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: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 20:32:01 -0500 From: "Annette A." <ponder24@bellsouth.net> 

A few weeks ago, there was chatter on this list regarding a swastika quilt listed on eBay.

There is now a quilt book from 1931 listed. In the listing of patterns, "swastika" is one of the patterns. Thought this might interest some of you.




Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 20:58:04 -0500 From: "Cinda Cawley" 

The Fabric Dating Club sponsored by hazel Carter and Bunnie Jordan met in Annandale, VA on Sunday. The topic was "Your Oldest Quilt." You all know how hard it is to find a pre-1850 quilt. Well, now you'll know why. They're all in the collections of Hazel Carter's friends. What an afternoon we had! In no particular order we saw a baby quilt with paper-cut stars, chintz appliques and Flying Geese borders; a wholecloth pillar print in Prussian blue; a Reel in the same shade of blue, but this time a fondue fabric; 1830s blocks (hexagons, stars, curved shapes all whipped stitched) appliqued to a background with alternating blocks of chintz applique, the seams decorated with feather stitch and finished with a Victorian lace border!; Touching Stars with incredible stuffed work; an 1820s stenciled quilt and a lovely French quilt made from a fabric which appeared stamped rather than stenciled; a Tree of Life made from a palampore and chintz hexagons circa 1815; a chintz applique Tree of Life with a woven circle around the center medallion and the whole thing framed by Delectable Mountain blocks. It was a feast for fabric lovers. There was a delightful Evening Star quilt (7" blocks with setting blocks in different colorways of the same fabric, circa 1830); a Lone Star with chintz appliques between the points of the star outlined by the "bird" fabric in blue with a border of large diamonds with Lemoyne Stars at the corners--did she leave anything out? I don't think so. A simple (sic.) 9-Patch had alternating blocks of a peacock chintz and a border of Trenton tape which, of course, led to an unresolved discussion about the appropriateness of calling the tape Trenton. One of the most unusual quilts was a chintz applique of all kinds of birds, butterflies, monkeys and an Arab warrior on horseback, scattered around an oval medallion of flowers. A very dainty 1830s quilt of hexagon rosettes had a running border of single hexagons and a charming swag of a candy-pink stripe. At the opposite extreme was a stunning indigo calamanco quilt with an orange back (from Maine). Before I forget, we saw a teal and, brown Pineapple with Baptist Fan quilting and a cotton sack back from Gaffney, SC--much later than the rest, made by the owners g, g-mother in the late 19th century, but very interesting after the recent discussion. Color was the most exciting thing about an 1850 Delectable Mountains set as pinwheels--it was incredibly green, one wonderful fabric with a green background and purple flowers. A chintz baby quilt circa 1810, also from SC, had appliqued flowers and buds. There was 1820-30 wholecloth quilt pieced from one arborescent chintz; another whole cloth was from a block-print cheater cloth. From New England (Maine) was a strippy 9-Patch on point with cut-out corners (I know, the corners weren't really cut out, it was planned that way, but you know what I mean). The oldest quilt of all (a top) may have been a hexagon strippy composed of a variety of fabrics all very early including some 1780s toiles. I'm sure I haven't remembered everything, but it was another case of sensory overload. Cinda on the daffodil and forsythia-filled Eastern Shore


Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 18:16:47 -0800 From: Judi Fibush <judi@fibush.net> To: 

Oh, WOW. All to see at one time. I guess they have cornered the market and certainly wish I would have been there to see them all. Thanks for descriptions.



Pam Weeks Worthen" <pamworthen@hotmail.com> To: qhl@cuenet.com Subject: 

Would someone please be so kind as to remind me of the website for the auction that's happening this weekend in PA or NJ with all the fabulous textiles? I was sure I had bookmarked it, but can't find it now.


Pam in NH where the snow just keeps melting away. It might be gone by July....

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Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 16:47:46 +1100 From: "Lorraine Olsson" 

Dear Cinda, I read your letters and imagine.......... I think though, that you will have to take a camera on your expiditions. You could have a very fascinating book after a very short time :o)))

Thanks for taking the time to share your adventures

Lorraine in Oz


Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 09:24:06 -0500 From: mreich@attglobal.net To: 

----- Original Message ----- From: <mreich@attglobal.net> To: <QHL@cuenet.com> Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2003 9:07 AM Subject: QHL:a photographer for the Fabric Study Groups

> To Cinda, Hazel and all the quilt study groups without photographic > commentary; you are torturing the rest of us! > You need to invite someone who has a digital camera. This way your > tantalizing descriptive can be accompanied with pictures and the two can be > posted on Kris's Study group site. I will humbly volunteer to fill your > needs until someone can purchase a digital camera. You can also use a 35mm > camera and have the shots developed onto a disc. If you send a shots to > Kris via email you have the same effect. I have been taking photos for the > New Jersey study group with a Sony Mavica, placing the images on Power Point > and sending the Power Point slide show to Kris and Judy. Power Point is so > much fun because you can caption the slides, insert neat transitions and > write more extensive notes. I am dying to see the pics from "Your Oldest > Quilt" day. sue reich, Connecticut where we are having our earliest > springtime ever! (Makes up for the mounds of snow we have moved since > November that have finally melted.) > >


Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 09:25:45 -0500 From: Judy Roche <jrocheq@pil.net> To: 

Thank you all for your kind words about 'our' fabrics---I live in Solebury,Bucks County- that is how we named the first line---although the spelling is now'in stone' it has been spelled with berry and soul and my favorite ,Solesberry(on one of the signed and dated quilts that I have). Solebury is tiny and might not even be on many of your maps---we are on the Delaware River between New Hope and Doylestown--. If you read Fires of Spring by Michener you will learn about this area---

Please be aware that we have printed only fabrics that we own-- we can show you the fabrics that the repros 'come from'--so 'lineage' is assured--right now we are making the quilts to show off the next line- Colors of Friendship--and when placed on the originals (3-4 from un finished blocks that are basted on-part of a 'set' of 49 )the main difference is the newness of color and stiffness of unhandled fabric--needless to say, we are pleased---again, with Chanteclaire

Both Corienne and I are fortunate to live in eastern Pa where the old quilts are plentiful and we each have sizeable collections- and to add to our collections we are saving all the paper work and boards and all the 'stuff ' that is accumulating from our foray into fabric production--so that some QHL member in years to come can refer back to the Solebury Collection et al. :-)

Judy Roche


Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 07:24:37 -0800 From: Judi Fibush <judi@fibush.net> To: 

I agree with Sue. I could almost "taste" those lovelies that Cindy described and would have been even more delighted to have see pics of them.



Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 10:42:05 EST From: Cassquilt@aol.com To: QHL@cuenet.com Subject: Twins - searching for a specific quilt .... Message-ID: 

Since this really is the list that knows everything, I thought I'd try something that's probably a long shot.

I'm looking to contact the owners of a specific quilt. The quilt is shown on the cover of a book from 1989, Country Quilts by Time-Life Books, ISBN 0-8094-6762-3. It's the signature quilt in a hexagon pattern, and the quilt is listed as being in the collection of Ilisha Helfman and Joe Freedman.

My aunt owns (and I'm the current caretaker of) an almost identical quilt, also a signature quilt. Same pattern, same 'cheddar' print in the triangles, also with signatures. I'd like to find out more about the "twin" quilt.

If anyone is interested in looking, my aunt's quilt was published in Robert Bishop's New Discoveries in American Quilts, on page 50. For whatever its worth, the picture in that book doesn't do it justice, and the caption is wrong. The quilt is from Vermont. It was bought at auction several decades ago.

Any help would be appreciated, either sent to me privately or to the list. I'm on digest, so if a message is sent to the list, I don't get it right away.

Cassandra Thoreson cassquilt@aol.com


Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 16:39:55 -0500 From: Judy Knorr <jknorr@optonline.net> 

Cinda, Your descriptions of all those quilts made my mouth water. Wish I could have seen them, but just imagining them was fun. Question... What is a "paper cut star"? Is the pattern cut from paper? Is it 5 pointed? Judy Knorr


Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 05:37:06 -0800 (PST) From: Ark Quilts <quiltarkmv@yahoo.com> 

There is an interesting item on Ebay right now : "1933 Century of Progress Linen Fabric piece Item # 3601168028"


Thought the list might be interested in..........C. Ark


Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 06:16:12 -0800 From: Judi Fibush <judi@fibush.net> To: Ark 

Interesting and thank you for pointing it out. As usual the starting price is high with a reserve that is even higher. Be interesting to see if goes.


Ark Quilts wrote:


Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 18:34:20 EST From: JBQUILTOK@aol.com To: QHL@cuenet.com 

I just found a treasure in a thrift shop & would like some more information about it. I bought a bolt of 36" wide 100% cotton fabric. It is white background with red gingham and golden yellow teddy bears with some blue strawberries thrown in. The brand name on the end of the bolt is Courtesy & it says Fine Cotton Guarenteed Fast To Wash Machine Wash Warm.

Does anyone have any information about this brand or know anything that would help me date it better?

Janet Bronston


Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 17:33:20 -0800 From: Chris Flynn <lovechris@earthlink.net> To: 

Hello, Chris here, in Boulder Creek, CA where it's going to be 80 tomorrow!!

I just found a beautiful old applique quilt and can't identify it. It has 16 inch squares with a sunflower type flower (16 petals) in the middle, four three-leaf green coming out of the sunflower and four curved embroidered stems leading to a three leaf bud. The color of the flowers, bud and sashing is a cheddar yellow. All the applique is button hole stitched in matching color. It has 1940 in ink on a small corner of one square, and the year 1958 embroidered on the back. I've checked my few pattern books and can't find it.

Anyone have an idea?

Thanks so much, Hugs from CA


Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 17:44:27 -0800 From: "jajb" <anne_j@worldnet.att.net> To: 

Thanks again for the great feedback.

I took a careful look at my article and added "Making these banners as a miniquilt may be a more recent practice." Then I go on to tell where a quilter can find instructions.

I am really interested in knowing if these banners were produced as paper posters in the past. Does anyone remember seeing a paper one especially during WWII? The other day I saw an ad on TV saying that Blue Star posters could be obtained from I think it was the American Legion. It was one of those times when I wasn't paying attention to the TV and only got a glimpse of the ad. It seems that these banners could have been published as posters during other wars as well.







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