Friday, March 06, 2009

Sweet dreams...

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

17 comments:

Nancy said...

I have seen your little cradle and the tiny quilt you made. They look great in your living room.
I like the one you saw at the museum too.
Hope you are having a good day.
Love you, Mom

martine said...

Dit had ik ook niet laten staan. Hij is mooi en meteen
een goede reden om kleine quiltjes te maken.

angelasweby said...

Heidi,
Your eye never makes a mistake. If you said the cradle was just right for the quilt then it was just right...haha! Imagine creating such a pretty little quilt from snippits. I love the story that goes with your pictures and I love the little cradle on display at the museum.
Warm hugs Angela

Proverbs 31 said...

What a lovley cradle & the quilt is just beautiful!!! Marie x

Tam said...

What a beautiful little quilt for a beautiful little cradle!
Hugs2U...Tam

Linda said...

Heidi, your little cradle is just precious and the quilt is perfect...it looks as if they were made for each other....hugs, Linda

mainely stitching said...

Oh, I just love-love-love that little cradle. What a gem!!

Hi, I'm Barbara from Missouri and.... said...

Heidi, I love the cradle and the tiny quilt. You have a wonderful eye for beautiful things.

Hugs,
Barbara

Pondside said...

They were made for one another! Perfect.

Lynne said...

What a lovely cradle you have. It's an ideal way to display your quilt. Looks perfect.

Elizabethd said...

That is lovely Heidi....it will be a real heirloom.

Saskia said...

It brings back memories...
My grandfather made me a little cradle a long long time ago. I still have it, somewhere in my basement. Maybe I have more room in my new home, to give it a better place. Can you make me a little quilt then?.... please, pretty please??

I will keep you in my thoughts the next couple of weeks.And burn my candles for you, and your Mom. Don't turn into the Hulk or Shrek.., I don't like the 'spuug'green color!

Solstitches said...

That little cradle is adorable as is the quilt that is on it.
I love that the cradle is battered and worn because it means it was much loved and well used at one time.

anneke said...

the cradle and the quilt are ment to be together! It's a special experience to see that quilt fit perfectly.

hope you feel beter soon

anneke said...

I just read at your mom's blog what you have to face the coming weeks!

Good luck, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your mother.

Susan in SC said...

What a sweet quilt. I love doll quilts!

Spinning Beauty said...

Perfect match! They are both adorable :)