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Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 08:17:04 -0600 From: "Carla Toczek" <CToczek@hot.rr.com>

I've yet to report an ebay find to the group, but when I saw this one today I knew it was worth mentioning. I enjoy seeing quilts which haven't appeared in media before and now I wonder if this is one of them

Very lovely and original. Hope I got the link right.

Carla Toczek, Texas


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Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 09:56:16 EST From: RBCochran@aol.com

Sondra's earlier post referred to Florence Peto's American Quilts and Coverlets in regard to male quilters, including Charles Pratt of Philadelphia. Yes, Mr. Pratt is best known for his Ninety and Nine quilt and his Ruth and Naomi quilt. The Ninety and Nine was probably made circa 1930 and was exhibited by Florence Peto at more than 200 lectures. At his death, it was given to Florence and today remains in the Peto family. The Ruth and Naomi quilt was given to Elizabeth Richardson, a friend and correspondent of Peto's. Emma Andres of Arizona, another friend and correspondent, made a duplicate of the Ruth and Naomi quilt. There's more info about this in the Arizona state book

The other quilt mentioned in Sondra's post was the Civil War Soldier quilt. It is now in the collection of the Shelburne Museum

And don't forget that Peto's first book, Historic Quilts published in 1939, has a chapter on quilts designed and made by men

--Rachel in NJ


Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 19:45:29 -0500 From: "judygrow" <judygrow@rcn.com>

The February 2003 issue of "The Magazine Antiques" just arrieved in my mailbox, and there is a wonderful article on page 70 by Lynne Zacek Bassett, and independent scholar who is currently the costume specialist at the Connecticut Historical Society.

three of the 11 are "T" quilts and one is bordered on 3 sides by the most wonderful (looks like) macrame scalloped fringe. Many combine piecing and stencilling, but none include applique. There is one quilt that looks for all the world like an applique oak leaf and reel applique pattern, but it is all stenciling. Although most are dated to the late 1830's one is dated as possibly as late ass 1850.

The quilts (or bedcovers, as some are not quilted or even backed) are from the collections at Sturbridge Village, Colonial Williamsburg, Winterthur, Historic Deerfield, American Textile History Museum, Shelburne Museum, and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center.

The article covers 7 pages and illustrates 11 stenciled bedcovers in full color, some with close-up details. If you don't subscribe it would be worth it to go to your local Borders or B&N and buy a copy. $5.00 US, $7.00 Canada.

At least once every couple of years this fine magazine does a wonderful article on textiles of some kind. Other articles in this issue are on Gainsborough portraits, Charleston furniture, and silver flatwear

Look for the teddibly, teddibly aristocratic lady (Ann Ford, later Mrs

Philip Thicknesse circa 1760) in the white dress with white ruched appliqued decoration and yellow ribbons and buckled high-heeled shoes, black jet beaded jewelry ( choker, earrings, 2 bracelets, and hair net) with a lute in her lap. It could be garnets -- can't tell for sure, but she is as embellished as she could possibly be.

What kind of bed covering would this elegant lady have slept under?

Judy in Ringoes, NJ judygrow@rcn.com


Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 00:35:20 EST From: Kittencat3@aol.com

The quilt seminar at Historic Deerfield will take place September 12-14, 2003. Here's the lineup:

International Quilt Symposium: In Search of Origins: Old World Sources for Quilts and Quilting, 1400-1800.

An Moonen, Independent Scholar, Holland; Kathryn Berenson, Independent Scholar, France/USA; Rosemary Crill, Victoria and Albert Museum; Thessy Schoenholzer-Nichols, Independent Scholar, Italy; Dorothy Osler, Independent Scholar, United Kingdom; Maggie Lidz, Winterthur Museum; Deborah Kraak, Independent Scholar, Delaware; Linda Baumgarten, Colonial Williamsburg; Lynne Bassett, Independent Scholar, Connecticut Historical Society; and Edward F. Maeder, Historic Deerfield. *


Lisa Evans


Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 07:48:02 -0500 From: "smcquistion" <smcquistion@prodigy.net>

Hi, Is there a web address or contact address for this symposium? This will be wonderful. Thanks, Sharon McQuistion


Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 08:00:52 -0600 From: Barbara Woodford <haq@galenalink.net>

New Flash! Run, do not walk, to the nearest The Magazine Antiques

There is a great article on Stenciled Bedcovers by Lynne Zacek Bassett.

Barbara Woodford


Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 10:05:53 EST From: KareQuilt@aol.com

I saw a blurb in a quilt newsletter yesterday that said most sewing machines require oiling after every 8 hours of sewing. I haven't done much sewing the past 15 years but just inherited a wonderful machine that sews like butter....compared to what I was used to 15 years ago. I don't want to "mis-use" it. Does this so-called "oiling requirement' apply to most modern machines? I think mine is a White and is about 7-8 years old

Karen Alexander


Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 16:57:01 -0500 From: Pat and Jim <jimpat@attbi.com> To: 

Hello, folks:

I was in Deerfield, MA just this week to see the "Telltale Textiles" quilt exhibit. Although I had seen some of the quilts previously, I didn't mind viewing them again. They are memorable ones. Calamanco wool quilts seem to be in vogue for display this year. I was impressed that someone had sketched the patterns of quilting of some of those quilts for easier discernment of the motifs. Lynne Bassett did a great job of curating. Kudos! The exhibition catalog will not be available until the end of the year.

This exhibit will run until March of 2004, so you have plenty of time to get on a bus, take a train, board a plane, or rent a motorcycle to come to New England. Historic Deerfield has a charm and an ambience you won't want to miss. For those coming to the Symposium, you are in for a treat. New England is not to be missed in the fall, and the meeting has a terrific line-up of quilt world notables. So, mark your calendars now for Sept. 12-14. Heavens, you'd think this was a paid announcement. Well, you get the idea..........

Pat Cummings


Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 18:00:32 EST From: KareQuilt@aol.com To: QHL@cuenet.com 

Val, LOL. I just hooted when I read your closing tag about a sewing machine being a piece of cake compared to the helicopters you used to fix. Right now my biggest problem is that this lovely machine is 2000 miles from where I live. I only get to use it summers when my husband works from the island, and for a couple of weeks in December. Judi, thank you for your warning about using a drop of oil if I don't use it for prolonged periods of a time, like 3 weeks or more. I have thought of flying back and forth with it, but it seems to me it would be too difficult to bring a sewing machine of that size back and forth on a plane. Anyone have experience with that?

Karen Alexander


Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 15:18:50 -0800 From: "Julie Silber" <quiltcomplex@starband.net> 

Hello All, Do any of you wonderful QHL'ers know when variegated embroidery thread was first available? I'm trying to date a crazy quilt with lots of it. Thanks, Julie Silber






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