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Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 05:17:31 -0700
From: Diane Eardley <eardley@lifesci.ucsb.edu

Regarding Anne Copeland's posting on kit quilts and her unpublished 
book, I 
find it very unfortunate that our market driven economy makes it so 
difficult to publish important books on topics that publishing 
may perceive will not have a huge audience. Rosalind Perry's, 
book, co-authored with Marty Frolli, "Marie Webster's Garden of 
Quilts" is 
a very beautiful book, and it will insure the preservation of her 
grandmother's patterns and heritage. Ros has self-published this 
very high 
quality book. She has spent a number of years and a great deal of 
but for me as a quilter with a great love for 1930's quilts, the 
effort has 
been worthwhile. More information about Ros's books is available at 
I would love to see more books on the history of 1930's quilts 
along with patterns before they are lost forever.



Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 11:12:23 -0700
From: "Catherine Kypta" <ckypta@home.com

Hello, I have been contacted by someone locally, here in Sacramento, 
wanting to know if I know of someone in the Portland Oregon area who 
does quilt restoration. Is there anyone on the list that knows of someone? Please reply privately if you can help. Thanks to 
Catherine in Sacramento


Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 16:57:05 -0500
From: Becky Sunderman <sewcarve@cei.net

I recently posted about a bevy of quilt related items I
acquired. Among them were six panels, two blocks to a panel,
which the previous owner had partially finished. These are
floral embroidery, all blocks being the same design, but
worked in a different color.
There are blue lines on each of the blocks, which to me appear
to possibly be the quilting design to be used, once the
embroidery work was done, the panels cut apart, and the twelve
blocks put into some kind of quilt setting. 
Would these date to as early as the 30's, or more likely be a
product of the 40's, 50's or 60's?
I want to preserve these, since they do not appear to be new. 
Would it be better to keep them as I found them, or to cut
the blocks apart, make a quilt top, and hand quilt the designs
as marked? For now, I've stored them in acid free tissue, but
would like them to be displayed in some way. They are too
pretty just to store.
Becky S.


Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 17:48:02 -0600
From: Xenia Cord <xecord@netusa1.net

Becky asks about 12 blocks for embroidery, all alike, printed in sets 
2 in a sort of panel form. it is difficult to know the age of 
such as this, especially without knowing what kind of floral design 
printed on the fabric. A number of companies sold designs like this,
among them Virginia Snow Studios of Elgin, IL ( Collingbourne Mills) 
the Rainbow Block Co. of Cleveland, OH (William Pinch). A search of
their catalogs and ads might show a design like on the blocks in
question. Some blocks would have had printing identifying the
manufacturer on the selvage.

Also Becky talks about "blue lines." Usually the quilting guide 
were lines of blue dots, which were supposed to wash out when the 
was finally laundered. As Ann Copeland pointed out, it is often the
presence of these blue marks that allows us to identify the quilt as 
kit - so washing didn't always remove them.

As far as finishing them is concerned, that's a matter that usually
leads to many opinions. Sounds like they are partially completed 
so they are sort of in a middle-muddle - not in unused kit form, not 
top. Are these blocks historically significant? Are they 
enough to be interesting to finish? Is the finished quilt to be 
Is the embroidery floss used in the partial work silk or cotton or
rayon, and is it still supple, or will it have to be replaced? Are
identical colors available in today's flosses? Could the blocks be
framed? Lots of questions to think about while deciding what to do. 
the meantime, the acid-free paper is proper storage.



Date: Sat, 22 Sep 01 19:38:45 -0600
From: woodford <haq@galenalink.net
To: "

I know I have read that mildew is impossible to remove from anything. 
there anyone out there who has had any luck at all? and to make "the 
cheese more binding", as my mother used to say, the natural silk 
quilt in 
question is 60 years old and one of a pair. The other quilt came out 
of a 
gentle washing fine, but this one, grew gray-black spots before, 
and after it was being washed.

I used Orvus for washing, dilute peroxide treatment in mild sun and a 
mild spot remover treatment, none of which touched the smudges. I've 
thought of trying vinegar or alcohol. 

These quilts have an interesting provenance in that they were brought 
the U.S. just before the invasion of China by the Japanese, and they 
beautifully appliqued.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm at my wits end, which isn't 
very far these days.



Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2001 22:41:49 -0700
From: "M. Geiss-Mooney" <mgmooney@home.net

Hi Barbara and QHLers: I'm afraid you have tried about all that is 
to try on a silk fabric with mildew "spots". Probably what has 
is the excreta of the mildew colonies inhabiting/infesting that
particular quilt interacted chemically (like a dye) with the silk 
of the quilt. The silk fibres don't know the difference between 
and dye molecules. With time and/or heat, the interaction becomes
permanent and irreversible. Be sure to completely rinse out any
treatments used (i.e. Orvus for washing, dilute peroxide treatment 
mild sun and a mild spot remover treatment, vinegar) with water
(preferably deionized) so that those chemicals are not left behind 
the quilt, interacting with the silk and dye fibres themselves and
increasing the rate of deterioration in those areas.
Meg Geiss-Mooney
Textile/Quilt Conservator
in beautiful Petaluma, California
Professional Associate, AIC


Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2001 03:47:42 -0700
From: "Rachel Greco" <grandmasattic@compuserve.com

Jack Dempsey Company continues to make quilt block kits for 
embroidery. =
These usually consist of either six, nine or 12 blocks (depending on 
size) with embroidery and quilt lines in blue. Many of the designs 
are =
similar to the older kits. They are stamped on a blend of 50% 
cotton an =
50% polyesther which does help in dating blocks from this company. 
Most =
of the designs are white--some also come in an ecru color.

Rachel Greco
Grandma's Attic Sewing Emporium, Inc.
Dallas, Oregon


Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2001 15:38:46 -0400
From: "anne" <datkoa@erols.com

I'm forwarding this for those interested in Civil War resources.

----- Original Message -----
From: Mary Mannix <mm0028@mail.pratt.lib.md.us
Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2001 11:00 AM
Subject: New Civil War Journal

  The first issue of a new journal has been published which I 
thought would
  be of interest to some on the list -- "The Journal of Women's 
Civil War
  History -- From the Home Front to the Front Lines: Accounts of 
  Sacrifice, Achievement, and Service of American Women, 
1861-1865.". It
  includes works from many of the same scholars who participate in 
  Conference on Women and the Civil War". The journal was founded, 
and is
  edited by, Eileen Conklin, author of _Exile to sweet Dixie : the 
story of
  Euphemia Goldsborough, Confederate nurse and smuggler_ and _Women 
  Gettysburg, 1863_. It is published by Thomas Publications of 
  PA. It is nicely done.
  If you are in the Frederick area and want to take a peek, we have 
a copy
  in the Maryland Room, C. Burr Artz Central Library, FCPL and also 
in the
  circulating collection.
  Mary M.
  Mary K. Mannix
  Acting Assistant Branch Manager
  Maryland Room Manager
  C. Burr Artz Central Library
  Frederick County Public Libraries
  Frederick, MD


Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 08:50:07 -0400
From: Newbie Richardson <pastcrafts@erols.com

Dear all,
 I am just South of Washington, DC, 5 minutes from I95 south. I 
two extra bedrooms (if you do not mind teenaged girl decor!) and two
couches - comfortable ones.
 I can provide a bed and hospitality on Wednesday, and a ride to
Williamsburg (about 2.5 hours) on Thursday. I can also provide safe
parking if you want to drive to my house and leave your car. I can 
pick up at Union train station in DC. I have a station wagon with 8 
belts - although the last two face backwards!


Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 09:13:19 -0400
From: Newbie Richardson <pastcrafts@erols.com

Dear all,
 It makes perfect sense that there were lots of quilt kits - more 
many of us even realize. Houses were sold by the kit - LOTS of 
I doubt that there is a community in America with neighborhoods 
between 1890 and 1940 that doesn't have many examples.
 You probably do not recognize them as "Houses by Mail" because 
individual contractors and owners put their own stamp on the 
They were plentiful and cheap - just load the materials and 
on the railroad car and ship where ever. You did not need to hire an
architect, or find the materials - it all came pre-packaged. There 
lots of smaller companies that made them - the larger ones were
Montgomery Ward and Sears Roebuck. See any parallels?
 As a culture, we Americans LOVE pre-fabricated kits. As a 
community, we excell at anything that involves mass manufacturing.
As consumers, we love to be able to place our own personal stamp on 
"common" design. Think of all the adaptions made to an ordinary
mailbox! The business of "kits" of all kinds is uniquely American.
Newbie Richardson


Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 10:21:23 -0600
From: Xenia Cord <xecord@netusa1.net>

Might we attribute the popularityand efficiency of kits to Henry 
and the assembly line? Just a thought.



Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 14:55:30 -0400
From: Newbie Richardson <pastcrafts@erols.com

Dear All,
 In today's Washington Post (9/24) on page c10 of the style plus
section there is an article on the dos and don'ts of flag handling. 
suspect you can find it on the web at WWW.washingtonpost.com The 
is written by a free lance writer named Lois M. Baron.
 Of note: the blue field with the stars must always be displayed 
on the
upper left hand corner when facing the flag - whether the flag is
horozontal or vertical. Any bunting that is draped must be blue on 
then white, then red. That is good to know for anyone designing a 
with bunting in the design. You should not cut up real flags or wear
them - but fabric with the design printed on it is fine to use for
clothing and decoration.
 The author gives 2 web sites: 
marvindisplay.com/etiquette.htm(sic) and
the US Code for the use and display is at: