If you’re at all interested in vintage (30s and 40s) sewing and dolls, you may have heard of Edith Flack Ackley. She had lots of patterns as well a book called “Dolls to Make for Fun and Profit”
I found the images below on Pinterest; do a search for “Edith Flack Ackley” and you will find lots more inspiration. There’s a free pattern to make them here: http://ufdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ackley-pattern.pdf It should be easy to enlarge or even shrink these down to about 6″ tall to make them as dolls for your 18″ dolls!
There’s a 30s style quilt here https://jenwrenne.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/dresden-quilt-april-2013.pdf