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Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2003 20:26:34 -0500 From: "Sondra Biacchi" <quilt@epix.net> To: <QHL@cuenet.com> Subject: Tree of Life palampore Message-ID: 

In the book THE PIECED QUILT, pp. 15 is a pic of a flowering mid-18th  century Palampore, Tree of Life. A friend of mine is quite taken with  this quilt. According to the book the quilt comes from the collection  of Cora Ginsburg. Has anyone even seen this quilt pictured in any other  book or have any information on it at all?  Sondra from NE Pennsylvania

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Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 09:12:24 -0800 From: "Susan Silva" <woody@omnicast.net> To: <QHL@cuenet.com> Subject: traveling Message-ID: 

Hi there friends, I was wondering if anyone knows about any quilt stuff going on in Charleston,S.C. the first or second week of April. We are going there for a visit and I'd like to know if any of my traveling friends know of any good quilt stuff to see (or buy) there. Thanks, Susan in Sunny Spokane Washington

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Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 09:25:00 -0800 From: "Marilyn Maddalena" <marilynm@cwnet.com> 

I'm planning a trip to Arizona and would like to know of any guilds there for me to contact, and what shows are coming up. I checked some internet listings, but only see one large AZ guild, with the mention of several smaller groups, but no contact information. I'm interested in presenting programs and/or doing appraisals while I'm there. Can anyone out there guide me to the right people to contact?

Marilyn Maddalena Professional Quilt Appraiser, Quilt Judge, Historian and Speaker website: www.marilynquilts.com

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Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 13:11:37 EST From: QuiltNews@aol.com To: QHL@cuenet.com 

I have a, what I think is a sateen, whole cloth quilt that is reversible...pink on one side, blue on the other...it has scallops all around and I would think that it was commerically done, yet, it is hand quilted and pencil marks are evident. Any thoughts about this...it is similar to quilt on page 107 in Gathered in Time, Utah Quilts and Their Makers. Thanks, Ann

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Date: Sun, 09 Feb 2003 14:06:30 -0600 From: Xenia Cord <xenia@legacyquilts.net> To: 

Marilyn Goldman did a paper and presentation at AQSG in 2002 on the Wilkinson sisters of Ligonier, Indiana, makers of Wilkinson Art Quilts. Their most successful quilts were whole cloth, often one color on each side, with scalloped borders and clamshell quilting around the outer edges. The examples illustrated in her paper have the rounded tops of the clamshells toward the center of the quilt (the quilt referred to in Utah Quilts has the rounded part facing the binding). See Uncoverings 2002, Vol. 23 of the Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group (ed. Virginia Gunn), pp. 131-161).

Eleanor Beard Studios of Hardinsburg, KY, also made cotton sateen and also satin quilts ("boudoir quilts") in whole cloth designs and scalloped borders, as did at least one other cottage industry in Hardinsburg. Both Beard Studios and Wilkinson Art Co. had cloth labels on their quilts, sewn into the binding - but these could be removed, of course.

Just 2 possible commercial sources for quilts of this type. Whole cloth quilts with one color on each side were also made in the North Country of UK - Durham and that area - and sateen was the fabric of choice. See articles and books by Dorothy Osler for more information, and examples. The quilting designs are distinctive to the area, and can be used to identify origin.

Xenia

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Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 13:56:24 -0600 From: "Charlotte Bull" <charlou@mo-net.com> To: 

A friend had her 3 daughters come and clean out her sewing room. By the end of the week all three had become quilters and ended up taking her stuff home with them. It is contagious. But I really need a Cleaning/Sorting/Organizing Lady to live full time with me for a year. I'd cook! But you'd have to develop and run a website and sell the stuff and wipe my eyes of tears as my collection disappeared. I cried as a daughter drove off with my 3 best quilts last summer. You must know why!!!

But, honestly, I do wonder, how do some of you find such marvelous vintage kits and do you really intend to make them? Is there an appraiser who could tell us if a Vintage Kit is worth more as it is or should we feel comfortable about finishing them? A truly marvelous set of appraisers at an AQS workshop told me NOT to quilt a splendid top I had - and I had the backing that had come with it and matched the top. Does this theory of decrease in value also get applied to these kits? I am seriously interested in your opinions. Charlotte

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Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 22:50:22 -0500 From: "Anita Grossman Solomon" <solo57@att.net> 

It's ironic that you inquired about Cora Ginsburg Inc.'s Palampore reproduced in The Pieced Quilt. She passed away 12/18/02 and her obituary ran today in the New York Times:

"Cora Ginsburg, 92, a Dealer and a Consultant in Antique Textiles, Is Dead" http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/09/obituaries/09GINS.html?pagewantedprint&po sitiontop 

I worked there once. She was grand and her shop was precious. Titi Halle owns the shop now and you can reach her at 212-744-1352

Anita Grossman Solomon New York, NY

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Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 09:12:27 -0500 From: "Joe MacDonald" <jmacdon6@maine.rr.com> To: <QHL@cuenet.com> Subject: Mermaid Petticoats and Coffin Quilts 

Is there any doubt what a fascinating subject quilt history is when you  can make a subject line like this? Lynn Lancaster Gorges mentioned a mermaid petticoat owned by the CT  Historical Society featured in Piecework. I happened to be looking  through the Woman's Day Book of American Needlework by Rose Wilder Lane  last night and found pictured on page 117 in the quilting section  another petticoat with a mermaid on it. It is a beautiful piece with a  ship, seagulls and the mermaid. The only information given is that it  is from the Museum of the DAR in Washington DC. Sondra in PA mentioned the Kentucky Coffin Quilt. You can read about  this quilt in the book Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell's Graveyard Quilt by  Linda Otto Lipsett. In our eyes today, this quilt may seem morbid, even  bizarre. After I read Elizabeth's story (she also has a very  interesting family history) I had more of a feeling of what I think  compelled her to make this quilt. It has been some time since I read  the book, but if my memory serves (and it doesn't always) she lost two  children. They were buried in different places and since her husband  frequently moved the family, she had to leave the graves of her children  behind, knowing she would never be back. To me, it seems at a time when  many women did not have a say in the family and were moved far from  loved ones, this quilt was Elizabeth's way of giving herself a feeling  of keeping her family together and having control over things that she  had no control over. Anyhow, that's how I like to look at that quilt -  someone else may have a completely different take on it.  I mostly lurk, since I have so much to learn and not much to add, but  couldn't resist a chance to mention one of Linda Otto Lipsett's books.  They are all wonderful. I am planning on attending the VQSG meeting on  March 16 - I can't wait, and am looking forward to meeting some of you. Monica MacDonald in Maine 

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Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 10:50:43 CST From: jocelynm@delphiforums.com To: texasthunder@cox.net Cc: QHL@cuenet.com Subject: Re: QHL: world's fair quilts Chicago 

On Fri, 7 Feb 2003 09:07:50 -0700 "Karen Housner" wrote:

> Hello everyone, > > I need to find a list of quilts entered in the quilt contest for the > world's fair in Chicago in 1933.

Karen, There's a new Barbara Brackman book out about it, but it doesn't list all the quilts entered. It doesn't even list all the quilts that won prizes! Apparently, record-keeping was horrendous. If you want the reference on the book, I'll have to email you from home. The book focuses on those quilts that were designed for the theme of 'A Century of Progress'.

Jocelyn

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Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 11:00:15 CST From: jocelynm@delphiforums.com To: Palampore@aol.com Cc: QHL@cuenet.com Subject: Re: QHL: Wool Quilt Message-ID: 

On Sat, 08 Feb 2003 10:38:03 -0500 Palampore@aol.com wrote:

> We hate throwing away our own stuff, but we > are getting really good at saying to the other one, "Do you > r....eally need this?"

Lynn, I did this a few years ago for a friend whose closet was minimal. Even though she and her husband had modestly small wardrobes, they couldn't get them all into the bedroom closet. I made her take everything out and lay it on the bed. Before she could put anything back into the closet it had to pass two questions: Is it ready to wear right now? Have you worn it in the past year? Things that needed a repair were put aside until the repair was done. Anything that hadn't been worn in the past year, we discussed why not. Some of it was things like 'It has a spot on the front, but I could wear it under a sweater.' 'Do you?' 'Well, no, it's too hot to wear it under a sweater'. <G> Finally we got down to a 70s-style tunic, and I saw her lip go out. I said, 'OK, what's the story with this one?' 'I wore it on our first date.' 'So why haven't you worn it lately?' 'It's too tight in the bust, now.' I started laughing. This friend is somewhat younger than I and was in her mid-to-late 20s at the time. I assured her that she was NOT going to get less flat-chested as time went by, and if she'd already 'busted out' of it, she wasn't going to be able to wear it in her 30s. <G> I made her take all the sentimental garments out of the closet and pack them away in a storage box. Somehow, it hadn't occurred to her that she could do that- just keep them because they had good memories, like fabric scrapbooks. We ended up with extra space in what had been a shoehorn-crammed closet, even though the basement had a few more boxes. <G>

Jocelyn

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Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 11:06:54 CST From: jocelynm@delphiforums.com To: quilter@cooke.net Cc: rwells@compuwise.net, QHL@cuenet.com Subject: Re: QHL: Re: 

On Thu, 6 Feb 2003 09:38:41 -0600 "Lisa Erlandson" wrote:

> I have never heard that expression, but I have seen several quilts > made with men's suiting fabrics that were made from fabric samples or fabric from nearby mills. Without provenance, I would be afraid to make an assumption that just because it was made from suiting fabrics, that it was made by a widow using her deceased husband's suits.

A member of my local quilt guild brought in one that was made by a member of her family, using salesman's samples. She actually was able to find the denuded sample book, which the relative had used as a scrapbook. The story, IIRC, was that the husband of the quilter was walking along the railroad tracks looking for anything useful that might have fallen off a train, and found the sample book. :) I would think that one clue would be whether the quilt is a charm quilt or not. A sample-book quilt would be a charm quilt (even assuming that some samples might be virtually identical) whereas a widow's quilt would have lots of pieces cut from a small number of suits. Even now, the man who owns dozens of suits is a pretty rare fellow! :)

Jocelyn

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Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:39:25 -0500 From: "Jan Drechsler" <quiltdoc@sover.net> To: QHL <QHL@cuenet.com> Subject: Quilts & Underground RR Message-Id: 

Just found this listing in the on-line newsletter send widely to folks in New Enland re quilt events and shows and work shops. No further comment. ____ February 15 at 1PM BORDERS, 281 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, NH at 603-888-9300 presents: ŒQuilts & the Underground Railroad" with Dr. Gloria F. Bowens; Vocalist Olga Tines Smith; Gritty, authentic Delta Blues with Doug Philbrook.

Each year the RACIAL HARMONY PROGRAM strives to present a series of programs focused on race relations in America. The underlying premise is that improvements in race relations can only be achieved through positive dialogue. It is BORDERS pleasure to once again host this yearly event coordinated by Lee Jones.

Dr. Bowens will have with her several authentic, antique quilts that she will use to demonstrate how quilt patterns were encoded to help fugitive slaves navigate the escape route to freedom in the Underground Railroad.

Vocalist Smith will accompany her with soul-stirring renditions of gospel songs and demonstrate the secret messages and codes often embedded in these songs that could only be understood by the slaves. Doug Philbrook will not only entertain you but will teach you a little something about the great Delta Bluesmen who originally wrote and performed the music hešll be performing. - - - - - - - - -

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

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Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 19:56:46 +0000 From: deschuit@attbi.com To: "Jan Drechsler" 

I heard Ms. Bowen in Portsmouth, NH when she spoke to a group here. THe audience was mostly African American and they asked some questions. She did not provide much detail in her talk or her responses to the questions. I let the woman who was in charge know about the controversy and sent her to the website of gentleman who has stated his issues with the UGRR controversy. I am certainly not an expert and only know of the controversy from lurking on this list but I can tell you that if anyone asked her any hard questions she would not be able answer them. She is basing her lecture on the Tobin book.

Some of her quilts may be authentic antique quilts but they are not nor does she say they date from the UGRR period.

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Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 15:35:07 EST From: Hazelmacc@aol.com To: QHL@cuenet.com 

Regarding the listing of winners of the Century of Progress contest -- Barbara Brackman and Merikay Waldvogel wrote PATCHWORK SOURVENIRS OF THE 1933 WORLD'S FAIR. They report that there were 25,000 entries and "only fifty or sixty had been located by the mid-1980s". Since all of their work and the publicity, they have now recorded over 200 entries.

Fortunately for me - one of my clients had a quilt that according to family history was entered in the contest AND the quiltmaker's name was listed in the above book as a winner. The quilt was a design known as The Garden Quilt, that had been researched by Joyce Gross when she published her magazine. Since her writings, she and Cuesta Benberry found other quilts of this design. l worked with these two great historians and have written about these quilts. That article will be in "Blanket Statements" - the American Quilt Study Groups newsletter. If you do not have these newsletters and their annual papers publication, you must get them in your libraries. Visit their west site - http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~aqsg/ or e-mail them at AQSG2@unl.edu. to bring your library up-to-date.

Hazel Carter in No. VA where snow is on the ground and more is to arrive this evening.

 

 

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