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Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 16:19:04 -0400

From: "Kris Driessen" <krisdriessen@yahoo.com>

>My husband (Kory Berrett) is a museum conservator in private practice. Three

>years ago he informally tested the lightfastness of the proprietary


>pens on the market, including Pigma, Sharpie, and Identapen. Only

>Identapen as it

>was then formulated proved lightfast under testing conditions. He ran

>these tests

>to assist me in finding an indelible felt-tip ink delivery system to use for

>museum cataloging (on textile tapes and sandwiched between solvent-based



>Just thought this might be of interest.


>Pat Keller

Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 08:04:40 EDT

From: JayBee388@aol.com

I am designing and making some 9-patch quilts. My intention is to write some

history of the nine patch block and put it with my quilts for my family and

friends to enjoy. I am also making a block of the month pkg for different

nine patches to go with the history. I am having so much fun doing this ,

but I need more history to go in my booklet. Can anyone help me with this

type of info. I have a few books and have checked the library, but need to

know more about the first noted ninepatch . I would love to hear your

stories about 9 patches in your lives as well and can I use this in my

booklet. I have never done anything like this before and it is quite a



Joyce B


Date: Sun, 06 May 2001 12:03:47 +0000

From: Bobbie Aug <qwltpro@uswest.net>


Thanks for the nice words. This will be our third year teaching at The

Vermont Quilt Festival and a personal favorite! Quilt history abounds!

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Bobbie Aug

Sandi or Mike Hardy wrote:


> 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: Sun, 6 May 2001 20:59:28 -0400

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

I know that I am luckier than one woman has a right to be, so don't hate

me if I tell you about the other fabric study group I belong to. Hazel

Carter's Fabric Dating Club meets every other month in Northern Virginia

(suburbs of Washington, D.C.). Hazel chooses a topic for each meeting which

focuses the study. This month it was "Quilts of the 1890s." Not the most

interesting subject was my thought. Boy, was I wrong! Maybe it was the

phase of the moon, but the 20 or so people around the table were in great

form; we saw fabulous quilts and learned a lot.

The topic of the month is only a suggestion. People are free to bring

anything of interest. We saw three quilts from the 1840s:

a Bears Paw top which was appliqued, not pieced; none of us had ever seen

anything like it. The blocks, in a variety of greens, browns even a chrome

yellow, were sashed with a lovely delicate pink.

a Flying Geese strippy with plain strips of a buff and blue floral print.

The quilt contained many madder prints which made us think hard about the

date. We compared the browns side by side with madders of the 1880s and

found the early ones to be more red than orange.

a chintz applique album signed and dated (various dates from the early

1840s) from Harrisburg, PA. Many of the blocks had faded totally to light

brown while others retained the vivid original colors. The blocks were

assembled and machine quilted at a later date with red sashing and borders.

Closer to the topic period we saw three charm quilts from the late 1880s

(to see one is a treat--three is heaven). I always love the conversational

prints in quilts like these. My favorite today was a giant cockroach

dueling with Pierrot. I swear, that's what it was and it made the more

usual dogs, horses etc. look pretty tame. We think this must have been a

French fabric. Another of these quilts had Centennial fabric.

The quirky things always appeal to me and I loved the "Z" quilt. Large

blocks of indigo pieced Zs alternating with plain blocks of a shocking

cheddar. The background of the Zs was pieced from shirtings which had marks

indicating collar size, e.g. 16-1/2-34. Obviously they were literally


There was a neat Fly Foot with a backing made of 5 lb.. sugar sacks from

two different companies one in New York the other in Philadelphia. The

quilt is from northwestern PA. See the book Threads of Tradition to

appreciate how different quilts from this area between Pittsburgh and Erie

are from what we think of when we hear the words Pennsylvania quilt.

We saw a scrap New York Beauty quilt top set so that the quarter circles

formed the corners of a large square outlined by half-square triangles. The

blocks had plain sashing with small Sunburst blocks at the intersections.

Every one of those triangles had its points cut off and it didn't make a bit

of difference. That quilt is smashing!

We saw some quilts that caused groans because they were so wild and

idiosyncratic. It was agreed that several were best viewed from a distance.

One member described them as "bagpipe" quilts. She said bagpipe music is

best appreciated when heard from a mile away.

I wish you could all be part of a group like this: learning with people

who share our passion for quilts.

Cinda on the Eastern Shore

Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 16:45:27 EDT

From: Quiltstudio1752@aol.com

If you're coming to New Jersey don't miss a one time opportunity to see this

collection of quilts.

"Historic Quilt Days in Hunterdon: A Walking Tour in Flemington, NJ" will be

held on Sat., May 19, 10-4, and Sun. May 20, 12-4. This exhibit of quilts

made in the 19th and 20th centuries in Hunterdon County, NJ, will be

presented in the historic settings of the 1829 Historic County Courthouse,

the 1846 Doric House of the Hunterdon Cty. Historical Society and the 1756

Fleming Castle, home of the local chapter of the DAR. Curated by Veronica

Mitchell, a member of the Heritage Quilt Project of New Jersey, the exhibit

is a follow-up of the Hunterdon County QuiltSearch, a regional study of over

300 quilts. Tour starts at the Historic Courthouse at the corner of Main &

Court Sts. Donation $3.00.

Veronica Mitchell in NJ

Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 22:39:54 -0400

From: "J. G. Row" <Judygrow@rcn.com>

To: "Quilt History List" <QHL@cuenet.com>

Subject: K-mart worms

Did I catch your interest with the subject header? Sounds awful, doesn't

it? But these are the 3-4" thick squishy long playing rods, exactly as long

as my Tahoe's back seat is wide. I went into K-mart tonight to get

windshield washer fluid and wound up with 4 of those rods.

I remember a conversation about using them to stuff the folds when storing a


Does anyone know exactly what they are made of? How safe are they as is?

I bought the yellow ones thinking that they probably had the least amount of

harmful dye in them.

Should they be covered with something that will isolate them from the quilt

before they are cut and used? My gut feeling is that they should be, and

that muslin won't be enough of a barrier. Perhaps they should be wrapped in

mylar, or tyvek, before a slipcase of muslin or jersey knit is slipped over


What do the conservators say about using them?

I wouldn't use them for every quilt -- I'd run out of storage space pretty

quickly -- but a couple of my earlier quilts need special handling and these

would be so much easier to use than tissue paper. I did make my own jersey

knit stuffed worms for one quilt and it was a lot of work, and took an awful

lot of poly stuffing!

Judy in Ringoes, NJ



Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 12:36:55 EDT

From: JQuilt@aol.com

my sewing machine suffers from manic-depression or to be politically correct

bi-polar disorder....

yesterday it sewed fast, furious and best of all accurately....you could

hear the little motor singing..Ain't no Mountain High Enough...

my seams were straight, no skipped stitches, no puckers..just pure euphoria

well today....depression hit bigtime...the bobbin thread jammed...the needle

broke...the fabric slid away from the presser foot... the bobbin thread ran

out before the end of the very last seam.... the final step of suicidal

behavior was when the machine light bulb died...

i squirted some prozac 4 in 1 oil in every orifice that i could find on my

machine...and within a few minutes...i could faintly hear the motor humming a

medley of tunes from the Lion King....ending with The Circle of Life...

i know that in reality inanimate objects don't have mood swings... maybe it's

the surges/shocks from the electrical output socket...that does it...but my

machine definitely has some really good days and some really bad ones....

i have made an appointment at the sewing machine psychologist/repair

person...for a checkup and a renewal of the prozac oil prescription..

do you think that it could be me and not the machine?...nahhhh!!! it's always

the tool's fault when a job gets messy right?

til next time.

jean laino, amherst mass.

Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 20:32:26 -0700

From: chrisa@jetlink.net

Hey Jean, have you given it lithium, or better yet Depacote? My Viking use

to act up like that, but not my Bernina. I use to think IT WAS ME when it

was the Viking and I. What a relief it was when I switched machines, really!

Anyway, Bi-polar is genetically passed down, so if you have a Viking, that

could explain your mood swinging machine. A little oil, needle change,

dusting, and slicking up the tray with silicone spray doesn't hurt either.

Another thought is it's age- is it pre-menopausal maybe?

Kim Wulfert



Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 08:57:20 -0400

From: Mary Beth Goodman <mgoodman@quiltr.com>

NYQuilts! quilt show is coming up quick and I wanted to let folks

here know that we have some very interesting antique quilts for

display this year.

Two antique quilts in particular I'll mention.

One is a wool tied quilt that appears to be a rail fence design

except that all the seam lines are covered with embroidery a la

"crazy quilt."

The other is a NY State quilt that has eighty 4" appliqued blocks. I

am quite excited to have this quilt on display this year, since our

teacher is Brenda Papadakis. The workmanship is quite good from what

I remember and it is a multigenerational quilt started around 1850

and finished in 1905 by the granddaughter of the original block maker.

(These are in addition to a judged show and other special displays.

AND our own list mistress will be there as a vendor along with others)

For complete information about NYQuilts! including how to get there:


Hope to see some of you there.


Mary Beth Goodman, Coordinator


Quilts, vendors, lectures, classes!

May 19-20, 2001

Russell Sage College, Troy NY



Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 14:33:56 EDT

From: KareQuilt@aol.com

Quilt Display Alert

There is a quilt display that any of you traveling along the Blue Ridge

Parkway this summer might want to catch. A friend from Roanoke, VA, just

emailed me about it. Haven't seen it myself so don't know how long it will be

there. It may be a rotating exhibit or a permanent exhibit. The Blue Ridge

Parkway Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 until 5, except

Sunday when it opens at 12 and closes at 5. The telephone number is

540-427-3871 and it at Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway begins

near Waynesboro, at the southern end of the Skyline Drive, and extends

southwestward through Virginia and ends in the Great Smokey Mountains at

Cherokee, North Carolina. There are mile markers, a concrete post with the

mile painted on it, all along the way. The display includes blocks under

glass with a photograph and a short bio of each quilter as well as some

full-size quilts hanging. My friend sent me a couple email photos of the

display cases but not the full-size quilts. I could try forwarding the email

if anyone wants to contact me privately. Karen Alexander

Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 20:43:05 -0700

From: "M. Geiss-Mooney" <mgmooney@home.net>

The subject line definitely caught my eye! I suspect that the tubes are

made out of polyethylene/Ethafoam from their appearance but don't know

for a fact. As a textile/quilt conservator, I recommend that you first

cover them with a layer of aluminium foil (freezer/heavy duty) to

provide a vapor barrier that mylar or tyvek won't provide and then with

a layer of cotton muslin or cotton jersey knit. The "worms" are easily

cut/trimmed with a serrated knife, btw.

Meg Geiss-Mooney

Textile/Quilt Conservator

in northern California where Spring has finally sprung



Date: Sun, 13 May 2001 21:11:07 -0400

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

Yesterday the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. sponsored a symposium

in conjunction with the exhibit of red and green applique quilts from the

James Collection (Robert and Ardis James, heroes of all who love quilts,

were there). The exhibit is called "Fanciful Flowers: Botany and the

American Quilt." It was organized by the International Quilt Study Center

at the University of Nebraska (home of the James Collection). We saw 13

applique quilts in Lincoln at the AQSG Seminar last Oct. There are 24

different quilts in the D.C. exhibit so even if you were in Lincoln you

don't want to miss this.

It would be churlish of me to complain about the few shortcomings of the

symposium, but I wish there had been more emphasis on history and that it

had not been scheduled on the day of the Embassy Tour which meant that the

museum was jammed with people not terribly interested in quilts, most of

whom wanted to use the bathroom (in very short supply at the Textile

Museum). Now that I've got that out of my system...

The high point of the day was a gallery talk by Carolyn Ducey from the

University of Nebraska who curated the exhibit. There is a marvelous

catalogue with color pictures of 54 quilts. It's called "A Flowering of

Quilts" edited by Patricia Cox Crews, ISBN 0-8032-1513-4. The quilts

exhibited ranged from the highest style cut out chintz, to classic mid-19th

century floral applique, to crazy/silk to quirky folk art. An example of

the latter is a floral wreath embroidered with the makers name and the date

1890 with a border of appliqued animals (amazingly well done): turkey,

giraffe, beaver, rat, moose, ostrich--probably 50 or more all the same size,

all in red. I saw this quilt a few years ago at the Museum of Our American

Heritage in Lexington, MA hanging with another quilt with an almost

identical border (also part of the James Collection).

At every quilt exhibit I attend, I play the game of "which would you

choose if you could take one home." My choice yesterday was the Mexican

Rose: four stylized red roses on a brilliant yellow background with a

graceful tulip and rose border, and all the flowers are stuffed! It has to

be from Pennsylvania! They are very, very careful with attributions in this

catalogue. Nothing is stated as fact unless they have documentation.

I spent the longest time looking at a Signature Album, because I love

quilts which have names inscribed and because it presented the problem that

anybody who has made an album quilt has encountered, Some of your friends

have much better skills than others and some of your friends have no skills

at all. This quilt (p.44-47 in the book) has it all. Some of the blocks

are just too funny; I can imagine the maker trying to figure out how to

leave out the horrible turquoise and pink block made by Abigail Stokes and

finally realizing there was no way.

There are three blocks of the same really clumsy floral design. On the

other hand, there's a marvelous woven basket, a super cherry wreath, an

intricate embroidery that seems to anticipate redwork. It's just a great

and really loveable quilt.

Enough; I've had a hard day. We are moving to a new house with a

wonderful garden which has been neglected and I'm trying to make some


Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 14:32:35 +0400

From: "Maryjo Ordway" <jmordway@earthlink.net>

To: <QHL@cuenet.com>

I'm a long-term lurker who saves and then at some point reads all these

digests, but I always seem to have a question about once a year!

I have an antique piece of fabric that was filthy; I soaked it in JOhnson's

baby shampoo (I live overseas and don't have any Orvus)-- I think most of

the dirt is out, and MOST of the mold smell is too, but it's still

lingering -- any suggestions? Add a little white vinegar to some cold water

... or ... (most of the fabric is red, but the red did not run)

Any help would be appreciated -- right now I'm just airing the dry fabric

out in my sewing room. There isn't enough hot sun yet for me to put it

outside, but I could wait a month or two, if that is also a suggestion.

I'm on the digest format, or you can answer me directly at home. Thanks,

Maryjo Ordway


Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 09:41:41 -0400

From: Newbie Richardson <pastcrafts@erols.com>

To: jmordway@earthlink.net

Mary Jo,

You probably have some mold spores left in the weave. There are three

solutions that might work; put the piece in the freezer for 48 hours,

then vacuum the piece very well./ Place it in the dryer with a fabric

softener sheet. The heat will kill the spores and the dryer sheet will

help alleviate the odor./ If the piece is small enough, put it in your

microvave oven (with a small cup of water for moisture) and microwave on

high for 5 minutes. That will kill the spores, then vacuum. Studies

have been done, microwaving is fine for textiles.

Good luck, Newbie


Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 10:06:08 -0400

From: "Kris Driessen" <krisdriessen@yahoo.com>

I received this note today - can anyone help them? Please respond directly

to Mary Pokorney Donlean pokorney@vilas.uwex.edu or pokorney@wpt.org


>Dear Sir/Madam:

> I am a project manager of a quilting documentary that is running

>nationally on PBS this December. The program called "Century of

>Quilts: America in Cloth" is being produced here at Wisconsin

>Public Television.

> I am writing to you to see if you can assist us. We are looking for

>photos of three quilters to use in our program. Even a family

>member of these quilters would help us to contact them directly.

> Do you have any idea where we might be able to find photos or

>family members of the following quilters?


>Josephine Craig

>Hannah Headlee

>Mary Pemble Barton


> State historical societies have not been any help with these

>quilters. So any help you could give us would be greatly

>appreciated. Thank you for your attention.


Thank you,

Mary Pokorney Donlean

pokorney@wpt.org or pokorney@vilas.uwex.edu


Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 10:58:33 EDT

From: JQuilt@aol.com


if you go to


you can find out more about this wonderful museum.



Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 08:16:38 +0400

From: "Maryjo Ordway" <jmordway@earthlink.net>


Thank you to everyone who sent suggestions about getting mold smell out of

old fabrics to my home e-mail -- baking soda, the sun, and even microwaving

the fabric were some of the suggestions! I'm going on a short vacation, but

can't wait to try some of them when I get back.



Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 00:35:06 EDT

From: Cml791@aol.com

Is anybody out there that can tell me about the statewide guild in Colorado.

I think I read where they would be meeting in Grand Junction this month and

since I will be near there I would like to attend a meeting. Also, if they

have workshops?


Carolyn Miller, North Texas

Currently en route to Colorado


Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 07:15:05 EDT

From: Xroadclown@aol.com

For all of you quilt historians, and for all of you "lurkers" I'd like to

share something interesting with you..

I am a member of the Tompkins County Quilters Guild, located in Ithaca New

York. As many of you are probably aware, Quilters' Newsletter Magazine gives

credit to our guild for helping to re-establish an interest in quilting back

in 1976. Our guild was terribly honored by this recognition, and have


In honor of our "bicentennial" We are sponsoring a weekend quilting

extravaganza from July 27-29! It's just before Quilting-by-the-Lake, and

easily located in Central New York. Thanks to the efforts of our wonderful

volunteers, we now have a website that describes our show to a "T" please

visit us either in person or at our web site:


Just to tempt you a little, our own Genie Barnes will be lecturing and

appraising, Caryl Bryer Fallert will be providing a lecture, there will be a

fashion show by Nancy Bales and Pat Nelson... also in the community there

will be a fantastic exhibit featuring African American and Native American

Quilting, as well as a display of the bicentennial quilts from the original

show!!! give us a peak!

thanks so much,

Melanie Towner


Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 21:02:06 -0800

From: mopalka <mopalka@alaska.net>

I don't know if anyone is planning a trip to Hawaii, but Quilt Hawaii 2001

will be happening July3-8 on the beautiful island of Maui. A quilt

conference in a tropical paradise with classes, quilt show, vendors, tours

and more. If you want more information visit

www.quiltventures.com What more could a quilter ask for? Sun, quilting

and chocolate!! Susan


Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 06:44:34 -0700

From: "Laurette Carroll" <Robert.J.Carroll@GTE.net>


I belong to the Featherweight list and a member who lives in England has

written a book of his adventures traveling the countryside, as a sewing

machine repairman. The book is a wonderful collection of stories

describing the local countryside and it's history as well as

heartwarming tales of his customers, many of whom were born in the early

1900's and who have fascinating stories to tell. Go to the site and read

some of his stories. You may also enjoy seeing part of his collection of

over 350 sewing machines. See his description below.


I am a travelling sewing machine repair man that has traveled the South


corner of England for many years. I have written a book of true stories


I have come across and have happened to me over the years. If you would

like a copy just visit my

Website where all the details are and some sample stories for you to


Some of the stories will make you laugh and some will touch your heart

and they are all true.


<A HREF="http://www.sussexsewingmachines.com/">


email alexsussex@aol.com


Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 11:36:42 EDT

From: QuiltFixer@aol.com

Cindy and I are going to be doing programs in Camarilla and Simi Valley,

California June 12th and 13. We will be hanging out at the beach in Ventura,

Calif for a few days after. We would love to hear from any of our QHL

friends that are in that area

Maybe a beach bar-be-que? on Saturday? Toni B.


Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 13:12:13 -0300

From: Barbara Robson <robsonbh@dbis.ns.ca>


Thought some of you might be interested in a quilt auction in Paris

tomorrow, in case you happen to be there! The web site is


Click on the quilt picture and you will get the rest of the quilts that are

up for auction. There are American, Canadian and English/Welsh quilts

listed. Makes you wonder how they end up in Paris?

I have no affiliation with the auction, just interested in where our quilts

end up.

Barbara Robson,

Nova Scotia, Canada


Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 14:45:13 -0500 (EST)

From: Teri Klassen <teresak@bloomington.in.us>

Thankyou Barbara for mentioning the Paris quilt auction site

(www.collecties.com). I am especially fascinated by the Log Cabin Star

(lot 15) and the Balls pieced quilt (lot 13) patterns. and also am

surprised to see a Double WEdding Ring attributed to ca. 1900. I think

Clues in the Calico says they appeared not much earlier than 1920. Teri

in Indiana, where we finally got a good soaking rain


Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 07:39:46 -0400

From: "Glenn Hardy" <hardy@goeaston.net>


I'm a long-time old quilt lover who has recently been introduced to qhl. =

I just got back from Spring Quilt Market where I met Judy Roche. She and =

Corienne Kramer have just introduced a line of repro fabrics for =

Chanteclaire fabrics. The line is based on two quilts from Southeastern =

PA, one of which was at the show. The original fabrics are ca. =

1825-1850. Judy said she actually sent a piece of the quilt to Korea so =

the printers could get an exact color match on the large floral focus =

fabric. The new fabric was sewn onto the old quilt and is virtually =

indistinguishable from the rest.

I'm not advertising the fabric, just telling you so you can look for it =

and see what you think. I also saw some repro turkey red from another =

company that looked a browner red than my favorite turkey shade. It was =

a pleasure to see some repro fabric among all the chicken, bali, and =

'cute' fabric.



Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 10:14:10 -0600

From: Xenia Cord <xecord@netusa1.net>

Denise asked: <does anyone know where and when the quilts show in

Nashville is in july.>

If you mean the AQS show, it will be July 31-August 2, 2002, at the

Opryland Hotel Convention Center.

Xenia, in Indiana