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 loved 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. 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

Monday, March 5, 2012

Quilting Bee 2012

A modern quilting bee is perhaps just as much fun as a traditional one held a century or more ago. Fredericksburg is a magnet for artists and crafters of all stripes. We have a world class fine art school here and many other less formal art classes and demos throughout the year. There is a growing film festival each spring. Weavers and wood workers and writers abound. Our town is also the site of many retreats and workshops for rug hookers and quilters.
This past week I enjoyed visiting with a group of quilters who set up their work in a large meeting room, and spread out an amazing display of quilts in progress, mostly quite modern in color and pattern as well as execution. The participants were not gathered about a frame quilting on their fingers, but rather sat at long work tables and had rows of sewing machines buzzing away. Half of the machines were our grandmother's beloved little Singer featherweights. The other half were high tech wonders capable of anything short of rocketry it seems. The popular little featherweights are still the darlings of many of us who make doll clothes or quilts. I have two Singers set up in my own sewing area.

As soon as they arrive in the hill country, many of the quilters make a bee line for "Creations" a fabulous fabric store in Kerrville. I visited some of the women in their motel rooms as they spread out their bounty from that expedition. So many beautiful textiles and patterns and projects!
Some of the women visited us for tea and brownies. We had such a great good time! E

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