dolls on this blog, click the banner on the right titled Dolls for My Red Cape. Keep clicking “Older Posts” to see more. Some of the posts featuring rug hooking are gathered under the banner For Cathy. From time to time items are offered for sale under the banner “O’Neill’s Antiques” which was our shop name for many years. ~Edyth O’Neill

Friday, July 5, 2019

For ever Stars

Written on the morning of July forth... Three of my great grands are sitting under an umbrella in the back of a big pickup on Main Street  for a huge and colorful parade now. Another is horseback for a parade in Jackson Hole Wyoming.. I just received a picture of her. One grandson is in Japan with a group of his high school classmates. My family is spread widely like most.  

 I am at home having a quiet one, checking on my garden, and in contact with a lot of family and friends.  The garden has given me my first beautiful Celebrity tomato, to cut up and make a bowl full delicious with a generous amount of Feta cheese stirred in.  I have had a small handful of the little cherry tomatoes each day for a full month now, and just a few yellow squash,  I microwave the small tender squash and add a bit of salt and either parmesan or a butter like spread.  Local peaches are the stars this month, Fredericksburg is known for them. I buy them from a local orchard stand barely out in the country. 

My doll family is very patriotic.  Besides a flag here and there among them they also like stars, and so many old textiles feature these.  Cloth dolls have an affinity for quilts and samplers.

This beautiful old Star quilt is sashed and bordered in indigo with white stars. I believe the quilt is at least as early as 1860, this star quilt block is a very old pattern, I have even had a pieced Linsey Woolsey in deep colors with blocks in this design. I have also seen this block in a chintz quilt with cut corners to go on an early pencil post bed. Two of the cloth dolls Elaine and I made together are playing with a bear and a sweet old silk flag. A friend recently gave me the tiny square of indigo with white stars, about 6 inches over all, and I intend to make a little pillow to tuck among my cloth dolls here. Interesting note, one early name for the star block was Lemoyne Star, corrupted by some Appalachian quilters to Lemon Star. 

These star quilt blocks are three inch squares. Found at the first Star of Texas Antique Show in Houston during the 1980's for $2 each, I bought a handful, wish I had taken all! Here in my dolls' sewing basket they are treasures. The tiny thimble is a monopoly game token. I wish I had tiny black hand forged embroidery scissors to go with, need to be extremely small.  The ones in a painting I did a few years back would be perfect, alas they were borrowed for the still life.  Small antiques and old dolls continue to give pleasure, even though painting has my main attention at present.    Hope all of you are having a pleasant day, e


  1. Mrs. Edyth, Your Independence Day sounds wonderful. I enjoyed reading your post and seeing your beautiful photos. So sweetly patriotic and full of precious treasures. My dolls bring me joy as well and Tibby is enjoying her sister, Sybil (also made by Jan). I need to send you a photo of them together. Enjoy your weekend and upcoming week. Blessings! ~Carolyn

  2. Thank you for sharing your precious treasures. I so enjoy seeing them.

    Linda m


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