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After almost 7 years, my blog theme was very out-of-date, and the same theme was no longer available.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.


Butterfly Embroidery Patterns, 1914

Here are some sweet butterfly designs from a newspaper article titled “Of Interest To Every Woman” edited by Martha Westover. The designs took up almost an entire page, included some duplicate butterflies, and were meant to be transferred directly from newsprint to fabric using the following method.

Dissolve a half teaspoonful of washing powder or a small piece of soap in two-thirds of a glass of water. To this add a tablespoonful of ammonia. Place the material on which the transfer is to be made on a hard, smooth surface, saturate the back of the design with the above solution, place the design face down on the material, laying a sheet of thick paper over the back of the design; hold firmly with one hand and with the bowl of a spoon rub, with pressure from you.

This sounds both tricky and messy, and like something that might not work all that well.  I think I’d just trace the pattern.

These butterflies remind me of some I saw on an embroidered quilt for sale on ebay some years ago. They were so whimsical and original, that I wrote a post about them.


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Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #9 – Bye, Baby Bunting

Since it was discovered that blankets should no longer be used to cover baby in her crib, she needs cozy sleepwear for cool nights. Bunting is back, baby!

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #9



Bye, Baby Bunting,

Daddy’s gone a hunting,

For to get a ribbit’s skin,

To wrap the Baby Bunting in.

Baby Bunting is bidding “bye” to his daddy. Do you suppose he needs a bigger rabbit skin, or one for Sundays? It seems like Baby Bunting is mighty little to be out alone, but Mother Goose and her helpers can keep care of him till he gets back his daddy and a soft, new coat.

Here’s my doll-sized Baby Bunting block . . .


and here’s the first two rows set together with sashing made from tiny vintage squares (this amazing ebay purchase). I added the top border so you could see how it’s going to be trimmed with vintage rick-rack. It’s very scrappy and busy, but I like it.




Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #8 – Little Miss Muffet

According to Wikipedia: A tuffet, pouffe or hassock is a piece of furniture used as a footstool or low seat. It is distinguished from a stool in that it is completely covered in cloth so that no legs are visible, and is essentially a large hard cushion that may have an internal wooden frame to give it more rigidity.

If my blocks were a bit larger, I would have been tempted to give that spider six more legs.

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #8



Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,

Eating her curds and whey;

Along came a spider and sat down beside her,

And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Miss Muffet is still sitting all straight and proper. She hasn’t seen the dreadful, old spider dropping down to peek under her bonnet yet. If you will trace her quickly before she humps to run, you can always keep her with the other little Quilties, and the big old spider will not hurt her, either, because he is really busy spinning a new web.

The doll quilt version . . .




Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #7 – Jack Sprat

Dyspeptic — now that’s a word you don’t hear much anymore, and certainly not one you would normally read in an article intended for children. It does seem to be a good description of Mr. Sprat, however, since it means irritability brought on by indigestion. I think I would be irritable, too, if I never ate any fat. As for Mrs. Sprat, I would be a little offended at being called “fat and greasy,” even though (when you read the whole sentence) I think it’s meant as a sort of compliment.

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #7



Jack Sprat would eat no fat,

His wife could eat no lean;

And so between them both

They licked the platter clean.

Doesn’t Jack Sprat look dyspeptic and grouchy?  Ugh! He just got a little piece of fat on his fork and it almost took his poor lean appetite. But Mrs. Sprat gobbles it up. She is so fat and greasy that she slides along easily and keeps poor Jack good natured enough to belong with the happy Quilties.

Here is my doll-sized Jack Sprat block, as well as the Simple Simon block that I didn’t finish in time for his post last week.




Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #6 – Simple Simon

It’s interesting that Ruby McKim decided to use the third verse of the Simple Simon rhyme for this quilt. She also used it a decade later in her Rhyme Land quilt (pattern available here). Many children are probably familiar with the first two verses, having to do with the Pie Man, but this verse is less well known.

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #6



Simple Simon went a-fishing

For to catch a whale;

But all the water he could find

Was in his mother’s pail.

Poor Simple Simon! He expects to catch a great big whale almost any minute. He has sat there a long time, but he will never get a bite. Whales do not swim around in wooden pails, and that is all that Simple Simon could find. If you will let him be a Quiltie, though, he will fish there as long as your quilt lasts.

Things have been a little hectic around here, so I didn’t manage to finish my square for this week. Hopefully by next week I’ll be back on track with two new blocks completed — Simple Simon and Jack Sprat.


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Happy 4th of July and Stencil Winners

How about a nice Workbasket eagle to stitch for our Independence Day here in the USA. More vintage patriotic transfers are available in earlier posts here and here.


Congratulations to the winners of The Stencil Company feather templates.



Sandra D


I will be contacting you for your mailing address. The stencil packages will be shipped directly from the company.


Embroidered Place Cards

Here’s a little project for my mother-in-law’s upcoming 86th birthday. It’s easy and fun to do, and reminds me of stitching sewing cards when I was little.


Select an Alphabet
I used an old Leisure Arts booklet (20 Backstitch Alphabets, Mini Series #2). You could also use a font. These instructions are for working with a block type alphabet that will line up with a grid.

Draw the Names on Grid Paper
Pick a grid size that will work with your place card size (I used 1/10th inch). You might have to adapt the design to fit the front of your place card (some of my I letters are narrower than others). Make your lines fairly dark so you will be able to see them through the cardstock.

Cut your Cardstock into Place cards
My placecards are 4 1/4″ wide x 4″, cut from legal size cardstock with a parchment design. They will be folded in half after stitching.

Copy the Dots onto your Cards
Use a light box of some sort and position your card over your drawing. Make sure you copy the dots to the bottom half of the card, which will be the front. Place a tiny pencil dot at each point you want to insert your needle.

Punch Holes in your Cards
Using an embroidery needle, poke small holes in each dot.

Stitch your Names
Use perle cotton, floss, or any similar thread to stitch the names in back stitch. Fold the card in half so it will stand on its own.

Moving on now to making crepe paper flowers, which will serve as both the centerpieces and party favors.


Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #5 — Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

It’s interesting to read the little comments under each nursery rhyme. The author must have been either Ruby Short McKim or a McKim Studios employee, because I’ve found the same text in several different newspapers. Of course the comments are old-fashioned, and some are a little odd  — maybe due to the recently introduced “scientific” theory of raising children.

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #5


Mary, Mary, quite contrary,

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells and cockle shells,

And pretty maids all in a row.

I wonder why Mary, Mary, or any other nice child should be contrary? Pleasant children are much happier and better loved. Mary, Mary looks like she is going to behave now and grow flowers, which are already showing on our Quiltie.

Here is my quiltie for this week. It’s a little tricky to get all the details just right using a 3 1/4″ image, especially since I struggle with back stitch. I just can’t seem to get my stitches the same length or perfectly straight, but at least I’m getting a lot of practice.




String Star Quilt and Stencil Company Giveaway

It took six months to complete the quilting, but the String Star quilt is finally done. I’m very pleased with the feather quilting, and it was such fun to stitch that I’m a little sorry it’s done. Two Stencil Company templates were used in the plain spaces (10″ feather square and 5″ feather wreath), while the string stars were quilted with 3 diamonds in each point, spaced about 1/2″ apart. There is more information about this quilt in an earlier post.



For the giveaway I selected two additional feather patterns, the 8″ triangular feather for corners, and the 5″ large curved feather for borders. Four commenters will be selected, so your chances of winning should be pretty good. I always want to support businesses that provide products for hand quilters, so here’s a big thank you to The Stencil Company for donating the templates for this giveaway.

To win one of the four quilting template assortments, simply leave a comment below. I’ll use a random number generator to select four winners on Saturday, July 4.


Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #4 – Old King Cole

Mother Goose Quiltie #4


Old King Cole was a merry old soul,

And a merry old soul was he;

He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl,

And he called for his fiddlers three.

Everyone loves Old King Cole. He is so jolly and fat and not like other kings at all. He loved to sit all sprawled out in his great chair, smoking his pipe as we see him, and maybe he has just called for his three fiddlers. Maybe too, he is kind of proud to think that he is King of all the Quilties.

Yay! One more reader participating in the Mother Goose quilt-a-long. Welcome, Mallika! Once everyone has a chance to finish, I hope to show photos of all the quilts. Here’s my doll-sized square for this week.



Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #3 – Jack and Jill

I’m really excited that several readers are stitching along with me — Patty and Robin are making their blocks 6″, while Cathy is following the original instructions, and making her blocks 10″.

Here is Mother Goose Quiltie #3


Jack and Jill went up the hill

To fetch a pail of water;

Jack fell down and broke his crown,

And Jill came tumbling after.

Jack and Jill! They did not do anything so wonderful, yet ‘most every child in the country knows about them. They are about the best loved of all Mother Goose’s children; but it must take a lot of loving to make up for a broken head. This Quiltie picture is on the way up, before they got all tumbled. You would not want them after the spill, ’cause they would not look so tidy.

Are you saving each block carefully?



Here is my doll-sized Jack and Jill block, which I made with my own little chubby hands.



Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #2 – The Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe

This was one of my favorite nursery rhymes when I was little (and still is). I loved imagining living in a shoe with all those siblings, and I always enjoyed looking at the variety of ways the illustrators interpreted the shoe house. I know there are people who have a problem with this particular rhyme, and some have even created new politically correct lines to replace the two about broth and spanking. I still like the original version, though, and it’s the one I taught to my children, just as my mother taught it to me. The explanation under the pattern (as to why the Old Lady is so cranky), is pretty funny.

Mother Goose Quiltie Number 2


There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.

She had so many children she didn’t know what to do;

So she gave them some broth without any bread

And spanked them all soundly and sent them to bed.

The Old Woman who lives in a shoe seems kind of cranky, but you must remember she has a lot more children than the two we see. And, having to live in a shoe is enough to make anyone cross. But she will soon have them all spanked and put to bed, and then she will be as jolly as the rest of the Quilties.

This is the second Quiltie, which is going into the pretty Mother Goose Quilt that you are all going to make, and maybe win one of the gold prizes, which are going to be given for the best quilts, as explained last week.

Here are the first two blocks for my doll quilt.




Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern – Ruby Short McKim, 1920

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle published this McKim series in their children’s section, The Junior Eagle. I hadn’t realized they were originally meant to be made by children, and I love that the Eagle went beyond just publishing the patterns, and sponsored a contest for the little quilt-makers (prizes listed below).

Today we have a drawing of the finished quilt, along with instructions, as well as the first Quiltie in the series — Mother Goose, of course. I wanted to start on a Sunday (just like the Eagle), but I’m a little late. From now on, I will publish each new pattern on successive Sundays, and I hope some of you will stitch along with me. I am thinking of making mine doll sized, but I haven’t quite made up my mind. [Update: I am doing a doll quilt with 4″ finished blocks, and back stitch instead of the suggested outline stitch, because it’s easier to make sharp corners] Click the images to enlarge.


Here is the cunning little quilt we have been telling about, all finished to tuck around the boys and girls who love Mother Goose’s family. See Jack and Jill going for that troublesome pail of water. And can you find stupid, old Humpty Dumpty that fell clear off the wall. Who has jumped right over the candlestick?

Every Sunday, for twenty weeks, one of the little blocks, or Quilties, will be here, just the size to transfer on to a 10-inch muslin square. Be sure to save every pattern, because it takes just twenty for a quilt to fit your bed.

After they are traced through carbon paper onto muslin, big sister or mother can show you about the outline stitch, if you never did it. Use some pretty colored thread, and when the Quilties are all finished they can be set together with strips of the same color. Sure, boys make quilts too, and get tucked under them just the same as girls do.

Of course, you are all going to make one of these Quilts and try for one of the prizes. Read all about them below.


The First Pattern – Mother Goose Quiltie No. 1


Old Mother Goose now leads the way

For all her funny folks to play;

She’ll have a party, just for you,

If careful stitching you can do.

Here is Mother Goose, just as we promised, flying up to sweep the cobwebs out of the sky. The Man in the Moon is watching to see that she does a good job. By morning she’ll be all through and come sweep the cobwebs out of kiddie’s sleepy eyes in time to see the big, bright sun.

Note — To change the drawing into a quilt block, get a smoothly ironed piece of muslin, 10 inches square and a blue or black carbon paper. Lay the muslin down on a flat surface. Place the carbon paper over it. On top of the carbon paper place the above drawing. Stick rows of pins around the design so it will be held firmly in place over the carbon and the muslin. Then, so that the traced lines of the design will be perfectly straight, lay a ruler along the lines of the drawing. Trace over the lines of the drawing and the pattern will be transferred through the carbon to the muslin. Then you can outline stitch the lines on the muslin and have the pattern in thread. There are twenty drawings in all, so when the series is completed you will have enough muslin squares to make a child’s quilt.


My Swap Doll Quilt Arrived!

A package arrived from Margaret today, and you can imagine how excited I was to open these cute presents.


First, the adorable quilt — such a great pattern and colors with those little pinwheels and cute striped border, and look at that amazing quilting.


And there was more — cool pins to hold thread spools and bobbins together, and some beautiful note cards by Kim Diehl.


Check out the gorgeous fabric on the back, and the professional label — she made a border for her label and she even mitered the tiny corners!


I feel like I won the doll quilt lottery!