quilthistorylogo.gif (6848 bytes)

 

Home Page

 

Archives  
Appraisers  
Articles  
Bibliography  
Books  
Cleaning  
Conservation  
Dating  
Gallery  
Join QHL  
Member Links  
Frappr  
Museums  
Quilt Restoration  

Study Groups

 
Subscribe  

Teachers

 

Search

 
   

Comments

 

 

Quilters Find a way to care

 

 

Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 04:00:45 +0000
From: "Karen Bush" <karenbush11@hotmail.com>

I was quilting for a customer at the time. It was a flag quilt, and 
started 
the weekend before. ...On 9-ll, I looked at the quilting design and 
there 
just wasn't enough. Through part of that week, I un-quilted and 
re=quilted 
it. I made an embedded eagle in the center, slanted in flight and 
echoed 
free form stars in the stripes. It did make a Statement and just more 
or 
less 'said it all'. I wrote a little 'history' of the quilting since 
it was 
going to the customer's daughter. She now hangs it in her school hall 
With 
my legend on it. Made me proud a l2 year old would want to do that. 
kb

http://www.karenbushquilts.com
Karen Bush
It only takes me One day to get a month behind :/



>From: Judy White <jawhite@infi.net>
>To: "QHL@cuenet.com" <QHL@cuenet.com>
>Subject: Re: QHL: Question
>Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 11:46:25 -0500
>
>Judy White wrote:
> >
> > @aol.com wrote:
> > >
> > > Consider this future history: how many of you out there have 
been 
>working on
> > > patriotic/mourning quilts since September 11?
> > >
> > > Feel free to reply privately instead of to the list. Thanks.
> > >
> > > Karen Evans
> > > Easthampton, MA
> >

------------------------------

Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 07:34:37 EST
From: DDBSTUFF@aol.com
To: QHL@cuenet.com


Bobby Aug,

Did the Amish themselves call them "Hired Hand Quilts"? My guess is 
that 
that is an "English" term rather than an Amish one.

Darwin


------------------------------

Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 07:43:12 EST
From: DDBSTUFF@aol.com
To: QHL@cuenet.com

"Can somebody please clarify for me whether Old Order Amish ever 
used 
patterned fabric, particularly before 1900? I was of the 
understanding that
solid was the rule of the day; somebody else is insisting that
other-than-solids were used "for quilts, decor and rugs".

No printed fabrics were used by the nineteenth century Ohio Amish on 
the 
front or the back and I can pretty much guarantee that. I have seen 
a few 
Amish quilts from further west that used a very little printed fabric 
on the 
front but these were usually much later, c. 1930s or later. I have 
found 
that a lot of people still confuse Amish Quilts and Mennonite quilts. 
Most 
sects of Mennonites did use prints especially in Ohio

Darwin



------------------------------

Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 07:09:13 -0600
From: Laura Hobby Syler <texas_quilt.co@airmail.net>
To: 

Hi Cathy,
From an appraisers point of view, as well as a person who grew up 
trying
to take the obligatory afternoon nap as a child under one of these
beauties...I would NOT use quilted fabric not he back. The 
traditional
way to finish off a yo-yo coverlet is to indeed tack it to a backing
fabric, but only to a single piece of fabric. We had talked about
"finishing off" one of the 7 that my grandmother made for each of the
grandchildren when we graduated from highschool and she was terribly
offended that we didn't understand that these were to be used over 
the
bedspreads or blankets as additional color and decor for the bedrooms
(heck we were only teenagers - and those things were a nightmare to 
try
to sleep under...particularly with our family trait of veery long 
toes
<G>)
At any rate, I would not affix the coverlet to quilted fabric, only 
to a
lining. Be sure to leave the outer edges free...they make nice little
scallops that you don't have to bind <VVBG>
Laura Hobby Syler
Richardson, TX


Cathy Hooley - - Goose Tracks Quilts wrote:

> Hi - I've been asked to work on an old yo-yo quilt by one of my 
customers.
> 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, 
am
> 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 
yo-yo's.
> Anyway, I'm interested in alternative ways to back the quilt or any 
other
> techniques to finish and stabilize the top. Thanks in advance for 
any
> advice.

> Cathy
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> Cathy Hooley
> Goose Tracks Quilts
> http://www.goosetracks.com

------------------------------

Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 13:47:38 +0000
From: "Karen Bush" <karenbush11@hotmail.com>
To: 



I live about an hour from an Amish settlement/town and there are 
hundreds of 
quilts for sale. These are the typical Stars, etc, in the 
pinks/blues, 
maroons/deep greens (breaks my heart) and I asked them about these. 
These 
are NOT typical of their style, right??? they said 'no, these are for 
commercial purposes'. ughhh...The hand quilting on the average 
'commercial' 
quilt they sell is about 3-5 stitches per inch, in black thread and 
the 
stitches are Not that straight. Now....for the 'real' quilts.
One of the lady's was kind enough to show me HER quilts, her 
personal 
quilts......Yeah, not THOSE were quilts! Three were from her Dowry. 
Beautiful solids/gorgeous hand quilting.
But, the others sell like crazy because they're "Amish"...wonder 
why that 
is? kb

http://www.karenbushquilts.com
Karen Bush
It only takes me One day to get a month behind :/



------------------------------

Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 08:09:18 -0600
From: "Carla Toczek" <CToczek@hot.rr.com>
To: 


Out of lurking.......I didn't make a 9-11 mourning quilt; I couldn't. 
=
My husband, an army major, called me that morning after I dropped off 
=
the kids at school and said, "Turn on the t.v. right now." By the 
end =
of the day, our family life changed to full alert along with Ft. 
Hood. I =
lived the bone deep hurt while watching the media images and while I 
=
again faced the prospect of sending DH overseas. It may be part and 
=
parcel of being a military spouse, but it does NOT get easier over 
time. =
Images of quilt blocks with the twin towers and airplanes 
immediately =
flashed through my head, but I couldn't do it, I just couldn't. I =
already have patriotic artwork, flags and doo-dads scattered over the 
=
house. Uncle Sam has welcomed visitors into my home for several 
years, =
along with the American Flag outside the front door. Plus, I had a =
red/white/blue quilt in mind for DH long before 9-11. It seemed I 
would =
sully these proud things by recording such a heinous thing in fabric. 
I =
had to quilt, though, and so made a quilt in two weeks, a tribute to 
=
fall, spiderweb pattern, with bright splashes of my favorite color =
memories of the Hudson Valley. (it's still green in Texas) I know 
I'll =
remember 9-11 now and then when I look at my autumn quilt, but it was 
my =
way of quilting out my feelings. A mourning quilt after all.=20

I mean in no way to belittle or disregard the many other mourning/ 
9-11 =
quilts being made; I just had to go about mine in a different way. 
=20

Thanks for listening,
Carla Toczek, Harker Heights and Ft. Hood, TX
P.S. To make this history related, Mississippi Quilts is another 
state =
book out recently, Mary Elizabeth Johnson led the project. =20



------------------------------

Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 09:52:49 EST
From: JQuilt@aol.com
To: c


please post any ideas/suggestions about yo-yo backing...i have a box 
of them 
that have been waiting forever to see daylight....in fact some of the 
yo-yos 
in the darkend box have become the tops of toadstools :))
hmmm..maybe those could be sewn together as a vest for a truffle 
sniffing 
piggy...
jean

------------------------------

Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 12:10:41 -0500
From: Newbie Richardson <pastcrafts@erols.com>
To: 



Dear all,
the following is part of a workshop I give to museum volunteers. I
try to break the science down into words of one syllable so to speak. 
I
find that if someone understands the why of a technique, then they 
are
more respectful of that technique. Remember, this is a broadbrush
explaination. No two quilts are the same!
When determining whether to wet clean a quilt/top first find out if 
it
can handle the water! Many dyes, mordants and inks cannot withstand 
the
H2O.
If the object is fragile, you do have to determine if the swelling 
of
the fibers caused by the water will do damage just by its self. 
Remember
how you feel after a long air flight when you have been bloated by 
too
much salty food, etc? Well, the historic textile feels the same way!
Then be sure that you keep the object supported. Fibers swell when
wet and the object gets HEAVY. Mishandling can cause tears - like
picking up a puppy or bunny by the ears!
The actual cleaning agents (surfactents) come in two forms: anionic
and inonic (detergent and soap). Each type attracts different types 
of
soil molecules. Again, dyes, mordants, and inks can have an adverse
reaction to these.
In the late 20th c. the chemical companies have developed laundry
products designed to handle the mostly synthetic clothing that we 
wear. 
Therefore they include blueing agents (called brigteners) which are
designed to ATTRACT UV rays - just what we do not want!as well as
softeners and perfumes, and non-cholorinate bleaches (sodium 
perborate
also the main ingredient in Hydrogen Perxoide).
The advantage of using products like Orvis (or Ivory Snow flakes -
which the chemist at Proctor and Gamble told me is the same as 
Orvis),
is that they do not have any of the extra additives. Orvis is mixed 
in a
suspension that is very dilute, so it rinses out more readily than 
Ivory
Snow flakes. However, I have mixed a paste of Ivory Snow flakes,
brushed it on the object (upholstery in this case) and after it 
dried,
vacummed and brushed it off. It definitely cleaned - with a minimum 
of
water to swell the fibers. I should think that this technique might
work on a quilt for spot cleaning. But I have not tried it, as I
haven't had one in for spot cleaning.
Ivory Snow liquid and Dreft are a simple combination of anionic and
ionic surfactents with a few enzymes thrown in. Enzymes are fine, if
the specific soil they are attracted to - blood, grass, etc - are not
present, then they sit on the sidelines, doing nothing!
Once an object has been wet cleaned, it must be throughly rinsed - 
at
least 3 times! taste the water, if there is a hint of "soapiness" 
rinse
again! Finally be sure that it dries in a timely fashion - YOU DO 
NOT
WANT MILDEW! I lay it out on towels, blot, cover with a clean sheet 
( any soils left will wick to the surface) and run a fan on low to 
help
circulate the air. I rotate the object to be sure it dries evenly.
There is no one size fits all solution. but if you undeerstand the
basics of the techniques, you are perfectly capable of making an
intelligent decision - including the one to do nothing and hire me, 
or
Lynn, or several other of us on this list!
Newbie - with 2 days to finish a wedding dress for a friend this
week-end - YIKES!

Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 08:12:02 -0500
From: "Cathy Hooley - - Goose Tracks Quilts" <cathy@goosetracks.com>
To: 



Laura, thanks for responding to my post - I'm glad I asked! The 
quilted
back is out! I love the idea of leaving the outer edges free. 
Another
question about the choice of backing fabric - I read somewhere that 
if you
use a printed fabric it makes the yo-yo's stand out. All the printed 
cotton
that I have is only printed on one side. Is this OK to use - 
personally I
don't care for the way it looks, but if that's what was done, I'll go 
with
it. Any suggestions for using printed fabric, or should I stick to 
solid.
Thanks again very much for your advice.

Laura Hobby Syler wrote -----
"At any rate, I would not affix the coverlet to quilted fabric, only 
to a
lining. Be sure to leave the outer edges free...they make nice little
scallops that you don't have to bind <VVBG>"

Cathy
__________________
Cathy Hooley
Goose Tracks Quilts
http://www.goosetracks.com

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 08:17:20 -0800
From: Gail Ingram <GIngram@tcainternet.com>
To: 



Out of lurking.......I didn't make a 9-11 mourning quilt; I couldn't. 
My
husband, an army major, called me that morning after I dropped off 
the kids
at school and said, "Turn on the t.v. right now." By the end of the 
day,
our family life changed to full alert along with Ft. Hood. I lived 
the bone
deep hurt while watching the media images and while I again faced the
prospect of sending DH overseas. It may be part and parcel of being 
a
military spouse, but it does NOT get easier over time. Images of 
quilt
blocks with the twin towers and airplanes immediately flashed through 
my
head, but I couldn't do it, I just couldn't. I already have 
patriotic
artwork, flags and doo-dads scattered over the house. Uncle Sam has
welcomed visitors into my home for several years, along with the 
American
Flag outside the front door. Plus, I had a red/white/blue quilt in 
mind for
DH long before 9-11. It seemed I would sully these proud things by
recording such a heinous thing in fabric. I had to quilt, though,
Carla Toczek, Harker Heights and Ft. Hood, TX



Carla, I was like you. In fact, the first time someone on this list
mentioned recording the destroyed towers, I thought it blasphemous, 
bizarre.
Like you, I was moved to think of our positivehistory. I needed that. 
I kept
my eyes and heart open for something that felt right, but I did not 
need
projects (What an understatement! Yet, I needed something to respond 
to this
September and later.

Last week, I found it: I purchased on Ebay a Sunbonnet Sue block made 
before
the towers fell and made for a state exchange. There is Sue, proudly
standing (on the deck of the Staten Island Ferry, perhaps), with the 
twin
towers in the background. The background is reproduced 
photographically It
occurred to me: I will make that the first block in a quilt that 
records my
own history with America. I will use scraps from a childhood dress 
for a
block memorializing when I first learned the Pledge of Allegiance. I 
will
have Sue looking at those ships at Jamestown, recording the pride and 
awe I
felt when I first stood there myself and realized what 1605 meant. I 
will
have a block that somehow gets Douglas McArthur, a hero of my 6 year 
old
self when he was booted out in Korea. Sue will look upon the White 
House as
my family did for our children's first time one bright July day. And 
so on.
But that quilt will end up by speaking of what I feel this nation 
is---and I
think it is the hope of the world.

Everybody has to do what is good for herself, but I still cannot 
imagine my
fingers moving over an image of those downed towers or that hole in 
the
Pentagon where, 3 doors down from the last caved-in segment, one of 
my
dearest former students narrowly escaped death in September.

I grew up in Central Louisiana, with Ft Polk, England Air Force Base, 
etc a
fact of life. As a little girl, I learned that people die in wars but 
also
that some things deserve defending. As a wife and mother of a 
daughter and
son in their twenties and as a teacher of high schoolers, I fear for 
the
future of my beloveds. And yet I know that like women of all times, 
I have
the duty to look toward the light, to find and give hope. And that's 
what
perky little Miss Sue and I will be doing the rest of this year.

Thanks for sharing your feelings which, I think mirror many of ours.

From: "Carla Toczek" <CToczek@hot.rr.com>



erky little Miss Sue and I will be doing the rest of this year.<BR>
<BR>
Thanks for sharing your feelings which, I think mirror many of 
ours.<BR>
<BLOCKQUOTE><BR>
<B>From: </B>&quot;Carla Toczek&quot; &lt;CToczek@hot.rr.com&gt;<BR>

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 09:40:13 -0500
From: Peggy Notestine <notestine.11@osu.edu>
To: 


Hi friends,
I don't often write in, but have faithfully read and enjoyed all your 
emails on my morning digest for years. A close friend of mine 
recently 
brought over a large black trash bag of old quilts that were being 
stored 
in her mother's basement. Her mom's aunt had passed away and these 
quilts 
were from Aunt Polly's home in Charlotte, VT. My friend brought 
these over 
to me to "give" them to me. You can imagine that I soon as I opened 
the 
bag, my jaw dropped. Inside were 9 quilts, some dated, one even 
signed and 
dated 1852! Some of these quilts are in perfect condition and others 
have 
mold, mildew, water stains, etc.

I have taken a picture and at least one detail shot of each quilt and 
Kris 
has very generously given me a page on her website to share these 
quilts 
with you. I would love for you to visit this site and give me as 
much 
feedback as you can about the quilts. I looked in B. Brackman's book 
for 
block names, specifically for the applique quilt, and I could not 
find the 
match, although some were close. The website is 
http://www.quilthistory.com/01264.htm  The first quilt you see is the 
oldest one (and also the largest) and is the one signed and dated. 
There 
are two very small crib/doll quilts (like 20" x 28") - one of these 
dated 
1878.

Thank you again, Kris for allowing me a venue to share these quilts 
with 
all the experts - I very much appreciate your effort in making the 
page 
look so nice!

Peggy
Columbus, OH

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 09:57:38 -0500
From: "Judy Kelius (judysue)" <judysue@ptd.net>
To: 


Wow!! These quilts look marvelous. The stepped bricks top appears on 

quick glance to be a "charm" quilt in which every piece of fabric is 
different. The two doll quilts are especially valuable and rare, 
especially 
the indigo and white Ocean Waves which is dated with names - this is 
one 
that collectors would fight over! Machine quilting was typical on 
these 
small quilts, does not detract from value.

The applique quilt is also special - very unusual pattern, especially 
the 
way the maker used a striped fabric to create the illusion that there 
are 
more pieces than there really are. This is also a valuable 
collector's 
quilt. I hope it does not have mildew or other problems - if it does, 
this 
is well worth having a professional quilt conservationist take a look 
at it.

It is a miracle that these weren't thrown out with the trash - I 
always 
shudder when people put quilts in dark trash bags, even just to carry 
them 
somewhere. I look for clear bags for this purpose - much safer!



------------------------------

Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 14:46:59 -0800
From: "jajb" <anne_j@worldnet.att.net>
To: 



A week or so ago someone posted a link to a page that tells where all 
state
quilt study organizations can be contacted plus Internet links in 
cases
where they have a site. I have lost that link and want to put it on 
my
quilt history site.

I am a lurker most of the time but want to let everyone know that I 
love
reading this list and have learned so much and found some great 
resources.

Thanks so much.

Anne Johnson

"Exploring Quilting History"
http://www.historyofquilts.com/

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 18:43:20 -0500
From: "Alan R. Kelchner" <quiltfix@bellsouth.net>
To: "



Peggy,

You have a VERY good friend ... inheriting a stash like this is 
wonderful,
and so are the quilts. I'm especially interested in the appliqué, 
because
you don't typically see the flowers made from large-print floral 
fabrics
like that.

<laughing> I hope you kissed her feet a coupl'a times .........

Alan

Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 20:12:09 -0800
From: donbeld@postoffice.pacbell.net
To: 



Dear Peggy, I am so excited by your find that I may have send several
messages. Congratulations! This is an unbelieveable find! These
quilts, if they are as good as they look in the pictures, need to be 
in
a museum. I can't believe you didn't just faint dead away when you 
open
the bag. Don Beld

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 22:46:12 -0800
From: "Christine Thresh" <christine@winnowing.com>
To: 



Who appointed Carla Toczek and Gail Ingram to be quilt policewomen 
for
quilters' expressions of concern and grief over the 911 tragedy?

I can't believe they said things like "sully these proud things by
recording such a heinous thing in fabric," and "I thought it 
blasphemous,
bizarre" in reference to quilters' sincere expressions of their 
feelings
about the terrible event.

Quilts made in times of national upheaval are bound to have some 
shocking
elements. The events were shocking.

Christine Thresh
http://www.winnowing.com

------------------------------

Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 02:47:46 -0800
From: Gail Ingram <GIngram@tcainternet.com>
To: 


Ms. Thresh needs to reread the two submissions, neither of which is
judgmental and neither of which contains anything like the 
intemperate
rhetoric of the response they elicited.

Carla's note and my response to it both spoke to personal responses 
to the
events of September 11. Each of us found ourselves unable to commit 
to the
permanence of art scenes of beloved, destroyed landmarks. That 
reluctance or
inability is understandable both psychologically and aesthetically. 
The mind
takes time to accept a fact so vast and grim as the one in south 
Manhattan.
And art requires perspective, which requires time to digest facts, 
discern
their meaning, and find an appropriate way to render that meaning in 
a given
medium. 

The records of responses such as ours have, I believe, a legitimate 
place in
a quilt history forum. They represent one kind of response to 
important
current events on the parts of people for whom quilting is a mode of
understanding and preserving meaning. Many other kinds exist. Neither 
Carla
nor I suggested otherwise.

I suspect few women recorded men leaping from Wall Street windows in
October, 1929---in fact, I would be interested to know if any such 
images
exist on quilts. Many other traumatic events of that era also failed 
to
become icons for quilters, whose medium requires them to handle their
materials over relatively long periods of time. Quiltmakers used the 
new,
"pretty" colors and prints available to them to create beauty and 
bounty
they did not find in the world around them. Those West Texas women 
whose
quilts Buferd and Cooper document in "The Quilters" chose not to 
record the
drab colors of the landscapes in which they lived, but instead 
brightened
their days and their homes with brilliant, whirling colors. And, for 
that
matter, one would have been hard put to find on the streets of any 
Greek
city state anyone resembling the extraordinary representations of 
human
potential which the Greek sculptors left us as reminders of what we 
might
be. In other words, art literally transforms reality and the 
transformation
is always related to the sensibilities of the creator.

Thus, I am not at all sure that it follows that "quilts made in times 
of
national upheaval are bound to have some shocking elements." Who's 
the quilt
policeman---might that be policewoman?--now? They might have some 
"shocking
elements," but they are not "bound to."

Since I received a similar email from Ms. Thresh and apologized for 
any
misunderstanding, I am left to wonder if the source of her 
concern--and her
reading--lies somewhere besides Carla's and my well-intended entries. 
She
referred me to an earlier entry, referencing a quilt she had created 
in
response to September 11th and noting its "positive" message. I 
confess I
missed that entry and responded solely to Carla's touching record of 
her own
response to 9/11. So moved was I by that record, in fact, that today 
I
turned to the Iliad to see what kind of patterns Andromache was 
weaving as
war raged outside her window and as she contemplated the fate of her 
own
warrior husband. 

Maybe this is putting a butterfly on a rack, and I apologize in 
advance if
that is so. But I really found Carla's remarks important historically 
and
artistically, not to mention moving personally.

Yet, the more I think about it, the more I like the idea of being a 
Quilt
Policewoman. Especially when I think of that big fat bag of lucious 
quilts
that Peggy's friend gave her. A bag like that might just bear taking 
into
the Quilt Police Precinct for some close and long-term inspection. 
And such
an officer would simply have to check out The Dating Club, would she 
not?

In other words, these are tough times, and we need to be "nice" to 
one
another and accept apologies and trust that each person has instincts 
and
intentions as high as our own.

Gail Ingram



------------------------------

Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 14:21:23 -0800
From: "Christine Thresh" <christine@winnowing.com>
To: 



Speaking of "future history" -- there are some quilts for the silent 
auction
at the Houston show which can be seen at:
http://www.clvquilts.com/Group1.htm 

Some of the images were very disturbing. Wow.

Christine Thresh
on an island in the California Delta
http://www.winnowing.com

Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2001 04:23:41 
From: "Anne Copeland" <anneappraiser@hotmail.com>
To: 


It is good to celebrate such a find, but perhaps it would also be 
good to 
check with Lostquilts.com (Maria runs it and has many photos and 
descriptions of lost and stolen quilts). I did not see the original 
post, 
and I do not know what state you are in, but the reason I bring this 
up is 
that I myself had a number of my excellent quilts stolen by a woman 
who 
stayed at my home (a good deed for my church, as we believed her to 
be a 
battered woman seeking a "new life.") Instead, within one week, I 
came home 
from work, and she was gone and so were my quilts. It turned out she 
was 
really a drug addict. I suppose if such a person tried to sell a 
bunch of 
quilts for quick cash and could not do that, they could end up 
getting 
thrown out. I am not suggesting that these are my quilts, but just a 
thought to check that site so that they do not turn out to be 
someone's lost 
or stolen quilts. It would be very heartbreaking to the person who 
lost 
them or had them stolen. On the other hand, if it is actually a 
trash find, 
then you are indeed very lucky. I hope I am not spoiling the fun, 
but I 
have always hoped that MY stolen quilts would turn up someday. A 
very dear 
group of friends made one of the things, which was a top and the 
bottom in 
earth colors and I pieced it. It can never be replaced as one of the 
women 
has now passed on. Mine did not have photos, but the descriptions 
are on 
Maria's site, and most others have photos. As an appraiser, I have 
known of 
situations where thieves stole items in a home and wrapped them with 
the 
quilts. Such people might have thrown quilts away.

Anyway, hate to bring this up, but as I said, all of us who have had 
such 
quilts lost or stolen are grieving to find our beloved quilts again. 
Peace 
and blessings, Annie


------------------------------

Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2001 10:21:43 -0500 (EST)
From: Teri Klassen <teresak@bloomington.in.us>
To: <


There is a different kind of "freedom" quilt I remember seeing in one 
of
the books on African-American quilts - or perhaps it was one of the
southern state documentation books. Anyway, it was made by an
AFrican-American quilter I believe in the 1950s or 1960s and the 
design,
as I remember it, consists of the word Freedom pieced in big capital
letters. Teri in Indiana where quite a few leaves still hang on the
trees and it's in the 60s

Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 10:26:05 +0200
From: Ady Hirsch <adamroni@netvision.net.il>
To: 


Hi All,
I believe you are referring to the quilts made by the Freedom 
Quilting bee,
an African-American quilting cooperative founded in 1966 in Wilcox 
County,
Alabama, and still going strong in 1986. See Nancy Callahn's 
excellent
essay, "Helping the Peoples to Help Themselves'" Quilt Digest 4, 
1986. The
quilts, first freely designed by the quilters, were later marketed as
Freedom quilts by stores such as Bloomingdale's and adapted to suit 
the
store's and customer's needs.
Ady in Israel

------------------------------

Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 07:34:37 -0600
From: Laura Hobby Syler <texas_quilt.co@airmail.net>
To:



http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1480107795 
since we had a little discussion about yo-yo quilts recently...
check out the above quilt on ebay, listed as a "square yo-yo". Looks
more like a biscuit quilt without the "innards" to me. Comments?
Laura
(Click on the thumbnails below)

yoyo1.jpg (96901 bytes)                yoyo2.jpg (59375 bytes)

ate: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 21:06:26 -0600
From: "Leigh Fellner" <hcquilts@peoplepc.com>
To: 


Funny you should ask. I emailed the seller several days ago :) IMHO 
this
is a biscuit quilt - oversized squares, sometimes stuffed, pleated 
onto a
smaller foundation, not a "square yo-yo".

------------------------------

Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 21:54:41 -0600
From: "Leigh Fellner" <hcquilts@peoplepc.com>
To: 



As long as we're talking ebay auctions, I thought you folks might 
enjoy this one:

"These quilt patches are hand pieced with the edges already turned and basted. They are approx. 16 inches in width.The pattern is Dresden Plate. Buyer pays shipping charges. If there any questions please email me prior to bidding. Thank you and good luck."


And some other interesting terms I've run across:

Adjectives - flemsie, oscillating, irrisdescent, shinny, remet, reminet,
frailing, tinsy, eye-blistering colors

Fabric types - denium, accitate, chintez, tickling, eylett, cortaroy,
tafada, stripped, poker dots, sneaky cloth, shambrey, gimam

Of special interest to quilters - Dress Don plate, Churndish, 
applicated, en
pointe, Drunderds path, scarps (not typos - appeared several times in
description), bonded, finger sewn

In the sewing room - trendle sewing machine, chester drawers

Embellishments - cross sticking, sutash

Anybody got some to add?

------------------------------

Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 19:59:33 -0800
From: Amy Wilson <awilson@utech.net>
To: 


Leigh Fellner wrote:

> Anybody got some to add?

Well, this isn't quilt related, but there is a sign on the mailbox 
across the
street from my house that says "MISSING DOG: red/black Datsun". 
They might
have been better off just calling it a wiener dog!

--
Amy Wilson
10/0/0/142
http://www.geocities.com/alphanut_2000
http://www.geocities.com/amys_alteredbooks

------------------------------

Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2001 11:49:44 -0800 (PST)
From: Judy Schwender <sister3603@yahoo.com>
To: 



HIya Peggy-
OK. I'm jealous. Lucky you!
For sure you should try to get as much background on
the quilts as possible. Notes, letters, diaries,
anything that refers to the quilts. Get as much info
about the maker(s) as possible- dates of birth and
death, where they lived, anything. Keep all this
attendant information together. The ephemera is very
important! Provenance is VERY important!
And checking the lost quilts rosters is an excellent
idea. 
Judy