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: Peggy Keirstead <pkeirstead@attbi.com>

Ditto Judy Kelius.

I had success with a quilt I made from Judy Mathieson's book. (I've not seen the cd.) She offers patterns with variations and in different sizes; all the tools you'll need for a great quilt.

Mariner's Compass Quilts: New Direction by Judy MathiesonIt's called Mariner's Compass: An American Quilt Classic, by Judy Mathieson, and it's a softcover book published by C & T Publishing in 1987; ISBN: 0-914881-11-6. I just checked amazon.com, and unfortunately the book is not currently available from them. You could try your public or guild library.  It was reissued as Mariner's Compass Quilts (click on the title to order.)

Have fun; it's a dynamo pattern; masculine, too, if you're making a quilt for a man or boy.

Peggy Keirstead


Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2003 23:53:08 -0500
From: "judygrow" <judygrow@rcn.com>

I did my block collecting in one fell swoop. I bought someone else's collection. I got about 120 different blocks, different sizes, different fabrics, all in one box, at an antiques store. They were full of mold and filthy dirty, so I took a week to soak them and then press them out. I stacked them, and every now and then I'd page through them, but felt that
this would ultimately be damaging to the blocks.

In an art supply store I found a sketch book of a large size -- it is upstairs and I am down and I can't remember if it was 16 x 20 or 18 x 24. Probably the former. Only a couple of the blocks were bigger than the pages and those I just folded back. The pages are spiral bound and are all acid free. First I pinned the blocks to the pages, then I basted them to
the pages. This was a much better solution.

Then I researched them in Brackman and the other block books and noted each name and source on the page next to the block. This is a fine solution to the problem of handling except for one thing.... Stacked with the paper, as they are, they are much thicker than the spiral binding, so the book looks like it is exploding.

What I need to find is some sort of binding that allows you to expand at the binding end as the thickness of the pages expands, like some of the better photo albums. But for the time being this is working for me.

Judy in Ringoes, NJ

> Does anyone on the list collect quilt blocks? Do you collect them for their
> fabrics or pattern names? Do you organize them in any way, such as keeping
> them in note books?


Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2003 22:29:21 -0800
From: Anne Copeland <anneappraiser1@juno.com>

My auntie sent me a newspaper clipping on yearlong activities in Northhampton, Mass. that focus on the Northhampton silk industry. The current exhibition is "Class Act on Main Street," an exhibit of silk fashions and industries at historic Northhamptom's museum. In March, there will be an exhibit on the industrial history of its mills and mill
workers and the Smith College Art Museum will open an exhibit on "Silk in New England Society: 1730-1930." Smith College is also hosting a 3-day symposium from March 28-30 on modern silk production and the silk business today. If this information has already been posted, I apologize, for it is hard for me to always keep up with all the posts. Boy, this is one I wish I was able to attend. I hope they produce some sort of book from it. The town of Northhampton has had children rearing silkworms and they have raised some 3,000.

I wish my auntie knew about newspaper clippings, for I am sorry to say she didn't include the resource, but it is an Associated Press article, so should be in some other papers too. I hope some of you get to visit it and give us some good reports. This is so exciting! I once gave a talk on the history of silk production, and managed to get silkworms from
a place that raises them for study, so each person at the lecture got his/her own silkworm. I also got a neat book from the Silk Association that contains samples of unspun silk of all kinds. It is just beautiful.

I am so interested in how fabrics are made and their history. I have a very old and out of print book, Cotton As a World Power: A Study in the Economic Interpretation of History, James A.B. Scherer, (New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company), 1916. When I got it, I paid about $2.50 for it! Quite a bargain!!! Peace and blessings, Annie

Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 10:01:51 +0200
From: Ady Hirsch <adamroni@netvision.net.il>

>Greetings QHL friends,
>I've been planning to make a quilt that is either chips & whetsones or
>Mariners Compass. While I've
>been looking at both of these patterns I'm kind of baffled as to what
>the difference is. Seems like they are similar except perhaps a circle
>in the center or the "star" in the center. Also I've seen several
>patterns and while I know the pieced one is more difficult I wonder if
>this pattern would be easier to do
>with foundation/paper piecing. I haven't seen any patterns for the
>12"/16" compass and would appreciate it if anyone can refer me to a book
>or pattern. Thanks so much!
>Susan in Sunny Spokane Washington.....

Hi all
Just my 2 cents worth - while foundation piecing is certainly much faster and more precise, I presonally feel that the resulting quilts are too harsh - the lines are too sharp, and the general feel (for me) is rather cold and mechanical. Albeit a hand piecer by choice, I can appreciate machine piecing, but if you're looking for the softer look of antique quilts, I at least think that FPP would not yield the desired effect. Just my
Ady in Israel


Quilts by Paul Pilgrim: Blending the Old and NewDate: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 06:00:53 -0500
From: "Judy Kelius (judysue)" <judysue@ptd.net>

Do you have the book Blending the Old and the New: Quilts by Paul Pilgrim?
(AQS) He would take assorted blocks and make sampler quilts from them - I
haven't tried this but the book has some neat ideas.  (Click on the title to order.)  


Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 07:28:57 -0700
From: "BOBBIE A AUG" <qwltpro@msn.com>

There is a paper pieced Chips and Whetstones on the cover of Quilt Blocks
X Nine and a Mariner's Star, also paper pieced in the book too. AQS, 20
02. by Bobbie Aug and Sharon Newman.



Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 08:19:56 -0800
From: "Laurette Carroll" <rl.carroll@verizon.net>

Judy, this is what I was thinking of doing. The photo album places have the
large albums that are archival quality. However I think I might miss being
able to take them out and fondle them at will.
thanks, Laurette


Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 08:30:38 -0800
From: "Laurette Carroll" <rl.carroll@verizon.net>

> Do you have the book Blending the Old and the New: Quilts by Paul Pilgrim?
> (AQS) He would take assorted blocks and make sampler quilts from them - I
> haven't tried this but the book has some neat ideas.

Hi Judy,
Yes, I do have that book. He took old blocks and added new elements and made
some wonderful quilts. Not samplers, they were nicely designed innovative


Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 13:20:49 -0500

One of my distributors uses long lengths of big bubble-wrap (1" bubbles) to
cushion boxes of picture frame moulding. This stuff is 8" wide by 12
or more feet long. Does anyone know if the plastic used in bubble wrap
is the bad off-gassing kind or the inert kind? I am thinking that it would make
great stuffing for the folds of quilts if it wouldn't do terrible things to

I have a virtually endless supply -- it comes in on a weekly basis.
And of course, if I didn't give in to my NEED to pop the bubbles it wouldn't
crush down as tissue does.

Judy in Ringoes, NJ


Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 13:32:00 -0500
From: "judygrow" <judygrow@rcn.com>

I found this information on the Sealed Air web site. Isn't polyethylene the
good plastic?

>Wherever possible, we suggest you reuse Sealed AirŽ air cellular
cushioning material. Sealed Air utilizes a >manufacturing process that
co-extrudes a nylon barrier with the polyethylene for better air retention which
>increases its useful life expectancy.

Judy in Ringoes, NJ


Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 18:58:36 -0000
From: "Sally Ward" <sallytatters@ntlworld.com>

Just for you, Judy, try this..... <G>


Sally W in UK


Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 16:54:04 -0500
From: Debby Kratovil <kratovil@his.com>

>These blocks are MUCH easier done with foundation piecing. Judy Mathieson's
>book on Mariner's Compass is wonderful, and even better is her CD - if you
>have that, you can print foundations for any size compass in any variation.
>Both are published by C & T.

QuiltPro is the software publisher for Judy's CD of Mariner's Compass patterns (130 in all, can you believe it!). Just wanted to add that slight correction in case someone may want to look for the CD. I think for $29.95, that's a lot of patterns for resizing and printing. It would take a lifetime to make them all. I prefer to paper piece these sorts of blocks so that my points would remain really, really sharp. It first appeared in the Kansas City Star newspaper in 1931. I'm not sure about the debut date for the Ladies Art Company. I have redrafted it myself in QuiltPro (it was published on one of the Kansas City Star CDs) and it is a nice looking block. Maybe I'll print it myself and sew it this rainy and dreary
weekend ..... snow starts tonight I think (ha, ha - for Atlanta - everyone is in a near panic). Debby

Debby (with a "y" and not "ie") Kratovil
Quilter by Design


Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 12:35:16 -0000
From: "Sally Ward" <sallytatters@ntlworld.com>

Can anyone help me? I've been searching all the repro fabric sites I  can find for a particular fabric and had no luck. If anyone has seen  anything like it, or passes it one day while browsing <G>, can they let  me know privately at Sallytatters@ntl.com. I want something with a very  pale warm cream background, and a very small blue dot. There are  examples on pages 133 and 86 of Eileen Trestain's Dating Fabrics book.  So far I've only found one blue dot, but the background was too dark.






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