Cloth Doll
Printable version

  • Copyright © 1989 Caryl Bryer Fallert
  • Size: 38" x 48"  
  • Techniques: Hand dyed, pleated, machine pieced, and quilted
  • Materials: fabric: 100% cotton  / batting: wool
  • Private Collection, Barrington, Illinois
See more information and details below

Larger image


Design Concept

In 1989 I was challenged by Elinor Peace Bailey to make a cloth doll for her book Mother Plays with Dolls. I had never made a doll before, but it sounded like a fun challenge.

This doll ended up being a bit autobiographical. She has my wild curly red hair, made of unplyed yarn. At the time I made her,  I was two years into my 30-year career of teaching and lecturing on the national and international quilt seminar circuit. I was also still working as a flight attendant for United Airlines, and often came home from a busy teaching trip, only to rise early the next morning and don my airline uniform. The doll is dressed in the sort of outfit I wore as an itinerate art teacher, something bright and splashy on the top and comfortable travel clothes underneath. On one arm she carries a typical quilt conference bag, embellished with pins representing various quilting tools. On the other arm she carries a typical flight attendant tote bag with the United Airlines logo, made from a piece of one of my old uniforms. A scrap from one of my uniform scarves hangs out of the bag. The tunic was a piece of painted silk left over from an ensemble I made for the Fairfield Fashion Show in 1989. It was supposed to be a sleeve for a blouse, but the dye ran as I was painting it, so it ended up as a doll dress.


  • Mother Plays with Dolls (exhibit was in Houston for the International Quilt Festival (probably 1990) and may have traveled after that)
Click details for larger images
Click for larger image.
side views
Click for larger image.


  • Mother Plays with Dolls, McLean, Va.: EPM Publications, ©1990: Elinor Peace Bailey   pp. 70-71
Web Site Design by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry 1997-2022 All Rights Reserved
Bryerpatch Studio • 10 Baycliff Place • Port Townsend, WA • 98368 • USA
360-385-2568 • caryl@bryerpatch.com

Updated 12/29/16