An Exciting New Addition to the American Girl Doll Lending Program
We recently received a donation of nine quilts, each one designed and created specifically for one of our historic American Girl Dolls.
The quilts were created by the Scrapbaggers Quilt Group, from the southern suburbs of Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Each woman in the group researched patterns and colors of quilts from the era of one of the dolls, then created a quilt just for her. Each quilt includes a label with the doll’s name, and the initials of quilter.
See detailed photos of each quilt on flickr, including the backs and labels.
The quilts are currently on display on the first floor at Central Library, but each one will eventually circulate with one copy of each American Girl Doll.
This remarkable donation is the brain-child of Laura Nagel, president of Minnesota Quilters, Inc and a librarian at Eagan High School, MN.
Nagel, who also teaches quilt classes and lectures on women’s history as revealed through quilts, read about the American Girl Doll Project in School Library Journal, and decided our program would make a great service project for her Scrapbagger group.
Before making their way to Arlington, these quilts were shown at the Minnesota Quilters monthly meeting, where they were very well received. Members now plan to also make create a quilt for Kaya and Samantha (our more recent additions to the American Girl Doll Lending Program).
We are thrilled to have inspired such a remarkable project, and honored to have received such beautiful examples of American History.