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Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 19:09:47 -0800
From: Julie Silber <quiltcomplex@earthlink.net>

I forgot to list the eBay number for my "mystery" quilt. It's ebay
#1491241150 .
Thanks for any help you can give.
Julie Silber - click on the thumbnails below

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Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 06:18:58 -0600
From: "Leigh Fellner" <hcquilts@peoplepc.com>

Found this fabric on ebay which has me stumped:


What do you think? Block print? Indian? 19th c.? Newer?  (Click on the thumbnail.)

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Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 10:15:16 -0900
From: Greg & Dawn Church <church@santanet.org>

Hello all,

I am relatively new to the list and have to say that I am impressed 
by all
of the information everyone has. I guess in time and after much 
study I
will someday be able to knowledgeably spout off answers to questions
presented... at least I hope to!

Which leads me to my question... as a relatively new and young 
quilter, I am
interested in compiling a library of quilt history type books. Which 
are on your "must have" list? Please include any books both past and
present, general interest, and specific era or type of quilting. I 
knowing what you all think will be a helpful start in my quest.

Thanks in advance,


Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 21:30:01 -0600
From: Xenia Cord <xecord@netusa1.net>

This is my recommended reading list - there is plenty of variety here
from which to pick & choose:
Orlofsky, Quilts in America (dated but seminal)
Kiracofe, The American Quilt
Granick, The Amish Quilt
Brackman, Clues in the Calico
Trestain, Dating Fabrics
Adamson, Calico & Chintz
Montgomery, Printed Textiles 1700-1850 (O.O.P.)
Warren & Eisenstadt, America's Glorious Quilts (Museum of American 
Folk Art holdings)

any volume by Waldvogel
any of the Symposia Papers edited by Jeannette Lasansky (Pieced By
Mother-2 vols, On the Cutting Edge, In the Heart of Pennsylvania-2 
vols, Bits & Pieces) any/all of the now 21 volumes of research papers of the American  Quilt Study Group, in their annual journal Uncoverings, or Quiltmaking in America, Beyond the Myths, (selected AQSG writings, ed. Laurel  Horton) Any/all of the state search volumes; some unevenness in quality, but each is a learning experience. A list of these can be accessed at: http://www.usd.edu/sdquilts/ 
There are also some recommended booklists on this site.

Read on!

(the truly addicted join the American Quilt Study Group - you can 
reach them for information at: AQSG2@unl.edu)

Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2001 07:27:03 -0800 (PST)
From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessen@yahoo.com>
Years ago a very active member, Nancy Cameron Armstrong wrote an
article for us on the most important quilting books published to
date, called The Top 10 Titles for the Study of Quilts from Seven
Quilt Historians. You can find the article at
http://www.quilthistory.com/resources.htm.  I added Xenia's posting
as an Ed note at the bottom. It's an excellent list! 

We also have a list of articles various members have written at
http://www.quilthistory.com/articles.htm.  Here you will find answers
to lots of your Quilt History questions, so feel free to peruse;-)) 
If you would like to contribute an article to this page, just send it
to me and I will upload it with full credit to you. 


Kris, list mom


Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2001 16:17:59 -0500
From: Lesters <jeanlester@ntown.com>

I have 5 blocks with the famous blue lines on them. They are orphans 
so I thought I would use 4 of them and make 5 blocks for a small 
quilt. Since I had an extra, I decided to spend the day doing 
scientific experiments--seeing what kind of chemicals might lessen 
the blueness. I went from K2R to ammonia, with everything in 
between. NOTHING did lessen their brightness. I will turn them 
wrong side up and quilt with blue thread.

I knew they were permanent but just had to try!!

Has anybody found anything to modify the color?



Date: Sun, 02 Dec 2001 12:09:28 +1100
From: nomad1@attglobal.net
hoca.jpg (20801 bytes) Dear All,
Talking about QHL books reminded me that I should share an
auction with you all. I am fortunate to have a copy of :
"Ho For California!
Pioneer Women and Their Quilts"
however, There are sure to be others who would love a copy
of this fab book.
It can be found at :


Happy Reading,
Hiranya Loder from Oz : >


Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2001 20:20:40 EST
From: LeahZieber@aol.com

Hi all, 
Just a quick question to set the record straight for my husband. 
In the December issue of Antiques Magazine on page 795 there is a 
picture of 
a painting by John Rogers Herber titles "Our Savior Subject to his 
Parents at 
Nazareth" dated 1847. 
In the picture, Mary is shown with a spinning wheel. 

Does the spinning wheel date to the days of Christ? 

My encyclopedia is ambiguous as to when it dates to, but does say 
that it 
"was probably invented in India" and "that it reached Europe via the 
East in the Middle Ages."

Ask Jeeves states that the spinning wheel was invented about 1200 
years ago 
in India.

So, just for my husband's sake (as I am convinced that there was no 
wheel during the time of Christ and that the artist was just adding 
for esthetics) can anyone confirm the date of the first known 
spinning wheel?

Appreciate your input
L.Zieber (who is up to her eyebrows in the drywall dust from a room 


Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2001 21:23:55 -0500
From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com>

I'm reading Quilts and Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut from the 
Quilt Search Project. It's gorgeous! Schiffer Publishing does 
books. For you BQHLers their European distributor is:
Bushwood Books
6 Marrksbury Ave.
Kew Gardens
Surrey TW9 4JF
Free postage in the UK

I'll just whet your appetites. The names alone are captivating: 
Newton, Asenath Rising, Bethankful Wells. There are lots of pictures 
very early quilts: how about signed 1759! the best photos I've ever 
seen of
glazed wholecloth quilts, most of them in the indigo New Englanders 
seem to
have loved; the Presidents Quilt made from the Andrew Jackson toile 
(a quilt
made from the same fabric belongs to Winterthur and is on p. 9 of the
Threads of Persuasion catalogue from last year's exhibit at the 
Museum); a two patch composed of chintz squares set askew because 
they are
separated by white diamonds (I've never seen anything like it); a 
Variable Star from the 1820s handed down in the female line with the
instruction that it must never be used; a Lone Star surrounded by 15
These Connecticut women must have loved really hard piecing. 
There are
so many circular patterns: Mariner's Compass, Sunburst, Sunburst in a 
Maze; even the humble Fundraising Quilt, usually so boring, is made 
circular blocks. One quilt has what appears to be a chintz border of 
and flowers on a flowing vine; actually it's applique. There are 
some great
close-ups of fabric and many of the early quilts are accompanied by 
prints from an 1836 history of Connecticut showing the towns in which 
quilts were made.
Cinda on the Eastern Shore

Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2001 08:04:00 EST
From: Trimble4@aol.com
I just want to second Cinda's comments about this book. It IS 
Even better, I had the privilege of spending a lovely Saturday 
afternoon last 
weekend with Pam Worthen (of this list) and I got to see some of 
these fine 
quilts in person. We also took in the hat exhibit at the Textile 
(quickly though, the quilts were waiting!). The Connecticut exhibit 
ongoing at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA, and is worth 
the time to see. Many of the quilts are just perfect...even now. My 
absolute favorite was the Star with Baskets by Henrietta Smith 
Lori in NE Mass...but not for long!


Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2001 10:59:24 EST
From: RBCochran@aol.com

In a message dated 12/1/2001 4:18:38 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
jeanlester@ntown.com writes:

<< Has anybody found anything to modify the color? >>

I had this problem years ago: a show deadline was looming, the 
binding was 
finished, and I was ready to wash/spritz out the blue lines. But they 
all come out--particularly those on a purple fabric with metallic 
stars. When 
I reviewed the history of my quilt, I figured exposure to sunlight 
was partly 
at fault, and maybe that purple fabric in particular. In any case, I 
to embellish the heck out of that quilt: used yarn, beads, and pastel 
to "rework" the non-disappearing lines.
Needless to say, the quilt didn't make the show deadline that year, 
but was 
ready for the next. And I think it was greatly improved. Another 
example of a 
disaster turned into a design opportunity!


Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2001 18:55:02 -0500
From: mreich@attglobal.net

Many thanks for your kind words about this labor of love called 
Quilts and
Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut
written by my group, the Connecticut 
Search Project. When you are involved in a project such as this; you 
wonder if you have something special or if in reality, it has all 
been seen
I believe that we were driven by the spirits of Connecticut's 
always overlooked historically, to tell their stories through the 
they left behind. All of us on the book committee have a new respect 
anyone who has published. After the documentation, there are 
months and hours of research and writing that does not make it to the 
stage. Your expectations always have to be altered somewhat, however, 
publishing house, Schiffer Publishing, LTD was honest and supportive. 
They helped us to meet our goal, to produce not just a pretty quilt book 
but also to tell the stories of the women who made them and their contribution  to our state's history.

It is so wonderful that quilt enthusiasts, historians and  quiltmakers,
today, are taking the time to connect with these women. Many of the 
quilts in our book were made during other tragic times in our Country's 
history. I, myself, find it comforting to know that like the quiltmakers of 
our past, we, too, will persevere and through our quiltmaking set our place in
history.  An FYI. We believe that Schiffer did a 5,000 print for the first
printing. We have a few of our 1,500 book commitment left to sell 
after that they should be available through Schiffer and also on Amazon and 
Barnes and Noble.com. Hopefully, some bookstores will continue to carry 
them, also. 

Again thanks for your support, sue reich