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The Little Girl in the Giant Bonnet

Holly Hobbie is a character from the 1960’s illustrated on American Greetings cards. She was a “cat-loving, rag-dress wearing little girl in a giant bonnet.” The quilt on my tablescape today is made of this adorable little girl. She is endearing to me because she is wearing my mother-in-love’s clothing from her childhood.


The quilt is a sampler of a little girls’ wardrobe. It’s stitched with blues, pinks, greens and reds on an ivory background.

water pitcher

A soft backdrop for teatime.

the little girl in the giant bonnet

Could this be a dress and petticoat for Sunday School?

table for two

Was this a shorts outfit she wore to a picnic?


One pink rose in memory of the mother who lovingly laundered all these dresses.

rothschild by noritake

Holly Hobbie loved cats.

rag dress

So does my mom-in-love. Even if they scratch things they aren’t suppose to.

quilted tablecloth

Could these be dresses she wore to her piano lessons?

pink rose

Are the patches from a little pink sundress? Bonnets from a pair of dungarees?

one rose

Did she hurry to school in a sailor’s dress?

lavender bonnet

Was this a playsuit from a Butterwick or McCalls’ pattern?  Did it have an adorable Peter Pan collar?

holly hobbie red

Or was it a pinafore ordered from the Sears catalogue?

glass candlesticks

Or a hooded cape made by the hands of a loving aunt?

The Little Girl with the Giant Bonnet

I enjoy talks with my mother-in-love. Talks about art, literature, collections, and antiques. We love to reminisce about her precious grandchildren. We discuss fashion trends and decorating. We love our cats, little girls dressed in rag dresses and giant bonnets.

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