This sweet little child's bed really caught my eye at the quilt exhibition in the Fries Museum. I love things like this along with little quilts made especially to fit these elegant girl's toys. It is a special piece of social history.
It made me think of the antique cradle I have and decided to show these old photos once again. I had just given a workshop for a tabletopper quilt and had lots of triangle corners that were cut off. Instead of throwing them away. I sewed them together and created a little doll's quilt. I was very happy with the results of this tiny pinwheel quilt. I had been dreaming of finding a doll's bed or cradle one day.
While out shopping one day with a friend, I found this antique cradle in a garden center that also sells antiques. I just knew it was the one I wanted even though it is tattered and worn. I loved the primitive looking paintings around the cradle. I said to my friend as I place it in my car that I was sure it would be just right for my quilt. She laughed but was amazed when we got it home and it was a perfect fit.
"Sweet dreams form a shade,
O'er my lovely infants head.
Sweet dreams of pleasant streams,
By happy silent moony beams
Sweet sleep with soft down.
Weave thy brows an infant crown.
Sweet sleep Angel mild,
Hover o'er my happy child."
~ William Blake