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Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 08:08:49 -0500

From: "Vergamini, Linda" <lvergamini@chsomaha.org>

Hi all! I recently acquired a red and green quilt from the later 1800's...it

has what I thought was called trapunto on it. There are appliqu stems and

leaves that are stuffed from the bottom of the quilt, giving it a3-dimensional appearance. I was mentioning it to a quilt friend-dealer who I know, and emailed her pictures, and she said that this was not trapunto. She has been a dealer for 25 years, and I thoroughly respect her opinions,  but I guess I need to be educated.....what exactly is trapunto, and what are the criteria that have to be met before it can be called such??


Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 10:10:10 EDT

From: DDBSTUFF@aol.com

I thought I'd send along the web address for those who want to get a peek at

the Amish Quilt Stamps:

<A HREF"http://www.framed.usps.com/images/stamps/2001/19.htm">2001 Stamp Program</A>



At this address you can view all the new stamps coming out this year.

As for the Amish Quilt Stamps, there is a block of four stamps each depicting

a different Lancaster Co. Pa. Amish Quilt. Does anyone else think it odd

that the Postal Service is releasing them in Indiana first?



Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 16:54:26 -0400

From: Carol Bikofsky <bik@mediaone.net>

The Quilters' Connection will be holding its 24th Annual Quilt Show and

Sale on Friday, May 11, 10am to 9pm and Saturday, May 12, 10am to 4 pm

at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 630 Massachusetts

Ave. at Route 60, Arlington Cener, MA. You can find their website at



Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 13:54:11 -0700

From: quilter@flash.net

> Does anyone else think it odd

>that the Postal Service is releasing them in Indiana first?


more odd than that (whaddaya expect?) is the fact that they're showing 33

cents for postage! no excuse for that one.


Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 18:08:54 -0400

From: "pepper cory" <pepcory@mail.clis.com>

Just hazarding a guess--I think the Diamond in the Square and Trip Around

the World are Lancaster PA style, but the Lone Star with the wide brown

border could be PA, Ohio, or even Indiana. The lower right Nine Patch-y one

looks like Holmes County. Maybe Julie Silber could tell us the factual

origination of the designs and the Indiana reasoning, unless it was just

Indiana's "turn" to issue a new stamp. Must bring in a nice chunk of change

for the issuing state!


Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 23:02:25 EDT


Isn't Indiana the home of our first author, Marie Webster, and also the home

of the American Quilting Hall of Fame?

Suzi in Chicago


Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 06:46:17 -0500

From: "Ann G. Hubbard" <

If you go to the site that was given yesterday morning at

http://www.amishacres.com, there is quite an explanation of how stamps are

chosen. It is a very long process and I expect the reason you see 33 on

some of the stamps is that was the cost of a first class stamp when the

process of designing the stamp started. What we are seeing is an artist's

drawing, not the stamp itself. There is a 34 on the stamp at the amishacres


Indiana has a very large Amish community as does Ohio. We have often driven

through that area when we lived in Chicago and visited family in western

PA. Missouri has very large pockets of Amish and mennonite communities,

also. I expect this site was chosen for reasons Pepper named in that it was

just "their" turn. I did not read all of the articles on the website. It is

quite intensive, but very interesting, tho.

It has been such a long time since we have had a quilt stamp that my only

concern is to get some. Not all post offices get the same amount of stamps

equally and I have found it hard at times to get the one I want. Ann from

Lake of the Ozarks, MO


Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 08:36:30 -0400

From: Pat & Jim <jimpat@mediaone.net>

Dear Linda Vergamini:

It has always been my understanding that "trapunto", or Italian

quilting, encompasses both corded and padded designs. Originally,

trapunto was done on whole cloth quilts, in lieu of piecing or applique,

to form a 3-D effect on the surface. By extension today, it seems that

we are calling just about an "stuffed" motif, whether it be an

individual leaf that is appliqued or a piece of print fabric that is

stuffed from behind, "trapunto".

If anyone has information contrary to this, I'd love to hear your


Patricia L. Cummings


Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 13:12:13 -0400

From: "bonnie wilbur" <


I learned trapunto from a basic book on quilting published in about 1975 or

so. I want to say it was a McCalls How-To book, but I looked for it

recently and couldn't find it. The book's contention was that the only

quilting which fit the classic definition of trapunto was parallel stitching

lines through two whole pieces of fabric with yarn or cording inserted

between them.

The reason I was searching for the book is because the authors had another

term entirely for parallel lines, or any other stitched shape, with with any

other type of stuffing inserted, and unfortunately I've forgotten what that

term was. I will look again.



Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 14:01:13 -0400


Fons and Porter's Quilter's Complete Guide defines trapunto as a

technique that uses stuffing to raise the quilting design in relief. And

also in their guide, stuffed applique is called just that - stuffed

applique. I can't find anything different in any of my other books. In

Kiracofe's The American Quilt, trapunto is just referred to as stuffed


Monica Mac



Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 14:11:20 -0400



Just found some more info in The Quilter's Ultimate Visual Guide. Mary

Stori's section on trapunto says the terms are often used

interchangeably. She defines trapunto as stuffing the quilting design,

corded trapunto as stuffing between two parallel lines (for narrow areas

such as stems) and uses the term stuffed work for stuffed applique. She

has a good section about how these methods are done. This is a great

book with lots of info.

Monica Mac


Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 14:26:37 -0400

From: Newbie Richardson <


The problem is as much semantics as technique. There are two common

techniques for raised quilting: stuffing the area under the design with

bits of batting inserted through the backing of the quilt. That is

correctly called "stuffed work". The second technique, dating back to

the middle ages in Italy, is "trapunto": where strands of thick cotton

cording are inserted from the back of the quilt and pulled along between

the sewing lines to create the raised effect. The term "trapunto" has

become something of a generic for any kind of raised quilting. Like

"Kleenex" or "Xerox". It really gets fun when the piece has no actual

"quilting", but has both stuffed work and trapunto! There were some

really breath taking ones like this made in the mid 19th c. A lot of

these were done all in white.



Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 13:36:25 -0500 (Central Daylight Time)


Some of you had asked why the first day of issue for the

new Amish quilt stamps was in Indiana. I asked Richard

Pletcher from Amish Acres if he knew the reason. Following

is his response.

From: Richard Pletcher <richardpletcher@amishacres.com>

The following quote is from the USPS announcement of the Amish Quilt stamps:

"The Amish quilt is a uniquely American folk art form, and Amish quilting

traditions vary from region to region. These quilts display the saturated

colors, bold geometric patterns and central design motifs characteristic of

those made in Lancaster County, Pa., in the first half of the 20th century.

Four Amish quilts are reproduced in a repeating, rhythmic, quilt-like

pattern to create this pane of 20 stamps, the first in the American

Treasures series."

You notice that the first sentence acknowledges that "traditions" vary from

region to region. The four quilts chosen were made in Lancaster, Pa. and are

all from the Esprit Collection. I have listed them below.

The USPS officials responsible for chosing the site for the dedication

ceremony found Amish Acres through the miracle of the Internet search

engine. I can't speak for the USPS, but my conjecture is that the

combination of Amish Acres facilities, attractions and events made the

historic farm more appropriate to unveil the Amish Quilt stamps than any

other location considered. Those features include the nation's only Old

Order Amish farmstead listed on the National Register of Historic Places;

the fifteenth season of the 1955 Broadway musical about the Amish, "Plain

and Fancy," which has been performed over 2,500 times before over a quarter

of a million patrons; the historical Round Barn Theatre, the opening day of

the 39th Amish Acres Arts and Crafts Festival, an event attended by 70,000

people annually; The Inn at Amish Acres and The Nappanee Inn, host hotels

for the historic attraction.

Nappanee, the City of Issue, and Indiana simply happen to be the home of

Amish Acres. I was told that a proposal for the location of the ceremony

from USPS officials in Lancaster was also considered.


Diamond in the Square

c. 1920

Pieced wools, 78" 78"

Unknown Amish quilt maker

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Lone Star

c. 1920

Pieced wools, 88" x 89"

Unknown Amish quilt maker

Lancaster Pennsylvania

Sunshine and Shadow

c. 1910

Pieced wools, 80" x 80"

Unknown Amish quilt maker

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Double Ninepatch (variation), c. 1940

Pieced wools, 79" x 79"

Unknown Amish quilt maker

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania


--- End Forwarded Message ---

Elkhart and LaGrange Counties in Indiana have, I believe,

the third largest population of Amish in the U.S.



Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 14:41:23 EDT



Actually, the first known example of trapunto was what Newbie called "stuffed work" - the Guicciardini quilts are all stuffed from the back, and are commonly called trapunto. Italian corded work starts showing up during the Renaissance, about a century later.

Karen Evans


Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 22:13:14 -0500

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Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 18:09:43 +0200

From: Daniele Seyrig Baumgarten <


We here in France have another kind of stuffed work called boutis .It looks

just like stuffed work but the way it is done makes it reversible . You take

two pieces of cloth you quilt the design (generally a very intricate one

with lots of symbols ) and then you stuff with cotton thread being very

careful not to cut or break any threads (you delicately push the threads

apart where you want to pull the cotton thread in ) Once finished you wash

it and the threads just go back where they belong . It is probabbly a work

that evolved from Italian trapunto . If you look at the 17th c boutis they

are very finely worked and there is more cording than stuffing .I just saw

one two weeks ago at an exhibtion and was astounded by the work . In the

19th c . ones the stuffing is predominant in a lot of boutis . At the same

exhibition I saw a copy made this year of the 17th c one worked with more

stuffing . There is a real boutis revival here right now and we have

several books and magazines that show how to make boutis . Lots of classes

too . I was told that there will be a class in Montreal but I do not know

when or where .

Sorry if I repeat what I already said in a message last year . I just

thought the newbies might be interested ....VBG

Daniele in Paris


Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 14:56:34 EDT



Has anyone been collecting the newspaper itself as this new KCS series comes

out? I waited too long to order back copies of the 2nd and 3rd newspaper

issues and they are now out of the newspaper (though you can order the

pattern packets themselves). If anyone has extra copies of the newspaper, I

would l be willing to buy them from you. The next in the series (#4) should

appear tomorrow, I believe. Is there anyone on QHL in the Kansas City Star

reading area that would be willing to send me the whole page the pattern

appears on? I will be happy to pay for the cost of the newspaper, if you

have to buy an extra copy, plus postage.

Karen Alexander

Northern Virginia

Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 07:05:32 -0500

From: "Jocelyn" <jsmartin@ukans.edu>



The Barbara Brackman patterns will be compiled in book form this fall, for

sale by the KC Star.

I started collecting them, but accidentally threw out some papers, so if

you'd like to email me privately, perhaps we can work out a deal on future

copies. :)


Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 20:40:25 EDT

From: Xroadclown@aol.com

I'm interested in learning about any web sites, or other sources of

information about quilt history that would be suitable for 4th graders.



( in sunny, finally, upstate NY!)


Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 09:21:09 -0400

From: Judy White <jawhite@infi.net>

Did I dream this or at one time, didn't someone post a list of places

with archival supplies for paper? If anyone remembers or knows of such

a list, please post it again. Thanks so much.

Judy White in Ct where we had a glorious Easter day and it might snow




Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 17:24:08 EDT


In a message dated 4/14/01 2:58:31 PM Eastern Daylight Time,

KareQuilt@aol.com writes:

<< Has anyone been collecting the newspaper itself as this new KCS series


out? I waited too long to order back copies of the 2nd and 3rd newspaper

issues and they are now out of the newspaper (though you can order the

pattern packets themselves). If anyone has extra copies of the newspaper, I

would l be willing to buy them from you. The next in the series (#4) should

appear tomorrow, I believe. Is there anyone on QHL in the Kansas City Star

reading area that would be willing to send me the whole page the pattern

appears on? I will be happy to pay for the cost of the newspaper, if you

have to buy an extra copy, plus postage.

Karen Alexander

Northern Virginia >>

I would also be interested in getting my hands on these patterns...but

unfortunately, I've managed to find NONE so far. I know that the patterns

can be purchased individually, and that there will eventually be a book or

compilation of them, but I'd love to have the newspapers themselves.

Anybody? Would appreciate the help!!

Lori East



Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 21:43:19 -0500

From: "fawn" <


Information about which quilts are depicted in the 2001 postal stamp 

featuring Amish quilts and about how the site of first-day issue site 

was selected is of interest to quilt historians. Much appreciation to 

all who have provided details.

The only other US postal stamp depicting quilts was issued in 1978 as 

one of the American Folk Art series of first class (13 cent) stamps. The 

circa 1875 "Baskets" quilt, rendered by artist Christopher Pullman of 

Boston, was in the collection of American Hurrah Antiques of New York 

City. Although the quilt itself had absolutely no connection with West 

Virginia, the first-day issue was held in Charleston, West Virginia. The 

selection of Charleston as the site was largely engineering by WV 

Senator Jennings Randolph. The first-day celebration featured WV 

quiltmaking cooperatives and cottage industries, along with a quilt 

exhibit of contemporary Postage Stamp quilts (pieced from 

squares/rectangles about the size of a postage stamp) and Basket quilts 

( with blocks resembling baskets).

From the "Whatever it's worth Department": Some parallels may be drawn 

between 2001 and 1978. In both cases, a commercial collection furnished 

the quilt/s depicted on the postal stamp, the first-day issue site was 

not co-incident with the quilt/s provenance, and a public display of 

quilts accompanied the stamp's first-day issue. Does anyone remember 

hearing that Paducah, Kentucky, was jockeying to become the site of the 

next US postal stamp to bear a quilt image?20

In any case, quilt aficionados will surely treasure the issue of the 

Amish Quilts postal stamps.

Fawn Valentine

snowy West Virginia

Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 22:09:51 -0400

From: "John Cawley" <cawley@goeaston.net>


I'm going to have to start taking notes if I want to tell you about all the

amazing things we see at meetings of Fran's Vintage Friends. We made to

pilgrimage to western Maryland yesterday; it was wonderful. I brought a

scrapbook that one of the ladies in my quilt guild lent me because they all

know that I am a history buff. she told me that her mother, aunt and

grandmother (all lifelong residents of Middletown, Delaware) had been

quilters and they saved articles and patterns from magazines and newspapers

during the 1930s. The book is fairly bulging with loose clippings in

addition to items glued to every page. The first thing I saw when I opened

the cover was "Sears Century of Progress in Quilt Making." Of course, I

was hyperventilating. See Patchwork Souvenirs by Barbara Brackman and

Merikay Waldvogel. Patterns are given for an unnamed pieced design,

Bleeding Hearts, Tea Rose, Bowl of Flowers, Martha's Vineyard, Colonial

Rose, Iris, Autumn Leaves, Louisiana Rose, Delectable Mountains. The back

cover is a picture of the Grand Prize Winner which they call Feathered Star.

this quilt was presented to then First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and has not

been seen since. Sears offers "a complete outfit for making a similar quilt

top, size about 72x90." This included the proper assortment of plain and

printed cotton patches in box with illustration and instruction for making.

" The complete outfit cost $3.25. For an additional $.25 you could get the

perforated quilting pattern.

The next big surprise was "Grandma Dexter New Applique and Patchwork

Designs." The book is stuffed with articles clipped from Needlecraft, the

Detroit Free Press, the Kansas City Star, The Farm Journal, Modern

Priscilla. I haven't begun to do justice to this treasure trove. It

really held up the proceedings at Fran's because nobody wanted to pass it

along to the next person at the table. I'm thrilled to think that I'll have

it at least until next month's Guild meeting. The day I brought it home I

called the owner to tell her what a thrill it was for me to see this

collection; I want to impress upon her how important it is. She told me she

only kept it for sentimental reasons.

Of course, we saw quilts too and they were fabulous. Go to The Hands

that made them, p. 71. That amazing strippy with the hand knotted fringe on

p. 71 has setting strips of vibrant chrome orange printed with blue. We saw

the Basket of Chips on p. 78 too. It was a great day for Pennsylvania

quilts since we were informally previewing the antique quilt exhibit for

next summer's Quilt Odyssy show in Gettysburg which will feature quilts from

Adams, York and Franklin County. Don't miss it. Our eyes were trying to

cope with more double pinks, poison green, chrome yellow and Lancaster blue

than one would normally see in a year. I can't think of a better way to

spend a day: wonderful people, beautiful quilts, learning a lot and laughing

even more. Thanks Fran.

Cinda on the Eastern Shore