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Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 14:59:30 -0500 From: "Phyllis Twigg" <ptwigg@radix.net> To: <

Hi! Judi Gunter and I were lucky enough to acquire yardage of the original  Eisenhower Toile. As a matter of fact, we have more than we need so we  are willing to part with some of it. If you are interested in political  fabric and/or toile, you can see a closeup of the the fabric at www.quilt-appraiser.com   (click on Textiles).

click on the thumbnail to see this close upAccording to the website of the F. Schmucher Company, "...during the  Eisenhower Administration First Lady Mamie Eisenhower was so taken by  this specially-commissioned toile that she had a dress made from the  fabric. The pattern was also used at Blair House and Gettysburg Farm."  Scenes included in the toile honor Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower's life,  career accomplishments and hobbies such as depictions of Denver,  Abilene, West Point, Columbia University, Gettysburg, and the White  House. (Click on the thumbnail to the right.)

I understand that there are window treatments on the second floor at the  Gettysburg Farm made from this toile. Has anyone seen them? That would  be a good side trip for me in August when I go to the Quilt Odyssey show  that's held in Gettysburg at the Eisenhower Inn complex.


Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 06:44:42 -0800 From: Anne Copeland <anneappraiser1@juno.com> To: QHL@cuenet.com Subject: Re: QHL-Digest Digest V03 

The word toilet in the 20s was used a lot to mean doing your ablutions--washing, doing your hair, etc. More than just toilet as we think of it now. Don't know if that is any help or not. I think it is quite a misnomer for the type of quilt it is. Anyway, thanks for letting us know about it. It is funny how these things always crop up. Someone somewhere is using language that perhaps the rest of the world has quit using. Peace and blessings, Annie

http://www.artquiltconsultant.com http://www.fiberartsconnsocal.org


Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 16:04:13 -0500 From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> To: Qhl 

According to Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, toilet cloth or toilet quilt or toileting is a British term for a class of compound fabrics similar to marseille quilts. It resembles pique but in heavier weights for table covers and bed covers. Made with a fine, plain weave face which is stitched to the back by means of a binding warp and also with a thicker stuffer filling to make figures stand out in relief.


Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 17:35:26 -0500 From: "Sondra Biacchi" <quilt@epix.net> To: 

Hi All...A few of us were wondering where the name for the quilt pattern Baptist Fan...Methodist Fan....Bishop Fan and whatever else it's called originated from and how old it is. I have seen this pattern with the rounded part of the pattern pointed outward and also have seen it quilted with the round part to the middle of the quilt. Is there any reason for the pattern being quilted in either direction? Sondra in NE Pennsylvania


Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 20:11:50 -0500 From: "Ilene Brown" <Ilene3@earthlink.net> To: 

To all, In March's Quilter's Newsletter Mag., they tell of the arrest of Daniel Puckett who was reportedly caught in the act of throwing bleach on two quilts. Nearly everyone on this list has heard the story, so I won't repeat. I thought you would be happy to hear that Mr. Puckett has been charged with criminal mischief, a felony under Texas law. He has posted bond and was released. But he could serve as much as two years in prison. Ilene of Raleigh, NC


Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 07:56:13 -0500 From: "Brenda & Roger Applegate" 

Is anyone familiar with the Textiles in Early New England:Design, = Production and Consumption, edited by Peter Venes. Is it a great book, = or just okay?

I tired to get the book through inter-library loan, but it was not a = book within our tri-state area. I believe that it was published in = 1999. I can borrow it for $11.00, and just wondering if it is worth it.

Western Pa Brenda


Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 10:41:26 -0500 From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> To: Qhl 

Adding to the toilet quilt vocabulary, I found these toilet listings in the Drygoodsman's Handy Dictionary, 1912. The emphasis seems to steer away from bedding at this later point in time. - Toilet -- any cloth or cape thrown over the shoulders while making toilet. A bag or cloth sack for holding soiled clothing. A person's style of dress or a specific costume. - Toilet Cap -- a cap worn during the making of toilet. - Toilet Cloth -- a cover for a toilet table or dressing bureau. Also called dresser scarf. - Toilet Cover -- a cover for toilet table or the articles placed upon it. - Toilet Quilt -- a quilted toilet cover.


Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 20:40:05 -0500 From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com> To: 

I didn't see any reason to let the great President's Day snowstorm interfere with my plans, so I went to the Bucks County Historical Society yesterday for a "Quilt Day." Bucks was one of the three original Pennsylvania Counties (1682) and is full of wonderful places to visit and things to do. One of the best is the Mercer Museum, headquarters of the county historical society. The "Quilt Day" offered a tour of the Museum's textile storage facility and a curatorial tour of the current exhibit of quilts made by a local guild of African-American quilters. 

Judy Roche was our guide to the antique quilts and other treasures in storage. To my delight she chose to show us the museum's signature quilts (my favorite!!!!). Spread out on the table when we walked in was a breathtaking Chimney Sweep, blocks on point with setting triangles of the most wonderful chalky green and then arranged in strips. The strips were of a fabric that must have been the inspiration for the wonderful Kaye England repro that came out three or four years ago (a large-scale floral stripe). The whole thing was toped off with a wide chintz border and a tape binding. Could you ask for more? Sure, lots of local names inscribed in various hands, the names embellished with all sorts of lovely scrolls and details. Dates 1843-1847. 

Another Nine Patch quilt had the same dates and the names of all the people who had local towns named for the Lambert, Yardley, etc. This quilt had sashing of a yellow fondue fabric; the blocks were an amazing variety of glorious rich color. Judy pointed out fabrics that she described as "light red." You might be tempted to say pink, but they, in truth, are light red. It's a color she said is not found after mid-century. It certainly is an accurate description. 

There was a quirky little appliqued album (maybe 6 feet square). It had small blocks (7-8") and a border of little appliqued tulips, just the bloom, no leaves. The blocks were delightful. One was a cow, another a chintz applique of a camel and its attendants, some appeared to be pieced but were actually appliqued.. 

The state-of-the-art facility has drawers and drawers of goodies. I think my favorite was the one filled with housewives, pincushions, needlebooks, etc. The volunteers at the historical society had hung the exhibit of contemporary quilts using a system I had not seen before. They built amazing tent shaped frames of walnut (so they are gorgeous to look at) each of which supports two quilts which are attached to rigid muslin covered frames. I'm not explaining this very well, but it was most impressive and must represent a huge investment in time and money. 

Cinda back on the Eastern Shore where the snow is melting


Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 23:21:48 -0500 From: "Jan Drechsler" <quiltdoc@sover.net> To: 

Thanks for the note about the article in the Detroit paper, Kris. Does anyone have an e-mail copy of the NY Times article or editorial on the book? If so, could you mail me the text? I offered to mail it to someone, but find I didn't keep it. And I don't want to log into their site. I Think it was the NY Times... more than a year ago. Jan -- Jan Drechsler in Vermont Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher www.sover.net/~bobmills


Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 21:03:12 -0800 (PST) From: Joe Cunningham 

If you mean the quilting pattern, it is also called "elbow quilting" and sometimes "shell." It evolved from ancient designs made of concentric arcs, but the sort of large scale design seen often on quilts from the South seems to be an American quilting development. I'll have to get to some books tomorrow, but I believe you start to see it mid 1800's.

It is usually created freehand, letting the arc of your arm dictate the sweep of the largest curve. On the full-size frame a qulter may either do a row of these designs all the way around the edge, then towrd the middle from two sides, or just from two sides meeting in the middle, or even from one end all the way up to another. Usually you can find where the fan units collide somewhere near the middle and read backward from there.

The easiest way to quilt these fan units is from right to left, if you are right-handed. Vice versa if you are lefty. That way, you are following the natural sweep of your arm: high on the right and sweeping downward to the left. Try starting high on the left and quilting a nice curve downward and to the right, and you will see what I mean: it is almost impossible to keep that one even.

No one really knows why some are quilted one way and some another, though.

Joe Cunningham Joe@joethequilter.com


Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 06:39:52 -0600 From: Xenia Cord <xenia@legacyquilts.net> To: 

Another way quilters marked "Baptist fans" (maybe named for the paper advertising fans given to church members on hot summer Sundays?) was to do the string and pencil thing. A string was knotted at regular intervals, and the end held down at the base of the "fan." The pencil was held against the first knot and an arc inscribed. Then the pencil was moved to subsequent knots and the arcs drawn.



Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 10:50:32 -0500 From: "Teddy Pruett" <aprayzer@hotmail.com> To: 

Some of you know I have been giving a lecture concerning the effects of = the war between the states on the fabrics (therefore quilts) of the = Southern women. I give the lecture in first person, full costume. = There is a point, near the end, where I am reading a letter from my = aunt, wherein she states" The dress I am wearing now was once a toilet = cover. I feel that if you could see me, you would be quite inclined to = stick pins into me."

Of course, the letters and people are fictitious composites, but the = line was taken directly from a diary of the time. SO, it gives us one = more picture of what the term "toilet" meant in times past. Teddy in = FLorida, running too hard and too fast as our very short quilt show = season is in full swing, and so am I! 


Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 18:15:36 -0600 From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <marciark@earthlink.net> 

Hi All, does anyone out there have any knowledge or experience of the book by Alice Gammell "Polly Prindle's Book of American Patchwork Quilts" ? I am thinking of getting one and would like some feedback if possible. Marcia Marcia Kaylakie, AQS Certified Appraiser Austin, Texas 512/502-0383 www.texasquiltappraiser.com


: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 19:51:31 -0800 From: "Alan Kelchner" <Quiltfix@sbcglobal.net> To: 

I have a question - can anyone tell me if there are instructions for making jewelry from hair (like they did in Victorian times? I have the ponytail from my haircut this afternoon, and want to do something creative with it. Thanks.



Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 01:48:11 -0500 From: "Jan Drechsler" <quiltdoc@sover.net> To: 

Teddy, Are you able to stand in front of an audience and read this with a straight face??????

> The dress I am wearing now was once a toilet cover.

Are there stifled snickers or gales of laughter?

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


Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 10:01:08 -0600 From: "Charlotte Bull" <charlou@mo-net.com> To: 

Marcia, and others. I do have this book. The 1982 printing in paper back format. It was a gift from my husband. The first book on quilting that I owned. It was however printed originally in 1973 and 1976. It is actually quite surprising for such an early book, in that it does have full color pictures of vintage quilts and tops. It also offers 50 blocks with full size templates for hand piecing or hand applique. Some even point out the proper grain line. Some are standards but some are uncommon designs.There are 35 pages of general instructions. There are even 6 patterns for borders.

As I dug it out of my stack of old books today, I admit I was surprised at how well it managed to be more historically interesting and not a 1970s/80s modern take off on quilting. I did note that I'd used it as a source for several of my own quilts. It did give me a chuckle when I noted a basic Grandmother's Flower Garden block pattern that was named Merry Go Round. But I soon realized why. It was the center of a concentric circle of hexagons that went clear to the edges of the antique quilt which was shown later in the book. You might find other intriguing historical facts.

I think a great deal depends upon your interest area and why you are considering it and how much it costs. I treasure mine for the sentiment as well as the information, because I recall that I'd used it as a library book and hated to return it over several years before he found it and bought it for me in the new reprint. By the way, the author was 80 when she wrote the book!!! Hence the good old fashioned approach! I figured out that she and my mother learned to quilt at the same age in the same year in the late 1890s! So I was charmed and I loved it then. My mother was living with us and I actually got her to discuss quilting with me!

But for you folks, real pros, I do not know whether you would find it useful. Shall we say that today the book is suddenly extremely precious to me! And I just found an amazing 18" Rose of Sharon block with reverse applique in the leaves that is begging to be used as a medallion block in a Rose Sampler. It looks almost like the one by Carlie Sexton illustrated in Brackman's Applique Encyclopedia.

So thanks for giving me a good research project on a day leading into another big snow storm. I'll enjoy being snowed in. Thanks Marcia!


Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 11:04:35 EST From: ARabara15@aol.com To: QHL@cuenet.com 

Hello All, I need some help identifying a thread that I have. A few years ago I bought a box of older notions and thread. I am getting ready to quilt a vintage cotton quilt top and the blank areas are red. I will be quilting those areas in red thread. I have two spools of what appear to be cotton thread on pressed paper spindles. On one end of the spindle is printed: 3-Cord-Roxy, 1200yds VF1483. Can anyone tell me if this is cotton thread and suitable for quilting? Thanks, Donald Brokate


Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 11:14:15 -0500 From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> CC: 

Donald -- do the burn test. Cut about ten 8" or so lengths, enough to give you sufficient a "swatch". Hold them together as one unit and light match, then lay in ashtray or other container. If there is poly, you will see a bright flare outlined in black [oil] that flames sky high and smells horrible. Residue will be goo. Not familiar with the brand but perhaps someone can come to rescue there. Unusual but not uncommon that there is no fiber content notation on spool.


Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 09:31:30 -0800 (PST) From: Joe Cunningham 

Of course Xenia is correct. Many quilters have told me about someone in their families who used a knotted string. When I have tried to reproduce this marking device, I was amazed at how difficult it was to get the knots placed evenly on the string. Finally, I figured out that the string only needed one knot, at the end. Put the pencil through the knot and mark a curve. Then, just let out the right amount of string to make the next bigger curve. (Or take in enough string, if the first one was the largest.) Anyway, one knot is all you need. Joe Cunningham Joe@joethequilter.com


Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 17:56:32 EST From: KareQuilt@aol.com To: QHL@cuenet.com CC: 

Today while reviewing back issues of the newsletter of the Friends of The Quilters Hall of Fame for an article I am writing, I came across another source of bias tape bird quilt patterns. The request for the pattern was posted in Jan-Feb 2001 issue of FQHF. Their newsletter states: "The patterns were in the Quilters Newsletter Magazine numbers 23-31. We think the year would be around 1971 through 1972." Digging into my box of back issues of QNM, I find on page 12 of Issue #23 (1971) the first in this series. From that article: "The birds are a combination of applique and embroidery, bias tape being the material used for the applique."

Karen B. Alexander Quilt Historian Press Secretary and Board Member The Quilters Hall of Fame


Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 21:09:30 -0500 From: "Suzanne Cawley" 

Hi All!

In a attempt to ward off cabin fever due to our 30 inches of snow this week; I have been doing research on "quilting as it relates to weddings". I am doing a talk at the local historical society and need some visual aids besides the usual double wedding ring and friendship quilts. I have been using Barbara Brackman's Blockbase to identify pieced blocks that relate to some aspect of matrimony. Did you know there are ten published blocks with the name "Old Maid's Puzzle" and six with the name "Bachelor's Puzzle"?

My question is this: What is the significance and/or history of the word "puzzle" as it is used in quilt blocks? Why are there so many? I searched through Blockbase and discovered 95 different blocks using the word "puzzle". Most relate to groups of people (Irish, Chinese, Yankee), professions (Lawyer, Farmer), and places (Indiana, Missouri). And then there is Devil, Solomon, and Fool's Puzzle.

I know someone will ask about this during my lecture.....so any help would be appreciated!

Oh, and for a bit more trivia.... there are 28 blocks with the word "wedding" but none with the word "marriage", 9 with the word "bride" or "bridal", none with the word "groom", but one with the word "widower".

Suzanne Cawley In wild, wonderful, wet West Virginia


Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 21:56:32 -0800 From: "ALANNA HETON" <alanna.heton@verizon.net> Cc: <QHL@cuenet.com> Subject: Toilet Quilt Weaver 

= http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~barlow/england/census/1891bolton= censuspg3.htm

Below is a reference to a "toilet quilt weaver". ?????  285 Blackburn Road Little Bolton Bolton Mary Fletcher Head Wid = 64 Living on own Means  Bolton Lancs Mary Elizabeth Barlow Neice S 13  Bolton Lancs

20 Herbert Street Little Bolton Bolton James Barlow Head M = 31 Cotton Toilet quilt Weaver  Bolton Lancs Elizabeth A Barlow Wife M 32  Bolton Lancs Henry Barlow Son 12 Scholar  Bolton Lancs John Barlow Son 10 Scholar  Bolton Lancs Annie Barlow Daug 5 Scholar Bolton Lancs  46 Myrrh Street Little Bolton Bolton Isaac Barow? Head M 40 Gas Stoker  Bolton Lancs  Alanna in the CA High Desert


Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 02:13:12 -0500 From: "Suzanne Cawley" <ccawley@alleganyinternet.net> To: "Quilt History List" <QHL@cuenet.com> Cc: 

For Alan and others who want to do hair work....

I have always thought that hair work was a fascinating craft but have no desire to try it as the procedures are fairly complex. If you want to try your luck however, there are five pages of original instructions in The Compleat Craftsman by Martin Lawrence, 1977, Main Street Press. It discusses "brooches and lockets, single plaits, tasteful designs, and flowers". If you cannot find the book at the library, contact me privately for a copy of the article.

Suzanne Cawley Listening to the rain in West Virginia


Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 13:54:02 -0500 From: Judy Knorr <jknorr@optonline.net> To: 

Suzanne, Too much snow makes minds wander and mine wandered way to far. Did you see the advertisement on the back of the latest "Love of Quilting" magazine from Fons and Porter? It's for a sewing machine, but shows a bride dressed in a gown that is made of quilt blocks and two bridesmaids also dressed in quilted dresses. A good friend whose daughter just got engaged on Valentine's Day caused a lot of distress for her daughter by showing her that picture!! I wonder if anyone has actually been married in a quilted wedding gown? See what I mean about too much snow? Judy Knorr


Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 14:51:15 -0600 From: Nancy Paul <cen39195@centurytel.net> To: 

Just a tidbit regarding Joan's information about the use of "toilet" to refer to more than it's current much more limited meaning, I find that the 1895 Delineator vol. XL, VI, Thanksgiving issue contains an advertisement ( p.viii) for Madame Rowley's Toilet Mask, (or Face Glove) to be worn three times a week It was a "natural beautifier for bleaching and preserving the skin" Address listed is for the Toilet Mask Co. 1164 Broadway , New York, N.Y. Nancy Paul, WI.


Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 15:59:53 -0500 From: Barb Garrett <bgarrett@fast.net> To: QHL 

When Nancy posted about the 1895 Delineator advertisement, I went to google and started looking -- didn't find anything about toilet quilts or toilet masks, but did find this very interesting chronology of clothing that I thought some might find interesting. http://www.bookitprogram.com/archives/01-02/bibliography/PDF_version/Timeline.pdf

Barb in southeastern PA


Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 16:05:16 -0600 From: Xenia Cord <xenia@legacyquilts.net> To: 

Famed British quilter Amy Emms, M.B.E., now deceased, made for her daughter a wonderful wonderful hand quilted wedding gown. Emms was from the North Country, Durham area, and was widely known for her whole cloth quilting. The wedding gown was just one piece among all the quilted garments and bed quilts she made, and can be seen in Amy Emms' Story of Durham Quilting.



Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 21:06:15 -0000 From: "Sally Ward" <sallytatters@ntlworld.com> 

I wonder if anyone has actually been married > in a quilted wedding gown?

Indeed yes, but not quite as you describe.

Amy Emms, the great wholecloth quilter from the North-East of England, made a quilted wedding dress for her daughter. White sateen, and covered every inch with a small grid of hand quilting, edged with feather and bow designs. It is pictured in her book, and has travelled to many shows in the UK. (I remember seeing it and remarking on what a small waist the bride had) The train apparently served as a circular quilt in the bride's new home. Churches in the north east of England can be cold places, but I have wondered how warm she got at the reception <G>

Sally W in the UK


Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 16:16:59 -0600 From: Xenia Cord <xenia@legacyquilts.net> To: 

I sometimes find that the place to go for clarification when we get hung up on these terms is the Oxford English Dictionary. I quote:

Toilet, also toilette, 1540. A piece of stuff used as a wrapper for clothes (1611); A towel or cloth thrown over the shoulders during hairdressing (1687); A cloth cover for a dressing table, now usually called a toilet cover (1682); the articles required or used in dressing, the furniture of the toilet-table, a case containing these (1662); the table on which these articles are placed, a toilet-table (1838); the action or process of dressing (1681); the reception of visitors by a lady during the concluding stages of her toilet, very fashionable in the 18th C (1703); manner or style of dressing, dress, costume, 'get-up', also a dress or costume, a gown (1821); a dressing room, in the US especially, a dressing room furnished with bathing facilities, also a bathroom, a lavatory (1819).

More than you wanted to know?



Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 16:55:17 EST From: Kittencat3@aol.com To: qhl@cuenet.com 

This one isn't quilted, but it must have been spectacular:

A description of Katarina von Mecklenberg's wedding dress at her marriage to Henry the Pious of Saxony in 1512, as written by Henry's secretary and quoted in =The Pictorial Encyclopedia of Fashion= by Kybalova, Herbenova and Lamarova, 1968:

"It was very strange and composed of several hundred pieces; the principal colors were red and yellow and there were lines half an ell in length and a quarter in width set close together, and other lines, two fingers in breadth, going crossways; parts of it looked like a chessboard and in other parts four colors had been sewn together in the form of dice, namely rose red, yellow, ash color and white. Such a dress must have caused much labor and was all patchwork."

Lisa Evans Easthampton, MA


Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 08:41:54 -0300 From: "Pilar Donoso" <quiltpd@mi.cl> To: 

I am teaching a class on Celtic Quilts technique, and I always like to add the history part. Do you know a good site to see where the designs come from and what do they mean? Thank you

Pilar Santiago Chile


Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 06:22:26 -0600 From: Ann Hubbard <ahubbard001@charter.net> 

I wonder if toile and toilet have the same word origin. Sounds like toilet was a French word in its origination. Ann from Lake of the Ozarks.


Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 08:30:30 -0500 From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> To: qhl 

Anne -- Apparently so -- Webster's says there is a connection, but very tersely. Toile is Old French for cloth or cloth covering while toilet is Modern French for cloth covering. Toilette is the process of grooming or a state of attire. Probably other dictionaries or glossaries will offer more substantive definitions.

Ann Hubbard wrote:

> I wonder if toile and toilet have the same word origin. Sounds like > toilet was a French word in its origination. Ann from Lake of the Ozarks. > > > >


Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 05:36:01 -0800 From: "Christine Thresh" 

My grandmother always called her cologne "toilet water."

Christine Thresh on an island in the California Delta http://www.winnowing.com


Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 09:27:02 -0600 From: "Lisa Erlandson" <quilter@cooke.net> To: 

Months ago, I asked for info on copyrights and received very helpful answers. I have found almost everything I needed, but I haven't found anything to address this one question, so I will post it here to see if anyone can help me. If I make a quilt from a purchased (and obviously copyrighted) pattern, if I sell that quilt to someone, is there any copyright infringement? Thanks!!


Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 15:24:11 -0500 From: "Gibson, Nancy" <ngibson@dar.org> To: 

The costume curator at the DAR Museum, Alden O'Brien, has just announced that she will be curator of an exhibition on weddings and wedding customs from 1770 to 1940. She will be using objects primarily from the DAR Museum collection but will entertain the possibility of using some loan objects. I will be looking for wedding related quilts to display in the 6 quilt racks and 2 white work cases. Please keep this in mind as you all study and research quilt history, If you come across anything that you think might be helpful to us please email me. I was particularly interested in the idea quilted wedding dresses. The exhibition will open in Feb. of 2004.

Nancy Gibson Curator of textiles/public affairs specialist (202) 879-3238

DAR Museum 1776 D Street, NW Washington, DC 20006


Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 16:20:07 -0500 From: "pepper cory" <pepcory@mail.clis.com> To: 

Hello all- Both Joe and Xenia are correct in their descriptions of how to mark fans. The more adept the quilt marker was and the more in a hurry she was, the less likely she was to use the 'streng' (how we say it in NC) compass. The direction the fans run may be indicative of how many quilters worked on the quilt. A single quilter always working from the same side produces fans always laying on top of each other in the same direction. Two quilters, working in from opposite sides of the frame, make for fans that meet in the middle. Then they have to decide whose fans go under and whose over. A faster quilter might get to the middle sooner than her slower sister and thus the fans might not meet exactly in the middle. By the way, Baptist Fan is only the latest most in-print term for this sort of quilting. Also have heard Methodist and Lutheran Fans! Guess it depended on where your quilting bee met! My guess is that the fans are the country cousins of the tidy-and smaller-British clamshell motif. Fan quilting is very common on Southern quilts. See the New York Beauty quilt pictured in my book Mastering Quilt Marking. It belongs to Lynn Lancaster Gorges of this list and was made here in North Carolina. Cheers y'all. Pepper Cory


Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 13:26:21 -0800 (PST) From: Judy Schwender 

American Indian Star quilts also typically feature fan quilting. pepper cory <pepcory@mail.clis.com> wrote:Fan quilting is very common on Southern quilts.


Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 15:00:35 -0800 From: "Christine Thresh" <christine@winnowing.com> To: "pepper cory" <pepcory@mail.clis.com>, 

Oh, I'd like a book on mastering quilt marking. Where do I get it?

Thanks, Christine Thresh on an island in the California Delta http://www.winnowing.com

----- Original Message ----- From: "pepper cory" <pepcory@mail.clis.com> See the New York Beauty quilt pictured in my book Mastering Quilt > Marking. It belongs to Lynn Lancaster Gorges of this list and was made here > in North Carolina. > Cheers y'all. > Pepper Cory




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