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Subject: Block name - information, please. From: "Celia Eddy" <celia.eddy@btinternet.com> Date: Thu, 

Hello, everyone,

In Maggie Malone's 10001 Patchwork Patterns there's a Five-patch block = she calls OMBRE. It's not in Brackman or Beyer and I wonder if anyone has a provenance for it, or an alternative name?

An information appreciated,


Celia Eddy www.quilt.co.uk


Subject: Re: Block name - information, please. From: Xenia Cord <xenia@legacyquilts.net> Date: Thu, 

In Brackman, the block that Malone calls Ombre is #1878 Handy Andy (Finley). The set is half-square triangle units, 4 in each corner, set with a vertical and horizontal dividing strip and a square in the center. The strips in the Brackman illustration are solid, and in Malone they are squares pieced together.



Subject: Re: Patchwork blocks From: "Celia Eddy" <celia.eddy@btinternet.com> 


In Maggie Malone's 10001 Patchwork Patterns there's a Five-patch block she calls OMBRE. It's not in Brackman or Beyer and I wonder if anyone has a provenance for it, or an alternative name?

An information appreciated,



Subject: Re: Block name - information, please. From: "Celia Eddy" <celia.eddy@btinternet.com> Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2003 15:48:11 +0100 X-Message-Number: 5

Thanks, Xenia. I can see the relation to Finlay's Handy Andy, but the coloring of the Malone version produces a completely different block, to my way of looking at it. Interesting. And I still wonder where she got the name Ombre from! French for 'shadow' seems along way off anything the block suggests.

Anyway, I'm making a little quilt with the Malone verion and shall call t - OMBRE! Thanks again, Celia


Subject: RE: Kettlecloth From: "Barbara Vlack" <cptvdeo@inil.com> Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2003 06:55:38 

In the early 70s, I think a lot of my homemade wardrobe was made with kettlecloth. It was a wonderful bottom and dress-weight fabric that came in many colors and prints. In 1976 I made my brother and his bride a scrap quilt out of kettlecloth. It was in the days when I didn't know any better about how to make a quilt. The top was large squares of my kettlecloth clothing scraps, the backing was kettlecloth, and I tied it with a double polyester batt. At the time I was so proud. But the double batt, used double for fluff, proved to be way too warm, even in Denver winters.

What's now left of this quilt is a partial shell with singed edges, after an apartment fire many years ago claimed just about everything. I've looked at the piece of the quilt that survived, edges not only singed but melted, and I have laughed at my nave attempt to make this quilt. I had no idea that kettlecloth could have any "historical" significance for the period of time it was available and popular, though I was disappointed when it went out of production. I still have some yardage, I think, probably bought with an (outdated) intended use for play clothes. Remarkable thing is that the colors are still good! I wonder if it's the polyester thing that kept them bright.

Barb Vlack cptvdeo@inil.com


Subject: kettle cloth From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> Date: Fri, 06 Jun 

Following up on Weavers Cloth/Harvest Cloth -- I received a call from Springs Industries today regarding some questions I had about its line which so meticulously duplicates the never-to-be-had-again Kettle Cloth right down to the last nub. Harvest Cloth is available at all chains such as Joannes and Walmart. The natural and dyed colors have a soft finish and textured feel and look while the white is calendered and considerably different in texture and appearance. Ask for fabric by Weavers Cloth name as sales persons probably won't recognize Harvest Cloth. And, very important, this is not second-line fabric. I also learned why I did not like the white weaver's cloth I bought several years ago at Joanne's and was so disappointed in its appearance and properties after washing. Several years ago Joanne's dropped the line and used a similar cloth nowhere near the quality of Springs fabric. It has now resumed stocking the real Weavers Cloth.


Subject: Final price on Quaker album quilt blocks From: "Judy Kelius (judysue)" 

I didn't get to the live auction but the results are posted on eBay - these quilt blocks brought $5500! (The preauction estimate was $1000-$2000, which I thought was low.) I'm sure these are Quaker - they were presented to a woman named Jeanes, a Quaker name, and these kind of friendship blocks were very common among Delaware Valley Quakers. They were purchased by someone at the auction.

By the way, although I wasn't home when these were sold, you can watch the results of the auction live on your computer. Fascinating . . . each item is shown on your screen with the bid progress showing in a separate box. You can bid from your computer.

If someone missed what I am talking about, just put 2174105583 in the eBay search box.


Subject: Question for Appraisers From: "Avalon" <malthaus@idcnet.com> Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2003 

Now that more reproductions of Jane Stickle's quilt are being completed, does this increase the value of the original quilt made by Jane Stickle?

As the patterns are now available for the Salinda Rupp quilt to be reproduced, the same situation with the value of this original will happen with Salina's quilt.



Subject: Re: Final price on Quaker album quilt blocks From: Barb Garrett <bgarrett@fast.net> Date: 

Thank you Judy for watching the auction and telling us the final price. The blocks are Beautiful -- and I do mean that with a capital B <grin>. I was unable to stay for the auction, but I was fortunate to be able to spend 1 1/2 hours with the blocks this morning -- from 7 am to 8:30 during the preview -- studying and memorizing them <grin> -- and nobody else was looking at them so it was wonderful <grin>. I just kept sorting through them -- looking and comparing. The stitches are smaller than tiny -- like perforations on a sheet of paper -- that close together. The seamstress had to reposition the applique on 2 blocks (POLK name and star flowers) -- and the stitching holes were visible where the applique was first attached.

There are 2 place names mentioned on 2 different blocks -- Philadelphia and Kennet Square -- a location in Chester County (now spelled Kennett) which has a large and long standing Quaker population. Dates range from 1844 to 1849. Family names include Holt, Bready, Worthington, Tyson, Lafferts, Swain, Hallowell, Wells, Kimball, Livingston, Howel, Rapson, Griffith, Kimbel. Both ladies' and mens' names are inscribed. A large variety of red prints was used -- most with very small motifs -- about 1/2 inch or less. I agree with Judy -- all indicators that the blocks are probably Quaker.

Barb in southeastern PA Who feels very blessed to live in "Quilt Country" <grin>


Subject: Re: Final price on Quaker album quilt blocks From: ARabara15@aol.com 

Hi all, Yes they were presented to a Quaker woman from Phila Pa. They also had a sampler made by her and a crewel work pillow done after her marriage. The blocks brought that price because of their political significance.One block had Polk appliqued to it and several others had eagles and political sayings. A collector of political memorabilia and antiques purchased the blocks and YES they will be kept together-they seem to be in very good hands. Regards, Donald Brokate


Subject: Re: Question for Appraisers From: "judygrow" <judygrow@patmedia.net> 

Can anyone tell me about this Salinda Rupp quilt? Is it one of the sampler quilts from Pa with all the blocks in diamond patterns? Anyone know where I can see a photo of it?

I did a google search for "Salinda Rupp quilt" with no results beyond geneology.


Subject: Re: Question for Appraisers From: "Karan Flanscha" <SadieRose@cfu.net> 

Judy and others interested, Here are some notes that have appeared on the Dear Jane list regarding Salinda Rupp's quilt, and a new pattern book by Liz Lois, "Nearly Insane" based on Salinda's quilt:

This came from the author:

Thanks for your interest in my book. It is available for a cost of $28.80, which includes the shipping. It should also be available through your local quilt shops, they may have to check with their distributors. I just featured my book at the latest quilt market in Portland in May. if you would like to order from me: Send payment to:

Liz Lois loislane@tds.net 26424 60th St. Salem, WI 53168 I can also do credit card via the phone 1-262-642-4777

I attended an open house at the quilt shop owned by the quilter, Liz Lois, that reproduced the Salinda Rupp quilt and self-published a book, "Nearly Insane", which contains the patterns for this quilt.

Liz followed the progress of my Dear Jane quilt as I followed the progress of her "Nearly Insane" quilt. All the quilts that are pictured in the book were at the open house. Fabulous! and would catch the eye of any Janiac. :)

The quilt was owned by American Hurrah in NY, NY, but was sold to a private collector several years ago.

Liz Lois's email is : loislane@tds.net The shop is Quilt Emporium in East Troy, WI. 262-642-4777

All of the quilts (6) will be hanging at the Crazy Quilter's show in June in Elkhorn, WI. for anyone that is within driving distance.

It has a picture of Liz Lois in front of the quilt.

I kept seeing posts about Liz's book and read the blurb about it being inspired by an antique quilt and wondered where I'd seen this quilt before. I pulled out some of my quilt book collection and spotted it in "The Ultimate Quilting Book" by Maggie McCormick Gordon published in 1999 by Collins and Brown. A 2 page photograph of the quilt is found on the Introduction page and the blurb reads: This sampler quilt made in PA about 1865 has 85 different blocks, many of them unique, set on point. The simple beige geometric print used to make the sashing, which is necessary to define each block, also forms the outer border.

The fabric used in the blocks is very similar to Anita Shackleford's PA Palette.

I "googled" Salinda Rupp and found nothing, but after I saw the Nearly Insane Quilt, I found Salinda's original quilt in the Quilt Engagement Calendar, 1999, pl. 10 and on the cover. I also found a similar sampler quilt made ca. 1880 by Barbara Bucher Snyder, also of Lancaster County, and a diamond sampler attributed to Barbara's mother, Fanny S.Bucher, ca. 1860. The latter two quilts are in Figs. 218 and 219 of Quilting Traditions by Patricia T. Herr, Schiffer Publishing, 2000.


Subject: Re: Question for Appraisers From: "Avalon" <malthaus@idcnet.com> Date: 

There is a picture in Quilt Masterpieces, page 26.

Sampler by Salinda Rupp Pieced cotton 88X87&3/4" c1870. Lancaster County, Penn. Formerly in the Collection of America Hurrah Antiques, NY.



Subject: What an exciting project From: "judygrow" <judygrow@patmedia.net> 

Thanks Karan,

I've just spoken to Liz and ordered the book, which she is sending out this afternoon. I'm so excited to see it! It sounds like such an wonderful project. Six women used the blocks drawings Liz made to make their own quilts, but in individual color ways, and they are all photographed in the book, along with the original.

I own a 19th century Penna. sampler quilt from the same period and region as the Rupp quilt, and have about half of the blocks in mine drawn out in EQ. Glad someone stuck to the project.

Judy in Ringoes, NJ judygrow@patmedia.net




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