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Subject: RE: qhl digest: October 22, 2003 From: "Cindy Brick" <brickworks@att.net> Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 22:56:04 -0600 X-Message-Number: 1To those of you going to Houston next week: stop by the Brickworks booth and say hi! We'll be at #203, along with Denise Clausen Calligraphy. (She has some especially nice redwork patterns.) Cindy Brick
BRICKWORKS http://www.cindybrick.com

Subject: Re: Irish Chain Pattern- Scotch Blocks? From: "Patricia Magyar" <magyars@earthlink.net> Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 07:21:02 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2
Hi friends-last posting before flying to Houston-maybe the Scotch Blocks name came from a mis-stating of the Mountain Mist pattern that was a plaid? Just a thought- Pepper Cory
Subject: muslin as dye absorber From: tracy jamar 

I have been throwing in a piece of muslin when I was something mew in the sink because I expect color to run off. Even when the water is a dark red or black, I have yet to see the muslin take on more than a dingy color. Darn, why doesn't it work when you want it to!
Years ago I took a class at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in Textiles, we did an exercise with muslin to demonstrate it's ability to absorb. After 3 days of having weighted my muslin in water I gave up as it had absorbed nothing.
Kim, maybe if you used something other than muslin, such as a washcloth (I remember the excercise was to show that it was the weave and not just the inherent qualities of a fiber that dictated absorbtion abilities) or even wool or silk. I realize that different fibers require different types of dyes but who knows what has been used in something and maybe another fiber type might pick up the excess.
Mind you I don't do any dyeing, these are a few bits of information that settled in my "muslin" brain.
Tracy Jamar
Subject: Re: muslin as dye absorber From: <chrisa@jetlink.net> Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 12:45:20 -0700 X-Message-Number: 5
I'm glad I'm not the only one that has had these results, or thought of doing it in the first place. I have tried to overdue a cotton fabric I didn't like and in one case it did take some dye, but it turned out to be even uglier!
Kimberly Wulfert www.antiquequiltdating.com
Kim, maybe if you used something other than muslin, such as a washcloth (I remember the excercise was to show that it was the weave and not just the inherent qualities of a fiber that dictated absorbtion abilities) or even wool or silk. I realize that different fibers require different types of dyes but who knows what has been used in something and maybe another fiber type might pick up the excess.
Mind you I don't do any dyeing, these are a few bits of information that settled in my "muslin" brain.
Tracy Jamar

Subject: speaking of muslin and dye... From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" <lzbassett@comcast.net> Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 18:08:48 -0400 X-Message-Number: 6
Does anybody have a copy of the Quilt Engagement Calendar from 1985 that I could borrow? I promise to send it right back, as soon as I have scanned the stenciled quilt that I have heard is the image on plate 28. I am working on an exhibit of stenciled textiles for a museum here in Massachusetts, and I'd love to add this information to my research notebook. Please contact me off-list and I will give you my address.
Many thanks!
Lynne Bassett
Subject: RE: qhl digest: October 22, 2003 From: "Kathleen Kiefer" <kkiefer@winterthur.org> Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 18:42:53 -0400 X-Message-Number: 7
Hi Jean,
You can request a Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) from Sullivan's = which should help in determining if Toluene is still a component of = their basting spray.
Just e-mail or call the company. I believe manufacturers and = distributors are required to provide an MSDS upon request.
Kathleen Kiefer Textile conservator Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Winterthur, DE
Subject: Basting spray From: The Lesters <jeanlester@ntown.net> Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 07:24:29 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2
I have read the research on the effects of light and aging but I have not seen any recent reports on the human toxicity from the basting sprays. I know that when Sullivan's came out it supposedly had Toluene in it. I have worked in medical research and know that toluene can be absorbed through the skin as well as being absorbed by the lungs. Not good stuff for the human body!!!
Does anyone know if the present sprays still contain this substance.

Subject: RE: qhl digest: October 22, 2003 From: "Julie Silber" 

Hello All, Julie Silber here. Three things:
1. It was great to be at AQSG in Dallas and meet many of you. I love putting faces to names, don=92t you? (We've got to keep meeting like this!)

2. In answer to ANOTHER Julie who wrote: "Finally, an Amish Quilt Question. I haven't had the opportunity to see any Amish Quilt backs. Have only seen them in shows or books. Are wool Amish quilts backed and binded with wool or is cotton, other fabrics used? Do they normally have batting and if so, wool or cotton?"
Amish quilts made between 1880 and 1950 (or so) almost all have cotton backs. In Lancaster, PA (where the fronts of Amish quilts are typically wool), the back is usually cotton -- almost always darkish in color, and sometimes even a subtle print! Bindings are usually wool.
In the Midwest (broadly speaking) Amish quilts tend to have cotton backs in solid colors, sometimes white. But also navy, grey, and several blues, etc. Rarely, if ever, printed. (Never say never -- I have not seen a printed back.) Bindings of Midwest Amish quilts are typically cottons.

earlyirish.jpg (60914 bytes)earlyirishdet1.jpg (54535 bytes)3. We have a quilt with what I first thought was a rare addition. Now I'm not so sure. A scrappy Irish Chain (signed and dated) 1856 has appliqu=E9d folky four-lobed figures in the alternate (white) blocks. Not sure of origin of this quilt. (See it at eBay #2566659217) ... (click on the thumbnails above)

However, very recently I was looking through our small Pennsylvania Pieced Pillowcase collection, and I found a scrappy Four Patch pair with an almost identical added embellishment -- this time a four-lobed figure in indigo print. (click on the thumbnail)

PA-2-blue-x.jpg (68180 bytes)

What gives? Is this common? Is it perhaps a Pennsylvania feature? A PA German embellishment? Or...????
If you can not get to the images, e-mail me and I can send them to you directly. quiltcomplex@starband.net THANKS!

Subject: Re: muslin as dye absorber From: Laura 

My white cotton panties ALWAYS pick up the dye from DH's stray dark (new) socks that somehow find their way into the wrong load. I never thought to use them as a dye detector when pre-washing fabrics. Now if I can only find some that are still white... Laura in Seattle

Subject: not quilt related question From: "Newbie 

Dear list, I appologise for a non- quilt related question but many of you have the right "demographics" to have an answer to my question. I need the name/make/ model of a lightweight, folding wheel chair for my mother to use when she arrives at her destination. She needs it for going down the hall to the doctors, or in the drug store, etc. She would always have a companion ( my 87 year old father or me, mostly) to take it out of the car and push her. I did a search, but there are so many choices! My local health services store is run by (very nice) Middle Eastern folk who do not speak adequate English and are in the business of selling what they carry, not giviing advice on the various choices. Please email me off list if anyone has any advice. Thanks Newbie Richardson pastcrafts@erols.com


Subject: Amish Quilts From: "crossland_n_j Crossland" <crossland_n_j@msn.com> Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 10:07:02 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3
Sharon Newman, Thanks for your quick, friendly reply. I'm sure you will have no trouble getting a job. You are a bundle of energy and are so talented. I so enjoy listening to you speak and you have probably forgotten more than I ever knew. Although, whenever I've asked you something you don't seem to forget a thing. The wool Amish Quilts: I know from a Joe Cunningham (one of the authors) book on Amish patterns that the bindings were wide, an inch or more. On a wool quilt, were the bindings done in cotton also like the backs? Thanks, Julie Crossland in NH where it finally gave up and snowed yesterday.

Subject: Re: Amish Quilts From: "Maurice Northen" <3forks@highstream.net> Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 09:28:56 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4
Julie, Yes, yes, don't you love that Southern hospitality, with such knowledge!! Sharon is the best!!! Please talk to me about some vintage quilts from NH that I just saw. They are dated 1887, Crazy coverlets with 6" cotton/flax lace? Joan of the South e-mail: 3forks@highstream.net ----

Subject: Massachusetts Stenciled Quilt From: "Ann-Louise Beaumont" <albeaumont@comcast.net> Date: Fri,
Lynne, I'm sure you know better than I about the stenciled quilt that the Amherst Historical Society has in its collection, so I'm mentioning it now for the list. This was the first stenciled quilt I had ever seen and as far as I'm concerned, no other one even comes close to it. Instead of a somewhat sterile symmetry seen in most stenciled quilts, this is vibrant and exuberant and life is just busting out all over it. It has fruit trees (pears and cherries and apples?) in pots, and rose bushes in pots, and baskets of fruit, and rose wreaths, and tulips (?) and stars and grapevines with leaves and grapes. It's wonderful and I wish pictures of it were in the literature along side with all the other ones. In the realm of pure speculation, I have wondered if this is a precursor of the Baltimore Album style quilt, since the rose wreath and basket of fruit images appear there too. Best Wishes, Ann-Louise Beaumont in Greeley, CO
Subject: Stenciled Quilts From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" <lzbassett@comcast.net> Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 11:52:15
Thank you to all of you who have so generously responded to my request for assistance! I now have an image of the stenciled quilt from the 1985 Quilt Engagement Calendar for my research notebook. It's gorgeous!
Now I have another plea for assistance. This one's harder. A student at the University of Wisconsin, Susan Bleimehl, sent me a copy of the list she had gathered of stenciled bed covers. She includes a stenciled quilt from a Quilt Engagement Calendar which I had assumed was the 1985 quilt--but it's not! There's another one out there! But I don't know what year it appeared. Can anyone find it for me? I only have a teeny tiny picture of it, but it appears to have a large central basket of flowers, surrounded by large floral and foliate motifs, with a three-sided border of smaller flowers in what appear to be cornucopias. It is inscribed "Mrs. Sarah Mooers." Sound familiar to anyone? I'd really appreciate your help!
Thank you again!

Subject: Re: Stenciled Quilts From: Vivien Sayre <vsayre@nesa.com> Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 16:18:27 -0400 X-Message-Number: 7
Lynne, I have a picture of a Stenciled Album spread c1854, New York State, in the Quilt Engagement Calender 1986. It is done in blocks and a center medallion formation and contains floral vines, birds, stars, stylized floral wreaths, etc. Is this the one you are looking for? Viv

Subject: Re: Stenciled Quilts From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" <lzbassett@comcast.net> Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 17:18:16 -0400 X-Message-Number: 9
Wow! That must be yet another! Once you start looking, these supposedly "rare" stenciled bed covers come out of the woodwork. I have a count of about 65 now.
Can you send me that image?
Thanks, Viv! Lynne
Subject: Query: Quilters' Hall of Fame From: Gaye Ingram <gingram@tcainternet.com> Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 17:46:16 -0500 X-Message-Number: 11
At the Dallas AQSG meeting, Karen Alexander mentioned the forthcoming book about the history of the founding of the Quilters' Hall of Fame. As I recall, it had a stellar cast of contributors. Karen described the photography and artwork as particularly beautiful.
Can anyone provide publication facts and date/place it will be available?
Subject: FVF Seminar Update From: "Phyllis Twigg" 

Just to let you know, we have only 3 openings left for the 2004 FVF = Seminar. If you have been planning to attend, please send your check = ASAP to Peggy and John Armstrong. We will maintain a waiting list should = additional folks be interested. The Amish dinner event is filled. Looking forward to a fun March weekend in Amish country, Phyllis Twigg
Information about the seminar can be found below:
The FVF Quilt Study Group of Maryland has finalized plans for the 2004 = Textile Seminar in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania. The dates are March 5-7, = 2004 at the Bird-In-Hand Family Inn in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania. The = speakers and topics will be as follows:
1. Judi Gunter - "Antique Doll Quilts: A Mirror of Their Times" 2. Barb Garrett - "The Fabulous World of Feedsacks" 3. Fran Fitz - "Conservation, A Practical Approach" 4. John and Peggy Armstrong - "Antiquing With John & Peggy" 5. Suzanne Cawley - "Granny's Scrap Bag" 6. Cinda Cawley - "Finding Aveline: The Women Who Made the Quilts" 7. Mary Perini - Plenary Session 8. Phyllis Twigg - "To Tell the Truth: Playing Quilt Detective"
The event will open on Friday evening with the FVF Banquet at 6:00 PM at = the Bird-In-Hand Family Restaurant. The weekend will include an optional = Saturday night dinner ($17) at the home of a young Amish couple in = Lancaster County. The Sunday morning breakfast buffet is included in the = basic fee. The Seminar concludes on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 PM.
Those of you who attended in 2002 will remember the excellent Show & = Tell sessions around the big table in the meeting room. We will do that = again. This year we are requesting participants bring along a pair of = white gloves. Time will be allowed for antiquing and/or fabric shopping = in the area. March is a great time to do see Lancaster County without = the presence of a multitude of tourists.
More information about the Bird-In-Hand Family Inn can be found at = www.bird-in-hand.com
Reservations are now being accepted. The cost of the seminar is $200. = That amount includes two nights lodging at the Bird-In-Hand Family Inn = (double occupancy), the Friday night banquet, Sunday breakfast, and = admittance to all 8 sessions. Persons wishing to attend the Amish Family = Dinner should include $17 additional for a total of $217. Checks can be = made payable to FVF Seminar treasurer Peggy Armstrong and mailed to: John & Peggy Armstrong, 110 Lincoln Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201
The seminar is limited to 30 persons and the Amish dinner limit is 22. = Meals include tax and gratuity. CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations = must be made prior to February 2, 2004. There will be a 20% = administrative fee deducted. No refunds can be made after the February = 2nd deadline. You may, however, arrange for another person to take your = place. For single occupancy, add $55.
For additional information or questions contact Phyllis Twigg at = ptwigg@radix.net


Subject: Re: Query: Quilters' Hall of Fame From: KareQuilt@aol.com Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 21:18:58 EDT X-Message-Number: 13
Hi Gaye,
Well, there are actually two books. The Quilters Hall of Fame will be publishing its own book about our 34 Honorees in time for the Grand Opening= in July. However, the book I think you are refering to is the book containing my truncated story about the "history of the founding" of The Quilters Hall of= Fame -- "Once Upon A Quilt: A Scrapbook of Quilting Past and Present" (published by Voyageur Press and edited by Margret Aldrich) which was released October 10.= There are 12 contributors in order of appearance: Merikay Waldvogel, Ami Sim= ms, Sydney Dayre, Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, Carolyn OBagy Davis, Sa= ndra Dallas, A. B. Silver, myself, Lisa Boyer, Shelly Zegart, Helen Kelly, Elsie Singmaster, Marjorie Hill Allee, plus two anonymous articles. It is hardback= , full of beautiful photographs of quilts (many from Stella Rubins collection= ); antique ads related to sewing; antique and vintage photographs of women quilting and= people standing before the backdrop of an old quilts; as well as artwork of= quilting scenes by Adele Earnshaw, Judy Wickersham, Rebecca Barker, Carolyn Watson, Warren Kimble, Pauline Eble Campanelli, Doug Knutson, Dennis McGrego= r, Pauline Jackson, Diane Phalen, Dan Campanelli, and Judith W. Huey. It is sim= ply gorgeous to look at and contains 15 different stories -- some humorous. I am= planning to do buy in balk (if I get enough orders) then sell at full price= and donate the difference to QHF. Thats what I did with the other book= that published one of my stories in March 2001 -- only it was softcover and didn= t have any photos. Just another little way to try to help get QHF and the restored Marie Webster House up and running so everyone can enjoy it and come do research, if they so choose. Yes, we do eventually hope to have a research l= ibrary and file room open for the serious researcher. If you would like to order th= e book from me, Gaye, (or anyone else) just email privately.
Karen B. Alexander Independent Quilt Historian KareQuilt@aol.com


Subject: 21st century quilt history learning tools From: "judygrow" <judygrow@patmedia.net> Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2003 11:42:22 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

My friend, QHL list member, and AQS certified appraiser, Debbie Roberts has just put out 2 DVD's with included CD's on "Determining Value" The ABC's of Quilt Appraisal" and "It's Not a Mystery Anymore: The ABC's of Quilt and Fabric Dating."

She is offering a $15.00 coupon for those lucky folks going to Houston. See the ads and print the coupon at http://www.quiltappraiser.com. Xenia Cord's and Mary Koval's booths will both stock the disks.

The two packages are advertised at http://www.quiltmedia.com

I've gotten the "Quilt Appraisal" one and it is chock full of wonderful information and images. Even professionals will find this informational and extremely useful. I'm waiting for my Quilt and Fabric Dating one to arrive in the mail.

If you forget, you can go to http://www.quilthistory.com/. Kris has the coupon on a pop up.

Judy in Ringoes, NJ judygrow@patmedia.net


Subject: Comfortables From: <mreich@attglobal.net> Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2003 16:47:44 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

I have two articles that are very similar from 1891 and 1895 regarding tied comforts or as they are referred to at that time "comfortables." I know that there was some discussion earlier about tied quilts and the earliest ones. As usual, the articles are chockful of information about prices, the socio-economic status of tied comforts at that time and the materials to use. I thought that you all might find them of interest. sue reich

Bismarck Daily Tribune Bismarck, North Dakota September 13, 1891

How to Make a Bed “Comfortable.”

It is a simple matter to make a bed “comfortable” which will cost three or four dollars in the shops already made up may be purchased for one dollar. The patent cotton batting which comes in even layers stitched in place by machine saves all annoyance in arranging the cotton, and may be as easily laid on as cotton cloth. The prettiest material for covering a “comfortable” of cotton is common cheesecloth. It requires five yards for each side of a “comfortable,” and from three to four rolls of patent cotton – batting. This amount of material makes a “comfortable” two and a half yards long by tow wide, a size larger than is usually found for sale. A pretty one may be made of pale blue cheesecloth on one side and pale blue worsted and buttonholed with blue worsted around the edge. Cream white and lavender make another dainty combination. These light, inexpensive bed coverings are especially useful in cottage homes, where they give in summer all the warmth needed on hot nights. One of the prettiest “comfortables” of this kind made be made of pale yellow cheesecloth tacked with yellow worsted. It looks particularly well at the foot of a white counterpane in a white and yellow room. The process of making is simple. If you do not have a quilting frame the materials can be spread over a bed. It is not so convenient, however, and if you have a number of “comfortables" to make it pays to get a quilting frame. In any case, however, put down one side of the cheesecloth. It should measure two yards by two and a half. Roll out the cotton and lay it evenly on this, tacking the breadths of cotton together, where they lap, with long basting threads. Put the upper side of the cheesecloth over all evenly. Begin nine inches from he edge to put in a row of tacking, making each tack firm with a little knot. Continue the tacking nine inches apart. Make a second row, beginning the tacking nine inches from the first row, but alternating so that they fall between and not opposite the other tackings. Continue till the “comfortable” is finished, rolling it up as it is tacked. When it is all done turn in the edges, stitch them together evenly and cover the edge with coarse buttonhole stitch in worsted. --- New York Tribune.

Edwardsville Intelligencer Edwardsville, Illinois November 8, 1895

Bed Comfortables.

Suggestions Concerning the Making of These Convenient Bed Coverings.

There are many people of abundant means who maintain that the day of the comfortable has gone by and that blankets are the only bed covering that should be used. This is on the ground that that which is the best is the only thing to use. This is a desirable enough theory, providing every one has means to secure the best. But a large majority of persons must be content with something that will suffice, though it is not the best, and a great many families will continue to use comfortables in winter because they are a warm, economical bed covering. For the benefit of this latter class is here appended some helpful remarks on the subject from the New York Tribune: It requires for one comfortable about ten yards of cheesecloth, or some such sheer cotton goods, which may be purchased at 6 cents a yard, and three of four bolts of patent cotton batting and half a skein of Germantown yarn. These materials will cost about $1.25 or $1.50 and will make a comfortable 2 yards by 2 ½ yards in size. Smaller duvets, or comfortables, for the foot of the bed are made a yard wide and 2 ½ yards long. When a more luxurious comfortable is desired, old summer silk skirts may be dyed in gay colors and used for the purpose. Wool, which costs a little more than the best cotton, but is much lighter, may be used to fill these silk comfortables, and the result is a bed covering as light and also warm as the best California blanket. Where there is a quilting frame in the house, and the comfortable is filled with patent cotton, it is an easy matter to make one. The peculiarity of patent cotton is that it laid and stitched about every nine inches in its width, so that the labor of laying and smoothing down the cotton, the hardest part of the work in making an old fashioned comfortable, is practically done away with. Begin by stretching the under part of the comfortable on the frames and rolling out the cotton on it, laying it in place and basting the breadths together where they lap. After this put on the top cover and baste the edges of the comfortable together and secure it in the frame. Nine inches from the edge tack the comfortable with the Germantown yarn, tying the tackings sown with No. 8 cotton. Nine strands of wool are sufficient for a tacking. Separate the tackings by nine inches, and when one row is done on the quilting frame roll it up that distance and begin nine inches from the first, but between, not opposite, the others. Continue until the entire bed is tacked. After this is done remove the comfortable from the quilting frames, turn it in around the edges stitching them closely together with the machine, and buttonhole the edges with Germantown yarn.




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