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Quilters Find a way to care

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Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2001 07:35:43 -0500 From: Lesters <jeanlester@ntown.com

To add to the list of "misses", we had a woman come to our quilt show and ask if any of us had the pattern for the "Desmond Dish". That is now one of our guild jokes. Jean ------------------------------ 

Date: Sun, 04 Nov 2001 17:12:13 From: "Anne Copeland" <anneappraiser@hotmail.com

Thank you, Peggy, for posting the letter again that I apparently missed, and I apologize if anyone was upset for me suggesting that you check with missing quilts. I guess each time I read of a trash find or someone getting a quilt from somewhere strange, my heart jumps and I somehow think that perhaps at last my quilts will be found. I am afraid, though, that they are gone forever, for quite some time has passed now. It's funny--I have lost other things over the years through theft, etc., and always theft always feels like violation, nothing has affected me the way the loss of my quilts has. Anyway, I am very glad for you that you have such a wonderful find, and be sure to get them properly documented and photographed so that if you should ever lose yours (Heaven forbid), you can at least post them on the Lost Quilt site with photographs. I don't think I even had photos of mine. That is most embarrassing for me, an appraiser, but somehow I never thought that in my meager little home, anything could possibly happen to them--I was clearly wrong, and am not ashamed to admit it. Peace and blessings to all, Annie

Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2001 16:12:35 -0600 From: "quilt97" <quilt97@prodigy.net>

 Just came across this interesting site and thought others might enjoy it. EKarenbeth "Before women had the right to vote they expressed their political sentiments in quilts. Some traditional quilt blocks used in many quilts of the 1800s are the Whig Rose, Clay's Choice, Fifty-Four Forty or Fight, Whig's Defeat and Presidential Rose. The Women's Christian Temperance Union fought for temperance in alcohol, women's rights and child labor laws. A popular pattern used to express their cause was the Drunkard's Path. This year women across the country expressed their sentiments about the Presidential election by helping us make a quilt. 12 1/2" (raw edge) quilt blocks using a favorite sewing technique were submitted by Feb 12, 2001. After the hand recounts are complete, we are planning on combining all the blocks into a quilt that we will exhibit around the country at quilt shows." http://www.suzannesquilts.com/Indecision_Quilt.htm

Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2001 20:30:47 -0800 From: "Christine Thresh" <christine@winnowing.com>

EKarenbeth, Thanks for posting the site for the Indecision blocks. I especially loved the Butterfly Ballot. Christine on an island in the California Delta http://www.winnowing.com ------------------------------ 

Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2001 08:58:36 EST From: Tubeywooby@aol.com 

Just back from Houston QuiltFest and a beautiful exhibit of quilts were shown of quilters expressions of Sept 11 in fabric. There were contemporary quilts of brightly colored and metallic fabrics exploding, and traditional quilts of red, white and blue, eagles, and lady liberty. The exhibit was placed through the middle aisle of the show and was in its entirety very moving. Also a lovely exhibit of quilts from Sandra Mitchell's collection, red and greens to die for. They even had a booth with quilts from her estate being sold. Which brings me to my favorite acquisition during the show- a cheddar and muslin 16 patch quilt from her collection, beautifully machine-quilted in wreaths and feathers. In perfect condition and never been washed- I thought a bargain at $175 (with my dealer discount). I enjoyed visiting with Terry Clothier Thompson and getting her new book, which is a beautiful work with stories of her family history in quilts. The show was well attended by vendors and visitors as well. Not even warnings of terror lurking could keep quilters away. Reporting from the outskirts of Houston, Melissa Young of CrazyFolk PS ... and Keepsake Quilting picked up our new book Liberty Village for their catalog! ------------------------------ 

Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2001 13:49:43 -0600 From: pcrews@unlnotes.unl.edu T

The International Quilt Study Center and Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are pleased to announce a new graduate program in Textile History with a Quilt Studies emphasis. This program makes it possible for a student to earn a Master of Arts degree in Textile History with a Quilt Studies emphasis with only one semester in residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It is a hybrid program that combines distance delivery courses with one semester of coursework on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. 

If you would like to be admitted to this program, I encourage you to apply to UNL Graduate Studies, as soon as possible, but no later than January 15, 2002, to ensure a smooth transition. You may apply for admission after that date, but you may not be admitted in time to register for classes on the first day of registration in March. Application forms for graduate admission are available from the Graduate Studies Office, 402/472-2878 or they can also be found online http://www.unl.edu/gradstud. Outside the Lincoln area, call 800.742.8800, ext. 2878. General information about the UNL Textiles, 

Clothing and Design Graduate Program is available online at http://textiles.unl.edu/TCDgrad.htm (No www), then click on M.A. Textile History/Quilt History (Distance Education). If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or telephone. Sincerely, Patricia Crews Patricia Cox Crews, Ph.D. Professor and Director International Quilt Study Center Dept. of Textiles, Clothing & Design P. O. Box 830838 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE 68583-0802 Phone: 402-472-6342 Fax: 402-472-0640 pcrews@unl.edu http://quiltstudy.unl.edu ------------------------------ 

Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2001 14:19:00 -0600 From: pcrews@unlnotes.unl.edu 

 Subject: Summer Classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
We have some wonderful classes planned for 2002 for persons interested in quilt studies! Visit our website for more information at http://quiltstudy.unl.edu then click on "Education" and then on "Summer Workshops." 2002 Summer Courses & Workshops International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska "The Stitched Drawing" Workshop with Michael James June 17-19, 2002 (1 credit hour) The most open-minded view of what drawing is and can be will apply to this workshop built around the use of the stitched line as a drawing form. Working either by hand or by machine, students will respond to a suite of introductory exercises in paper, thread and fabric that will suggest avenues for individual development. Each participant will design and complete a small project building on their initial improvisations and on related discussions, readings and slide presentations. 

Participants must be comfortable with both hand and machine sewing and interested in exploring the language of drawing through the fiber medium. Estimated tuition and fees: Undergraduate: Nebraska resident $200.00, nonresident $375.00 Graduate: Nebraska resident $250.00, nonresident $450.00 "Printing and Dyeing Techniques in the 18th and 19th Centuries" Seminar in Textile History with Margaret Ordonez June 24-28, 2002 (1 credit hour) Engage in a fascinating study of the increasingly sophisticated dyes and printing techniques that the 18th and 19th century printers used to pattern fabrics. 

Dr. Margaret Ordonez, Associate Professor of Textiles at the University of Rhode Island and co-editor of Down by the Old Mill Stream: Quilts in Rhode Island, will lead seminar participants through discussion, extensive readings, and examination of 18th and 19th century materials and quilts from the International Quilt Study Center's collections. Broaden your technical understanding and knowledge of the complex techniques used to dye and print fabrics prior to the advent of synthetic dyes. Learn about the multitude of factors that influenced the patterns and colors printed on pre-1850's interior furnishing and apparel fabrics, including Indian printed and painted textiles, mechanized yarn and cloth production, textile printing innovations, and advances in dye chemistry. This seminar is designed for graduate students in textile history, quilt studies, history, and art history, and for college faculty members in those areas. Antique textile dealers and collectors also will find this course of interest. 

Estimated tuition and fees: Graduate: Nebraska resident $250.00, nonresident $450.00 Noncredit participants: $150.00 Wearable Art" Workshop with Vincent Quevedo July 1-12, 2002 (2 credit hours) This workshop will help you understand special techniques in creating wearable art designs. Vince Quevedo, senior lecturer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Fairfield Fashion designer, and American Quilter's Society award winner will show you his techniques in creating a one-of-a kind wearable art garment. You will learn how to construct a garment using several techniques for creating contemporary designs. Techniques used will enable you to be proficient in marking, cutting, lining, and constructing your designs. Lectures will be geared toward assisting you in translating your ideas into reality. The computer will be used it create professional hang-tags and order sheets for marketing purposes. Estimated tuition and fees: Undergraduate: Nebraska resident $300, nonresident $675.00 Graduate: Nebraska resident $375, nonresident $795.00 Patricia Cox Crews, Ph.D. Professor and Director International Quilt Study Center Dept. of Textiles, Clothing & Design P. O. Box 830838 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE 68583-0802 Phone: 402-472-6342 Fax: 402-472-0640 pcrews@unl.edu http://quiltstudy.unl.edu ------------------------------ 

Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 16:09:31 -0500 From: "pepper cory" <pepcory@mail.clis.com

Hello all-I'm just starting to stagger after ten days in Houston. I went to work at Quilt Market (the wholesale show for quilt shops) at the stencil company I design for (StenSource) and then also did Schoolhouses (short educational presentations) for Michael Miller Fabrics and the new magazine for quilt shops called The Quilting Professional. At first frankly it was scary. Would the shop owners attend Market? Was quilting in fact on the wane? How much did 9-11 affect the American quiltmaker? 

But as Market opened it became clear that nobody, leastwise a nutcase terrorist, could keep quilters down! Shop owners reported excellent sales and many were involved in fundraising projects for victims of 9-11. A huge display of quilts, most wall hanging size, about the events of 9-11, graced the main east-west aisle of the George Y. Brown Convention Center. Some were flag-waving posters, others very thoughtful artful interpretations of personal feelings. Honestly it did me good emotionally to look at them. I couldn't have made one of those quilts--I was too stupefied by 9-11 to do anything but simplistic redwork blocks, but I was heartened and comforted by the outpouring of talent. Especially affecting were the quilts from European and Japanese quilters who in essence said, "Keep your chin up--we're with you." To all those quiltmakers, but especially those from countries other than the US, I humbly say, 'Thank you." Pepper Cory

Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2001 07:43:53 EST From: DDBSTUFF@aol.com To: Subject: Interesting use for "Old Quilts" from Garden Guides 

 I just got this from my weekly "Garden Guides" email. Some ideas never change. "Plant a Fall Container Garden If the temperatures in your area don't drop below 20F, you can plant a winter container garden. Flower gardeners can try snapdragons, pansies and violas, and marigolds. If you prefer vegetables, try greens such as kale and spinach, radishes and carrots. Have some straw and old quilts available for unexpected dips in temperature." Darwin ------------------------------ 

Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2001 07:47:56 -0500 From: "Judy Kelius (judysue)" <judysue@ptd.net

I can just see all these QHL members out prowling their neighbors' gardens at night with a flashlight! 

Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2001 08:33:12 -0500 From: "bonnie wilbur" <bonnie.wilbur@oracle.com

When I first got into quilting, I told my husband naively that maybe this would be my legacy, my semi-immortality. In almost 20 years of quilting, however, I've seen quilts put to a lot of destructive uses. After I joined this list, I was comforted and optimistic to see so many smart people devoted to salvaging, preserving and studying old quilts. But the garden guide reminded me of two stories I recently heard from someone measuring fabric I wanted to buy: when I said I was making a quilt for my son, she told me not to put too much time into it. She had lovingly hand pieced an elaborate quilt for her son. Then she had visited him some months later and found he had driven two nails through it to hang it over his window to darken his bedroom. Naturally, I expressed some horror and regret at this. 

Her response was almost complacent; her son wasn't as bad as her best friend's son. The friend's son folded his mother's handpieced quilt to cushion the slider he laid on when he worked under his car! Now I make quilts for the pleasure of making them. I hope the people they end up with will find a happy medium between storing them in mint condition and ruining them. But I've decided they are kind of like children: once you give birth to them, they have their own life to lead. Bonnie Wilbur Northern Virginia ------------------------------ 

Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2001 08:50:29 EST From: JQuilt@aol.com

 ********************** i can see the headlines now: Mysterious Migration of Quilters... reading further the article goes on to say... A long procession of cars with bumper stickers saying.. "Save the Quilts" was seen heading south on highway #95..heading to climates of temperatures that do not fall below20F.. when one of the cars stopped at a fabric shop..the driver was interviewed...all she would say is "i'm on a rescue mission"...then waved her little cardboard sword and mumbled something about snapdragons seedlings... this reporter will stay on the story and report any further details.... jean 

Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2001 08:37:35 -0600 From: Marcia Kaylakie <marciark@ev1.net> T

 Hi All, Just back from Houston and recovering, which means going back to work today! GROAN!!! I know others will give updates later so I will delay. My need is this: I am researching a rattlesnake quilt which I have just acquired and there is a reference in Texas Quilts, Texas Treasures . I don't have this book and would like to see if anyone has one that they would like to sell. Contact me privately if you do! Thanks, Marcia Kaylakie  ------------------------------ 

Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2001 20:25:05 -0500 From: "Kris Driessen, QuiltBus.com" 

Here is a question that came to me, and I don't know the answer! If anyone else does, can you answer her and copy the list? Her E-mail address is barbianswtrlls@excite.com Thanks, Kris 

>Do you know if a book exists about mourning quilts? Thenk you--I >appreciate the web site information Barb barbianswtrlls@excite.com