Posts Written On August 2015

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #15 — Old Mother Hubbard

This was not one of my favorite rhymes when I was little, because I felt sad for Old Mother Hubbard and her dog. It was hard for me to imagine having no food in your cupboard, not even a bone for your poor dog. Note:  In Sharrie’s comment below, she points out that there are additional verses that are actually funny. (also see Wikipedia article).

Ruby McKim’s drawing for this one is pretty cute, although I don’t understand why she assumes the dog is old as well. Where does it say that?

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #15


Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard

To get her poor dog a bone.

But when she got there, the cupboard was bare,

And so the poor dog had none.

Poor Old Mother Hubbard! About all she has is her dog, and now the cupboard is bare and she can’t even find a bone for him. If he wasn’t so old he could go out and find one for himself, but he just sits as you see him in this Quiltie and begs Old Mother Hubbard. All the kind hearted boys and girls will be sorry and will always be good to the dogs when they think of this little Quiltie.



Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #14 — Three Wise Men of Gotham

I was not familiar with this nursery rhyme, so when I saw the illustration, I assumed it was “Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub.” Wikipedia has an interesting article about the history of this rhyme, and the connection between New York City and the “Gotham City” of Batman fame.

One of the wise men looks like he has Kyphosis (Dowager’s Hump), which is something that could have happened to me. After my first bone scan, I was surprised to learn I had osteoporosis because I had no family history or other risk factors. So . . . ladies in your sixties, please get tested.

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #14


Three wise men of Gotham

Went to sea in a bowl.

If the bowl had been strong,

My tale had been longer.

People are not always as wise as they look. What do you think of three men who would go to sea in a bowl? One good thing, they are only going to sail on your quilt, and of course they will not upset there. They ought not get lonesome because there are three of them and they are all great cronies.


Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #13 – Little Bo Peep

Each week I marvel at the way Ruby McKim manages to add so much detail to these illustrations, using only vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines. This Bo-Peep design is one of my favorites — I love her hat with the ribbon, her staff, and her little snood. With just a few well-placed lines, you can see right away that she’s looking for her sheep.



Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep,

And doesn’t know where to find them.

Let them alone and they’ll come home,

Wagging their tails behind them.

Poor Bo Peep! She does not know that her sheep will come back acting the way sheep most always do. So she worries and looks for them, instead of being carefree like the rest of the little Quilties. Boy Blue will be along after a while, and he is used to hunting sheep.

I probably won’t have any more stitched blocks, since I have huge project that I need to get done, and we are taking a couple of trips. I’ll be stitching on the road, though, so I plan to have my quilt top done shortly after the end of this series.

Here’s an antique paper doll postcard of Bo Peep. There are several others in this set, which I have added to the corresponding earlier posts.



Pillowcase Dresses for Bolivian Girls

This week I’ve been sewing little pillowcase style dresses for my blog friend, Lori, to take to Bolivia. There are links to patterns and instructions on Lori’s blog, Humble Quilts, so contact her if you would like to make one or more of these dresses. It’s a great way to use up stash fabrics and small pieces of trim. I was having so much fun, I ended up making two in each size.

Thanks to my sister, Sally, for her fabric donations, and my daughter, Emily for helping me with the color and pattern combinations.



Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #12 – Jack Be Nimble

Finally caught up, and now I’m more than halfway done stitching my 20 blocks. I’m not going to sew any more squares into the quilt until they’re all done, just in case I decide to change their placement in the pattern.

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #12


Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick;
Jack jum over
The candlestick.

Most any boy could jump over a candlestick whether he was very nimble or not, but this candlestick was different. You see, it was almost as tall as Jack. It is a good thing he is not like Jack who went up the hill with Jill, else he would fall down and be burned. He wouldn’t make much of a quiltie then.


Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #10 & 11 – Humpty Dumpty and Ride a Stick Horse

After almost 7 years, my blog theme was very out-of-date, and the same theme was no longer available. My son spent hours transferring my blog to a new theme, and now I have been revisiting all my older posts to tweak the images where the formatting changed a bit. The categories on the sidebar will be going away, replaced by the new category listings across the top. Hopefully, I’ll be adding links to my Facebook and Instagram, and one of these days I’ll stitch a new header. It’s a work in progress, but I’d love to hear what you think, and if you’re experiencing any problems

Anyway, that’s my excuse for being behind on my stitching. No completed blocks today, but I’ve cleaned up two blocks this week to sort of make up.

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #10


Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall.

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Big heads are not always full of brains. Stupid old Humpty Dumpty surely wasn’t. He didn’t have enough sense to keep from tumbling off the wall and spilling over everything. We are glad he did not spatter on our Quiltie. If any egg ever gets on this, it will be some morning when you don’t feel like getting up and mother has to bring your breakfast to bed.

Mother Goose Quiltie #11


Ride a stick horse to Banbury Cross

To see an old woman ride on a white horse.

With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,

She will make music wherever she goes.

Stick horses do not go very fast,  but they are easy for any boy to manage. Besides, this boy is only going to Banbury Cross, and he does not mind the ride, because he is going to see a wonderful sight. If you can stitch him before he rides away, he will be a fine Quiltie, and you can keep his horse, too.