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Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2003 10:21:54 +0200 From: Ady Hirsch <adamroni@netvision.net.il> To: 

>From: Ady Hirsch <adamroni@netvision.net.il> >Subject: Re: Xenia at the National 

Now for the quilts. The other special exhibit at the National Gallery is called "Drawing on America's Past: Folk Art, Modernism and the Index of American Design." During the Depression the Federal Art Project was a relief program for unemployed artists. The Index of American Design was one project of the FAP. About 1,000 artists worked for 6 years (until the U.S. entered W.W.II) creating a pictorial record of American design. The object was to create portfolios of watercolor renderings of typically American artifacts which would allow Americans to learn about the country's folk and popular art. 

In 1943 the National Gallery acquired some 18,000 watercolors produced by the project. This exhibit reconnects many of the watercolors, for the first time, with the original objects they represent. It is truly wonderful: samplers, weathervanes, ship's figureheads, carousel animals, toys, furniture, tools, embroideries and quilts.  There are probably 5 or 6 watercolors of quilts and two of them have the actual quilt hanging along side. Both of the quilts are from the Brooklyn Museum. I've heard that the Brooklyn has a great quilt collection, but I don't know much about it. Does anybody know of any catalogues or publications on the subject? 

One quilt is called "Birds in Air" or "old Maid's Ramble." The other is Caroline A. Lusk's Album Quilt dated 1847, Green County, New York. It's the kind of quilt that warms my heart: the pieced album blocks in an amazing variety of fabrics (1825-1840) are set on pointe and separated by a narrow turkey red sashing. The triangles on the edges have a jaunty little trefoil applique in the same turkey red with green stems. This and the "Birds in Air" are absolutely pristine. The exhibit catalogue says that the two quilts were given, along with 20 others, to the Museum in 1925. I want to see the rest! The catalogue, by the way, is beautiful and only $25.00. 

Hi all. >In 2002 the teNeues Publishing Company published a calendar called Quilts 2002, featuring these wonderful renderings (1 quilt per week). Highly recommended - the website is www.teneues.com. Their address is 16 West 22nd St., New Yrok NY10010, Tel: (800)352-0305

>Ady in Israel

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Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2003 08:40:33 -0600 From: Xenia Cord <xenia@legacyquilts.net> To: 

Happy New Year!

Can anyone report on the sale of the "Secession Quilt," sold by Golden Memories Auctions yesterday in Mountain city, GA? I went to the website, but there was no update on the sale.

Xenia

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Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2003 15:16:53 EST From: Tubeywooby@aol.com To: QHL@cuenet.com 

<< During the Depression the Federal Art Project was a relief program for unemployed artists. The Index of American Design was one project of the FAP. About 1,000 artists worked for 6 years (until the U.S. entered W.W.II) creating a pictorial record of American design. The object was to create portfolios of watercolor renderings of typically American artifacts which would allow Americans to learn about the country's folk and popular art. In 1943 the National Gallery acquired some 18,000 watercolors produced by the project.  I feel sure these must have been ones represented in last years Quilt 2002 Calendar book- with one for each week... beautiful pictures, and so realistic it ws hard to believe they weren't photos! published by teNues for the National Gallery of Art... would be worth having even in an expired form : ) Melissa Young CrazyFolk

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Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2003 23:32:13 -0500 From: Barb Garrett <bgarrett@fast.net> To: QHL 

While doing some research for a friend on another topic, I read a very interesting ad in my February 1943 Sears Sale Catalog. I've always thought cotton batts were made of cotton, but evidently, you could buy a blended batt -- cotton, rayon and wool -- from Sears. The listing says --

Sears warmest, whitest Batt -- Sears greatest batt value. Not only is the price cut, but you get the warmest batt Sears sell. Specially developed mixture of 80% fluffy white India cotton, 10% wool and 10% rayon...interlaced to form thousands of heat-trapping air pockets. So snowy white it brings out the true brilliance of your comforter covering. Layer-built to uniform thickness -- no lumps, no thin spots, square edges. Easy open fold: sealed in dust-tite bag, with instructions for making a fine comforter. 72 x 90 inch size (Pat. applied for.) 98 cents for 2 pound roll.

My questions -- Is anyone familiar with blended batts from the 40s? What do they feel like? Could we distinguish them from a cotton batt when it's inside a quilt we are studying/documenting? The catalog has a date of 1943. How thick would the comforter be made from a 2 pound batt? Thanks for any information -- I just found this to be an interesting ad.

Also on the page was the "Thrifty easy-open cotton Batt" -- 3 pound roll, for 53 cents, and the "All wool Batt...springy, plump" -- 2 pound roll for $1.24.

Have a good evening -- I'm listening to sleet on my skylight right now -- but it's supposed to turn to snow tonight.

Barb in southeastern PA

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Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 09:37:43 -0500 From: "Jan Drechsler" <quiltdoc@sover.net> To: 

What is the world coming to? Xenia is hanging on the wall, according to Cinda. Judy is for sale on e-bay according to Barb. <VBG>

And I have turned into a white Rumplestiltskin, stomping my foot into the snow because we had to cancel our second study group due to another ice and snow storm.

Am willing to send snow but not my old Flexible Flyer to any Iowans.

Good day to go finish that quilt restoration of this blue and orange quilt, that may be made from striped, satin hatbands from the 40's. I have become fond of the grapics- from about 14 feet away. Anyone ever see a quilt made from narrow strips of this type of material?

Jan -- Jan Drechsler in beautiful, snow white Vermont Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher www.sover.net/~bobmills

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Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2003 22:33:40 EST From: Trishherr@aol.com To: QHL@cuenet.com Subject: 

I have been given about 100 color photos of and unnamed quilt show that apparently was held in Woodstock, Vt. in 1982. That is what is says on the small box in which they were stored. They obviously were displayed in a church, as many are draped over pews. Some were hung on walls, some on tables.

These were given to me by Wendell Zercher, the curator of collections at the Heritage Center Museum in Lancaster, Pa. He does not know how they arrived at the Heritage Center Museum and did not want to throw them out. Neither do I. So I hope that someone in New England will recognize what appears to be a huge gathering of wonderful period quilts, bedcoverings--even a few woven coverlets.

I would like them to go to the proper place where they will mean something. An occasional photo has "1 WHS" or "1 ECL" on the back. One coverlet photo says E. Barnard on the back. Just incredible stuff!

Please help, Trish Herr, Lancaster, Pa.

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Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 22:21:49 -0600 From: Mary Waller <mswaller@iw.net> To: 

The Sioux City (northwest Iowa) Public Museum is holding 'Quilts in Siouxland: 150 Years in the Making' January 11 - March 30. General information about the museum is at http://www.sioux-city.org/museum

For more information, contact Theresa Weaver at the museum. They may need more volunteers for the documentation day February 23.

January 10 5-7 p.m. Sneak Preview Reception for Quilts in Siouxland: 150 Years in the Making Exhibition

Quilts in Siouxland: 150 Years in the Making Exhibition From a young girl's 1830s family heirloom quilt to a contemporary Native American Star Quilt, Siouxland families have made, used and preserved quilts for generations. Historic and modern quilts and accessories, hands-on activities, and educational programs highlight Quilts in Siouxland: 150 Years in the Making.

January 12 Public Reception for Quilt Exhibition 2-4 p.m. 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. "Cloning Antique Quilts", Mary S. Waller Learn ways to evaluate and draft patterns from antique quilts, including the Electric Quilt computer program. Discuss objectives, problems and options in replicating antique quilts. We will evaluate several quilts from Mary's collection. Participants are encouraged to bring a quilt, blocks or photos to share and evaluate.

January 18 Folk Tales: Quilt Stories 2-3 p.m. Storyteller Kathy Yoder will share stories with a quilt theme, including one about pioneers and the family quilt they created. Along with the stories, participants will make a folk craft to take home as well. Ages 5 and older, free, no reservations required.

January 26 Depression Era Quilts 2-3 p.m. Join local Quilt Collector Susie Feathers as she shares some of her quilts from the 1920s and 30s. Learn about typical patterns and fabrics used during the period, including feed-sack quilts. Participants are welcome to bring their own depression era quilts to share as well.

February 23 Quilt Discovery Day 2-4 p.m. Bring your historic quilt to the Museum to discover its untold stories! Quilt historians, collectors and appraisers will offer information about the type of pattern, the period in which it was made and the types of fabric used.

March 9 Stories in the Stitches 2-3 p.m. Explore women's history through the eyes of quilt historians and collectors. Learn how quilt styles, fabrics and materials can explain the lives of the women who made them. Instructors include Lerlene Nevaril and Patt Brenden.

March 23 A Quilt Legacy: The International Quilt Study Center 2-3 p.m. Presented by Carolyn Ducey, Curator at the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her program will illustrate how the study, collection, conservation and exhibition of quilts has enormous potential to advance the understanding of America's social and cultural past, the history of women and their changing roles and the role of technology in women's lives.

Mary Waller Vermillion, South Dakota, USA

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Date: Sat, 04 Jan 2003 09:06:53 -0600 From: Xenia Cord <xenia@legacyquilts.net> To: 

For those who may have missed all the hype and excitement, on January 1 a rare southern quilt treasure left the family of its origin and was sold - for $74,250 (including 10% buyer's premium)!!

This was the so-called Secession quilt, made in 1860 in South Carolina. The quilt was made by Jemima Ann Thewitts (Williamson) Cook, whose husband was Philip Drury Cook, of Fairfield County. It is a linen whole-cloth quilt, 108" square, with intensive and very elaborate quilting forming all of the design. In the center is an eagle with wings spread, above which are Lady Liberty and other symbols and words pertaining to patriotism. The word "Secession" appears near the top, as well as the last name of a popular SC slave-holding secessionist. The names of 4 former governors, and the quiltmaker's husband's name, are worked elsewhere in the quilt. (Her husband was a general in the Coast Artillery, CSA). Elaborate cornucopias , vines, stars, florals and other motifs fill the design field, and are corded and stuffed. Hand knotted fringe frames all 4 sides.

Although badly treated and harshly handled during and after the Civil War, the piece survived being buried with the family silver in a wooden box in the ground, and washed repeatedly on its reemergence.

If you have access to a copy of Orlofsky, Quilts in America, the quilt is described and shown on pp. 190-193.

Xenia

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Date: Sat, 4 Jan 2003 09:39:11 -0600 From: "Carla Toczek" <CToczek@hot.rr.com> To: 

Barb,

Though I claim no expertise on the subject of blended batts, I do own an example of an early one. It's inside a quilt found at a garage sale....and had literally been used in a garage, probably under a car due the oil spots on the back of it. I dated it late 40's, early-mid 50's due to the fabrics.....but thought it didn't FEEL right. It's thicker than quilts with a thin cotton batt, but more slippery between the fingers than a utility, seed filled, cotton batt. Like a polyester batt feels when rubbed between the top and backing. Well, it just so happens that this quilt has a three inch hole, so I can see the batt itself. Pure white, even after being so unthoughtfully used, made from what appears to be cotton and ?. I was thinking polyester, but it does have a more shiny, softer, slippery feel than today's polys. So is it a rayon mix? The quilt is hand quilted by the piece.

I'm glad you shared the ad with us.

Carla, in central Texas, wishing I could share some of the snow back where I used to live in New York. 71F isn't so bad, though. <G>

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Date: Sat, 04 Jan 2003 13:05:11 -0500 From: "Pam Weeks Worthen" 

Hi folks,

What weather! 15" of snow on top of several earlier snow storms has left us with the kind of January I remember as a kid. Only now I don't like to shovel much!

Kris gave me permission to post the following. Email me if you have questions.

Happy New Year!

The NH Quilt Documentation Project, Phase II gets underway with a series of Documentation Days beginning in January, 2003. To raise money, Glendora Hutson who is on our board of directors, has given permission for the limited reproduction of a wonderful photograph in her collection. We are making it available through eBAy. Item #934673005 "Antique Reproduction Photo of Quilting Bee". There are currently 3 available, but the plans are to printĘ one more "run" in the near future.

Pam in NH where the skiing is great.....

 

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Date: Sat, 04 Jan 2003 16:31:04 -0500 From: Newbie Richardson <pastcrafts@erols.com> 

Pam, My family house is in the tiny northern NH village of Bath. Bath was very prosperous in the 18th and 19th century, and among other things was the legal center for Northern NH before the Civil War. Bath is on Rte. 302 between Woodsville and Lisbon - about 50 miles north of Hanover. Sometime in the 1980's the "Friends of Bath" put together an album/friendship quilt featuring all the historic buildings of the township - and there are many! The idea was to raffle it off to raise funds for the relief of the town needy. It was so stunning, that my mother (who did a block of our 1799 house) told them that she would give them $1000 NOT to raffle it. She felt that it was a town treasure that should stay in Bath. Someone else felt the same way and matched the donation, so it now hangs in the Congrgational Church. Our part of NH is still quite poor and far away ( 3 hrs from Boston). I am afraid that word of this wonderful quilt would not reach the documentation. Can you let me know when a documentation day will be held anywhere close? I have a feeling that there are some treasures in some of those old houses - but the documentation will have to go near to them to find them as so many of the villagers are on hard times and elderly. My folks are in their 80's and live in Virginia 10 months out of the year. However, I feel certain that Bev Woods, the town clerk, could figure things out. I also know that a similar quilt was made and hanging in the airport at Lebannon, NH ( services Hanover and White River Junction, Vt.) when I was last in the airport some 10 years ago. I guess that such "fundraising" quilts were popular in northen New England in the 1980's. Thanks, Newbie Richardson

 

 

 

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