Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Rag Darlings

Dolls. You either love them or not. I fall into the category of loving them, so working on a book about them was a joy for me.

And now you can enjoy it too! Hot off the press is Gloria Nixon's latest book, Rag Darlings.

Gloria combines her talents as a researcher, historian and collector extraordinaire to tell the story of dolls. The history is fascinating, as are the photos of all the dolls and doll ephemera in her collection. And she keeps collecting! She is showing off her latest Aunt Jemima here, one that arrived after the book was done.

I had the pleasure of delivering some dolls to her recently. She let me photograph her feedsacks on hand. I'd also like to report that she is one of the most fun, dearest people on the planet. Her home is nestled in a dream-like spot in our beautiful Flint Hills.

Do run out and get your copy of Rag Darlings today, you won't regret it. I predict and hope that Gloria has many more books in her future ...


  1. I love that her feedsacks are all starched and pressed just like Grandma would have done it. Looking forward to the book.

  2. Can't wait to see this one. I bought a feedsack doll recently. She was so sweet, I couldn't resist her. Thanks for keeping us posted on what's new!

  3. I met Gloria via eBay several years ago. It has been a joy to correspond with her ever since over our love of quilt history. I was so excited when my copy of "Rag Darlings" arrived and thrilled to discover that one of the few pre-printed fabric dolls I have was very similar to the one on page 12 in the book. Then I read her chapter on the Sea Island Sugar Dolls. Low and behold, I had a couple of those pieces, too, but not yet made into dolls. Thank you, Gloria Nixon, for doing the research and then making the great effort to share it with the rest of us!

  4. I had the pleasure of a tour that took me through the Flint Hills at end of January 2014 when I went to Kansa City for North American Farm Direct Marketing Conference....wish I would have had time to enjoy the Quilting there! Thanks for sharing this. Elaine from Fairview, AB, Canada...St-eakin at telusplanet dot net