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Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 04:58:30 -0500

From: "Ann G. Hubbard" 


Don't newspapers keep back copies of already published newspapers. If you

wrote to the KC star maybe they would sell you those issues. Just a

thought. Ann from lake of the ozarks, MO


Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 06:09:39 -0400

From: "Zendelle Bouchard" <


I have seen original patterns from the KC Star for sale on eBay many times.

Sometimes it is just one or two patterns; sometimes a scrapbook full; some

people sell photocopies of the patterns. However, I have not seen full pages

or full newspapers. It seems quilters just cut out the patterns and saved

them. It would be fun to try and collect all the originals (not that I need

another thing to collect!)



Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 07:16:07 -0500

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

> 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!!


Too late to get it from the beginning. The individual patterns sell for $8,

and the book will be out in the fall, so it will be much cheaper to wait for

the book.

You can contact the STAR and order individual issues of the papers, until

they sell out (which they may have already, Barbara wasn't sure).

OTOH, if people want to email me and make it worth my time to go out and buy

copies and mail them to them <G>......


Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 08:25:30 -0500

From: Marilyn Woodin <

Over 300 quilts dating from 1860-2001 will be presented For Sale at the

KALONA QUILT SHOW AND SALE in Kalona, Iowa on Thursday April 26th from

6pm-9pm (early bird show), Friday April 27th 9am-7pm and Saturday April

28th 9am-5pm. This show will celebrate a 30th Anniversary this year

and,even though it is at the time of Paducah, many find their way to

come to Kalona on their way to Paducah. You are invited to help us

celebrate. For more information: email woodin@kctc.net or kac@kctc.net

or call 3196562240 or 3196564489. Wonderful shows at the Quilt Show and

Textile Museum---Wonderful food---Great atmosphere-- Terrific Shops for

shopping.. We are the largest Amish/Mennonite community West of the



Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 12:24:35 -0300

From: family.chisholm@ns.sympatico.ca (Sara Chisholm)


I know I've read many solutions to the problem of ink on a quilt since

I've been lurking here, but now I need the info, and of course, have not

stored it away. I vow, from this day forward, to create documents where

I will paste "how to deal with" or "how to repair" snippets so I will

have them when I need them.

What I need now is a solution to this problem: a dear friend had her

quilt quilted by a group that marked it (horror of horrors) with a ball

point pen. It seems two women had been marking the top and in one

corner, their marks didn't meet. They tried using Javex 2 (a color

safe bleach) to remove the marks in the offending corner - which it did

from the top - only to come through as bright blue lines on the light

colored back! My friend was good-natured about the marks, and refused

an offer to buy the quilt from her, but would like to remove the marks

safely, if possible. Any suggestions? You can email me privately, as

this discussion has already been well covered here before.

Thanks for you help!

Sara in Nova Scotia, where the snow had plugged the screens and my

crocuses can no longer be seen.


Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 14:18:25 -0500 (Central Daylight Time)

From: Mary Persyn <

I just received an archival supplies sale catalog in the

mail from Gaylord. They have a number of textile storage

items, boxes, tissue, tubes on sale for anywhere from $2 to

$7 and more off depending on item and size. I checked

their web site but did not see the sale listed there. The

sale prices are good through June 30, 2001.

If you are interested, you could try calling Gaylord at

1-800-448-6160 and ask for a copy of the Gaylord Archival

Supplies Sale Catalog.


in sunny Valparaiso where yesterday's snow melted pretty

fast, thank heavens.



Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 18:32:05 EDT

From: DDBSTUFF@aol.com

A friend just sent this info to me. I thought I'd pass it along. Hope you

all haven't already discussed this.


Deadline: May 31. To celebrate new construction at the Museum of American

Folk Art (MAFA).

Theme is Quilted Constructions: The Spirit of Design.

Contact: Museum of American Folk Art, 555 West 5th St., New York, NY 10019,

Email: quiltcontest@folkartmuseum.org.

Good Luck,



Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 19:07:46 -0500

From: Jan Wass <jwass@museum.state.il.us>

A reminder to all those quilters heading to Paducah on I-57. Stop at exit

#77 in Southern Illinois and view a new exhibit of old Illinois Amish

quilts. Some of the most striking and colorful Amish Quilts were created

right here in Illinois... and this new exhibit presents 20 of these

beauties. Some of these quilts are among the earliest discovered so far in

any of the Amish communities in the country. I will be giving gallery talks

on Tuesday, April 24, at 11 am and 2 pm and on Saturday at 11 am. There

will be a special open house on Saturday and Caryl Fallert and Jane

Sassaman are important parts of the festivities. Please stop and stretch

your legs.

Jan Wass,

Exhibit Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts, Illinois State Museum

Illinois Amish Quilts: Sharing Threads of Tradition is on display at the

Southern Illinois Art Gallery through September 3. The gallery is located

in the Southern Illinois Artisans Shop and Visitor Center, six miles north

of Benton on I-57, just west of Exit #77. Hours: 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week.


Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 20:46:32 -0400


Can anyone help me? I've been asked about restoring a tapestry, and of

course I don't do this. The tapestry resides in mid-Florida. Anyone

know of someone? Thanks.

AlanDate: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 21:15:31 -0400


I have received my confirmation for the Vermont Quilt Festival (June 29

- July 1 this year) and I am pleased that I will be in the Sunday

morning class "Antique Quilt Commentary" with Bobbie Aug and Sharon

Newman. There is so much I can learn from these ladies that the class

should really be fun.

The wonderful range of antiques to see at the show is always great and a

highlight of the show for me. And of course I try not to drool too much

over what the vendors have to sell. And the contest quilts are great

too. Anyone else planning to be at VQF?

Sandi in Vermont



Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 23:11:54 EDT



Well, I won't be going to Paducah, but next week I am going to Shipshewana,

IN for a Dear Jane gathering...get to meet lots of "on-line" friends <in

person> and really looking forward to it.

I had a wonderful day on Saturday...we did a "quilt identification day"

through the local historical museum. Had 72 quilts brought in, we take down

any info the owner has on the quilt & maker, measure & "document" the

pattern, quilting, fabrics, etc. and photograph the quilt. This is an

extension of the Iowa Quilts Research Project, which we did back in 1988.

The state project was for that one year, but locally, we still have requests

for documenting quilts. Fortunately, one of my best friends is the exhibits

curator at our local historical museum, so we have continued to do our "Quilt

ID Days" about once a year.

We have seen some real treasures (and a lot of "well-loved" quilts!!)

This year, one lady & her daughter brought in 18 family quilts & tops that

were fabulous!! 3 were circa 1870...had Civil War commerative fabrics in

them!! One was a sampler, one the "Tumbler" charm type block, and one was a

"Double Four Patch" (grid 4 x 4 of assorted fabrics making up the block) set

with sashing, and then there were tiny strips appliqued on top with

signatures!! Each of these was in mint condition, probably never washed or

used!! Such a joy to see them!! (I asked if they were interested in

adopting me :) These were the work of one woman, and there may be a future

exhibit in the making there!!

One quilt design that we keep seeing over & over is a circa 1930 Butterfly

block, about 7" square, where the butterfly is cut from one piece of floral

print fabric & usually stitched around with black embroidery floss in the

buttonhole or blanket stitch. These blocks are set with six in the center, 3

rows with 2 butterflies set side by side. Then a border about 4" wide,

usually of a yellow or gold solid. Then there is a second row of

butterflies, and another border of yellow/gold. One more row of butterflies,

and another border of the solid. The yellow/gold borders give a strong

vertical rectangle look to the quilt. This setting is so distinctive, and

yet we see it so often, it must have been a published pattern or maybe even a

kit. I have looked through the "30's" era books I have, but don't see this

in any of them. We saw 3 of these quilts (all from different sources) on

Saturday, and I know of several others. I wondered if any of you know of a

source for this design??

Another neat quilt I documented was in sad shape (or maybe I should say,

it had been well-loved!!). We use Barbara Brackman's "Encyclopedia of Pieced

Quilt Patterns" and also her Applique book for pattern identification. I

told the ladies at the pattern ID table to check the Applique book for Lily

of the Valley or Tulip designs. I was pretty sure the design was one that

had been in a newspaper. The block was a horizontal rectangle, with a folded

leaf and several bell-shaped flowers on the left and another leaf and more

flowers to the right. Sure enough...it was "Lily of the Valley" by Nancy

Cabot, which had appeared in the Chicago Tribune. This quilt had a lot of

buttonhole stitch, but it was done in thread to match the applique pieces.

The background fabric had been a butter yellow to begin with, faded almost

white now. The green leaves have faded considerably, but the embroidery

floss that originally matched it was still a bright kelly green. The

quilting stitch done on this was unusual, too...it was done with a fairly

coarse cotton thread and there were 3 running stitches, then a back stitch, 3

running stitches, then a back stitch. The different pull on the back

stitches (which were shorter than the running stitches) really gave this a

different look. I wonder if the maker was worried that the heavy thread

would break & the back stitches would strengthen the quilt?? Or maybe, that

is just the way she was taught to quilt. The young girl who brought the

quilt in didn't know much about it. That is the frustrating thing...wishing

these quilts were signed & dated or that they could talk, to tell us their


Well, have run on long enough!! Happy Stitching (or gardening :)


Karan from breezy Iowa


Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 09:10:55 -0400



Since things are kind of quiet on the list, I thought I would ask a

couple questions I have had. I am reading Old Patchwork Quilts and the

Women Who Made Them by Ruth Finley. Very interesting and I love how free

she was with her opinions. I am drawn to a few of the quilts pictured

and was wondering where are they? Are any of the quilts in this book in

museums now? I especially am curious about the Star of Bethlehem used as

the frontispiece - it just says "Author's Collection" and Plate 9, the

Full Blown Tulip which says "Courtesy of Mrs. Abigail Stevenson". I wish

the Tulip quilt was shown in color since Mrs. Finley gave such a vivid

description of her dislike for the colors chosen for the quilt. My

second question is about the Tulip quilt. I would like to try to

recreate this quilt for myself. Do I need to get some permission from

someone to do this?


Monica Mac in spring-has-finally-arrived Maine!


Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 11:43:28 -0400

From: "Pam Weeks Worthen" <pamworthen@hotmail.com>

DH took me along to Amsterdam on a business trip. Of course I managed to turn part of&nbsp; it into quilt business, and spent a wonderful morning at "Patchworks." Check them out at dutchquilts.com, as this is what enticed me into the shop in the first place. Here's the story:

We schlepped across the city, back and forth for 3 days, trying to make all the connections Doug needed to make concerning a decision to sell or restore his c. 1750 Potter, Jr. ivory flute. We couldn't find our friend who is the expert repair person for ivory, then we did, then he wouldn't fix it and said it should be sold to a musuem, so back and forth between the repair person and the dealer until Thursday, when the tram finally took us past the Patchwork shop.

We got there at 5:15 on what was supposed to be late closing night, but the door was locked and my insistant rattling of the knob got stern looks and negative head shakes from the staff. Dejected, Doug and I headed to the closest bar for hor's d'etc (never can spell that) and a beer and who should walk in but the crew from the quilt shop,

The owner apologized for closing early and we talked for a bit. when he learned that I liked old quilts, he promised to make up for the closing by bringing a few in if I could visit the next day. I agreed and turned up at 11:00 and spent the next 2 hours in heaven. Old quilt heaven.

He brought in a Dutch quilt, c.1780, hexagon pieced in Grandmother's Flower garden fashion--ie, 6 petalled flower surrounded by white hexagons. Pieces were larger than I would have guessed, about 2 inches from edge to edge. EVERY hexagon piece was different, with the exception of the white ones, all in block prints, chintzes and other wonderful stuff that I hope to learn about some day.

Second oldie was an American quilt, c. 1850, ocean waves set in the brightest double pinks I have ever seen. closely quilted, and in excellent condition.

BEst of all were the palampores. Yep, palampores. Okay, they were repro's, but to DIE for!!!! His speciality is reproducing Dutch chintzes and he has panels reproduced of palampores. I saw the line he has for sale, and they are gorgeous. If I can make myself stop going to auctions, I plan to save up for one.

He also had bought some that were printed in France before WW1. and there's some story about visiting the place they had been printed and the blocks having been lost to bombs, but I was too close to passing out from ecstacy and heard about every third word. 

I brought a mess of fabrics home, but am as pleased with my 3 new books, one on Dutch patchwork from 1700 to 1900, and the other 2 are French titles.

I wonder if our Paris connection (I'm so sorry, I have lost your name and e-mail address) can tell me the difference between "boutis" and "piquet". My French is adequate for a rough translation of the texts of these 2 GORGEOUS books, but I haven't taken the time to dig out a good dictionary to translate the intricacies of the titles. One is "Les Boutis de Provence' and the other 'Piquets de Provence".

One half of the fabric there were American imports--the repros we have now,like the Sturbridge lines and the Cocheco Prints, etc. The other half are his Dutch chintz repros. I did a little damage to my personal plan of paying off the credit card before the year 3000, but not too bad.

There was a poster there for a show at the Netherlands TExtile Museum for American quilts, but it was somewhere 2 hours away not easily accessible by train/bus and our flute business had not been concluded, so I didn't even try to go.

Other textile wonders in this incredibly beautiful city included 2 yarn shops I poked into, but didn't find much different from what we have at home, and a shop specializing in sari silks. Thank Goddess it was closed!

Oh, the flute! We ended up schlepping it through Saturday, when Henk the repairer finally decided he could fix it with out damage if the repair failed, so we left it with him, and Doug will be able to play on it for another 10 years. I want him to make a recording, and I'll let you know when it comes out.

Back to work!

Pam in NH w


Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 14:47:19 EDT



What is the name of the shop, and do they have a web address? Sounds like a marvelous time!

Also, what is the name of the book on early Dutch quilts? Even if it's in Dutch, it sounds very interesting....:)


Karen Evans


Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 21:40:01 -0400

From: "Gregg Sloan" <

I really fell in love with a quilt at the Lancaster PA quilt show. It was a

Crazy in the main antique exhibit area of the Tennis Court. It is the one

with all the animals and the year 1920 at the top left. Does anyone know if

it is documented in any quilt book?

You can see a picture of it at my photo site, under the Lancaster PA folder.


Thank you!

Pat Sloan

See my new patterns on the Website: http://www.quiltershome.com