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Quilters Find a way to care

 

Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2001 01:01:17 -0400
From: "Jan Drechsler" <quiltdocsover.net>
To: 

Ann,
Twice, I have had luck in finding a favorite fabric, which i had 
purchased
several years earlier with this website:

www.Missingfabrics.com/missing

You write a description and if possible scan a sample to send to
the website. Other individuals or shop owners see the request and 
you may
get an e-mail that someone has some to sell. It worked for me.

Haven't been there in a while so hope it is still valid.
--
Jan Drechsler, who still hasn't quite come down from the Williamsburg 
high.
In stunning Vermont where the yellows and reds of the leaves are 
shocking
against the blue sky. If only they would stay up there!

Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher
www.sover.net/~bobmills 

Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2001 19:37:34 -0700
From: quilterflash.net
To: 

in light of all of the posts about flying with our quilting 
paraphernalia,
i thot you should know about the following incident. 

CHICAGO - 
The war on terrorism look a sad turn Friday as airline officials at 
O'Hare International Airport refused to let a 73-year-old grandmother board  her plane because she had in her possession two, six-inch knitting 
needles.  Apparently authorities were worried that she might knit an afghan.

sorry, i just had to do it. 


dutchrose ----{-

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Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 00:00:59 -0400
From: "Sharon McQuistion" <smcquistionprodigy.net>
To: 

Please...is there any way at all that the complaints about what do 
while in
flight nowadays can just stop. Believe me, I've been known to take a
knitting project, needlepoint and hand-piecing along with a book on a 
plane
(had a set of knitting needles taken from me and given to the pilot 
for
safekeeping 15 years ago!!!!), but in light of the tragic events, 
these
postings are frivolous and make light (however unintended) of the
seriousness of safety in the air. Read a book, do crossword puzzles, 
sleep.
Thanks.
Sharon McQuistion


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Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 15:37:53 -0400
From: "J. G. Row" <Judygrowrcn.com>
To: "

Sharon,

These postings are NOT frivolous! And they are not complaints. We 
are all
learning how to cope with new and sometimes ridiculous rules in our 
lives.
Humor eases the transition.

The world has always coped with tragedy by using humor. Humor helps 
to
heal the spirit. Folks who post with humor are suffering just as 
much as
you obviously are with the after-effects of the 9/11 attack on the 
United
States and the continuing fear of more and different ways to either 
kill us
or disrupt our society.

I am sure that others on QHL, like me, hope that soon you too will be 
able
to find some humor in the ludicrous situations we find ourselves 
forced into
these days. Life goes on.
We make the best of it.

Judy in Ringoes, NJ
judygrowrcn.com


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Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 17:14:39 -0400
From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawleydmv.com>
To: "

AQSG was wonderful! What better place to spend a warm October 
weekend
than Colonial Williamsburg--although I was inside most of the time 
because
there were such fabulous quilts and interesting people in the hotel. 
I agree
with Xenia that the food was much better than one usually gets at
conventions.
What did I like best:
The textile conservation lab was fascinating. I was especially
impressed by the purpose-built worktable which has pie- shaped 
sections that
can be removed so that while one part of a textile is being worked on 
the
rest of the item is totally supported. Neat!
Karen Alexander did an amazing job, under difficult 
circumstances, of
hanging two exhibits of quilts by Virginia quiltmakers . What a 
thrill to
see Jinny Beyer's Ray of Light and Anne Oliver's Tin Ceiling hanging 
with
Linda's Lace by Linda Poole and quilts from the Shenandoah Valley and 
other
wonderful antique quilts.
Show and Tell is always heartstopping at AQSG. Hazel Carter's 
Dating
Club showed off their earliest quilts. We saw chintz, red and green
applique, an album or two. It was bliss. Merikay Waldvogel showed 
slides
of quilts which were copied from quilts entered in the Sears contest 
and
illustrated in Patchwork Souvenirs.the book she wrote with Barbara 
Brackman
(if you don't have it, get it).
We heard about a project sponsored by the University of Delaware 
called
Save Our Stories which involves interviews with quiltmakers. Check 
it out
at www.quiltcenter.org.
I had another adventure before finally getting home last night. 
I'll
tell you about that later.
Cinda back on the Eastern Shore where it is 80 degrees and a whole 
new set
of birds seems to have arrived while I was away.

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Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 19:35:35 -0700
From: Gail Ingram <GIngramtcainternet.com>
To: 
I agree with Judy that a sense of humor redeems dark moments. I 
myself am a
white-knuckle flyer who has responded to nothing but a little pill my 
doctor
prescribes for my airborn moments. But I've spent time in medical 
waiting
rooms stitching blindly away. So I know it's not frivolous to 
consider what
to do with one's hands and heart in tense situations. And could 
flying be
other than tense right now?

As a teacher I could not survive without laughter. Take today, for 
instance.
When I walked into my classroom this morning, there was a huge potted
chrysanthemum plant on my desk, beautifully wrapped. Glorious yellow 
and
russet. Attached was a thank-you card from two boys who have been my
students since they were sixth graders and whose National Merit 
applications
I had recently overseen. Attached was a brightly colored card. 
Usually boys
just sign their names to such cards, but these two obviously felt 
moved to
say something. 

This is what I read, "Thanks for helping me with the application. 
Without
your help through all these years, I have had so many successes."

Below, the second kid had written, "Me too. I agree with every word 
he
said."

I had driven to work hearing of anthrax fatalities. I have a child in
Northern Virginia, another who must fly frequently in her work. 
Frankly,
that mum plant did not alter my mood all that much. But the laughter 
I got
from the card changed my day. Of course, I am hoping the writer 
really did
omit "could not"---as he vowed and he declared he had done.

I don't think anyone on this list has complained about the airlines'
restrictions. It's just that as we stand in longer lines and get to 
airports
earlier, we have time to consider the events of September 11. 
Playing
needlework games diverts our attention from the obvious. As every 
student of
literature knows, there is a fine line between tragedy and humor.

From the hills of North Louisiana where the air is cool and the kids 
are
good looking,
Gail Ingram

P.S. Thanks, Cinda, for the tasty morsels from AQSG convention.

Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 21:46:12 -0500
From: Charlene Shanas Davis <cspdavisiamerica.net>
To: 

Thank you Cindy for the words on AQSG -- I really did want to go, and
your descriptions helped -- maybe next year.
Thank you Gail for the mum story -- I'm sure your student did not 
mean
to omit "could not" -- he just relied on his spell check!

As for the flying comments: remember everyone can think ANYTHING they
want; can say anything they want, with some reasonable exceptions; 
but
can not always take action on these beliefs. Your rights end where 
they
infringe on mine! Very hard to find the dividing line!!
Now my soapbox: please, please remember WHO is to blame for all these
inconveniences.
Hey Gail, can you tell that I was a teacher -- of Government?????

Does anyone want to tell me more about AQSG?

Charlene in Louisiana

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Hi,
I just read an article about when a man celebrated his 21st 
birthday, the 
New England Freedom Quilt was presented to him. It was a token of 
independence, which symbolized his freedom to leave home. Do you 
know 
where I would find a pattern for this quilt?
Thank you,
Carol Henry
carollbhaol.com

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Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 08:13:24 -0400
From: Judy White <jawhiteinfi.net>
To: 

I knew I had heard about that somewhere. On page 192 of "Old 
Patchwork
Quilts and the Women Who Made Them," Ruth Finley speaks about 
freedom
quilts: "...this was called a Freedom Quilt in commemoration of a 
boy's
twenty-first birthday." When a boy reached legal age and could be
independent of his parents, he was "free." Wealthy parents made a 
big
deal of this milestone in the young man's life with a large
celebration. In families "of more modest income, a party was given
where the young man wore his "freedom suit." "Even bound boys were
given a new suit of clothes by the master...

"The 'Freedom Quilt' was the gift of the lad's feminine friends." 
Finley says that an afternoon quilting was held and the boy's mother 
or
sisters and their friends put together the boy's quilt which would be
put away until the time he was married the quilt would go to his 
bride
to be."

When I was reading "Call the Darkness Light" by Nancy Zaroulis, think 
the main character talked about a freedom quilt being made for one of
the young men in the book.

Ruth Finley has much to say about this custom - much too long to 
write
here - it was not a certain pattern called "The Freedom Quilt" but
rather a Freedom Quilt made from whatever pattern that the makers 
chose
to make.

Judy White - Ct

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Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 08:55:05 -0600
From: Xenia Cord <xecordnetusa1.net>
To:

Folklore has it that a freedom quilt was not to be made in "Wandering
Foot" or "Rolling Stone" design, lest the young man leave home and 
never
return!

Xenia (who owns a "freedom" quilt, made in 1888)

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Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 10:28:33 -0700
From: quilterflash.net
To: 

well, i promised that i'd report back on my "downey" recipe and how 
it
worked. two people sent me the same basic recipe. equal parts of 
downey
ultra and water. soak white cotton fabric for fifteen or twenty 
minutes,
rinse with clear water for ten or fifteen minutes. dry. iron onto 
freezer
paper, cut into 8 1/2" X 11" and feed thru printer. allow to dry for 
24
hours, heat set.
so i did this and made an extra one to play with. one i didn't heat 
set,
one i didn't wash, one i did the way the directions said. the results 
were
very disappointing. altho the black printing did fine (which i knew 
it
would), the color washed out almost completely. there is a vague 
impression
of the rose and heat setting didn't seem to do anything at all for
colorfastness. so i'm wondering if perhaps my printer is the 
"problem" and
maybe another brand using different ink would change the results. i
use a hewlett packaard deskjet 950C, but am thinking of asking 
friends if
they'd mind trying their printer to see if the results change. 

dutchrose ---{- 

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Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 16:21:03 -0700
From: Gail Ingram <GIngramtcainternet.com>
To:

Folklore has it that a freedom quilt was not to be made in "Wandering
Foot" or "Rolling Stone" design, lest the young man leave home and 
never
return!

Xenia (who owns a "freedom" quilt, made in 1888)


My paternal grandmother, who believed both in quilts and the power of
suggestion, included "Drunkard's Path" with "Wandering Foot" as 
quilts
proscribed for these uses: 1) gifts for boys when they left home 
(i.e., the
freedom quilt), 2) cover for ANY of her grandchildren who were still 
unwed
and unsettled. 

Consequently I always wanted to make a "Drunkard's Path" quilt, but 
to this
day, I think I would feel as if I were tempting fate if I slept under 
a
quilt made by that pattern. Powers of superstitions die hard.

Gail

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Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 19:37:49 -0400
From: 

Kudos to Jinny Beyer for her $60,000.00 award win from the Zheng 
Zhang-U.S.A, a China based company that manufactures quilts among 
other 
things..

They 'copped' her quilt pattern Ray of Light and was being used as 
the 
design source for thousands of copies, selling then to QVC, B-Mart, 
and 
other U.S, retailers.

Part to their agreement was that ZZ paid her attorney fees of 
$15,000.00, 
immediately halt the production and sale of the copied quilts, and 
agreed 
to donate the already made quilts to Habitat of Humanity..

The $45,000 left from the lawyers fees is to be divided between 
Alliance 
for American Quilts, Va., Quilt Museum, AQSG, N E Quilt Museum, San 
Jose 
Museum, Museum of Quilts & Textiles, and Quilters' Hall of Fame. She 
hopes 
that by donating to these places will encourage more attention on 
copyright 
laws. BRAVO!!! JINNY BEYER..

Jane of The Feedsack Club
baglady111aol.com

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Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 16:35:58 -0700
From: "Kimberly Wulfert, PhD" <chrisajetlink.net>
To: 

Linda Otto Lipsett, in her book on brides and wedding quilts in 
the19th
century, wrote that the wandering foot pattern use to be the pattern 
of
choice for brides. Then the meaning behind 'wandering' caused them to
reconsider the appropriateness of this particular tradition and they 
stopped
it dead in their tracks! (forgive the bad pun). The book is called 
To Love
and to Cherish, Brides Remembered, pub. in 1989.


Kimberly Wulfert, PhD
www.antiquequiltdating.com
Email: quiltdatingjetlink.net

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Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 20:31:20 -0400
From: mreichattglobal.net
To: 


The Benoni Pierce Quilt, c.1850 at the Smithsonian Institution 
(better =
known as the Groom's Quilt) was supposed to have been made for Benoni 

Pierce of Pawling, N.Y. for his twenty-first birthday. This quilt is 

signed by 60+ women most of whom were Quakers from that area of New 
York. There is little documented about the quilt but it is recorded 
that Benoni's mother had died before the quilt was made. It is a 
sampler quilt with no specific pattern.
sue reich, Connecticut

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Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 20:52:08 -0400
From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawleydmv.com>
To: "
Right after AQSG I went to Ithaca, NY to give a talk at the 
DeWitt
Historical Society which is exhibiting quilts made to celebrate the
Bi-Centennial (it's 25 years ago, yikes!) and a sampling from the 
Society's
collection. One of the antique quilts is a huge Lone Star (circa 
1840) with
Mariner's Compasses and parts of Compasses between the legs of the 
star. A
very sharp-eyed member of the audience recognized that the background 
fabric
of that quilt was the same as a fabric used in several blocks of a 
Chimney
Sweep quilt that was part of my lecture. My quilt, also circa 1840, 
was
made in Salisbury, MD; the Star was made in Trumansburg, NY. The 
common
fabric is an ombre blue on white printed in a sort of chicken wire 
design.
I suppose the Salisbury lady got her fabric from Baltimore and the NY 
lady
from NYC and that it was imported from France (maybe England, but it 
looks
French). I think it's neat to find this connection between two 
quilts made
so far apart so long ago.
A real curiosity in the exhibit is a pair of Crazies. Each quilt
measures about 7 feet by 4 feet. The top 4 feet of each is composed 
of
Album blocks (the kind used for Friendship quilts); the bottom 
section of
each quilt is a typical Crazy with lots of beautifully painted 
flowers and
lovely embroidery. Each quilt had a wide satin border embroidered in 
gold
thread with a flowing floral design. The only wear on either quilt 
was
fading along the sides where they might have met if they were used as
draperies. Has anybody got any ideas about how these quilts were 
used?
NQR but is anybody watching Victoria and Albert on A&E? Try to 
catch
the reruns; it's marvelous. I'm a big fan of Queen Victoria and, at 
least
in part one, they did her justice.
Cinda on the Eastern Shore

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Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 21:11:14 -0400
From: "Alan R. Kelchner" <quiltfixbellsouth.net>
To: 

I know where I'm going next time I visit my folks .... Thanks Cinda 
-
hadn't thought of the DeWitt Historical Society.

If anyone is in the area, there's a town about 1/2 hour from Ithaca, 
called
Montour Falls. The historical society has a gorgeous crazy there 
(it's
under a cover on a bed upstairs) that's mentioned in the 
acknowledgments of
Carole Samples' "Treasury of Crazy Quilt Stitches".

When I went looking for it last time I was in the area, the lady 
looked at
me as if I was nuts ..... Little did she know !

Alan

Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 06:05:14 -0700
From: "Carol Berry" <cberryelite.net>
To: 



Cinda's post about two crazy quilts which measured 7 feet by 4 feet
sent me to Barbara Brackman's Quilts from the Civil War, as I recall
soldier's quilts were often made long and narrow to fit a cot or
hospital bed.

According to the text in Chapter 4, which is entitled _Heart and Soul
in the Cause: Quilts from Soldiers' Aid Societies:

An 1861 request for donations listed _Quilts of cheap material about
seven feet long by fifty inches wide._ Another directive wanted
_comfortables 8 feet long, 4 feet wide, of cheap, dark prints, wadded
with cotton.

(This information came from Virginia Gunn's research.)

While it seems unlikely that a soldier would have been given a crazy
quilt that consisted of painted flowers and lots of embroidery--and
even more that it would have survived the war--it's interesting to me
the similarity in sizes between Cinda's crazies and quilts made for
Billy Yank or Johnny Reb.

Regarding the Queen Victoria movie on A&E, I watched it both nights
and enjoyed it thoroughly. I'm looking to buy the new fabric which 
is
imprinted with Her Highness' likeness. Believe the collection is
called Victoria's Crown.

Carol Berry
Merced, CA

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Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 10:51:00 -0500
From: "Carol Butzke" <butzkenconnect.net>
To: 

Xenia, please tell us more about your freedom quilt (1888). What was 
the
pattern chosen? Does it contain signatures? What do you know of its
provenance?

Thanks,

Carol Butzke
Wisconsin where the last of the autumn gold is falling from the 
maples.

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Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 15:51:05 EDT
From: Cml791aol.com
To: 


If you are going to Houston and would like to see a quilt made with 
the 
'Poster Girl' or 'Colonial Ladies' quilt blocks discussed recently on 
QHL 
drop by the AQSG booth #3025 and say hi. The quilt will be one of 
the 
backdrops. The booth will be manned by Judy Buss and if any AQSG 
members 
have an hour or two to spare she would appreciate the help. You can 
contact 
her at the office or me via e-mail to sign up (or just stop by the 
booth.) 

This will be my first time to go to the market before festival opens 
because 
my sister has opened a quilt shop this year. People tell me we will 
be 
exhausted before the quilt show opens but I'm still looking forward 
to it. 

Carolyn Miller, N. Texas 



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Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 17:15:04 -0600
From: Xenia Cord <xecordnetusa1.net>
To: 

Carol asked for more information on my "freedom" quilt. It is a Log
Cabin in a version of Barn Raising, with some interesting variations.
Sort of looks like a stylized 4 leaf clover (for luck?) Very narrow
logs, small blocks, red, blue, brown predominating, with white on the
other half. In the center in red quilting stitch it says "Eli F.
Robards 1888." There are no other names on the quilt, which is 
quilted
in small "Baptist" fans over the entire surface, with lines about 
1/2"
apart. Eli was from Carroll Co., IN, next county over from me, and 
in
1888 he turned 21 and was a schoolteacher. Also in 1888 he married 
16
year old Laura Bryson, who was one of his students! Try that today!

They lived a long and happy life together, and when he quit teaching
school he was a motorman on the interurban train lines. I have a 
copy
of a picture of him in his uniform, standing with Laura outside their
home - a log cabin!

Xenia