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Quilters Find a way to care

I'm planning to be at Historic Deerfield, Thursday a.m. and at the VQF for the opening in the afternoon. Friday and Saturday, I'll be in Burlington and at the Shelburne. Hope to see some QHLers there. Cinda, I'll be looking for you at the Shelburne. sue reich, from Connecticut, where the sun is finally shining!!!

have a few more tidbits about "In Search of Origins: Quilts & Quilting from the Old World 1400-1800" at Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts -

1. The final price is $340 for Historic Deerfield members, $365 for non-members. The fee includes all lectures, a reception at the Smith College Museum of Art, a special viewing of the Historic Deerfield quilt collection conducted by Lynne Bassett, and a tented banquet at Historic Deerfield itself.

2. Kathryn Berenson, author of "Quilts of Provence," will be conducting a workshop/trunk show featuring her own collection of 18th century French quilts.

3. There will be twelve lectures on subjects including Italian corded quilting, Renaissance armor, and 18th century petticoats.

4. There will be an entire day devoted to hands-on workshops on Italian corded work, paper piecing, and Renaissance quilting. I was just recruited to teach early Renaissance quilting techniques, so if anyone has specific questions, please e-mail me and I'll be happy to help.

Registration can be sent to maeder@historic-deerfield.org, the e-mail for Edward Maeder, the Textile Curator. The symposium already has 60 registrants for 200 slots, so people are *strongly* urged to register early.

Any questions should be directed to Edward Maeder. I hope to see some QHLers there - it should be great!

Lisa Evans Easthampton, MA

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Summer has set in here in North Louisiana, and I've retreated indoors. I spent a morning relining bureau drawers with Thymes-scented lining paper, cleaning closets (we just had a big party, and you know where the "extra stuff" goes), soaking a quilt top, and was just entering my textile closet to reorganize when the postman rang the doorbell.

And there was "Wild by Design." Someone else had recommended this book, but may I add my recommendation? The cover alone is wonderful, capturing so eloquently the motivations of quiltmakers through the years.

That cover and a long, slow scan of the contents inspired me to move faster, happier.

So here's what I did. I put John Prine's "Lost Dogs + Mixed Blessings" on the cd player, turned the volume up high so I feel like I'm in a Prine concert. I put "Wild by Design" on the breakfast room table so I see it and maybe take a peak inside every time I pass going from kitchen and utility room to the closets. More like dancing than "going" actually.

So here's my recommendation for cleaning days: Get "Wild by Design" and "Lost Dogs+Mixed Blessings," and everything becomes fun. You can't help dancing and hip-wiggling.

And yes, I do have something of a control study. All morning I listened to Donezetti's "Lucia d'Lammamore," and I have to tell you I moved a lot more slowly.

With this book also came Patricia Cox's "American Quilt Classics," which reminds me again how important the quilting is in quiltmaking. What a terrific book. I've saved it for tonight. And tomorrow, when I will put Townes Van Zant and Guy Clark recordings on and continue my work.

In the order also came "God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Version of the Bible," which looks sooooooo good. But probably I need Robert Shaw Chorale cds for this one to inspire me. And somehow I just don't think it's going to get the kind of work out of me that the Berlo-Crews box and Prine album is getting.

The senses---touch, sound, vision---aren't they wonderful? Right now, I'm dripping a big pot of Community Dark Roast coffee, just to add smell and taste-----and to give me an excuse to read a little more of that introduction.

Wild (I hope, but am not certain) by design in North Louisiana, Gaye

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Subject: Calico and Chintz From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessen@yahoo.com> Date: 

Just a quick note - I noticed that the Calico and Chintz exhibition sponsored by the Smithsonian is going to be traveling. (The URL is http://160.111.24.8/mainhighlights/main.cfm?id=CC if you can get through. Try Netscape, they seem to have optimized for it.) Here is the press release:

Touring Exhibition Highlights Early American Quilts

"Calico and Chintz: Early American Quilts from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" features 22 rare pieced and whole-cloth American quilts made before 1850. This exhibition opens at the Speed Art Museum (Louisville, Ky.) on Dec. 16, 2003.

[From Kris: It will tour to Dec. 16, 2003-March 14, 2004 The Speed Art Museum (Louisville, Kentucky), April 7-June 7, 2004, Portland Museum of Art (Portland, Maine) and Sep. 19-Nov. 21, 2004 Butler Institution of American Art (Youngstown, Ohio)]

These quilts are selected from the collection donated to the museum in 1999 by Patricia Smith Melton, a Washington playwright and quilt historian.

"These spectacular quilts enrich our knowledge of early America, and I am honored to introduce these seldom seen treasures to the nation," said Elizabeth Broun, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

These heirloom quilts, dating from about 1810 to 1850, preserve a notable era in textile and quiltmaking artistry. Before the United States developed a textile industry in the 1840s, colonists and citizens imported quality printed cottons from Britain or France. These fabrics were used by affluent quiltmakers along the Eastern Seaboard and on Southern plantations for the sumptuous bedcovers that were an important decorative element in prosperous homes.

"These rare and beautiful quilts will come as a revelation to all quilt lovers," said Kenneth Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery. "The pre-1850's textiles demonstrate this earlier society's embrace of vivid color, rich pattern and exuberant beauty."

The cotton fabric used in these early American quilts incorporated vegetable and mineral colors-chemical aniline dyes did not arrive until the 1850s-and represented high standards of woodblock, copperplate and roller printing. The term "calico" comes from Calicut, a port on the Malabar Coast of India where European traders in the 17th century bought the colorful cottons that revolutionized Western taste in textiles. "Chintz" is derived from "chints," a phonetic transliteration of the Hindi word meaning variegated. While the terms calico and chintz were used interchangeably to describe colorful cottons, calico properly describes unglazed fabric printed with repeat patterns of small floral or abstract shapes. Chintz refers to fine glazed cotton printed with prominent flowers, birds and other representational motifs. The exhibition also includes fragments of the kinds of imported period textiles used to construct the quilts in the collection.

Some of the quilts in this exhibition are the most intricate and complex of their kind. "Pieced Bedcover (Honeycomb)," about 1825, is composed of template-formed hexagons-each measuring only 5/8 inch-for a total of 442 rosettes of colorful cotton. Others are quite bold and expressionistic including "Pieced Quilt (Nine Patch on Point)," about 1845. This New York quilt would have been appropriate with the interior decor of a middle-class bedroom of the early 1840s.

Made for a child's bed, "Pieced Quilt (Honeycomb)," about 1830, is a rare survivor of a type of pre-hexagon quilt constructed with a broad whole-cloth border of glazed chintz. The realism of the blooms printed on the tea-colored backgrounds of the English chintz border contrasts sharply with the abstracted "flowers" pieced from both block- and roller-printed calicoes spanning the period from 1800 through 1825. In the shape and colors chosen, the quiltmaker creates an exciting rhythmic vitality.

The textile fragment, "English Pillar Print Chintz," about 1825-1835, demonstrates an extremely popular design in the United States. Pillar prints depicted classical columns garlanded with ribbons, birds or wicker fruit baskets. This design was often used on America's highest quality quilts as borders, as long stripes in bar-patterned designs and as tops for whole-cloth bedcovers.

Smith Melton has collected American pre-1850 whole-cloth, pieced and appliqued bedcovers for more than 20 years. She built the collection with the intent to have them viewed in their entirety as an educational experience and has taught classes on the history of quilts and quilt textiles.

A catalog to accompany "Calico and Chintz: Early American Quilts from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" with an essay by Jeremy Adamson, curator of prints and drawings at the Library of Congress, is available.

"Calico and Chintz: Early American Quilts from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" is one of five exhibitions featuring the museum's collections that are touring the nation through 2005. The tour is supported in part by the Smithsonian Special Exhibitions Fund.

More information and full itineraries for each exhibition in the tour "Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" can be found on the museum's Web site at AmericanArt.si.edu/highlights.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum collection began with gifts of art donated to the federal government in 1829 and has evolved into the world's most important American art holdings with approximately 40,000 artworks in all media spanning more than three centuries.

While the renovation of the museum's historic building continues, American Art offers a full program of exhibitions at its Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W.). For information about Renwick Gallery activities, call (202) 357-2700 or visit the museum's award-winning Web site at AmericanArt.si.edu.

 

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Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 09:00:29 -0500 From: "Carol Butzke" <butzke@nconnect.net> To: "Quilt History List" <QHL@cuenet.com> Subject: 

Hi Everyone, I'm back--See you all Tuesday

Carol

Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

There are two kinds of pedestrians -- the quick and the dead. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Life is sexually transmitted. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

An unbreakable toy is useful for breaking other toys. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, "Quit while you're ahead?" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Get the last word in: Apologize. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Some people are like Slinkies . . . not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they use to? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut saves you thirty cents? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

AND THE # 1 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: You read about all these terrorists -- most of them came here legally, but they hung around on these expired visas, some for as long as 10 -15 years. Now, compare that to Blockbuster; you are two days late with a video and those people are all over you. Let's put Blockbuster in charge of immigration.

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Subject: Thanks, another new book, and 2 digests?? From: "Edith L. Taylor" 

Hi all!

First of all, thanks to Carol Butzke for sending her "thoughts for the day" to the wrong list. I definitely enjoyed it!

Amish Crib QuiltsSince everyone's talking about new books, I thought I'd mention Amish Crib Quilts from the Midwest: The Sara Miller Collection by Janneken Smucker, Patricia Co  Crews, and Linda Welters (2003, Good Books, Intercourse, PA, 108 pp., paperback, ISBN 1-56148-389-3, www.goodbks.com; I paid $19.95). (click on the title to order)This is the catalog from the exhibit in Lincoln, Nebraska, sponsored by the International Quilt Study Center at U. Nebraska. They are rotating the entire collection of 90 quilts, so I only got to see ~a quarter of them last weekend when I was there, but they were beautiful! The exhibit continues (with different rotations) until Feb. 15, 2004 at the Great Plains Art Collection, UNL. The book, however, covers the whole Sara Miller Collection and I see on the goodbooks web site that it is cheaper than what I paid! (no affiliation)

Finally, I notice that I am getting 2 digests with different material in each. Is this supposed to be happening? One from lyris.quiltopolis.com and one from cuenet.com. Did I miss something somewhere?

Best,

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: June 23, 2003 From: Bluecrookedtooth@aol.com Date: Tue, 

if anyone is in Kuntztown Pa this coming week..have to check out the quilts..and the sassparilla dn real root beer....just make sure you have a hotel before you go there, it will be a busy weekend....

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Subject: The sever changeover is final From: Kris Driessen 

We should all now be on the Lyris server, not the cuenet server. If you get an unsubscribe message from cuenet, don't panic. As long as you get this message too, you are still on QHL. If you DONT get this message, then you should worry:-))

While you are thinking of it, please change your address book so it reflects the mailing address of qhl@lyris.quiltropolis.com rather than QHL@cuenet.com. Notes sent to QHL@cuenet.com will bounce.

Thanks,

Kris

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Subject: (qhl) The Calico and Chintz exhibit From: <mreich@attglobal.net> Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 15:25:19 -0400 X-Message-Number: 5

One word to describe it - BREATHTAKING!!!! We are so lucky to see these amazing quilts once again. Thanks, Kris, for the fyi. sue reich

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Subject: Check arrived From: Barb Garrett <bgarrett421@comcast.net> Date: Tue, 

Hi Kris -

I just got back from a trip to Virginia -- which did include the quilt museum -- yay!!! <grin> -- and found your check waiting for me -- thanks. Still need to learn scheduling details about Rabiit's conference, but am leaning toward it -- and your wonderful offer of a spot on your floor for my pallet. I'm going to Vermont with 3 other people this weekend, so the summer is rather quilt filled -- but I'm not complaining <grin>. Thanks again for the order. Barb

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Subject: Re: Check arrived From: Barb Garrett <bgarrett421@comcast.net> Date: 

Sorry about the private note I sent to Kris, that I sent to the list -- I'm changing servers and had too many things to check. I'm sorry.

Barb in southeastern PA

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Subject: RE: Check arrived From: "Candace Perry" <candace@schwenkfelder.com> 

Barb, well, at least you didn't say anything naughty...I received an email from the museum list I belong to that included some -- shall we say -- intimate details of a fellow's romantic life! He didn't check the recipient of the email, and gave us boring museum folk quite a chuckle (and cause to wonder why he is having such an exciting life!) Candace

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Subject: Re: Thanks, another new book, and 2 digests?? From: Barb Garrett 

For those of you in the east who are too far from Nebraska to view the University exhibit of Sarah Miller's Amish Crib quilts (like me), you can see part of the collection at the Quilt Museum in Intercourse, PA. It's a great exhibit, and they will be changing the crib quilts sometime in August -- so you can visit twice and see more quilts. In addition to the crib quilts are some excellent full size Mennonite quilts.

Barb in southeastern PA

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Subject: Re: Check arrived From: Gaye Ingram <gingram@tcainternet.com> Date: 

> > Sorry about the private note I sent to Kris, that I sent to the list -- I'm > changing servers and had too many things to > check. I'm sorry. > > Barb in southeastern PA

Barb,

One of my favorite stories is of a newly famous writer (Nat'l Book Award, Pulitzer, etc) who,early in a three-week summer writing conference, grew smitten by another writer. Both were married. It was one of those conferences where only the brightest lights get faculty status, and admission is selective. So everyone, students and faculty knows one another.

One morning a young (male) friend opened his voice mail to hear a woman's voice describing his sexual prowess in the most detailed and enthusiastic manner imaginable, ending with an ardent and breathy "More!"

Being male, he desperately wanted to believe the call was for him, but the lady specifically referred to "last night." Could it be early onset of Altzheimer's? he hopefully queried himself, since he could not attribute forgetting such an obviously memorable evening to drunkenness. He had spent the preceding evening with recovering alcohlic friends and hadn't touched anything stronger than mineral water.

Then he recognized the woman's voice. He was shocked because the two had never been seen together. They ate at separate tables, taught in separate buildings, and in groups were very formal with one another. But there was no mistaking the voice, and so he made a vow to avoid the loving pair for the two weeks that remained. That morning at breakfast, of course, the woman came and sat at his table. So much for good intentions.

At the evening meal, another presenter asked if anyone had gotten a somewhat "bizarre" voice mail. Then everyone confessed to having gotten that same call.

It turns out that student participants who also manned the telephone service at the small campus where the conference was held had caught on to the romance early (They always catch on faster than adults). One was devoted to the wife of the Big Writer and wanted to put a quietus on the budding affair. So he had sent the voice mail to every single telephone on campus----EXCEPT to those of the bringer of joy and his ecstatic paramour.

So everyone spent the remaining two weeks watching the two avoid one another in public and barely able to observe the man, whose anatomy had been described so completely.

Two or three years later, it appeared neither had learned of the joke.

MORAL: IT COULD HAVE BEEN BAD. LOTS BADDER. And WATCH OUT FOR STUDENTS: THEY ARE ALWAYS AT LEAST ONE STEP AHEAD OF ADULTS.

Gaye

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Subject: Barb and the Conference From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessen@yahoo.com> 

Doesn't that sound like a great title for a mystery?

I'm glad I paid Barb's bill on time:-)) For those of you who don't know, she is the designer of a line of patterns called "With a Mother's Love" based on antique quilts. You can see them at http://www.quiltbus.com/patterns.htm

Any other designers on this list?

I spoke to Rabbit today about the conference. The workshops are up on her website now, http://www.rabbitgoody.com . THere are two more yet to go up - her classes on textile identification, which are offered on Thursday and Friday afternoon. Those of you that have never taken it, and can make the conference, ***really*** need this class. She talks a lot about the various properties of threads, (including how well they take dye and several other tangential subjects) and also shows how to identify them under the microscope. I took it many years ago and think I will take it again.

The conference is held in Cooperstown and, yes, anyone is welcome to stay with me as long as they don't mind the 45 minute drive. We will be in the new house by then - in fact, that brings me to another subject.

The house we are renting has been sold, so we have to move very, very soon. We are going to move into the new house, (whether or not it is done!) so I may be off line for a while depending on how much they can get done before we get there. They got the last of the windows in today, and hopefully tomorrow they will do the front door. The kitchen is in, and I think the water is going to be turned on tomorrow. Now all we need is a toilet, stairs to the second floor and power!

If you need list help while I am gone, please be patient. I promise I will get back up and running ASAP.

Kris