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Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 06:47:43 -0800 From: Judi Fibush <judi@fibush.net> To: vintage 

Hi Gang,

The following URL

click on the thumbnail to see this up closehttp://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=2221&item=2510167757 showcases a spectacular 1860's applique quilt. I have emailed the seller as to the proveance of this if any. I do know him very well so I am not doubting his word. Just wonder if there is no provenace how one can date a quilt like this with all solid colored fabrics?

 

Any suggestions from anyone? It is truly a lovely piece.  (Click on the thumbnail above.)

Judi

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Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 00:16:07 -0800 From: Gaye Ingram <gingram@tcainternet.com> To: 

As some of you know I teach literature in a program for gifted students. I have students for 4 years in lit and composition and work with them as sponsor of a south-wide literary journal. So I get to know each of them well.

One of my students has been going through a special misery lately---his "best friend" told the mother of his girlfriend that the relationship the two had was not "healthy." The former best friend is of a straight-laced religious persuasion and more than a little self-righteous. The "relationship" could hardly have been very unsavory since the two young lovers saw one anothr only in group situations, usually at her church, which has tight observation.

In any case, the girl's mother telephoned the boy to say it had to end and to ask him some questions---e.g., #1 Have you ever driven recklessly? (He replied, "I did wheelies after I got my driver's license and I passed Mrs. K... on the interstate. Nothing else.") Suffice to say, his honesty did not serve him well and the romance was nipped in the bud.

He was disconsolate all week. Today, he spotted La Trestain's book on my desk, "Dating Fabrics." Given his age and mental state, he did not think of "Assigning a date to fabrics." He looked at me plaintively and said, "Mrs. Ingram, did you bring that book for me? Has it come to that? Will I have to go to prom with taffeta or silk?" Then he thought and asked another question, "Do fabrics have mothers?"

I assured him fabrics were safer bets than 14-year-old girls with intruding mamas.

See why I go to work every day?

Gaye

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Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 17:34:22 -0500 (EST) From: Teri Klassen <teresak@bloomington.in.us> To: <qhl@cuenet.com> Subject: HIPV Message-ID: 

Jacqueline Tobin will be speaking to the Bloomington Quilters Guild at its April meeting, first Tuesday of the month, in Bloomington Indiana. I think I will go. There are notes for an episode of HIPV on Simply Quilts. Go to http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_quilting_blocks/article/0,1789,HGTV_3299_1374077,00. html. Then go to Simply Quilts. It is called Clues in the Quilts (QLT-540). Pretty wild.... Teri Klassen

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Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 01:01:09 -0500 From: "Kristina Strom" 

Teri Klassen wrote: "Jacqueline Tobin will be speaking to the Bloomington Quilters Guild at its April meeting, first Tuesday of the month, in Bloomington Indiana. I think I will go. There are notes for an episode of HIPV on Simply Quilts."

Though I had trouble accessing the site, this episode was recently aired again on Simply Quilts. Since I am an avid "student" of this marvelous list, I watched the program from what felt was an informed point of view.

What struck me is that this historian embarked on her research based on a single oral history that had been handed down to a woman by her grandmother, who in turn had heard the story from HER grandmother. Anyone who has seriously engaged in collecting oral history will know the inherent problems in such a removed source--the primaries are difficult enough.

Also, what occurred to me (and please pardon me if my idea is old hat) is that such stories may indeed have been passed down through the generations as a teaching tool for young children in a sub-culture where formal education was generally non-existent. From that perspective, using quilt patterns as specific reminders, pneumonic devices in fiber, of a specific and profoundly important historical phenomenon made a lot of sense. I wondered why Dr. Tobin had not considered this possibility, which seemed so clear, creative and (yes) charming to me.

FWIW--gonna sit back down now and continue listening and learning <G>.

I look forward to hearing about the Bloomington meeting.

Kristina

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Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 07:15:54 -0500 From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> To: Qhl list 

Gaye -- enjoyed your anecdote about student's interpretation of Dating Fabrics book. Along those same thoughts it reminds me of my friend who loves to sew for her granddaughter and told her daughter she was making Missy a lawn dress to which daughter replied " Why does Missy need a special dress to sit on the lawn." We need to bring back Home Ec 101. Soon. Before sweats rule the world and become our future quilts. :-)

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Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 12:58:25 +0000 From: "Karen Bush" <karenbush11@hotmail.com> To: 

I wanted to thank everybody for helping me with ideas on the quilts in the museum and displaying! I've printed out the suggestions and taking to the Board meeting next week. Which means,..I'll introduce the ideas and do what *I* think will work! haha Thanks again! I'll post to the other digests, so,...you'll probably be reading this again :) kb

http://www.karenbushquilts.com

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Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 09:15:51 EST From: Midnitelaptop@aol.com To: 

linda franz.. who wrote the book/cd "quilted diamonds" is scheduled to be on simply quilts..monday mar 3rd at 1:30 pm in my area(amherst ma)...it's a new episode #837... jeanL

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Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 10:00:59 -0800 (PST) From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessen@yahoo.com> 

From: Karen Augusta. To: oldlace@sover.net Sent: Thursday, February 27, 2003 1:22 PM Subject: Whitaker Spring Vintage Clothing, Linen & Textile Auction

I have been working over the past two months photographing and assembling lots for an incredible vintage and textile auction that will be held on March 27th in New Hope, Pennsylvania. I am still opening boxes and cataloguing the sale but wanted to give as much advance notice as possible in case you are able to rearrange your schedule to attend. I would guess that there are three to five thousand items that will end up as 500-600 auction lots. Most auction pieces are deaccessions from six Institutional collections with select additions from a few private consignors. The majority of these pieces have been stored away for decades or longer.

The auction includes a bit of everything - incredible estate linens &

lace - the most beautiful Irish crochet gown - printed fabrics (18th - 20th c.) - beaded 20's dresses - Chinese embroidered clothing - costume jewelry - men's clothes - shoes - hats - fans. While some of the top catalogued lots will certainly find their way back to other museum collections, most of the auction items are grouped in generous lots to keep the auction to one day.

There are boxes filled with trims, exceptional early fabrics, boxes and boxes of hats, boxes of lace, large lots of antique clothing for restoration or recycling. This is a chance for collectors, reenactors, costumers, designers, restorers, antique doll collectors and dealers to benefit from all of these new-to-market treasures.

A preliminary listing of auction highlights has been posted on the auctioneer's website, www.whitakerauction.com . There are currently four photo galleries offering a sampling of what you can expect at this sale and more photos will be added over the next two weeks. I am hoping to complete the catalogue by March 10th and have it available on-line, as well as a form for absentee bidding.

This is one vintage and textile auction that you will not want to miss!

Karen Augusta www.antique-fashion.com 802-463-4958

PS Please pass this announcement on to others you know who might be interested. Thanks!

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Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 17:19:49 -0500 From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com> To: "QHL" 

I've spent almost four years trying to get the a local historical society to involve the quilt guild in the care of the quilt and textile collection. Seemed like a no-brainer to me. I finally wore them down (I can be quite persistent not to say annoying). Four other Bayside Quilters who love old quilts and I spent two very full days documenting the quilts at the Talbot County Historical Society so that they could enter the information in their new computer system. We also refolded and padded the folds with acid-free paper (they are kept in acid-free boxes). One of our little group took digital photos which are so exciting the curator is talking about putting a "virtual quilt show" on the Society's website. 

The most surprising piece we saw was an appliqued bedcover (not quilted), circa 1850, and curtains trimmed with what had obviously been intended as the borders of the quilt. These pieces have all manner of dimensional applique, some I am at a loss to describe. The center is a 36" square basket surrounded by triangles fill with all sorts of different motifs: every imaginable flower, roses, lupines, tulips, sunflowers, lilies, trees with roots and berries. Every element of the top is different, but they blend together in a harmonious and utterly beautiful whole. The edges of the top are turned under about 6" (right in the middle of the appliques and it is backed with a 20th century bedsheet. We are hoping to be allowed to take patterns of these motifs. We also want to take the patterns from a Baltimore Album quilt which we think originated on the Eastern Shore. The most striking thing about it is the fondue blue sashing. Much more blue than we normally see on a Baltimore quilt and a fabulous fabric. The blocks are relatively small (about 12") and many I have not seen before. 

What do you think about a full blown rose with a butterfly perched on the flower and a worm on the leaf? There are other quirky blocks as well as the standard woven basket, open wreaths, a couple of chintz appliques. There were two tops from one of the great old Talbot County houses. On is what Marylanders call a Mathematical Star (circa 1840)--that's the one I covet. The collection of 2nd quarter 19th century fabrics is outstanding. The other is many of the same fabrics in Album blocks signed by the local upper crust of the 1850s. 

There were two really early toile quilts quilted with the same odd circular motifs. A lovely silk quilt in soft gold and orange has the partridge fabric on the back. A chintz hexagon (circa 1830) has tiny cross-stitched initials. I loved a red and green Double Irish Chain baby quilt with a Maryland piecrust border. One beautifully quilted appliqued quilt is a design that's new to us (couldn't find it in Brackman). There are five roses in the center of the block with leaves and a single rose with leaves in each corner of the blocks forming a secondary design. Only one quilt in the collection has ever been published. It's a blue and buff Feathered Star. It's on page 32 of Old Line Traditions: Maryland Women and Their Quilts, the catalogue of a DAR exhibit in 1985. Thank goodness for the DAR. They show us quilts! 

How many small historical societies have treasures like these? I'm sure there are lots. It should be our mission to pry them out of obscurity in whatever way we can. It's the old question of the tree falling in the forest and nobody hears. Cinda on the Eastern Shore getting off her soapbox

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Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 17:24:52 -0500 From: Vyvyan L Emery <vyquilter@juno.com> To: 

Hello, I'd like to preface that I'm not new to this list, but I have had a lot of computer trouble for about 6 months and have not had internet access. Finally got back online the other day. I have missed reading these discussions.

Lisa, I'm not a lawyer and certainly no expert, but at our guild meeting on Mon. it was the topic of our presentation. Buying a pattern implies that you agree to the copyright stipulations in the fine print on the pattern. Making the pattern for yourself is generally considered fair use, but making it for profit technically is copyright infringement. Since you're just making the one quilt as opposed to mass production you would probably "get away" with it, but if I were you, I would contact the publisher or the designer, most likely the publisher, and seek permission. It was the consensus of our guild members who have had experience with this that it most often not a problem. The very fact that you're concerned about it makes me think that you should "do the right thing".

I've only been quilting for a few years and until recently this is not a topic I ever gave much thought to, but as I have been thinking about eventually publishing some designs of my own, the subject holds a newfound interest for me. The laws are convoluted yet fascinating, and I have gained a real respect for other designers' works and certainly wouldn't want to step on anyone's toes. I know that there are professionals in this group with vastly more experience than I have, so if anyone else has more input, I would like to learn about this, too.

Good luck! Vyvyan in NC

 

 

 

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