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Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 06:42:28 -0600 (CST)
From: adairexecpc.com
To: qhlcuenet.com

Hi, all. A list member requested that I post the full information on
the new Pat Cox book. Being a librarian, I should have thought of
that in the first place! Anyway, here's the citation:

Cox, Patricia. American Quilt Classics: From the collection of
Patricia Cox, with Maggi McCormick Gordon. Woodinville, WA :
Martingale & Company (That Patchwork Place), c2001.
ISBN: 1-56477-358-2 (hardcover) $40.00, (CAN $62.00)

As I said before, a worthwhile book, good pictures, good 
illustrations of how to make the patterns, but not really a book on quilt history. I enjoy it very much.


Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 06:48:25 -0800 (PST)
From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessenyahoo.com>

I have put together a list of Quilt History books at
http://www.quiltweb.com/quilthistory.htm These books may or may not
be carried in the QuiltBus - if we don't carry them, there is a
purchase link on that page to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble,
whichever is less expensive. I know you can go there directly, but
it is nice to have a place where all the books and their descriptions
are in one place. Plus we get a little commission on each sale,
which helps support the site. 

Constructive criticism always welcome!



Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 17:15:46 -0500
From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawleydmv.com>

The Baltimore Applique Society is duplicating the Album quilt 
made in
Baltimore in 1847 for Samuel Williams which is in the collection of 
Baltimore Museum of Art. The quilt is enormous, 106 x 120 inches and 
among the most sophisticated of the Baltimore Album quilts. The
reproduction quilt will be raffled in 2003 to benefit the Baltimore 
of Art.
My guild's Christmas meeting was the rendezvous point at which 
blocks were delivered to Susan McKelvey, "the doyenne of the pen," 
who will
ink the inscriptions. Every block on the quilt in inscribed which is 
unusual. Naturally we waylaid the messenger (Jan Carlson) and 
demanded to
see the blocks. Wow!
The members of the BAS are a talented group and this project 
every bit of skill they have. There are 42 blocks, the work of many
different hands. The designs range from basic to amazingly 
complex, with
most squares in the latter category. One block shows a realistic 
engine pulling a passenger car. Another block represents the state 
seal of
Delaware complete with a farmer, a sailing ship and a hunter. On 
block a funerary urn within a laurel wreath honors Col. Watson, a 
hero of the Mexican-American war. Religious and patriotic motifs 
appear in
other squares, including the Baltimore Battle Monument, the Great 
Seal of
the U.S., various eagles and flags.
The border of the Samuel Williams quilt is a complex network of 
(count them) intertwined vines overlaid with leaves and 
blossoms. As in the blocks, some of these flowers are made up of as 
many as
18 different pieces of fabric.
Samuel Williams was a Methodist lay preacher. Many of the 
Baltimore Album quilts have Methodist connections.
There is a color picture of the quilt on p. 89 of Baltimore Album 
by Dena Katzenberg, the catalogue of the seminal exhibition of the 
80s. If anyone knows of other books where this quilt is pictured 
please let
me know.
I hope all of you have unexpected Christimas treats like this.
Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 17:58:50 EST
From: Chyralaol.com

In a message dated 12/14/2001 5:16:06 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
lrcawleydmv.com writes:

> There is a color picture of the quilt on p. 89 of Baltimore Album 
> by Dena Katzenberg, the catalogue of the seminal exhibition of the 
> 80s. If anyone knows of other books where this quilt is pictured 
please let
> me know.

The Samuel Williams quilt is pictured (in black and white) as plate 
4-16 in 
Elly Sienkiewicz's "Baltimore Beauties and Beyond Vol 2", and in 
"Old Quilts," where it is the frontispiece illustration. 



Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 17:33:16 -0600
From: Laura Hobby Syler <texas_quilt.coairmail.net>
To: lrobinsfhcrc.org

From the photos that I can see, I agree with the "TOC" dating. Cadet
blue, blacks, plaids and checks....1st quarter of the 20th Century
wouldn't even be too far off.
Laura Hobby Syler
Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles
Richardson, TX

Laura Robins-Morris wrote:

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

> >There are several quilt blocks named "Dolley Madison Star" or 
"Dolly Madison
> >Star"...perhaps the maker Ida Koontz was identifying the block 
name ?
> >In fact one on ebay right now
> >http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1494710892
> >which shows a pieced star (identified on Block Base as DM Star, 
> >Block and Santa Fe)

Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2001 07:53:14 -0500
From: Judy White <jawhiteinfi.net>

I have a log cabin block comfortor made from 1880's-1910 fabrics 
which I
took apart because I want to hand quilt it. The comfortor was tied 
weighed about 40 lbs - anyway, it seemed like it weighed about 40 
We bought it in an antique store in Northeastern Ct several years 
The batting had begun to pull away from the edges of the quilt and 
up in the middle which I thought was a classic sign of a wool batt. 
When I took the quilt apart, one reason for the heaviness is that the
blocks are foundation pieced by hand onto muslin foundations. 
foundation pieced quilts don't have batting in them; that's been my
experience. I took the batting out and threw it away, but kept a 
piece. Now, my quandry is, "what does a wool batt look like?" This
batting is dirty cream with darker flecks in it (not flecks of 
it's very soft, almost silky feeling. I never saw a wool batt, and I
guess in my mind's eye, I pictured it as being coarse. Does anyone 
an opinion on this?

Judy White - Ct


Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2001 09:39:15 -0800
From: Julie Silber <quiltcomplexearthlink.net>

Hello All,
Julie Silber here. I'm wondering if someone can share more 
about a very interesting (and beautiful) quilt I see on eBay:
#1048714702, ending on December 21.

>To view the item, go to:

I have owned a couple of these over the years. I understand that they
are made in India -- they were referred to as "Sindhi quilts." Were 
made for the tourist trade during the 1930s-60s? Or, what??? Anyone 
more? I think they are wonderful, and this looks like a fine example.

Julie Silber

Click on the thumbnails below....

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Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 13:43:55 -0500
From: Newbie Richardson <pastcraftserols.com>

hi all,
First the comment: I think that Mrs. Cox's book IS a history book - 
a way. When I saw it at AQSG, I was immediately struck by how truely
"American" her collection is. It reflects classic American quilts - 
high end folk art, not utilitarian, but solid middle class American
taste and style. That, to me, is one aspect of the history of 
decorative arts.
Question: Spanish quilts?
I have a friend with questions about what - if any - quilts would 
been present in the Rio Grande area of the Northern mexican colonies
(now part of New Mexico) BEFORE 1825. The opening of the Santa Fe 
changed everything because of new trade.
The Northern Mexico colonies were very isolated geographically. All
their fashion influences were from Castillian Spain ( therefore 
and Holland). High style clothing and textile imports were 
French. However, due to the isolation, there developed a very 
interchange with the local Pueblo Indian tribes. Weaving was a main
stay of everyday textiles. Sheep were the main agricultural focus.
There are remarkable blankets surviving from this region - any 
Is it a stretch to say that Marseilles quilts would have been there?
Just when I thought that I had an adequate library....!


Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 10:07:55 -0600
From: "Leigh Fellner" <hcquiltspeoplepc.com>
To: <qhlcuenet.com>
Subject: Rehydrating vintage textiles - Milsoft?
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Does anybody have any experience using Milsoft as a rehydrator? I've 
used it
in connection with dyeing (it's a commercial fabric softener). From 
I've gathered it contains fatty acid substituted carbamate, 
fatty ether, and acetic acid. I'm a bit concerned about the acetic 
acid but
since you rinse thoroughly after use, I don't know if it's an issue. 
currently testing it on some 1870s madder prints which weren't 
cared for and are *a little* fragile, and it seems to make a 
difference in
the fibers' flexibility. Comments?


Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 12:30:59 -0500
From: Judy White <jawhiteinfi.net>
To: Quilt History List <QHLcuenet.com>
Subject: Milsoft
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Hi Leigh. I don't know if you could actually say I have 'experience'
using Milsoft; I have used it one time on 1880's fabric and I didn't
notice any difference when the fabric dried. It seemed to be just as
stiff as before I used the Milsoft. Perhaps I didn't use it 
I didn't have enough fabric to do a machine load so I used it in a
container with the gallon directions. 

Judy White


Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 12:33:38 -0600
From: "Kim Heger" <khegerhotmail.com>
To: QHLcuenet.com
Subject: old fabric
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With all the discussion about quilting old quilt tops, it got me to 
about piecing with old fabric, such as feedsacks. Is this safe to 
Would you advise not to use fabrics older than some age limit?
Kim in Kansas

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Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 15:49:25 -0800
From: "Laurette Carroll" <rj.carrollverizon.net>
To: "QHL" <QHLcuenet.com>
Subject: Re: old fabric


Kim, I've stitched on a lot of old fabrics and the majority of early
20th C fabrics would be strong enough to stitch. I have seen some 
fabrics that were too weak to hold a stitch.

However anything older than that would require careful stitching, and 
wouldn't use it for something I planned to use or which would require
laundering. Most of these fabrics are fragile to some degree.
I use these earlier fabrics for quilt repairs, where I wouldn't be
washing or using the quilt anyway.

Laurette Carroll
Southern California