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Subject: Sara Miller Collection From: "Jean Carlton" <jeancarlton@att.net> Date: 

Just a word to those of you who are not able to see the quilts but wish to buy the book. Be warned. The photos in the book are completely different colors than the actual quilts. One gray ocean waves appears downright purple in the book. I had my money in hand as I flipped through it and noticed this. I spoke to the man at the gallery in Lincoln about it and he said others had commented on that too. I didn't buy the book because I thought the publishers would HAVE to re-do it to be accurate or that there was another 'batch' somewhere that was better. ( I doubt it now) He felt it was a printing, rather than photography, issue but it's very disappointing. I felt if I bought the book to have photos of the rest of the collection that I wouldn't really be seeing it in the correct colors. Jean Carlton


Amish Crib QuiltsSubject: RE: Sara Miller Collection From: "Karan Flanscha" <SadieRose@cfu.net> 

Bettina Havig authored a book "Amish Kinder Komforts" © 1996 American Quilters Society, with photos of the Sara Miller collection and patterns for some of the quilts. I am curious if the new book (Amish Crib Quilts from the Midwest: The Sara Miller Collection by Janneken Smucker, Patricia Cox Crews, and Linda Welters, 2003, Good Books, Intercourse, PA) is all new material or a repeat of the earlier book. That publisher has combined material from previous books into "new" books before (which really annoys me!)... but this is a different situation with different authors and publishers. Just curious if anyone has both books... Karan

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Subject: RE: Check arrived From: jocelynm@delphiforums.com Date: Wed, 25 Jun 

On Tue, 24 Jun 2003 16:10:37 -0400 "Candace Perry" wrote:

Candace, I once got an email at my work address (which was my first initial and my last name) from a girl thanking some guy for an amazing night, and suggesting they do it again soon.

I wrote her back and suggested that before she had another amazing night, she might want to make sure the guy wasn't giving her a fake email....



Subject: UGRR again From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> Date: Wed, 25 Jun 

1,000 pardons if I am way behind on this; have a funny feeling that I am. In the lastest issue of Smithsonian is a short book review of BEYOND THE RIVER: the Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad by Ann Hagedorn. It chronicles the safe house system several decades prior to the Civil War with most of the activity taking place in Ripley, near Cincinnati, Ohio. I recall Ripley as one of the locations featured in a recent HGTV special on quilt codes and showing its most famous house displaying a repro quilt for re-enactment purposes. As these book reviews usually follow much later than actual book publication, I wonder if anyone this list has read this book and can offer any opinions. Apologies again if I'm dredging up an old topic.


Subject: eboard problems From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> Date: Thu, 26 


Apparently some on the VF list are experiencing problems gaining access to eboard. A message appears that site is down for maintenance or another screen appears which has no bearing to eboard. If you are having problems please be sure you are using correct url; there are 2 you can use; please bookmark them. http://vintagepictures.eboard.com  or http://www.eboard.com/vintagepictures   If you are still getting strange messages hen contact eboard at support@eboard.com or info@eboard.com, stating your problem and including message you are getting. Add these to your address book so you have them handy when experiencing future problems. If no answer within a day, let Kris know or if she is not available for some reason, let me know. As far as I know, eboard is up and running; have had no problems yesterday or today.


Subject: Fw: Re: : "Laura Fisher" 

I really just want to make sure that the news of my new website gets circulated, so many people have been asking if I have one. As I can't get up to the Vermont festival, I thought this might be a good way to spread the news.

I will send you separately a press release announcing publication of - yes- a QUILT CALENDAR - at long last. I put it together for Barnes & Noble, along with Stella Rubin, inspired in part by all the inquiries to QHL as to where they could find a 2002, then 2003 calendar. I knew we needed one, and B&N was the first publishing nibble that came through.

Hopefull it will be an annual publication, of course that decision depends on sales of the calendar. So we hope everyone on the list will get one, and they'll tell two friends, and they'll tell two friends, and.........

I should have the release to you early next week.

Happy Fourth, and can't want to read reviews of the VQF.


Beyond the RiverSubject: Beyond the River From: Donald Beld <donbeld@pacbell.net> 

Dear Joan, I have have read the book BEYOND THE RIVER and highly recommend it. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH QUILTS/UGRR SYMBOLS, QUILT SYMBOLS, or anything in the controversy surrounding HIPV.

bEYOND THE RIVER documents the beginnings of the abolistist movement in Ripley, Ohio, primarily by the Rankin family, a family of Presbyterian ministers who were driven out of Tenn, then Kentucky for their abolistist beliefs in the 1810's.

The term Underground Railroad began with a story in Ripley recounted in this book. There is also a mention of "The Drinking Gourd Song" and chilling accounts of the suffereing and torture slaves and abolisionists suffered in the early 1800's.

It is MUST reading for people interested in the important part of American history.

I know nothing about a quilt in Rankin house, there is no mentions of any such quilt in the book--it probably was put there recently to "attract" those interested in the HIPV story.

(P.S.--one of the stories in Uncle Tom's Cabin also is from Ripley and is documented in this book--it has to do with a female slave who swims across the Ohio River in the dead of winter carrying her baby and dodging ice flows.) P.P.S. I am a Presbyterian and it makes me proud to know these people are part of the history of my church. Don Beld

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Subject: early Honeycomb quilt top From: Donald Beld <donbeld@pacbell.net> 

Hi, I am looking for some general information or references regarding the history of the Honeycomb quilt pattern. I was recently priviledged to see a family quilt top that the accompanying mid 19th Century family letter (from a niece of the maker) states was made in New York in the 1820's by a seamstress. The quilt is a top--never been backed--and is really quite remarkable. It is approximately 72 inches square and probably has around 15,000 3/4 inchhexagons that make up both the honeycomb (done in white linen) and the individual cells, which are fussy cut from dress materials.

I have never seen anything like it. Each hexagon is individually based on a piece of scrap paper on which you can see the faint writing of someone's letters(?) in a pale brown ink (probably originally black). The top has only four or five deteriorated hexagons and no color fading as it has never seen the light of day. It does has two or three water stains in the linen. It is also hemmed (probably originally was a complete hexagon pattern, bu due to fraying, was hemmed straight with a small 1/8 inch underturn. The individual hexagons are not sewn together in a quilting pieced stitch, but a small (and I mean tiny) hemming stitch.

The owner would like to put it on public display, but doesn't know who to contact or how to do it. She saved it from a current family desire to cut it into four piece so "everyone in the family" could have part!

My research says honeycomb is a very early pattern--probably from England during the Colonial period. Can anyone give us directions for further research and about conserving this fascinating texitle and showing it? Thanks, Don Beld


Subject: Beyond the River From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> Date: Thu, 26 

Don -- that was quite a review and testimonial. As I recall the HGTV program, a repro quilt with black symbols was slung over upper balcony of one of the houses to simulate how these symbols were coded directions to guide the runaways -- theoretically, that is. Thanx for taking the time to share this information.


Subject: Memory Bouquet quilt now finished From: Debby Kratovil 

Last summer I petitioned this ListServe for information about The Memory Bouquet Quilt which first appeared in the Kansas City Star newspaper in the 1930s. I found several quilters and sources to help me with some real quilts. I drafted all of the patterns for today's quilter, received permission from the Star to reproduce, create patterns and to sell the set. I have enjoyed this all along the way. If you would like to see the finished quilt go to: http://www.quilterbydesign.com/Memory_Bouquet.html and follow the link to the quilt. My local quilt guild, The Material Girls of Tucker/Atlanta, Georgia assisted me in making all the blocks. Darlene Zimmerman and Chanteclaire fabrics generously donated the reproduction solids and it was machine quilted by Silvia Davis of Douglas, Georgia. This quilt will eventually be donated to a worthy charity for a fundraiser. But it will do a little traveling (hopefully prominently displayed at the Houston Quilt Market and Show in November). It currently is showcased in the latest issue of Appliqu Quilts (http://www.quiltmag.com). Go see it and if you are interested in a full set of patterns on CD, follow those links, too. -- Debby (with a "y" and not "ie") Kratovil http://www.quilterbydesign.com


Subject: website email correction From: "Laura Fisher" <laurafisher@netlink1.net> 

Hi - thanks so much for posting news of my new website. Unfortunately, I  gave an incorrect email address. It is LFAntiqueQuilts@aol.com

If someone want to reach me privately, it's laurafisher@netlink1.net

Please be patient, it takes a while to add on; our aim is to add five or  six new items in quilts weekly, then later to add hooked rugs, folk art,  etc.  Sometimes you may see a description and caption only first, the  photos follow when my web Mstress does the technical stuff. Thanks for your support. Laura


Subject: RE: early Honeycomb quilt top From: "Candace Perry" 

Don, I guess I'll try this one. I'm assuming "public display" means a museum...therein lies a problem already. She can alert the local historical society or museum where the top was produced to the fact that she owns it, and if she's not interested in donating, she'll have to wait until the museum has an exhibit that it would fit. I would get on the internet and locate the closest historical museum in the area where it was produced. The museum would have guidelines on how they display their quilts...it varies according to space and finances! She should expect that the museum would not accept a long term loan of the top, most likely they would want it for a temporary exhibit at some point. If this still seems a might daunting, let me know the location in NY where it was made and I'll see if I can scare up a resource. She may not like this option if she doesn't live in NY -- but I would say most history museums have a mission to exhibit objects from their own interpetive area. Candace Perry Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center


Subject: The Lincoln Quilt From: Donald Beld <donbeld@pacbell.net> Date: Fri, 27 

The Lincoln Quilt from BlockbaseHi, I am making a quilt based upon the "Lincoln Quilt" as found in Brackman's ENCYCLOPIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS, page 452 which she attributes to Anne Orr. (click on the thumbnail) I know that I have seen a picture of a quilt made of this pattern--it was blue and white--but I can't remembe where. Does anyone out there know what I am talking about? How about reading or references on the pattern--it date? I know it probably was in Good Housekeeping in the early 1900's, but would like more information. Thanks, Don Beld


Subject: Re: Lincoln Quilt From: Ady Hirsch <adamroni@netvision.net.il> Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2003 15:57:09 +0200 X-Message-Number: 1

> >Hi, I am making a quilt based upon the "Lincoln Quilt" as found in Brackman's ENCYCLOPIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS, page 452 which she attributes to Anne Orr. I know that I have seen a picture of a quilt made of this pattern--it was blue and white--but I can't remembe where. Does anyone out there know what I am talking about? How about reading or references on the pattern--it date? I know it probably was in Good Housekeeping in the early 1900's, but would like more information. Thanks, Don Beld > A pink and white Lincoln's Quilt was published in BHG's Creative American Quilting (1989), pp. 148, 158-160. Ady in Israel


Subject: Re: The Lincoln Quilt From: "Susan Wildemuth" <ksandbcw@geneseo.net> Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2003 08:22:55 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

Good Morning,

There is another "Lincoln Quilt" attributed to Anne Orr by Merikay Waldvogel other than the one mentioned in Brackman's book. Lockport Cotton Batting Company, Lockport, New York had their "version" of the Lincoln quilt, but it looks different than the one in Brackman's book. I have a flier which features an example of Lockport's Lincoln quilt with 7 other quilts. . Uncoverings-1990 - "The Marketing of Anne Orr Quilts" - MeriKay Waldvogel p.20 -- "Lockport Batting Company published Anne Orr's Lincoln Quilt patterns without giving her credit. Two other Lockport patterns, The McGill Cherry and the Cross Stitch Bouquet, may have been inspired by Anne Orr quilts." If you'd like me to I will scan my flier and send it to you e-mail in an attachment or make a good two-sided copy of it at our local copy shop and send it to you snail mail. I have a vintage quilt in the Cross Stitch Bouquet design in my collection and I was just putting the finishing touches of writing up it's background information to go with it when I saw your e-mail.

Sue in Illinois


Subject: Re: The Lincoln Quilt From: Midnitelaptop@aol.com Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2003 09:25:26 EDT X-Message-Number: 3

you can see a picture of a lincoln quilt at http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/5023/1998quilts.html jeanL


Subject: Re: The Lincoln Quilt From: "Susan Wildemuth" <ksandbcw@geneseo.net> 

The picture of the Lincoln quilt at the site Jean sent is more like the picture of the Lincolin quilt in Brackman's book. In the Lockport Batting flier there are some differences as to placement of stars (Lockport Batting flier - Stars are on point versus corners) and border finishing (Lockport Batting flier - sashing, curved edge, etc) , but basically the same quilt -- a quilt artist's interpretation of the one found in the Lockport Batting Flier.

Sue in Illinois


Subject: RE: Subject: The Lincoln Quilt From: "jajb" <anne_j@worldnet.att.net> 

We are traveling so I can't check my books but wasn't there a whole section on Anne Orr in "Soft Covers for Hard Times"? Check it anyway in case the picture is there.


Subject: RE: Honeycomb quilt history From: Hazelmacc@aol.com Date: Sat, 28 Jun 

Last year the Charleston Museum, (S.C.) had an exhibit on this style of quilts but they referred to them as "mosaics". They have a book called "Mosaic Quilts: Paper Template Piecing in the South Carolina Lowcountry". Laurel Horton wrote a chapter and it begins "Mosaic patchwork, also called English template piecing...." The last chapter is a "how-to". To my knowledge this is the first major printed info on the subject in America so it is most interesting to now have a quilt of this style made in New York.

Hazel Carter NO. VA


Subject: if you care to lend a hand.......... From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> 

Some unpleasant news to share. This past Thursday the entire showcase collection of Jane's [Clark Stapel] was stolen from her garage locker. The contents are irreplaceable, clothing, quilts and other items made of feedsacks, unusual feedsacks and toys made from printed feedsacks, mostly from the 1930s-40s. Each had a personal story connected to it and many were lovelingly given to Jane along the way. They served as props for her story-telling to show audiences the many ways feedsacks were used. One was a pair of men's undershorts with the feedsack logo still showing on the back side; another was a pocket or slip bonnet with a removable cardboard brim for washing, another was rompers with appliqued figures, another were stuffed dolls and so on. Of course police have been notified as well as several second-hand stores in the area. But it is most likely the contents will not be recovered in full or even in part, and probably will turn up on Ebay or flea markets and antique stores that are out of the area and state. However, one can be hopeful for miracles and let's hope that happens.

Jane has several shows coming up beginning in August. While she has some feedsacks to show, what she is lacking is the heart of her talks. It's important to get this fine person back on the road with her much-in-demand demonstration. If you would like to send, loan or sell Jane any feedsack items, please call or email but give her a couple days as she is still adjusting from the shock. baglady@stargate.net or 412 766-3996 [Pittsburgh].


Subject: RE: Subject: The Lincoln Quilt From: Midnitelaptop@aol.com Date: Sat, 28 

<In a message dated 28/06/2003 1:55:28 PM Eastern Daylight Time, anne_j@worldnet.att.net writes: We are traveling so I can't check my books but wasn't there a whole section on Anne Orr in "Soft Covers for Hard Times"? Check it anyway in case the picture is there.>

*************************** i looked in my copy of "soft covers for hard times" and sure enough there's a sectionon anne orr and a beautiful full page picture of the lincoln quilt on page 45... it was made by inez ward it won prizes and was exhibited at the 1933 world's fair in chicago... jeanL





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