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Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 15:49:32 -0800

From: quilterflash.net

i sent someone on this list what i thot was a copy of my word document that

was compiled over the years. it was just a list of dates and the fabrics,

colors, and printing techniques used during different time spans. now that

i'm looking for it in my directory i can't seem to find it. i'm thinking

that when i sent it as a file, it sent my actual file instead of a copy of

it. could whoever that was get in touch with me and perhaps send me back a

copy? thanx.

---duh patti in san diego


Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 16:09:49 -0800

From: "Colleen" <silkypsln.com

Thanks for posting the info. on the Valentine. Since my husband is back

there, I told him about it and he was able to visit it this last

weekend. He was really impressed with the items made from tobacco

ribbons and labels. He posed the question, "If fabric was so scarce,

what about all the thread they had to use and the needles?" He said the

ribbons were quite narrow and therefore a lot of thread was used. Were

thread and needles as dear, or just cloth?




I am not a member of this list, but am searching for answers that

maybe someone here could help. My church recently acquired a red and

white quilt dated 1916. It is red and white and resembles a backward

swastika. It is signed through out the pattern with the names of the

congregation members at that time. Someone stated they thought it was a

symbol at that time of good luck and possibly a Pa. Dutch heritage. Any

knowledge would be truly appreciated. Please e-mail me directly.

Thanx - Judy of starliteaccessgate.net


Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 19:55:46 -0500

From: Nancy Morgen <nancysquiltmindspring.com

the swastika pattern was originally known as flyflot or flyfoot, and was

indeed a good luck symbol - its useage is very old and from different cultures.

Nancy Morgen

CEO of the DUH Factory



Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 12:27:45 +1100

From: "kate knight" <kateknightoptushome.com.au


Dear qhl'ers

A friend has just asked for advice with cleaning a quilt, it is new (just

completed) and somehow has developed a large stain (about 6" across) on the

dark blue backing which smells suspiciously like furniture polish.

A textile conservator at our Powerhouse Musuem here in Sydney has advised

her not to wash it as it may set the stain, but instead to have it

dry-cleaned. I can't remember how many times I have read not to treat

quilts with dry-cleaning chemicals, so I was quite surprised to hear this


After such stunning success with the wax problem, I am hoping that the

wealth of knowledge and experience on this list may be able to comment or


With thanks, Kate



Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 10:57:12 -0500

From: "Jan Drechsler" <quiltdocsover.net

Our list mom Kris Driessen will be a vendor at my guild show so if you come,

be sure and stop by and introduce yourselves. And shop at her booth First!

I will be white-gloving, setting up and scribing for a while and would love

to meet you.

Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, 2001 - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Quilt Show - A Biennial Show"

LeFrak Gymnasium, Amherst College, S. Pleasant Street/Route 116,

Amherst, MA

Almost 400 quilts on exhibit, plus vendors, snack bar and luncheon,

raffle quilt and demonstrations. Mini Quilt Auction both days. For

information contact Carolyn Croteau, (413) 584-0845.


Jan Drechsler in Vermont

Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher



Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 12:17:13 -0500

From: "Dee Stark" <deenf2g.com


I am not a member of this list, but am searching for answers that

maybe someone here could help. My church recently acquired a red and

white quilt dated 1916. It is red and white and resembles a backward

swastika. It is signed through out the pattern with the names of the

congregation members at that time. Someone stated they thought it was a

symbol at that time of good luck and possibly

The swastika is an ancient symbol, originating in the Bronze age, and

appeared everywhere except among the Egyptians and Seminites. It may have

been originally inspired by the visual image of two sticks joined together

and spun to make fire. In Asian cultures it symbolizes the four cardinal

directions (North, South, East, West), infinity, prosperity, or the sun in

rotation - a metaphor for life. In the Chinese language it is called the

"Wan" character - that means good luck and is a synonym for the character

that means ten thousand.

Also known under the name Gammadion (often when the spokes rotate to the

left), it takes that name from the fact that it is composed of four Greek

gammas. It was an ornament on Goddess images in the Mediterranean.

The symbol was popular with the Gauls, and moved into Western Europe with

the Norman invasions, where it was adopted by the Christians and used

frequently to decorate graves/tombs.

In Native American traditions it is usually called the "firewheel" and

represents the four cardinal directions.

Up until the 1920's, it was a universal symbol of good luck. Then the newly

forming Nazi party started using it as a symbol of Aryan purity, and by 1940

and WWII, the swastika became firmly associated with that political


PS....as far as I know, the Red Cross never used a swastika symbol. Given

the date on the quilt, I would think it is safe to assume it was being given

as a good luck quilt - possibly a going away present? Two of the symbolic

meanings of the color red are 'courage' and 'martyrdom'.



Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 10:28:42 -0800 (PST)

From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessenyahoo.com


Well, er, actually... I will only be at the show

Friday night and Sunday. Since Amherst is so close to

Sturbridge, MA, I was planning on going to the Antique

Quilt and Textile Study Day.


I know at least two other QHL'ers will be there - I do

plan to bring some treasures to show and sell. Stop

by either way and say, "hi!"


Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 22:34:47 -0500

From: "brickworksinc" <brickworksbigfoot.com


Hi all,

I did not feel comfortable putting full details on this directly on QHL,

but know of a commercial quilting machine for sale, if anyone's interested.

This is for a client -- I am not making a cent from it. Please e-mail me

directly at brickworksbigfoot.com if you're interested, and I'd be happy to

pass on her e-mail address.

Thanks much, Cindy Brick


Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 08:24:33 EST

From: DDBSTUFFaol.com


Hello from Akron, Ohio, USA

I read your question to the QHL about the quilt with the furniture oil stain.

Water cleaning will set oil stains so it is wise to first treat any oil

stain with something that will devolve the oil. Something like alcohol

usually will work. However, here is a little tip that will work better.

Place the oil spot on several folded up old towels. Now pour Coleman Stove

Fuel onto the opposite side a little at a time. This is a very clean fuel

and will not leave a residue and it will wash away the oil. The towels are

used to soak it up. Of course, you don't want to be smoking for obvious

reasons. This will completely evaporate afterwards and will not leave a

spot. I as taught this by n old oriental rug collector. I have used it

successfully on both rugs and quilts.





Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 08:34:38 EST

From: DDBSTUFFaol.com


I recently heard an interview on Fresh Air with the author of a book on the


Here is the information form Amazon.com.

The Swastika: Symbol Beyond Redemption?

by Steven Heller, Jeff Roth

This is the first incisive and revealing exploration of the meaning,

mysteries, and misunderstanding of the most powerful symbol in the history of

mankind. The book analyzes the swastika's pre-Nazi religious and commercial

uses in all of its varied permutations, the Nazi appropriation and misuses of

the form, and its contemporary applications as both a racist and an

apolitical icon. Tracing the symbol to its beginnings in antiquity, the

author explores the myth and cult of swastika lore and its evolving use as a

commercial trademark and logo, then speculates on the future of the symbol in

two final, thought-provoking chapters, "The Swastika Revisited: Today and

Tomorrow" and "Hitler's Children: Rock and Roll."

Steven Heller, a New York Times senior art director, AIGA Journal of Graphic

Design editor, and author of more than seventy books, lives in New York.





Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 09:21:43 -0800

From: "Catherine Kypta" <ckyptahome.com

Hello all! Recently I was called to go give some advice on a pre-Civil

War era Broderie Perse quilt which I had seen about 4 years ago at an

Antique Quilt show at one of the local museums. Anyway, I went over

because the people who now have the quilt (son and daughter in-law) were

in a panic because the quilt had been in a storage closet in their hall,

they went to England for 4 weeks and when they got back, lo and behold

the quilt was wet and full of mildew. Ugly black and grey splotches

with some furry black areas as well. They dried it and called me to

come see. It really is a very sorry sight. I had seen this quilt

before, it is huge, over 120 inches square, beautifully appliqued using

wonderful old chintz, birds, florals, pillars, and very intricately

quilted. When they had it at the museum, an appraiser had valued it at

over $10,000.! Well, I have never seen one as bad as this. I have

taken mildew out of an old Princess Feather Quilt with q-tips and

bleach, but this is way beyond anything like that. I have also had

limited success with lemon/salt and sun. Any help you could give would

be greatly appreciated! The quilt is not fragile, it is very sturdy and

the fabrics are or were in great shape! Help!!!

Catherine, in now sunny Sacramento

Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 14:27:32 -0500

From: "Pam Weeks Worthen" <pamworthenhotmail.com

I've been lurking for a week or so, and still don't know what's appropriate

for new members, but I'm the type to just jump in and go for it, so, here I


I'm Pam Worthen, a quilter for 25+ years, with a strong interest in old

quilts, quilting history, and New Hampshire/early US history. My career as

an "Art Quilter' was ruined in 1992 when I took a class from a local teacher

called "Old? No it's New" and began to learn to search out repro fabrics for

the antique look.

My quilts now run in two lines: Art quilts in colors that jump off the wall

and grab you, and antique reproductions. (Right side/left side brain thing?

I don't know, I like color AND antiques!)

I have been noodling around with the idea of taking the AQS appraiser's

class, mostly for the purpose of gaining knowledge and having a valid excuse

to fondle old fabric and quilts (with the appropriate care, of course! ;-) )

I live in an old house at a grist mill site on a small river that dumps over

the dam into the salt water estuary, in Durham, NH about 6 miles from what's

left of the Cocheco Mills in Dover. Do I really remember reading in Kiracofe

(Is it "American Quilts"? don't have the thing nearby to get the right

title, sorry) that those mills put out 26 million yards per year in the

early 19th century?

We do lots of sailing on our river and those that lead to the old Dover

Mills...Who can tell me where all of the cotton came from in the early

1800's to supply those hungry cotton mills? All from the South? India via

England? I often imagine what the rivers must have been like with the small

ships and gundalows plying goods up and down from the larger ports.

Well, I am sooo happy to have found this list and am looking forward to

learning TONS! Thanks for "listening".



Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 21:15:09 -0500

From: "carol baum" <maybaumsgoldrush.com

I really don't have money to spend on appraisal for some fabric I bought

off of ebay last week. I just want to know where to research

something. The fabric came from Fifth Avenue Designs copyrighted in the

USA. It has a Strawberry Shortcake type of raggedy doll and I just want

to know what type of doll character might of been before Strawberry or

where to go to look. I think my fabric might be a drapery type.

Carol Baum


Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 03:31:14 -0500

From: "sue reich" <mreichattglobal.net


I am on a fact finding mission regarding domestic wool production in America

in the seventeeth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Those of you

on the Eastern seaboard in particular, do you recall seeing many wool,

calimanco, or glazed quilts in your museums or documentation efforts

particularly south of New England? Are there any museums or publications

that you can direct me to. Many thanks, sue reich


Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 09:23:14 EST

From: Trimble4aol.com

Hello everybody,

Am not sure whether or not I ever really introduced myself and think maybe I

should follow the lead offered here.

I too am new to this world. Have been quilting for only about six years,

although I made my first "quilt" back in the early seventies at the tender

age of 11.

Like others, I am crazy about old quilts and the stories that live through

them. I am intrigued by the women who made the quilts, their time, efforts,

and lives. My real loves are the "not so perfect" quilts made by "not so

perfect" women...that is, the less than best quilts produced by women who

were merely trying to survive and keep their families warm.

I was introduced to the idea of taking the appraisal skills courses (and

exam) by Vivien Lee Sayre, who gave a nice lecture at one of my local guild's

meetings. I was hooked, actually!!

This list is a terrific place to learn. I had thought I knew a thing or two

about quilts but have just figured out that there is a whole world of

information out there...and that I know absolutely nothing!! My thanks to

all of you for your contributions to this list and the great bits of

information (and wisdom) that you place here.

Lori East

Amesbury, Massachusetts



Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2001 11:36:21 -0500

From: "Kris Driessen" <krisdriessenyahoo.com

I can't believe a non-quilting site started this fad, but I think it is a

great ideas and I would like to get in on it. Would anyone like to send me

a patch for a Cyberquilt?

I am starting one at http://www.quiltweb.com/cyberquilt.htm. All you need

to do is send me a 125 x 125 logo which I will link to your site. In

return, you agree to start a cyberquilt an place my cyberquilt logo in your

quilt. If you don't have a logo to swap, there are some free ones listed

on the cyberquilt site.

This should be a lot of fun - and a great chance to visit each others sites!