Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Inspiration For a New Project

Today I begin a new quilt. This one is special....a special quilt for a special little girl. I received a piece of wall paper from a friend to be used as inspiration for her daughter's quilt. Zoe is moving to a big girl bed and Raggedy Ann and Andy will be moving with her.

I took the wall paper to my local copy store, enlarged each figure, and will use it as a template to create an applique of each figure. A bit of embroidery will finish their features. I will use these appliques to make a panel that will serve as the focal point of a twin size quilt. Wish me luck....

Now for a little Raggedy history....Did you know???? Raggedy Ann had her beginnings in 1915 at the hands of author, Johnny Gruelle. She began as a ragdoll made by a family member for his daughter Marcella. It was this faceless ragdoll that served as the inspiration for this happy character in a series of children's books. Shortly after drawing a face on his daughter's doll, he decided to give her a name. Pulling a book of poetry off the shelf, he combined two titles..."The Raggedy Man" and "Little Orphan Annie" and came up with Raggedy Ann. In 1920 he gave Raggedy Ann a playmate known as Raggedy Andy. When Gruelle's daughter died at the age of 13 from a small pox vaccination, Raggedy Ann became the mascot of the anti-vaccination movement. Gruelle continued writing Raggedy stories in remembrance of Marcella.

Raggedy Ann and Andy are timeless and remain a tender memory from our childhood.


KKJD1 said...

Zoe will love it! How sweet. I have a male cousin who collects Raggedy Ann and Andy of course he would kill me if he know I was telling you this, he always says dont tell anyone they will think I crazy. Well anyways cant wait to see the final project. Blessings, KAren

Anonymous said...

the original and authentic raggedy ann dolls had hearts embroidered on their chests that could be seen when their shirts were lifted up..good luck with the quilt..cute idea..another masterpiece in progress

Neabear said...

I never knew the history of the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. That is cool. The things I learn from my friends in blogland! That is so cool!

Katmom said...

I too did not know the history of Raggady Ann & Andy....
Thanx for sharing it.
Now quit lolly gagging & get back to stitchin' lol!
Have a wonderful tuesday.

Mona said...

I'd not heard the history either. Thanks so much for sharing!! :)

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Oh Bev this is going to so cute and special for the little girl. It will be a treasure for her to keep for long time.
Keep Stitchen'

Ruth said...

Bev~I didn't know the story of Raggedy Ann. Thank you for sharing the story. I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

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