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Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2001 11:07:36 -0500

From: Beth Donaldson <quilts@museum.msu.edu

The Great Lakes Quilt Center at the Michigan State University Museum is

holding a Michigan Quilt Project Documentation Day on Saturday, March 17,

2001, from 11 am - 4 pm in the MSU Musuem's auditorium. We invite you to

bring any quilt (old and new, all are welcome) to the auditorium where we

will record and photograph it for our on-going data base.

For more information contact Mary Worrall at 517-432-4118. You can also

e-mail quilts@museum.msu.edu.

Beth Donaldson

Quilt Collections Assistant

MSU Museum


Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001 11:21:45 EST

From: Quilt25@aol.com

To: qhl@cuenet.com

Subject: Fwd: [DJ] NDJ, but Quilt Related: Dr. Raymond Dobard

Last month, DJ Janet in MA and I attended a two-day seminar/workshop led by

Dr. Dobard, one of the authors of Hidden in Plain View, a Secret Story of

Quilts and the Underground Railroad. This email has nothing to do with the

subject of the book or his discussion of the subject matter, except to say

that he is a great speaker and I found his lecture both interesting and

heartwarming. He is one of the most personable speakers I have ever heard and

was lots of fun in the workshop. He makes quilts, crochets, and does

needlework. He showed some of his own quilts, then discussed old quilts and

blocks that others had brought. I would like to share comments he made.

Old quilts and blocks: He recommends that we not quilt old tops. Quilt

historians are now able to date old tops by looking at the thread used to

piece them. If old blocks are sewn onto papers with written material on them,

removing that paper removes clues to the age of the blocks. (This hit home as

I once removed magazine articles from the Korean Conflict era from blocks I

wanted to piece into a top.)

New quilts: Throw away the color wheel. Look to nature for your color

combinations. (This is in direct opposition to what Judith Montano recently

did in a crazy quilt workshop. She looked at my "palette" of fabrics, and

told me that two of mine didn't match up on the color wheel. I like Dr.

Dobard's philosophy personally. But I enjoyed Montano's workshop also. She is

also lots of fun.)

Just thought I would share these comments with you. Whether you agree or not,

I found them interesting. By the way, if you ever get a chance to hear Dr.

Dobard, please go.

Linda in Mesquite, TX



Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2001 11:50:23 -0500

From: Newbie Richardson <pastcrafts@erols.com

Xenia, Laura, et al,

I knew you guys would have some insight! This is clearly no later

than very early 40's based on fabrics - that I am confident of. And the

story is not a well known one like Gone With The Wind. But the idea of

a "Victorian" theme is just right. There is a block with a man on a

high wheeled bicycle. I'll try and find a copy of the Uncoverings, my

own stash do not go back that far.




Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001 12:20:40 EST

From: Quilt25@aol.com


In a message dated 3/7/01 10:56:46 AM Central Standard Time,

pastcrafts@erols.com writes:

<< I'll try and find a copy of the Uncoverings, my

own stash do not go back that far.

I recently "inherited" copies of Uncoverings of the period of 1980 throught

1988, as well as several books relating to quilt histories from various

areas. This has sparked an increased interest in quilt history. Are

Uncoverings and American Quilt Study Group still in existance?

Peg in North Texas

Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001 23:15:24 EST

From: Edwaquilt@aol.com


I was at JoAnn Fabrics tonight and saw a "candle wax removing" compound. It

is made by the Goo Gone people. Says it will remove was from all kinds of

things including fabric. Instructions indicate to put the liquid on until

the wax is soft then scraped off with the included scraper, then wash.



Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2001 22:38:02 -0600

From: Laura Hobby Syler <texas_quilt.co@airmail.net


Oh my!

We sell gallons of goo-gone and Un-do at the Container Store, and use it by the

gallons to clean everything....it does remove gum from just about anything. But

it is a very *very* oily substance and I doubt that I would risk using it on a

quilt, unless it was it's last hope. I'll be back in the store to work a short

shift on Sunday. I'll check the product information sheet and see what they say

about it. I might call the buyers before then and see if they have any insight.

I still vote for the freezer, iron then boiling water routine.



Edwaquilt@aol.com wrote:

I was at JoAnn Fabrics tonight and saw a "candle wax removing" compound. It

is made by the Goo Gone people. Says it will remove was from all kinds of

things including fabric. Instructions indicate to put the liquid on until

the wax is soft then scraped off with the included scraper, then wash.



Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001 04:10:11 -0500

From: "Judy Kelius (judysue)" <judysue@ptd.net

Last night on eBay an old receipt dated 1882 from a company that bills

itself as "Well-Known Conveyors of Genuine Lancaster Quilts" (Lancaster,

PA) sold for $102.50. I put copies of the photos on my own web site since

sellers often remove photos right after an item has sold. Has anyone ever

seen anything like this? Do you think they were "quilts" as we know them

today? I find the items on the bill of sale just as interesting as the

letterhead - three "white counterpanes," "col. (colored?) cotton," and a

"fancy stript." My guess is that the counterpanes are woven (letterhead

refers to "white honey-combed counterpanes"), but I'm not sure about the

others. The company also sold woven coverlets & so I'm wondering if they

were primarily weavers. Did they call woven coverlets "quilts" in 1882?

Anyway, I thought you would all enjoy seeing this . . . ironic, isn't it

that even more than 100 years ago Lancaster County "quilts" were considered

something special <GR?

To see the photos, go to


Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001 08:35:00 -0600

From: Xenia Cord <xecord@netusa1.net

I looked in Checklist of American Coverlet Weavers, the 1978 compilation

by the Abby Aldridge Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Colonial Williamsburg,

and this is what I found:

"Schum, Philip (1814-1880). Born in the grand duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt,

Germany, he settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (Lancaster Co.), sometime

after 1844, and is recorded as weaving there by the Colonial Coverlet

Guild of America, Safford and Bishop, Reinert, and Kovel and Kovel. By

1856 he had established a weaving business known as the Lancaster

Carpet, Coverlet, Quilt, and Yarn Manufactory. At first it was in a

small building on Dorwart Street; a larger factory was erected in 1862

at the corner of Strawberry and South Water streets. Beginning with

four men and one or two looms, Schum progressed to four looms employing

eight men, and later the establishment had at least twenty looms that

required forty men. In 1875 Schum's production per week was about 400

'quilts,' about 500 yards of carpets, plus quantities of blankets,

yarns, and flannels. An inventory of his estate includes a carpet shop,

a weaving shop, a dye-house, a store, a coalyard, and another store.

Also listed were 390 'half-wool coverlets; valued at &920, along with

numerous counterpanes, 'cradle quilts,' and other bed coverings." (page


This may be more than you wanted to know, and it doesn't really answer

the question of whether these were quilts as we know them, but it does

appear that Schum was a coverlet weaver and dealt in other bed and floor




Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 08:32:27 EST

From: KareQuilt@aol.com


Yes, AQSG is still VERY much in existence! Peg, you have a great treasure in

your hands if you inherited the earliest "Uncoverings," for they have long

been out of print. However, a couple of the early ones are gradually being

reprinted with a quilt in full color on the cover. (All the alter issues have

full color covers as well.) But those earliest editions in the aqua (?) cover

are now in the "rare book division" of quilt history, IMHO. We held our

annual meeting in a different city each year. Last year it was held on the

campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where our offices and library

are now located. It was a great thrill to finally see the library collection

accessible to researchers. The International Quilt Study Center is located on

the same campus. What a thrill to tour its facilities, also, and be able to

do behind the scenes research on the Strippy Quilt research project that

Hazel Carter and I are working on at the moment. In the fall of 2001 (Oct

12-14) our annual seminar will be held here in Virginia in Williamsburg. Mark

your calendars! <g You won't want to miss the opportunity to see behind the

scenes at Colonial Williamsburg's textile conservation lab and storage

facilities, not to mention all the great papers that are going to be

presented, plus Round Tables, Study Centers and the Book Store and Silent

Auction! <g AQSG also produces an excellent quarterly newsletter called

Blanket Statements. (Some back issues may be available.) Contact info is:

AQSG, 35th and Holdrege St., East Campus Loop, PO Box 4737, Lincoln, NE

68504-0737; Email: AQSG@unl.edu or 402-472-5361. Website:


If you like Quilt History, this is definitely an organization you will want

to belong to! The published Seminar papers (Uncoverings) and the newsletter

(Blanket Statements) are gold mines!

Karen Alexander

AQSG Regional Coordinator

Northern Virginia


Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 09:29:16 EST

From: QRACQUE@aol.com

Hello everyone,

The Bloomsburg, PA Antique Show at the Fairgrounds will be held on

Sat. March 10th 10-5 and Sunday March 11th 11-5. There are about 75

exhibitors with quite a few dealers in antique quilts, etc. It is indoors,

free parking and good food available and $4.00 admission. It is located at

Buckhorn Exit #34, I-80 on W. Main St., Rt. 11, Bloomsburg, PA.

Please e-mail me privately for more information. Thanks.

Marianne Williams

Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 23:02:46 EST

From: SadieRose@aol.com


I am participating in a combination "Block of the Month" and fabric

history study program through Patchworks in Bozeman, MT called "Nineteenth

Century Nines".

(Before anyone gets excited...the program is closed for this year, Margo is

only making so many kits per month, and registration was only open in

January...sorry!) We receive 14 pieces of repro fabric typical of a certain

era, along with printed info on the fabrics of the time & the social history,

too. It has been very interesting so far. You are supposed to make 6" Nine

patch blocks from the fabrics. The February packet includes 2 fabrics she

refers to as "Ramoneur" prints. I had never heard of this term before, which

of course made me curious about it. Here is what was in our packet:

"Ramoneur (French for chimney sweep)

These dramatic prints were named for their very dark background colors;

black, very dark brown, plum, or deep blue. Floral motifs appear luminous

against such dark colors. This style was very popular on the Continent from

1792-1796. There was a gap of several years before they gained popularity in

England, 1805-1815. These distinctive prints were available in America from

French trading houses in the 1790s and later from English printers."

I have found information on Ramoneur prints in two of my quilt history


"Calico & Chintz - Antique Quilts from the Collection of Patricia S. Smith"

(catalog from the Renwick Gallery exhibit), pg. 32 with photos of quilts pg.

52-53, 70-71.

"Quilts of Provence - The Art and Craft of French Quiltmaking" by Kathryn

Berenson, pg. 6, 88 & 147, both with photos.

I was wondering if anyone has additional info or sources of info on this

type of fabric. I haven't had time to reseach all of the quilt history books

in my library yet. I did not find a listing for this in the index of "Clues

in the Calico" by Barbara Brackman.... I didn't find this term used in

"Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide 1800-1960" by Eileen Jahnke Trestain, although

there are photos of some fabrics that I believe would be called "Ramoneurs"

(pg. 17-19). Also, does anyone know the correct pronunciation (sorry, I took

German in High School, not French :)

I have started a notebook to keep all this info in, along with a

Quilt/Fabric timeline, which should be very helpful when we do quilt


Happy Stitching, Karan from Iowa, where the "glacier" is finally starting

to melt


Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001 22:14:21 -0700

From: Alice Cruz <alice.cruz@home.com

To: (Recipient list suppressed)

Subject: wax removed successfully!



Thanks to everyone who had suggestions for removing candle wax from my

quilt. They included

-- icing/freezing, then scraping the outer wax off

-- pouring boiling water through the wax

-- ironing it out onto white paper towels, brown paper bags, 3-4 week old

newspaper, newsprint

-- use citrus based cleaners such as Simple Green, Un-du, Goo-Gone

I started by removing as much of the wax from the surface of the quilt as

possible. There was still a large hard chunk inside the quilt I went to

the ironing board, using multiple layers of paper towels on both sides of

the quilt, along with a muslin press cloth and several layers of muslin to

protect my ironing board. This removed lots & lots of wax! I went through a

lot of paper towels & replaced the muslin as well. I did get to enjoy the

candle scent as I worked!

When I *finally* got to the point where I did not see any wax on the paper

towels, I could see a stain on the muslin back of the quilt. I'm sure the

same stain was on the front, but that I couldn't see it on the printed

fabrics. The stain also had a stiff feel. I looked through my cleaning

supplies & found a bottle of Goo-Gone. The label specifically mentioned

that it would remove candle wax. The directions said apply sparingly to

avoid spreading the stain, give it time to work, wash in extra detergent. I

ignored the first one & really saturated the stained area. I let it sit for

about 10 minutes, then rinsed in lukewarm water in the sink. I dissolved

some regular laundry detergent (All Free) in a clean sink of water, then

washed the "waxed" portion of the quilt. Rinsed in clean water several

times, then repeated the wash with the entire quilt. (it is a doll quilt).

Rinsed some more & some more & rinsed some more. When I got tired of

rinsing, I laid the quilt out flat to dry.

When it was dry, the stain was gone, but I could feel a slight stiffness in

the area where the wax had been. I have repeated the Goo-Gone application

& the quilt is laid out to dry right now. While it is wet, I cannot tell if

the wax that was causing the stiffness is gone or not. I think it will be.

Thanks to everyone for your help!




Alice Cruz

The Quilted Chile

Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2001 23:24:47 -0500

From: Diane Shink <dimacquilt@sympatico.ca


Hi all

I have been following the info about selvege signing with interest. In Canada

we had access to Laura Ashley cotton, designed in England in the 1970's and I

finally hauled an outfit out of storage that I had made with Laura Ashley

fabric around1979. Needless to say it does not fit but I had left the selvedge

on which states Designed by Laura Ashley R circled. It is lovely cotton and

is now in pieces ready to be recycled. I have already promised some to a

client who does colour wash quilts. In the early 1980's as the quilt bug was

approaching I made 2 large star pillows with the leftover blue and white

cotton so they are now waiting to be labelled and added to my Star Quilt


On a recnet visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London it was easy to

see in a study of 1800's fabrics where Laura got her design ideas. There were

also two of her dresses in the Costume gallery. As well , in the textiles

section the samples of the original William Morris Fabric was dated 1877 in

the selvedge, complete with the Oxford address . It really was a thrill to see

his prints as we had visited the Liberty store the day before and splurged on

some of his more famous prints like Strawsberry robbers.

I must add that I visited London after attending the North Country Quilts

Exhibit by Dorothy Osler and it was a dream come true to see those quilts and

study with Dorothy for 2 days. I literally closed the Museum both afternoons

and spent the majority of my time with the early 19th century chintz

quilts.What a shame the quilts will not travel but Museum staffing

problems,time ,money and communication seem to be the same world wide.

Incidently I have brought back an autographed copy of the Exhibit book for the

MASs auction in Paducah April 27.

Diane Shink, AQS Certified Appraiser, in snowy Montreal


Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2001 14:19:30 EST

From: JQuilt@aol.com

maybe the prints were dark/ drab from all of the soot on the chimney

sweeper's clothes...:)))))))))



Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2001 22:07:57 +0100

From: Daniele Seyrig Baumgarten <d.seyrig@wanadoo.fr


There are two dresses made with ramoneur prints in the exhibition that is

closing tomorow at the Musee Galliéra in Paris . I was so happy to get to

see so much ramoneur print fabric at one time VBG They are wonderful .

Now to pronounce ramoneur try ra mo ner and you will be quite close to it.

try and pronounce the ner syllabe as open as possible using your mouth

rather than your throat to produce the sound . A bit difficult to explain

on the web ...

Danièle in Paris


Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2001 17:09:53 -0600

From: "quilt97" <quilt97@prodigy.net


I bought a red and white basket quilt top at a garage sale this morning.

The seller, a beginning quilter, had been thrilled to first buy it, brought

it home and washed it. Yes, the quilt top is now red and pink. So she sold

it to a good home.

I have tried Sythropol on a pink corner and that didn't remove the pink. A

weak bleach solution on another pink corner (not touching the red baskets)

did remove the pink. From previous reading I don't think the bleach is good

for the fabric, so if anyone has any suggestions on how to remove the pink

(red bleeding onto white) and still retain the red in the red fabric where

it belongs, I sure would appreciate it!



Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 10:19:10 EST

From: ZegrtQuilt@aol.com


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