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Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 04:43:04 -0600 From: "Leigh Fellner" <hcquilts@peoplepc.com

If this is a quilt that you want to last, if I were you I'd pick up a jar of Procion MX fiber reactive dye (from e.g. www.dharmatrading.com) in, say, tan or ecru, and actually *overdye* the quilt with a tea-like color. It won't wash out, you can control the color, and it's probably better for the fabric too. 


Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 16:45:11 -0600 From: "Steve and Jean Loken" <sandjloken@worldnet.att.net

 I don't remember exactly where the discussion of Lane's American Needlework book went, but today in antique browsing I found a copy, minus dust jacket and minus the pattern packet, for $7.00. I'd be happy to pick it up for anyone and send it along for the $7 and the cost of mailing . I have my original copy from back when I had no idea of who wrote it and what was in it and I don't need this one. I found lots of other goodies today and bought some of them, but not quilt related. I did see a wonderful tea apron made from c. 3" feed sack squares on point, which I'll save for alerting a friend who loves that kind of thing. Jean in Minnesota, where we got over an inch of rain today; thank God it wasn't snow!


Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 17:57:48 -0500 From: "Judy Kelius (judysue)" <judysue@ptd.net

This is a hidden gem! I think a lot of people overlook it because it is Good Housekeeping, but this book is a wonderful review of early American needlework of all kinds. And if you can get the pattern packet, it contains hundreds of dollars worth of patterns (not just quilts, but sampler charts, knitting, crochet, etc. - literally - if you were to buy them individually today.

Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 00:10:14 -0800
From: Gail Ingram <GIngram@tcainternet.com>

Re: the PA Dutch quilt top pieced in red, yellow, and green blocks
punctuated by some of the most interesting crows I've ever seen---at EBay auction, listed by Judy Kelius.

Has anyone ever seen another quilt like this one, a pieced, non-scenic top
onto which crows were appliqued? In fact, a quilt in which crows figured so prominently?

Is the maker's identity or family known? any other information re provenance that might explain this unusual (to me, at least) top?

I printed the photos of the top and am fascinated by the presence of those crows that dominate the piece, especially their eyes, to which the maker gave much care. The quilt has driven me to my books on mythology, to bestiaries. I've discovered all sorts of things about crows (e.g., 9 crows--the number on the quilt top--symbolizes sorrow), but nothing accounts for this particular use of crows.

Since folk art emphasizes the repetition of cultural patterns, rather than
the inventions of such patterns, I've wondered if there is some local
tradition that would help explain this piece.

crows4.jpg (39557 bytes) crows3.jpg (40208 bytes) crows2.jpg (39516 bytes) crows.jpg (66577 bytes)

Quilt owned by Judy Kelsius.  Click on the thumbnails.  


Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 11:35:36 -0500
From: "Judy Kelius (judysue)" <judysue@ptd.net>

Thanks Gail - it is indeed an unusual quilt top. (By the way, I have sold
it.) The woman I bought this from had purchased it at one of the markets in
Brimfield, MA, but the person she purchased it from said it came from
Lancaster County. One of the local dealers in my area (I live in Lancaster
County) who saw it said he had seen something similar at one time. But I've
never seen anything else remotely like it.


Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 12:07:47 -0800
From: Gail Ingram <GIngram@tcainternet.com>
To: QHL.QHL@cuenet.com
Subject: Re: Crow quilt query

This quilt has been turning into a poem, an essay, a story in my head for a
week now. When you see it, you will understand why. Look that crow in its
finely worked eye and you will see what I mean.

In his "Ode on a Grecian Urn," the English poet John Keats develops the idea
that it is just such objects of art as this quilt top that lead us to true
understandings of life. In the poem, the poet-speaker spies a new
acquisition in the British Museum, an urn that was among the marbles and
pottery that Lord Elgin had just brought to England from Greece. The urn and
the scene it depicts captures the speaker's curiosity and he yearns for
specific details about its origin, for facts---where the scene took place,
what was being celebrated, what group of people were depicted, etc.

Of course, he can discover no answers---for the vase was from as early as
the 5th century B.C. and probably had been a rather ordinary piece for its
time, a highly stylized piece of domestic art.

Yet, the longer the poet looks at the urn and tries to make sense of its
depictions, something else happens---he begins to think about possible
explanations (as I am now thinking about this quilt top) and his imagination
takes over, leading him to realizations about the nature of life that the
facts, had they been accessible, almost surely would have precluded. He
thinks about the nature of love, the joy of the moments before romantic
love's consumation (our first loves), the meaning of community, the way art
relates to life. In the end, he concludes that we discover Truth not through
an act of the rational mind working on historical facts, but by an act of
the imagination (literally the picture-making or sensation-creating faculty)
that is stimulated by a beautiful work of art.

Thus, his famous conclusion: "Beauty is Truth, Truth, Beauty."

Keats adds, "That is all you know on Earth/And all you need to know." Well,
yes, maybe. But me--I want to know some facts too. This strikes me as a
piece that deserves the attention of historians as well as poets. I wish I
had made this quilt top.



Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 11:33:27 -0500
From: "Judy Kelius (judysue)" <judysue@ptd.net>

hearts1.jpg (48877 bytes)OK, this is driving me crazy, so I am asking for help from the list! About a month ago I purchased a lot of hearts made from 19th century fabrics (I'm 99% positive of that and everyone who has seen them in person agrees!) that appear to be diecut - perfect edges, all exactly the same size, no pencil marks. These were in with a lot of 1930's precut butterflies that were in the typical 30's florals.

hearts4.jpg (33378 bytes)I've posted photos of the pieces at
http://home.ptd.net/~judysue/hearts/hearts.htm . (You can click the images to enlarge them.) Sometimes there is only one heart from a fabric, but other times there are as many as ten - there are quite a few made from the gorgeous brown print with the ribbon-type design but only two of the
conversational print with a matador (boo-hoo!). There are about 75 hearts altogether.

I think of quilts that have nothing but appliqued hearts as being a recent
style - I don't recall seeing any even from the 1930's and certainly
haven't seen any from the 19th century. I've seen hearts in 19th century
red and green applique quilts but none made of calicos like these. Any
thoughts out there among other QHLers about the origin of these? Were
diecut pieces even sold in the 19th century?