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Subject: OHL: IIQSG - Pictures From: "Susan Wildemuth" 

Just wanted to give you all a heads up, pictures from the first meeting of the IIQSG are up on the QHL quilt study page. We got to see many wonderful quilts that day and here is a sample of just a few of them. Enjoy!

Mark your calendars, the next meeting of the Iowa/Illinois Quilt Study Group will be held in Kalona, Iowa on Saturday, February 7, 2004. We will forward more details to the list as that date draws near.


Subject: (The International Quilt Symposium in Deerfield) From: 

If you haven't already signed on for the International Quilt Symposium in Historic Deerfield, now is the time to do it! The title of the event is "In Search of Origins: Quilts and Quilting from the Old World 1400-1800." From September 12-14, internationally recognized scholars in the quilt history world will be presenting and providing workshops about the origins of quiltmaking. It is impossible to understand American quilts without looking back to our ancestral roots. With the cast of incredible speakers, this conference will give us the chance of a lifetime to open our minds to the inspirations of our ancestors and a more in-depth understanding of what came before quilting in America. If you check the www.Historic-Deerfield.org you will find more information about this international quilting event. Hope to see you there. sue reich


Subject: show in NJ From: Judy Roche <jrocheq@pil.net> Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 

I might be telling all of you about a show you already know about , but just in case........ The Needles Eye Needlework from the Museum Collection New Jersey State Museum Trenton NJ until September14 th 2003

It is a wonderful show--25 fantastic quilts--signed, dated ------the full gamut of 19th c quilts , mostly early ones---broderie perse, applique and some pieced, too,--up to redwork(by a 9 yr old boy)and crazy quilts. And to my knowledge , only one had been published! Also there are samplers and bits of clothing and a few sewing tools--but the real stars are the highly originally designed blocks in these quilts.

It (including parking )is all free,but be prepared to show ID before entering( 9-11effect on state buildings)

This is such a good show words like glorious should be used --the whole exhibit is so well spaced and 'hung' --well done NJ State Museum. Wonder what else they have hidden away? Judy Roche Solebury Pa


Subject: (19th century quilt prose and poetry) From: <mreich@attglobal.net> Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 16:01:57 -0400 X-Message-Number: 4

This little tidbit of information comes from The Chester Times, Chester, PA. January 6, 1883 "Making a Crazy Quilt. A “Constant Reader” wishes to know, how she shall make a silk quilt. There are so many ways in which this may be done there is some difficulty in deciding upon one most satisfactory. If your pieces are of good size, and all fresh and handsome, one way is to cut out blocks of cotton cloth, either square or diamond-shape. Cut enough blocks to make the quilt the desired size, then paste on the pieces of silk, satin, or velvet; lap the edges and turn the upper one under; then cover every seam with feather-stitch, cross-stitch, or any fancy stitch you can invent. Another way is to cut the pieces in diamonds or squares. Join them in a manner similar to that described above. Save all the corners and little strips of silk and use them to make a border for the quilt. This may be pieced in stripes as in “crazy” work. The blocks of plain silk or satin can be made still brighter by working flowers or figures on them. For these figures patterns can be found in illustrated papers and in fashion magazines, but they may also be found on handbills and wrapping paper-sometimes, for instance, quaint little fans and umbrellas, the outlines of a bird’s figure or a child’s head. All these pictures may be used to advantage. Small pieces of silk and satin, and sometimes of velvet and plush, can bee obtained at the remnant counter of some large dry goods store."


Subject: Australian convicts' supply list From: Laura Robins-Morris 

(Great subject line, huh!)

Anyway, I was reading Annette Gero's book "Historic Australian Quilts" (wonderful book), and in the intro she lists sewing items that were given to women on the convict ships. "one Bible, two aprons, one small bag of tape, one ounce of pins, one hundred needles, nine balls of sewing cotton, twenty-four hanks of coloured thread, one small bodkin, one thimble, one pair of scissors and two pounds of patchwork pieces." Interesting list.

So, what is the "small bag of tape"? Bias tape? something else? What would it be used for?

Thanks. Laura in Seattle


Subject: Re: Australian convicts' supply list From: Judi Fibush <judi@fibush.net> 

Could it have been used for measuring tape, perhaps?


> > So, what is the "small bag of tape"? Bias tape? something else? What > would it be used for?


Subject: (19th century quilt prose and poetry) From: "Anita Grossman Solomon" 

From: mreich@attglobal.net; Monday, August 18, 2003

... Chester, PA. January 6, 1883: "Making a Crazy Quilt ... Cut enough blocks to make the quilt the desired size, then PASTE on the pieces of silk, satin, or velvet; lap the edges and turn the upper one under...

PASTE! Who'd a thunk it? Not me. Though inseparable from my fabric glue stick, I wasn't aware that 'paste' was used as a traditional foundation piecing tool. Cool. Anita/NYC


Subject: Re: Australian convicts' supply list From: Xenia Cord 

I will suggest that this is the tape that was used to bind seams, and to put around the bottom edges of dresses, so that when they brushed the ground the dress fabric did not fray.



Subject: Re: Paste From: Xenia Cord <xenia@legacyquilts.net> Date: Tue, 19 Aug 

We need Sue Reich to re-check her copy, and see if the word PASTE was indeed baste.



Subject: Re: Australian convicts' supply list From: "Sally Ward" 

So many uses for tape.....what about ties for 'pockets', aprons and bonnets, drawstrings for underwear etc...? (not to mention 'sanitary wear')

When DD left home I jokingly gave her a bundle of knicker elastic which had been in my bits box for years. She asked 'why on earth...?' I flippantly replied 'because a girl never knows when she will need some knicker elastic'. Recently she told me how many different uses she had found for it, and asked for more.................

Sally W


Subject: History of Broken Dishes Block From: Gail Hurn <gailhurn@yahoo.com> 

Does anyone know when the Broken Dishes block began? Someone has suggested that it was a pattern first used by the Amish, but I have never seen an old Amish Broken Dishes quilt.

Unfortunately, I do not have my quilt encyclopedia books with me.




Subject: Re: History of Broken Dishes Block From: Kittencat3@aol.com Date: Tue, 

If it's the one I think it is, there are similar patterns in patchwork going back to the early 18th century and possibly earlier....

Lisa Evans


Subject: Dutch Doll From: Teri Klassen <teresak@bloomington.in.us> Date: Tue, 19 

Charlotte, in southern Indiana, and I think in the South, they call her Dutch Doll. In Kansas, they call her Sunbonnet Sue. I also have a sunbonnet my grandma wore when gardening (-: . I think she goes back to embroidery figures of the late 1800s. what was the name of that artist who drew all the sweet children? Teri, in Bloomington IN


Subject: Re: Dutch Doll From: Judi Fibush <judi@fibush.net> Date: Tue, 19 Aug 

Kate Greenaway and she did thme in the mid 1800's and later.



Subject: Re:Historic Deerfield's International Quilt Symposium publication From: 

Call Deerfield and asked to speak to Edward Maeder. He is arranging for the Symposium. I think that it is an excellent idea to have the papers published. I don't know his plans but if enough people make request, he might consider it. sue reich


Subject: Re: Dutch Doll From: "Barb D" <barbd@clarityconnect.com> Date: Tue, 19 

was it Kate Greenway? The artist with the sweet children? 


Subject: Re:Paste From: <mreich@attglobal.net> Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 13:16:35 

Yes, the word is Paste. That's one of the reasons I picked this one to share. sue


Subject: Re: Edward Maeder @ Historic Deerfield's email From: Kittencat3@aol.com 

I believe there are tentative plans to publish the lectures, at least in pamphlet form. Edward is pretty busy right now, but he *will* respond to e-mail. I'm seeing him on Saturday to finalize my workshop and can ask about possible publication....

Lisa Evans


Subject: 19th century quilt poetry and prose From: <mreich@attglobal.net> Date: 

For about three years from 1883 through 1885, inclusive, there were many references to Crazy Quilt making in the Chester Times, Chester, PA. Here is another one. Hopefully, it will really make us question our former notions of crazy quilts. Where they called because they were viewed as a craze or the young girls were wildly making them, or because of the irregular piecing, or all of the above? Reading this, you might also wonder if the individual scraps were collections that displayed the affections of possible male suitors. sue

The Chester Times Chester, PA. October 25, 1883

Making Crazy Quilts. How Chester Young Ladies Gather Material for the New Covers.

Quite a number of Chester young ladies are afflicted with the crazy quilt mania and the long winter evenings form a good chance to push their favorite projects. The young ladies watch the gradual decay of young men’s hats and bargain at once for the satin linings, while they beg as much of a scarf as a young man will part with. The young lady with several brothers is looked upon with envy by her less fortunate sisters, as this gives the manufacturer of a crazy quilt great advantage in the race for bright pieces of silk or satin. 

Wide cravats are considered fine prizes and the young man who can bestow one of these treasures on his lady is dead certain of winning her lasting regard, for this is considered the surest way of obtaining a mortgage on her affections. The brother that wears a spike coat is an object of tender interest to his sister and on first intimation that that “spike” must be hung away, off comes the lining and the dear sister is happy for a whole week and perhaps a day or two more. 

These scraps of fancy colored material are gathered and made into a quilt, which is embroidered and used as a sofa cover. It is called the “crazy quilt” and is said to be “just perfectly too lovely for anything.” All the girls are making them and before long there will be a corner in fancy material. The young men don’t mind losing their hat linings at all, but if high buttoned vests were to go out of style, they would be ruined, but might possibly recover ground by foreclosing the mortgages on the young ladies affections.


Subject: Re: 19th century quilt poetry and prose From: Judi Fibush 

Thank you Sue, what a delightful piece of history and what tickled young people's fancies at the time. Talk about a bygone era!



Subject: Re: Dutch Doll From: Xenia Cord <xenia@legacyquilts.net> Date: Tue, 19 

Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) was a British author/illustrator whose illustrations of sweet children in the garb of the 1820s were so popular that she actually affected children's fashions in the late Victorian period. Her designs are often seen worked into crazy quilts of the period, and in redwork quilts.

Bertha Corbett Melchor (1872-1950) was the illustrator for Eulalie Osgood Grover's childhood primers, called the Sunbonnet Primers. Supposedly someone challenged Bertha that she could not illustrate for children without showing the faces of her little characters, and the Sunbonnet Babies were born. Melchor and Grover worked together for many years, illustrating children's stories in books and magazines.



Subject: Re: Dutch Doll From: Judi Fibush <judi@fibush.net> Date: Tue, 19 Aug 


Your extensive knowledge is forever appreciated and inspiring. Thanks you for keeping us all up on interesting facts.



Subject: A question for our textile experts From: "Lisa Erlandson" 

I have a question for someone who knows strange things (don't we all!) about textiles. Is there anything that will prevent black trampoline mat (probably a rubber type substance?) from rubbing off - BUT still leave it soft and porous?

Thanks, Lisa


Subject: Re:Paste From: Gloria Hanrahan <gloria@ak.net> Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 

I have a large quilt top made by my maternal grandmother which has fake flower pasted (or glued) as decoration. It was probably made around 1900 and is velvet or velvet like material with no emb., only these flowers glued on. The pattern is a large star in the middle and I think it has log cabin blocks in the corners. I'll have to pull it out and look again. All with solid colored velvet and has the look of the crazy quilts, even though it is not of that pattern.

I saw a pillow cover a couple of weeks ago from the same era--also with the flowers glued on. The only other one I have seen.

The glue is holding quite well with only some at the very edges coming loose. Would anyone have an idea of what type of glue was used? It isn't causing any deterioration of the fabric or the flower.

Gloria (in Alaska)


Subject: paste From: <chrisa@jetlink.net> Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 14:35:13 -0700 

In more than one source I have read paste was used in the early 1800s by women making cut-out-chintz quilts. A later reference is in "Chintz Quilts, Unfaded Glory." Bullard and Shiell quote from the 1882 Dictionary of Needlework to describe how to make broderie perse quilts and paste is mentioned. The fabric is stretched on a frame before the fabrics are pasted down and allowed to dry. Remove it from the frame to stitch the edges down.There's no mention of what the paste is made of. So I looked it up in my facsimile of the 1882 dictionary and paste is not defined or described.

Kim Wulfert www.antiquequiltdating.com


Subject: Re: Dutch Doll From: "Karan Flanscha" <SadieRose@cfu.net> Date: Tue, 

Here are some thoughts on the "Dutch Doll" question. I ordered an applique pattern for a "Sunbonnet Sue" type design called "Dutch Doll with Embroidered Bow" from "Contemporary Quilts" in Memphis, TN approx. 1977. The pattern says "Drawings by Sarah Cochran" and says ©1976 by Marilynn Califf. (And I have a pile of cute blocks, as I had 2 boys :) In Betty Hagerman's 1979 book "A Meeting of the Sunbonnet Children", she quotes Mary Washington Clarke's "Kentucky Quilts and Their Makers" pg. 69 "By far the most popular representation of a human figure in applique for at least 50 years has been the Dutch Doll, which seems to have a close affiliation with Sunbonnet Girl (or baby) and other simplified abstractions of bonneted little girls. And on pg. 70-71, "Although this pattern appears less often in quilting manuals than do some related patterns, it persists as a perennial favorite among quilters interviewed for this discussion. It is often made of scraps from the clothing of the child who is to receive the gift quilt... Dutch Girl (Boy, Dollie) may be, with many patterns available, six different quilts are likely to produce quite different conceptions as to color and arrangement." 

On page 7, Hagerman says "There is another source of confusion among pattern names- the Dutch Doll of the eastern mountain region most likely refers to a sunbonnet pattern without regard to ethnic association with a costume. A few Dutch Doll patterns retain the old-world costume, but most are typical sunbonnet patterns found in other areas as well." This seems to support my thought that Dutch Doll is a regional name (my pattern was from Tennessee, and the other quote from Kentucky)?? Betty Hagerman gives background on both Kate Greenaway and Bertha Corbett and their illustrations, as well as other quilt designers who gave us variations of the charming tots. 

Bertha Corbett's Sunbonnet Babies were used to illustrate textbooks by Rand McNally & Co. On page 13 of " A Meeting of the Sunbonnet Children", she states "Dutch Girl Crafts has available line drawings at book size of all the illustrations of the Primer (referring to the textbook illustrated with Bertha Corbett's Sunbonnet Babies). On page 29, under the heading "Nancy Cabot", she tells: "Edna Van Das (Dutch Girl Crafts) is researching Chicago Tribune patterns, many of which are Nancy Cabot's." She later mentions "No. 1064 is Dutch Boy pictured in Dutch Girl Crafts Scrapbook 10, June 1978..." In the references at the end of the book, she gives an address for Dutch Girl Crafts, Box 145 Crete, IL 60417. Copies of this scrapbook would be something to seek out. Betty Hagerman's book is also an excellent resource for both information and patterns, (but I am sure, long out of print). Hope this helps.... Karan from steamy NE Iowa


Subject: RE: Land O' Nod quilt magazine From: "Karan Flanscha" 

When I was looking for info on the Dutch doll question, I found a short article about Scioto Imhoff Danner, and Mrs. Danner's quilts, in "A Meeting of the Sunbonnet Children" by Betty Hagerman, who was from Baldwin City, KS. If you are still looking for info, let me know & I will type the info & send to you. In the acknowledgements, she thanks Helen M. Ericson for the biographical info on Scioto Imhoff Danner, if that is of any help. Happy Stitching!! Karan from steamy NE Iowa


Subject: Re: Australian convicts' supply list From: Annette Gero 

Re: Australian convicts' supply list

Hummmmm..Interesting how one quotes things and doesnt quite know what everything is...

I have never thought to find out what the "tapes" were. Someone (when Sally Ward organized for me to give a talk in Yorkshire), gave me the actual quote from the book written by Elizabeth Frys' daughters. It was slightly more detailed than the quote I have in my book. I wonder if anyone can find that quote..I for one, would be grateful!~

Annette Gero

in cold winter wet Australia.


Subject: Re: Dutch Doll From: Marthapatches36@aol.com Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2003 

I think you maybe thinking of Kate Greenaway or ------Corbet. Sorry am having a senior moment, her first name just flew out of my head Martha


Subject: Re: History of Broken Dishes Block From: "Celia Eddy" 

Coming into this thread late so I may be repeating what you already know! Barbara Brackman shows five different blocks with the name Broken Dishes, Maggie Malone shows four and Yvonne Khin shows two. To say anything specific about a particular blokc we'd need to know which pattern we're looking at.



Subject: Re: Australian convicts' supply list From: "Candace Perry" 

I'm being a bit dense here and I don't recall if someone gave this reply (and I also don't recall the date of the convict's list) but here in Noth America the home production of linen tape, used for everything from garters to drawstrings in clothing and utilitarian bags, was a common early 19th century activity. Candace Perry Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center


Subject: Warm Wishes From: "Wanda" <fattyoldkid@houston.rr.com> Date: Wed, 

I'm doing a warm wishes quilt for my 5 year old and she wants two different fabrics in the quilt...I was wondering if anyone did a scrap type warm wishes quilt and how it turned out...one fabric is hot pink with frogs the other is blue with bugs...Just wanted to hear how others might have done it

Thanxs Wanda


Subject: nail polish From: "Lisa Erlandson" <quilter@cooke.net> Date: Wed, 20 Aug 

Does anyone know of a good way to get nail polish off fabric?

Thanks, Lisa


Subject: Re: nail polish From: "Wanda" <fattyoldkid@houston.rr.com> Date: Wed, 

If it's cotton fabric you can you nail polish remover...I've used it and you just kind of dab the fabric with maybe a paper towel under to catch what goes thru...don't rub as it can lighten the fabric...I've used it on carpet as well and have not had any problems...wash it out afterwards...it might take several dabs but should get it off...if you have a BIG blob, and you can scrap some of it off first, I'd do that.

Good luck Wanda


Subject: RE: paste From: "jajb" <anne_j@worldnet.att.net> Date: Wed, 20 Aug 

What great fun learning about the paste. I hope someone can find out what it was made of. Could it have been simple flour paste?

I added the information to my Crazy Quilt article at http://www.womenfolk.com/historyofquilts/crazy.htm That's the great thing about a web page. You learn something new and you can put the information right up to share with others.

Judy Anne


Subject: Re: A question for our textile experts From: "Wanda" 

Lisa...are you referring to the fact that the kids get black feet and knees and anything else that touches it? I haven't found anything yet...I've emailed the maker and they don't answer either...I've tried washing it with a brush and hot soapy water...but that didn't help....if you get an answer PLEASE let me know...my girls had black behinds last night from just sitting on ours. Wanda


Subject: Another textile question From: Countrycupboard7@aol.com Date: Wed, 20 

I'm asking this question of the textile experts here. What is the history of the bandana? I've done an online search and all I can find is bandanas for sale and businesses named after the bandanas. Any info? trudy


Subject: Re: paste From: JBQUILTOK@aol.com Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2003 19:09:00 

In a 1948 hint book titled E-Ze Hints for Easier Living by Emelia Funk under sewing hints she suggests "To make applique work easier, paste the piece on your material with a little paste that has been made with flour and water. The paste will wash out at the first washing."

I haven't tried it yet & don't know where she got the idea - whether it was a common practice or if she just figured it would work.

Janet Bronston



Subject: Re: [qhl]Bandana From: Xenia Cord <xenia@legacyquilts.net> Date: Wed, 

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, bandana is from the Hindu bandhnu (1752), which is actually a term for describing a dyeing process that we would call tie-dye: reserving part of the cotton or silk cloth by tying it tightly, so that the dyed fabric will have white or yellow spots. The term is now also used to describe a cotton handkerchief in which the pattern is produced by a chemical agent.



Subject: Paste From: "Teddy Pruett" <aprayzer@hotmail.com> Date: Wed, 20 Aug 

Well, I can't tell you how delighted I am to add a bit of info to the discussion on paste. Somewhere in the past two years, I distiinctly remember reading a description of "making a paste of flour and water" with which to affix the cut-outs for the broderie perse quilts. "Flour and paste" and "affix" were the words of the writer; unfortunately, 'broderie perse" was not. SUre was hoping to find her contemporary phrase for that particular quilt. I use the description of the flour and water paste in my civil war lecture. Teddy Pruett


Subject: Re: Another textile question From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" 

Dear Trudy,

There is a nice article on the history of the bandanna, written by Susan Bean of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., in _Textiles in Early New England: Design, Production, and Consumption, The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Annual Proceedings 1997_, edited by Peter Benes and published by Boston University Press, 1999. Susan Bean also wrote an article on the history of bandannas which appeared in _The Magazine Antiques_ two or three years ago.

Hope this helps, Lynne

> I'm asking this question of the textile experts here. What is the history of > the bandana? I've done an online search and all I can find is bandanas for > sale and businesses named after the bandanas. Any info? trudy


Subject: Re: Another textile question From: Kittencat3@aol.com Date: Wed, 20 Aug 

Good heavens. Y'know, this is one of those simple, common, ordinary, everyday objects that everyone assumes has been around forever, and no one ever bothers to think exactly when it was developed...and now there are academic papers about it. Amazing.


Question for the list: how many people are planning to attend the "In Search of Origins" symposium at Historic Deerfield next month? I know Sue Reich will be there, and Lynne Bassett and I are on the program, but is anyone else going to be there? And would the QHLers like to get together at some point to meet and talk quilts and quilt history?

I know there are some social events planned, but if that doesn't work, I live in the area and would be delighted to serve as a local guide. There are some terrific places in Amherst and Northampton that would be perfect for dinner and/or a drink.

Hope to see lots of you in September -

Lisa Evans


Subject: 19th century quilt poetry and prose From: <mreich@attglobal.net> Date: 

Read the following newspaper article carefully. It is filled with quilt history information. Obviously, the young lady who was interviewed never heard the twenty-first century version for making crazy quilts. There are some other interesting quilt history tidbits, such as: was crazy quilt making a quilt revival of sorts or do all of the nineteenth century star quilts have a deeper meaning. The young lady also nails to log cabin craze to the Presidential campaign of "Tippecanoe and Tyler, too!" sue reich

Olean Democrat Olean, NY December 11, 1883

Crazy Quilts “What’s all this talk about crazy quilts?” asked a reporter of a young lady acquaintance. “Is it possible that you have never seen one?” exclaimed the young lady, “when dozens of them have been exhibited and raffled right here in San Francisco. Why, I’ll show you mine. There.” Said she, triumphantly, after spreading before the attentive gaze of the reporter a dazzling array of brightly colored blocks, “that is a ‘crazy quilt’ or will be when these blocks are all stitched together on the machine. You can judge of the effect by placing them together.” 

“It’s a great deal of work, isn’t it?” asked the reporter. “Well, that depends,” was the reply. Mine is made on these squares with a piece of cloth for the foundation of every block, on each of which the silks and velvets and brocades are placed in erratic fashion, the more zigzag the pattern and the greater the contrast of colors, the better. Some, though, put all their patches on one large foundation, which is a very bulky, clumsy way; for, as you see, each scrap must be worked all around its edges with a fancy stitch in bright silk or floss. The ordinary stitch is the feather stitch, or else the old-fashioned ‘herring-bone.’ But, of course, if one chooses, the needlework may be elaborate, illustrating all the stitches known to decorative arts.” 

“I should think that the silk for the ornamentation of the patches would be an item of expense?” 

“It was to me until I stopped buying it by the spool. I get waste silk now, all sorts of colors, for twenty-five cents an ounce.”

 “Where did this idea of ‘crazy quilt’ originate?” was the next question. 

“Well, I’ye been told all sorts of versions, but I believe that the truth is this: The officers wives in a military post somewhere on the frontiers invented it. Of course it’s only a new variation of an old idea. Patchwork is as old as the hills. Silk patches are an innovation on the calico quilts of our grandmothers, who early in their tender years were initiated into the mysteries of ‘star quilts’ – that of the ‘rising sun,’ ‘fox and geese,’ ‘flowers’ and the ‘log cabin’ – all the rage during the Presidential campaign of ‘Tippecanoe and Tyler, too,’ as the old Whig war-cry had it.”

 “Tell me why this particular style is called a ‘crazy quilt?’” persisted the reporter.

 “O, for any number of reasons. Because the pattern is crooked, confused, confounded; because there’s an infatuation in the work itself; because to see one-is to want to make one; because in our search for pieces we drive dressmakers, milliners and dry goods clerks crazy.”

 “Why, is it so hard to make a collection of patches?” 

“Awful!” exclaimed the young lady, in a tone of desperation. “Everybody wants them. Whenever two ladies meet, greetings are hurriedly exchanged and if they do not both speak at once, the one who can talk fastest says: ‘O, my dear, I’ve been wanting to see you this long time to ask you for some silk scraps.’ ‘You’re not making a crazy quilt, are you?’ the other one interrupts. I was going to ask you for some scraps myself.’ “Why, do you know,” continued the young lady, “I’ve had people visiting want to cut off a piece of my bonnet string.” “Indeed!” “Yes. I’ve asked all my gentlemen friends for their cravats and hat linings; there’s always a clean piece, you know, underneath. Last week I went to my milliner for some pieces and she told me all her customers were coming in for the same thing. I didn’t get any there. Then I went to my dressmaker, who does a sashing business. ‘Mrs. F.,’ said I, ‘have you any ------.’ ‘Stop,’ said she waving me off with her hand, ‘don’t say “crazy quilt” to me. I’m wild. I’ve just taken away my own shears from a lady who intended to snip off some pieces of the goods on my cutting table.’ Nothing there. It’s no use going for samples --- they won’t cut them for us at the stores. But you’ll save me your cravats, won’t you?” 

The reporter, after giving the required promise, took his leave. On his way he stopped at a dry-goods store, and as a bait said “Samples” to the clerk at the silk counter. “Don’t give any after ten a.m. Are you making a crazy quilt, too?” 

“No. But tell me, do you have many such requests?” 

“Guess we do! The ladies have no conscience at all; expect us to cut and hack away at our richest goods. We have had to shut down on the sample business. Why, it took time and cost us something. But we’ve had our fun out of it, too. One day a little girl came in and asked for ‘samples’ of light silks. I noticed she looked queer when I gave them to her. Before she got out of the store she began to cry. Mr. S., the proprietor, saw her and asked her if she lost anything. What do you suppose she said? ‘No, sir: but that man over there cut the samples in such long, thin strips that they’ re no good for the quilt.’”

 “That was too bad,” said the reporter. “I can tell you a better one than that of Mrs.----,” mentioning a well-known name that the reporter was surprised to hear. “She came in to look at some brocades. I showed her our handsomest. She couldn’t make up her mind. Then she said: ‘I really don’t know which of these blues will match my silk, but if you will cut me off a piece of each I can tell when I get home, and send for the one I like best.’ ‘Why, mamma, that’s what you said at all the stores,’ said her small boy.” 

“Dead give-away, wasn’t it?” said the reporter. 

“Guess so, for the youngster, for she took him out quick.” 

----- San Francisco Chronicle


Subject: Re: [qhl]Bandana From: "Julia D. Zgliniec" <rzglini1@san.rr.com> Date: 

Dear QHL and Xenia, A good resource for bandannas is:

Weiss, Hillary (1990). The American Bandanna:Culture On Cloth From George Washington to Elvis. Chronicle Books. San Francisco.

There are many illustrations of various printed bandannas and handkercheifs. Yet another book for your library.

Regards, Julia Zgliniec

Xenia Cord wrote: > According to the Oxford English Dictionary, bandana is from the Hindu > bandhnu (1752), which is actually a term for describing a dyeing process > that we would call tie-dye: reserving part of the cotton or silk cloth


Subject: bandanas From: Teri Klassen <teresak@bloomington.in.us> Date: Thu, 21 

TRudy, another source on bandanas is Janet Rae's book on Quilts of the British Isles. She talks about a factory starting in England at a certain time, mid-1700s I think, that produced bandanas. maybe related to everyone being excited about Turkey red. My boyfriend never goes anywhere without one tucked jauntily in his back pocket. Teri


Subject: Bandannas From: "nms" <nms@jps.net> Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2003 07:50:21 -0700 X-Message-Number: 4

Hi there,=20 There is also a book entitled The American Bandanna- Culture on Cloth = from George Washington to Elvis by Hillary Weiss 1990. =20 Nance Searle 


Subject: insect control From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> Date: Thu, 21 Aug 

This may be of interest to those with wool quilts who have critters who love to munch on that fiber. Site is from the Texcons Smithsonian list and is for insect identification and trap setting.



Subject: need an appraiser in Blackburg VA for this textile From: Kris Driessen 

If anyone can help this lady out, please write to her directly.


> We have just inherited a portion of a petti- > coat from 1735, about 12" x 24", embroidered, > on handwoven linen. Could you please suggest > a reputable appraiser for this item? We do > have family provenance for this textile. > Thank you for any help that you may be able > to provide. >

Kay Stratton kay@kaystratton.com


Subject: Deerfield Seminar From: Trishherr@aol.com Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2003 

Dear Lisa,

I am looking forward to being at the Deerfield Symposium and am doing a last= =20 minute fill-in addition to the program on early Pa. quilt forms.=20 Trish Herr 717.569.2268 2363 Henbird Lane Lancaster, PA 17601


Subject: Deerfield vs Dallas From: "judygrow" <judygrow@patmedia.net> Date: 

I think I speak for many on this list who wish desperately that we could attend both the Deerfield seminars and the Dallas AQSG conference. However the high cost for travel, conference fees, and lodging for both of these events makes it necessary for us to have to choose one or t'other.

I won't be at Deerfield, but I will be at Dallas.

I hope the Deerfield papers will be published so we who won't be there can share in that way.

Judy in Ringoes, NJ judygrow@patmedia.net


Subject: nail polish remover From: CarylSchuetz@cs.com Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2003 

Be very careful with nail polish remover and cotton. Be sure that you get all of the nail polish remover out of the fabric. Last year one of the female attendants in my son's wedding must have spilled nail polish remover on one of my matching twin size Amish style quilts as the bride and her attendants dressed for the wedding in one of the bedrooms. Several months later I noticed a light brownish stain on the quilt (right in the center of course). I didn't know what it was, so I wet a white cloth and patted the spot. The spot disappeared immediately; I then smelled nail polish remover. THen the fabric, where the spot was, disintigrated. Now I see about a three inch area of batting there. Caryl

In a message dated 8/20/03 11:28:29 PM US Eastern Standard Time, qhl@lyris.quiltropolis.com writes: > If it's cotton fabric you can you nail polish remover...I've used it and > you > just kind of dab the fabric with maybe a paper towel under to catch what > goes thru...don't rub as it can lighten the fabric...I've used it on carpet > as well and have not had any problems...wash it out afterwards...it might > take several dabs but should get it off...if you have a BIG blob, and you > can scrap some of it off first, I'd do that.





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