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Subject: RE: UGRR quilt myth From: "jajb" <anne_j@worldnet.att.net> Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 21:49:16 -0700 X-Message-Number: 1

I notice on the Quilt in a Day site it says this about the book (Underground Railroad Sampler). "Learn how fifteen quilt blocks may have played a significant role in communication between the slaves and how it helped them on their way to freedom." I found the "may have" interesting. Perhaps someone has already talked to her about the fact it may indeed be a myth.

I've seen the same thing on some educational sites. It seems to me that they wrote the lesson plans thinking the myth was true then later realized it may not be so they still have the lesson plan but write a little something about how it 'may' be a myth.

Judy Anne


Subject: Baum textiles From: <chrisa@jetlink.net> Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 08:51:04 -0700 X-Message-Number: 2

I have a different take on this- Please don't bit my head off- but here's my thinking. It's not research or education, it's just fun fabric. I am thrilled with the new choices Baum has brought forth this year. I have bought many many of them so far. Can't get enough of commemorative fabrics. The Washington Line offers one with GW's face on it and now the new Lincoln line with Lincoln's face, set between a log cabin block design. Looks rather contemporary, but these are suppose to be copies or close copies of the real thing. I say close because in the case of one centennial stripped fabric that came out months ago, I have the real thing and it is different.

I also bought the one of the Lincoln memorial in the background with the Nov. 19, 1863 speech delivered to dedicate the Gettysburg cemetery, written on top in handwriting. Again this looks contemporary to me, but I don't know for certain. I bought some other floral prints from the Lincoln line and am happy with the whole thing.

The name doesn't bother me one iota. They are not including any information about the UGRR and use of quilts. it's not implied in my mind, as Lincoln is the main feature and the first name on the order forms and website I have used. There was an underground railroad and Lincoln advocated to end slavery and give them freedom , so using these words together makes sense to me.

As far as the dates being wrong, this is not the first Baum line where they have been wrong. They dated one line before the centennial, yet the date 1876 is on the fabric itself as part of the design! I am not going to pass up great material because of that, nor do I feel I am supporting the myth by buying the fabric because it is not a part of their line.

On another note re: UGRR, I received a request from a southern Midwest institution that wants to do a public art project using quilt patterns. He wants to know if there are any other refutes or supporting data to match my article that says it's a myth (since I wrote it in 2002), because he doesn't want to state my claims unless he can support this- What a hoot! He'll be quite surprised when he hears there is no support for the other side. I do respect him for checking and asking - but as the adage goes, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink.

For what it's worth...This is my two cents. I can't wait to see the line Mary Koval puts out!

Kim Wulfert www.antiquequiltdating.com


Subject: No Room at the Inn From: Trimble4@aol.com Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 13:59:34 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

Hi all,

Hope this is not too far off-topic, but I'm in a panic. I recently learned that I will need to be in Paducah during show time and tried just now to find a room. Guess what? Not a chance. Call it lack of foresight on my part, poor planning, or failure to be psychic, but now I need to find a room. Do any of you have a room and need a roommate? Please email me privately if you do.

Can provide previous roommate references, if need be <vbg>.

Thanks a million, Lori East ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Cooperstown exhibit From: <chrisa@jetlink.net> Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 12:09:49 -0700 X-Message-Number: 4

Stunning Stitches: A Quilters' Forum will be held at the Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown, NY on Oct. 15, a Wed. from 9-noon. The NYSHA which includes the Farmer's Museum, is sending 15 of their quilts to the Great International Quilt Festival in Tokyo soon, and they decided to show them here first. There will also be discussions on conservation and proper storage from the museum's conservator and staff will discuss the quilts on display.

Reservations are required by Oct. 8 and there is room available. The fee is $22,which includes a reduced fee to the Farmer's Museum, and it's $18 for museum members. Call Carla Eckler at 607-547-1421 for more info and reg.


Subject: crazy quilt From: "judygrow" <judygrow@patmedia.net> Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 23:45:16 -0400 X-Message-Number: 5

I've been going through my photograph albums and had my eyeballs stopped by a crazy quilt that was displayed at the Lancaster quilt show a few years ago. It was so special! It was displayed on a tilt board. I am sure some of you saw it and remember it as well. Each block was divided in half diagonally and one half had gorgeous flowers painted on black velvet, the other half the normal stitchery and motifs you'd expect to find on crazy quilts but these were over the top!

I have no notes on this quilt and I'd love to know now where it came from, who made it, etc.


Judy in Ringoes, NJ judygrow@patmedia.net


Baum textiles From: "jajb" <anne_j@worldnet.att.net> Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 23:58:34 -0700 X-Message-Number: 1

The Underground Railroad line of fabric could be commemorating the UGRR much like the quilts displayed at "Threads of Freedom: The Underground Railroad Story in Quilts" http://www.oberlin.edu/external/EOG/threads_of_freedom/threads2.html are commemorative quilts in honor of all those who were a part of that era.

OTOH I can't help but be a bit suspicious about any UGRR related things that came out after HIPV was published. I wonder if they would have chosen that theme if it weren't for the popularity of the book.



Subject: Lost Quilt found! From: KareQuilt@aol.com Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2003 08:26:34 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2

This just came from my daughter-in-law. (Her mother -- who is also a Karen -- made the lost quilt.) I started crying too. All I could think of was how I would have felt if the quilt I had made for our mutual granddaughter had been the one lost!! My DIL called me this afternoon and told me that because she had taken the time to read the quilt documentation articles I had written, she had urged her mother to put her name on the back of Marleigh's quilt. It was the first time her mother ever labeled a quilt she had made. In spite of checking with Lost & Found at Anchorage airport twice, the quilt was never "discovered' because it had been put in a box labeled "blankets." No one had bothered to open each box and look inside when my DIL called the airport's Lost & Found....not until it was time to start tossing the "aged" boxes. Read on for my DIL's email. Karen Alexander

<< With tears of joy I'm glad to report our Winnie the Pooh quilt has been found along with my childhood antique nursing blanket! Whoever found them at the airport in Anchorage, Alaska, stuffed them in a box and labeled it "blankets". After several months of being on their shelf, the airlines was ready to donate all of it. The person in charge, thanks to be to God, was a fellow quilter who didn't have the heart to donate it without trying to locate the maker. On the back was a label that said Grame Wegg - Anchorage, AK. So she looked it up in the phone book. Thankfully there was only one Wegg! Thank you so much for your help in trying to locate my baby's quilt! What a story to go along with it now! Janienne>>


Subject: QHL: Imported quilt documentation From: seater@mindspring.com Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2003 14:28:08 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

Connie, I would like to offer you a notebook of clippings I have gathered since the imported quilt controversy time. I had in mind future need to distinguish these from domestic products and also thought the popularity of commercial quilt reproductions might be of short duration and this would document the period. The pages are from catalogs and newspaper ads and are dated with the source. I believe the popularity is declining at least temporarily, and my research has gone in other directions, so I'd like to make space for other stuff.

If Connie can't use these photographs, can the List suggest a researcher or appraiser who would? Email me privately.

Thanks, Susan Seater Raleigh NC seater@mindspring.com


Subject: Fabric Dating Club, Western New York, Museums (long) From: "Cinda 

Just trying to put everything that's in my head into one email message. All who know me please refrain from any comments about what else may or may not be in my head (G). Hazel Carter's Dating Club met on Sunday in Northern VA. The topic was "Your first quilt," meaning the first quilt in your collection. We were looking for insights into the collectors thinking. What we learned is that, at the beginning, most of us weren't thinking at all. We just wanted quilts. A frequently repeated comment was "It was only $10 or $15 or whatever so how could I not buy it." There were a couple of people who obviously were born with "an eye." 

Hazel, not surprisingly, is one of those. Her "first quilt" is an exquisite (though suffering from deterioration) Sunburst, circa 1830, of fabulous fabrics set on a sprigged chintz background and finished by an incredible floral border of monochrome, red chintz. The quilt has been meticulously conserved. Another first, in a similar vein, is a Star set in diagonal rows of color with a too-die-for chintz border. This beauty also transcends the vicissitudes of time. Some people brought the first quilt they had made--acts of real courage! 

I had two firsts: my first purchase, a poorly constructed top (almost no seam allowances) handpieced in a pattern that Carrie Hall calls White Rose (p. 104, The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America). It's a circular Orange Peel-like design, in muslin and a single yellow print, probably 1930s. The first quilt I bought is a purple, green and white Pinwheel from the mid-1880s. The white is a conversation print with dogs; the quilting is Baptist Fans. Although we didn't follow the thread of each member's "collecting philosophy," Hazel did ask me what I think about. First, of course, I want it all. But when reality sets in, I know I like whatever is quirky and off-beat (I just happened to have Wild By Design in my bag). 

I also have tried to create a collection that is a survey of 19th century American quilts, with a major detour among the PA Germans. I am willing to make all sorts of compromises on condition if I can find something which fills a gap (this mostly applies to pre-1850 quilts) or contains particularly interesting fabrics. Back to Wild by Design. Hazel and I are both reading it and I say it's a MUST. I am going crazy with the highlighter on Janet Berlo's introductory essay. It's fascinating. Several people have told me that they didn't bother to pick it up because they thought it was an art quilt book. Just goes to prove the old adage "You can't judge a book by its cover." (G) 

Last week I went to Genesee Country Village and Museum southwest of Rochester, NY. It is a collection of buildings from that area dating from the 1790s to 1870 and well worth a visit. They told me it's the third largest outdoor museum in the US. I'm not sure how they define that category. 

One of their on-going projects is to duplicate the 100 or so quilts in their collection for use in the historic houses. They always have a quilt on the frame in a circa 1830 house. On one of the beds I saw a quilt in the same pattern as the appliqued star that so impressed me in the New Jersey State Museum exhibit a few weeks ago. The quilting interpreter called it Friendship Star (eight teardrop shapes appliqued in a circle with space for signing in the center) and gave me a pattern she had drafted for piecing the block. Why anybody would choose to piece rather than applique the block I don't know. I didn't look at the pattern until I was back at my car so I wasn't able to find out if their original quilt was pieced. 

Anyway, Genesee Country etc. is planning to focus on quilts next year. Their season is May thru Oct. There will be an exhibit of antique quilts in their gallery as well as in the houses. It's a lovely place and would be even nicer with old quilts to see. I made a point of telling people that they should list this in the quilt magazines. 

Apropos of our ongoing discussion of museums and spreading the word about exhibits, everywhere I went in the village interpreters told me that "We are the best kept secret in New York State." I was usually the only person in a building. On my way upstate I stopped at the visitors center on I-81 just south of Binghamton. It's one of those "welcome to NY" places with walls full of brochures for all sorts of attractions. I couldn't find anything on Genesee Country etc. and finally asked the woman at the desk. She said, "They don't send us their rack cards anymore." No wonder it's such a deep, dark secret! 

Cinda on the Eastern Shore wondering why the garment industry thinks that I would put on my body fabrics that I can't bear to touch.


Subject: Stifel cloth From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> Date: Wed, 01 Oct 

Many quilters seem to have a fondness for Stifel indigoes and calicos. Perhaps the site below will be of interest to you.

Joan new column now live Of Calico, Indigo and Bulldog -- J.L. Stifel & Sons http://www.fabrics.net/joan.asp


Subject: wool batting From: "Jan Drechsler" <quiltdoc@sover.net> Date: Wed, 01 

Until I moved to New England, I gave little thought about antique quilts with wool batting. Now every time I study an old quilt with wool batting, I covet it for its implied warmth. Since my cotton batting quilt never left my bed this summer, I want to make a quilt with wool batting for winter in Vermont. Commercial wool batting that I have seen is thin.

'Wally' is a 'she' and was washed and commercially prepared for felting.

That was to see if you were paying attention! I was just offered, at a very reasonable price, the entire brown/black fleece from Wally the sheep, who was shorn this spring. She was washed, combed, cleaned and the fleece was prepared by a mill for felting. It is about 4 1/2' x 6', airy with fibers aligned and the puffy thing is about 1 1/2 inches thick! In all the years I've handled batting, this is the first time I have picked one up and just pet it, it was so beautiful, brown and soft!

But I left 'Wally' where she was. (Both the wool and the real Wally the sheep.) Has anyone used a real fleece, prepared for felting? Could you stretch it to fit a 6' x 7' quilt and how? It seems as though the bat would separate unevenly if not done with skill. And then how closely would I need to quilt this raw bat of wool?

Should I go back for 'Wally' and how would I adapt it?


-- Jan Drechsler in Vermont Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher www.sover.net/~bobmills



Subject: American Quilt Museum in Bath From: "judygrow" 

A favor please.

If anyone has the book [ublished by the American Museum in Bath, England, could you pretty please scan the Mariner's Compass quilt and send it to me as an attachment? I really want to see how it and the one still here compare, since I made my repro of the one here. I want to see what differences there are in the fabrics used.

I am looking also at another set of sister quilts -- the huge feathered Lone Star by Anna Chambers Deacon, circa 1845 at the Burlington County Historical Society in NJ and the one published on page 72 of the NJ Quilt Documentation book, without attribution. The similarities of these unusual quilts are too close for the makers not to have known each other, if they weren't both made by the same person.

Judy in Ringoes, NJ judygrow@patmedia.net


Subject: Wool Batting From: Jennifer Hill <jennifer.hill@shaw.ca> Date: Wed, 01 

Go for it, Jan! I'm not entirely sure you could stretch it to 6' x 7', but surely you will find another suitable quilt that needs wool inside. I bought a carded wool fleece once, of approx. the same size as Wally's. I was told at the shop where I got it that most of their customers used it for felting. It was much puffier than I'm used to in batts - sorta like cheapo poly of years ago. I ended up quilting it fairly close (3/4" channels) to try and flatten it out, although I don't think it really "needed" such closeness. (Aside - Can you really ever have too much quilting????) Next time I try it, I will attempt to spread and thin it out during the layering stage. I've also used Australian and New Zealand wool batts, which are much more processed, thinner, and easier to lay out.

Wool is absolutely wonderful to handquilt! Your needle will glide so easily, even loaded up with 5-6 stitches. From now on, its my choice for handquilted bed quilts.

Jennifer Hill Calgary, AB


Subject: Re: Lost Quilt found! From: Marthapatches36@aol.com Date: Thu, 2 Oct 

What a wonderful ending, so glad a quilter looked in the box. l Hate to think our airlines and/or airports would have deliberately taken it.


Subject: Re: wool batting From: diane shink <dimacquilt@sympatico.ca> Date: 

J DEra Jan I used a wool batt that has come through to the surface of my wall quilt . it was carded at Upper Canada village. Since then I have read about and actually seen wool batts enclosed in cheesecloth before being used as batting. Wish I had taken a picture of the one sighted in Vermont recently.Hope this infprmation helks. Diane Shink


Subject: Re: wool batting From: "Christine Thresh" <christine@winnowing.com> Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2003 07:13:46 -0700 X-Message-Number: 5

In the 1970s when I was a wool spinner I used a carding machine. The machine looks like an old fashioned mimeograph with little curved wires sticking out of the round cylinder. You place some fleece in the feed tray and crank the machine around. After you make several turns you pull the carded fleece (nice and flat) off the drum. It would be perfect for quilt batting. Perhaps these machines are still for rent somewhere.

Christine Thresh http://www.winnowing.com


Subject: just comments From: "Charlotte Bull" <charlou@mo-net.com> Date: Thu, 

Re Wally. I'd say buy the fleece and design a dark quilt to fit the fleece! Then you'd always have special memories and a neat story to tell.

Re sleeping under a quilt with special memories. Right now my favorite nighttime warmth comes from a quilt I traded a goat for. Honest! The guy wanted a baby goat and I wanted a quilt. Obviously that was before I became a quilter. But it was a 1940s-50s Double Wedding Ring. Nothing special, but I think it subliminally created in me a love for dating fabrics and choosing curved piecing as well as collecting older quilts!

Re the letter about First Quilt we bought, the next old quilt I owned was bought, not traded. It was an 1880s Log Cabin mostly in blues with a red square! The third one was a 1930s Lone Star in yellow & gold & orange cotton sateen - probably from a Kit. But the fourth one really set my collecting standards. It was a Lancaster County Double Pink with that Eli Walker Green, Black & Yellow print which you will find in a very large number of my other quilts.

Cinda, I think that was a very thought provoking letter! I am a disorganized collector. At least I thought I was until I started looking at them as a group. I do seem to base my buying mostly upon the FABRICS used! The pattern or style or condition is not as fascinating to me as the actual fabrics??? And I do know that every quilt using "that green print" is among my favorites! And yet, I do not decorate my home in green! I am just a "tad weird"? Hey, it ain't easy being green. Charlotte of the Ozarks, formerly of the Eastern Shore and a host of other locations!


Subject: Re: wool batting From: "Christine Thresh" <christine@winnowing.com> 

This link shows a picture of a carding machine (drum carder): http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/drumcarder.html


Christine Thresh http://www.winnowing.com


Subject: Wool batt From: "Sally Ward" <sallytatters@ntlworld.com> Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2003 18:09:37 +0100 X-Message-Number: 8

What worries me is the phrase 'prepared for felting'.

So, what happens when you wash it?

Sally W


Subject: Re: American Quilt Museum in Bath From: Senopera@aol.com Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2003 15:43:04 EDT X-Message-Number: 9

Judy -

Did you get this from someone? If not, let me know and I'll find my book.

Hope all is well with the Grows. I went up for the Met's opening night - it was, as always, a glorious affair. Had a wonderful time.



Subject: Re: American Quilt Museum in Bath From: "judygrow" 

Thanks to everyone who scanned the photo(s) or offered to. Very kind of you all to take the time. What a wonderful list this is!

Judy in Ringoes, NJ judygrow@patmedia.net


Subject: Genesee Country Village/RMSC Quilt Project From: QuilterB@aol.com Date: Thu, 2 Oct 

I had to respond to Cindy's note in today's letter! In the past I have mentioned all the work we are doing with the quilt collection at the Rochester (NY) Museum and Science Center (RMSC) and finally getting them the attention that they richly deserve. The Genesee Country Village has asked our club (Genesee Valley Quilt Club) to do the same sort of work with their collection (document, vacuum and refold where necessary).

There are quite a number of beautiful quilts and tops at the Genesee Country Village with unfortunately even poorer documentation that we have been dealing with at RMSC. (There is quite a bit of documentation for many of the quilts at RMSC but of course it is never complete for the quilts you really want it for!)

It is my understanding Genesee Country Village (very close to Rochester NY) is preparing also for a major exhibit which will be concurrent with our quilt show next fall. Our Club is working with several other venues in the area as well as the Rochester Visitor's Center to coordinate activities at several places and getting the word out. With the work we have been doing at RMSC, we have been able to invite people in now to see specific quilts safely -- most are now vacuumed, covered in tyvek and rolled, although our photography is not complete. With the money we have donated, we hope to have some conservation help as well for these quilts.

Look for us on Episode 922 of Simply Quilts this year. We share the episode with the lady who has worked with Shelburne and is reproducing patterns for some of the quilts. We don't yet know when it will air but will let you know when we do.

Beth Brandkamp Karen Parrett Co-Chairs of the Genesee Valley Quilt Club/RMSC Quilt Project



Subject: Egyptian Applique Hangings From: tracy jamar <tjamar@optonline.net> Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2003 13:00:44 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

Hello All, Does anyone know where I might find information about the Egyptian cotton applique hangings that seem to have been made in the 1920's? They were made in Egypt for the tourist trade any where from placemat size to 10 feet long. The colors have usually faded quite a bit though they started out as quite brightly colored. Were they made earlier than the 20's as in an earlier Egyptian craze during the late 1800's? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks, Tracy Jamar


Subject: Re: Egyptian Applique Hangings From: "Christine Thresh" <christine@winnowing.com> Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2003 13:04:02 -0700 X-Message-Number: 2

Tracy asked about Egyptian applique hangings. I found one in 1999 and posted it on a web page: http://www.winnowing.com/egypt.html

I received several interesting answers from QHL members back then. I put the responses on the page with the pictures of my hanging. I don't know much more about them even now.

Christine Thresh http://www.winnowing.com

From: "tracy jamar" <tjamar@optonline.net> > Does anyone know where I might find information about the Egyptian > cotton applique hangings that seem to have been made in the 1920's? > They were made in Egypt for the tourist trade any where from placemat > size to 10 feet long. The colors have usually faded quite a bit though > they started out as quite brightly colored. Were they made earlier than > the 20's as in an earlier Egyptian craze during the late 1800's? > Any info would be appreciated. > Thanks,


Subject: Midwest Fabric Dating Study Group From: AmyOKorn@aol.com Date: Fri, 3 

Here is the most recent commentary from the Midwest Fabric Dating Study Group. We sent photos to be added to the website as well.

The September 13, 2003 meeting of the Fabric Dating Study Group (Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois) was held at the Abundant Grace Lutheran Church in Greenwood, Indiana. Due to a last minute change of plans and e-mails gone astray, some of us toured the countryside beforehand but our trip was well worth the detour! Our focus this month was on Signature quilts  fundrais ing quilts, leave-taking and presentation quilts, wedding quilts and friendship quilts. Cindy Claycamp led our discussion and began with several examples from a special antique exhibit held in 2001 at the Jackson County, Indiana fair inc luding a yellow and white cotton sateen quilt made by the Ladies Aid Socie ty of the Free Town United Methodist Church (IN) in the familiar Sunrays pattern.  Next was a gold and white quilt in a nearly identical pattern with over 500 signatures embroidered in 6-ply thread but with an unknown provenance. A mysterious top purchased in Atlanta in the Lover Knot pattern, cir ca 1950, contained a variety of fabrics (including cheater cloth) and dates such as 1889, 1914,  and 1956. Due to the wide disparity of years, we could only guess as to the quilt original purpose.

The oldest quilt was a Connecticut quilt dated 1846 with inked and stamped signatures and a wonderful array of period fabrics including several Ceccentrics in the traditional Album block pattern. Made for minister Nathanial Walker and his wife Laura Scott, the quilt may have been made to honor their weddin g or to wish them well at a leave taking. Another top was of an unusual basket  pattern (Brackman #714 with an extra triangle at the end of each r ow) dated 1876 and purchased in Centerville, Indiana. Names and dates could be found on the back of several blocks. Next was a friendship quilt dated 1930-1932 made by Girl Guides (a worldwide organization originating in Canada) with solid colored fabrics and embroidered signatures in a circle alternating with a co mmon calico print. Another memorable quilt was made from exchange blocks from faithful listeners of WLS (World Largest Store i n Chicago referring to the department store, Sears). Each block exchanged had the listener na me, city and state and the radio station call letters.

Some of the most unusual quilts of the day included a Broken Star  kit quilt made by the Supreme Forest Woodmen Circle, the ladiesE28099 auxilia ry of the Woodmen of the World (a fraternal and insurance organization) circa 1940 whi ch raised money for scholarships and other charitable events (newspaper clippin gs attached). A hexagonal star pattern on a vibrant yellow background that was a result of a chain letter block exchange. A 1937 quilt made as a fund raiser by the Casey, Illinois Gun Club in pink and white taffeta, machine quilted,  Polka Dots pattern (Brackman #1451). And finally a quilt made in 20 01 called  Celebrity Blue with signatures of famous people (Martha Stewart, Al Pacino, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Dole) made by the Illinois Country Stitchers as a fundraiser for the Crisis Nursery.

Our next meeting scheduled for the weekend of November 22-23 at the Frederic k Talbott Inn Fishers, Indiana will feature an in-depth study of chintz (graciously offered by Xenia Cord) combined with a tour of the Conner Prairi e textile storage area. Tentative plans include a visit to the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY in January to see the exhibit, Calico and Chintz: Ea rly American Quilts from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



Subject: Genesee Country Village Museum From: JBQUILTOK@aol.com Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2003 20:24:17 EDT X-Message-Number: 4

I went to a quilt show at this museum about 10 yrs ago. (I grew up in Western NY & always plan visits home around 2 things - timed to miss any and all snow & what quilt related activities are going on back there.) I'm not sure if all of the antique quilts they had on display came from their collection or if they borrowed some, but it was the first & only time I've seen a quilted petticoat (got yelled at for crossing the rope to get a closer look!) They also had an unusual 7 pointed star. Looking forward to another trip to the museum next summer!

Janet Bronston


Subject: Wool batting -Wally's From: "Jan Drechsler" <quiltdoc@sover.net> Date: 

Thanks for the response's about this old fashioned wool bat I am considering.

Sally asked about the phrase 'prepared for felting'. The wool has been washed and is squeeky clean and will not shrink when washed in cold water. To felt it, hot water or warm water and agitation will shrink and felt it. Right now it is just one fat bat-maybe even two inches in spots.

Diane, Was your wall quilt hand or machine quilted? Did it beard before washing? That bit about enclosed in cheesecloth is ringing a very tiny bell. Was the Vermont one very old? Has anyone ever seen the cheesecloth/wool combo and do you know exactly why it was done? Are there any references in books or journals about this?

Christine, That machine sounds great but your description says 'You place SOME fleece in the feed tray and crank the machine around.' So I assume I would have to chop poor Wally up to run her through this machine? Shudder! I am not sure I want to do that. But the web site is great. I book marked it to read through later.

Jan still thinking about it -- Jan Drechsler in Vermont Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher www.sover.net/~bobmills





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