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Dear QHL'ers, 

I am going to Quilt Fest at Houston- ( yes! Little jig here, little jig there! ) and I would dearly love to meet as many QHL'ers in the flesh. I have not heard from Jane aka Baglady for yonks and would love to meet you, as well as all the other faaab folk. You know who you are as we have nattered on and off from 1996 in the early days of QHL. I will be helping out at Melissa G. Young and Karen Faehl's booth " CrazyFolk ". Melissa is a QHL'er too and it is through QHL that we became such bosom buddies. I am looking forward to having an absolute ball at Houston, indulging my fetish for all things antique and repo! : > Also having a break from being Super Woman i.e. Mum and Wiff, will be great! In anticipation, Smiles, Hiranya from Oz : >

I did not mean that I only wanted to meet QHL'ers I nattered to in 1996! What I meant was, I would love to meet all the wonderful folk I saw and yakked to at times, online, from 1996 to now-2003! It is still 2003 right?!? Tired grin, Hiranya!

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Hello, I know most of our discussions pertain to quilts prior to the 1960s, but is anyone aware of quilt valuation references for more recent quilts. A close friend has a quilt from 1982 by the artist Mary Alice Copp, she purchased it from a Channel 13 auction back then. It's the size of a wallhanging and has documentation. Mary Alice Copp's quilts have been shown in museums and galleries. Thanks for your help, Dana, NJ

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Hello,

I just purchased my first wool batt, Hobbs Heirloom Premium. Upon reading the back of the package, after I got it home of course, it indicates that the wool is "lightly resinated". This raised a red flag with me since I have had poor long term results with bonded polyester used years ago. The resin breaks down and stains the quilt top - ugly. Is there a brand of wool batting out there that doesn't add resins and is close to the natural thing? I'll go ahead and use this since I'm anxious to see how wool needles, but I will definitely be looking for a different brand. Any suggestions are appreciated.

Sherry Massey

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I will be driving from Maryland to Michigan next week and staying near Marshall, Michigan. Of course I would like to spend some time looking at wonderful antique quilts. I am trying to find out some information regarding the Michigan State University Museum. I see that it is affiliated with the Alliance for American Quilts but am unable to determine from the web site if there actually are quilts displayed there or if there are only offices at that location. Is anyone familiar with this? Any other ideas for places to see quilts or areas of antique centers, either in Michigan or en route, that would have items of interest? I will be attending the Ann Arbor Antique Market on Sunday, Oct 19. Thanks for any suggestions.

Nancy Hahn

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Hello Friends-I am winnowing down my collection and am bringing to Dallas one of the quilts I'd like to pass on to another appreciative collector. If you were at AQSG last year you might have seen it--an all silk pieced (five point star in a circle, teal and walnut brown) quilt, probably Quaker, of Pennsylvania origin, 1860-1880. In packing it, I am amazed at how light it is compared to most of my antique beauties! Email me off list if you're interested. All the best and see you in texas- Pepper Cory

Had a senior moment there-if you're interested in the silk Quaker quilt as described in previous post, email me off-list at pepcory@clis.com or magyars@earthlink.net . Include phone # if you want me to call you back. FYI-I am leaving early tomorrow for Dallas and will be at AQSG Friday. Cheers from Carolina- Pepper

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With apologies to James Russell Lowell...What is so rare as a day in October that combines FVF, crab cakes in Annapolis and a talk by Julie Silber on the Esprit Collection? I thought about staying home since I'm leaving tomorrow for AQSG, but I didn't think long. 

It was a perfect day on Fran's mountain. The most interesting thing we saw was a 1937 issue of Country Gentleman magazine with a full page picture of an Art Deco quilt celebrating transportation. You could order pattern and material for fifty cents. The reader had done just that and stored some of the pattern pieces and completed appliques in the magazine, None of us had ever seen anything like the limousines, hot air balloons and sailboat tucked between the pages. The patterns were tissue paper and the fabrics were high quality cotton solids. The pattern was commissioned by the magazine; I don't remember the name of the designer. 

We saw a Drunkard's Path variation made of 3" red and green blocks with an amazing iridescent back bought at a country auction for $15.00! I brought a really beaten up scrap quilt that has some curious fabrics and the consensus was that they range from 1830 to 1900. There was one classic blue and white Goose in the Pond and a Single Irish Chain in solid turkey red with quilting that will stop your heart--the most gorgeous cable ever quilted! Sometimes even a scrap person like me has to admit that you can't beat two color quilts. 

It was fascinating to hear Julie Silber on the subject of the Esprit quilts and the nature of collecting. I had no idea of the size and breadth of the collection and that the 82 quilts now in Lancaster are only part of it. There's more to tell, but I need to get ready for my next adventure (Dallas and AQSG tomorrow). I hope not to regret too many missed opportunities when I'm too old to get around. Cinda on the Eastern Shore

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Subject: Re: FVF etc From: nomad1@attglobal.net Date: Wed, 08 

G'Day Cinda, I am reeeeeeeeeeally hoping you will stay on for Houston???? If so I would dearly love to meet you at your convenience of course. Here's hoping to meet. Smiles, Hiranya : >

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: October 07, 2003 From: "Sheryl Till" 

I'm a lurker here...mostly interested in vintage feedsacks and quilts made from them. My group The Quilting Post will be meeting at noon on Saturday in Houston and would love for any of you to join us. We plan to be in the dining hall and will have something on our table so people can spot us.

Sheryl sctill@mindspring.com 

Join me at Quilter's Romp in the Ozarks, March 2004 http://www.thequiltingpost.com/Romp.htm http://www.laquiltworks.com > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > Basically I am going to Quilt Fest at Houston- ( > yes! Little jig here, little jig there! ) and I would dearly love to > meet as many QHL'ers in the flesh. I have not heard from Jane aka > Baglady for yonks and would love to meet you, as well as all the other > faaab folk.

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Subject: Quilts in Michigan From: Beth Donaldson 

Dear Nancy,

You couldn't pick a worst time to make a visit to us. We are under construction in our storage facility so we can't bring any quilts out. All our cabinets are draped in heavy black plastic and as I write two guys are tearing out my window and air conditioner!! But when it's done it will be much better and our quilts will have all the latest climate control. Currently there is only one quilt on exhibit, the Martha Marian Lovina Hoskins Churn Dash signature quilt. You can also view this quilt on-line; http://www.museum.msu.edu/glqc/collections_sample_6654.1.html

The Great Lakes Quilt Center is part of the Michigan State University Museum and we only have quilt exhibits every other year. (You just missed our last exhibit, "Quilts Old and New: Reproductions from the Great Lakes Quilt Center" came down September 21.) We would love to have quilts out all the time, but must share our gallery space with the other 1,500,000 objects in our collections! All the rest of the (over 500) quilts are in storage. There are two other ways you can access our collections, both are by appointment only. First you can schedule a behind the scenes tour. The tours are only available when an exhibit is not scheduled. New tours will not be scheduled until February, 2004 due to construction needed for upgrading our heating and cooling systems. See http://www.museum.msu.edu/glqc/collections_behindscenes.html for more information on this program.

You may also access the collections for research by submitting your request to: Archivist Michigan Traditional Arts Program Research Collections 302 A Central Services, Red Cedar Lane East Lansing, MI 48824

To see which quilt exhibits are travelling and where, go to this site: http://museum.msu.edu/museum/tes/index.html

For more information on our programs visit our home page at http://www.museum.msu.edu/glqc/index.html

For directions, hours and parking go to: http://museum.msu.edu/generalinfo/HLPA/index.html

As for your request about antiquing, I would recommend Allen, Michigan. It is almost straight south of Marshall, about 30 miles at the Junction of 12 and 49. Along the strip of U.S.12 (the old Detroit to Chicago road before interstates) are many antique malls and shops. You should also see some beautiful fall color.

Thank you for your interest.

Beth Donaldson Quilt Collections Assistant Great Lakes Quilt Center at the Michigan State University Museum 201 Central Services East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1045 quilt line: 517-432-3800 quilts@museum.msu.edu http://museum.msu.edu/glqc/index.html

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Subject: Photos for Midwest Fabric Dating Group From: 

Kris has been kind enough to post Lisa Portwood's photos on the Quilt Study Group website for the most recent meeting of the Midwest Fabric Dating Group on Signature Quilts. Here is the web address to view the photos and commentary: http://www.quilthistory.com/study/midwest.htm 

Many of the quilts are also featured in Xenia Cord's article in the most recent issue of AQSG's Blanket Statements. Enjoy!

Amy Korn

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Subject: Coffin quilt From: "Sally Ward" <sallytatters@ntlworld.com> Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2003 08:28:46 +0100 X-Message-Number: 1

Can anyone tell me where to find an illustration of that famous 'coffin quilt' with the churchyard, the picket fence, and the coffins waiting round the edge for family members to move inside. I think it may be a Kentucky item? I've seen pictures of it many times, but now I want to show it to someone I just can't find which book or magazine its in.

Sally W

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Subject: Re: Coffin quilt From: "Joe MacDonald" <jmacdon6@maine.rr.com> Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2003 07:32:34 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2

There is a book by Linda Otto Lipsett called Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell's Graveyard Quilt. http://home.earthlink.net/~halsteadpub/elizab.html I did a quick search on google, but seem to be unable to find anything more than a thumbnail of the book's cover which only has a partial picture of the quilt. I did find a news article about a fair where a woman named Barbara Burton displayed her reproduction of the quilt: http://www.oakridger.com/stories/072701/com_072707.html http://www.oakridger.com/images/072701/fairquilt.jpg She states that it is not an exact replica but it certainly looks like the original. I highly recommend the book if you are interested in the quilt's story. It is fascinating. Monica in Maine

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Subject: RE: Coffin quilt From: "Karan Flanscha" <SadieRose@cfu.net> Date: Thu, 9 

Sally and others interested, Here is a post I sent to QHL a while back on the Coffin Quilt:

Subj: Re: QHL: Book Bargain (Cemetary Quilt) Date: 02/27/2000 2:56:05 PM Central Standard Time From: SadieRose@aol.com To: QHL@cuenet.com

There is a well documented "Cemetary Quilt" (perhaps the children's fiction book mentioned by Audrey was based on this). The quilt has appeared in several books: "Quilt Digest Press" book #5, pgs. 11-13, also in "Kentucky Quilts 1800-1900 The Kentucky Quilt Project" pg. 53. Linda Otto Lipsett later did extensive research on this quilt & its maker, which culminated in "Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell's Graveyard Quilt - An American Pioneer Saga" published in 1995. (ISBN # 0-9629399-2-7). Here is a quote from Linda's book that explains the purpose of this quilt: "Those graves were so far away. Having to leave a child's grave behind was a terrible thing. Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell had suffered that, too, having to leave for Kentucky with little John Vannatta's grave in Monroe County, Ohio. Her loss over her child's death had been so great that she and the girls had begun making the quilt top. Their stitches had comforted them then, cutting and sewing together little pieces of "school cloaths," appliqueing picket fences, embroidering flowers and the willow tree, cross-stitching their baby brother's name for remembrance. Still, they had comforted themselves that Johnny was not dead, he was just "gone before." And text from below photos of Elizabeth's quilt: "The quilt blocks are carefully arranged. On each symmetrical side of the quilt, there are eleven LeMoyne Star blocks with very light or bleached white backgrounds (possibly symbolic of Elizabeth's eleven children). Many of the corner and triangular pieces in the other patchwork blocks appear to have been dipped in Elizabeth's walnut dye pot in order to contrast with the lighter ones." 

Linda reveals that not only is there a quilt, but also an earlier quilt top, apparently a "practice piece that contained design flaws and did not include the entire family." The top was probably begun in 1836, the year John Vannatta Mitchell died (at age 2 years, 8 mos.) - this date is cross-stitched on the top and the fabrics are from this period. Elizabeth's son Mathias died at age nineteen in 1843. After the death of a second child/sibling, Elizabeth and her daughters began the "Graveyard Quilt" which contains fabrics found in the first top, as well as prints from the 1840's. There are photos of both the practice top and the quilt on pages 114-115.

Elizabeth's quilt created a fabric record and memorial of her family, which has survived longer than even their gravestones! She also took comfort in being able to bring them all together, although in actuality, the family members were buried hundreds of miles apart. If you are interested in reading more about Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell, her life & her quilt... Linda's book is excellent!! I purchased my copy at the MAQS bookstore in Paducah, KY...another source might be Quilting Books Unlimited. I would highly recommend any of Linda Otto Lipsett's books...."Pieced From Ellen's Quilt" is another haunting favorite of mine. Karan from sunny Iowa

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Subject: RE: Coffin quilt From: "Sally Ward" <sallytatters@ntlworld.com> Date: 

I love this list! Not only do I find out which book to look in for the picture but I get all this wonderful information from Karan. Thanks so much

Sally W

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Subject: Re: Coffin quilt From: Marthapatches36@aol.com Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2003 

In the book about the quilt 'Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell's Graveyard Quilt" author Linda Otto Lipsett, published in 1995 by Halstead & Meadows Publishing, Dayton Ohio. ISBN 0-9629399-2-7. The book is entirely about this quilt "made in 1858, on a farm in Lewis County". I have an autographed copy of this book in my library. Sorry I do not have a scanner so I send you the picture. Maybe you can find a copy of the book with this info. Martha in PugetSound enjoying the rain {has been drought conditions for months}.

 

 

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