These little dolls are made in one part of the Netherlands where wearing the traditional dress is still an everyday custom. As clothing wears out, some of it is recycled to make these little souvenir dolls. (The orange dress is worn on National Holidays, while blues, blacks, and other colors are worn on other days.)
On the last day of that retreat (the theme was "small studies") I made a block of 0.25 inch squares and bordered it with some bright solids. I decided to surprise Joes and Isabeau, extending a hand in friendship on behalf of all of the American retreaters there, by giving them some "homework" in preparation for the medallion quilt retreat the following year (;-). I asked them to take this center and have some of their friends in the Netherlands add to it as a kind of distant participation in making a medallion quilt that originated at BIQR. They did so (probably twisting a few arms in the process) and brought back this wonderful rendition. Many thanks to Joes, Isabeau, Ans, Lucy, and Ellen.
|close up of the original center(3"x3.5") and three "rounds"|
|Medallion made by our friends in the Netherlands (24"x24")|
At the end of this year's retreat, Isabeau presented me with a center to continue the process. (What goes around comes around - and I gave her permission to do so!)
I am looking forward to passing this along to the women who have volunteered to grow this quilt. We will give it back to Isabeau and Joes next year.