I was trying to remember when exactly I started sewing and crafting. I remember making paper dolls when I was about 6, but sewing came a bit later. I think I was around 9 when I made this little doll’s quilt. It’s really very small and made up of scraps lying about the house- as you can see my ‘make it up as you go along’ approach started young! The turtle in the ‘centre’ is a Mola that I had already, a type of reveal patchwork done by an indigenous South American group called the Kuna.
I had help from my grandma, who was visiting at the time and is an amazing quilter, to do the back and the edging. My 9 year old stitches have not stood the test of time unfortunately but the dolls don’t complain!
Photo by Louise Mew in Trinidad (hence the brilliance of the sunshine)