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Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2001 21:38:22 EDT

From: ARabara15aol.com



Hello all, it's Donald Brokate here and I have a question for the group. I

have come across many 1930's quilts that have bright solid colors combined

with white or off white and the brights have bled into the whites. Having

dealt with vintage fabrics in my past (an even older past life- you all must

think I was a waiter at the last supper by now) I've tried several of my

majic potions with varied success. Is there a product out there that can be

used to treat the white areas without fading or bloching the colored areas?

Appliques with chrome orange and yellow, as well as hot pink and coral are

the worst offenders. (and yes I am a very poor speller). Please advise.


Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 11:54:26 +1000

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



Thanks for the knife information...I am in Australia so didn't see the

HGTV's Simply Quilts

episode...what plastic do you use for your stencils...we have a product

called "templastic" here that I use for templates occasionally (when I run

out of the x-rays) which is a heavy-duty almost clear plastic. Is that

suitable ? I have one of those double-bladed knives but it can't cope with

anything very thick, and then the template isn't very durable.

Thanks again !

Kate (from rainy windy Sydney)


Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 02:59:16

From: "Anne Copeland" <anneappraiserhotmail.com>



At the latter part of the 19th century here in America, people worked 12 -

14 hrs. and even more in dimly lit, and unsafe factories. I am sure most of

you remember reading about that. Even children were working, and often tied

into their seats.

Today we are viewing what is happening in China from our own perspective of

where we are now. We can only see it as exploitive, and there is no doubt

that in one sense of the word, it probably is, just as our own industrial

revolution was also a time when American workers were exploited.

Exploitation of the coal miners, and many other American workers has also

occurred over the years. China is years behind the United States in many

ways. In some ways, they are probably experiencing their own industrial


I am not in favor of any people being exploited in any way, but as someone

on this list pointed out, at least these people are learning a skill that

someday given political changes, they might be able to use in some

profitable way. And surely there is something soothing in stitching a quilt

compared to breaking rocks, or doing physical labor for the same amount of

time. And they have a better chance of living longer.

No, their lives are nothing like ours, and will probably not be as long as

China is the country it is now. But we just have to remember that even when

times are most difficult here, they are many times better than that of many

of the world's countries. China is in our minds because of the imported

quilts. Imported quilts are also coming from India and other places now.

And there are places like South Africa where people are still exploited in

the diamond mines. So China sure does not have an exclusive on


Cheers and blessings, Annie


Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 04:30:12 -0500

From: "Ann G. Hubbard" <ahubbardcdoc.net>


http://www.womenfolk.com/grandmothers/history.htm. In my travels yesterday

looking for something else, I found this website and thought some of you

might be interested in visiting it. Seems to be a lot of interesting

information. Ann from Lake of the Ozarks, MO


Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 07:51:29 -0400

From: Judy White <jawhiteinfi.net>

To: "QHLcuenet.com" <QHLcuenet.com>


I see in my past email about this publication that I misspelled Mill

Valley, Ca. These journals were published by Joyce Gross of Mill

Valley, Ca. Sorry.

Judy White


Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 08:02:46 EDT

From: DDBSTUFFaol.com


Here is the website for Dyemagnet:




Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 08:12:32 -0500

From: Bettina Havig <bettinaqcsocket.net>


Quilters' Journal was not a side benefit of AQSG membership. It was a

separate and independent publication by subscripton. It predates AQSG by a

couple of years. AQSG began in 1980. The only slight connection to AQSG

was that Joyce Gross who published QJ was a charter member of AQSG and a

prime mover in the early days. Unfortunately for the quilt world, Joyce

ceased publishing QJ after the death of her husband in 1988. There is very

valuable information to be found in QJ and anyone who has the complete set

is very lucky.

There is a chance that some selected back issues may still be available from

Joyce. I hesitate to give out her address without permission but she does

monitor this list and may respond directly. She is still a member of AQSG.

AQSG publishes its own periodic newsletter called Blanket Statements and it

is sent to all members.

Bettina Havig



Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 18:01:11 EDT

From: CBENBERRYaol.com



Quilters' Journal was published quarterly beginning in the 1970s by Joyce

Gross, editor and publisher, who at the time had a Mill Valley, CA address.

The publication had a significant historical emphasis more so than stressing

quilt pattern features. It preceded the founding of the American Quilt Study

Group. In fact, Sally Garoutte, founder of AQSG, served as QJ's Textile

Editor several years prior to conceiving the idea of forming AQSG. Joyce

and Sally, both Mill Valley residents, were friends of long standing, and had

belonged to the Mill Valley Quilt Authority quilt organization. So later,

when Sally formed AQSG, one of the first persons to help her was Joyce. At

the first meeting of AQSG, Joyce curated and hung its quilt exhibition of

quilts from her own collection as well as presented a research paper. Yet

Quilters' Journal and AQSG were always separate and distinct unconnected


For further information about Quilters' Journal, I would suggest that you


Joyce Gross

853 D Street

Petaluma, CA 94952

Phone & Fax# - 707-769-0269


Cuesta Benberry



Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 06:09:15 -0500

From: "Leigh Fellner" <hcquiltspeoplepc.com>



I've had some remarkable success removing post-quilting bleeding by

ashing - sometimes 3 or 4 times in succession - in hot water and

Synthrapol. I remember one quilt in particular in which one 19th c. indigo

square and one red block bled like mad. To my great relief, Synthrapol

worked like a charm!


Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 06:21:50 -0500

From: "Leigh Fellner" <hcquiltspeoplepc.com>



Thank you, Anne, for giving some long-view perspective on this matter. =

If we can separate our feelings from fact for a moment, an examination =

of history demonstrates that the concept of exploitation is a relative =

one, and varies from culture to culture and era to era. (It even varies =

from state to state. I live in the poorest part of the poorest county =

in FL. We all think we're doing just fine, thank you, but my friends in =

Boston would be appalled at what they'd consider the primitive living =

conditions many of us "suffer" down here.)

Personally, I wonder how much of the western quilting world's outrage =

over imported quilts is a secondary reaction for the original uproar, =

which was the flooding of our markets with cheap, mass-produced quilts =

which affected the livelihood of our own, more-expensive quilters. If I =

recall correctly, that was how the big fuss started (e.g. the Shelburne =

Museum repros). Only later did anybody find the convenient moralistic =

cover of concern for our Eastern sisters.

As for L.L. Bean's "refusal" to provide any information on the quilts =

other than that they are "imported," it should be kept in mind that not =

every retailer (even one as big as LLB) deals directly with the =

manufacturer, or if it does, with just one manufacturer in one country. =

There may be a jobber who contracts with LLB for sixty gazillion quilts, =

and then farms the work for half of the lot to Pakistan and the rest to =

Sri Lanka. So the actual origin of two quilts of the same design may be =




Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 09:59:53 -0400

From: Newbie Richardson <pastcraftserols.com>


While in Colorado Springs, Co. delivering my daughter to college (I am

free at last!)last week, I saw a magazine called "Antique Quilts" in the

magazine rack at the local drug store. I glanced through it, seeing

nothing I did not already have in one of many books, put it back.

I work part time at G Street Fabrics in Falls Church, VA. (Oh, the

discount..!)although they seem to have every "sewing" magazine

published, I di not see a copy there. Perhaps it is thefirst issueand

not yet distributed nationally?

Newbie in Alexandria, Va. enjoying my peaceful house!


Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 10:57:37 -0400

From: "Maria" <marialostquilt.com>



Our quilt guild recently put out a flyer about this year's raffle quilt. It

said it was machine pieced and came with an applique "boarder." Mom and I

smiled at each other and I said, "I'd be glad to have someone live with me

to do all my applique!" Wouldn't you? LOL


Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 11:42:40 EDT

From: JQuiltaol.com



one of the things spell check doesn't do.....is question the spelling of an

existing word...if you put boarder instead of border....it won't correct

it...they haven't made the spell check yet that makes sure you are using the

correct word...we still have to use our "little gray cells" for that ...

for instance if you write the phrase "fowl play" it won't question the word

fowl...and the poor little chickie will get the blame for some foul




Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 09:01:03 -0700

From: Chris Flynn <lovechrisearthlink.net>



OK OK.... so many emails about spelling!! I'm a quiet lurker who LOVES

reading all the QHL entries!! So... about spell check,... there is a

"grammer check" that sorts out the boarders/borders, foul/fowl, etc.

Just had to add my too sence!

have a great day, Chris in California

PS I too would love a boarder to applique for me! Windows too??


Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 09:19:05 -0700

From: "Julia D. Zgliniec" <rzglini1san.rr.com>


Dear QHL,

I have a spelling checker.

It came with my PC.

It plainly marks for my revue,

Mistakes I cannot sea.

I've run this poem threw it.

I'm sure your please to no.

Its letter perfect in its weigh.

My checker tolled me sew.

Author unknown.

I could not resist sending you all this little ditty, with apologies.



Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 18:44:50 EDT

From: ARabara15aol.com


It would depend on how much they ate. In my house with 4 teenage boys that's

always an issue. Donald


Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 19:15:11 -0500

From: "Susan Wildemuth" <ksandbcwgeneseo.net>


Was there a book written with the findings from the Iowa Quilt Research

Project? Where is the depository for this research project

information-Possibly Iowa Historical Society or Iowa State Museum?


Sue in Illinois


Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 22:59:00 -0500

From: "Junior/Peggy McBride" <jlmpamnetins.net>


No - there was no book written.

I believe the materials gathered are held at the Iowa State Historical

Society in Des Moines, Iowa

Peggy Mc


Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 01:22:53 -0400

From: Diane Shink <dimacquiltsympatico.ca>



Re Ady's question

This summer I started quilting the Whole Cloth Lap sized quilt marked with

Dorothy Osler at the Bowes Museum in March, titled Wanna be a Gramma. I am also

machine piecing a tumbling block quilt for my son who recently graduated from

McGill,because he could not find an earth toned quilt for his summer Apartment in

my collection.

On the repro front I am using some great hershey brown to replace the deceased

brown on an otherwise super double nine patch of double pink and poison green

that Teddy Pruet made me buy in Paducah.,it cost $12. I broke my rule of only

buying Star quilts. While in Nova Scotia,in July I pieced together 7 1930's

grandmothers Flower garden blocks and then appliquéd them onto a background and

left it in NS to be hand quilted there. This is the second of 5 pieces

commissioned by a good friend for her sisters. I have 2 star tops 1930's

vintage, waiting to be sandwiched and hand quilted.

. I spent many weeks last spring sewing sleeves and labels on Star quilts before

taking them to the Textile Museum outside Ottawa, Canada for the summer.The large

space also forced me to branch out from quilt collecting to become a bit of a

fanatic about aprons so a great deal of time has been spent recently washing ,

ironing and labeling aprons acquired in June and July.. I am beginning to start

thinking of myself as a textile junkie but the more I study aprons the more

interesting they seem form a textile and decorative point.Of course I am

appraising a few quilts and getting samples in order for quilting classes

starting mid September. To think that I dreamed about all the free time available

after retirement and there still are not enough hours in the day. Diane Shink,

AQS Certified Appraiser in Montreal


Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 08:22:00 -0400

From: "Pam Weeks Worthen" <pamworthenhotmail.com>


Good morning to all! Just walked the dog at sunrise and saw my first

seasonal flock of Canada Geese, but they were flying NORTH, so I guess we're

okay for awhile, yet.

1. Auction bulletin advertised "cruel embroidery". What do you think, cruel

humor, cruel subject, or no brains? OH! What a great idea for a group

challenge project! Anyone want to create "Cruel Crewel"?

2. Stopped at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont on the way up to Montreal last

week. It's worth the trip if you are anywhere near (4-5 hour drive from


I only had 2 hours, so went straight to the quilts, and was delighted to

find 12-15 whole cloth or strippy copperplate prints, chintz quilts, wool,

etc; 4 applique copperplate or chintz, including the one of the Spaulding

family featured in Celia Oliver's book about the Shelburne collection; the

usual 15-18 quilts in the big swinging plastic covered display units that

you can practically put your nose on; and the special exhibit of Folk Art

themes featured an 1854 Mary Carr album quilt, and several other amazing

applique quilts.

One of the period houses featured a newly created French chintz bed suite

(do we use this word for the following collection of items?) (quilt/spread,

bed curtains, chair cover, window curtains, etc) The interpretor said that

Celia Oliver herself had made the items. In any case it was gorgeous, as

were the whole cloth quilts, crewel bed curtains and covers, and other

textiles in the other period houses I cruised through on the way out of the

Museum. It was a visit well worth the pressure required for the

driver/husband to turn south at the Burlington exit instead of north toward


3. Current projects include finishing a hand pieced tumbling blocks quilt

started 4 years ago "for fun", repros c.1900. Just delivered a large wall

hanging commission with broderie perse center medallion, repros c. 1800ish

as well as a mariner's compass made with Provencal fabrics, blues and


Pam in sunny, late summer cool and dry NH.




Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 08:25:35 -0500

From: Laura Hobby Syler <texas_quilt.coairmail.net>


This is the issue published by the editors of QUILT previously named

"Country Quilts". Unfortunately, it is available on the news stands


Many of the quilts pictured are from Julie Silber's collection Mary Ann

Walter's inventory and other quilt collectors; I was able to act as

photo assistant on many of the shots...what fun!

Our first endeavor into a Antique quilts only issue for Harris


Laura Hobby Syler

contributing Editor for Harris Publications

Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles

Member PAAQT

Newbie Richardson wrote:


> While in Colorado Springs, Co. delivering my daughter to college (I am

> free at last!)last week, I saw a magazine called "Antique Quilts" in the

> magazine rack at the local drug store. I glanced through it, seeing

> nothing I did not already have in one of many books, put it back.

> I work part time at G Street Fabrics in Falls Church, VA. (Oh, the

> discount..!)although they seem to have every "sewing" magazine

> published, I di not see a copy there. Perhaps it is thefirst issueand

> not yet distributed nationally?

> Newbie in Alexandria, Va. enjoying my peaceful house!


Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 16:55:32 +0200

From: Ady Hirsch <adamroninetvision.net.il>


Hi all

I found this while looking for something else - it's a brand new site that

specializes in producing the patterns of antique quilts (some quite well

know), from the Shelbourne, Vermont and Sturbridge. The owner, Froncie

Quinn, besides being very very nice, gets to draft the patterns straight

from the original quilt. Lucky woman!


No affiliation etc. -

Ady in Israel


Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 12:02:58 EDT

From: Palamporeaol.com



If you like the "hoopla site" you need to also check with our QHL member,

Newbie Richardson. She has a line of doll size quilt patterns that represent

quilts from 1800 to 1940. The Scottie dog is my favorite, but there are

others that I also adore. Wish I had time to make them myself.

Email Newbie at: pastcraftserols.com to find out more. She has no idea

that I am sending this post, so it is only a friend promoting another friend.

(If you have little girls she also has great doll dress patterns for

historic clothing.)

The Shelburne post was wonderful. Thanks for sharing your visit.

I highly recommend Barbara Brackman's article about printed/versus woven

plaids in July's (?) Quilter's Newsletter. However I do need to make a

comment. She says that plaids in a quilt indicate heavily that the quilt

could be mid-1800's. Be careful with that. In NC woven plaids are seen in

quilts frequently from 1880 to 1920ish (and some earlier) This was because

we had lots of plaid being produced in the Alamance County area. They

finally asked some of the plaid producers to make something else in the late

1890's because the market was flooded. I have many quilts with plaid backing

due to the fact that the prices were extremely low on plaids and women were

filling their closets with yardage. I think the cheap fabric stash was used

for many years.

For further reading on this please read Erma (I am having a menopause

breakdown and can't remember Erma's last name. I am getting very tired of

this. Soon I will forget my husband's name.) Kirkpatrick's (It came back!)

article in Uncoverings about Alamance Plaids. My Uncoverings are at the

studio, but I think it is 1984.

Many of you know this info. but I thought I should share the info. with those

newer members to the list.

I collect Alamance Plaid quilts. Prior to 1900 the colors were blue and

brown. Later they branched out and did greens and a yellow.

Must run. Up to my neck in projects.

Lynn Lancaster Gorges

Historic Textiles Studio, New Bern, NC


Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 13:11:56 EDT

From: Vici47aol.com


I have to admit that I am a quilt historian wanna be. Today I got the bright

idea that I would like to document the quilts directly related to my family.

With a documented history that dates back over a hundred and fifty years I

think there should be quite a few quilts out there for me to find. We have

been celebrating our family with reunions for over 75 years and I have a

pretty extensive list of relitives I could contact. My question to you is

what is the best way for me to approach this, or am I biting off more than I

could handle? Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Vicki


Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 13:51:13 EDT

From: JQuiltaol.com



if you go to


then click on....on tv at the top of the page you can get a whole weeks

programming ...if you click on the individual show you can see what the

show's about...also if you go to


and click on the little TV on the left side menu...you will get the entire

scedule for a month or two for the simplyquilts show..



Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 17:25:37 -0600

From: Xenia Cord <xecordnetusa1.net>



I guess you could consider this a brief tutorial in collecting family

information - about quilts or other subjects.

First, if you are somewhere close to where a "Boxes Under the Bed"

training session is going to be held, be sure to sign up. You will be

instructed in the methods of the folklorist, probably see a

demonstration of how to collect, and get to practice on other class

members before heading out to do your own documentation.

For information about Boxes Under the Bed™ write 7660 Woodway, Suite

550, Houston, TX 77063, or P. O. Box 6251, Louisville, KY 40206.

If you intend to proceed on your own, you will want to consider making

several kinds of records, and probably return to your interview subjects

several times. Consider recording with audio tape, a video camera, a

digital camera, a camera loaded with slide film. For any/all of these

methods keep careful notes on WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY (on

audio/video, state this audibly at the beginning of each interview).

Make a note of the photo frames and their subjects - one Flower Garden

may look very much like another when you review the data later.

Decide what sorts of questions you want to ask, but allow your interview

subject to take the conversation in her own direction; you may learn a

great deal more that way. Interview subjects are more relaxed when the

recording device is out of sight or to the side; ask someone else to

operate the equipment while you maintain a face-to-face interview

(possibly with the pick-up mike between you.) Interview subjects may

also be more willing to discuss family history, the history of a quilt,

or related material, if they can hold and refer to the quilt itself, a

photo album, a quilt pattern book or something else that triggers

memories. Be aware that rustling paper or fabric can distort audio,

especially if it is closer to the mike than the voice is.

Old ladies get tired - several short interviews are better than a

marathon. And reviewing an earlier session may suggest to you questions

you hadn't thought of asking. Don't neglect the men - they also may

have memories of their mothers quilting, or know stories about the

quilts you are researching.

Here are some titles (all paperbacks) that may be helpful:

Bartis, Peter. Folklife and Fieldwork, a Layman's Introduction to Field

Techniques. Washington, D.C.,: Publications of the American Folklife

Center, #3. Library of Congress, 1990. (Used in Boxes Under the Bed

training sessions)

Hartley, William. Preparing a Personal History. ISBN 0-911712-08-9

Hoopes, James. Oral History, an Introduction for Students. ISBN


Ives, Edward D. The Tape-Recorded Interview, a Manual for Field Workers

in Folklore and Oral History. ISBN 0-87049-291-8

Shumway, Gary, and William Hartley. An Oral History Primer (For

Tape-recording Personal and Family Histories ISBN0-911712-59-3

Zimmerman, William, How to Tape Instant Oral Biographies. ISBN


Good luck with your project!

Xenia, in Indiana

Quilt historian and one-time folklorist, Indiana University


Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 22:02:10 -0400

From: Paul and Nancy Hahn <phahnerols.com>



Is anyone aware of a reprint of "The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in

America" by Carrie A. Hall and Rose G. Kretsinger? I have just come

across a second copy of this book, and neither of the two I now have are

quite alike in their cover color, binding and the set-up of the inside

page that lists the copyright,etc. However, both only have a 1935

copyright date. Both books are in excellent condition, bout one's dust

jacket is so pristine, I would have a difficult time believing it is 65

years old. If one was a reprint, wouldn't it need to be stated,


Nancy Hahn