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Subject: here are some of Jane's losses From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 07:58:51 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

One of Q's mail servers was backed up yesterday so nothing went through from early afternoon. Of course that's the time I was trying to post about Jane's theft and I didn't want to post another message about some of the items that were stolen until Q was back on track. These are some of the items Jane used in her story telling. This will give you an idea of her props and what you can help her replace through gift, loan or sale. Again that's baglady@stargate.net or call 412 766-3996.

- a tiny sunsuit for a new born. - a romper suit for a child about 1 yr old - little boy's shirt, white with a baseball embroidered onthe pocket - a slat bonnet - a regular bonnet but one that when you unbottoned it, it fell into being an apron - a pair of men's shorts - three dresses..one was white and had cutwork on it..one was a green and navy print, one was white with navy blue designs of weavervanes. dresses were winners in a contest sponsored by the NationalCotton Council..and most the women were FHA ladies.. - from her collectables -- Walt Disney's Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Daniel Boone andone that had avacodo and black Egyptian pharos on it..and pyrimids..on white which Jane called it her ElizabethTaylor/Richard Burton sack.

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Subject: Patriotic quilts on Martha Stewart From: Judy Knorr 

Laura Fisher mentioned that I was going to be on Martha Stewart's TV show with my patriotic quilts so I thought I would share the information with all of you. Unlike Laura's quilts, mine are not yet antique!! I just have this passion for making quilts in patriotic colors and designs and through Laura I was invited to share them with Martha's audience in celebration of the 4th of July this week. It was a great experience and I enjoyed meeting Martha. She was very pleasant and easy to talk with, as well as interested in quilts. The show will be on Wednesday, July 2nd and is on CBS at 9:00 A.M. in New York. The network and time may differ in other parts of the country. Hope you can find it and enjoy my quilts. Judy Knorr

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Subject: Sodium Perborate From: Palampore@aol.com Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 

Recently there has been a big discussion about sodium perborate on the TextileConservation Site (TEXCON). I gathered all of the emails today and plan to do a summary for our list. Will have it to you tomorrow. This was great since this is a subject I am very interested in. We were in Hastings, Nebraska 2 wks. ago and stumbled on a quilt exhibit that was wonderful. It was "Scarlet and Cream" (Red and White Quilts) at the Hastings Museum of Science. I thought I was just finding an IMAX to entertain children who had been in a car for hours and hours....What a treat to find this exhibit. It was done by the quilt group from the Univer. of Neb. Will write more tomorrow. Lynn Gorges, New Bern, NC

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Subject: Re: Sodium Perborate From: Judy Schwender <sister3603@yahoo.com> 

The quilt group mentioned is The International Quilt Study Center. For more info on the center's exhibits, go to the website: http://quiltstudy.unl.edu//

Palampore@aol.com wrote: Recently there has been a big discussion about sodium perborate on the TextileConservation Site (TEXCON). I gathered all of the emails today and plan to do a summary for our list. Will have it to you tomorrow. This was great since this is a subject I am very interested in. We were in Hastings, Nebraska 2 wks. ago and stumbled on a quilt exhibit that was wonderful. It was "Scarlet and Cream" (Red and White Quilts) at the Hastings Museum of Science. I thought I was just finding an IMAX to entertain children who had been in a car for hours and hours....What a treat to find this exhibit. It was done by the quilt group from the Univer. of Neb. Will write more tomorrow. Lynn Gorges, New Bern, NC

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Subject: Inadequate labeling on textile cleaning products for the general market 

Good morning:

I was the person who initiated the discussion about sodium perborate on the other list mentioned. In seeing that substance as the one ingredient listed in a fairly new product, I wanted to know more about it. After looking into it, I have come to realize how the general public might purchase a product and think that it is "good" because it is expensive, and has lovely packaging..

Sodium perborate is essentially a bleach. As the readings have indicated, it does not "remove" any stain. A stain permanently alters the fibers forever. The danger in adding a bleaching agent to any fiber is that sometimes, a residue remains that does not completely rinse out, leaving the chemical to continue to degrade the fibers, but in a microscopic way, not visible to the naked eye, and not noticeable at all over the short term. One chemist said that he chuckled over my typo, sodium perforate, because that is exactly what it would do to fabric: perforate. Scary thought. Actually, that word was what was on the label, so I guess it was the company's typo.

This chemical substance which is much like a solid hydrogen peroxide that works by the release of oxygen when water is added (as far as I can understand) is "fairly safe" for cotton, linen, and ramie. It is NOT at all a product to use with any animal (protein) fibers like wool and silk. Someone said that those fibers would look like cotton dipped in battery acid after a treatment. It is also not to be used with any metallic threads, or any quilts whose natural dyed fabrics have been mordanted with metals (like iron). How would a layman be able to tell......they couldn't!

My fear is that someone picking up any product that claims to be a cleaner for textiles (unspecified) might think that it would be good for washing items that would essentially be destroyed by it. At the very least, the label should say, "Do not use for wool or silk".

I tried the product for cleaning some antique tea towels that have a white background and colorful appliqués. Most of the soil on the fold lines was lightened. Traces of yellow remain but would probably have been "fixed" had I left them in the solution longer. The REALLY NICE thing about sodium perborate is that it will not bleach back further than the original color, so that means that the appliqués did not fade. This is a "good thing"!

I'd like to embark on a personal study of other cleaning agents for textiles. Joan K. mentioned that she likes Perk and Boost. Somewhere along the line, I've heard of Oxyclean but have no personal experience with it. I know someone whose favorite cleaning agents for old (white) linens was Ivory Snow Flakes and Snowy Bleach mixed in equal amounts. I tried that and it did work very well. I am not sure now though, inasmuch as Ivory is not making soap snow flakes any longer. They have switched to detergent.

Well, I suppose that is enough information to share at 5:48 in the morning, with one eye open!

Pat Cummings www.quiltersmuse.com

Washing any antique textile is 1) usually NOT a good idea and 2) best left to those who know what they are doing, i.e. professional conservators. The American Institute of Conservators (AIC) has a list that can be seen on line.

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: June 29, 2003 From: Angela <amoller@optonline.net> 

Hello all, I am the president of the Eastern Long Island Quilters Guild and I'm working on an article for our newsletter. Can anyone tell me the definition of a quilters guild and the history of guilds? I read our mission statement at every meeting, but sometimes we loose sight of why we have joined a guild. Thanks for your help.

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: June 29, 2003 From: Bluecrookedtooth@aol.com Date: 

who knows anything about quilts.....probably ahs one red/ white and blue one.

Has anyone seen the Barn door quilt at Paducahs Quilt Museum? I Have a couple of ancestors whose names are on tha one....and I did not even know they were from Vermont. lol Does anyone have the names of all the persons whoa re on that Quilt? Curious. I would like to know what other names were on it....was not able to take pictures of it, and even then, I am not sure if they would ahve shown up. Is tehre any other way one could find out whose names are on that quilt? I sure would love to know the other names besides my ancestors. (I am a fifth generation quilter....My Great Great Grandmother was the First. Susana

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Subject: Inadequate labeling on textile cleaning products From: Joan Kiplinger 

Pat -- nice summation of that Texcons discussion and emphasis that one really needs to read labels carefully, know their fibers and check with experts where preservation is needed. Re Perk which you mention -- that is the stain remover product I like and have used for more than 20 years along with its companion Boost; they can also be used on silk which extends their use factor. And they are museum recommended.

Pat and Jim wrote:

> I was the person who initiated the discussion about sodium perborate > on the other list mentioned. In seeing that substance as the one > ingredient listed in a fairly new product, I wanted to know

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Subject: Re: gardens From: "Laura Fisher" <laurafisher@netlink1.net> Date: Mon, 

Hi all -Laura Fisher's gardens in House & Garden are NOT mine, sad to = say.

They are the lovely work of Laura Fisher, the textile DESIGNER.=20

For years we've shared a name and an amused friendship because of it. = I've had customers I've never met, and even those I have, call with = complements on these recent gardens, and the ones she created a few = years ago in another town. Would that I were as comfortably situated as = she; I have only a rent-stabilized one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan!

We are both doing websites and will each link to the other. Laura says = most of her inquiries have to do with quilts, because she also reserved = the web name LauraFisher.com before I tried to!!

So if it's quilt you are interested in, please type in = laurafisherquilts.com; if it's textile design, hand painted shearling = throws and beautiful upholstery fabrics, type in laurafisherdesigns.com.

By the way, anyone know the Laura Fisher who is a quilt designer??? = (boy, is this getting complicated!)=20

The Laura Fisher who wrote articles (as do I from time to time) is now = Laura Fisher Kaiser thanks to marriage, but I think her several (non = quilt) books are findable on the web through "our" name!

And if you get Lyme disease, or need a doctor in NYC, call Laura Fisher, = M.D., but don't ask to see her quilts!=20

Thanks,

Laura Fisher ----- Original Message -----=20 From: Nancy Roberts=20 To: 

Hello Laura- I am a quilter and member of the Quilt History List. = After seeing your recent post there, I decided to drop you a note to let = you know I saw the feature on your home in the Special Issue of House & = Garden. Your sculptured boxwood garden is just spectacular. The entire = estate looks very beautiful and peaceful. Thanks for sharing it print. = I'm sure it's very refreshing to see things taking off and blooming = again after the harsh winter NY just emerged from. My husband and I are = lifelong New Yorkers (upstate) now transplanted to Ocala, Florida. This = area of the state is very rolling and green with lovely horse farms. = It's quite similar to some of the lowland areas of rural NY. Just wanted = to pass along my compliments on your lovely home. Enjoy the summer! = Nancy Roberts

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Subject: NRA emblem on quilt From: "Jean Carlton" <jeancarlton@att.net> Date: 

Hi all If you have any thoughts on this quilt please email me - or post to digest. Looks like a kit or commercial pattern; and if so does anyone has the # or pattern company. Also, what other quilts have you seen with the NRA (Nat'l Recovery Administration) logo on it and what do you conjecture would be the maker's reason for embroidering that on this floral quilt. Patriotism/support of the program? I have seen the NRA quilt in the West Virginia state search book and read it's story. Thanks Jean Carlton

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Subject: opps - NRA quilt From: "Jean Carlton" <jeancarlton@att.net> Date: Mon, 

I neglected to mention that I had posted photos to the Eboard - under the Quilts tab - sorry Jean

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Subject: Re: hanging antique quilt From: Marthapatches36@aol.com Date: Mon, 30 

A friend wants to hang a lovely old oceanwaves with velcro. She pans to sew velcro to muslim then baste it to the quilt. Is this an acceptable way to hang a quilt?

Thanks Martha [I'm neww to qhl]

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: June 30, 2003 From: "A. A. Harkavy" <aah@maine.rr.com> 

I think my last post to the list got lost in cyberspce. Am coming out of lurkdom a bit.

Does anyone have any info on the Hearts & Gizzards block -- usually it's associated with 1930s work, but

The earliest one I could find was dated to about 1850: http://www.ci.riverside.ca.us/museum/collections/hquilt.htmlo

There's one dated to 1907 here: http://www.dos.state.fl.us/dhr/museum/quilts/

Another 1910-1930 http://www.historic-american.com/quilts3.html

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Best,

Addy aah@maine.rr.com

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Subject: Re: hanging antique quilt From: Laurajbr@aol.com Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2003 

I hang my antique quilts by sewing a sleeve to the top and then I buy one of those brass curtain rods. It's been recommended that with antique quilts you put sleeves on more than one side (if the quilt is not directional) so that you don't risk having it stretch by always hanging the same way.

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: June 30, 2003 From: Bluecrookedtooth@aol.com Date: Tue, 

there is a Quilt soap on the amrket...Joann Fabric carrys one , but I also read soemwhere that the soap they use for animals (which Walmart carries in the woamns shampoo aisle) is good for quilts and anything that needs cleaning on a gentler cycle..Its great on dogs and quilts . I believe it is called Pony Tail shampoo and it comes in a very alrge size...it was originally for horses to geta shiny coat, but is so gentle one can use it on a dog or a quilt. and I have. I just am not to precise on the name of it, becasue it is so obviously sold to woman...Iw as sure you would all ahev tried it..at elast once...just to get soft manageable hair, becasue it is a great shampoo for humans also. susana

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Subject: NRA quilt From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2003 

At the request of Gaye, I've posted some NRA information and photos of quilt to eboard. http://vintagepictures.eboard.com Select tab. Note:you may receive an error notice when clicking on photo to view larger image. I've contacted eboard about this.

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Subject: Re: hanging antique quilt From: Eileen Doughty <ef.doughty@verizon.net> 

I believe the velcro hanging method is fairly standard. A description is on the Textile Museum's web site: http://www.textilemuseum.org/care/brochures/hanging.htm

eileen doughty http://www.DoughtyDesigns.com

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> > A friend wants to hang a lovely old oceanwaves with velcro. She pans to > sew velcro to muslim then baste it to the quilt. Is this an acceptable way to > hang a quilt? > >

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Subject: Re: NRA quilt From: Xenia Cord <xenia@legacyquilts.net> Date: Tue, 01 

I had a look at the "NRA" quilt, and I think what this may be is a kit quilt to which a supporter of Roosevelt has added the NRA eagle. The National Recovery Act of 1933 featured a blue eagle which became a famous and ubiquitous symbol of the Depression and attempts to jump-start the economy. The Act was declared unconstitutional in 1935 and disbanded. The eagle symbol, shown grasping various objects relating to prosperity, was a feature of several quilts. See for instance Woodard & Greenstein, Twentieth Century Quilts, p. 100, and Bishop & Houck, All Flags Flying, p. 41.

Xenia

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Subject: (qhl) Soap in question From: <mreich@attglobal.net> Date: Tue, 1 Jul 

The soap that Susana was talking about is called Mane and Tail. It is sold for horses but people also use it because it is so great. I know that my son uses it and I admit to trying it once while visiting with him. I have never heard that it has been used on horses. sue

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Subject: Quilting symposium in Deerfield From: Kittencat3@aol.com Date: Tue, 01 

I just received a preliminary schedule for the quilting symposium at Historic Deerfield this fall. The schedule is still subject to change, but right now it looks as though Kathryn Berenson's lecture will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2003, at 11:40 a.m. It looks like I'm going to be teaching on Friday, September 12, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m.

The final schedule will be out in mid-July. I'll keep people posted as I learn more.

Thanks!

Lisa Evans Easthampton, MA

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Subject: looking for a restorer From: Kris Driessen 

This lady contacted me looking for a quilt restorer in the WDC area. If you can help her, please contact her directly.

Hello, My great-grandmother made a quilt but it is falling apart. I believe at least parts of it can be salvaged. Do you know of anyone or groups who can restore an old quilt? Many thanks, Jenn

Jenn Gillespie jenniferegillespie@hotmail.com phone: 202-907-7320 fax: 202-861-9888

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Subject: Re: qhl(Soap for horses) From: "Wanda" <fattyoldkid@houston.rr.com> 

I'm new here but I do use Mane and Tail on my horses...it really makes them shine...as for myself, I personally don't like to use it....I'm afraid I might start to neigh at night!! Grin.

 

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Subject: Re: qhl(Soap for horses) From: "Julia D. Zgliniec" <rzglini1@san.rr.com> 

Dear Wanda and All, Well... I have to admit that I have used Orvus - which is also touted as "horse soap" and used by the 4H for all the animals - sold at tack shops - on myself. Once when I had run totally out of shampoo - even the hotel bottles - I used Orvus. Well it may be the main ingredient in other shampoos - but I can tell you - I did not start neighing but I looked like Bozo the clown - my hair stuck straight out from my head and I needed a curry comb just to make it be flat.

Maybe all those other chemicals listed on the shampoo bottles are there for a reason.

Julia Zgliniec

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Subject: Lincoln Quilt From: Donald Beld <donbeld@pacbell.net> Date: Tue, 1 Jul 

Thank you all for your response to my inquiry about the Lincoln Quilt and Anne Orr. Although the pictures were right, something did not quite settle right with me as I remember the picture that I saw many years ago as saying the quilt was made by Abraham Lincoln's mother.

So a special thanks goes to Sue Wildemuth who has given me much information and today told me she found an old Anne Orr pamphlet that attributes Anne Orr's version of the Lincoln Quilt to an earlier quilt MADE by Abraham Lincoln's mother.

It was that pamphlet I saw many years ago among my Great Aunt's miscellaneous papers. How about that! Thanks much Sue. I am not totally crazy afterall. Don Beld

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Subject: Another e-bay travesty From: "judygrow" <judygrow@patmedia.net> Date: 

I actually did get an e-bay seller to add the description to the listing that shows that all the green fabric on the quilt is GONE! Not just faded, but gone, disintegrated, vanished, not there! She calls the outline of the applique stitches embroidery, but at least she added my suggestion -- for the sake of appearing scrupulously honest. It ends in just a couple of hours Judy in Ringoes, NJ judygrow@patmedia.net ----- 

Original Message ----- From: "jane hardell" <birdgal50@hotmail.com> To: <judygrow@rcn.com> Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 1:13 AM Subject: Re: Question for seller -- Item #2540584910

> Thank you for your suggestion- I suppose that is what happened- it is embroidary looking thread that seems to outline the form of the flower stems, etc. >again, thanks, I added to the description. > jane > jane and the parrot kingdom > ----Original Message Follows---- > 

From: judygrow@rcn.com > To: birdgal50@hotmail.com > Subject: Question for seller -- Item #2540584910 > Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 21:41:46 PDT > I don't think I am mistaken in noting that there used to be green fabric in that quilt and it has totally disintegrated except where the stitching was. Don't you think you should mention that in your listing? So that you are seen as being scrupuously honest, of course. > -------------------- > Starts: Jun-21-03 20:54:55 PDT > Ends: Jul-01-03 20:54:55 PDT > Price: Currently $285.00 > To view the item, go to: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2540584910 > Visit eBay, The World's Online Marketplace TM at http://www.ebay.com

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Subject: NRA logos From: "Jean Carlton" <jeancarlton@att.net> Date: Tue, 1 Jul 

Thanks for the reference to All Flags Flying and 20th Century Quilts, Xenia. Luckily I own both books and was able to look them up. Gaye wondered in her post on the eboard how this quilt could be dated 1933 with all the embroidery work -- I see the one in 20th century p. 100 is also dated 1933. In the case of the one I posted, the maker could have been finishing it up ( the top ) when the NRA was started and decided to add that sentiment before she began the quilting. Knowing more about that particular design/kit and it's date might shed more light on that. I"ll post if I learn more. Jean.

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Subject: Turkey Red fabric From: "Sally Ward" <sallytatters@ntlworld.com> Date: 

I've been smitten by a picture of an old quilt made in 'that' turkey red cotton twill, and thinking of making a reproduction. Does anyone know of a fabric line that has that particular red colour...what we'd call 'pillar box' red over here. (I'm not looking for the twill, of course, just standard quilter's cotton) I've looked on the Reproduction Fabrics site, but - allowing for a colour monitor of course - none of the reds seem quite right. If anyone has already been down this route and found 'that' fabric somewhere, I'd love to know. You can see the colour quite well represented on p 56 of 'North Country Quilts, Legend and Living Tradition' by Dorothy Osler; pp 26/7 of 'Quilts of the British Isles' by Janet Rae and p 109 of 'The Red Dyes' by Gosta Sandberg.

Thanks

Sally W Sallytatters@ntlworld.com

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Subject: Turkey Red fabric From: "Dee Stark" <dee@deestark.com> Date: Wed, 2 J

Sally, in her mention of Turkey Red, made me remember that I have a restoration project sitting waiting to be done. It is a classic red and green applique, and some of the red has gone. It's a family quilt the belongs to a friend of my mother, and is my favorite thing to work on - putting a family quilt back in service is very soul satisfying!

I haven't actually measured, but am getting the sense that I need about a fat quarter (total) of turkey red, and can certainly take it in scraps (smallest the size of my palm) to do the work.

Since Nancy & Bill Kirk had to discontinue their vintage fabric business, and me not having done any restoration work in few years....I've lost track of where I could get vintage fabrics.

dee (hoping that everyone is having a great summer, and has a save and happy Fourth of July! Remember our troops and their families......)

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: July 01, 2003 From: Bluecrookedtooth@aol.com Date: Wed, 

the best way to hang a quilt is to make a sleeve on the upper side of the back of the quilt in the position you want to dispaly the quilt. A sleeve is the traditional way to hang it. You just cut a piece of material the length of the top of the quilt and make a tube out of it by sewing it in half (so make sure it is big enough to out a rod or dowel thru it the size you need to hold it up). and then hand stitch it to the upper side of the quilt on the back side. (Its the tarditional way.) or you can buy these woooden claps that have a ball inside where you pull the Quilt up inside; it is by the depth of the quilt that it is held in place. Or you can make ties sewn to the top of the quilt as if it were a curtain. ) There are several ways to do this. One being a part of the colors of the quilt sewn as tags that are used as stays wehere a curtain rod can be employed. And you can also use those metal clamps like the shower curtains have, but you need something to gravel them with, like a gromlet placed in your quilt, but that is too extreme and can cause damage to your quilt. I prefer the sleeve method, becasue it is all sewn and is traditionally the best way, so as no wood comes into contact with the quilt. But I will add, if you display a quilt in a window you should put a sun/ heat barrier between the quilt and the window, or you could get sn damage.The sun could bleach the color out of your quilt in a very short time (I know, becasue it happened to me, esp permanent press materials). Good luck ladies. (Fiftht generation quilter, Susana)

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Subject: Re: Turkey Red fabric From: Slnquilts@aol.com Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 

You can probably get some vintage turkey red fabric from Mary Koval in Pennsylvania. If you like I can look up the address. Sharon Newman

 

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Subject: blue dots From: tabbie bolk <tabbiea@yahoo.com> Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 

Hi. I'm new to the list and would like to know how to remove the blue dots that were printed onto a circa 1960's quilt top I just acquired. I've soaked it in Bix, Oxy Clean and tried hydrogen peroxide with no results. Is there anything I can do to remove these dots? Thanks, Tabbie

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Subject: Re: early Honeycomb quilt top From: Slnquilts@aol.com Date: Wed, 2 Jul 

The first printed references is in the January 1835 Godey's Ladies Book and is a printed pattern for Honeycomb patchwork. The Treasures of Great Britian shows several examples of the English pieced mosaic or honeycomb designs. Sharon Newman

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Subject: Wool Exhibit at Vermont From: Edwaquilt@aol.com Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 

I hope some of you got to see this exhibit at the Vermont Quilt Show last week. It was indeed an awesome collection of wool quilts. I have never seen so many wonderful wool wholecloth in one place.

Holice

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Subject: Re: blue dots From: Xenia Cord <xenia@legacyquilts.net> Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2003 08:48:47 -0600 X-Message-Number: 9

Tabbie, could we convince you that you should not remove the blue dots, and not to worry about them? They are an indication that the quilt is from a kit, and may be the only evidence of that. As an historical marker, they may be important to researchers and appraisers in the future.

Besides, if the marks are there long enough, almost nothing will remove them that will not do microscopic damage to the fabrics, or bleach out the rest of the design.

Xenia

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Subject: Re: Wool Exhibit at Vermont From: Kittencat3@aol.com Date: Wed, 02 Jul 

Could the details be shared with the list? I heard it was wonderful but couldn't get to Vermont.

Thanks -

Lisa Evans

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Subject: Re: Turkey Red fabric From: "Sally Ward" <sallytatters@ntlworld.com> 

Thank you Sharon, I would like the address - whether I can run to vintage fabric for the whole project is another matter, but I'd like to find out if its possible.

Regards

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Subject: Re: Turkey Red fabric From: "Julia D. Zgliniec" <rzglini1@san.rr.com> 

Dear Sally and QHL, Some years ago, P&B fabrics made a very good reproduction turkey red and a very good chrome orange. They were part of their staple line of solid colors - I can't remember the number #35 or #40 Maybe? anyway, you could check their web site to see if it is still there - OR you could check Patchworks in Bozeman, MT. Margo will know which number it is and may even have the fabric http://www.reproductionfabrics.com/

On the Pand B site I found a red in the Penn. Plain and Fancy line which may work. http://www.pbtex.com/html/pennsylvania.html

Good luck, Julia Zgliniec

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Subject: new e-mail address (no quilt content) From: "Cheryl Wolf" 

Hi all,

My address has changed from chyral@aol.com to cwolf@verizon.net

We've been off-line here for the better part of two months, after a disasterous AOL upgrade & an extended battle with a quarrelsome DSL modem... and in the process I've lost all my addresses & saved e-mails. So if I've corresponded with you in the past, please drop me a note so I can add you to my new (very empty) address book.

Looking forward to getting back into the quilt-y stream of things, Cheryl Wolf

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Subject: source of fabric From: Gloria Hanrahan <gloria@ak.net> Date: Wed, 02 Jul 

Here is the note from the latest Kirk's newsletter.

"And don't forget the former Kirk collection antique fabrics at now at www.antiquefabric.com, run by our good friend Flinda Terteling who has been buying more fabrics. She just sent me a photo of a really nice 19th century indigo - check it out."

Gloria Hanrahan in rainy Alaska

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Subject: Vermont and Deerfield (long) From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com> 

Are there any fabulous quits out there that I didn't see in the last week? Not many! First stop, last Wednesday, was the Schwenkfelder Library. Candace did not steer me wrong when I asked what was really special in their exhibit of Needlework of the Schwenkfelder Women. There are three remarkable "townscapes," large needlepoint pictures (from a known group of seven) made by a young women's sewing circle around 1850. The pictures all show the same scene, an imaginary town with village green complete with sheep, railroad trains, roads, rivers with boats (even a steamboat), people doing all sorts of things, but each has its own fascinating peculiar details. There are all sorts of goodies to be seen including half a dozen quilts. My favorite is the Double S: eighty "S" blocks set side by side in red, yellow and blue--a triumph of primary colors. I defy anybody to be depressed when looking at PA German quilts. 

Thursday we visited the Huguenot Houses in New Paltz, NY, but except for a couple of great New England-style family record samplers, there wasn't much to see in the textile line. Shelburne bills the current exhibit as Art of the Needle:100 Masterpiece Quilts and that is absolutely accurate. Only a couple of the quilts are not included in the catalogue which is available from Shelburne (sorry I don't seem to have the phone # handy). We spent the whole day looking at the quilts. There was one very big disappointment: the labels were really bad. Most of the dates were "mid nineteenth century" even if the quilt included fabrics that were clearly 1880s. 

One incredibly complex pieced pattern (9 blocks each composed of a large spinning compass surrounded by concentric circles of diamonds and triangles) is described as a common pattern! (duh). One more example will be enough to prove my point. This is a quote from the catalogue which is essentially the same as what is posted in the gallery: "Four of these quilts were made in Maryland, and it was in that state's capital that the celebrated Baltimore album quilts were made during a relatively brief period." You don't have to be a Marylander to know that although Baltimore is the largest city, our capital is Annapolis. Everybody on this list is concerned about the history of quilts. Accuracy is important to us. I thought our biggest problem was the UGRR. Should we not be able to assume that when one reads a label at a museum of the stature of Shelburne one can trust the accuracy of the information? I know a lot of QHLers were there. Feel free to pile on if you think I'm out of line here. I am thrilled that Shelburne has mounted this glorious exhibit. I urge anybody who can get there to go. Just be sure to provide your own expertise.. 

The Vermont Quilt Festival was once again incredibly uncomfortable. I think if they scheduled it for February it would still be 95 degrees. As always there were wonderful antique quilts: two exhibits this year: one of quilts from the VT documentation, the second of New England wool quilts. It was the wool quilts that captured me. More than 50 of these simple, gorgeous quilts created a simply gorgeous visual treat. The show catalogue has lots of great information, I quote from Nancy Halpern's essay: "The great polished calamancoes are as elegant as repousse silver, as elaborate as the crewel embroidery from which many of the designs are borrowed. Their gloss, shine and brilliant colors were well-loved by their makers." This fabulous exhibit was not only a feast for the eyes, but a priceless learning experience. I don't know if I'll ever see so many examples in one place again. Think about this: Richard Cleveland, Nancy Halpern, Lynne Bassett and Kate Smith put this together just for the VQF, four days June 26-29! One thing I learned was that a pink very like Ashes of Roses was a big favorite for the early New England wool quilt. 

Sunday was Deerfield, one of the great treasure houses of American decorative arts. Also, along with Winterthur, a museum that really trains its docents well. You can go to the bank with what they tell you. We all have to pray that Deerfeild publishes a catalogue of the exhibit, perhaps in conjunction with the seminar they're having. I suspect that all the great wool quilts that weren't at VQF are at Deerfield, but with various other styles of early quilts thrown in. There's a marvelous new exhibit building since I was last there which includes a look into the museum's "attic" where items not on display are stored in glass cases rather than being hidden away from view. Monday on the way home we stopped in Intercourse to see the Amish crib quilts. I can never see Amish quilts without wanting to go straight to my rotary cutter and play with color. Along the way I bought a huge amount of fabric, including a bolt of an incredible turkey red paisley stripe by Judy Roche which a friend and I divided vertically since there are only three repeats across the width. We now each have plenty for borders for an, as yet, unplanned quilt. I really do have some friends who aren't quilters, but I feel sorry for them. They can't possibly have as much fun as I do. Cinda on the Eastern shore

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Subject: Wholecloths at the vermont festival From: "pepper cory" 

Hello all-Did anyone take slides or migh there be a catalogue of the wholecloth quilts? I am a great fan and would love to see all those stitching details! Pepper Cory at the very windy NC shore

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Subject: oxycleans, etc From: Palampore@aol.com Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2003 

After taking notes on the sodium perborates, oxy-cleaners, etc., I decided that there was really too much to do as a post. I promise that by July 28 I will have an article of sorts on my website. Newbie came to visit yesterday and we decided that there is lots of info. to share on this subject. I plan to do a hand out on this for the Costume Soc. of Amer. Region 6 meeting in Baton Rouge which is the end of July. I do much better if I have a due date looming over my head. If anyone has any wonderful info. to share regarding this topic I would love to hear from you. (I will add the Mane and Tail Shampoo to my test list. I have used that shampoo and like. But I do have wavy, curly crazy hair so I guess I didn't notice the frizzzzzz!) We might do Brimfield, Mass. next week, so if I don't respond give me a few days. Off to cook for a family gathering at the beach. Rain go away!! Lynn Lancaster Gorges, New Bern, NC

 

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