About Jacq

“Mommy, can you make a doll for me?”


This simple question, asked by my daughter when she was five years old, was the beginning of my doll-making endeavors.

Nothing in my previous work experience would have suggested that doll-making and quilting were in my future.

I had worked as an economist; as a development specialist for Ghana, Togo, and Benin; and as a manager for projects working to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS.

Those experiences were richly rewarding, but I needed a creative outlet.  I turned to quilting in 2002 and found that cutting up perfectly good fabric and using it to create pictures was both challenging and fulfilling.  In 2010, a long-forgotten memory of the very first (and very worst) quilt I made surfaced and I wrote about it here.

 Because I had made quilts and several Halloween costumes, it was perfectly reasonable to my little girl that I could make a doll for her.  And because it was for my daughter, I tried.  After a lot of trial, error, and time (and some unsuccessful attempts that my daughter lovingly adopted), I had a doll we were both pleased with.  Hand-dyeing the fabric for their skin allows me to create almost any skin tone, and their embroidered little faces make me smile.  I hope they make you smile, too.

May I make a doll for you?

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