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Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 23:05:42 EST
From: Midnitelaptop@aol.com

read 2 great articles in my current Better Homes and Garden Quilting 
magazine..by our very own xenia e cord...
way to go xenia!!


Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 19:00:40 +1300
From: "Anne Scott" <nzquilter@xtra.co.nz>

I am a great fan of wool batting - and we use it a lot in New Zealand 
- we
have 56 million sheep and don't grow cotton.

Some years ago a NZ quilter did research on the bearding problem with 
batting and discovered that it was self limiting - i.e. the fibres 
for the first 5 washes or so and then they matted together and no 
migration of loose fibres was observed. Also those which had worked 
broke free and were no longer unsightly.

I recommend quilting at four inches centres or less. The more you 
quilt, the
better it holds against washing.

The other observation I have is that if you do suffer a disaster by 
a quilt with wool batting in hot water, you can sometimes rectify the
problem. Wet it and pin it out wet on the carpet to it's original 
size and
shape. Let it dry there and it will stretch back to its original size 
shape. It is the process embroiderer's use to "block" their gfinished
canvases prior to framing them.

Wool, being a natural fibre has a "memory" which is also why it 
suffer so much from the crease lines after being folded. It is superb 
bedquilts as it breathes, is light (nuch lighter than cotton) amd 
warm in
the cool weather but not hot in the warmer weather. I confess I'm a 
fan. Now if only they could make wool batting that is machine 
washable like
some of those divine merino sweaters...

Happy Christmas to you all from the Antipodes where we celebrate 
Day at the beach!

Anne Scott
New Zealand Quilter magazine


Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 06:36:54 -0800 (PST)
From: Ark Quilts <quiltarkmv@yahoo.com>

Brenda was asking about some embroidered flower garden
quilt blocks she had that were to be set up in a quilt
with a picket fence. After some digging last nite I
found a booklet called : COLONIAL QUILTS which was
published by the Columbus Dispatch Needleart
Department in 1933. On pages 16-17 I found "Mother's
Old Fashioned Flower Garden Quilt" & it has 32 flower
blocks to embroider.

Also on page 22 there is a pattern for another flower
garden quilt that has 32 blocks to embroider, but they
are different from the set of 32 on pp 16-17. With
this pattern, there is a picket fence border that goes
around all 4 sides. It is a full drawing of the quilt
& shows how the picket fence goes around the corners.
However, I seem to remember somewhere in my pile of
newer quilt books that there is a new pattern of a
similar fence border, too. I will probably find it
with more digging.

The COLONIAL QUILTS booklet has patterns that were
offered through newspaper syndication, but the booklet
has an article called"A Heritage of the Past" signed
"Nancy Lee". It also has an article called "Easy
Steps in the Art of Quilt Making" attributed to H. Ver
Mehren, Des Moines, Iowa who wrote many quilting
patterns that were offered for mail order sale.

If any of you have copies of the following
publications, I would like to find out if there are
any patterns for embroidered quilt blocks that have
the state bird, state flower, and state name all on 1

1939 Catalog of Patchwork Quilts, Applique, Art
Needlework (Needlecraft Supply Co.)

Marvil Art Needlework Company Catalog (St. Louis, MO)


Groves Publishing editions of Ruby Short McKim's 
Embroidered blocks for birds, animals, states, etc.
(Originally published separate from their volumed
series on Kansas City Star quilt blocks + index)

If you know where I can get information about these
publications, know someone who wants to sell, etc,
please contact me. THANKS VERY MUCH! C.A.


Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 07:07:33 -0800
From: "Julia D. Zgliniec" <rzglini1@san.rr.com>

Dear Anne,
They do ..They do..make a machine washable wool batting. It is made 
Hobbs. The fibers have been coated so as not to shrink or felt when
washed in the machine!

Check it out:http://www.hobbsbondedfibers.com/Retail.htm

No affiliation - 

Regards, Julia Zgliniec


Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 07:25:41 -0800
From: Laura Robins-Morris <lrobins@fhcrc.org>

The seller says the fabrics are "turn of the century". Do others 
agree? (if you can tell from
the photo.)
Laura in Seattle

>There are several quilt blocks named "Dolley Madison Star" or "Dolly 
>Star"...perhaps the maker Ida Koontz was identifying the block name 
>In fact one on ebay right now
>which shows a pieced star (identified on Block Base as DM Star, 
>Block and Santa Fe)


Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 15:55:03 
From: "Ann-Louise Beaumont" <albeaumont@hotmail.com>

I would like to draw your attention to a website in the province of 
Canada created by a friend, Beverly Beauchemin. She is a bilingual 
and teacher who founded the first francophone guild in the province, 
Courtepointe d'Asbestos (Asbestos is a town in the Eastern 
Townships.) I 
belonged to this guild for a number of years and they are very 
ladies. I could never have survived my first winter there without 
them. Her 
site is in French and English and the members of this list in France 
especially might be interested in her lexicon of quilting terms used 
Quebec since many are different than those used in France. You may 
need to 
wait a little while as different parts of the site load. Her site is 
I think she would be very interested in knowing about more websites 
French as would I. The francophone quilters in Quebec are always 
to find quilting information en franšais and a subscription to the 
patchwork magazine was very expensive at the time I lived in Quebec.
In the mid-nineties La Courtepointe d'Asbestos exchanged visits with 
quilters in Palaiseau, France. I was a member when the French ladies 
and Nicole Astare (I don't think I have her last name right) gave an 
eye-opening demonstration of boutis provenšal. My understanding is 
that she 
is a friend of my friends in Quebec and since some folks on this list 
interested in boutis, I could investigate contact with her if anyone 
Best Wishes and Happy Holidays,
Ann-Louise Beaumont

Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 16:52:48 -0500
From: "Pam Weeks Worthen" <pamworthen@hotmail.com>

Hi All! Enjoyed the recent conversations about Laurel Thatcher 
Ulrich and 
can't wait to get the newest book. " A Midwife's Tale" lives on my 
table and I try to reread a chapter or two each week, between other 
She used to teach at the U of New Hampshire until Harvard stole her 
and if only I'd known...I live a half mile from campus. sigh...but I 
went to 
the premier of the TV documentary of the Mid/Tale and heard her speak 
It was so WONDERFUL to hear her dispell so many myths about quilts in 
of a big audience. If you haven't seen the documentary, there's ton's 
fiber stuff, including quilting a whole cloth.

Anyway, the Diane Rehm Show is on NPR and on Dec 12 she interviewed 
professor Ulrich about the new book. You can hear the interview if 
you have 
RealPlayer or the equivalent. I heard the first half before being 
booted off 
the 'puter by a teenager desperate to finish a paper. (yeah right) 
great! to get there go to www.wamu.org/dr/

I plan to listen to the rest tonight and finish a gift or two.

Pam in NH where the snow's all gone and the pond won't freeze so we 
skate by Christmas.