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Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 20:59:55 -0600
From: "Leigh Fellner" <hcquiltspeoplepc.com>

I have a small "cottage industry" making miniature/doll quilts from 
and vintage fabrics (1835-1945). I've pieced and quilted with 
cottons as
early as c.1835-1850 that were as strong as if they were printed 
and come across mid-1940s calicos that were utterly useless. A 
of one of my customers makes sewing accessories (huswifs, 
needle rolls) from scraps of fabric from her collection of early- to
mid-19th-century textiles; I've got a needlecase that is as strong as
anything I could make from contemporary fabric. OTOH, I occasionally 
offered blocks or tops or pieces that feel as if they are going to 
in my hands. It really depends on how well the fabric was cared 
for. Down
here in the Deep South where the humidity averages 90%, mildew is a 
problem, which may be one reason why most of the antique fabrics I 
use seem
to come from the Midwest :)

I think the main considerations are the actual condition of the 
you're thinking of using AND the use to which it will be put. (Not 
mention the cost of antique/vintage fabric; some of the calicos I use 
are in
the $75-125/yard range, which makes them pretty pricey for bed-sized
quilts.) Obviously a decorative piece is not going to get the hard 
wear and
regular washing that a bed quilt would.

So the answer, at least from my perspective, is "it depends." :)


Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 21:03:17 -0600
From: "Leigh Fellner" <hcquiltspeoplepc.com>

Well, my test seems to have worked fine, at least in terms of "feel" 
marked increase in smoothness and flexibility but no waxy feeling, 
and I
don't see any color change. What I'm concerned about is - hmm, what 
call it? Long-term archival effect? (Not that anything I do is
museum-quality - but I don't want things falling apart in 5 years 


Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2001 20:55:24 +0100
From: Daniele Seyrig Baumgarten <d.seyrigwanadoo.fr>

> I hope all of you have unexpected Christimas treats like this.
Hi !
Well I did have an unexpected treat too , a birthday one for my 50th
birthday. Last Monday , the door rang and there were two of my very 
friends , wearing hats , holding a bottle of Champagne , a huge 
platter and a big package .They shouted happy birthday and came in . 
I was
speechless ( wich is big news to all those who know me VBG) . I then 
given a big enveloppe made of Christmas fabric with a big hand 
label wich read Happy Birthday . Inside I found a WONDERFUL handsewn 
top .It is made of Grandmother's wedding ring blocks in all kind of 
fabrics , on a tan background and a green and tan fabric for 
blocks . There is an embroidered label to be sewn to the quilt once 
with their names and the reason for this gift . A wonderful surprise 
! I was
the one who introduced those two to patchwork 12 years ago and they 
are now
teaching and working in a shop .Some of the blocks were sewn under a 
tree in
Corsica this summer , it makes it even more exciting to me VBG
After that we drank the champagne and ate the most delicious Tatin 
tart . I
was talking again by then and we had a hard time parting that day . 
day this may be quilt history LOL
Daniele in Paris 


Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2001 16:02:44 -0600
From: "Debby Rake" <dsrakestarband.net>

My name is Debby Rake and I am a graduate student at the University 
of =
Nebraska at Lincoln. I am finishing a Masters in Textiles with an =
emphasis in Quilt History. I go to school with quilters and read 
about =
quilting and study quilting and in my spare time I make quilts. Not 
a =
bad deal.

I was recently given 7 cartons from a friend's attic. Among many =
treasures I found 5 pattern books and 4 leaflets of crochet patterns. 
They show copyrights of 1949 and 1950. All but one are in good =
condition. I would like to find them a good home if anyone could use 
them. I know this is a quilter's list but I thought you might know =
someone who collects crochet ephemera. Thank you for any suggestions 
you might have.=20


Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2001 21:03:49 -0600
From: "quilt97" <quilt97prodigy.net>

Didn't someone write to the list a short while ago about Sarah 
Ferguson? I
just saw this sampler mentioned in the Collectors Newsletter.

click on the thumbnails


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"Measures 15" X 16 1/2". Three versions of the ABC's. One version of 
1-10. Feastures house, trees & flowers. Found in an attic in Buffalo, 
York. According to family made by Sarah Ferguson. Her name is still 
but the 29 from 1829 was wahed out 100 years ago. There is a lot of
intricate work, but not bright colors. "


Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 09:42:56 -0000
From: "Sally Ward" <Sally.D.Wardbtinternet.com>

I have just started to read Annette Gero's excellent new book 
Australian Quilts', which opens with the work of prison reformer 
Fry, part of which was the rehabilitation and employment of women 
in transit to Australia (usually for minor misdemeanours) by 
them with Bible, aprons, needles, threads, thimble, scissors etc plus 
pounds of patchwork pieces for the journey. Making the coverlets 
gave the
women occupation, a skill, a reminder of home, or perhaps an item to 
when they arrived in their new home. Today I read in my nespaper that
Elizabeth is to have her picture on our new 5 note to be introduced 
in the
spring. She will replace the locomotive pioneer George Stephenson.

The newspaper report outlines her philanthropic works and of course 
makes no
mention of the importance of the needlework and quiltmaking, but of 
'we know better' <G>

Sally W


Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 12:21:21 +0000
From: "Karen Bush" <karenbush11hotmail.com>

I'm wishing everyone a SAFE and happy Holiday if I don't get on the 
before then!
It's going to be a strange Christmas for us this year. A lot of 
in the family and it's just going to be me, my dd, grand-dog and 
But, we're healthy and weather has been gorgeous. We'll just make 
traditions this year.
Happy, Happy New year for everyone and hope that Santa is good to 
all of 
you :) kb


Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 10:33:31 EST
From: ZegrtQuiltaol.com

Kris Driessen has done an incredible job creating a webpage that 
features the 
quilt exhibitions in New York, a gallery of some of the quilts with 
accompanying wall text, and an article about The Alliance for 
Quilts. Use this link to have your virtual look at the exhibitions. 
Save our Stories, a project of The Alliance, is featured in the 
section where you can read parts of interviews with some of the 
.Please share this link with anyone or any group that you think might 
interested.Thanks Shelly Zegart



Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 16:24:29 -0800
From: "Maureen Flanagan" <flanaganbooksandoldlace.com>

Thanks to Cheryl Wolf's contributions, we've got 8 new titles on the 
State, Regional, or Topical Quilt History Publications section, 5 new 
on the Quilt Exhibit and Museum Catalogs section, and 2 new titles on 
International section. I also added the items I found from 
Abstracts as appropriate, and made section bookmarks so the page is 
to navigate.

The Selected Bibliography on Regional Quilt History can be found at 
on the
South Dakota stte documentation project at 

Happy Holidays all,

Maureen Battistella
Ashland, Oregon.