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Subject: Re: UGRR/quilts From: Laura Syler <texas_quilt.co@airmail.net> Date: 

> With school time crunches, having kids make a Civil War quilt is probably > impractical. And what is a Civil War quilt? I don't even want to go there. > Depends where and with what means you lived, I guess.

Hi Jan, As far as having the kids make a quilt, why not do like the Sanitary Commission did? The SC quilt that I had for study for a while, and was at the Dallas show the year The Quilt Rescue Squad made an appearance is done "quilt as you go"...each individual block pieced, quilted, bound, then carefully whip stitched together, looks like big pot holders!! . These were intended for the hospitals, so they were long and narrow...10 or 12" blocks, this one was 5 x 7 - . "my quilt" <VBG> was the block that Brackman attributes to Nancy Cabot, # 2881 in her Encyclopedia, but this quilt is signed and documented Circa 1875, so we know it was way before Nancy's time. The center of each block is signed and many have sentiments.....My favorite, which is appropriate even today... " God bless you soldier, scarred and worn, Harried with marchings, walkings, pairs; All battle stained and battle torn, Bravely have all your tasks been borne; You have not fought in vain". Emma C. Baker Norridgewalk Maine

I will be using this theme for a presentation to the education staff of the Plano Arts Center for a month long session they will be doing this summer.

If you are sending any of your compulations regarding this issue privately, please include me.

Laura Syler Richardson, Texas Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles


Subject: Remember the buzz From: Gail Ingram <gingram@tcainternet.com> Date: 

For those who are organizing presentations on HIPV issue to schools, may I offer the curricular buzz word of the day----critical thinking skills/higher order thinking skills?

Every discipline in the curriculum has standards geared to foster criticial thinking skills. So this subject as it presents itself with quilts can as easily be adapted to a language arts unit as to a social studies unit.

Think "thinking skills."

I say the next with this caveat: there are many, many well-informed, hard-working teachers in classrooms across America. However, you can't count on one being in the classroom you approach. Plan your approach carefully, tactfully, and above all, simply. Be prepared to define "fact" "inference" and any other term fundamental to understanding what you have to say. Take Brackman with you: seeing something in print lends it credibility in some quarters.

I also believe that linking this issue with similar issues that do not involve race or ethnicity will be politic as well as even-handed. Include in your presentation some activity in which the student is asked to discriminate between fact and generalization/conclusion/opinion in a variety of circumstances. This skill is fairly difficult to teach in the elementary grades and even later, though youngsters are capable of making the distinction by the 4th grade at least.

Stress that empirical fact is usually evidenced by specific and verifiable proper names, places, dates, sources, etc.

Also include the tests of evidence (Is it relevant? Is it sufficient to prove the generalization it supports?).

Suggest how difficult Barbara Brackman's job must have been---since she was limited to empirical fact.

And for older students, raise the question of what prompts cultural myths, if myths they be. Peoples are always looking for symbols to embody their dreams, wishes, visions. Which one is being embodied in this? Do other, more empirically provable facts better embody it?

And don't forget that oral history has a proper role in historical documentation. Just make sure what it is.

May I also suggest some group assure that every state social studies supervisor has a copy of Brackman's article with a short explanatory cover letter and list of relevant www sites?

Finally, good luck! It will be interesting to see the results of these forays. I myself believe they will have effect. Not this year, perhaps, but evenutally.

Gail Ingram


Subject: RE: Vintage Fashion magazine From: Margareta.Faust@cec.eu.int Date: Thu, 

Hi Joan, could you tell me more about this magazine? Do they have a website? Margareta


Subject: Thanks, Jan From: Patricia L Cummings <quiltersmuse@comcast.net> Date: 

Jan Dreschler wrote:

After I post it to QHL, if you have other web-sites to add to the list, send it to me directly, not the entire list, so we don't jam up QHL. I'll update the list and re-post it after a week. Let's assume that all the web-sites listed in Pat Cumming's recent article will be on that list. (Thanks Pat.)

Hi Jan:

Thank you for volunteering to coordinate teacher resources via your website. To provide a list of web resources for teachers is a terrific idea! As I discover more information, as I have already, I will add it to the end of my article. People have been kind enough to have been sending me links as they find them. Thank you! I will also be adding tidbits of information about upcoming lectures related to the overall black experience with quilting, including one by Kyra Hicks that will be given soon.

I am so happy that my article has generated a renewed interest in quilts made by women of color. Everyone seems to have new energy in wanting to examine the issues at hand. I am equally delighted that the focus of study is now shifting to the very important and real contributions that black quilters have made to our collective American quilt history.

All of the quilt historians on this list have gone out of their way to update their websites and to provide quality information. I appreciate your efforts. However, even if you do not have a website, all of us here can help spread the word by asking friends, neighbors, and acquaintances to visit our sites on the web. Whether anyone agrees with particular stances on the matter at hand, the idea is to facilitate critical thinking of the subject.

So, in advance, I thank each of you, not only for your personal role of leadership in validating that quilt history and research is important, but also in interpreting that history for others who are less familiar with quilting and who may still think of quilting as a "granny craft".


Patricia Cummings


Subject: re: Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt book From: Patricia L Cummings 

/Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt /book, a tale written for children, should be included in any Bibliography about the Underground Railroad. While some may not agree that the story is based on fact, it would be completely unjust to purposefully delete this reference. As historians, it is important to allow everyone a voice, and to report events accurately and completely, as they are unfolding, and that includes books written on a given subject. In the interest of providing the reading public a full overview, not just history as we interpret it, we should allow readers to locate many resources, read them, and then draw their own conclusions. We also have to accept the fact that not everyone will be in agreement with us (any of us, that is).

In the interest of clear thinking,

Patricia Cummings www.quiltersmuse.com


Subject: Re: UGRR/quilts From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessen@yahoo.com> Date: Thu, 

Could I suggest that maybe we come up with a teacher program on history blocks? Something like what the 54-40 block looks like and what it represents and how it is made. I can think of a couple of blocks that would fit into this category: the Lincoln Log Cabin, the Goblet, The Drunkards Path, etc. If we lay this out right, it will work for both Math teachers and History teachers.



Subject: QHL: Triangle Biscuit (long) From: seater@mindspring.com Date: Thu, 12 

IA/IL QSG report:

> Belle and Ann Hinkhouse wowed the group with their family treasures ... > ... The what a quilt of the day went > to the Hinkhouse's 1957 quilt that was copied from a quilt purchased at > the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Triangle biscuits were whipped > stitched together. The edge is completed with green piping from which > falls a double ruffle of the same polished fabric.

Dear List, I documented a triangle biscuit quilt last summer on Deer Isle ME. That is the name I chose to use for it, but couldn't find a reference to cite for the name, the technique, or its origin. Can anyone help?

The quilt I examined was made by Charlotte Maud (Thurlow) Sawyer of Stonington, Deer Isle ME, (1873-1947) for the birth of her grandson in 1937. The grandson thought she'd made one or two other quilts but didn't think she'd made any others of that pattern/technique. Anyone who'd like photos or more documentation info can email me privately.

Here's an excerpt from what I wrote: I'd appreciate comments or corrections. __________

Triangle Biscuit Quilt K03-01 72" wide x 96" long

Name of most similar block in Brackman: Blocks #191, 193, 194 are made in this novelty technique but in squares, diamonds, and hexagons, respectively, and are all called "Raised or Swiss Patchwork" in Caulfeild & Saward's 1882 book The Dictionary of Needlework, L. Upcott Gill, London. This quilt uses triangles instead.

Description of block: The design unit, the block, is here the square made of two half square triangles of the same print. Each novelty block is made from two squares of the same printed cotton. Each square was folded on the diagonal, sewn in running stitch on a short side, turned right sides out, stuffed with fluffy wool, and the remaining side sewn shut. The result was two triangular "biscuit" pillows which were then whipstitched together at the diagonals to make a square. The block looks the same on front and back. See Colette Wolff's book, The Art of Manipulating Fabric, Chilton, 1996, p. 254.

"Biscuit" specifically refers to a slightly different novelty technique in which the individually stuffed pillow is made from one flat and one curved or pleated piece of cloth, but the term is also used commonly in a more general way for the whole set of techniques in which individually stuffed blocks are used.

Description and measurement of quilt design: Random, mostly light, floral, print squares set on point with, originally, solid pink triangle border; original quilt was identical on front & back. The individually stuffed blocks were whip- stitched together by hand. The half-block triangles to complete the sides are colored differently to form a visual border.

Number of design blocks: 12-13 wide x 16-17 long. Also half blocks, triangular, to complete the edges. Measurements of block: 4" x 4" Borders: 2.5" wide at apex of triangle. The border was made by coloring the half-block triangles differently from the full blocks. Construction--Piecing: Hand, with occasional pieced pieces. Running stitch & whip stitch. Thread: White Cotton _______

Thanks for any information

Susan Seater in Raleigh NC <seater@mindspring.com>


Subject: Re: 19th century quilt poetry and prose ( The Presidents) From: Denise 

I'm curious what method was used to put photographs on silk in 1902.

mreich@attglobal.net wrote:



Subject: UGRR resources From: <chrisa@jetlink.net> Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 

When attempting to impart the alternative perspective, I always include this excellent written and academic source about the ways stories can be developed through retelling and time, which is also about the UGRR and quilts story. Marsha MacDowell wrote it and gave it as the keynote address at the 1999 AQSG conference in Michigan. It is in the 2000 Uncoverings. It is not on-line, but I will place it onto my website if Marsha and AQSG would like to give permission, and a disk or Word Doc! :) It is titled "Quilts and Their Stories: Revealing a Hidden History." It will be accessed more often if it is on-line and linkable.

Taking the "Sweet Sarah" book off of my website does not take it off the book shelves or out of the public's hands in any way. My website is mine and I chose to take it off yesterday, as I said. This eliminates any double message on my website since I do not believe that quilts were used on the UGRR or hung on lines as messengers for slaves thinking about escaping. I think stories of this sort could have, and likely were, made up and passed along starting in the early 20th century, as the women gathered to make quilts and talked about the days of slavery. I can see women doing this to pass the story of escaping slaves down to their grandchildren and so on. I don't think any harm or misinformation was intended if the stories were told then. I think they were meant to instill a sense of strength and courage and pride in young Black children facing racial tension and discrimination every day.

<</Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt /book, a tale written for children, should be included in any Bibliography about the Underground Railroad. >> from Pat

This children's book list had nothing to do with the UGRR. It was a program put on in elementary schools in northern CA with the help of a quilt guild there, in order to interest children in reading. The quilter's made quilts based on children's books and then had an exhibit of them with the books. The books and quilts then were made available on school loan to any interested classes. it is a wonderful idea and was very successful.

Kim Wulfert www.antiquequiltdating.com/tours.html


Subject: Fantasy Trip From: Palampore@aol.com Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 15:08:23 

If you had 3-4 weeks and could go on the fantasy trip of a life-time learning about antique quilts in the US, where would you go, and what would you do? (Give museums, workshops, studios, and teachers.) I had someone ask me how to best learn about antique quilts, and it prompted me to throw out this questions. I think this will be a great exercise for us. Thanks, Lynn Lancaster Gorges, New Bern, NC


Subject: Quilt Study Group forming in Albany NY From: Kris Driessen 

Oh, boy, oh, boy, oh boy!

Our first meeting will be March 13 at the Guilderland Public Library. E-mail me for details...



Subject: remember the buzz From: Gloria Hanrahan <gloria@ak.net> Date: Thu, 12 

Due to the academic atmosphere in our state, if it isn't going to be part of the benchmark testing, CAT tests or the high school exit exam, no one is interested in anything right now. All of the state standards were set up several years ago, and it would be career suicide to deviate from those areas.

Standardized testing is the only current buzz word here...I think we lost thinking skills around 3 years back. We are currently having 3-11 grades spending a great deal of time on practice tests, all for the great cause of the "No Child Left Behind Act.'

My children are staying home the week of the tests, so maybe we will have time to actually learn something that week.

There are already several quilt block books commercially available for elementary math and history. I would have to look them up. Our history curriculum in the elementary grades is also focused on Alaska Native history, so I would doubt if many teachers up here could incorporate quilts blocks in a meaningful way.

While I love any quilt history and factual information, it isn't relevant to all people. Many American immigrants have no history of quilts, so I would also hope that the emphasis on quilts wouldn't create a stereotype of what women were doing in certain time periods.

Gloria (in Alaska)


Subject: Pieced Baskets From: "Leah Zeiber" <leah.zieber@verizon.net> Date: Thu, 

Hi all, Our Southern California Quilt History Group met in Escondido yesterday. Our topic was baskets. A question was posed - When is the earliest pieced basket block/quilt? Several members quoted a variety of books ("Clues in the Calico, etc.) with dates of 1850's. Was wondering if the knowledge base of this list had any earlier dates (please provide sources) - and perhaps do the British quilt history group members have the earliest date for "Pieced Basket" quilts or blocks in the UK? Appreciate your time with these questions.

Leah Zieber


Subject: QHL: Iowa- Illinois Quilt Study Group Pictures From: "Susan Wildemuth" 

Kris has posted The Iowa-Illinois Quilt Study photos from our February 7, 2004 meeting to the QHL Study Group webpage. (Thanks a million Kris)

Click on this link:


Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 7, 2004 in Kalona, Iowa and we'd like to invite anyone from the list who is going to be in "our neighborhood" around that time to come join us for a day of fun, fellowship, and quilt study.


Subject: zigzag From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com> Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 

When did the zigzag stitch become available? Thanks. Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Re: zigzag From: Xenia Cord <xenia@legacyquilts.net> Date: Thu, 12 Feb 

Cinda, Singer had a zigzag attachment for Featherweights and other Singers, at least sometime after WW II. The machines were straight stitch; the attachment wig-wagged the fabric.



Subject: Re: zigzag From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessen@yahoo.com> Date: Thu, 12 


Wasn't there a zig zag attachment for treadles? I used to have a ton of treadle attachments, but I have no idea what they did.



Subject: Zig-Zag From: Jennifer Hill <jennifer.hill@shaw.ca> Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 

> When did the zigzag stitch become available? Thanks. >Cinda on the Eastern Shore

Doing a VERY quick search, the earliest household sewing machine model I could find that did zz was a Husqvarna, in 1947. As Xenia noted, zz attachments were available for straight stitch machines before then. BTW, you could use the same attachments on treadle as well as electric machines - the attachment didn't care how the machine was powered, only whether the attachment point on the presser bar was compatible. I have several of these gadgets, and generally, they don't work so well.

Zig-zag capability in industrial machines dates to the 19th century. Here's where my search skills have deserted me. I do recall seeing somewhere that the original patent taken out for a zz machine was by a women, whose name escapes me, and it was not her only sewing invention.

Jennifer Hill Calgary, AB


Subject: Re: QHL: Iowa- Illinois Quilt Study Group Pictures From: "ChrisA" 

Thanks for sharing these wonderful quilt pictures. I was especially taken with the cut-out chintz medallion quilt. It had more matching printed panels then I have ever seen on one quilt. Is this uncommon?

How did someone come to buy a quilt at the Chicago Merchandise Mart? And when?

Kimberly Wulfert, PhD www.antiquequiltdating.com Email: quiltdating@jetlink.net

Kris has posted The Iowa-Illinois Quilt Study photos from our February 7, 2004 meeting to the QHL Study Group webpage. (Thanks a million Kris)

Click on this link:



Subject: Re: zigzag From: "Judy Kelius (judysue)" <judysue@ptd.net> Date: Fri, 13 

At 09:53 PM 2/12/04, you wrote: > When did the zigzag stitch become available? Thanks. >Cinda on the Eastern Shore

Hi Cinda! I don't remember the source, but I recall reading somewhere that some treadles did have zig-zag attachments. I know that the zig-zag was available a lot earlier than I thought it was. Could it have been in Brackman's Quilts in the Machine Age?


Subject: Re: zigzag From: Barb Garrett <bgarrett421@comcast.net> Date: Fri, 13 

Hi Cinda -

I don't know the earliest date, but I have physical proof of a 1930s date --

I have a SINGER Adjustable ZigZag Attachment #121056, with instruction booklet. The instructions booklet says it's for Singer Lock Stitch Family Sewing Machines and the copyright dates are 1933 and 1934. This booklet says Form 18694 Revised June, 1934. A picture in the booklet shows 7 different widths of zigzag stitches.

Hope this helps, Barb in southeastern PA


Subject: Brackman article? From: Patricia L Cummings <quiltersmuse@comcast.net> 

Gail Ingram wrote:

May I also suggest some group assure that every state social studies supervisor has a copy of Brackman's article with a short explanatory cover letter and list of relevant www sites?

Dear Gail:

Did I miss something? Where may I find the Brackman article?

Thank you for the wonderful suggestions about approaching schools, all really good points to keep in mind. Critical thinking skills are not addressed often enough with school children, except perhaps in classes for gifted children, an area familiar to both of us.

* * * * * To address someone else's input, most any book can provide a "take off" for classroom discussion. On the subject of the Underground Railroad, I will continue to include a list of all pertinent written materials about the UGRR topic, on the Bibliography at the end of my extensive article which addresses the reported oral history that quilt blocks were possibly used to communicate hidden messages between slaves. If educators are not aware of what has been written, they will have no clue as to what we, as historians, are trying to contraindicate and/or place into an overall framework of understanding.

Intelligent people can make their own decisions. They do not need us to brainwash them. In thinking about the exclusion of a certain book(s) from a list, somehow, the banning of Portnoy's Complaint comes to mind. Not that there is too much of a parallel here, other than the fact that the book was banned in schools. Aside from the fact that it was lewd and offensive and discussed a subject that most people would just as soon forget about, there was much discussion about (the banning of it) at the time (1960s). Nonetheless, knowing that it was not "allowed" reading, high school kids tried hard to find a copy.

If we get into censoring books, even by just their exclusion of a theme-based UGRR list, (the kind of list I was referring to in a previous QHL post), we are no better than countries that have burned books or not allowed books to be written in the language of certain ethnic minorities. One example of this is the books that were written in the languages of two provinces of Spain, those languages being gallego and catalan. The books were prohibited and then burned during the Spanish Civil War of 1936, the homogenity of language being a predisposed assumption of a more unified country.

However, all of this is a side-track and a non-essential discussion to the issue at hand, which is how to share information about quilts and quilt history with schools. If anyone would like further discourse about my opinions related to Bibliographies, let me suggest that you contact me privately, so as not to interrupt the flow of discussion with the matter of more importance here.

Let's move forward.

Patricia Cummings www.quiltersmuse.com


Subject: Early treadles From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessen@yahoo.com> Date: Fri, 13 

I sent the question of zig zag abilities of treadles to "the treadle lady" Donna Kohler, (http://www.donnakohler.com) and this is part of her reply:

"Hi Kris,

The first zig zag machines were made in Germany, much earlier than I ever would have thought but don't remember exactly when, before 1900.

There don't seem to be early zig-zag treadles for home use. By the time Singer decided to make zz machines it was early 1950s, they didn't think they would catch on for home use and by then the majority of machines were electric."

"Zig zag attachments would work on treadles with the right presser foot type and on electric straight stitch machines, they also seem later, maybe late 40s and on. The attachment has a wide foot with scored metal bottom that grips the fabric and moves it side to side. The machine's needle never moves and the needleplate has just a tiny hole, all the work is done by the attachment except the stitch length which is still adjusted on the machine. Some of the zz attachments have several styles of stitches, they are fun to play with, I have several types."

Now, I am wondering, does anyone have any old quilts with zig zag stitiching on them? The earliest I can remember seeing is 1960.



Subject: 1920-30 block From: Donald Beld <donbeld@pacbell.net> Date: Fri, 13 Feb 

Hi everyone--last night I gave my talk on history and 19th Century quilt blocks to a guild here in Southern California and one of the members during Show and Share had two 1920-30's tops that she showed in my honor. One of which was a 4 inch bow tie pattern set as the center square in a 9 patch--very typical 1920-30's solids and fabrics.

The other was a 9 patch pattern set in curved sashing. The owner did not know the pattern name. One of the older quilt guild members said she thought it was called 9 Patch Windows. Does this sound right? Does anyone know the correct name?

20th Century patters are not my thing, but it was an interesting effect--something like a large Cathedral Windows blocks, without the overlap. Thanks, Don Beld


Subject: Re: 1920-30 block From: "Judy Kelius (judysue)" <judysue@ptd.net> Date: 

The "nine-patch in curved sashing" is probably the "Improved 9-Patch," Brackman 306 or 2689. This was very popular in the 30s and was also known as Four Leaf Clover & Circle Upon Circle.


Subject: fan quilting From: "Jean Carlton" <jeancarlton@att.net> Date: Fri, 13 Feb 

Hi everyone, I am trying to update my information about the use of the fan, baptist or methodist fan, or elbow quilting design. Brackman, in Clues in the Calico, has only a small sampling but states that it is most likely post 1875. I do not have access to my full research library but feel that I've seen earlier dated examples. If you have any documented information I'd be interested in what the earliest might be....I searched the database of IQSG but cannot specify 'design' of quilting. The example I am studying is quilted one quarter (sometimes less) of an inch apart! The rest of the piece seems mid century. Jean Carlton


Subject: RE: wagons From: "Jocelyn" <jocelynm@delphiforums.com> Date: Fri, 13 

> Hi, the info about the "covered wagon" in the 1920s reminded me of a > local event. I heard this from the man involved and from others who saw > it. In the 1940's, due to gas rationing, a family moved to this area in > SW Missouri in a farm wagon!

Wouldn't doubt it a bit. My sister married into a SW MO family in 1973. Her new husband insisted they have a woodburning stove and a generator in their 'country estate', because ice storms knocking out the power were just too common. She taught at a rural school, and many of her students didn't have electric power coming to thier homes- too hard to keep the lines up. They had gasoline-powered refrigerators, and generators for the electric power they needed, which wasn't much, as these families were content to live much as their ancestors had. Which included not seeing much of a need for 'book learning', at least not after 8th grade! OTOH, the town where they lived (well, outside of which they live), though, was as modern as any. The 'hollows' are still out there...

My mother's family didn't own a car while she was a child. Dad's family did, but heavy Colorado snows closed the roads a lot. They raised Belgian horses because there wasn't a vehicle available to civilians that could handle the roads after a 2' snowfall. :)


Subject: zig zag info From: "Patchwork Secrets" <patchworksecrets2@earthlink.net> 

I just joined the list recently and already am amazed at the wonderful = info you all have. Thanks for letting me in. I asked around about the zig zag and found the first zig zag was = manufactured around 1890.=20 As soon as I can find out more info I will be glad to pass it on.=20 I do have a question. Is there a place to view archives from this list = of past digests?

Sharon in NC



Subject: NZ quilt book From: "Quiltstuff" <quiltstuff@optusnet.com.au> Date: Sat, 

Hi all, I have just finished reading a new book about old quilts in New Zealand. It is a lovely book and the story of the author's personal task to catalogue her countries old quilts. The book is called Warm Heritage and is by Pamela Fitz Gerald. It has beautiful quilts and is well photographed. She also includes the stories of the quilters if she could find them out. The author states she spent a lot of time in the states and was influenced by State Documentation programmes. It is interesting to compare and contrast the quilts to those found in the UK and Aussie books. It is easy to see 'aunt' and 'cousins' relationship to each other.

Interestingly, we tend to think of Australia as settled by the English and predominantly Irish where I think New Zealand had a greater Scottish influence. ( Don't quote me as I am not a kiwi) It doesn't seem to have affected the way quilts were done. I am surprised at how similar many of the quilts feel to Aussie quilts. One particular quilt was made in the 1930s from woollen suiting samples. It is a kind of quilt I really associate with Australia. I guess the world was more 'global' back them than I thought.

Included in the early chapters is a history of American quilting as well and I was disappointed to see the UGRR 'story' written as a fact. However, that is a minor matter in such an enjoyable book. I was delighted in the number of examples of 'frame' or medallion quilts especially those that used paper piecing.

This style is currently having a huge revival here in Australia.

I am not sure if it will be available in the US.. But here is a link in NZ http://www.needlecraft.co.nz/p/files/hist.html


Suzy Atkins


Subject: Re: Pieced Baskets From: "Sally Ward" <sallytatters@ntlworld.com> Date: 

perhaps do > the British quilt history group members have the earliest date for "Pieced > Basket" quilts or blocks in the UK?

In 'North Country Quilts, Legend and Living Tradition' Dorothy Osler shows a detail of a pieced basket quilt described as 'Printed cottons, reverse white linen, pieced blocks and alternating large squares set on point'. It is in the collection of the Bowes Museum in County Durham and is dated as 1820-1840, maker unknown.

In 'English Quilting Old and New' written by Elizabeth Hake in 1937 there is a quilt with unusual pieced baskets and appliques flowers, which she says is Early 19th Century, but there's no further information about where that quilt is.

Sally W


Subject: "Quilt Scholarship" From: Patricia L Cummings <quiltersmuse@comcast.net> 

Dear friends,

Yesterday, I stumbled across an exceedingly well-written essay, "Fron Myth to Maturity: The Evolution of Quilt Scholarship". In this special presentation which appeared in UnCoverings, 1992, Dr. Virginia Gunn offers us a very concise but complete summary of how myths related to textiles were perpetuated in the twentieth century. She points out that even when proven to be inaccurate, quilt myths survive because of the role they play in society. Her thoughtful analysis of the Betsy Ross myth, and the presumptive "colonial" quilt story, delineates how these fabrications were started (and repeated) via print media (books and newspapers).

Dr. Gunn states that, "Signs of maturity in quilt study, as in other fields of research, include a willingness to revise past scholarship in light of new knowledge,".......

This volume (#13) is available by back order from the American Quilt Study Group website, and is well worth your time to acquire. Dr. Gunn, a professor of textiles at the University of Akron, Ohio, has my total respect and attention. Her writings are clear and have shown her to be a true leader to this generation of those who are interested in serious quilt scholarship.

Patricia Cummings www.quiltersmuse.com


Subject: Resource From: Patricia L Cummings <quiltersmuse@comcast.net> Date: 


In looking for something else yesterday in an online search, I found the Boston University resource site for black studies. I have included this link at the end of the article which I wrote re: quilts and the Underground Railroad. Informational materials are available at a very nominal cost.

An ideal situation would be if one or more graduate students in the field of Education would look into developing some plans to incorporate lessons about quilt history, in general. The topic seems to have been attacked willy-nilly, hit or miss, mostly "miss". As has been pointed out numerous times, there are so many facets to quilting, not the least of which is the math involved in geometric blocks. Now, the thought of juveniles chasing each other around, rotary cutter in hand, well, that is a whole other matter! Food for thought!

Pat Cummings


Subject: Re: zig zag From: "Virginia Berger" <cifba@netins.net> Date: Sat, 14 Feb 

Hi, I'm a usually a "list lurker" but I'm wanted to chime in on this topic. I've got two child sized quilts that are machine quilted with zig-zag stitch. I'd date the fabric in both to the 1920's-30's (some is earlier) but I had figured they were quilted at a later date since they were zig-zagged. The zig-zag is very large and primitive looking and there is no batting in either quilt so I'm wondering if maybe these were done with the attachment that moves the fabric? I would think it would be hard to use one of these attachments with a regular "quilt sandwich"! I'm excited to find out that zig-zag was available so much earlier than I thought!


>Now, I am wondering, does anyone have any old quilts with >zig zag stitiching on them? The earliest I can remember seeing is 1960. >


Subject: zig zag From: Anita Loscalzo <aloscalz@yahoo.com> Date: Sat, 14 Feb 

Hi, everyone. I recently completed a paper on the history of sewing machines and machine quilting that is in the hands of my professor right now.

The zig zag was introduced in the 1870s, but only on commercial grade machines. In 1892 Singer invented a zig zag mechanism for its treadle machines, but it was only marketed in Europe. Bernina marketed a free-arm portable zig zag in 1943, but because of the war, it didn't get to the U.S. The best information I could find was that Pfaff and Necchi first introduced the portable zig zag to the U.S. in 1948.

I hope this helps.

Anita Loscalzo


Subject: RE: Fantasy Trip From: "Jocelyn" <jocelynm@delphiforums.com> Date: Sat, 

> If you had 3-4 weeks and could go on the fantasy trip of a > life-time learning about antique quilts in the US, where would > you go, and what would you do?

I wonder how many of us will turn out to be living within a day's drive of other people's destinations? And how many of us haven't yet checked out the local resources?

I live in Lawrence KS, right across town from the Spencer Museum of Art that holds the Carrie Hall blocks, but I've not seen them; a trip to Lincoln would be an easy weekend jaunt, but I haven't gone....


Subject: RE: Fantasy Trip From: @aol.com Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 


1. Smithsonian, National Gallery, and the Textile Museum in Washington.

2. Metropolitan Museum, Cloisters, and the Cooper Hewitt in New York.

3. Winterthur in Delaware.

4. Museum of Fine Arts and the Gardner Museum in Boston (IF I can finally get permission to see their quilts, which I've only requested four times and been turned down every time).

5. Old Sturbridge Village.

6. Shelburne Museum.

7. Side trip to McGill University in Montreal to see the McCord quilt.

8. Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.

9. Schwenkfelder Museum (hi, Candace!).

10. Gail Binney's home in Massachusetts (yes, she's the one who wrote Homage to Amanda. And she's local. And I've never met her. !#$!@#$!).

11. Los Angeles Museum.

12. Denver Museum.

13. A week in Gee's Bend.

14. Cleveland Museum costume collection.

15. Lynne Bassett's personal archives (no, I haven't forgotten about the historical societies...RL got in the way, alas, but I should be on it soon).

16. Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem.

That's just what I can think of off the top of my head...anyone else know of any costume, textile, or quilt collections, preferably with pre-19th century stuff?

*sighs longingly at the thought*

Karen Evans



Subject: Second fantasy trip From: @aol.com Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 

And I propose another one: where in the rest of the world would you go in search of quilts and quilt information? It's not as if America has a monopoly! :)

My choices:

1. The Bargello and the Uffizi in Florence, the church with the Signorelli frescoes with the truly appalling pieced tights, the Vatican Museum in Rome, and a side trip to Verona, Italy.

2. The Augustinermuseum in Frankfurt-am-Main, and the museum in Lower Saxony with the Jesse Tree applique, Germany.

3. The Musee Histoire de Tissus, Lyon, plus as many antique shops in Provence as possible, the Louvre in Paris, and if possible, a side trip to Metz, France.

4. The Victoria & Albert, the National Gallery, and the British Museum in London, the American Museum in Bath, the Nottingham Museum in Nottingham, and lunch with Dorothy Osler, England.

5. The Toledo Cathedral, Toledo, El Escorial, and the Prado in Madrid, Spain.

6. A day with a yorganci (quiltmaker) in Istanbul, Turkey.

7. A day with an appliquer in Cairo, Egypt.

8. The Archaeological Institute in St. Petersburg, and a week at a Pazyryk tomb excavation, Russia.

As you can see, my needs are simple, my wants are few. Alas, so are my funds, but at least a girl can dream, can't she? :)

Karen Evans


Subject: RE: Fantasy Trip From: "J. G. Row" <JudyGrow@patmedia.net> Date: Sat, 

> That's just what I can think of off the top of my head...anyone else know of > any costume, textile, or quilt collections, preferably with pre-19th century > stuff? > Sure,

The Burlington County Historical Society in Burlington, NJ, which has on too-permanent display a few knock-your-socks-off Broderie Perse signature quilts plus other 19th century quilts.

Also the new Pa. Quilt and Textile Museum in Lititz, (check to see if it is open), and the Lancaster County Historical Society in Lancaster Pa, which always has quilts on display (I think.)

The Mercer Museum in Bucks County Pa has a lovely collection of quilts, but they are rarely on display.

The Newark Museum, in Newark, NJ has a great collection often on view.

Judy "the Ringo Kid" in Ringoes, NJ judygrow@patmedia.net


Subject: RE: Fantasy Trip From: @aol.com Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 

All of which sound lovely...y'know, I could take a year doing this. Or two. Or three.

*ah, bliss....*

Karen Evans


Subject: RE: Fantasy Trip From: Jo Horsey <jhorsey@mail.newnanutilities.org> Date: 

There were so many good suggestions in the NE for places to visit- what about the NE Quilt Museum, and the Textile and weaving museums in Lowell, MA. I understand that the Shelburne Museum is staging "The Art of the Needle" again this year, as it was so popular last year. That's my dream trip for this summer! I am a newbie on this list, and am enjoying it immensely! The variety of topics is so wide, and the postings well considered and learned. Thanks ! Jo, in Newnan, Ga


Subject: Re: Pieced Baskets From: "Leah Zeiber" <leah.zieber@verizon.net> Date: 

Thanks to Sally for that heads up on the Olser book - forgot to look in that one. Have a great weekend Leah Zieber


Subject: RE: Fantasy Trip From: "Maurice Northen" <3forks@highstream.net> Date: 

Welcome Jo, It is wonderful to find another person who feels like attending a college course on textiles every day!!


Subject: RE: NZ quilt book From: "Jocelyn" <jocelynm@delphiforums.com> Date: Sat, 

> influence. ( Don't quote me as I am not a kiwi) It doesn't seem to have > affected the way quilts were done. I am surprised at how similar > many of the quilts feel to Aussie quilts. One particular quilt was made in the 1930s > from woollen suiting samples. It is a kind of quilt I really > associate with > Australia.

Suzy, Can the similiarities be explained by people immigrating to both countries on the same ships? I could imagine women sharing and learning new quilting techniques on the long voyage from England/Scotland/Ireland. Did passengers to NZ first reach land in Australia, then go on, or did ships sail directly to NZ, bypassing Australia?

Several months ago, a woman brought a wool-samples quilt to our quilt guild. It was made by one of her relatives in the 1930s, from a salesman's sample book that she found lying beside the railroad tracks. Apparently, things were always falling off (or being thrown off) trains, so the family frequently checked the tracks. :) The really interesting part was, the quilter also kept the sample book, using it as a scrapbook! If you lifted up the cards and pictures, you could see the original printing on the pages, giving the ordering numbers for the samples. I live in Kansas USA, but I don't remember if the quilt originated in Kansas or in another state.


Subject: RE: Second fantasy trip From: "Jocelyn" <jocelynm@delphiforums.com> 

There's a quilt-related museum in Frankfurt? And I got stuck sitting in the markt, with the sausage-and-beer crowd? AAARRRGGH! :) >


Subject: 20th century quilt poetry and prose (A Valentine Poem) From: 

This poem is not quilt related, however, it is the most appropriate one in my collection to share in this year of 2004. sue reich

The Appleton Post Crescent Appleton, Wisconsin February 11, 1920

Daddy's Valentine

Dear Daddy: This is leap year, 
so A little girl may choose her beau, 
And I've been looking 'round to find 
Some nice boy to be Valentined.

I looked my school-room through at first, 
The best, the medium, the worst, 
But could not find a Valentine 
Whose "average" was up to mine.

And ever since I'm growing tall, 
The little boys seem awful small, 
And big boys - oh! they act so smart 
I hate 'em all, with all my heart.

But daddy, I've found out long since 
That no boy, even though a prince. 
Could ever, ever, ever be 
As much and nice as you to me.

And so I ask you to be mine, 
My ownest, dearest Valentine, 
The best of all the boys by far, 
And you can't help it - cause you are!


Subject: RE: Second fantasy trip From: @aol.com Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 18:07:57 EST X-Message-Number: 18

In a message dated 2/14/04 2:46:17 PM Eastern Standard Time, jocelynm@delphiforums.com writes:

> There's a quilt-related museum in Frankfurt? And I got stuck sitting in the > markt, with the sausage-and-beer crowd? AAARRRGGH! :)

Not necessarily quilt-related, but they have a gorgeous 14th century appliqued funeral pall, gray wool on black wool, heavily foliated design, appliqued edges secured by very thin leather strips. Amazing thing. It's illustrated in Rose Varney's book on applique.

Condolences on the beer-and-sausage crowd. I was once on a school trip to Austria with a bunch of high schoolers (of whom I was one) and college students. I was only 15 and looked younger, but I successfully passed myself off as a college sophomore because I was the only high schooler on the trip who didn't spend the entire trip getting bombed in the biergartens every night and acting like an idiot. They only found out when someone asked me point-blank how old I was. The 22 year old who had been about to ask me out nearly fainted....

Karen Evans


Subject: RE: NZ quilt book From: "Quiltstuff" <quiltstuff@optusnet.com.au> Date: 

> > Suzy, > Can the similiarities be explained by people immigrating to both countries > on the same ships? I could imagine women sharing and learning new quilting > techniques on the long voyage from England/Scotland/Ireland. Did passengers > to NZ first reach land in Australia, then go on, or did ships sail directly > to NZ, bypassing Australia?

That is an interesting supposition which I can't really answer. Certainly our earliest arrivals that either came as convicts or with them.. tended to come here only. I always presumed new Zealanders came separately but of course it makes more sense for them to call in to Oz first and then go onto new Zealand if they were free settlers... We do know some quilting was done on the convict ships due to the Rajah quilt that was pieced/appliquéd on the ship by convicts.

But some of the quilts were much later than that like 1920.. Of course, there were (and still are) people who change countries or move.. and lots of people came to Australia for the gold rush. I was thinking more of magazine articles that spread the word about different patterns etc. Australia has had several quilt history books written about the quilts.. and many of the quilts actually were pieced in the UK and came with their owners or makers' children when they immigrated.

Always an interesting thread to see how patterns moved around,



Subject: Re: qhl digest: February 14, 2004 From: Ady Hirsch e-Number: 1

> >And I propose another one: where in the rest of the world would you go in >search of quilts and quilt information? It's not as if America has a monopoly! >:) > And may I add to this excellent list the Welsh Folk Museum near Cardiff, with its fantastic collection of 19tt-20th cent. Welsh quilts

And the Musee de l'Impressions sur Ettofes, Mulhouse, France (10 minutes by train from Strasbourg) - a babulous textile museum that held the French boutis exhibition a few years ago. I'm sure Daniele will come along shortly qith a list of not to be missed museums in France - she knows ALL of them :-) Ady in Israel


Subject: RE: Second fantasy trip From: "Sally Ward" <sallytatters@ntlworld.com> 

You can't really 'do' English quilts without visiting the North Country <G>. The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle and The Beamish Folk Museum, County Durham have great quilt collections, but you need to contact the Curators in advance. The Quilters Guild of the British Isles hold their collection in Halifax, again contact the Curator for a personal showing.

Sally W


Subject: RE: Second fantasy trip From: @aol.com Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 Ooooo, sounds lovely! I'm already dreaming of blowing my retirement funds on this...:)

Karen Evans


Subject: 19th century quilt poetry and prose (A 19th century Leap Year proposal) 

Here is another Leap Year Poem. sue reich

The Burlington Hawk Eye Burlington, Iowa February 19, 1880


Pray, gentle being, give me heed, 
As kneeling humbly by thy side, 
With lacerated heart I plead 
That thou become my blushing bride. 
I long - I wildly long to press 
Thee to my heart, yet stand abash- 
I pine to print a fond caress 
Upon thy meek and mild mustache.

Why, tell me why thine eyelids drop 
And turn away so pettiably, 
And why with fierce, tumultuous flop 
Thy bosom heaves coquettishly? 
I know that thou art young and fair 
As tiny buds in early spring- 
But thou shalt be my constant care, 
Thou frail and fragile little thing.

I'll sew thy shirts and darn thy hose, 
Thy victuals cook, thy fires will light- I
'll grease thy gracious Grecian nose 
Each snowy, croupy, wintry night. 
So, surely, thou'lt not tell me nay, 
And bid me dying quit thy side- 
Brace up, pull down thy vest and say 
That thou wilt be my blushing bride.


Subject: Re: 19th century quilt poetry and prose (A 19th century Leap Year proposal) 

<<Here is another Leap Year Poem. sue reich

The Burlington Hawk Eye Burlington, Iowa February 19, 1880>>

Wow! I never expected to have this jump out at me in in my inbox. = Burlington is my hometown, and the Hawk-Eye is still the newspaper = there. Must say though, that the poetry is really pretty bad! lol


Subject: Re: zig zag From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com> Date: Sun, 15 Feb 

Thanks to everybody who responded to my question about when the zigzag stitch became available. I recently bought a Poppy kit quilt. Everything about it seems right for the late 30s except that the binding (which is the binding that would have been in the kit) was applied with a zigzag stitch. The binding fudged the curves on the edge (doesn't go as deep as the blue line indicates). I love QHL! Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: RE: Fantasy Trip From: Mary Persyn <mary.persyn@valpo.edu> Date: Sun, 

I don't seem to remember having seen the International Quilt Study Center at the the Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln mentioned.

Also, if we are talking about personal collections, I would include Rebecca Haarer's collection in Shipshewana Indiana.


> >


Subject: fantasy trip From: Palampore@aol.com Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 17:00:08 

I don't think I saw the University of Lincoln on the lists with fantasy trips. I know I personally want to see that collection. I also think that Terry Thompson's Fabric Dating Camp is a great way to learn. Williamsburg is great for decorative fabric, costuming and some quilts. Learning about costuming and decorating teachs us a great deal about quilts. And of course most state musuems have great stuff locked up. Once in a while a few get out for show. The American Quilt Study yearly conference also goes hand in hand with this topic. Thanks a bunch for giving me your input on this quest for a fantasy trip. I think we could all benefit from making a copy of this info. and tucking it away. My son has arrived in Australia for his semester of study. Now I am looking forward to joining him in June for 3 weeks. I just found out that I will more than likely get to go to a large quilt show in Sydney while I am there. What a treat!!!! Suzy, on our list from Australia, was a dear when I asked if this mother hen could find another mother hen near my son. She has hooked me up with a quilter who has a daughter at the same university. What a great list this is----for many reasons, not just antique quilts. Off to finish income tax stuff---arrgh! Lynn Lancaster Gorges, New Bern, NC


Subject: Local historical societies From: @aol.com Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 

I just found out that my local historical society has 3 (and only 3) quilts. One is a crazy, condition unknown, and the other two were passed along from the local DAR chapter when it closed a few years ago. The two members who knew something about quilts have moved out of the area, and no one else seems to know (or, seemingly, care) about quilts or textiles.

They're closed for the season and will be reopening in March on Mondays only. This means I'm going to have to take some time off of work to see what they have, but see it I will. The crazy may be deteriorating, and "DAR quilts" could mean anything from early 19th century to a Bicentennial commemorative. Regardless, the collection does need to be seen and documented.

I'm also going to check out another local society that I *know* has quilts and coverlets. They also have zero money for restoration/conservation; again, though, the collection needs to be seen and documented.

Wish me luck on these...there could be some amazing stuff out there, or a couple of polycotton revivals. *puts on Indiana Jones hat and whistles theme to "Raiders of the Lost Ark"....*

Karen Evans Easthampton, MA



Subject: Baltimore Album Quilt book From: SEHinzman@aol.com Date: Sun, 15 Feb 

Hello to all.

eBay item 3587115046 (Ends Feb-18-04 05:53:11 PST) - Dena Katzenberg Baltimore Album Quilts RARE

This book may be of interest to someone. No affiliation on my part.


Put the Baltimore Album quilts at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Maryland Historical Society on your fantasy trip!



Subject: Re: Pieced Baskets From: "Sondra Biacchi" <quilt@epix.net> Date: Sun, 15 

In regard to pieced basket blocks on this list and BQHL... The Jane Austin quilt Ruth Higham mentioned in her posting is dated 1811 and was made by Jane, her sister Cassandra and her mother at Chawton, where Jane spent her last eight years. The Austen quilt is an unusual version of the medallion style- a diamond-shaped, chintz flower basket is surrounded by a pattern of repeating diamonds. They are cut from a selection of delicate chintz fabrics and bordered by a black and white polka-dot print. This quilt is beautifully illustrated in the book QUILTS by Ljiljana Baird. There is also a lovely mid-nineteenth-Century applique album coverlet dated 1850 with a pieced and appliqued fruit basket depicted. This is a wonderful book on antique quilts with expert commentary on 70 masterpieces of color and design gathered from museums and private collections around the world.

Sondra Biacchi quilt@epix.net



Subject: travelling From: "Quiltstuff" <quiltstuff@optusnet.com.au> Date: Mon, 16 

Lynn wrote > My son has arrived in Australia for his semester of study. Now I am looking > forward to joining him in June for 3 weeks. I just found out that I will more > than likely get to go to a large quilt show in Sydney while I am there. What > a treat!!!!

LOL, isn't it great when we travel for other reasons and 'happen' to be there at the same time as a quilt show.

Australia's antique or vintage quilts are far and few between but we are lucky enough to have a book that details quilts in public places. So if you are visiting a town or city, it will tell you where to go to see quilts. Most towns in Australia have local museums or historic societies and a lot of them have a quilt or two.

Lynn, you will get to go the Sydney Show which runs for five days. It always has great quilts and often has vesting exhibitions. Last year we had wonderful quilts from Japan on display.

For me the best thing however is how many of my cyberfriends and I travel down for it. I pretty much spend all day just chatting to friends form online groups.

I have really enjoyed the fantasy trip ideas. One day, I swear it will be me visiting all those places. can't wait.



Subject: Re: Organza From: Marthapatches36@aol.com Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 

Can't help you with silk [?] but am interested if you are going to publish an NH book. I try to get all the state books. Love the history. My S-I-L has

accepted a job in Portsmith, begging 3-15. I hope to visit often and visit your state within the next year. How long will your quilt days etc. be going on. My daughter has some quilt and textile experience. While she plans to leave at a later time, I believe she would be interested in working with a quilt group. You can answer off line and I will pass any info to her. Marthapatches36@AOL.com



Subject: 1930's Quilt??? From: "Globug" <globug@value.net.nz> Date: Mon, 16 Feb 

Hi,=0D I'm new to the list and have a question that you all might be able= to help me with !! I have been given the task of quilting a quilt for a lad= y, it is what I think is a 1930's kit quilt. Her grandmother had done all th= e applique on it some time back, she has since passed on and the top was passed on to her granddaughter.=0D Now it has on the side of the top Bouquet Quilt, Progress no 1810?? or = the no 1010??? Size 81" x 90" and T S G @.inc NYC.=0D The applique on the quilt has an oval of a blue ribbon top and bottom of the centre and then on the four corners working around the oval are flowe= rs all done in plain fabrics. Colours are Blues, green, pink , lemon, peach, purples. Scalloped borders.=0D What I would like is a picture of some sort and confirmation that this is= a 30's kit with correct information that I could pass on with the quilt whe= n finished.=0D Are you able to help???=0D Gloria 



Subject: Re: qhl digest: February 15, 2004 From: MMiller138@aol.com Date: Mon, 16 

Does Rebecca Haarer show her personal collection...I will be in Shipshewana in June and would love to see it if at all possible! How to contact her? Mary in Ohio



Subject: Re: qhl digest: February 15, 2004 From: "Mary Persyn" 

I don't know if Rebecca shows her personal collection outside of an occasional exhibit. I sort of doubt it. She always has quilts for sale in her store that are fun to look at.

Rebecca Haarer Antiques 165 Morton St. Shipshewana, IN 46565 260-768-4787



Subject: Jane Austin Quilt From: "Sondra Biacchi" <quilt@epix.net> Date: Mon, 16 

Suzy...Thanks for sharing the site for the Jane Austin Quilt so all can see how lovely it really is. Sondra Biacchi Pennsylvania

Ruth wrote I think there is also a quilt from about 1810/11/12 > that was made by the Austin (as in Jane Austin) sisters which has a basket > at its centre. This maybe more broderie perse than pieced work.

It is a printed piece.. lovely quilt though. You can view it here. http://www.jasa.net.au/quilt.htm

That is the site of the Jane Austen Society of Australia.



Subject: Quilt fantasy trip From: <dsrake@starband.net> Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 

Regarding the quilt fantasy trip, the largest quilt collection is in Lincoln Nebraska. The International Quilt Study Group, located on the east campus of University of Nebraska Lindoln, welcomes visitors to their storage facility every day. They also have some quilts on exhibit and more exhibits planned. If you want to share your enthusiasm for quilts, quilters, and quilt history, this is the place to go.

Deb Rake MA, UNL, 2003--Quilt History


Subject: Re: Jane Austin Quilt From: @aol.com Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 

I remember an article in QNM about this one...it was paper pieced, as I recall, and has no batting. It's quite nicely done; Jane and her sister obviously were good at patchwork and likely enjoyed themselves immensely...

Karen Evans


Subject: Re: Jane Austin Quilt From: "Julia D. Zgliniec" <rzglini1@san.rr.com> Date: 

Dear QHL, The basket in the Jane Austin quilt is a printed panel. Several years ago ( well maybe more than several now) Makower (UK) reproduced this basket and some of the fabrics in the quilt for their Jane Austin I collection for the British Heritage Collection. Very nice goods!

I cannot bring myself to cut into my yardage from this collection - silly huh!

The original question was "What is the earliest date for a pieced basket"? The question came up in the study group to which I belong in SoCal.

Julia Zgliniec



Subject: UGRR codes From: "Jan Drechsler" <quiltdoc@sover.net> Date: Mon, 16 Feb 

Thanks to everyone who responded and encouraged me regarding putting websites together. I have been working on the project for several hours a day trying to find useful info. It seems as tho' there is much repetitive info with the same quotes as I work through Google. One sorry thing I noticed is that information exists for teachers on the 'code,' making the blocks and relating it to math & history.

This is a small time paper, but here is one amusing article. The author indicates she has researched the claims made by those dismissing the blocks as the wrong era. She discovered the pre-cursor to Sunbonnet Sue. How could we have missed that?

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



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