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Camryn's Quilt - Raggedy Ann Redwork posted: 3/10/2003
by Dori Hawks Printable Page
Category: Pieced
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While expecting my grandchild, my daughter-in-law began planning the nursery. She decided to go with a Raggedy Ann theme, not using the cutesy fabrics with the Raggedy dolls on it, but a red and white (cream) striped fabric that said "Raggedy Ann and Andy" in red on the red stripes. She fell in love with the redwork quilts we had seen at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. We found only one book that had some redwork raggedys in it, and some cream fabric with red outline drawings of old fashioned children playing, which looked like redwork. Then, later we found a red fabric with cream line drawings on it to add to our collection.

Our next stop was the bookstore to get a Raggedy Ann book. I traced some of the drawings from the book, copied and enlarged them on my copy machine, until they were the right size for the spaces in the quilt where they were going to be placed. My original idea was to embroider them by hand in the redwork style, but realized that it was going to take too much time and the baby was almost due!

I decided to make the quilt, and then trace the line drawings onto the top of the quilt. During the quilting process, I did "quilted" redwork. Using red thread, I quilted on the lines I had traced for the Raggedy Ann and Andy characters. It has the redwork "look" without all the time spent in hand embroidery. Needless to say, I still did not get the quilt done in time, but I did get it done, although it turned out much bigger than originally planned. It is going to hang on the wall until she grows into a bigger bed.

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