Archive for Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

April 12, 2006

In the olden, olden days in small towns and villages, one might have heard, "Oh we have a doll maker right here in our town."

That's what we have right here in our Tonganoxie.

Billie Aye is an awesome doll maker. It's tedious work, but she makes the patterns for and stuffs small leather bodies with sawdust. If it's anything to do with dolls, Billie is right there.

She is now working on a special project -- making a friendship doll quilt. The quilt is made of 130 tiny pieces and, when finished, will measure 8 3/4 by 6 3/4 inches, which will fit a tiny four-poster bed. Sounds impossible, doesn't it?

It's quite a project, but if anyone can do it, Billie can.

It gets its friendship name because so many people work on putting the kits together. Billie belongs to an on-line group of doll makers. A total of 55 people sent in silk, (from neckties, mostly) and two volunteers cut the silk into all of those tiny pieces. Then packets were sent to all of the members to put the tiny quilts together.

Thanks for sharing, Billie. I do have a lot of patience, but not that much, I assure you. You are creating heirlooms, of course, and what a treasure.

Sewing tip: Remember to cut your thread on a slant, and wear your thimble.

God bless.

-- Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086.

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