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Subject: Re: Nancy Cabot/Stonewall Jackson From: Donald Beld 

Hi Gayle, I know you have seen my version of the "Stonewall Jackson" quilt referred to in Brackman. I have not found the original Nancy Cabot yet; but I will tell you that my impression is that it is not a whole quilt, as my version is; but rather is a border.

It is also my impression that it derives its name from the lack of sashing, which gives the background fabric (especially if used as a border) the appearance of an old fashioned "stone wall".

I am making a second version of my quilt--as I sold the first one as soon as I finished it (but have retained possession until the second one is done). My second version will have the middle of the stars the same fabric as the background. I call it "Job's Crown" based upon Chapter 19 from the Book of Job. I am doing it in a gray background and center with a turkey red inner ring on the stars and an alternating indigo blue outer diamond on every other star and a gold on the others. They are the "most perfect" 19th Century Civil War era fabrics I have ever used. I just hope it doesn't take me three years to make like the first one.

If anyone else has an opinion on the composition of this quilt, I would love to hear it.

P.S., as far as I know, this is the only block/quilt pattern named for a Confederate. No Lee, no Jefferson Davis exist as far as I know. Don Beld

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Subject: 17th Century Nun's Prayer From: "Patricia L. Cummings" <quiltersmuse@comcast.net> Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2003 08:08:33 -0400 

While the source of the following poem is unknown, it's word resonate even today. Pat

17th CENTURY NUN’S PRAYER

LORD, Thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all; but Thou knowest Lord that I want a few friends in the end.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; Give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of other’s pains, but help me to endure them with patience.

I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessing cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally, I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a Saint- some of them are hard to live with- but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And, give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.

Amen

Writer unknown

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: September 18, 2003 From: QuiltAlive@aol.com Date: Fri, 

> "Stonewall Jackson, listed ("#1061.5) in B. Brackman's >

Are you sure that is the correct Brackman number? --Merikay

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Subject: Antique Quilts for Show 2004 From: Joe Cunningham 

I have received the Leta Shulte Grant from the Fort Mason Foundation to mount a quilt show from June 28 to August 11, 2004. The show will take place at the Herbst International Exhibition Hall here in the Presidio, a National Park in San Franisco. The show , "The Life of a Quilt," is intended to demonstrate my particular vision of the tradition of quiltmaking. That is, as a quiltmaker, I am most interested in how they are made, and how they have been made for the last couple of centuries in America. Accordingly, part of the exhibition will be my "How to Make a Quilt Wall." Starting with the raw fabric, the successive exhibits wil show the fabric all cut up, the blocks being sewn together, the top being assembled and, finally, the top installed in a frame with me quilting at it, so I can teach people the quilting stitch, conduct tours and answer questions throughout the show.

The second main part of the exhibition will be a section called, "Freedom in Tradition." It will be intended to show how some traditional quilts were created spontaneously, with a high degree of improvisation, even when the quilters were working with an existing pattern. For this part of the show I am seeking antique quilts made by quilters working freehand to create traditional patterns. It has been my observation that as old quilts are transcribed and reproduced for publication or teaching, they have been cleaned up, made symmetrical and flattened out. I am seeking the originals, where one can tell that the quilter was working to make a pattern like Wild Goose Chase, but made it freely, cutting and sewing each piece without the benefit of accurate templates or patterns.

I first got interested in this area by teaching myself to quilt freehand. Studying my favorite old quilts anew, I saw that many seemed to have been quilted without having been marked. Once I got started, I saw I could quilt cables, feathers, cross-hatching or any other design freehand and my quilts would look more like the old ones I treasured. Of course the majority of 19th century quilts were carefully sewn and marked for quilting. I am not looking for those, or for crazy quilts sewn with random patches. I want to show the ones where quilters seemed to piece, applique or quilt without first marking the fabric.

If anyone knows of quilts like this and would consider having them shown in this exhibition, they could email me pictures at Joe@joethequilter.com. I would love to hear from you on this or any other quilt topic.

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Subject: QHL: SPNEA at Colby College ME From: seater@mindspring.com Date: Fri, 

The October issue of Down East magazine lists in their event calendar an exhibit that I hadn't heard about before. Anyone been? Know if quilts are included?

Through Oct 27 at Colby College Museum in Waterville ME, SPNEA (Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities) tours its renowned collection of fine and decorative arts. "Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy" features 175 objects ranging from paintings and furniture to needlework, ceramics, costume, jewelry, photographs and textiles. (207) 872-3228 www.colby.edu/museum

Susan Seater, Raleigh NC (where Isabel was barely felt beyond closing school for 2 days) & Deer Isle ME seater@mindspring.com

Subject: A quilt in the Maine Antique Digest From: "judygrow" <judygrow@patmedia.net> Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 01:16:16 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

Our new issue of M.A.D. contains only one image of a quilt, and that is on page 1-D in an article titled "Mid Week in Manchester". The quilt is indeed a showstopper, as they call it, even in badly reproduced black and white.

The quilt is an album of 36 blocks with a large 6-block-size block (vertical) in the center, with a vine border, small wreaths at the corners. (6 blocks by 7 blocks plus border)

The caption says only that it is a memorial to a horse, but does not give a date or the name of the horse. The quilt is on consignment to the dealer who showed it, and the owner wants $32,000 for it! End of information.

Three blocks alternate, a peacock, a wreath and a horse, and the blocks turn left and right at the mid-line to keep bi-lateral symmetry. The center block looks to be the horse under an arch of flowers -- the winners circle? It is hard to see.

Does anyone know this quilt or where it can be seen in color? I can't find it on the MAD web site, and I've never read a reference to it anywhere before. I've called the dealer and left a message, but haven't gotten an answer -- yet, if ever.

Judy in Ringoes, NJ judygrow@patmedia.net

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Subject: feedsack articles/references From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <marciark@earthlink.net> Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 08:21:33 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

Hi All, Knowing what a wonderful group this is, I wondered if some of you might have some articles/books etc on feedsacks. I need them for something I am working on right now. Thanks, Marcia Marcia Kaylakie, AQS Certified Appraiser Austin, Texas 512/502-0383 www.texasquiltappraiser.com

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Subject: Re: Newark Museum Forms From: Judy Roche <jrocheq@pil.net> Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 10:18:22 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

Please send Registration Forms for the Newark Museum Quilt Extravaganza to Judy Roche PO Box 202 Solebury PA 18963 Thank you ! Judy

danabalsamo@yahoo.com wrote:

>Hi all, >For those of you that requested the Registration Forms for the Newark >Museum Quilt Extravaganza: I have received them from the museum and they >will be mailed out Friday morning. >If anyone else is interested, just email me you address and I will get one >out to you. >Hugs, >Dana >--- >You are currently subscribed to qhl as: jrocheq@pil.net. >To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-qhl-1458669E@lyris.quiltropolis.com > > > >

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Subject: feedsack articles/references From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 10:44:56 -0400 X-Message-Number: 4

In addition to Anna Lue Cook's Textiles Bags book, you might want to get a back issue of Dress, the CSA magazine, Vol. 19, 1992 for one of the finest articles written on feedsacks -- Recycling Feed Sacks and Flour Bags: Thrifty Housewives or Marketing Success? Story by Loris Connelly

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Subject: Re: feedsack articles/references From: <chrisa@jetlink.net> Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 08:25:35 -0700 X-Message-Number: 5

HI MARCIA,

There was an excellent and in depth article written on this topic one or two years back, written by Loris Connolly titled RECYCLING FEEDSACKS AND FLOUR BAGS: Thrifty Housewives or Marketing Success Story? Loris works at the MN Historical Society. As I recall, but can't say for sure, It may have been printed in DRESS journal from the Costume Soc. of America.

Kimberly Wulfert www.antiquequiltdating.com

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Subject: feedsack articles/references From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 12:43:23 -0400 X-Message-Number: 6

Marcia -- In addition to Anna Lue Cook's Textiles Bags book, you might want to get a back issue of Dress, the CSA magazine, Vol. 19, 1992 for one of the finest articles written on feedsacks -- Recycling Feed Sacks and Flour Bags: Thrifty Housewives or Marketing Success? Story by Loris Connelly

Marcia Kaylakie wrote:

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Subject: Isabel From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com> Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 

Just want to let you all know that the Eastern Shore was spared the worst of the storm This was my first experience of a hurricane in a place that's totally flat and surrounded by water--pretty scary. We ended up with lots of (very big) branches all over the yard (but not on the house) and consider ourselves very lucky. Cinda still here on the Eastern Shore

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Subject: Confederate QUilt Patterns From: "Teddy Pruett" <aprayzer@hotmail.com> 

<<P.S., as far as I know, this is the only block/quilt pattern named for a Confederate. No Lee, no Jefferson Davis exist as far as I know. Don Beld>>

Oh, what a horrid realization!!! I do think that we should gather together and rectify this situation, doncha know?? Gaye - anyone - don't you think we should DESIGN one to fill the void?????

Teddy

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Subject: Re: Confederate QUilt Patterns From: Gaye Ingram 

Yes, Teddy, I do believe we should design a block in remembrance of Lee. I've spent my life reading about him, ruffling through archives, even saw his devoted horse Traveler when he was a skeleton at Washington & Lee (they finally buried him, merci dieu). Just finished two new biographies and reread his son's recollection. I have the Lee coat of arms framed (Not unmindful of the future--non incautus futuri), the first painting I ever bought was a portrait of Lee (not so great, but costly) as a gift for my husband when we were in grad school and it took my month's salary plus some. I admire Lee immensely. He is the only person I've continued to read about in whom I found no grievous flaw. He was what he seemed, something out of style now, a Christian gentleman. He and Jackson believed until just a day or so before it came to pass that VA would be able to avoid secession. They knew what all those yahoos further south who were whooping war up as a chance to win glory--that, to loosely quote Lee, 'It is well war is so terrible. Otherwise we would be tempted to indulge in it more often.' After the war when Lee was offered high-paying jobs to sit on the boards of northern companies, he turned them all down in favor of going to little Washington College (now W & L), where the regents had to combine their funds to buy one decent suit for the delegate they sent to visit with him and make him the offer. It was not a glorious position, but he believed education was the path out of the devastation that was the South of that day. And he believed he should model what he believed.

So yes Indeed, let's do a Lee quilt.

After reading two Jackson bios within the last six months, I also admire him greatly. What a combination, the Tidewater son of a Revoluatinary War hero fallen on hard times ---Episcopalian (though never baptized), contained, courtly; and the fiercely independent Presbyterian Scots-Irish frontiersman who defied a town to establish a Sunday School for slave children which also taught them to read (Jackson never failed to send a donation to that group when he go his salary check). They were held together by devotion to a common goal and a common God, though Jackson's was more the Old Testament one.

This would have to be one heck of a quilt, Teddy, to live up to its subject.

Gaye

I cannot bring myself to get excited about Jefferson Davis, whom I consider a meddler who had to control every military action. Both Lee and Jackon had to work their way around him, Lee with delicate diplomacy, Jackson acting like he hadn't heard him or gotten his message.

What about getting outside Va and doing Hood of Texas, whose ragtag bands Lee once named the fightingest men under his command. They were the plain folks and beloved by everyone who ever encountered them. They also were reputed to be the most imaginative cussers of the Confederacy, no small achievement.

I have a motto to use as inspiration for a Lee quilt. It is the closing section of "Lee in the Mountains" by the Nashville poet Donald Davidson. It is a dramatic monologue and in these lines Lee is addressing the cadets at Washington College, encouraging them to take the values of their faith and their land and plant them anew in a new generation. I know few lines this side of Shakespeare and Milton with such cadenced, controlled power.

"Young men, the God of your fathers is a just And merciful God Who in this blood once shed On your green altars measures out all days, And measures out the grace Whereby alone we live; And in his might he waits, Brooding within the certitude of time, To bring this lost forsaken valor And the fierce faith undying And the love quenchless To flower among the hills to which we cleave, To fruit upon the mountains whither we flee, Never forsaking, never denying His children and His children's children forever Unto all generations of the faithful heart."

Teddy, you are always thinking, aren't you! This is a good idea. A terrific idea.

Poor Lee, left in our hands....... Gaye

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Subject: FW: Re: Confederate QUilt Patterns From: Gaye Ingram 

Teddy,

If I lived next door to you or even down the road, we would never get anything done. We could build us a playhouse, something on the order of yours but perhaps with a few literary trappings. The world would not be safe.

But I really think you are right about these Southern quilts. First, we need to see if there ARE any quilts named for Lee and company. I've spent lots of hours just mulling and looking in museums such as the Valentine and have seen nothing. Most focus on the 17th-18th century heritage.

And Hood would be such fun! He was a live wire, a frontiersman who, I think, was illiterate or thereabouts but a leader par excellence! A Texan whose troops could out-cuss anybody in the confederacy.

Gaye

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Subject: Confederate block patterns From: Donald Beld <donbeld@pacbell.net> 

Hi, I h ave received several e-mails about additional Confederate personalities that have quilt block patterns named for them--Brackman has one for Robert E. Lee, and Eleanor Burns has several. When I said I know of no others, I meant contemporary or vintage, i.e., early 1900's patterns.

That is not to degrade Brackman's or Burns' patterns. I think part of our great tradition is designing patterns or using old patterns in new ways and naming them. I am working on a quilt that uses a modified Job's Tears pattern that I have named for Rosa Parks, who I think is the great "common" person with uncommon courage of the 20th Century.

It is this tradition--the meaning behind pattern names that interest me so much about quilt history. Don Beld

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Subject: Re: Confederate block patterns From: Gaye Ingram 

Too late, Don, Teddy Pruett and I are going to redeem Lee and company---maybe Hood with his cussing soldiers (those call for feedsacks) in the bargain. The South is rising.

gi

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Subject: Re: feedsack articles/references From: Kris Driessen 

Marcia,

Our own quilt history website  (http://www.quilthistory.com  ) has two articles on feedsacks, one written by Jane Clark Stapel and one written by me. Both Jane and Barb Garrett helped with that one:-))

Kris

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Subject: : feedsack articles/references From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> 

You can find everything you need it Costume's website, including ordering of any of its Dress back issues. http://www.costumesocietyamerica.com And yes, Kris pointed out another good source, Jane Clark Staple's feedsack booklet.

 

 

 

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