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Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 22:22:47 EDT

From: Palampore@aol.com

I recently bought a very lovely book titled LE COTON et la MODE 1000ans

d/aventures, Musee Galliera. It is 100% in French so I just look at the

pictures. I hope to get a translator soon for there is a great deal in it

about palampores. There are even 2 pictures of palampores similar to the one

I own. Very exciting.......

The textiles are mostly textiles from the 1600 and 1700's. There is only one

patchwork quilt and it is dated 1800.

Good night to all, Lynn Lancaster Gorges, Historic Textiles Studio, New Bern,




Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 22:49:51 -0400

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

Hi all,

first topic--I never saw a list of people who are attending VQF--did a list

happen, or were there no responses? I am taking the Sunday AM July 1

class/lecture on old quilts with Bonnie Aug, and I believe one other of us

list members is too...anyone for lunch on Sunday?

second--I have fallen head over teakettle in love with cheater fabrics. Any

definitive works on the subject? anyone willing to part with their

collection, or pieces there of? How about a swatch swap?

Pam in NH

where the weather can't decide whether it's spring, summer , fall or

monsoon, and the solstice lights-out initiative was a bust in this house, as

I had to sew during the 7-10PM suggested blackout. I hate it when I HAVE to


Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 19:27:04 -0700

From: Julie Silber <quiltcomplex@earthlink.net>

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Hi. Julie Silber here.

<p><i>Pam wrote: I never saw a list of people who are attending VQF--did

a list happen, or were there no responses?</i><i></i>

<p>I will be there -- in three hats: Curating the show of Esprit Amish

quilts, Giving three gallery talks on the Amish quilts, and Vending booth

with antique quilts, tops, blocks and fabrics. We're called The Quilt Complex,

and would love to see/meet any of you.


<br>Hope to see you there,

<br>Julie Silber and Jean Demeter




Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2001 11:27:40 -0400

From: Sandi or Mike Hardy <

Hi Everyone and Pam,

I will be at VQF for just about the full week. I am able to go down

early and help with hanging the contest quilts and assist the judges.

Then I am taking a full day class on Thursday with Jo Diggs and the

Sunday morning class with Bobbie Aug and Sharon Newman. It will be nice

to meet you Pam. I am not sure about scheduling a lunch for Sunday as I

am also meeting at some point with the Dear Jane quilters. But I can be

somewhat flexible.

I am looking forward to the Antique quilt commentary class and seeing

what everyone brings to share. I plan to bring two quilts with me - one

is a family quilt and the other is a friend's garage sale find.

There have been a few messages from others on the list that will be at

VQF but I have not seen a list of them. I hope to meet some of you at

the festival. I will be wearing my QHL pin along with my Dear Jane pin,

although if you are all like me there is so much to see that I forget to

look for pins.

See you at VQF,

Sandi in Vermont



Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2001 15:35:50 -0400

From: "Jan Drechsler" <quiltdoc@sover.net>

Hi Pam & Diane & Cinda,

There wasn't a 'list' of folks going to VT, but Cinda and friends are going,

arriving Saturday, I am going, probably on Fri just for the day. Diane is

coming from Montreal and I would like to meet her for lunch or a chat on

Friday. And all of the wonderful staff instructors who are also on QHL will

be there, but scheduled.

Kyra Hicks of QHL has a quilt in the exhibit, but can't come so we must tell

her about the show.

Anyone else? Let's put QHL on our nametags in LARGE letters.


Jan Drechsler in Vermont

Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher



Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 10:05:54 EDT

From: QuiltFixer@aol.com

Hi guys, yes, I am still alive and breathing! I am seeking information,

copies of vintage pictures, magazine articles, etc., on coloring quilts and

other projects with crayons and then heat setting. I am teaching a class for

children and want to develop a history and examples of using this way to

color combined with simple embroidery. Can any of you help me? This might be

an interesting subject for the members of the list. By the way, where are all

the "plank owners" (Original members) of the QHL list. I miss seeing you in

print. Let me hear from you that all is well with you. Toni B.

The Redwork Lady




Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 09:26:18 -0600

From: Xenia Cord <xecord@netusa1.net>

Nice to see ToniB back with us!

Beverly Dunivent wrote an article called "Tinted & Colored: The Use of

Pre-Tinted and Crayon-Colored Images in Early Twentiety Century Quilts,"

American Quilter XVI, 4 (Winter 2000), 36-39.

Anyone interested in this subject will find the article a good read,

with great color illustrations.



Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 10:04:28 -0500

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

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for contacts with guilds and shops in the following cities

in Florida...

Gainesville, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Ft. Walton Peach and Pensacola.

Please email me privately if you know how to get intouch with guild

presidents or workshop chairs, or shop owners in any of these cities.

Many thanks,

Laura Hobby Syler


Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 11:14:59 -0400

From: Kris Driessen <

Among my many hats is that of webmistress for

http://www.quiltguilds.com. Laura, I would suggest checking that site, but

the information is only as good as what is given me. If anyone on the list

knows of any corrections, please hit the Add/Amend button at the top of the

page and send me the changes.

Thank you kindly!


At 10:04 AM 6/24/2001 -0500, Laura Hobby Syler wrote:

>Hi everyone,

>I'm looking for contacts with guilds and shops in the following cities

>in Florida...

>Gainesville, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Ft. Walton Peach and Pensacola.

>Please email me privately if you know how to get intouch with guild

>presidents or workshop chairs, or shop owners in any of these cities.

>Many thanks,

>Laura Hobby Syler


Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 10:29:12 -0500

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

Hi again!

I have another question. I have a quilt in for cleaning and restoration.

At first it appears to be a typical depression era kit Lone Star,

oranges, greens, blues, yellows, peaches, red...reverse repeat color

sequence...orange border...

Except that it has 9 points!!! Lays flat as a pancake! beautifully

pieced and hand quilted.

Can anyone shed any light on this? I've had a couple of people tell me

they have seen one, but nothing else. Could it have been a kit? Really

funny shape for a bed...

Thanks for any information you can shed on this.

Laura Hobby Syler

Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles

Quilt Restoration Specialist

Contributing Editor for Harris Publishing - QUILT, APPLIQUÉ QUILTS, etc.


Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 11:44:07 -0400

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

I've had quilts with seven-pointed stars, but not a nine-pointed star. In

both cases, my hunch is that it was a "happenstance" when there was either

too much or not enough fullness for the usual eight points!

At 11:29 AM 6/24/01, Laura Hobby Syler wrote:

>Hi again!

>I have another question. I have a quilt in for cleaning and restoration.

>At first it appears to be a typical depression era kit Lone Star,

>oranges, greens, blues, yellows, peaches, red...reverse repeat color

>sequence...orange border...

>Except that it has 9 points!!! Lays flat as a pancake! beautifully

>pieced and hand quilted.

>Can anyone shed any light on this? I've had a couple of people tell me

>they have seen one, but nothing else. Could it have been a kit? Really

>funny shape for a bed...

>Thanks for any information you can shed on this.

>Laura Hobby Syler

>Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles

>Quilt Restoration Specialist

>Contributing Editor for Harris Publishing - QUILT, APPLIQUÉ QUILTS, etc.


Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 16:52:52 -0400

From: mreich@attglobal.net

To: <QHL@cuenet.com>

I am going to be at the Festival from Wednesday night for the opening

reception through Friday afternoon and taking the Quilt Appraisal class

on Thursday and Friday. Just in case there isn't a long lunch break is

each day does anyone have plans for dinner? I am staying at the Inn at

Montpelier with a quilting friend. If there are any get-togethers, count

us in. Sue Reich

Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 23:41:27 -0400

From: "Jan Drechsler" <


Hi Julie,

The VQF website doesn't list dates, times or meeting point for your Amish

quilt discussions. Would you please let us all know? That could also be a

good place to meet up with other QHL folks. For me, it could also be a

deciding factor of what day to attend!

Regards, Jan- who someday will find another copy of 'Hearts and Hands,'

which I will not loan out again...


Jan Drechsler in Vermont

Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher



Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 11:07:12 -0500

From: "Avalon" <malthaus@idcnet.com>

I used a black cotton fabric from "my stash" that was probably purchased

~1990. I cut several lengths of bias to use around the neckline and sleeves

of a blouse that I made.

After sewing it on by machine, I flipped it, and was in the process of hand

sewing it in place. The first few stitches "pulled out" and I initially

thought that I had not caught the edge of the fabric, as I was doing it in

the evening. Then much to my surprise, I found that the fabric was

shredding at the spots that I was hand stitching through. I gave a little

tug on the folded edge of the bias and indeed it did shred.

This morning, I checked the remaining yardage and in some areas, it shreds

to a slight pull and in other areas it does not.

I have heard "via the grapevine" that some people were having trouble with

some of the blacks, but I had thought that maybe those fabrics in question

were not the better "grade" fabrics that quilt shops carry or this was

"urban legend" information.

I am pretty sure that the black that I was using was purchased in a quilt

shop. It has been stored in a "pile of solid colored fabric", in the middle

of that grouping, in an wardrobe, behind closed doors.

Have any of you appraisers run into quilts made during this timeframe, that

used black fabric, and are experiencing similar "shredding" problems?

Mary in Wisconsin


Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 13:03:31 EDT

From: @aol.com

To: <qhl@cuenet.com>


I sure did have problems with black cotton about 5-6 years ago. I bought several yards of plain black to make a blouse, washed it to get the sizing out, and threw it in the dryer.

And when the dryer beeped, I reached inside and pulled out several yards of...black cotton *shreds*. The entire piece had basically disintegrated. I immediately informed the fabric store, which pulled the offending bolt and gave me credit for what I'd bought.

I have no idea what was going on, but I'd wager it was a batch of bad mordant. Black is very difficult to fix on cloth and a lot of the mordants are pretty corrosive.

I'd replace the black fabric entirely and warn the fabric store. Good luck!

Karen Evans


Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 13:56:57 -0400

From: "Pam Weeks Worthen" <

Well, I have no historically based information on this topic, just an


I taught a quilting class in my studio last fall and had a small but lively

group. One of the quilters, named Becky, brought her first quilt in for the

first class show and tell, and it was GORGEOUS, as well as interesting.

Becky was stationed in Burma when she took her first how to quilt class and

this sampler wall hanging is made of "longhi" fabrics, used for men's loose

fitting trousers. Heavy but not bulky, probably cotton and cotton blends,

lots of loose and overshot weaves.

Smack in the middle of her wall hanging is a 9 pointed star, and when I

asked her about it, she answered by saying she had 9 fabrics that she wanted

to use, and when she realized that 360 degrees is as easy to divide by 9 as

most other numbers, she drafted the pattern.

Simple as that to a beginner quilter. WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT????


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Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 14:43:57 -0400

From: "Cinda Cawley" <


I've been quiet, but not idle lately. Moving farther south on the

Eastern Shore has complicated my life a bit, but I'll cope. The day

after the move we left all the boxes and went to Philadelphia for a

couple of days. In spite of W.C. Fields, I always enjoy the City of

Brotherly Love. I found two wonderful quilts. The Phila. Museum of Art

(one of the world's greats) has a tiny textile gallery tucked away in a

far corner behind the Asian galleries. The space is small, but there's

always something special to see. On exhibit through Fall 2001 is

"Needlework from the Nineteenth Century." Lots of lovely things from

embroidered muslin dresses, a la Jane Austen, to needlepoint slippers

from the 1880s. And a fabulous Baltimore Album Quilt, c. 1845.

composed of 12" blocks of extraordinarily realistic flowers. A number

of the blocks have braided baskets filled with flowers. The center is a

36" medallion with a definite oriental cast and realism abandoned. here

is a picture of the quilt in the Museum's Bulletin Fall 1989 which is a

catalogue of an exhibit of applique quilts.

My other discovery was at the Arch Street Meeting House where a

friendship quilt made in 1844 is on display (all the time). The quilt

was made by members of the Female Society of Philadelphia for the Relief

and Employment of the Poor as a gift for the retiring matron. The

society was established by the Quakers after the terrible yellow fever

epidemic of the 1790s. The quilt is a mix of cut-out chintz applique

and complex pieced blocks that I associate with early Quaker friendship

quilts. See Forget Me Not by Jane Bentley Kolter of a picture of the

Primitive Hall quilt top which epitomizes that style. The Arch Street

quilt is noteworthy for a lengthy and detailed printed inscription of

dedication. At M. Finkel and Daughter (dealers in samplers) they

confirmed that it was common practice to have inscriptions set in type

by the local printer for inclusion on schoolgirl embroideries.


Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 16:43:17 -0400

From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com>

I want to add my endorsement to Newbie and Nancy's comments about

the exhibit at the Maryland Historical Society. It is wonderful and

the staff keep telling us that these quilts will not be shown again for

a very, very long time. Don't miss it if you can possibly get to

Baltimore before Sept. 9.

The catalogue is great (the title is in the subject line). ISBN

0-938420-70-4. I got my copy from Amazon.

Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 05:23:03 -0700 (PDT)

From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessen@yahoo.com>

I think this note was sent to me by accident, but since QuiltBus is

part of the Mall Crawl, I thought I forward it to the group. The URL

is : https://www.quiltindex.com/MallCrawl/welcome.asp




Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 08:05:23 -0700

From: Denise Clausen <

Hi Toni

The Tillamook County Quilters are making a Noah's Ark quilt for the

Latimer Quilt and Textile Center's "Dolly Quilt Auction" for their

Holiday High Tea. We are using redwork newspaper patterns. The ladies

embroidered the animals in any color they liked then colored them with

crayons. I have the joy of setting them together for a quilt and will

test them for color fastness also.

The Center has a painted quilt, but no crayon quilts in the collection.

Best of luck Toni.

Denise Clausen

In Sunny Sandlake, Oregon


Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 13:05:42 -0700

From: "Cleon Claassen" <cclaassen@qwksilvr.com>

To: <QHL@cuenet.com>

Is there a Washington Sate quilt documentation project? I would like to get

in touch with anyone involved. Elizabeth in the desert (yes Washington

State has its dry side.)

Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 11:40:20 -0400

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

We have a crayon quilt in our collection (FAD# 6119.16). It was made in

1931 by Detroit quilter Laura May Clarke and quilted by her mother Bozena

Clarke in 1932. It is called "Flower Garden" and was designed by Ruby

McKim. The pattern was probably seen in a Detroit News quilting column and

then ordered by one of the Clarke's. It is 70" x 83" and predominately

purple and green. The flowers were colored on muslingfabric with crayons

and then pressed with a hot iron to heat set them. They appear to be

outlined and detailed with some kind of black ink. The blocks are set on

point and alternating blocks are turqoise, yellow and lavender print on

muslin. The quilting is done with large, even stitches with green pearl

cotton. The binding is a narrow, green bias and the corners are gently

curved. This is just one of over 40 quilts, tops and pieces that were

donated by Dr. Harriet Clarke, granddaughter of Bozena Clarke. It is a

great collection of 1930s quilts.

To learn more about our collection, check out our new book Great Lakes,

Great Quilts, from C&T Publishing arriving this fall!



Beth Donaldson

Quilt Collections Assistant

Managing Editor, Great Lakes Quilting Newsletter

201 Central Services, MSU Museum

East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1045

quilt line: 517-432-3800




Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 11:12:06 -0500

From: Marilyn Woodin <

I have a "crayon quilt" top that I am quite in love with. I bought it

quite a few years ago at an AQSG auction. It is of the comic strip

characters of he 30' and 40's, maybe one or two in the 50's. The

characters are great--Maggie and Jiggs, Orphan Annie and Sandy,Blondie,

Wimpy (this block says on it "Introducint J. Wellington Wimpy 'the

Moocher' " Mickey Mouse and more. I have shown this top at lectures and

in our local quilt museum and everyone gets a lot of joy out of seeing

it. It too was colored and then covered with wax paper and ironed. I

think this would be the type of thing educators could use in making

quilts and studying them in school. Just thought I'd tell you all about

one of my favorite quilt tops------I understand why they didn't quilt

it. Marilyn Woodin Kalona Iowa


Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 23:27:32 +0100

From: "Sally Ward" <Sally.D.Ward@btinternet.com>

To: "QHL" <QHL@cuenet.com>

Subject: Canadian Quilt Study Group?

I've been searching for a website or email contact for this group without

success. Does anyone know if it still exists, and if so how I might make

contact and/or find out about their published study papers.


Sally Ward in Yorkshire, UK


Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 19:41:56 -0400

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

My day job is director of ABC Quilts (www.abcquilts.org.....anyone want to

be on the board of directors?)

Our national organization makes 35K quilts per year for at-risk babies, but

best of all, we have a quilt-making based prevention education program

that's designed to reinforce the lessons the kids have already had about

making the best choices concerning sex and drugs.

About 10% of the quilts come through the Home Office, and many of the ones

made by kids are decorated with fabric markers or crayons. In fact, we've

had 2 crayon quilts this week. one is very faded adn not very interesting,

but the other is marvelous.

It was made in a fourth grade class, and each of the 24 blocks features some

thing about NH history, which is required curriculum in that grade.

Our guidelines don't say anything about surface decoration beyond "no puff

paints" and appliques should be rugged, so i don't have any data about how

they wash, except if they weren't durable, the Founders would have outlawed


Any one any where NH in August should pop by our quilt-a-thon at the League

of NH Annual Craftsmen's Fair. We sew like crazy and have a blast at one of

the best fine craftshows in the country.

"ping" me for details if you want to come play!

Pam in NH where it is too d%*& hot for June!!!


Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 22:48:13 +1000

From: nomad1@attglobal.net

To: QuiltFixer@aol.com, QHL@cuenet.com

Hi Toni and All,

Thought I will say " Hi " as I number as one of the " plank owners" as you say,

when QHL first started! I still keep in touch with what is happening on QHL and

will contribute when I have something to add!

Life here in Australia is wonderful as ever, though we are in the middle of

Winter. I am finding waking up early to go to work etc is such a bore! :(

However........am not really complaining, am thankful for jobs etc. Also Lorraine

and Ruth up in the Blue Mountains would be way colder, so I cannae complain! : )

Quilt wise the Darling Harbour Quilt Show is on at present and it is always a

great joy. I am also eagerly looking forward to the visit of Melissa ( who is

also a " plank owner " ) and son Charlie from Houston on their first trip to Oz!

: ) Needless to say I just cannot wait for their arrival. : ) We plan to get some

serious quilting done, amidst sightseeing and shopping and blobbing out!

So that's a quick update Toni. Thanks for asking!

Smiles to all, Hiranya Loder from Sydney, Australia : )

QuiltFixer@aol.com wrote:



Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 08:14:56 -0700

From: "nms" <nms@jps.net>

Hi Sally,

I believe the Canadian Quilt Study Group is no longer operating. I sent a

membership application to someone as far back as maybe one and one half

years ago and it was returned by one of the board members stating the group

was no longer active. If you are in need of a contact for the person I

received information from, please email me privately.


Nance Searle

International Society of Appraisers


Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 13:02:53 -0400

From: "Jan Drechsler" <quiltdoc@sover.net>

Hello Julie and VT quilt show attendees.

Just called VQS and was given the times for Julie's lecture/tour of the

Amish quilts at Shapiro.

Fri 1 p.m.

Sat. 1 p.m.

Sun. 10 a.m.

I will not miss this and would love to meet other QHLers on Friday at 1pm at

Julie's session.

Also, I will be hanging around the food tent at noon on Friday and will be

wearing a blue/purple sleeveless short dress and a white sun visor. Love to

have a lunch companion-or ten!


Jan Drechsler in Vermont

Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher



Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 16:17:52 -0500 (EST)

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

Laura, a friend of mine got a Lone Star quilt with 9 points at an

antique show in a Bloomington Indiana shopping mall some years

ago, all solid colors but not exactly coordinated in concentric rings. it

doesn't look like a kit, more like a scrap quilt, and not finely made.

maybe Depression era or '40s. But it couldn't have been easy to lay out. I

imagined the number 9 might have had some significance for the

maker, i.e. number of siblings, or children or grandchildren or something.

Please let us know if you find out any more. Teri in Indiana

Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 22:07:09 EDT

From: Edwaquilt@aol.com

I believe the 7 point star may have some significant in the Cherokee Nation.

Seven tribes. I have a paper somewhere at home about this.

I also have a friend that cut out an 8 point star quilt some years ago and

started piecing and and had one diamond left. It fit perfectly. So sometime

I guess it is an accident.

But I'll look up the Cherokee connections to the 7 point.



Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 08:08:52 -0500

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

To: Edwaquilt@aol.com

Hi Hollis,

I think you may be right, But I have a **9** pointed lone star quilt...

We all know about ooching and scooching diamonds so that they will lay

flat. I've seen too many 7-pointed stars come out of my beginners

classes when they don't follow directions <G>

But this 9-pointed star lays perfectly flat. Need to find a compass and

check the degrees...maybe that will shed some light...

Laura Hobby Syler

in steamy N. Texas

Any theories there?

Edwaquilt@aol.com wrote:


> I believe the 7 point star may have some significant in the Cherokee Nation.

> Seven tribes. I have a paper somewhere at home about this.

> I also have a friend that cut out an 8 point star quilt some years ago and

> started piecing and and had one diamond left. It fit perfectly. So sometime

> I guess it is an accident.

> But I'll look up the Cherokee connections to the 7 point.


> Holice

Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2001 11:54:23 EDT

From: Palampore@aol.com

I just got a card notifying me that there is a new state book out. It is:

MISSISSIPPI QUILTS by Mary Elizabeth Johnson and photos by J>D> Schwalm. You

can order from Univer. Press of Miss. in Jackson, Miss.

press@ihl.state.ms.us or 1-800-737-7788 Should be a great book. Ms.

Johnson wrote the text of the big quilt book several years ago with a man

named---mmmmmmm- Roderick. (?) My book is at my studio and I am doing this

at home. I have heard her lecture and she is very knowledgable.

Off to the beach, Lynn Lancaster Gorges, New Bern, NC


Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2001 11:55:23 +0100

From: "Audrey Cameron" <audreycameron@onetel.net.uk>

Hi Everyone,

A couple of years ago I told the list about an article in History Today that

told the story of the patchworks quilts made in Changi prison during WWII.

The entire article (without pictures) is available from this site.

It is a great site to find complete articles on many subjects & from

many magazines. Try it.

A patchwork of internment.(quilts made by British women prisoners of

war)(includes bibliography)



Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2001 11:02:11 -0400

From: "Dee Stark" <dee@nf2g.com>

To: <QHL@cuenet.com>

Greetings, all! The annual Crazy Quilt Conference is coming up in a few

weeks in Omaha, NE (July 19 - 25, including pre & post conference classes)

and there is one post conference class I thought would of interest to many

on this list.

It's a two day class (Monday July 23 and Tuesday 24) with Cindy Brick

(certified appraiser and historian, who has alot of experience with crazy

quilts) "The History of Crazy Quilts and Embellishments and How to Date and

Restore Your Victorian Crazy". The class description reads: We'll explore

the wealth of embellishment designs over the decades and try a number of

vintage embellishing methods including painting on silk. Explore the

history of various trends - the popularity of spiders, sunflowers and

peacock feathers. Come ready to share your own crazy quilts and copy

patterns from Cindy's private collection. ON Day 2 learn to date pre-1950

crazies by examing fabrics, styles an colors, then learn several techniques

for restoring vintage crazies and when you SHOULDN'T do anything at all.

Bring crazy quitls for discussion.

The cost for the two day intensive workshop is $175 for Crazy Quilt Society

Members, $200 for non-members. It says you don't have to attend the

conference to register for the workshops.

I'm looking forward to this year's conference - I'm teaching two half day

workshops - but I thought perhaps there would be some people here that would

be interested in Cindy's workshop. No other affiliation, yadda, yadda :-)

Dee Stark



Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 19:03:57 -0400

From: "Alan Kelchner" <quiltfix@mail.bellsouth.net>

To: ".Quilt Heritage List" <qhl@cuenet.com>

Came across a quilting reference in Stephen King's "It" today, and I'm =

not certain what it is. It was called a "surprise-quilt", and was =

described with cowboys, horses, etc. No indication if it was a =

store-bought piece or home-made, although the woman's sewing machine =

(black cast iron) was described in the next sentence. The time setting =

is 1958, perfect timing in my opinion for the cowboys and horses theme.

Any ideas?


picking up quilting references in *weird* places.

Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2001 12:56:52 +0100

From: MARK POWER <mpower@coventry.ac.uk>

Dear Quilters of the World,

I've just joined the list and I'm a male quilter, is this unusual? I

read recently about someone known as the Cowboy Quilter but I wouldn't

describe myself as anything nearly sew macho!

I came to quilting by a somewhat circuitous route. One of my main

interests is social history and folklore. I recently read Linda

Pershing's "Ribbon Around the Pentagon", an anthropologists account of

an anti-nuclear protest in 1985 when the said building, and others, were

'wrapped' in a huge series of quilts etc. made mainly by women concerned

at the arms race. I can't recommend it enough.

Anyway, having read it I became interested in the history of quilts as a

form of political expression and found a rich history dating back to the

American Revolution, Civil War and the Great Depression. I was hooked.

If there is anyone else interested in this aspect of quilting I'd love

to hear from them. I started reading about Amish quilts next and loved

the simple designs. My own efforts are very basic and I've given them

to my children (I've got two and I'm a lone parent) and friends. I

hope to start a bigger project during the course of the summer.

As a matter of interest does anyone know of the existence of quilt

patterns based on Dutch Pennsylvania country 'hex' designs which

normally come in the form of mandalas?

Thanks for reading. Best wishes,



Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2001 20:54:42 EDT

From: JBQUILTOK@aol.com

>does anyone know of the existence of quilt

>patterns based on Dutch Pennsylvania country 'hex' designs which

>normally come in the form of mandalas?

Mountain Mist printed patterns on their batting wrappers for 30 or 40 years.

One of the patterns was hex designs. I got my mother-in-law's collection of

wrappers & the hex designs was one of them. Mountain Mist has a catalog of

the patterns now available for purchase. I don't know if this is one of them

or not.



Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2001 20:53:49 -0500

From: Marcia Kaylakie <marciark@ev1.net>

The pattern to which Janet is referring is called "Daddy Hex" #119 in the

Mountain Mist Catalog of Classic Quilt Patterns, p. 66. It is not listed

as retired so I can assume that it is still available from Mountain Mist .

If you would like to contact them, their telephone is 513-948-5307.

Marcia Kaylakie, Mountain Mist Collector in Texas

Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2001 22:56:32 -0400

From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com>

"You can't fool Mother Nature!" the Vermont Quilt Festival moved

up the dates by three weeks hoping for tolerable temps, but when we were

there on Sat. it was hot and muggy! In spite of the discomfort I had a

splendid time. There were some great quilts in the contest. I think my

favorite was "Miranda," a beautifully machine quilted and thread painted

figurative quilt based on The Tempest made by Christine Fries of Barre,


It is the antique exhibits that make the VQF my all-time favorite

quilt show and this year was particularly wonderful. They showed quilts

from the VT documentation project; you can see many of them in Plain and

Fancy. There were two groups of quilts which had been made by

different members of the same family. It was very interesting to

observe how one family used the same pattern repeatedly.

The real treat were the Amish quilts from the Esprit Collection,

particularly since I was able to join the tour of the exhibit that Julie

Silber did on Sat. p.m. In the middle of Julie's talk there was a

terrific thunderstorm that knocked out the lights. The exhibit then

proved that it's subtitle "Lit from Within" was absolutely accurate. It

was probably pretty close to seeing the quilts at the light-level of the

homes where they were made. Julie spoke about the five designs which

characterize Lancaster County Amish quilts: Center Square, Diamond,

Bars, Sunshine and Shadows and Double Nine-Patch. There were multiple

of variations of each in the exhibit. All the quilts were pre-1940;

most were wool.

Sara Miller's collection of Amish crib quilts was the icing on the

cake. I never thought I'd ever see 30 small Amish quilts in one place.

A few were the long narrow daybed or handyman's size, but most were baby


We stopped in Bennington on the way, visited Robert Frost's grave (great

cemetery at the Congregational Church) and the Grandma Moses collection

at the Bennington Museum.

Cinda back on the Eastern Shore where it is actually cool (doesn't

happen often in MD in July)


Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2001 23:29:28 EDT

From: Cml791@aol.com

To: QHL@cuenet.com

Help! I've been trying to find a picture in my books of an applique quilt

kit, Bucilla 8525. A friend purchased the kit but there was no complete

picture of the block. She has appliqued the blocks but we really want to see

how close she came to doing what was planned. The name of the pattern is "Colonial Bouquet."



Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2001 23:52:01 -0400

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

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

Subject: crayon quilt?


The picture blocks were either done with crayon or paint, but they seem too

soft to have been painted.

I wish the photos were better quality on this quilt. There are lots of

photos but the quality is very poor. Still, it is an interesting quilt, and

the drawings seem to be original. I'l love to have other opinions.

Judy in Ringoes, NJ



Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 08:28:06 -0700 (PDT)

From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessen@yahoo.com>

I received this note this morning - I can't believe Quilt America

doesn't have a website! If anyone can help her, please respond to

her at shohne@cs.wright.edu.


I am trying very hard to find the class schedule and other info on

Quilt America. I tried the qcx.com/QuiltAmerica/class.htm and got

nothing. Can you help me out with this.


Thank you

Sara Hohne


email: shohne@cs.wright.edu


Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 11:00:14 -0700 (PDT)

From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessen@yahoo.com>

To: QHL@cuenet.com

I happened to sign in to Ebay today, and there on the FIRST page was

a link to this quilt:


I know it's incredibly expensive to advertise on the first page, so I

promptly popped over to look at the quilt. At the risk of showing my

ignorance, is the black print in one of the closeups an 1830 - 1850

print? I can agree with the rest - that quilt is in unbelievable

fine condition! Any speculation on the reserve amount?

Kris - PS - My birthday is coming up if y'all want to take up a



Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 11:28:09 -0700

From: "Julia D. Zgliniec" <rzglini1@san.rr.com>

To: Kris Driessen <


Dear QHL,

If I am not mistaken, wasn't this quilt up for auction a while ago. I

seem to remember one VERY much like it that generated some discussion.



Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 13:40:49 -0600

From: Xenia Cord <xecord@netusa1.net>

Quilt America does indeed have a website: www.quiltamerica.net.

The show is now owned by Rita Barber, Barber Diversified, who can be

reached at:


The show will be July 12-14 at the Indiana Convention Center Hall F,

downtown Indianapolis. Exhibits & merchant mall open 10-5 all 3 days.

Several pre-convention events and early bird classes, Friday night

charity auction raises $$ for free mammograms (the "Yes Mam!"® Mammogram

Project). Don't know the general admission cost but it has been about

$7 in the past.

Xenia (former owner of Quit America)


Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 13:38:57 -0700

From: chrisa@jetlink.net

I remember a discussion about a quilt that looks like this one, or it may be

this one, that is very much like the one on the cover of Quilts and

Coverlets, from The American Museum in Britain, written by Shiela Betterton.

We determined it was not the same one do to placement of the sawtooths and a

different green fabric, and perhaps yellow fabric. It is curious though that

yet another quilt so similar should show up now. Did anyone of you

eBay-quilt-picture-savers save a picture of the other one discussed?

(Is this, perhaps, a new form of Mystery Quilt?)

Kimberly Wulfert

in very hot and humid Ojai, CA


Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 16:51:26 -0400

From: "Judy Kelius (judysue)" <

This is the same quilt that was on eBay some time back and generated a lot

of discussion on QHL. It is almost identical to the one in the American

Museum. When the seller had it on eBay before, it did not reach reserve

even though the bidding got to nearly $15,000.


Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 15:12:45 -0700 (PDT)

From: Kris Driessen <



I wandered through gb-best's feedback, which is pretty darn good, and

I do have to wonder where on Earth the seller gets such great pieces.

Great sources maybe, or selling a long time collection? I have the

general impression that quilt prices have gone down, I don't believe

I would sell off my prizes now - if I had any. (How is the

collection going, by the way?)

I did find reference to the discussion at


There are pictures there of the quilt that was on Ebay then, and the

American museum quilt. We came to the conclusion they were different

quilts. The one on Ebay now is clearly the same on on Ebay then. It

will be interesting to see what this one sells (or doesn't sell) for.



Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 20:23:24 -0400

From: "Zendelle Bouchard" <zendelle@indri.mv.com>

To: <QHL@cuenet.com>

It cracks me up to see antique quilts listed on eBay as "smoke-free" or

"from a smoke-free home". Considering how popular smoking was in earlier

times, it's highly unlikely that no family members of any of the previous

owners smoked. Maybe they should say "from a currently smoke-free home".




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

To: QHL@cuenet.com


I agree with Cinda -- although I was almost glad that the Plain and

Fancy quilts were there **again**. It was like seeing old friends

for sure - and there were a few that I didn't remember meeting in

person previously. But because I had seen them, I could spend MORE

time with the Amish quilts without guilt.

I spent a lot of time with both groups of Amish quilts -- and did the

same gallery talk with Julie Silber that Cinda described (followed by

power-white gloving when the thunderstorm evacuated the craftshow and

field and buses into the quilt show - the crowd was way denser than

it normally is!) and thought the power blip timing couldn't have been

more appropos. And it was GREAT to finally see the backs of these

quilts after years of wondering what was there.

On Sunday, I did a gallery talk with Bettina Havig on the crib

quilts. I thought that was great. Although I had thanked Sara

Miller for making it possible to have the quilts at Vermont, we

probably learned more about her by having Bettina do the Sunday talk

than if Sarah had spoken herself (which she did on other days of the


As I processed my digital images, I found that most of them were

closeups of the quilting on the large amish quilts and pictures of

the kinder comfort quilts. I reminded myself that since I own that

big book on the big quilts, I really didn't need to take great shots

of all the big quilts there! So many great ideas on filling in all

that blank space that is a quilt top with quilting.

Julie mentioned Joe Cunningham's theory that many of these quilts may

have been quilted free hand rather than being extensively marked. As

I personally hate to mark quilts for quilting and will go to some

length not to mark, I found this fascinating. That made me go back

and look at the quilting on a separate occasion in a whole new light.

I did not have any problem believing this as a possibility. The

flowers that looked oh so identical at first look, looked very

similar but not identical at all when I looked again. The quilted

scalloped borders often found outside the inner border was another

good example. the individual bumps were just about the size of a

quarter. Some areas were very very uniform. Other areas were less

uniform. Still others had a gentle slope to them, as though the

angle of the person quilting had changed or made it harder to get

them perfectly upright.

Since I often use the quilt itself to regulate where the quilting

goes, or use small references to help make things more uniform, I

could really relate to this. Lots to think about on many levels.

I have put up my own photos, although not on individual web pages at:


So, if you want to just browse photos, with no information etc, feel

free. All rights remain with the makers etc. There are a few photos

of myself, my mother and my friend Sue in there as well. I put these

up in this directory mainly for a friend who wasn't able to attend

VQF this year.

Many thanks to Julie and to Bettina for the great talks. It was a

great opportunity and I'm glad I had the chance.

Mary Beth Goodman



Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 20:53:23 -0700

From: Kathleen Reyes <kwiltlvr@earthlink.net>

Hello All,

The "Black Americana Quilt" that Judy refers to on ebay is The Farm Life

Quilt. It was designed by Ruby Short McKim & published in various

newspapers across the country in 1930. I have several examples in my

collection. McKim suggested embroidery, appliqué and crayon as

techniques for the blocks. The quilt Judy mentioned is indeed done in

crayon. It is unique in it's depiction of the characters as blacks. I've

not seen the quilt in that interpretation. I congratulate the high

bidder. I was 10 minutes too late to bid!

I loaned a crayoned McKim design, Audobon or Bird Life Quilt to VQF for

their Parallel Threads Exhibit. Did anyone see that part of the show?

Farm Life with black and white characters would have been perfect!

Happy Independance Day.

Kathi Reyes in So. Calif.


Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2001 13:17:09 -0700

From: "jajb" <anne_j@worldnet.att.net>

To: <QHL@cuenet.com>

I followed this list a while back but was unable to keep up at that time

due to other projects I was doing. I'm back and have sent my $15 to the

post office box requested and it does not seem to have been cashed. I

wrote to the email listed on the web page but have received no answer.

If anyone here can help sort this out please write me.

I'm currently working on a Quilt History site called "Exploring Quilting

History". It's at http://www.historyofquilts.com/

My goal is to give some basic historical information on a on a wide

variety of topics by publishing a short article once a week. I'm also

setting up links to websites and books to help people dig deeper into

the topic of quilt history if they wish. If any of you have a website

with quilt history information let me know so I can link to it. Also I

would really appreciate knowing if I am wrong on any of my facts on the

site. I have tried to be as accurate as possible but I am still

concerned that I may not have all of it right. So if you do drop by the

site and see anything I need to change please let me know.

Anne Johnson


Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2001 16:54:33 -0400

From: "Crandall Associates" <rcrandal@maine.rr.com>

I "saved" a bunch of feedsacks and fabric from going to the dump last

weekend and am in need of some help dating some of the pieces. (they

were all musty and moldy from being stored for years in a basement but

washed up nicely). I have looked in my books but can't seem to find a

list of fabric widths/dates. I have 3 different pieces of red with small

white/off white design that is 24" wide. Most of the other pieces go to

36". What are the years for these widths? Thanks in advance for the


Carole in beautiful Maine