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Subject: Re: Penna. sampler quilts From: Gaye Ingram <gingram@tcainternet.com> 

Judy,

Since all of us don't have all the books/calendars you listed for quilts by and like Salina Rupp quilt, do you think you could use that new digital camera and post pics to list?

These are so exciting. But not insane at all. Now, that British-looking quilt struck me as heading toward schizophrenia, but not these. What beauties!

Wishing I lived in Pennsylvania for a while, Gaye

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Subject: Mennonite Sampler quilts From: Trishherr@aol.com Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2003 

Great to see the discussion of the Mennonite Sampler quilts. There are actually a number of related ones that have turned up over the years. The person that has kept closest track of them is Clarke Hess, the author of the Mennonite Arts, published by Schiffer, the book I mentioned last week. He is a direct descendant of Barbara Snyder and Fanny Bucher Snyder. We had those quilts on exhibit at the Heritage Center Museum in 2000 and a related one way back in 1977 when I curated my first quilt exhibit there.

Thought you would like to know we are now over $980,000 towards our million dollars for the Esprit Collection! So close and now so much to be done! What a crazy wonderful year this has been thanks to many of you who have helped.

The idea of having those quilts seen again is great. When we have our new facilities that would be a wonderful way to make a splash. If you look in Clarke's and my books there are other quilts by Fanny and Barbara that are totally different but typical of Lancaster Mennonite pieces. Those Mennonite women were astounding quiltmakers--and still are.

Also for those who live in Southeastern Pennsylvania, you are all invited to celebrate with us (The Heritage Center Board of Trustees). We are having a party called "A New Lease for Downtown." We will be signing the lease officially to establish the Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum in the beautiful beaux arts Lancaster Trust Building at 37-41 North Market Street. The Party runs from 5:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday, July 1, 2003, with the signing at 6:00. Hors d' ouevres will be served. The building is in the same block as the present Museum building and Central Market, the downtown farmer's market.

RSVP by June 24 to The Heritage Center 717.299.6440.

Trish Herr

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Subject: Re: Penna. sampler quilts From: Slnquilts@aol.com

Judy, Do you own one of those sampler quilts too? Sharon Newman

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Subject: Re: Penna. sampler quilts From: Kittencat3@aol.com

Further info on the quilt conference at Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts is now available:

Dates - September 12-14

Cost - $340 for members, $365 for non-members

Agenda - currently includes workshops on corded quilting, trapunto, 18th century paper piecing, as well as twelve lectures on subjects including Renaissance armor, Indo-Portuguese coverlets, Italian stuffed and corded work from the 17th century, and 18th century imported petticoats.

Extras: tented banquet, special viewing of the Deerfield quilt collection led by Lynne Bassett, and a reception at the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Contact info: Edward Maeder, Chair of the Curatorial Department and Curator of Textiles at 413/775-7202, or maeder@historic-deerfield.org.

Early registration is strongly encouraged.

I'm going - please e-mail me privately if you're interested so the QHLers could potentially get together. I'm local and can provide crash space on my sofabed, or give advice on local accommodations.

Hope to see some of you there - this one sounds great!

Lisa Evans Easthampton, MA

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Subject: Re: Penna. sampler quilts From: "judygrow" <judygrow@patmedia.net>

Sharon,

I don't know if I do or don't. Yes, I own the quilt I am sending along as an attachment. I was told it was made in Lebanon Pa -- close to the northern area of Lancaster county where the Bucher, Snyder and Rupp quilts were made.

I am hoping to find out more and am in conversation with Trish Herr who is putting me in touch with Clark Hess, a direct descendant of the makers of the Bucher and Snyder quilts and the man who wrote the book on "Mennonite Arts." He's the expert.

As you can see, my quilt is quite different in that it has no sashing. But, some of the blocks and block styles are remarkably similar to the attributed quilts. I think mine was made in the late '70's, and uses some much earlier fabrics along with the ubiquitous Pa. German colored fabrics.

Warmest regards,

Judy in Ringoes, NJ judygrow@patmedia.net

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Subject: Re: Penna. sampler quilts From: "judygrow" <judygrow@patmedia.net>

Sorry about that. My last was supposed to be a private response, and not go to the list. I know that attachments are forbidden on the list.

I not ready to publish this image. I know that Liz Lois bought the rights to the photo of the Salinda Rupp quilt in order to self-publish her book of patterns based on that quilt. Someone else owns the actual quilt. I am not quite sure how that works, but I am not ready to have someone else reproduce the quilt designs before I do, if I do.

The digital camera and Electric Quilt (or drawing programs) are wonderful tools for reproducing complexquilt patterns, even from photographs. I am gaining intimate knowledge of how they work.

By the way, I bought Liz Lois's book and am impressed with both her patterns and her reproduction quilt. Excellent job.

Judy in Ringoes, NJ judygrow@patmedia.net

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: June 15, 2003 From: Meredit300@aol.com

Thanks for letting me know about next March. If there is a list, please put me on it. I had such a great time in 2002. I am in Texas right now but not out and looking at quilts quite yet. I clumsily fell down steps and broke neck.....surgery is fine, recovering nicely;hate neck brace I wear 24 hours a day but that's life.

Meredith Rials

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Subject: New IQSC Book: "Wild by Design" From: solo57@worldnet.att.net

"Wild by Design "Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts" Edited by Janet Catherine Berlo andPatricia Cox Crews withcontributions by Carolyn Ducey, Jonathan Holstein and Michael James is out. Need I say more? Wow. I love the format. A dialogue accompanies each large plate of these 'off beat' quilts. What a wonderful treatment. I know it's available on the Quilt History page at QuiltWeb. http://www.quilthistory.com (click on books.)

Anita Grossman Solomon/NYC ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: introduction From: "Michael J Sedgley" <Mike@carol60.fsnet.co.uk>

Hello Everyone,

My name is Carole Sedgley and I am 59 years young and am very passionate about anything to do with Patchwork & Quilting. I have 5 children and 9 grandchildren with 2 on there way. I am at present doing Art & Design & Patchwork & Quilting City & Guilds at the Royal Duchy College at Cornwall.

I am very interested in the History of Quilts and decided that I would very much like to study this subject could you please give me some pointers on how best to begin.

I live in a little village in Cornwall called Kilkhampton which has two old country style pubs a fish & chip shop with a small bakery, butchers and two small grocery stores.

My husband is called Mike and he is very useful as if my sewing machine goes wrong he can fix it. He also takes an interest in any work either I or my friends do.

Well thats enough of me for now.

Look forward to hearing from you soon

Carole Sedgleh

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Subject: Re: introduction From: "Sally Ward" <sallytatters@ntlworld.com>

Hi Carole

Since you are in the UK, if you are interested in UK history you might like to join the Brit Based list BQHL at Yahoo groups. Also, the British Quilt Study Group has published four useful journals of papers presented at their annual conference whcih are available from the Quilters Guild. To join the group you have to be a member of the Quilters Guild, which makes it quite expensive. Books to start you off about the UK tradition would be the Guild's book 'Quilt Treasures' and Jan Rae's 'Quilts of the British Isles'. Your local library might have any of Averil Colby's or Dorothy Osler's books. The former are quite old now, but nothing better has been published recently. And start digging....do the rounds of your local museums and see what they've got in the way of textiles. They are unlikely to be ondisplay, but they often like volunteers to help with the 'housekeeping' ofre-folding quilts etc. The best way to learn is to handle as many quilts as possible.

Sally W (in Yorkshire)

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Subject: Re: New IQSC Book: "Wild by Design" From: "Carolyn K Ducey" <cducey@unlnotes.unl.edu>

Dear Anita,

Click on the book cover to orderThanks so much for your lovely comments on our new book "Wild by Design."We are so pleased with it, and I think the format is much more interestingthan others we've used in the past. The dialogue style gave us an opportunity to explore so many more aspects of each quilt. And Janet Berlowrote such a fascinating essay. I was so fortunate to have been a part of such a stellar group!

We all really appreciate your positive comments.  (Click on the book cover to order.)

Carolyn 

Curator International Quilt Study Center HE 234, Univ. of Nebraska Lincoln, NE 68583-0838 402/472-6301

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Subject: Re: Fire proofing From: Trimble4@aol.com

In a message dated 5/22/03 8:03:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time, jgkane84@hotmail.com writes:

<< I have no experience of fire proofing quilts, but recently bought an expensive, new, mattress! It smelt dreadful when unpacked from its plastic packaging, and continued to reek for days. When contacted, the manufacturers said this was the fire retardent and the smell "would wear off". I hate to think what the chemicals have done to the mattress, and our lungs.The mattress is,however, insured and is a 'thing' . I hate to think of quilt treasures receiving the same treatment. Jill >>

Hi Jill,

Just a couple of questions...what brand of mattress is it? And what state do you live in?

My DH is in the bedding industry, actually the machines that put together mattresses, and we were just discussing the difference in fireproofing laws.

Hope you don't mind me being nosy. :-) Thanks, Lori

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Subject: I'm back From: Trimble4@aol.com

Just a quick note to let you know that I have come back (for good, I hope) from the "hourglass hell" of an extremely temperamental computer.

To those of you who assumed that I had just blown you off (think of lint on the dryer here)...may I say that you are mistaken? I was just unable to correspond with you.

So please, please, please forgive me, dear friends. I've missed you! And now, I must go try to catch up (turned this on to find HUNDREDS of waiting emails)...

Lori Florida

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Subject: Re: NQR Exactly: History Books Available From: Trimble4@aol.com

Hi Maureen,

I am a little late getting to your post, but wonder if you still have any of your books available? If so, please let me know how much you want for them?

Thanks, Lori

Subject: Fireproofing quilts From: Anne Copeland <anneappraiser1@juno.com>

We just had a discussion on this on another list, and someone recommenced a substance that can be purchased commercially for fire proofing of textiles. Now I cannot remember the name of it, but I think if you look up fire proofing of textiles, it will come up. If not, I will try to find out again. it was not borax., but seemed to me that it had a "B" name. Peace and blessings, Annie

http://www.artquiltconsultant.com http://www.fiberartsconnsocal.org

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Subject: Re: Quilt History Books Available From: Anne Copeland <anneappraiser1@juno.com>

Hi Folks, This is Annie here. Today I just listed some of mine on Amazon.com but I also have some that will not sell there, and if I were to sell any, I could just unlist them on Amazon. I have many of the state books, and some that are out of print, and I have American Quilts by Elizabeth Wells Robertson. This is a very hard-to-get book.

Anyway, if anyone is looking for a particular book, or if you would like to write me privately, I will let you know what I have available.

I am selling them because I live in a mobile home and basically don't have room for them anymore. I am also unemployed, so this will help me.

All my books are in very good to excellent condition. Peace and blessings, Annie

http://www.artquiltconsultant.com http://www.fiberartsconnsocal.org

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Subject: fireproofing. From: Gloria Hanrahan <gloria@ak.net>

Anne, I kept those posts from the artquilt list. Here are the different suggestion. I hadn't realized someone was asking the question on a different list. They all run together after seeing so many familiar names or I would have posted. Sorry to whom ever posted the original question.

"Check with a local drapery company. They are required to fireproof all drapery that goes in commercial buildings. They have both sprays and dips that fireproof fabrics, linings, etc. Benton Bros Drapery in Birmingham, AL is an example of one of these."

"A few months ago while I was the administrative sub at an elementary school during the principal's surgery/recovery, the school had an inspection by the state fire marshal. Several early childhood teachers had valences, fabric pillows in rockers, etc. and there were window curtains in the cafeteria. The items either had to be removed or fireproofed. I was given a list of acceptable products, but, chose Flamex because it was highly recommended for schools, nursing homes, etc. It was easily applied with regular spray bottles and didn't harm the fabrics which, of course, were washable.. http://www.natfire.com/flame.retardant_fx.htm"

"Try Testfabrics Inc. http://www.testfabrics.com/ I've used them to flame retard drapery fabric for commercial buildings."

"You can't really fireproof fabric; you can retard or resist fire. (That's the old commercial property underwriter in me coming out!).

When you do Quilt Market or Festival you have to have your drapes and table covers fire-resistant. Some people use a home-made formula: 3 ounces boric acid, 7 ounces borax, 2 quarts hot water. Another formula I read was 2 parts borax to 1 part boric acid. Another 9 ounces borax, 5 ounces of boric acid and 1 gallon of hot water. All about the same proportions. That last recipe came from someone's fire department. Boric acid is available in the pharmacy, borax at the grocery. For washable fabrics, dip in the solutionand wring damp dry and then hang on the line to dry. For non washable (and this could be a finished quilt) spray until the surface is slightly dampened. Each time the item is cleaned it needs to be repeated. You can feel the difference in the fabric. The retardant fabric is a bit stiffer.

You can also purchase a coating product. I have Inspecta-Shield manufactured by NY Fire-Shield Inc. (no web site on the bottle) and the label notes that it meets California standards. This quart bottle cost me $20 and I bought it from the convention services decorating company at the Chicago Festival. When I did Market in Portland, they had a similar product that cost $80 a quart. I would try looking in the yellow pages underConvention Services and call some to see if they have a retarding product for sale. But call around, since as my example points out prices vary widely."

Gloria in Alaska

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Subject: FIRE RETARDANTS FYI From: DDBSTUFF@aol.com  6-21-03

If you do a Google search on "Fire Retardant Supplies", you'll get quite a list of suppliers.

Darwin

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In less than 48 hours on the weekend of June 7, I acquired a new grandson and a new son-in-law thanks to two different children. Definitely one of of the most exciting two days in my life. In the brief window of opportunity between visiting the hospital and dressing for the wedding, John and I stopped in an antique shop. I found a completed (except for a bit of embroidery) quilt top. It's American Beauty, Progress No. 1366. T.S.& G. Inc., N.Y.C. is also stamped on it. Size is 81" x 99". Xenia, or anybody, how about a hint on the date? It was John's idea that I quilt it for baby Jimmy's wedding which we probably will not be around to attend (we are pretty old already, after all). You gotta love a guy who thinks that way! Now, about Vermont: I'll be at Shelburne on Friday, the VQF on Saturday and Deerfield on Sunday. Who else will be sweltering along with me? Cinda finally back on the Eastern Shore but only until Wednesday a.m.

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Cinda, I am filing this along with other of your mailings that go in the file "INTREPID"! It includes the weekend you and your group navigated around a load of missiles in order to get to a meeting of FFV. What a woman!

I vote for assigning the quilt to the baby, though, you know, it might also have been an omen for the happy couple?

Gaye

P.S. Do you include the quilt find as a reason for this being "definitely one of the most exciting two days in my life"? >g>

 

 

 

 

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