Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cozy "Little Cottages"




I just finished a new pattern design and I named it "Little Cottages". I wanted to share the story and what prompted me as to developing this fun new design.

When I was a young girl growing up in a small town in Iowa, my friends in our neighborhood and I would dress up in our mothers' clothes, wear high-heeled shoes and jewelry. We would have weddings, tea parties and play school. Of course, we would also play with our dolls and paper dolls! We would build our houses out of chopped wood from wood piles that were in our back yards. With many trips, we filled our wagons and moved pieces of wood to an empty lot close by and proceeded to build our log homes. To us, they were beautiful "cozy" little cottages. Today, I still love little cottages and, out of this memory, I designed this pattern for a applique table topper and kitchen towel.

Above is a picture taken in 1946 with my two friends Casey and Cindy. We were 6 years old. Cindy and I still keep in touch. She is in the middle and I am on her right. I sure had fun playing again! Quilty hugs, Carolyn

21 comments:

  1. They are cute, both the cottages and the girls! You can call those girls: the 3 C's!

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  2. What an adorable photo! I just love photos like these so much! What a great story too. I think we all did things like this as little ones. I remembeer my sister and brother and I made a log fort out in our back field and used cut up tree trunks for our chairs! Great fun!! We had hallways and all sorts of goodies in there :)

    I love your pattern you designed!! It is so sweet and I love the fabric colors you chose!!

    Have a great weekend!

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  3. Thank you for your sweet comments! You just made my day.

    If you click on each of the pictures you will get a close up view of all, even of the 3 C's!! Hugs, Carolyn

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  4. I love the photo and wonderful story behind your new pattern design!
    This cottage pattern is just darling!

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  5. Very cute pattern and I love the picture of all you little girls!

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  6. Your little cottages are sew cute Carolyn but I really love the picture of the three of you!

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  7. Hello, is this nice i like it so mutch, and i like the wonderful story and the nice 3 little girls. thank you for showing,
    kind regards Marika

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  8. Carolyn the patterns are gorgeous - another super creation!! I love the story and you girls were adorable, well you still are!!

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  9. What great looking cottages! The girls remind me of when I was little and the "things" we got into.

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  10. Your little cottages are just wonderful! And the picture of you and your little girl friends is just precious. I think all little girls just love playing dress up! And playing house - it's in our genes. I love enlarging the pictures - you can see such wonderful little details. I think I see the little girl on the left has the sole of her shoe loose - I can remember how we used to have kits to resole shoes. Had almost forgotten that. Great post!! Carol

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  11. Just love your story and photo of you when you and your friends were young. The cozy cottages that you made are really lovely. That photo is just priceless and wonderful!

    Helen

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  12. Love the little cottages - and you were a sweet
    lovely little girl, so pretty!

    Keep up the good work we all so enjoy looking at
    your blog! Donna says.

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  13. Great post, sweet girls.
    I just love houses and your cottages are just so cute.

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  14. I love little cottages--and yours are just delightful as is the picture--and to think you are still friends after all these----well I won't say the word "years"!!!!!!
    Hugs, Di

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  15. I love your colorful blog.
    Cute girls, easy to tell they are close to my generation. You just don't see girls dressed like that today...but I remember the rubber band to hold the sole of your shoe on. Two ration stickers a year for shoes in the war years was tough for a family with growing children
    I really do like your colorful blog. I am hoping my own will improve as time goes along, need to go to blog school.

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  16. What sweet story and what a sweet little girl you were. I love your design and all the projects you made with it. Very inspiring!

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  17. Simply adorable. Such sweet days with role models of genuine substance. Today's little girls see too much daft television and then run about emulating pre-teen rock stars. Well, not all little girls; thank goodness. Your work is beautiful and so are your sentiments. I'd like to meet your other two personalities. Tee hee.

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  18. What a good story behind your pattern! Thanks for sharing. Your cottages look lovely :)

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  19. That's such a marvellous story and a charming photograph. The design is wonderful. ann...

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  20. It brings back memories of my cousin and I playing dress up back in the mid 60's. We wore shawls and pretended to live on the Ponderosa and of course we always fought over who got to marry Little Joe. It's a shame kids have so many toys and electronics that most will never the kinds of memories those of us have who lived during a time when we knew how to entertain ourselves without all store bought stuff.

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  21. Darling pattern. I used to do the same things and loved playing house, school, etc. We are on our way to Chicago area now and after DH's high school reunion on 9/18/10, we will be making a beeline for home. I would love to go through Iowa & visit you and another friend (& some quilt shops), but we are starting to long for home now and by the 18th, we will be very anxious to get there!

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