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Subject: 19th century quilt poetry and prose (Winter Sewing Projects continued.) 

There were many colonial revivals during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This news piece was printed in 1895 a date not commonly associated with colonial revival. It indicates that the fashion industry and furniture makers were also affective by a revival at this same time. The step-by-step instructions are helpful to quilt researchers. Here two layers of wadding is encouraged. Plus, the commentary on machine quilting at the end is very tell all. It makes you appreciate all of those early machine quilted quilts all the more. sue reich

The Edwardsville Intelligencer Edwardsville, IL January 11, 1895



Two Effective but Simple Designs of the Real Old Time Order ‚€“ Directions For Finishing Off Lining and Quilting These Bright Bedcovers.

The old fashioned patchwork can never become entirely obsolete while there are in the majority of households little fingers just learning to hold the needle or failing eyes that require some simple occupation or pastime. The result of the hours pleasantly spent over the bright colored fragments is always acceptable to the good house mother, for these pieced quilts are light, warm, durable and easily cleansed. Of late months everything which could be recognized as old fashioned is the new fashion, and this is as truly the case in needlework as in sleeves or furniture. The decree has gone forth that a revival of patchwork quilts is at hand, and dainty fingers whose owners have known only patches and patchwork from family description are busy placing the blocks together in new and artistic patterns as well as in the real old time order. With an effort to aid prospective quiltmakers in avoiding the rock of ugliness and the whirlpool of intricacy a writer for The Ladies‚€™ Home Journal gives illustrated descriptions of a number of pleasing designs, among which are the following: A quilt of red and white is made of turkey red and white cotton. The center square is 10 ¬Ĺ inches. The surrounding strip is 2 inches wide. It is perhaps the most easily made and effective pattern that can be given. The quilt is made oblong by adding a strip at top and bottom and can be made larger or smaller by altering the size of the center square. Great care must of course be taken that all the patches are cut evenly and well. A very simple and at the same time effective pattern is one that has been known as the album quilt unfortunately, which may prejudice some against the neat little squares that look so pretty either in blue and white or pink and white. Having made the patchwork of the desired dimensions comes the finishing by tacking two layers of wadding on the inner side. Then make a lining of soft white cotton exactly the same size and baste it very carefully upon the wadded patchwork. Be lavish with your basting thread, running it around the edges diagonally from corner to corner and across again after the fashion of the union jack. Give it some additional lines until the patchwork and lining are smoothly and firmly fastened together and ready for the final process of quilting. The old fashioned quilting bars, into which the work is now ready to be fastened, insure the most perfect results. The lines that are to be followed with a light running are marked with colored chalk in diamonds or squares of any angle or size preferred. A quilting bee is the merriest and quickest way of finishing the quilt after all these preliminary preparations have been made. If the quilting bars and the bee are not attainable, the work may be spread upon a bed, and with a little extra care and trouble may be quilted in that way. The worst way of all is to use the sewing machine for the purpose, and the best is to find some skillful, old fashioned sewing woman who will take your dainty, bright patchwork, line it, quilt it in delicate, fine tracery and bind it for a moderate sum. A well made quilt will last in constant use for many years and can be renovated by recovering when worn or faded.


Subject: off topic From: Judy White <jawhiteinfionline.net> Date: Thu, 15 Jan 

Well Charlie, since you brought up the subject of a cat named Golliwog - that's a pretty good name for a cat and I have 3 cats with pretty ordinary names, but in the paper this morning in the comic strip "Get Fuzzy" (I know all of you don't get that strip) there was a cat named Chubby Huggs. He was fat and hugged everybody. I just love that name! Now, figure out how to work that into quilt history.

Judy White in New England's ice box


Subject: Re: World War II quilts From: "ChrisA" <chrisajetlink.net> Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 07:45:27 -0800 X-Message-Number: 3

Sure Barb, the book is available at Quilt Emporium, which is their website too, .com. They are near me in CA.

Kimberly Wulfert, PhD www.antiquequiltdating.com Email: quiltdatingjetlink.net

----- Original Message ----- From: "Barb D" <barbdclarityconnect.com> To: "Quilt History List" <qhllyris.quiltropolis.com> Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 2:13 PM Subject: [qhl] Re: World War II quilts

Amazon isn't cooperating with me finding this book. sigh Any ideas? Barb D

-------Original Message-------

From: Quilt History List Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 16:30:08 To: Quilt History List Subject: [qhl] Re: World War II quilts

You may know this Sue, but I'll post it for the list:

There is a terrific new book out on exactly this topic. It's called "Women of Grace and Charm- A Quilting Tribute to the Women who served in WWII" by Barb Adams and Alma Allen. It has pictures of the women and their individual story, plus history of times during WWII, and then a quilt or block is designed and made in honor of each, which is pictured in color with instructions.

Kimberly Wulfert, PhD www.antiquequiltdating.com Email: quiltdatingjetlink.net


Subject: Rose of Sharon From: Donald Beld <donbeldpacbell.net> Date: Thu, 15 

Great pattern in McCall's; however, they "mislabelled" it as a Rose of Sharon. The pattern is probably? from the 20's or 30's and is an example of what I was saying about published patterns in the 20th Century being called Rose of Sharon rather than Whig Rose. The reason for this, of course, is that there were no Whigs in the 1920 or 230's but were folks who like Biblical References. (The reference is in Song of Solomon 2:1 and is talking about the plains on the sea coast in Israel--did I say that already? It's hell getting old.)

I forgot to attribute my comments about the Red Rose of Sharon 1840-50's pattern and the change in the Twentieth Century to Cuesta Benberry. Always best to blame an expert; although Cuesta would tell you that her comments were from memory as her research material all went to the American Folk Art Museum in New York City.

Anyway, fun patterns and more interesting ways that 19th Century women showed their political leaning when they were not allowed to vote.--what was the difference between a married Caucasian women in 1840 and a slave? Not much that I can see. Don Beld


Subject: signature quilts From: Palamporeaol.com Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 21:14:14 

Nancy and I decided at the AQSG Conference in Dallas that there needed to be a depository of some sort for information found on signature quilts. That is a quilt with several signatures----one used to tell a friend good-bye, a wedding quilt, a church fund raiser, etc. You get the gist..... Send to me or Nancy a photo of the quilt, history of the quilt, information about the construction of the quilt, and most important the names that you can read on the quilt and geographical info. that you have. If you would like to send it to me via the US mail look at my site and get my address----www.textilepreservation.com, or you may email it. Just don't send the photo with a monster size file. We are in the process of talking with a group who might like to "store" this info. for future research by people. We think it could be a great way to study signature/friendship quilts by states, by regions, by time periods, popular patterns,etc. If you need more info. let me know. Sorry my post had so much "junk" in it. Not sure what is going on. Hope this one is normal. I spoke with a jewelry dealer at the CW show last weekend and she had problems with the jewelry in Cold Mountain. Such a shame they didn't do a better job with their costumes, but for the "untrained" eye it looks great. It just bothered me that Nicole had such wonderfully clean looking hair all the time. You know it would have been slicked down with just plain old dirt and oil after the life they lived....not so fluffy and bouncy....Oh well, my CW expert husband and I still enjoyed the movie a great deal. I do plan to see it again. I still question Rudy's patchwork skirt. I need to see that a 2nd time. Off to do paperwork. Lynn Lancaster Gorges Historic Textiles Studio New Bern, NC palamporeaol.com textilepreservation.com civilwarshop.com


Subject: Re: signature quilts From: "Nancy Gibbs" <izannah1msn.com> Date: Thu, 

<<information found on signature quilts. That is a quilt with several signatures----one used to tell a friend good-bye, a wedding quilt, a church fund raiser, etc>>

OK, I see--the one I have does not fall into that category. It was = simply signed and dated by the maker of the quilt. It's white stitching = on white background, so it's a bit hard to read, but it's definitely = 1860. Thanks for the clarification. Nancy G. ------=_NextPart_000_00F3_01C3DBAD.345337C0--



Subject: Golliwogs.. From: "Sally Ward" <sallytattersntlworld.com> Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 09:45:04 -0000 X-Message-Number: 1

Since we returned briefly to the subject, I thought this example of 'wog' as a derogatory term might be of interest to the wordsmiths amongst you <G>. There is an enquiry going on at the moment into some financial shenanigans in the late 70s involving the Bank of England and an independent banking outfit set up by a Pakistani financier. My newspaper this morning thought it worth headlining an article on this with the information that the abusive term was used by a Bank of England official in 1978 when referring to Indian bankofficials. I know that to many Golliwogs are charmingly innocent, and that the origin of 'wog' was not from 'golliwog', but in the area of outer London where I grew up we had a large immigrant Pakistani population and the two had become unpleasantly interchangeable at that time.


Sally W in the UK


Subject: Traditional British Quilts From: "Judy Lyons" <judy.lyonscogeco.ca> Date: 

Traditional British Quilts I'm looking to purchase the above subject book, by Dorothy Osler.ISBN0713447613. I cannot find a source of this British book. Can anyone help me?

Judy Lyons AQS Certified Canadian Quilt Appraiser judy.lyonscogeco.ca


Subject: Re: Traditional British Quilts From: aol.com Date: Fri, 16 Jan 

Try either amazon.co.uk or blackwells.co.uk. I just checked the Blackwell's site and saw that they offer this title via their book search feature.

I know Dorothy is on this list (and recently sold me a gorgeous book on North Country quilts - I love it!), so perhaps she has some suggestions. Good luck!

Karen Evans Easthampton, Massachusetts morning temperature: -9 f.


Subject: Apologies to Judy "Ringo" From: KareQuiltaol.com Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 

Judy, Judy, Judy. So sorry about that new creation of a last name for you. I think I told you when I met you face to face for the first time at AQSG meeting in Williamsburg that I can't seem get the idea out of my head that your last name is not Ringo! Maybe I should name you Judy Inringoes. <vbg> It must have something to do with the way you sign your name at the end of your posts. Or maybe I just like to be reminded of Ringo of Beatles fame by the name. <g>

Karen Alexander


Subject: Re: Apologies to Judy "Ringo" From: "J. G. Row" 


No need to apologize. I have adopted the name as my "aka" and have incorporated it into my signature. I love it! I hear the music from the TV series in my head every time I do -- as though it was written just for me!

Ringoes NJ was named for John Ringoe, a tavern keeper in the late 18th century. His tavern is gone but the tavern belonging to his only competitor, his brother, still stands. It is said that John hid a cache of gold in a field somewhere in the area. I've been thinking about getting a metal detector..................

Judy "Ringo" in Ringoes, NJ judygrowpatmedia.net


Subject: Re: Apologies to Judy "Ringo" From: aol.com Date: Fri, 16 Jan 

Actually, "Judy Ringo" sounds like a singer in a honky-town bar on the outskirts of town. Maybe this could be your alter ego when you want a little walk on the wild side?

*wide-eyed innocent stare*

Karen Evans in the deep freeze they call Massachusetts


Subject: Re Judy Ringoe From: Gail Ingram <gingramtcainternet.com> Date: Fri, 

I did not know who had first hit upon the name Judy Ringo, and Karen, I'm glad to know it was you. As a young child, my daughter was a Platonist (now she's an investment banker and I suspect Plato has gone by the wayside). She believed in the world of the Ideal and that every creature and, indeed, every physical thing had a name. The job of human beings was to discover the name for each thing. Then harmony would reign. It was, she once told me, like Noah: he divined the names of all the creatures. "Could you imagine," she asked at age four, "a giraffe named 'rat'?"

For instance, my class of gifted students once gave me a highly ungifted dog. Many might have called him stupid, in fact. No one in our family could really find a name that "felt" right for this animal. Oh, we came upon lots of names, but not a single one that fit. Then one afternoon, Kathryn walked in with a concerned look on her face. "Mama," she said, "I hate to tell you this, but I think I know the pup's name------Pete." We just looked at each other,separated by 31 years but united in knowing we owned a dog named Pete and that no good could come of that. She was right and Pete was a wayward creature who once went into a frenzy and dashed about Kathryn's room marking everything in sight---the dust ruffle to her bed, her basket of dolls, her teddy bears. All got a squirt, despite her cries and the pillows she heaved from the safety of her high mattress. We never really housebroke him, he came when called only if we were his original destination, and he bit the hand that fed him. As a finale, he went up on the highway and ran into a truck on the afternoon of our big Christmas party, thereby dulling the mirth of the evening. For even if one is a Pete and wayward, when you've had him since his infancy, you have tender feelings for him.

Well, Karen, what I think you did was discover the "real" name of our Judith Kaman Grow. And you should be proud of yourself, not sorrowful. Back to Plato---this is our Ms. Grow's "real" name. And I can tell you she is proud of it.

And Karen, were it not so cold in Massachusetts that people are not fully "at" themselves, I bet you would have recognized the name is not that of "a singer in a honky-town bar on the outskirts of tow," though that would certainly be a desirable identity.

But think of it: Judy Ringoe. This is the name of the leader of Western gang, a fast-riding, daring, desperado who could shoot like Annie Oakley and who, when she walked into a saloon or bank or a quilt shop, has the way automatically and silently open before her. It is a name whispered in awe (a hushed "Jake said Judy Ringo is in Parker's Gulch" and the room falls into hush).

And I personally feel I have been led, via QHL and AQSG, to this powerful gang leader ("The Ringo Gang" ---roll that over your tongue on this cold night in MA). Aside from having my mother toss my Sky King Spy Ring when I left home for college, the great disappointment of my youth was never getting a cowgirl outfit. I yearned for leather fringe, matching skirt and cowgirl boots (after all, I was a southern cowgirl---matching mattered), holstered, horn-handled pistols and a dead-on Stetson with a feather from an exotic bird in its band. The kind of hat where one merely had to nod her head to get action. Yearned desperately---Christmas in and Christmas out for years. In the blue crackling cold of childhood Christmas mornings, I would rip into a box just knowing it held my wished-for cowgirl outfit. And it would instead hold a set of play pots and pans or a tea set over which my mother would ooh and ahhh but which I knew would give me no status in the daily games of cowboys and Indians played by all my cousins.

And now, after all these years, hope flickers again----there's a chance I might get admitted to the infamous Judy Ringo gang. The mere thought evokes the fragrance of buckskin and the sound of boots walking slowly and deliberately across a wooden floor. So what if I had to move to a colder clime? The pleasure of being able to walk up to some wide-eyed innocent toting a bag of quilts and say, "Gimme that bag, lady!" in a truly Jane Wayne voice that dropped the bag from her hands without another word---------well, how can one describe it?

Tombstone Territory had its famous names. So did places now fallen into ruin. But to be in the Judy Ringo gang (AQSG/QHL)---well, them's no small potatoes.

So, Karen, I personally am grateful that you "discovered" Judy Ringo. Consider yourself a medium of the cosmos.

And that's why this Louisianian, about to go for a walk in 60-degree temperature under the clearest, starriest sky imaginable, is thinking of a Palamino. And in the soft sound of walking-shoe rubber on pavement, I'll be hearing the thunder of horses' hooves,

Still lost in Louisiana, Gail

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