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Thread: Is there a vintage applique "little Gnome Girl" block

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    Is there a vintage applique "little Gnome Girl" block

    A friend was given a box of vintage quilt tops all hand pieced. In the box were 20 blocks of what looked to me to be a Gnome style little girl-in the Sunbonnet Sue style. These were adorable, instead of the bonnet, she had a small cap pointed on top like a gnome. She had longer legs than sue, with slippers as shoes. Her skirt had a windblown effect. There were embroidered little daisys that she was picking and a long sash blowing. The hand work was amazing, she had used a blanket stitch around the girl. Her cap and bloomers were the solid "kona type" colors of the period and each dress was a different feedsack/Aunt Grace(?) print.
    Way back in my memory, I think I have seen something along this line. There was no fusible to adhere the blocks, but they were starched.

    Our question-how would you recommend quilting these once assembled. We discussed just adding sashing between the blocks, does any one have ideas how to complete.
    I will try to get pics but maybe next week.

    Thanks, Jill

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    There is a version like Sunbonnet Sue that looks like little dutch girls. It might be that version you have. It sounds really cute and if it is feed sacks I would look for some 1930 reproduction fabrics to do the sashing. I would outline quilt the figures first. I would quilt a pattern in the sashing like rope, chain or vines with leaves. After that was done I would go back in and individually quilt inside the figures around the arms, apron etc. Are you going to hand quilt or machine quilt?

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    It really sounds like the girl used in the Hummel figurines from Germany. I've not seen applique pieces for her, but I know you can get machine embroidery designs (or at least you could) that worked with Pfaff embroidery machines.
    Regina in Richmond, KY

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    It does look more like the Hummel figures. I probably will not quilt but hopefully the Guild will have someone help. I am not a LAQ . Nor a handquilter---I just do small pieces- on my Elna mid arm, unfortunately I am not that good to attack this darlin.
    Thanks for suggestions

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