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Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2003 21:09:34 -0500 From: "judygrow" <judygrow@rcn.com> To: "Quilt 

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category2221&item936167363

""IMPORTANT STENCILLED BIRDS MEDALLION QUILT ~ RARE
This quilt we found recently, about a month ago, it came from a house in Northhampton County Pennsylvania. It's a RARE quilt and I haven't ever seen a quilt made like this before. On first inspection, it reminded me of the old Fraktur art with the birds. The entire design is done with ink. At first I thought all hand drawn, but on closer look you will notice repeats of the designs so I think it was made using a stencil. I am told that this type of work is RARE to find on a quilt. I think the maker first made a stencil and traced the entire design. Later, they went over the design using probably a quill with ink. When examining the quilt, you will notice the start and stop marks made by the quill. Other areas of the birds are colored in with red paint, similar to Fraktur style drawings.



click  on the thumbnail to see this up close The center of the quilt is designed as a medallion and surrounded by wheels with birds. The edges have a dogtooth border of early 19th century calico on 3 sides. The back has a coarse weave, which I think could be homespun cotton. There is interesting hand quilting with hand prints and other motifs. I tried to find a date, since the quilting was unique, but didn't find one. Sometimes dates are hidden in the quilting. The birds and coloring are very similar to Fraktur drawing that is popular and highly collected in this area.

"" I had the quilt looked at many of my colleagues in the quilt business and we all agree that this is a one of a kind quilt. I have heard about Fraktur made quilts, but most of the time they consist of the Fraktur lettering. I haven't ever seen any with birds. I feel this quilt is EXTREMELY RARE and a true work of art that should be in a Museum. I have been asked to have the quilt photographed as a calendar quilt, I will give this information to the winner of the auction and also any provenance and personal information I have about the quilt. I do know where it was found and family name. This is a serious investment and if you need to know more about the quilt you're welcome to call us direct at (570) 620-1111. I am happy to answer all your questions and satisfaction is guaranteed on this sale.

Make it a RARE addition to your Museum......Curators are welcome to call.

MEASUREMENTS are 72 x 84 inches. There is hand quilting with 7-8 stitches per inch with interesting hand and motif quilting patterns. All hand-pieced and has thin batting.

CONDITION: No holes or tears. I don't think it was ever used or laundered. There is age spotting and yellowing throughout the quilt. More heavier on back. This quilt can be professionally cleaned, but I think it should be left as found. The ageing adds to the charm of the quilt. It all depends on your personal preference.

FABRICS: All cotton with cotton batting.

VINTAGE: Circa 1830-40s. Some of my quilt colleagues thought the quilt to be older, but I felt it was made about this time period.

Here's a quilt that Donna Vitale (gb-best) has up for sale. She calls it stencilled and found in Pa.

At first sight I think that perhaps it is a woodblock, with the red put on by had, and made in India. What do you experts think?

Of course unless we can eyeball the quilt face to face it is impossible to say for sure, but I'd be interested to hear what you think.

Judy in Ringoes, NJ judygrow@rcn.com

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Hi Judy, I did have the quilt looked at by many and I can tell you it's definitely not a quilt made from India. The designs were stenciled on and later traced over with a pen. If you look close at the quilt you will see the start and stop marks. The fabrics are early calicos. I am told probably English and I did have the quilt looked at by one of our list members. The back is coarse like a homespun fabric. I have been given lots of information about the quilt since it aired today and also who to have it appraised by. Which is my next step. I found the quilt locally. It came from Northampton County Pennsylvania. I also have the information on the family and a picture of the house it was found in. An old stonehouse from 1740s. We are doing more research on the family history. It was recommended to contact Annie Kemmerer Museum in Bethlehem  - Moravian history - their girls seminary there was started in the 1700s and they taught all types of painting and needlework and used birds and nature motifs in their work. 

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Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 09:33:48 -0500 From: "Candace Perry" 

This quilt is fascinating but I think the seller need not jump on the fraktur bandwagon...whenever people see birds in a PA German area it's all about fraktur! That is not a fraktur influenced design at all, and is not folky, IMHO. It is a more formal design that looks sort of mass produced to me (stamped, not stenciled?). The design isn't even reminiscent of printed fraktur designs, if that what the seller had in mind. It's a weird thing isn't it?

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Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 12:30:44 EST From: Cml791@aol.com To: QHL@cuenet.com 

This quilt is similar to 2 quilts in the New York State Historical Asso. in Cooperstown. The one most similar is used as the backing of an early pinwheel quilt c. 1800. We saw these on the trip we took during one of QHL's seminars. They are pictured in the association's 'Heritage' booklet, summer 1996.

They don't have the birds but are medallion style with urns and floral designs in black outline with some red. There are printed borders but can't see it too clearly.

Carolyn Miller, sunny Texas

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Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 13:54:45 -0500 From: "gb-best" <vitale@ptd.net> To: 

Email sent to me about the quilt....

"Two - re: the possibility of it being a woodblock printed spread from India - I've done some research since last evening and

ALL the printed spreads from India in the 17th and 18th centuries that I have found referenced, along with those which have photos, have multiple colors (not just the hand applied red on the birds) and are far more elaborate than yours. They are said to be printed on cotton, but do not specify linen, which as you know was used quite extensively in England and the colonies until less expensive woven cotton became more widely available and affordable.

Could this be a wood block printed fabric with the color added, made here in America as a copy of a more expensive spread seen in someone else's home? YES.

Also, the Indian birds are more exotic and tropical looking, not as simple as the red-winged "blackbird"? which was so common and a favorite bird to be depicted in pottery and other artwork from England and the colonies.

Oh! The Philadelphia fabric maker who printed the marvelous fabrics which were often cut up for chintz work, who Ben Franklin persuaded to come over from England , was John Hewson. Some of his work can be seen America's Quilts and Coverlets by Safford and Bishop.

Is this from India - I personally don't think so. Will keep on checking out further resources ........"

Regards,

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Date: Wed, 08 Jan 2003 16:29:24 -0500 From: Palampore@aol.com To: QHL@cuenet.com (Quilt Heritage List) Subject: Inked quilt Message-ID: <5B4B7480.7D93046A.02702681@aol.com> Content-Type: text/plain; charsetiso-8859-1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

I saw the quilt. It does look like it might be block printed, but from my experience from doing palampore research it didn't "say" India to me at all. I might be totally off kilter, but that is my gut opinion. But it was a most interesting quilt. I have never seen anything like it. Lynn Lancaster Gorges, New Bern, NC

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Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 23:34:08 -0800 (PST) From: Kris 

I am forwarding this on behalf of Pat Crews (pcrews@unlnotes.unl.edu)

Folks,

Register soon for the upcoming Wild by Design Symposium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Early bird registration ends on January 15; after that date registration fees increase. The complete program is listed below and detailed registration information is available on our website http://quiltstudy.unl.edu

I look forward to seeing you at the symposium. You won't want to miss this unique opportunity for dialogue.

Wild by Design Symposium University of Nebraska-Lincoln Program Schedule

Thursday, February 27, 2003 > > 1:30 p.m. Shuttle departs from > Embassy Suites Main Entrance, > 1040 P Street > 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Pre-symposium > tour of IQSC > 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Shuttles depart > from IQSC and return to > Embassy Suites > > Keynote Address > 7:00 p.m-8:00 p.m. Miriam Schapiro, > Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery > 12th and R Streets > 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Reception and > viewing of Wild by Design > Exhibition, > Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery >

Friday, February 28, 2003 > > 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Registration, > UN-L City Union; Regency B - > Room 206 > > Concurrent Sessions > 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Session 1 UN-L > City Union; Regency A - > Room 207 > Staking a Claim > Kari Ronning, Session > Chair > Wild Women in Fiction > Judy Elsley > Ladies' Work and > Messages of Defiance > Joyce Stalker > The Life, Death & > Resurrection of Sunbonnet Sue > Carla Tilghman > From Under the Covers: > Feminism & the Art Quilt > Movement > Kathy Weaver > > Session 2 UN-L City > Union; Auditorium - Room > 211 > Fabric Art of the Indus > Peter Bleed, Session > Chair > Quilts of India: > Traditional and Contemporary > Practices > Cindy Gould > South Asian Quilting > Traditions > Linda L. Beeman > Design in Ralli Quilts > of Pakistan and India > Patricia Stoddard > Sami Textiles of the > Southern Thar Desert > John Gillow > > > > Session 3 UN-L City > Union; Regency C - Room 202 > Healing and Meaning > Diane Vigna, Session > Chair > Learning Hands: Growth > through the Activity of > Craft > Marilyn Luecke > and Lynda Crane > Piecing a Quilt of Life > Dottie Moore > More Than Meets the Eye > Sharon Relkey > Quilts that Care > D Wood > > 10:30 a.m. Break > UN-L City Union; > Regency B - Room 206 and Fischer > Lounge - Room 201 > > 11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion > UN-L City Union; Auditorium - > Room 211 > Ellen Dissanayake, > > Michael James and Janet Berlo > > 12:30 p.m. Luncheon UN-L City > Union; Georgian Suite - Room > 241 > > Concurrent Sessions > 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Session 1 > UN-L City Union; Auditorium - > Room 211 > Worlds Together > Carolyn Ducey, Session > Chair > Fabrications: > (Re)constructing Africa > Yolanda Hood > The Painting Connection > Cynthia Nixon > European Art Quilts > Almuth Schröder > > Session 2 UN-L > City Union; Regency C - Room > 202 > Unique Linkages > Barbara Trout, Session > Chair > A Quilt Too Big to > Ignore: The Making of the Hive > Project > Patricia > Autenrieth > Looking at Quilt Design > Through the Lens of Science > Maura Flannery > Quilting as an > Educational Tool in Architecture > Valerie S. > Goodwin > > Session 3 UN-L City > Union; Regency A - Room 207 > Dreamers and > Visionaries > Alison Stewart, Session > Chair > Log Cabin Pattern and > Paul Klee > Radka Donnell > Marjorie MacKenzie King > Anne Lambert > Lester Raymer: Banners > & Sun Quilt > Phyllis Moore > Own Work > J. Bruce Wilcox > > 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Shuttles depart > from UN-L City Union; Main > Entrance on R Street > Robert Hillestad > Textiles Gallery, 35th and > Holdrege Streets on > East Campus Loop > > Lecture and Reception > 6:00 p.m. Radka Donnell > Robert Hillestad > Textiles Gallery, 35th and > Holdrege Streets on > East Campus Loop > > 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Shuttles depart from > Hillestad Textiles Gallery and > return to Embassy > Suites > > Dinner on Your Own >

Saturday, March 1, 2003 > > 8:00 a.m.- 9:15 a.m. Registration, > UN-L City Union; Regency B - > Room 206 > > Concurrent Sessions > 8:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Session 1 UN-L > City Union; Auditorium - > Room 211 > By Design > Wendy Katz, Session > Chair > Documenting the Design > Process in American Quilts > Laurel Horton > Folk Art Aesthetics and > American Art Quilts > Sandra Sider > Design Improvisation & > Adaptation in Amish Crib > Quilts > Janneken Smucker > Symmetry in Amish > Quilts > Linda Welters > > Session 2 UN-L City > Union; Regency A - Room 207 > Out of the > Mainstream > Lynn White, Session > Chair > Wild by Design Motifs > in Historic Australian Quilts > Annette Gero > Exotic Animal Designs > in American Quilts > Nao Nomura > Pictorial Quilts of > Victorian Tailors > Clare Rose > Subtly Wild: Exotic > Quilt Pattern Names in the > 1920s and 1930s > Marin F. Hanson > > Session 3 UN-L City > Union; Regency C - Room 202 > All Hands Around > Kathy Weaver and > Maureen Bardusk, Session > Organizers > Thematic Session ? The > Synergy of Collaboration > > 10:30 a.m. Break > UN-L City Union; > Regency B - Room 206 and Fischer > Lounge - Room 201 > > Plenary Session The Land of Counterpane > 11:00 a.m. . Ellen > Dissanayake, UN-L City Union Auditorium > - Room 211 > > 12:30 p.m. Great Plains Art > Collection-Christlieb Gallery, > 1155 Q Street > Reception and viewing > of the Midwestern Amish crib > quilt collection > > 1:30 p.m. Shuttle departs from > Great Plains Art Collection - > Christlieb Gallery, > 1155 Q Street > 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Post-symposium > tour of IQSC. > 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Shuttles depart from > IQSC and return to Embassy > Suites > > ******************************************************** > Patricia Cox Crews, Ph.D. > Professor and Director > International Quilt Study Center > Dept. of Textiles, Clothing & Design > 234 HE Building > P.O. Box 830838 > University of Nebraska-Lincoln > Lincoln, NE 68583-0838 > PHONE: 402/472-6342 > FAX: 402/472-0640 > pcrews@unl.edu

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Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2003 08:26:21 -0500 From: Jane Hall <jqhall@earthlink.net> To: 

Hello from North Carolina....I realized that maybe some of you don't know about the NCQuilt Symposium which will be held in Raleigh, May 29-June1 2003, at Peace College. This is a national/regional conference with probably 500 students, 20 teachers, Quilt Show and Vendors. Brochures are being mailed out this next week, and will be on our website in about two weeks. Nccapitalquiltersguild.org/NCQS03/default.htm Y'all come! Jane Hall

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Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2003 09:08:36 -0500 From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> To: Qhl l

Will anyone from this list be attending the annual quilt and nationial competition show at Lake Farmpark, Kirtland OH [Cleveland area] between Feb.14 - Mar.26? I would enjoy meeting you. Ami Simms of Flint MI and Ellen Anne Eddy of Chesterton IN will be featured artists. If they are on this list, would also enjoy meeting you. If they are not members, can anyone tell me their specialties.

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Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2003 09:15:53 -0600 From: "Dale/Jean Carlton" <djcarlton@att.net> To: 

Hi all, I posted some time ago with a question about the 'prosperity quilt' - the one with various figures peeking around the corner based on HH quote , "prosperity is just around the corner" with the farmer block in the middle. I finally saw the set of blocks today in person, partially completed and a folder of paper patterns of all the figures - the maker was using as identical fabrics to the original as possible. This packet of 'old stuff' was handed down to a client. Does anyone know if a pattern of that quilt was ever published anywhere? Otherwise, the maker must have had some access to tracing the designs from the quilt. Just curious. Anyone else seen this quilt done other than the original? Jean Carlton MN quilt appraiser

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Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2003 12:22:43 -0500 From: "gb-best" <vitale@ptd.net> To: 

Hi Candice,

I wrote the quilt reminded me of the old Fraktur drawings that are  popular in PA not that it was a Fraktur quilt or definitely Fraktur  work. It just looked similar to me because I see so much Fraktur work.

I have updated the listing to read possibly a block made printed quilt.  I wasn't sure what type of quilt this was since I haven't ever seen a  quilt made this way. I knew it was quite rare.

I believe it was made using a block and printed with ink. I also think  it was later traced over and the red added to the birds. There are many  start and stops on the ink lines and it looks like it was traced over.

One person suggested India block import, but the birds in those type of  quilts are more exotic and also the designs are more intricate.

The quilt was found at a Pennsylvania estate. The family name was Gum,  in Wind Gap.

Any information that can be offered is greatly appreciated.

Donna Marie

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Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2003 14:47:45 -0500 From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com> To: 

As Carolyn mentioned, the two textiles similar to the ebay auction are pictured in the New York State Historical Association's magazine, Heritage, summer 1996 issue. Both are identified as block printed linen. One is the back of a pinwheel quilt dated ca. 1774-1810, marked SB, found in York, PA, purchased from Florence Peto in 1849. The other, called a table cover, is described as ca. 1800, attributed to Dan Pratt (1787-1813), Prattsburgh, NY, "this decorated fabric is nearly identical to the backing of the pinwheel quilt...and was undoubtedly produced by the same hand." The NY Hist. Assoc. is in Cooperstown, NY. The phone # is (607) 547-1400. Donna might want to check it out. Cinda on the warm and sunny Eastern Shore

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Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2003 19:46:57 -0500 From: Lesters <jeanlester@ntown.com> To: 

Quilting related?? Of course! A friend's daughter is doing a science project in determining blood dissolving properties of saliva and who has the enzymes and who doesn't. In Bees, we have always known that this is our most handy way of dissolving blood stains but I don't know the scientific explanations. Is there some really scientific person, on the list, that can help? Name of enzyme? How does it work? What percentage of people produce it?

Thanks for any help!

Jean

 

 

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