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 In answer to the freedom quilt if I am not mistaken the benoni Pearce quilt
made in your part of the country was made as a freedom quilt,it is called the
Grooms quilt in the Smithsonian book, American quilts and was the first quilt
to be shown in the new showcase at the Smothsonian., My friend did a 
lot of research on that quilt while employed there. My understanding is 
that htere is no specific pattern for a freedom quilt, samplers were prob ably 
more common as it was likely to have been made by a group of people.
 Incidently i finally have my web site up. The address is http://www3.sympatico.ca/dimacquilt/index.html

Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 22:11:01 EDT
From: DDBSTUFF@aol.com
Regarding "long, narrow quilts", The Amish of Ohio made what they 
referred to 
as "Lounge Quilts". These were made for daybeds which was often found 
in the 
living room and used as a sofa. These quilts usually measured around 
45" to 
54" wide and about 60" to 75" long.
They are quite rare and very desirable among collectors of Amish 



Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 08:41:55 -0400
From: "Dee Stark" <dee@nf2g.com

Carol mentioned:

 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 
 soldier's quilts were often made long and narrow to fit a cot or
 hospital bed.

Could they have been coffin covers? A popular item when "laying out" 
done in the home.



Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 11:10:36 EDT
From: JQuilt@aol.com

if you would like to see a picture of the Benoni Pierce Quilt go to
it's really beautful
it reminded me of the dear jane sampler.




Date: Thu, 25 Oct 01 11:22:49 -0600
From: woodford <haq@galenalink.net

In regard to possible Civil War quilts, I have a potential one. This 
50in x 7ft and reversible. One side is wool challis pineapple log 
and the other is double nine patch in cotton prints of the era. It is 
really solid and well done, in very good condition. In spite of the 
doubling up, it is very lightweight.

So, like Carol Berry, I am puzzled.

Would someone go to all that trouble to make a quilt to go to war? 
Obviously it didn't get to the war, unless it stayed at General HQ.
Could it have been just a quilt for a daybed or something like that? 
seller said it was a handyman's quilt. Well, who would go to all that 
trouble for a handyman? (Although if I had a fulltime handyman, I 
go to a lot of trouble to keep him). Maybe it was for a favorite 

Any ideas?

Barbara Woodford


Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 17:02:33 -0400
From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com
To: "

I went to a meeting at the Maryland Historical Society of the 
Advisory Committee which helped with the Baltimore Album quilt 
exhibit this
summer. I thought you'd all like to know that the exhibit was an all 
blockbuster for the Museum. Total attendance was 8,000; for the 
"Summer Quilt Sundays" sponsored by various Maryland quilt guilds 
was almost 1300. The catalogue sold out; revenues at the Museum gift 
were three times that of the same period in 2000. This is the only 
they've ever had which earned more for the Museum than it cost to put 
To say that the staff is impressed by the interest is quilts is an
They have decided to keep the committee going and to offer 
programs and classes of interest to quiltmakers and collectors. An 
to the building, which will be completed in 2004, will have a 
textile gallery. The plan is to always have at least 2 quilts on 
one of which will be a Baltimore Album. This was a direct response 
to a
suggestion by the committee. After all, most people know three 
things about
Baltimore: the Orioles (for BQHLers that's the baseball team); the 
Spangled Banner (the original manuscript is on display at the 
Historical Society) and Album Quilts. A visitor, during baseball 
will be able to see them all.
I remain impressed by the MD Historical Society's committment to 
it right. We will immediately begin to nag them to do an exhibit of 
some of
the other fabulous MD quilts in the collection. It's not just 
Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 14:28:36 +0000
From: Bobbie Aug <qwltpro@uswest.net

The Amish (and others) also made what was called a "hired hand" 
There is one pictured (#44) in Knopf's Collectors' Guide which is 41" 
72", Lancaster County. I collected "hired hand" quilts for quite 
time before they became "popular," which is another way of saying, 
to find" and expensive.

Bobbie Aug

DDBSTUFF@aol.com wrote:

 Regarding "long, narrow quilts", The Amish of Ohio made what they
 referred to as "Lounge Quilts". These were made for daybeds which 
 often found in the living room and used as a sofa. These quilts
 usually measured around 45" to 54" wide and about 60" to 75" long.
 They are quite rare and very desirable among collectors of Amish


Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 20:07:42 -0600
From: Jennifer Hill <jennifer.hill@home.com
To: QHL@cuenet.com
Subject: Silk Batting
Message-Id: <p04330102b7fe75e64e64@[]
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" ; format="flowed"

Hi, does anyone have any experience with silk batting? This is brand 
new stuff, in a new quilt. At the shop where I work, we just made a 
sample with this batting in it, and the result is a beautiful soft 
quilt that just whispers "Touch Me!!" My concern is that with all 
the touching it's going to get, it will need cleaning before long. 
The label in the batting package said to dry clean, but dry cleaning 
a quilt just makes me go ICKKKKK!

Exactly what may happen to this quilt if it is gently wet-washed? It 
is hand-quilted at about 0.5" intervals, about 15 stiches/inch. I'm 
considering just quilting up some of the scraps and washing them to 
see what happens, but am curious about any tips or long-term concerns 
that I should be aware of.


Jennifer Hill
Calgary, AB


Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 10:53:06 EDT
From: CWaiss4459@aol.com


Silk is a natural fiber and gentle handwashing is the recommended way 
to wash 
a garment or quilt in the same way you would wash a silk blouse or 

When I lived in Omaha, NE and worked at the Kirk Collection we 
carried silk 
batts and they are wonderful to work with. The only thing is that 
you to 
carefully dry whatever you wash. I use fans and arrange the wet 
quilt or 
garment so there is the least amount of stress on the wet object, 
turning it 
often while the fans are blowing on the object. 

I agree with your assessment of dry cleaning any quilts or quilted 
unless they are made of 100 percent wool as a wool quilt is apt to be 
heavy just to begin with and unbearable heavy when wet. I have taken 
very old and tattered and dirty woolen quilts that had been tied and 
then I 
have hand washed the wool tops or backs and replaced the batt and put 
quilt back together. 

I hope this will be helpful to you.

Chris Waiss Szczepanski
New York State Quilt Repair


Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 10:18:12 -0700
From: Laura Robins-Morris <lrobins@fhcrc.org

Besides the interesting Benoni Pierce quilt, there are many more to
see. And then a very large quilt and textile exhibit. And that led 
to other pages and then the virtual exhibits of the Smithsonian, 
I've never seen. You could get lost for hours!
Thanks Jean!
Laura in Seattle


Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 13:29:36 -0400
From: Newbie Richardson <pastcrafts@erols.com

Dear all,
the "long" crazie quilts under discussion probably were 
At this period in the history of interior design (last 3rd of the
19thc.) more was best! Interiors were draped in all kinds of 
covering every conceivable surface: mantles, backs of chairs/sofas,
table covers draped in front of doors/ 3 sets of textiles at the
windows. They were all intended to be "decorative."
At the same time you had the beginings Colonial Revival-with it's
obsession for the objects of America's past displayed in accordance 
Victorain sensibilities! It therefore makes perfect sense that older,
mid19th c applique blocks found in the attic would be incorporated 
silk crazy work and installed as portieres. 90% of crazy work was 
for decorative purposes and never intended to be used as a bed cover. 
Any historic house that interprets a bedroom with a crazy on the bed 
wrong! It belongs in the parlor on the chaise longue or the center
For a wonderful, no holds barred, look at the late Victorain 
I recommend: Through The Camera's Eye by William Seale. It is 
by the American Assoc. for State and Local History (a wonderful
organization BTW). It is still in print. In it William researched,
found, and published LOTS of original photos of interiors from all 
the US - not just the East Coast.


Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 11:13:21 +0000
From: Bobbie Aug <qwltpro@uswest.net

I have not seen many Old Order Amish quilts prior to 1900, but all 
the ones I
have seen - particularly Old Order Amish Lancaster County, PA have 
been made of
solid fabrics - the same as their dress remains today. I have; 
however, seen
prints used on the backs of quilts.

Bobbie Aug


Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 23:08:50 -0400
From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com

I think you're right about the mystery Crazies. I forwarded your 
to the Historical Society. I love this list! Thanks.


Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 21:05:03 -0700
From: donbeld@postoffice.pacbell.net

Hi, the long quilts were probably U.S. Sanitary Commission Quilts
(collected at Sanitary Fairs) held in the North during the Civil War.
The Sanitary Commission collected approx. 250,000 quilts to be used 
military hospitals and by the field soldiers. They often were simple
made with ties instead of quilting; but often were very special hand
made and sometimes signature block made quilts. All of you who think
you have one should look on the back for a U.S. Sanitary Commission
stamp--although it's not being there does not rule out that it is. 
were military hospital cot size--thus the four by seven foot. Few of
them survived because soldiers who died were often buried in them
because of the lack of coffins. There were made from 1863 until the 
of the war and often were treasured (as they should be) keepsakes 
of lost love ones and by soldiers who returned home from the war. 


Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 05:16:12 +0000
From: "Karen Bush" <karenbush11@hotmail.com

And, didn't Terry do a GREAT job!! I drooled over those quilts! I had 
pleasure of taking one of her classes on dating fabrics, etc, and she 
Wonderful, Great personality and soooooo much learned from her :) kb

Karen Bush
It only takes me One day to get a month behind :/


Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 09:36:05 EDT
From: @aol.com

Consider this future history: how many of you out there have been 
working on 
patriotic/mourning quilts since September 11? My local quilt shop 
that a lot of their customers have been doing exactly that. I 
wondered if 
other shops and quilters had reacted in the same way.

Feel free to reply privately instead of to the list. Thanks.

Karen Evans
Easthampton, MA 


Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 13:06:33 -0400
From: "Alan R. Kelchner" <quiltfix@bellsouth.net


If you subscribe to Quiltart, you'll see soooooo many people doing 
There are also two or three sites dedicated to starting quilts 
modeled after
the NAMES project (I'm rather against it, but hey, it's only my 
There will be a 911 display at Houston I believe.

Quiltart is inundated with talk of 911 quilts, and how 911 affected 
Any further opinions I have are mine alone <grin.


----- Original Message -----
From: <@aol.com
To: <qhl@cuenet.com
Sent: Saturday, October 27, 2001 9:36 AM
Subject: QHL: Question

 Consider this future history: how many of you out there have been 
 patriotic/mourning quilts since September 11? My local quilt shop 
 that a lot of their customers have been doing exactly that. I 
wondered if
 other shops and quilters had reacted in the same way.

 Feel free to reply privately instead of to the list. Thanks.

 Karen Evans
 Easthampton, MA


Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 15:02:00 EDT
From: JQuilt@aol.com
To: q

i agree with alan... the names quilt has an entirely different 

IMHO if quilters want to make quilts about the 9/11 tragedy...they 
could make 
them and donate them to all of the shelters in NYC...to be 
given,first, to 
the children,sleeping in these shelters, and then to the 
quilts,to be taken with them when they have to leave,to spend the day 
on the 
streets and parks...winter is coming...

another thought.. is to make quilts and send them to all of the 
refugee camps 
that the afghanis are fleeing to and living in......
maybe if we wrap the people, in flight from their homes, with 
love...it might 
help them to understand...not all americans want to kill them....


Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 12:37:26 -0700 (PDT)
From: Judy Schwender <sister3603@yahoo.com

Bear in mind that silk and wool are protein fibers and
therefore will deteriorate when exposed to regular
household chlorine bleach (although I can't imagine
anyone using chlorine bleach when washing a quilt, and
am not saying that you plan to do so.) That's one
reason why Orvus paste is better for washing quilts
than any detergent. I am always nervous when folks
want to wash quilts! 
Is First Aid for Family Quilts still in print?
The idea of test washing samples seems like a great
idea. I'd like to know how the batting migrates and
bunches up, and how the surface appearance changes, if
at all. If you do this, please post a report!
Judy Schwender

Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 21:53:03 -0500
From: "Leigh Fellner" <hcquilts@peoplepc.com

Orvus *is* detergent (Sodium lauryl sulfate), with a lot of filler 
thrown in
to make it "pasty" - the same filler (can't remember the name right 
sodium something - sulfate? Glauber salt?) that makes laundry powder
"powdery" and if I recall correctly also acts as a wetting agent.

The point, from what I've read, is that unlike most laundry 
Orvus (like Synthrapol) is detergent, pure and simple, without a lot 
unnecessary bells and whistles.

What really galls me is the way Orvus is marketed to quilters. Check 
Fons &
Porter's price, which at 75 cents an ounce is about average:

Now here's the same stuff, from an equine supplier:
7.5 pounds for $13.99....or ELEVEN CENTS an ounce.


Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 23:07:23 -0400
From: Eileen Doughty <Quilter@DoughtyDesigns.com

i am also on the QuiltArt list. a large number of us on that list 
made quilts in response to 9/11 (including me). International Quilt
is having a special, non-juried show of these quilts from anyone who
wanted to send one in. it is called America: From the Heart. i
believe they received about 250, from quilters of all
abilities and styles. (if you want to see mine, it is at
http://www.DoughtyDesigns.com/hawks&doves.html . no, i did not send
mine to Houston.)

over 70 of these quilts have been donated to auction. the organizer,
Karey Bresenhan hopes to raise $100,000 for the FAMILIES OF FREEDOM
SCHOLARSHIP FUND through the Silent Auction. they will shortly be
available to view and bid on the Quilts.com web site.

the following is from someone who's already seen this exhibit in

is the url of the on-line article the Houston Chronicle did the on 
America From the Heart exhibit. No pics but the real paper has a 
of Amy Windsors quilt and a small pic of mine and one of Sharrie
The show looks wonderful. The quilts are getting lots of lookers and
than a few have been teary eyed. I think the booths along that aisle
need to
be handing out free tissues. The sheer number of quilts made in such 
short time has been phenomenal ..people keep commenting...you mean 
these since IT happened?


Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 23:50:31 -0500
From: "quilt97" <quilt97@prodigy.net
To: "

To answer Karen Evans' question:

This list and the many posts concerning quilts from the Civil War era 
have run through my mind often since 9-11. After seeing a quilt made 
up =
of blocks picturing south TX, I took my husband's suggestion, and had 
finally begun making a lap quilt for myself, of blocks representing 
my =
home state of Rhode Island. September 11 interrupted that, and now 
I'm =
working with a small group of friends making quilts for the children 
of =
NYC and the Pentagon. When I get back to my quilt, I will include a 
block depicting 9-11. My granddaughter is asleep in my spare =
room/sewing room, so I cannot refer to the website of the quilt 
block =
that may be "the one." It's been a few weeks since I have looked at 
it, =
but I believe the block has the the WTC towers in the background and 
a =
fireman and American flag in the foreground. 

In the meantime I have made a 44" square quilt top. The center is a 
panel of a majestic eagle in flight over mountains. I surrounded it 
with a border of deep green tree print with small flying eagles; then 
a =
4-patch checkboard border of a feather print and white; then a final 
border of the green. It was a project that wouldn't let me rest 
until =
it was done. It may never be quilted, but it gives me great =
satisfaction to see our American eagle, the emblem of freedom, as the 
quilt top hangs in our living room.



Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 22:18:36 -0700
From: "Christine Thresh" <christine@winnowing.com
Karen Evans asked "Consider this future history: how many of you out 
have been working on
patriotic/mourning quilts since September 11?"

I've been thinking about the future a lot this past month.

I am working on a quilt project with 27 other quilters from around 
the U.S.
(and one from New Zealand). The quilt is called "We the People" and 
it will
be displayed publicly at the best spots I can find, then sold or 
to raise funds for those still in need as a result of 911. I set up a
special web page to show progress on the quilt at:

The documentation on the back of the quilt will be a complete as I 
can make
it: names, towns, what, why, when. I am thinking of quilters 30 or 40 
from now who may be on a quilt history discussion list. I hope it 
finds a
good home and is preserved for admiration or discussion later.

Christine (Thresh)
on an island in the California Delta


Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 10:45:25 +0000
From: "Karen Bush" <karenbush11@hotmail.com

Karen Bush
It only takes me One day to get a month behind :/

I had one started ll years ago when my Dad died. It's now back in the 
It was 'therapy' while I bed-sat him. Then, later, got it out for 
personal reasons. It was put back. Sept. l2, I took it out again, 
it's out 
now, still unfinished, but work on it once in a while when I can. 
It's one 
of those 'on-going/always a comfort' projects. I doubt that it's the 
of some that are being made now, sometimes the tears would get in the 
way/anger had set in and stitches are little wonky, whatever (it's 
pieced), but, never the less, thought I 'might' just get it finished 
in this 
life-time and do something productive with it.
the problem is, it's REALLY a mourning quilt in the drab colors. I 
some blacks and browns, nice and crisp and faded/reversed dyed, you 
name it, 
I abused that fabric to fade to a REAL un-color look. Like I wore 
'weeds' for years before cutting up for a quilt. I wonder if it would 
be of 
interest for tickets/donations, whatever IF I ever get it finished?
That's a good idea to keep a 'progress page' going. I might just 
get some 
help from friends to finish it! It's a Carolina Lily, so, it's a 60 
or is it 45?,...diamond, half of an 8 pointed star, with set-in 
hand pieced...ummmmmmm....might have to do some Bribing to get the 
help from 
my machine-piecing friends! haha..
But, it's a great idea, and there are some wonderful quilts going 
on out 
there for this project. I just wish they'd say 'Friendship Quilts' or 
something like that instead of the '9ll' projects. Just my opinion 
should probably have kept it to myself. :/ kb


Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 08:48:09 -0600
From: Xenia Cord <xecord@netusa1.net

If any QHLers are traveling to Houston next week, I invite you to 
by my booth for a visit and to put faces with names, I already have 
group of members from the British Quilt List (cloned from QHL and now
with a vibrant and independent life of its own) on Thursday at noon.

I'm on the main cross aisle, booth #835-37, 934-46 - from the front 
the hall, down either the 900 0r 800 aisle to the cross aisle.

If you bring in this post, I have a little gift for you -
Xenia (Legacy Quilts)


Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 09:49:15 EST
From: @aol.com

I've been working on a quilt since late September, and it's like 
nothing I've 
ever done before. It's very abstract, with a dark double blue 
slashed with 
strips of bright red and bright yellow. The border is a strip of 
yellow and 
a strip of blue and yellow, again with slashes of red, and the 
corners are a 
black and red swirl fabric slashed with blue.

When I finished piecing, I'm going to quilt in the layout of the WTC 
and the 
Pentagon, and a single airplane heading away from the center (the 
plane that 
went down in Pennsylvania). The borders will probably be reserved 
for the 
date and the dead, but I haven't decided yet.

When I'm done I'll post an image. But as I said, it's completely 
anything I've ever done. Rage and grief will do that....

Karen Evans


Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 09:53:44 EST
From: JQuilt@aol.com

i agree with alan... the names quilt has an entirely different 

IMHO if quilters want to make quilts about the 9/11 
could make quilts and donate them to all of the shelters in NYC...to 
given,first, to the children,sleeping in these shelters, and then to 
adults...these quilts,to be taken with them when they have to 
leave,to spend 
the day on the streets and parks...winter is coming...

another thought.. is to make quilts and send them to all of the 
refugee camps 
where the afghanis are fleeing to and living in......
maybe if we wrap the people, in flight from their homes, with 
love...it might 
help them to understand...not all americans want to kill them....


Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 10:21:32 EST
From: KareQuilt@aol.com

Another Quilt history list to subscribe to? How could I have missed 
<g How does one subscribe?

Karen A.


Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 15:42:43 -0000
From: "Sally Ward" <Sally.D.Ward@btinternet.com

Hi Karen

Xenia is very kind, BQHL is a modest affair, but hoping to grow. With 
agreement and encouragement I set it up on the same lines as QHL as 
a place
for on-topic quilt history discussion with a UK perspective. You can
find out about it, and joining instructions, at our (equally modest )
website www.BritishQuiltHistory.co.uk


Sally Ward


Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 13:19:03 -0800 (PST)
From: Judy Schwender <sister3603@yahoo.com

Hiya Leigh-
I should have more detailed about Orvus- sodium
laureth sulfate (a related form) is the main cleaning
component in most shampoos. I bought mine at a farm &
ranch supply (like Big R). Very inexpensive then. If
only used for quilts, perhaps one's guild could buy
this larger size together and divvy it up.


Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 17:36:18 -0500
From: "Pam Weeks Worthen" <pamworthen@hotmail.com

Okay, so work built up to the point that I had to stay here and I 
out of Williamsburg, but I'm all caught up (well, as caught up as you 
ever be when you work for a non-profit adn only part-time)
and I AM going to follow through with my plans and go to Houston.

Who else? Can we meet for a late lunch on Thursday?

Pam in NH where only the oaks still have leaves, but those range from 
orange-brown to deep maroon,and I just heard Gerry Roy give his 
work is never done" talk, and enjoyed it more than I was 
anticipating. In 
fact, the collection of quilt tops was wonderful!


Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 20:15:13 -0500
From: "Cathy Hooley - - Goose Tracks Quilts" <cathy@goosetracks.com

Hi - I've been asked to work on an old yo-yo quilt by one of my 
Normally I make new quilts & this is the first yo-yo quilt I've 
worked on.
The quilt top is unlined - it was made in the 30's & the yo-yo's are
beautiful, though a bit brittle. I'm going to put a backing on it, 
thinking of a quilted backing & then tacking the yo-yo's to it. 
There must
be 500 - I haven't counted but it's a full size top with very small 
Anyway, I'm interested in alternative ways to back the quilt or any 
techniques to finish and stabilize the top. Thanks in advance for 

Cathy Hooley
Goose Tracks Quilts