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Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2001 22:07:02 EDT
From: Edwaquiltaol.com

I have 7 partial bolts of Ely Walker Quadriga Cloth (or so the end of 
bolt says) It is about 36 -39" wide (I did'nt measure it) I 
purchased it 
from a dealer who bought it from Patches in Harpers Ferry, WV in the 
8o's. It has been sitting on the shelf ever since. One or two 
bolts look 
like they may be full bolts. I also have some of the Your's Truly 
fabric of 
the late 70's. Just thought I would get this on the record.....ha.



Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 01:37:12 EDT
From: KingsCalicoaol.com

I have never been to Australia, but last year my husband and I 
went to 
New Zealand. Both of us loved it...it is a beautiful country, and it 
was a 
great experience to travel there!
I only managed to go to one very small quilt exhibit in New 
Zealand, and 
it was very similar to exhibits here in the US. There are quilt 
shops there, 
but they mostly sell fabric that we can get here for less. Look for 
"Kiwi" themed fabrics, however, featuring Kiwi birds, fern leafs, 
flowers, sheep, etc. I bought about 6-8 fat quarters of them, and 
they will 
make great momentos of your trip. If you are creative, you may 
buying some tea-towels (found in all the souvenir shops) and 
incorporate them 
into a wall hanging!
I found a few web sites you can check out.....first is for the 
(only?) New Zealand quilt magazine...it has calendars of shows and 
and links to check out....www.NZquilter.org.nz. Next one is for an 
Australian quilt magazine, with links and calendars as 
If you can find a copy of "Australian Patchwork and Quilting" 
they have a calendar of events section. Some US quilt shops do carry 
magazine, or you can check a magazine store (the kind that carries 
of titles!) I didn't pull it it, but you can try the website for 
magazine's publisher...it may have some useful information or 
Have fun, Melanie! I can't speak for Australia, but I think you 
really like New Zealand...and it is true that there are sheep almost 
Celine....in So.Calif.


Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 17:26:17 +1000
From: "kate knight" <kateknightoptushome.com.au>

Hi Ellen
Ramie is a fabric similar but cheaper than linen, I have had several 
and sweaters with ramie blended with cotton or linen, and like linen 
it is
stiff when new but will soften with age and wear.

A quick search produced this information.

About Ramie
(also known as China-grass, rhea, and grasscloth)
Ramie is a fine fiber which originates from the plant Boehmeria nivea 
and is
used in making fabrics, usually combined with other fibers such as 

- in China and the Orient, ramie is locally spun and woven into 
cloth, often without degumming
- in China it is also used to make fine oriental textiles
- some Egyptian mummies were bound with ramie strips rather than 
- ramie was used for Chinese burial shrouds over 2,000 years ago, 
cotton a related species, Boehmeria cylindrica was used by New World
Indians as twine to attach spear and arrow heads to shafts
- ramie usage in the U.S. increased in the mid 1980's with the 
emphasis on natural fibers

Resistant to bacteria, mildew, and insect attck.
Extremely absorbant
Dyes fairly easily
Increases in strength when wet
Withstands high water temperatures during laundering
Smooth lustrous appearance improves with washing
Keeps its shape and does not shrink
Can be bleached

Low in elasticity
Lacks resiliency
Low abrasion resistance
Wrinkles easily
Stiff and brittle


Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2001 08:50:07 -0500
From: Bettina Havig <bettinaqcsocket.net>

Quadriga cloth was produced by Ely and Walker who were in existence 
from the
last quarter of the 19th C until the early 1980's. I was still buying
Quadriga directly from Ely and Walker for my quilt shop in the early 
You will find their fabrics in both 36 inch width and the later 44 
width. Some of their goods are included in quilt kits that span most 
of the
first 3/4's of the 20th C.
Bettina Havig 


Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 10:55:48 -0400
From: "Suzanne Cawley" <ccawleyalleganyinternet.net>

Subject: Re: More on Huswifs
You must be talking about the exhibit at Marilyn Kowaleski's shop. I
believe those items were all marked as reproductions, and were for 
sale as
such. Barb Garrett there? Do you remember? I remember that we had a
conversation about the exhibit at the time, but I forget what we 
said. Or
what you
said -- as you knew all about it.
Judy in Ringoes, NJ

Judy....you must be thinking of another Adamstown visit. I cannot 
the name of the mall but I was alone at the time. None of the items 
for sale. Both "authentic" and "newly-made from antique fabric" 
were on display only to warn folks that there was apparently a rash 
of these
new ones being made and sold as original in the Lancaster area. 
Perhaps the
"repros" you are talking about are exactly the type that this dealer 
educating people about!

Suzanne in Keyser, WV


Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2001 14:01:31 -0300
From: Barbara Robson <robsonbhdbis.ns.ca>


Has anyone seen the 2002 Quilt Engagement Calendar...the one edited 
Cyril Nelson? It is not listed on Amazon.com and a local independent
bookstore said the distributor they got it from last year here in 
does not have it listed this year.

I have used this calendar for about 25 years now and can't imagine 
having it this year!

I have tried the Penguin website too but no luck there either.

Barbara Robson
Fox Point, Nova Scotia


Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 14:01:33 -0400
From: "J. G. Row" <Judygrowrcn.com>

I'd been going into Borders every week to look for it. Just 
yesterday a
friend (on this list I think) called Penguin/Putnam, who may be the 
publishers and it is not on their lists for this year! How will we 
without all those wonderful new photos of antique quilts?

Perhaps Stella Rubin, who had her quilts on almost every other page 
was too
busy with her book this year and that's why? I really have no idea 
why, but
I will miss it.
Judy in Ringoes, NJ

----- Original Message -----
From: "Barbara Robson" <robsonbhdbis.ns.ca>
To: <QHLcuenet.com>
Sent: Saturday, September 08, 2001 1:01 PM
Subject: QHL: 2002 Quilt Engagement Calendar

> Hi QHL,
> Has anyone seen the 2002 Quilt Engagement Calendar...the one edited 
> Cyril Nelson? I


Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 11:23:00 -0700 (PDT)
From: Judy Schwender <sister3603yahoo.com>

I wonder if this is an invoice for fabric that is
already quilted? Anyone know when commercial machine
quilting began? Alhambra and elmora could just be the
pattern names (like VIP's Simple Treasures or
Concord's Country Florals.)

--- Barb Garrett <bgarrettfast.net> wrote:

> Now my question -- I had bookmarked this auction and
> am curious about
> the names of the quilts listed on the invoice. 
> Click to enlarge the
> picture and you can read the invoice -- I interpret
> it to be fabric
> sold, not quilts -- am I right? Are alhambra and
> elmora types of
> fabric from that time? The price seems very high
> if it's a per yard
> price, based on my interpretation that the date is
> 12-14-14. Could
> they be for a bolt, since he's a wholesaler? Any
> help in interpreting
> this invoice will be greatly appreciated.


> Thanks for your help. After my 2 day visit to
> Baltimore I've got
> another quiltie treat today -- I'm off to see list
> mom Kris and Quiltbus
> -- they are at a festival an hour from my house in
> Bird In Hand outside
> Lancaster, PA. It will be great to see the "new"
> bus -- last time I
> saw it, it was a rather sad vehicle.

> Barb in southeastern PA


Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2001 21:37:26 -0400
From: "Jan Drechsler" <quiltdocsover.net>

Cinda Cawley wrote to QHL, on Sept 3, a lovely note praising a class 
took with Rabbit Goody. This was at Rabbit's studio, in Cooperstown.
Rabbit just sent me this update about next year's conference and I 
share it,
knowing that many of us need excuses to go to the Quilt Museum 
The next year's Textile History Forum will be at Lowell, 
Massachusetts at
the Museum of American Textile History.
We will be visiting the New England Quilt Museum as well. Lowell is 
just a
bit north of Boston, on I 495.

July 11th pre conference tours
July 12th and 13th lectures and paper presentations
July 14th quilt and coverlet discovery day

Call for papers & other info is on her web site www.rabbitgoody.com
While this is not the studio session that Cinda talked about, it 
sounds like
a very wonderful conference. And I wish I had a certified piece of
linsey-woolsy to examine under my Radio Shack 100x microscope. Too 
times I still think I am guessing, rather than certain.
Jan Drechsler in Vermont
Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher

Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2001 11:54:01 EDT
From: SadieRoseaol.com

A group of ladies from my local quilt guild is wanting to start a 
group to study quilting (ie:quilt patterns, quiltmakers, fabrics and 
from the Civil War time period. I have started a Bibliography of 
with info on these topics, and would appreciate input from any of you 
who might think of other titles to include. The whole book doesn't 
to focus on these topics, but have a section about this. I have 
some obvious ones for a start:

"Quilts from the Civil War" by Barbara Brackman
"Civil War Women" by Barbara Brackman
"Dear Jane" by Brenda Papadakis
"Southern Quilts - Surviving Relics of the Civil War"
by Bets Ramsey and Merikay Waldvogel 
"Hearts and Hands" by Pat Ferrero, Elaine Hedges and Julie Silber 
"Clues in the Calico" by Barbara Brackman
"Fabric Dating" by Eileen Jahnke Trestain
"Alice's Tulips" by Sandra Dallas (fiction) 

May I suggest you post any replies back to the list, as I think
this might be a topic of interest to everyone....
Happy Stitching!! 
Karan from gray & gloomy Iowa 


Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2001 08:53:37 -0700
From: "Laurette Carroll" <rj.carrollverizon.net>

Hello QHLers,

Judy writes...................
>>>I wonder if this is an invoice for fabric that is
already quilted? Anyone know when commercial machine
quilting began? Alhambra and elmora could just be the
pattern names<<<

Barbara Brackman writes in her Clues in the Calico, pg.140, that
prequilted silk was available in the 1889-90 Montgomery Ward catalog,
for $1 a yard, and states that it dates back to about 1870. I would
imagine that quilted cotton would have been available at an early 

Laurette Carroll
Southern California

Look to the Future with Hope


Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2001 11:37:12 -0700
From: "Laurette Carroll" <rj.carrollverizon.net>


A friend has given me a wonderful gift. Three yards of a beautiful
cream, solid colored percale, 36" wide, on the original cardboard
"reel". The fabric is marked on the selvage in red, "fast color 
and "A.B.C. eighty square". A price tag says, 25cents a yard.

The information on the reel says,
"Arthur Beir & Co. INC. manufacturers of A.B.C. fabrics
43-45 White St.
New York City"

In addition the reel says,
"Patent Pending Economy Reel Co. Brooklyn, N.Y.
This reel is made for special grade and quality as designated and for
our mutual protection this reel must not be used to wind any other

I am interested in the date of the fabric of course, (guessing 2nd.
quarter 20th. C), but I am also interested in the flat cardboard 
which is like those
used on fabric today, but of course shorter for the 36" wide fabric.

Would this be when fabrics were first wound on these flat cardboard
What type of reel was used previously?
I have another piece of yardage
on a round very hard cardboard reel that I suspect is 19th century, 
I have never seen this topic discussed any place, and would like to 
if anyone on the list has any information on this topic.
Perhaps someone on the list who collects or sells antique fabric 

Laurette Carroll


Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2001 14:07:57 -0500
From: Becky Sunderman <sewcarvecei.net>

Before I get to my questions, let me say that I've been a
member of this list for some time, and look forward to the
digests every evening. Rarely do I read one without learning
something new and interesting, and I thank all the members for
sharing their knowledge. The recent talk of must have
reference books was wonderful, and I will be searching for
these and any other books/magazines you may recommend.
Now as to my recent finds, and questions:
While going through a former antique dealer's sewing things,
I came across two booklets, "Aunt Martha's Favorite Quilts (17
Quilt Patterns Pieced and Appliquéd No. 3230) and "Quilts
Modern - Colonial No. 3333 15 Pieced 4 Applique. There is no
publication date - were these from the 30's, 40's, 50's? 
There were also numerous magazine clippings with quilt
pictures and articles, dating from the 40's and 50's. Woman's
Day , Spt.1941 has a beautiful picture of a Princess Feather
quilt with the notation, "Painting (?) from Index of American
Design National Art Program W.P.A., with portions of an
article on applique on the reverse side. Another page from the
same issue shows a black a white photo of a "Picture Quilt",
with the notation, "The family's entire history, from the
baby's cradle to the old folk's spectacles, is recorded on
this original quilt, made in the year 1859." What a wonderful
piece of applique work. It, too was from the Index of American
Design......... Can anyone shed light on this W.P.A. program
for me?
There are other clippings dealing with Patchwork Quilts,
Friendship Quilts, and one pictured made in 1854 for Mrs.
Katherine Fisher of Bedford, NY. A March 1843 Woman's Day
clipping shows several prize winning applique quilts, giving
the names of the quilters and the approx. materials costs -
from $9-$12 ! Newspaper clippings found had patterns, entitled
Antique Quilt Patterns, such as "Broken Squares" by Jane Alan,
and "Cooking and Quilting with Laura Sue", which were applique
patterns for baby animals.
There is so much more here, but I won't detail it all. My
questions are, how best should I preserve these, other than
making copies of all of them, and where might I find more
information about these articles, the quilts and their makers,
and the newspaper clippings, which appear to have been a

Thank you so much for allowing me to post my findings, and
for any light you might shed on them.

Becky Sunderman
Batesville, Arkansas

P.S. Two quilts also came home with me, both rather intricate
star patterns. I'm still looking for their names, using
Barbara Brackman's book. One is hardly worth more than a
cutter, the other is still bright, and in fairly good shape,
except for the ends, which have worn, no doubt, from being
tucked into beds. Should I attempt to replace the bindings on
this, or leave as is?


Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2001 18:21:03 -0400
From: Barb Garrett <bgarrettfast.net>

Hello All -

I'm finally home for a few hours -- enjoying my "mobile freedom" with 
daughter back at college -- so am catching up on QHL postings and 
found the
discussion about reproduction sewing items by Suzanne and Judy. By 
the way --
Kris says hi to everyone and is enjoying our wonderful PA weather 
weekend. I was able to visit with her and her Quiltbus and it's 
really neat --
history books, fabrics, patterns, notions, batting and candles -- in 
a white

Every March, Marilyn Kowaleski holds a vintage textiles show and sale 
at her
antique cooperative South Pointe Antiques. South Pointe is located 
right at
the end of the feeder road from the turnpike on route 272 near 
Adamstown, and is
in my opinion the co-op in the area with the nicest and most 
textiles. High
quality items, unusual items, well displayed. No connections, I 
just love to

At her March show in 2000, and I think in 1999, she had a showcase 
exhibit, not
for sale, of items newly made by local sewers who use vintage 
fabrics. These
included pin cushions, birds, huswifs, pot holders, small quilts -- 
anything the collector would want to find. Marilyn used the 
showcase as a
public service to alert buyers and collectors to the tremendous 
market currently going on in Lancaster County. If these items were 
"aged" a
bit and sold at an outdoor flea market, they would appear to be old 
-- they are
using old fabric, old thread, and old sewing techniques including 
tiny hand
sewing stitches. I wrote to J. G. Row at the time telling her how 
scary the
items were -- in another venue they could be mistaken for vintage. 
exhibit was carefully labeled as an educational exhibit and Marilyn 
does not
have dealers that sell repros.

While I was there I spoke with the owner of the items, who just 
happened to be
there. She had loaned them to Marilyn, who has herself collected 
"the real
thing" for years. She said a woman had been making items for 
income -- discovered that there was a market for them -- sold them as 
new, but
of course had no control over what her buyers said about them. 
she would not give me the woman's name as the seamstress evidently is 
overwhelmed with buyers and the woman in the shop still liked to be 
able to
purchase the occasional item. In the same showcase were samples of 
reproduction fabric by Marcus Brothers that is an extremely good copy 
of the
bright PA German green, pink and yellow. I've talked with Judie 
about reproducing the blue, but she hasn't yet. This fabric matches 
the print
and color of the old perfectly, but the hand is coarser, so can be 
easily, but from a distance looks old.

There is an antique shop in Lititz that sells some of the newly made 
cushions, birds, pot holders and small quilts -- labeled as newly 
made from
vintage fabric. I don't know if they are from the same source or 
not. I
think there are several women using up old fabric making these items.

Sorry for the delayed answer, but I'm 5 days behind in my QHL 
Barb in PA