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Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2001 22:14:55 -0500 From: seater@mindspring.com To: 

At AQSG, I bought a silk tobacco premium with the flag of Turkey, 6.25 inch by 4.75 inch, as a present for a Turkish quilting friend. Printing says "TURKEY" and along one side: "FACTORY NO. 649, 1ST. DIST. STATE OF N. Y." I've read a little about these flannel or silk inserts with tobacco products in the first quarter of the 1900's. Where can I find detailed information on the silk flags. What's a good source for finding out the year(s) this Turkey flag was made and distributed? Thanks in advance, Susan Seater in Raleigh NC seater@mindspring.com ------------------------------ 

Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2001 23:17:03 -0600 From: Xenia Cord <xecord@netusa1.net

Susan asked about sources of information on tobacco premiums. There are two good articles: the earlier one is Dorothy Cozart, "When the Smoke Cleared," in The Quilt Digest, vol. 5 (1987), 50-57. And last year's AQSG papers publication, Uncoverings Vol. 21 (2000) has an article by Ethel Ewert Abrahams and Rachel K Pannebecker called "'Better Choose Me': Addictions to Tobacco, Collecting, and Quilting, 1880-1920" (79-105). Xenia, trying to recover from Houston (details to come) ------------------------------ 

Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 00:56:39 -0500 From: "J. G. Row" <Judygrow@rcn.com

Xenia, You are always right there with all the correct references. How do you do it? I have a picture in my mind of computer and screen in front of you, and above the computer stretching to the ceiling, and crowding you floor to ceiling to the left and right are all your thousands of reference books. You sit in a swivel chair with one of those old fashioned grocery store retrievers, just pulling down reference after reference! The 4th wall is mostly glass, as in a radio studio, so the tourists can look in and watch a pro at work! Judy in Ringoes, NJ 

Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 07:21:49 EST From: DDBSTUFF@aol.com 

Years ago, when I was actively door knocking, looking for Amish Quilts, I actually purchased a few quilts that were being used to cover strawberry plants. One was a wonderful old crib quilt. Over the years, I have seen quilts used for many things. I have seen them on car roofs being used as padding beneath ladders, on the beach used as beach blankets and even at rock concerts being used to sit on. I wonder how many were left behind at Woodstock in the mud? (Some of you may have heard of that) Also, I wonder how have been cut up and made into pillows? Of course as the values on these treasures have shot upwards, people have developed a new respect for them or should I say their monetary value. I guess one has to remember that when they were originally made, they were mostly considered utilitarian objects. Darwin 

Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 08:59:16 -0600 From: Xenia Cord <xecord@netusa1.net

Hi, Judy - you are nearly correct in your mental image of my work space, but it is much messier and more confining! At present I work in a converted small bedroom, with doors removed from the closet and shelves in there holding all my books, higgledy-piggledy. We are remodeling, and the mess seems to have extended to nearly every room in the house, but when we are done, my books and computer will be moved to a vast new family room with wonderful shelving all around the computer terminal space. I don't really 'walk on water' - others have asked before about references to tobacco trade stimulators, and they are also an interest of mine so I have the references in my mind (which is just about as messy as my work space!) And after all, there are only 2 citations to remember! Xenia ------------------------------

Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 09:08:31 -0600 From: Xenia Cord <xecord@netusa1.net

 Since we appear to be on the subject of rescuing old quilts, my 3 favorite finds were: 
1. in a dog bed - a nice (and very dirty!) Four Patch
2. wrapped color side down around a large piece of plywood, which was used as a table by someone pasting wallpaper. The blue and white Ocean Waves was stiff and nasty, but washed fairly clean, although it was not in perfect condition 
3. in the back of a new pickup, protecting the tailgate from scratches from a load of lumber. That one I chased for several miles before he stopped, and we negotiated. It was a red and white Irish Chain. Xenia ------------------------------ 

Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 07:34:13 -0800 From: "Julia D. Zgliniec" <rzglini1@san.rr.com

Dear Xenia, and All, My best rescue was from the beach ( no surprise since I live in So. Cal.) My son who surfs said one day, " Hey Mom, I found a quilt washed up on the beach. Should we go look at it?" duh. We took it home where it was rinsed and rinsed to get the salt and sand out. It turned out to be a very lumpy tied Nine Patch c 1920s with a great feed sack back with the manufacturer's logo still visable. The bag says "FEEDS" and "Manufactured for Chas. M Cox Co. Boston, Mass" Do you suppose it traveled overland or "round the Cape" as so may other immigrants to CA did? Julia Zgliniec - Poway, CA  ------------------------------ 

Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 09:50:06 -0800 From: Laura Robins-Morris <lrobins@fhcrc.org

The Seattle Goodwill saves all the quilts they collect over the year and has an auction. They used to sell them for a song to the members of a local quilt guild, but then they got smart and found they could make thousands at an auction. You wouldn't believe the treasures (quilts and tops) they received in their collection bins. One year I was part of the team of lucky quilters who went through them, sorting, identifying and attempting to date them to prepare the auction program. Bonnie's stories (quilt nailed to the window and quilt under the car) reminded me of one. It was a nice quilt (navy bear paws) apparently made by a mother for a son who attended the Air Force Academy. We had great time making up scenarios for how it ended up at Goodwill. The concensus was that it was a petulant girl friend who didn't like the young man's attachment to his mother :-) I'm sure there were many interesting stories there. One side note: when Goodwill received quilts that were dingy or musty, they just threw then into the big industrial washing machines with lots of strong soap. Cringe. We attempted to educate them, but don't know if it stuck. Laura in Seattle ------------------------------ 

Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 19:46:51 -0000 From: "Sally Ward" <Sally.D.Ward@btinternet.com

>We had great time making up scenarios for how it ended up at 
> Goodwill. The concensus was that it was a petulant girl friend who 
> didn't like the young man's attachment to his mother :-) 

You could well be right. When we held the quilt-stroking day for Fran during her visit over here, one of the quilts brought in was a lovely Dresden Plate on a pale green background with many varied green depression-era fabrics in the plates, and lovely quilting. The present owner had been visiting the States and happened on a garage sale where a woman who had divorced her husband was selling everything that had any connection to him for a pittance. The quilt was rescued to a good home, but how sad that the husband hadn't thought enough of it to keep it in his family. Sally W in UK ------------------------------ 

Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 16:28:52 -0500 (EST) From: Teri Klassen <teresak@bloomington.in.us

Regarding Peggy Notestine's found quilts, thankyou very much for sharing them, especially the photographs. I was interested to see that the totally charming 1878 ocean waves blue and white doll quilt is machine-quilted. Teri in Indiana ------------------------------ 

Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 16:51:11 -0500 From: "pepper cory" <pepcory@mail.clis.com> T

I can vouch for Xenia's encyclopedic ability to remember references but I attribute it to judicious doses of sugar and caffeine. Xenia actually has an antique Coca Cola machine, the kind that dispenses small ice-cold bottles, in her basement kingdom. I took full advantage of it when I visited her! Hope Houston was good, Xenia! ------------------------------ 

Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 18:15:36 -0500 From: "Alan R. Kelchner" <quiltfix@bellsouth.net

I actually rescued a family quilt ! My folks just happened to be using it to wrap furniture they moved here from my grandmother's for me. I think it protected a 1930's buffet. Anyhow, I remember the consternation they felt when I asked if I could keep it ... It's a c. 1900 pink and white shirting quilt, probably red and white originally. Nine-patch set on point, and a blue/white shirting and muslin sawtooth border. Not certain *who* made it, but it's the only one I have from Dad's side of the family. Now to get my paws on the one in my old bedroom at the folk's house. It looks like it was made from the same scrap bag ..... Alan

Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 22:30:47 -0500 From: seater@mindspring.com Subject: QHL: Mourning Quilts 

Linda Carlson "Yesterday Today Forever and Always" in American Qulter (Spring 2001) Vol XVII no 1 pp18-21. 4 Teal Lake Place, Mexico MO 65265 ,<jvcarlson@aol.com> Carol Williams Gebel "Final Rites of Passage Quilts: Quilts That Wrap the Deceased for Burial and Line Coffins" Uncoverings 1995 (AQSG). In the original ms in our guild library, Carol has 99 pages of mourning quilts she identified and catalogued by type. <cgebel@csus.edu> Gail Andrews Trechsel "Mourning Quilts in Qmerica" Uncoverings 1989 or 1990 (AQSG). ------------------------------ 

Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 22:33:58 -0500 From: "Kalmia@innova.net" <kalmia@innova.net

I remember a couple of quilt rescue stories from when we doing the South Carolina quilt project (18 years ago! And, yes, there was a book; and, no, it's out of print and I don't have copies to sell--sorry.) When asked how she acquired a particular quilt, one woman said "I stole it!" Turns out, she was at the beach, saw a group of young people arrive, spread out the quilt on the sand, and walk off. She went to a nearby store, bought an inexpensive sleeping bag, substituted it for the quilt, and left a note about what she had done. 

This one will make you cringe: In Charleston we photographed an early-19th-century chintz quilt which had been rescued from use as a house-painter's drop-cloth. Still had the paint smears on it. makes you realize that other people don't see what we see, doesn't it? In Aiken, when we said we were interested in seeing any quilt that was made, owned, or used in South Carolina, one woman went home to get her _other_ quilts, including one used as a dog bed. I have a quilt I rescued from the garage floor of the friend of a friend. His grandmother had made it. He didn't value that one, but he did treasure an obviously fancier one, a Southern Lady with the three-dimensional ruffled skirt. The quilt I brought home still smells like motor oil, but the 1950s colors (gray and yellow and others) are nice, and the pattern is a form of Indian Hatchet. And I used to have somebody's lost picnic quilt (eight-pointed star) I picked up from the middle of the road in the Great Smokies National Park, but when I needed to clear out some stuff I gave several ratty orphans to Linda Harral, who wasn't turning anything down. Do you still have that one, Linda? Laurel Horton ------------------------------ 

Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 23:35:24 -0500 From: "J. G. Row" <Judygrow@rcn.com

I've got a saved quilt story too. I pass a house nearby in our rural community on my way to work. It is on a numbered county road, a major route for folks going to work in the Princeton area. One spring day I caught a glimpse of color on a huge old tree as I sped by, but I was past before I could see what it was. On my way home I slowed down and saw that it was a large piece of cloth, yellow and green in a small piecing pattern which I later learned is called, I think, Arkansas Traveler, and it was split jaggedly almost in half and tied around a large sugar maple tree. At first I thought it was cheater cloth. I wanted to believe it was cheater cloth, but in the slanting late afternoon sun I could see the seam allowances of a pieced quilt top. 

Anyway, next morning I tried to study it some more, at 25 mph, and again in the evening. Then the weekend came and I didn't drive that way. It was still there on Tuesday morning, so on Tuesday evening I pulled in the driveway and knocked on the door. I introduced myself as a neighbor and asked the young woman who answered why the quilt (top) was tied around the tree. She responded that the tree was to be taken down and since she would be at work when the tree men would come she had to mark the tree she wanted them to cut down. I asked if I could have the quilt top if I replaced it with another marker and she agreed. She had only found it crumpled on the second floor of the barn. She had no idea who had made it or when. I raced home, rummaged through my unwanted fabrics, found a long length of an awful calico, actually ripped it down the middle along the fold, sewed the 2 ends together, went back and replaced the quilt top with my new tree marker, tieing a lovely bow. A week or so later the tree was gone and so was the calico. The top, probably from the 1940's or 50's is still split down the middle and has mildew stains, but at least it still exists. I reported the incident at my guild meeting and showed the top for show and tell. Others from the guild reported that they had also seen it around the tree but maybe they were scairdy cats. Curiosity didn't kill this cat though. Judy in Ringoes, NJ j------------------------------ 

Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 20:11:54 -0900 From: Greg & Dawn Church <church@santanet.org

Hi All, I was referred to the list just over a week ago in order to help me find the answer to my questions. I understand there are several experts available in this one spot! :-) I purchased an applique crib quilt kit (circa '30 '40 ish) several weeks ago. All the pieces are there and about 2/3 of the applique work has been completed... nice stitches but not the best I've ever seen. It has a lot of embroidery that is also done well and partially complete. The questions... the embroidery floss was not with the kit and I can't find an *exact* match... do you take out what has already been done and redo it all in the same color as close as I can find to the original? Or do I just match it as best I can and continue where it was left off? 

Additionally, the embroidery was done differently than given in the directions... not poorly or ugly, just different... continue or take it out and start over?? The quilt has bias strips and claims to include the binding as well but I can't see what's there being enough to complete both. Is there a good source for replacement "parts" and what about backing?? As you can see, I am a first timer in this area and want desperately to do the right thing. Although I plan on keeping this quilt after I complete it I would like to complete it in a way that maintains it's value not only monetarily but also as a piece of textile history. Any suggestions regarding it's completion would be most appreciated. Thank you in advance. Dawn ------------------------------ 

Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 00:27:28 -0500 From: "J. G. Row" <Judygrow@rcn.com> To: "Quilt History List" 

 The other day I found what was probably once a nice quilt, 2 double pinks and the ubiquitous E.W. green print. Most of the pink blocks were terribly faded out from sun damage but I bought it anyway because the backing, also a double pink, was intact and a few blocks (on the side of the bed away from the window, obviously) were relatively unfaded. The quilt has a NJ Quilt Search label and number. Is there a way to research this quilt's origins? Where are the archives held, and are they searchable? On another topic, we drove into NYC on Tuesday, and getting in and out through the Holland Tunnel was a breeze -- as if it was 30 years ago. We got our business finished quickly and after leaving the city thought to go to Ellis Island. I should have known -- both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are still closed. But what a breathtaking view of the city from Liberty State Park! Is it sacrilegious to say, even though I know there are 2 landmark buildings missing from the skyline, buildings that I've been used to seeing for years, the skyline is still as spectacular and beautiful. Judy in Ringoes, NJ

 ------------------------------ Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2001 06:07:12 -0500 From: "Judy Kelius (judysue)" <judysue@ptd.net>

What do you mean by the embroidery being different? Does it look OK? Will you be able to do it the same way? If so, I would leave it as is and use a close match to complete it. DMC makes hundreds of colors - did you check a shop that carries them all? I can't imagine that you couldn't find a close match. I would suggest buying a new 100% cotton fabric in a close color and making new bias - a lot of new bias tape is poly-cotton which you definitely want to avoid. The 30's greens are often very hard to match up in new fabrics! If there is enough to do the stems, you could bind it in any color that looks good (and unless the edge is scalloped, straight edge will work ok on binding). Buy fabric for backing that is close to the front - which I assume is a white muslin - easy to find! Just be sure to use 100% cotton fabrics & batting for that vintage look!

Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 06:18:57 EST From: JBQUILTOK@aol.com To: qhl@cuenet.com

 If you try to divide Orvus, be careful what you use to put it in. A friend gave me some in a baby food jar several years ago. Over time, the metal lid on the jar rusted. As for price differences between farm & ranch supply places and quilt shops, we always pay for the convience of smaller containers. If you're cleaning a quilt or two a week, it makes sense to buy in bulk. For one or two a year, the little plastic bottle is nice. I don't know how much of the markup is profit for the store & how much goes in the pocket of the company that put the label on the bottle, but it seems like another way to support those who save us from the curse of sewing with chain store fabric! Janet  ------------------------------

Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 06:20:01 -0600 From: "Leigh Fellner" <hcquilts@peoplepc.com>

Best find - a 1920s Tree of Life, perfect condition, used as a grill cover (barbecue is taken very seriously down here). Got it for a quarter. ------------------------------

ate: Thu, 08 Nov 2001 13:25:11 From: "Anne Copeland" <anneappraiser@hotmail.com>

I was at a swapmeet--not even an antique swapmeet, but one of those "We have everything" swapmeets when I came upon a booth that had a quilt under the people's merchandise on the pavement. I asked her if she would consider selling it, and she replied, "Well, I don't know. We use this for our beach blanket." I asked her if she would consider $20, and suddenly she decided that she could use something else for a beach blanket, and whisked it out from under her things. It was a scrappy 30s quilt, but I still felt good about it. Peace and blessings, Annie

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Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 10:29:27 -0500 From: "anne" <datkoa@erols.com>

I took advantage of Xenia's invitation to visit her booth at Houston. What a treat! To every quilt was attached a sturdy label providing a detailed description of the quilt. Several also had plastic envelopes which contained additional information - in one instance, a photograph of the maker and handwritten letter from her family describing the circumstances of the making of the quilt. I think this was the only booth at which the pieces were so carefully documented. I'd not met Xenia before but had marveled at her ability to provide references and suggestions to posts on QHL. Now I know that she is a true quilt lover also. AnneD ------------------------------

 Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2001 12:02:43 -0600 From: Xenia Cord <xecord@netusa1.net>

Aw, shucks (blush!). Thanks for the bouquet! Xenia ------------------------------

Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 09:38:41 -0800 (PST) From: Ark Quilts <quiltarkmv@yahoo.com>

> I am trying to find the publisher's name and date
> for embroidered state bird & flower blocks. They were
> commercial blocks, stamped in blue, came in sets of
> 48, and were available circa 1930-1950. Can anyone
> in the group advise me where to look for this
> information? I email through an employer and they do
> not want us to subscribe to listserves. Can you post
> this information request to your group? I can be contacted at : quiltarkmv@yahoo.com >

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Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2001 10:16:17 +0000 From: Bobbie Aug <qwltpro@uswest.net>

 I might add to Anne's post that I am fondling my "new" chintz mosiac signed and dated 1851 quilt I purchased from Xenia in Houston. Ahhhhhhh... Bobbie Aug

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Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2001 11:59:24 -0600 From: "Jennifer Van Haaften" <jasvanhaaften@hotmail.com>

This is my first post, and I am enjoying the stories of saving old quilts. I am a historical museum educator. Our current exhibit at our museum is on quilts produced by our local quilt guild, called "Piecing Us Together." Some of the ladies in this group are displaying quilts they have found and saved. One lady in particular likes to rescue quilt tops, put the batting and backing on and quilt them. We think it's because she enjoys actual quilting more than piecing and we think she likes the challenge of looking for fabrics that help enhance each quilt top's historical character. She picks quilt tops up at garage sales, flea markets, wherever they might be. Besides being a museum educator, I have a great interest in historic textiles, from clothing to quilts, to tatting, knitting or crocheting, actually nearly anything women worked on in the past either for necessity or pleasure. Because I like this so much, I have made reproduction historic clothing and have tried to the learn difference between fabric prints for various time periods. If I had the time, I would say I like to quilt, but I have yet to put together a project. Never mind all the patterns and pattern books I have laying around begging to be made. I also tat occasionally, though not as much as I used to. My husband is a museum director and we have a two year old son. Guess you could say the two year old is why I don't do as much as I used to. I did manage to make him a costume for Halloween though. Nice to meet all of you. :) Jennifer Van Haaften Education Coordinator Elmhurst Historical Museum 120 E. Park Ave. Elmhurst, IL 60126 tel: (630) 833-1457 fax: (630) 833-1326 email: jasvanhaaften@hotmail.com jennifer.vanhaaften@elmhurst.org _________________________________________________________________

Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 13:35:27 -0500 From: "bonnie wilbur" <bonnie.wilbur@oracle.com> T

Hi, I'm thinking about acquiring a Singer treadle machine made in 1937, plus 4-drawer stand in good condition from a friend who inherited it from her grandmother. I don't want to cheat her or be charged well over the going price. Does anyone have any idea of value for the machine and cabinet? Thanks, Bonnie Wilbur ------------------------------

Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 11:09:52 -0800 From: "Amerine, Anne" <amerinea@littongcs.com>

Bonnie, The problem with valuation of treadles is largely like that of quilts. Variables include:

  • Age of machine 
  • Condition of machine, including: Condition and completeness of decals
  • Condition and completeness of machine: 
  • Are shuttle and bobbin present? 
  • Is bobbin winder complete and in working condition? 
  • Are the slide plates both there? 
  • Does the machine have a manual? 
  • In good condition? 
  • Are the attachments present? 
  • Is there a case? 
  • Rarity of machine 
  • Top of the line? 
  • What model number? 
  • Special features 
  • Style of ornamentation 
  • Condition of cabinet 
  • Is the wood in good condition? 
  • Is the finish in good condition? 
  • Rarity of cabinet 
  • Beauty/style of cabinet 
  • Center drawer only? 3 drawers? 7 drawers? Carving on the front of the drawers? 
  • Carving on the side of the drawers? 
  • Full parlor cabinet or free-standing treadle? 
  • Condition of the treadle stand: Is there rust? Is decorative/gold paint intact? Is the treadle pedal ornate

And then, just to make you crazy, the part of the country you are in will also set the price somewhat. I suggest looking at machines in stores, in the paper, and at auctions if you have them in your area. Anne Amerine Los Angeles amerinea@littongcs.com  

Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2001 16:27:33 -0600 From: Xenia Cord <xecord@netusa1.net> T

This is a cross post (of sorts) of the message I sent to the British Quilt History List earlier today. I see that no one has posted a long review of the Houston show, so here are a few words from one who had a great time. Houston was a lot of fun, despite the general emotional climate and the reluctance of some to travel. it was fun to put faces to several names from QHL, and I also got to entertain members of the British Quilt History List, among them Annette Gero of Australia. Annette signed copies of her book for all of us. Her book is a definitive look at Australian historical quilts, many of which are from her own collection (probably the best collection in Australia). 

The show itself was lovely and diverse, as usual, and had a high energy level. There were enough award-winning quilts, competition quilts, artquilts, antique quilts, theme quilts to satisfy every eye and every taste, and it really does take all of the 4 days to get around and see everything. Best of Show was a quilt from Holland, and Zena Thorpe won again with her wonderful Book of Kells quilt that some may have seen at Paducah. For antique lovers there was a display of collector Sandra Mitchell's acquisitions (remembering her, as she died in December last year and was well-known in the US as a dealer/collector), there was an exhibit of Marie Webster quilts, a display of Amish quilts (with garments and bonnets for accent), a wonderful collection of antique quilts from Joe and Mary Koval of PA, and more. 

The most stunning exhibit, and one you will probably read more about, was the one with the 9-11 commemorative quilts. There were more that 100, I would guess, mounted on portable office cubicle walls set spaced down the main cross aisle where my booth was. All were created out of great emotional response to the attacks, of course, and some showed the haste with which they were made, but they were wonderful nonetheless. It was interesting (if one could distance oneself) to see the forms of response - some very different images. The quilt I admired most was by Diane Herbort, not for sale (many were offered in a silent auction). Diane lives just by the Pentagon, and one of the images in her piece was of a giant shadow of a plane, covering her home and garden. She says she came outside because her home is not usually on a flight path and she wondered at the lingering drone of large engines. She says the plane lumbered slowly overhead, so close she thought she could reach up and touch it. And seconds later she heard the crash. 

The "shadow" image was created by sewing layers of gray veiling, so that one could see the house and garden through the "shadow" - one of the remarkably talented constructions I saw. I learned yesterday that I was the high bidder on one of the quilts, which will be photographed for a book (C & T Publishing) before being sent to the new owners. And I learned that the silent auction over all raised about $27,000 for the Freedom Education Fund (children of victims). Lest I forget, there were also more than 600 vendors at the show, selling everything from antique quilts (as I do) to stencils to fabrics to quilt motif jewelry, to garments and patterns, to...you name it! If you haven't been to Houston, you should consider putting it in your travel plans for the future. It's a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience (at least)! Xenia

Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2001 07:12:55 EST From: Tubeywooby@aol.com  

ust 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: Fri, 9 Nov 2001 10:15:28 -0500 From: "anne" <datkoa@erols.com> T

I'd thought I would post about the 9-11 quilts but just had not gotten around to it. Today Xenia has given an excellent description of the Festival and also these quilts. I had promised three friends who had made quilts for this display that I would take photos for them. This meant that I had to look at all of them to find these particular ones. This was a very difficult thing to do. I would try to focus on technique, use of fabric, etc but find myself instead remembering....Like Xenia, I thought Diane Hebort's quilt was incredibly powerful. And, as far as I can remember, it was the only one which focused on the Pentagon attack (I may have had a senior moment about this). Also, there was one (and again, I think only one) that remembered the three elementary school children and their teachers from Washington, DC schools who were on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon. Many of the pieces were of the WTC, and I understand that this will be the visual memory that most of us carry ....but there were other heroes and other stories ....... AnneD ------------------------------ 

Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2001 10:38:28 EST From: Chyral@aol.com

 On page 232 of "New Jersey Quilts 1750-1950" it says that the NJ Quilt Project archives are held at the Special Collections and Archives of the Rutgers University Libraries (New Brunswick, NJ), and that the archives are "available to the public for research". -Cheryl

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Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2001 18:35:50 -0500 From: LinK <linkot@ameritech.net> T

Hi, Knowing you all might have felt scraps on hand . . . I thought you would enjoy putting them to use and make a lovely Thanksgiving centerpiece. With felt you make the turkey's head and a fresh pineapple (symbol of hospitality) is the body and tail! Some Internet service providers have trouble with my GeoCities site . . . you can find the centerpiece at: http://lkk11.tripod.com or http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Lake/2812/ Just click on "Centerpiece." Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! Best regards, Linda