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Subject: UGRR-Simply Quilts From: "Sandra Munsey" 

Just tuned in late to Simply Quilts (4/20/04) to discover Jacqueline Tobin and Serena Wilson as the guests. Ms Tobin's explanation for the disconnect between the Double Wedding Ring pattern being post-Civil War is that Ozella told her, not long before she died, that the DWR was really the Double Irish Chain, which was symbolic of the slave chains. The definitions to each of the blocks, as explained by Tobin and Wilson on the show, are on www.hgtv.com, Simply Quilts episode QLT 540. Sandra ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: QHL: The Softer Side of Hard Times Exhibit Review (Long) From: Karen Portwood <acornqlts@yahoo.com> Date: Mon, 

Hello all,

I am usually a lurker but a faithful reader. This past Saturday I experienced something I’m sure you will find of interest. No affiliation, just an impressed exhibit attendee. I heard about the exhibit in the American Quilt Study Group's newsletter, Blanket Statements.

The Kentucky Historical Society’s exhibit "The Softer Side of Hard Times: Kentucky Depression-era Quilts" is on exhibit beginning this past Friday, April 16th and runs through August 28, 2004 at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort, Kentucky. It is being presented by the Kentucky Historical Society. The exhibit features artifacts from the Depression as well as many wonderful Kentucky made quilts from the era along with lots of quilt related ephemera. See http://history.ky.gov/ for more information.

Upon entering the exhibit you immediately get a sense what life was like in Kentucky at that time by the many photos and the news reel playing in the background. There is a wonderful appliquéd and embroidered kneeling bench made by Margaret Potter Lissauer depicting a woman’s image from Godey’s Lady’s Book along with the sketch she used as a pattern. Hanging on the wall next to this display case is a photo of the Godey quilt also made by Lissauer. Just across the room is an interesting bedroom vignette featuring a beautiful princess feather quilt done in red, white and blue used to demonstrate the influence of the Colonial Revival. There were several examples of patterns from designers of the time such as Ruby McKim and the Louisville Courier-Journal. There was also a nice red work McKim quilt on display near by.

As you enter the next "room" of the exhibit, there is a very nice example of a "transitional" log cabin quilt done in black and pink with "rounds" of colorful dress fabrics. There are also two dresses that help illustrate the changes in fashion at the time.

The kit quilt hanging in this area called Elephant’s Child particularly made me smile . It depicts the story of how Elephant got his trunk and is taken from Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. There is also a magazine ad for The Elephant’s Child kit taken from the 1934 Woman’s Home Companion hanging next to the quilt.

There is also a very nice appliquéd dogwood quilt done in the familiar 1930s "Nile" green used as the background. The appliquéd flowers really resembled the actual flowers we saw blooming along the roadside on the drive down!

One of the "show stoppers" of the exhibit is a quilt done by George Yarrall, an engraver for a Bowling Green jeweler. He took up quilting as a way to keep his hands limber! This quilt is hand pieced and quilted using the tiniest of pieces worked in a Trip Around the World or possibly postage stamp variation done in rainbow colors. The maker called the quilt Spectrum and it is very appropriately named. The gallery guide states there are 66,153 pieces in this quilt! Some of them appearing to be less than an half inch square and all matching up perfectly. This one is truly a "must see."

As you round the corner, you enter the remaining three sections of the exhibit. The first shows examples of quilts made for the 1933 World’s Fair. The duplicate of the grand prizewinner, Star of the Bluegrass is on display. This is truly a magnificent example of Kentucky quilters at their best showcasing exquisite workmanship. As an aside, there is a binder showing photos of the ladies who actually did the work on this quilt. These ladies did not get credited for their work originally and did not share the prize money either. I must confess, this part of the exhibit brought a lump to my throat and I actually shed tears to think that these fine ladies are finally getting their due credit after all these years.

Along with the first prize winner, there was a local winner from Louisville done in a sugary pink with bleeding hearts and other colorful spring flowers in open weave baskets. The appliqué and stitching are superb as is the quilting and stuffed work. This quilt went on to Chicago where it took third prize. Along with the quilt is the maker’s sketch and watercolor of the basket pattern. This one was my personal favorite as it captures the feel of spring!

There are several interesting Century of Progress souvenirs on display. Such as engraved spoons, a scrapbook, a pillow and even a quilt pattern cleverly packaged in a small box complete with fabric! There is also a video playing showing actual fair site footage.

The next area of the exhibit showcased quilting as a business with items from Stearns & Foster (now Leggett & Platt), Louisville Bedding Co., Eleanore Beard Studio and Regina, Inc. My favorite from this part of the exhibit is the Dancing Daffodils quilt that was made by a Kentucky quilter for Stearns & Foster. Yellow daffodils truly seem to dance on a "Nile" green background. This quilt is featured in color on the back of the exhibit catalog along with the William Wadsworth poem, "The Daffodils" that inspired the quilt.

The final part of the exhibit is dedicated to utility quilts and "making do." There were several examples of string pieced quilts on display. There were even some blocks with catalog pages still attached as foundation papers. This part of the exhibit had several photographs that really drove home the hardships people faced during the Depression and the things they held dear and important in their lives.

Overall, I would say this is a very thoughtful and thought provoking exhibit. Especially for those of us who were born long after this monumental time in our history. The free gallery guide alone is worth the trip. It really captures what is presented in the exhibit. I would strongly encourage anyone who can make the trip to Frankfort to do so. There is something for quilters and non-quilters alike in this exhibit. You will certainly be in for a real treat!

If you can’t already tell, I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and it was definitely worth the two hour drive from Oxford, OH. The museum is a really nice facility and the folks there couldn't have been more helpful. A great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Karen Portwood

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Subject: Crocheting Quilts From: "Audrey Cameron" <audreycameron@onetel.net.uk> Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 11:58:26 +0100 X-Message-Number: 4

Dear All, Now crocheting quilts is another matter. My daughter is a crocheter & as "a joke" she crocheted me a lovely throw (dare I called it quilt) in a traditional quilt block pattern. But we have never thought of it as a quilt!

Audrey Cameron in Lincolnshire, England where Spring has sprung! audreycameron@onetel.net.uk

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Subject: American Fancy: Exuberance in the Arts, 1790-1840 From: Trishherr@aol.com Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 09:33:09 EDT X-Message-Number: 5

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Those of you who live near Milwaukee should certainly visit the new exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum. American Fancy is a project that curator, scholar, and antiques dealer from Alexandria, VA, Sumpter Priddy has been working on for years, and was the topic of his master's thesis at Winterthur. Funded by the Chipstone Foundation and exhibited in the Art Musueum's great new facility in Milwaukee, it is up through June 20. It also travels to Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA and the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. There is also a wonderful catalogue just out in hardcover that sells for $75.

Sumpter has made some interesting observations about a lot of things concerning the public appeal of "fancy" things starting in the late 18th c. and running to about 1840. His comments on quilt patterns involve the developement of patterns related to the invention of the kaleidoscope. He also delves into the printed fabrics with machinery grounds and the use of "fancy" by coverlet weavers.

I greatly admire Sumpter. He has taken a point of view apart from that of decorative arts thinking of the late 20th and early 21st centuries and gone with it. He and I have had a number of discussions over the past few years about this term "fancy" in relation to textiles of the period.

I heartily recommend visiting the exhibit. I have not been out to the wonderful Milwaukee installation, only seen photos my friends have taken and the book. I think it will stimulate some discussion in the world of quilt and textile historians.

Trish Herr 717.569.2268 2363 Henbird Lane Lancaster, PA 17601

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Subject: PA blue quilts From: "Carla Toczek" <CToczek@kc.rr.com> Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 08:45:16 -0500 X-Message-Number: 6

Hello Members,

Our List Mom, Kris, gave me permission to advertise two quilts I posted for sale on the Hickory Hill Consignment Page. Our 1 year Army school here at Ft. Leavenworth is finished and we'll be moving in June. While our household items basically jump into boxes on their own these days, this overseas move is a bit more complicated and includes moving into smaller quarters. Thus, we must pare down our extraneous belongings. My folks took some quilts for me, but rather than submit others to warehouse storage or ocean voyages in crates, I hope to sell some to a good home. Recently on QHL we discussed Lancaster/double blue quilts and both for sale contain that particular blue. I am asking only what I paid for them, plus shipping and insurance. Listed as "Irish Chain" and "Mosaic."

On a side note, if there are any QHL members near Heidelberg, Germany, I would greatly appreciate learning of any local quilting groups, American or international.

Best to you all,

Carla Toczek Ft. Leavenworth, KS

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Subject: When Will the Deception End? From: Patricia L Cummings <quiltersmuse@comcast.net> Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 11:01:27 -0400 X-Message-Number: 7

Good morning!

Simply Quilts, Episode QLT-540, has jumped into the frayof the heated discussion about quilt blocks and the Underground Railroad by providing a show featuring co-author Jacqueline Tobin and Ozella's niece, Serena Wilson.

I did not happen to catch this show but the summary on the www.hgtv.com webpage probably is a good indicator of what was said, or at least, one can assume that it is an accurate account (or should be!)

The first sentence refers to Ozella McDaniel Williams as "Ozella Robinson Williams". Since she died before the book was published, did she change her name in heaven?

Sometimes it is not what is said, but what is not said, which would clarify what is said. Clear as mud? The interview summary states this, "Today, it is very difficult to find quilts from this era"... Really? (no) Why? (elaborate) What era exactly? (provide the reader with the time period in question) Is the sentence implying that some slave-made quilts that are documented as being linked to the proposed "secret code" Underground Railroad have, indeed, been found? If so, I am sure that all of us would love to hear about this "new" information.

The Crossroads block pictured on the HGTV website is not the same as that shown in a black and white graphic in Hidden in Plain View, on page 190.

To top it off, it is now said that the "Double Wedding Ring" block was not the name of the block in question. It was the "Double Irish Chain" which "symbolized to the slaves the chains that bound them to slavery". Or, that is how someone is interpreting it, lo these many years hence. If Tobin has insisted that it is blocks that we are talking about here, and not entire quilts, how would "Double Irish Chain" fit in here? It is composed of two different configurations. Together, the block placements are what make the chain, so the quilt would have had to have been seen in its entirety.

Apparently, the information that was presented and initially interpreted in HIPV is not "good enough". The "facts" keep undergoing a mutation, subject to the whims of those who would try to make all the pieces of the puzzle fit.

I stand in utter amazement of this whole discourse. These comments and observations will be added to the end of my current article on my website. That article, by the way, will be appearing in NeedleArts, June 2004 and runs ten pages.

Pat Cummings www.quiltersmuse.com

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Subject: WRC long ago pattern From: Chris Flynn <lovechris@earthlink.net> Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 08:24:10 -0700 X-Message-Number: 8

Hi Pat.... I've had your new WRC pattern sitting to the side of my printer for months, under another pile of books, quilt squares, etc. Spring cleaning found it! Please send me your address so I can get this better copy out to you. I enjoy your posts to the list! Hugs from California Chris

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Subject: Re: just wondering From: Midnitelaptop@aol.com Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 11:28:15 EDT X-Message-Number: 9

was watching a quilt show on tv and heard the phrase..."these quilts were made when the quilters were going west in covered wagons"... i contemplated a trip in a covered wagon, without any shocks to absorb the rough ride...and thought hmmmm i don't think that was a conducive atmosphere for any hand sewing...besides most of the time, i think any adults that weren't driving the team that pulled the wagon..were walking alongside to lighten the loads... and when they stopped for the evening...i think there might have been lots of chores to do for that evening/night and the next day's start... so i'm beginning to wonder if most of the sewing(that wasn't clothing mending) waited until after arrival.... has anyone read any journal/diary that described sewing during the trip? jeanL

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Subject: Re: storage - pine From: <chrisa@jetlink.net> Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 09:19:32 -0700 X-Message-Number: 10

I really like the look of the wood when I open the armoire's door. I remember Meg telling us about the tin foil, and I know I should change mine out, but for the last 11 years I have had three antique pine armoires filled with linens, fabrics, quilts, sweaters and towels and thankfully I have not had a problem except when a sweater touched the side for awhile. One is lined with flannel on the sides and shelf for the fabric, freezer paper on the shelf and old buffered tissue paper on the back for towels and sheets, and the sweater armoire has wallpaper covered cardboard sheets on the shelf only. This one left brown on two light sweaters and it doesn't come completely out. I have one walnut and birdseye maple armoire that is filled with quilts and only upholstery fabric is laid on the shelves for protection, no problem so far.

Every time this topic comes up I wonder what the time line is for the damage that can happen? How long can I get away with these methods is the real question. I bought rubberized shelving covering for the freezer papered one, but I don't know if it's any better in the long run and I haven't put it on. I worry it may have the moisture problem plastic does?

Kim Wulfert www.antiquequiltdating.com

Subject: [qhl] Re: storage - pine

The problem we have had with pine furniture is seepage of resin from the knots even when waxed.... one on my bedhead grabbed my hair every night for years ( I resolved it by swopping sides with DH) so I would never put fabric straight on it.

I wondered about using freezer paper, shiny side down?

Sally W

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Subject: Fancy work exhibit From: "Newbie Richardson" <pastcrafts@verizon.net> Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 14:17:39 -0400 X-Message-Number: 11

Dear list, I want to second Trish's opinion of Sumpter Priddy. He is a wonderful scholar who is very approachable. His exhibits are always a treat - even when just as a showcase for his wonderful antiques! I would also like to plug the new exhibit at the DAR musuem in DC.: "Something Old, Something New: The Making of the Lavish American Wedding" (closes Sept. 4th). The show features dresses and ephemera from 1790 to 2000 as well as six (?) quilts with strong wedding provenance displayed in the quilt cases. Newbie Richardson just emerging from mounting that show!

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Subject: Re: just wondering From: "Pepper Cory" <pepcory@mail.clis.com> Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 13:58:16 -0400 X-Message-Number: 12

Yes, there are records of quilts being made along the trail west. See the book on Oregon quilts ("Quilts From the Trunk" I think) and the book on Mormon quilts. Fact is, quilting, at least portable piecing, was done anytime. Maybe not on a jouncing wagon but how about in a moment of private time after dinner? Never under-estimate our grandmamas' fortitude and didn't we have to get the quiltmaking gene from someplace? >From the sunny and beautiful Carolina coast- Pepper Cory (who has been known to piece while sitting at the beach!)

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Subject: RE: Fancy work exhibit From: "Gibson, Nancy" <ngibson@dar.org> Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 16:05:24 -0400 X-Message-Number: 13

Just a minor correction: The title of the DAR Museum exhibition is = "Something Old, Something New: Inventing the American Wedding." It is = getting lots of wonderful media attention so look for articles about it = in your local newspapers. It is a very beautiful exhibition and includes = delicious vintage wedding dresses as well as one of the most interesting = selections of wedding shoes I've ever seen. The exhibition explores = wedding traditions and customs. If you visit DC this summer it is a = "must" and the quilts in the back of the main gallery, as well as those = in the period rooms are well worth the trip. The museum is free and = located two blocks from the White House. 

Sumpter is one of the most knowledgeable dealers in the country and the = DAR Museum has frequently purchased fabulous objects from him. He sold = us the silk commemorative hanky inscribed with the Star Spangled Banner = poem. The hanky was owned by Frances Scott Key. The museum also owns a = quilt made by his wife, Mary Tayloe Lloyd Key. 

Nancy Gibson Media Relations Manager DAR 1776 D Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 (202) 879-3238 (202) 412-3246 mobile

-----Original Message----- From: Newbie Richardson [mailto:pastcrafts@verizon.net] Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2004 2:18 PM To: Quilt History List Subject: [qhl] Fancy work exhibit

Dear list, I want to second Trish's opinion of Sumpter Priddy. He is a wonderful scholar who is very approachable. His exhibits are always a treat - even when just as a showcase for his wonderful antiques! I would also like to plug the new exhibit at the DAR musuem in DC.: "Something Old, Something New: The Making of the Lavish American = Wedding" (closes Sept. 4th). The show features dresses and ephemera from 1790 to 2000 as well as six (?) quilts with strong wedding provenance displayed = in the quilt cases. Newbie Richardson just emerging from mounting that show!

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Subject: Antique quilt display in Western NC From: Vyvyan L Emery <vyquilter@juno.com> Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 16:44:31 -0400 X-Message-Number: 14

Hello list folks,

I just saw a small article in a local paper, excerpted as follows:

"First Public Display of 38 Antique Quilts at 1st Annual Gold Festival Thirty-eight intact antique quilts will be on display Saturday, April 24, at the 1st Annual NC Gold Festival in McDowell County, NC on the grounds of the historic Carson House in Pleasant Garden. Arthur and Zee Campbell will be displaying there private quilt collection for the first time ever. The rare collection of quilts date 50 to 200 years old. The Campbells will also be showing historic quilting frames, blanket chests and an antique sewing cabinet. The couple discovered the historic quilts and sewing items five years ago while restoring their c. 1826 home… The quilts have been dated and examined by a curator form the Biltmore Estate in Asheville… For more information on this collection please call 828-738-9798 or e-mail the Campbells at thecottages@springhousefarm.com."

The Carson House is located on Hwy. 70 outside of Marion, NC which is about 30 miles east of Asheville on I-40. Admission is free. I have no affiliation, just thought it sounds interesting if anyone is in the area. I do plan on attending.

Vyvyan E. in WNC

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Subject: Re: UGRR-Simply Quilts From: @aol.com Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 18:04:05 -0400 X-Message-Number: 15

Um, that's interesting. It sounds rather like backpedaling to me, and is yet another reason why I wish to God Ms. Tobin would release transcripts of her interviews with Ozella Williams. *argh*

Karen Evans

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Subject: Re: UGRR-Simply Quilts From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessen@yahoo.com> Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 15:06:39 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 16

Remember, the 500 series of Simply Quilts was filmed in 1999...

Kris

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Subject: RE: storage of quilts - use of polyacrylic paint/sealant From: "Margaret Geiss-Mooney" <mgmooney@moonware.net> Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 21:13:35 -0700 X-Message-Number: 1

Meg the nag here this evening - Remember to let the polyacrylic paint/sealant dry out/air out for at least a week before putting anything as absorbent as quilts in the same space. Preferably with a fan blowing out the space, to increase the off-gassing of the applied finish.

Regards, Margaret (Meg) Geiss-Mooney Textile/Costume Conservator mgmooney@moonware.net

-----Original Message----- From: Patricia L Cummings [mailto:quiltersmuse@comcast.net] Sent: Monday, April 19, 2004 2:39 PM To: Quilt History List Subject: [qhl] storage of quilts

Forgot to mention that polyacrylic can be applied over wood, either bare or painted, and makes a good sealant.

Avoid using polyurethane as it will emit fumes that are damaging to quilts.

Pat

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Subject: Re: storage - pine - heavy plastic From: "Margaret Geiss-Mooney" <mgmooney@moonware.net> Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 21:18:44 -0700 X-Message-Number: 2

And while I'm on the subject :-) If the heavy plastic you mean is = acrylic (i.e. Plexiglas, Acrylite) and not polyethylene sheeting, then that is = OK. The polyethylene sheeting you get from the hardware store has slip = agents added to it to the melt and so can't be considered archival for that = "close intimate contact" that a quilt setting directly on top would have. Or = put down a folded sheet so the thickness is at least 3/8" (and then rinse = the sheet in good-to-excellent quality water periodically, with no detergent = and air dry, no dryer sheets). Enough? Enough! :-) Margaret (Meg) Geiss-Mooney Textile/Costume Conservator mgmooney@moonware.net

-----Original Message----- From: Judy Kelius (judysue) [mailto:judysue@ptd.net] Sent: Monday, April 19, 2004 10:57 AM To: Quilt History List Subject: [qhl] Re: storage - pine

Hi Margareta - I would certainly suggest that you put something between = the wood and the fabric to be safe. How about a heavy piece of plastic? That =

way you could still see the wood but would protect the fabrics from the acid in the wood. This sounds lovely! - Judy

At 11:00 AM 4/19/2004, you wrote:

>Hello everyone, >I'm sure one of you experts out there can tell me if it's safe to store >quilts in a (newly made) pine cabinet. The wood is waxed but not = sealed. >Should I perhaps cover the shelves with something before putting my = quilts >on them? >I'm quite excited about this piece so I'll describe it- bought from a >company specializing in replicating traditional European furniture = (sorry, >no website). It's a copy of a French "meuble =E0 farines" - maybe = staple goods >such as flour were stored on the shelves, but then, on one side, there = are >drawers for storing jam pots - and when mother turned the key and = locked the >door to the shelf part, the drawers were partly inside the door too, so >noone could steal the jam! >Anyway - happy to hear advice about storing quilts there. >Margareta > > >--- >

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Subject: Re: just wondering From: "Sally Ward" <sallytatters@ntlworld.com> Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 08:54:52 +0100 X-Message-Number: 3

Wouldn't walking for mile on mile every day be boring, and would it be possible to walk and piece?

Sally W

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Subject: Re: Kentucky Historical Center quilts: April 20, 2004 From: patkyser <patkyser@hiwaay.net> Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 06:55:11 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

Karen, your report on the Kentucky quilt exhibit is thorough and very inspiring. Thank you so much. If I have to drive up there alone, I am going to see this one. I did not go to the Calico exhibit in Louisville because I never found anyone else interested. However, thanks to your report, I am not going to let that happen this time. Re: Simply quilts and UGRR - my sister in Texas, a non-quilter, called, VERY impressed with the show and feeling sad that "there are no slave quilts left." I set her straight but ended up feeling she maybe did not think I knew as much about it as Anderson's guests did. Pat Kyser in Alabama

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Subject: Re: just wondering From: Jccullencrew@aol.com Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 10:29:34 EDT X-Message-Number: 5

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In a message dated 4/21/2004 3:55:58 AM Eastern Standard Time, sallytatters@ntlworld.com writes: Wouldn't walking for mile on mile every day be boring, and would it be possible to walk and piece? Wonder if walking and working on rick rack would work...it would position the needle for you almost automatically as you walked...

lol...but always trying to find a way...

Carol Grace

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Subject: Re: Antique quilt display in Western NC From: "Pepper Cory" <pepcory@mail.clis.com> Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 10:38:36 -0400 X-Message-Number: 6

Hello-I tried that email regarding the western NC quilt exhibit and the mail bounces back. Can you check if that's the right email address? Many thanks- Pepper Cory

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Subject: UGRR From: "Anne Datko" <datkoa@erols.com> Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 10:51:53 -0400 X-Message-Number: 7

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Had seen the Simply Quilts UGGR show before.. but what struck me = yesterday was that Tobin never referred to Dobard by name. Once she = said, "....my co-author..." AnneD ------=_NextPart_000_0045_01C4278E.A87E3820--

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Subject: Re: just wondering From: "jocelynm@delphiforums.com" <jocelynm@delphiforums.com> Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 17:31:11 +0000 X-Message-Number: 8

On April 21, 2004, Sally Ward wrote:

> Wouldn't walking for mile on mile every day be boring, and would it be > possible to walk and piece? > Sally, I'm sure it WAS boring. I looked in my TREASURES IN THE TRUNK book very qui= ckly, and it lists in each time bracket one quilt that was pieced on the ro= ute. Considering the hundreds/thousands of women who came west, that's not = a lot, even when you consider there are quilts that didn't survive to be re= corded.

Personally, I can walk and knit at the same time, but I cannot do either at= full speed. Knitting is MUCH more conducive to low-light conditions, and f= amilies would be wearing out socks right and left (so knitting to replace t= hem would be necessary). I figure that at the speed at which I knit socks, = it would be a full-time task to keep socks on myself, a husband and 4 kids.= :)

Probably there were women who could walk fast enough to keep up AND piece a= t the same time. I'm guessing they weren't piecing Mariner's Compasses or d= oing applique, though. <G> And I'll bet that for every one of them, there w= ere a hundred women who succumbed to the monotony and unending physical and= emotional demands of the journey, and just didn't have the energy to piece.

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Subject: Re: bravo quilt restorers/repairers From: Midnitelaptop@aol.com Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 14:29:21 EDT X-Message-Number: 9

i spent the morning replacing a block in a quilt i made a few years ago... first i thought i would just replace a few of the pieces of the block... well, i soon found out the time used unsewing parts of the block was far better spent making a new block..(i had saved original fabrics for this very occasion) let me say there's a rhythm established in making an original quilt... that doesn't seem to exist when a block is taken out of context(of course these are personal feelings and may not be true for everyone) anyway...it seems to me i spent more time making and replacing this one block than it would have taken to make a whole row of blocks for a new quilt. of course i admit i did spend a sizable amount of time kicking the ironing board legs..and making necessary trips to the little bowl of M&Ms(to soothe my bubbling soon to erupt frustration)

once again Bravo!!! quilt repairers and restorers...you are definitely worth more than any money you receive for your labors... jeanL

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Subject: Log Cabin quilts From: Judy Schwender <sister3603@yahoo.com> Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 13:34:27 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 10

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Hello- I have received several replies to my inquiry with regard to date and name inscribed Log Cabin quilts. Barbara Brackman's 1869 listing was mentioned. The Minnesota Historical Society has a Pineapple quilt made by Lucy Lee Lamson dated 1865. You can see it and a detail at: http://www.mnhs.org/collections/museum/8297.html Thank you to Linda McShannock, curator, for this information. If you know of friends, family, fellow guild members, or local museums that have signed and/or dated Log Cabin quilts I would very much appreciate any information about them. I realize this is my second shot at this so thanks very much! Judy Schwender International Quilt Study Center Lincoln, Nebraska

 

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Subject: Re: just wondering From: "Jocelyn Martin" <jocelynm@delphiforums.com> Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 19:03:48 -0500 X-Message-Number: 11

>> Fact is, quilting, at least portable piecing, was done anytime. Maybe not on a jouncing wagon but how about in a moment of private time after dinner? Never under-estimate our grandmamas' fortitude

Pepper, OTOH, we shouldn't underestimate the toll riding in a covered wagon would put on a body. :) Follow a day's jolting, with a vigorous walk to collect buffalo chips for fuel and tote water from the creek, preparing a dinner over a campfire, and the occasional boiling of laundry or mending of their clothes, rest might have been more of a priority than creativity. Not to mention, the lack of light. If you didn't know where you'd get more, you wouldn't want to use candles unnecessarily. Don't know about you, but there are plenty of days I come home and sit like a lump after dinner, 'too tired' to get out my needlework- and I didn't have to milk a cow, dress out whatever game my husband shot for dinner, boil water to wash the children, dishes and clothing, or ride ten hours in a vehicle without springs. Although I suspect our campus buses don't have much more shock absorption than a Conestoga. <g>

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Subject: Re: just wondering From: "nomad1@attglobal.net" 

On April 21, 2004, Sally Ward wrote:

> Wouldn't walking for mile on mile every day be boring, and would it be > possible to walk and piece? > Hi Sally, I can actually get 6 stitches at a traffic light! Those days in pre quilt days I used to get aggro when stuck in traffic jams Now they don't faze= me at all, as I just paper piece my beloved hexagons! Once I was stuck behind=

this mega truck and was reading at that time, when a beaming guy tapped on=

my window I wound down the window and was most embarassed when he told = me gently that the truck was now parked!! Aaaargh! yes, i felt a twit indeed!=

I adore finding opportunities to use time in a fun way, even at boring moments! I have not had any luck at the dentists!! SoI can well imagine our q= uilt sisters using every possible opportunity to piece etc Smiles to all, Hiranya from Sydney, Australia : >

ps Teddy and Debbie, did you get the mug shots from Houston?

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Subject: New to list! From: Babette Moorleghen 

Hello, my name is Babette and I am so excited about finding this list! I have been collecting antique quilts and quilt tops/blocks, patterns, etc. for many years now and just found your list while doing a search on quilts at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. I'm looking forward to asking questions and learning more about this obsession I have! Now, my to my first question: Can someone point me to where I can find info on the quilts that might have been displayed in the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis? I have been asked to do presentation on this and would like to get more information. Thanks. Hugs, Babette in Illinois

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Subject: Treadle Machines From: cberry@elite.net Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 

At guild meeting Monday night, our speaker was Donna Kohler, a woman who does all her piecing, embroidering and quilting on a treadle machine. In fact, she has about 16 treadle and hand-crank machines. One quilt that she displayed had very close stippling; I'm still thinking about that one. It was amazing.

Donna's husband was at the meeting to run the slide projector. He commented that Donna's machines filled their house and there was no room for him to collect anything but "thoughts."

Anyone on QHL who uses a treadle? I was especially fascinated by the hand-crank machines. I think it would be difficult to turn the crank with one hand while guiding fabric under the needle with the other.

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Subject: Re: most memorable.... From: Midnitelaptop@aol.com Date: Thu, 22 

everything aches today...and i would love to sit in bed and have someone tell me stories.... would love to hear some "most memorable moments" in....quilt collecting, restoring, repairing ... anybody want to help me forget that on this soggy day in new england.. my contrary knees just don't want to bend...

thanks jeanL

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Subject: Robert Louis Stevenson From: sadierose@cfu.net Date: Thu, 22 Apr 

Jean, Here are a couple of poems to keep you company....

The Land of Counterpane

From Child's Garden of Verses By Robert Louis Stevenson

When I was sick and lay a-bed, I had two pillows at my head, And all my toys beside me lay, To keep me happy all the day.

And sometimes for an hour or so I watched my leaden soldiers go, With different uniforms and drills, Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;

And sometimes sent my ships in fleets All up and down among the sheets; Or brought my trees and houses out, And planted cities all about.

I was the giant great and still That sits upon the pillow-hill, And sees before him, dale and plain, The pleasant land of counterpane.

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As from the house your mother sees You playing round the garden trees, So you may see, if you will look Through the windows of this book, Another child, far, far away, And in another garden, play. But do not think you can at all, By knocking on the window, call That child to hear you. He intent Is all on his play-business bent. He does not hear, he will not look, Nor yet be lured out of this book. For, long ago, the truth to say, He has grown up and gone away, And it is but a child of air That lingers in the garden there.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Subject: story for Jean From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> Date: Thu, 

Okay, Jean, here's a story. This is in regard to women quilting during wagon train travels. My grandmother, born in 1869, traveled as a young child in a covered wagon contingent from Kansas City area to Northeast Ohio and were chased by Indians during part of that trip. This would be about mid-1870s. I don't know how many wagons as they would pick up other convoys heading in their direction. She always joked about the fact that her grandmother was Cherokee and didn't understand why her parents didn't let those "bad" men know they were related. Often when she stayed with us and when I balked at having to do dishes, she would remind me about what children her age did, and one involved this trip. Everyone was assigned duties and rotated these assignments. Thus some weeks there would be a group of men dividing patrol alerts and various male chores, then they would change off. Women's groups were washing, cooking and mending/ sewing with older children minding the youngins and running errands and everyone would pitch in during emergencies or for sick care. They would exchange duties each week or so. I would imagine there might be some quilting time available with this division of labor. Hope you feel better and aches disappear.

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Subject: Re: Antique quilts in WNC From: Vyvyan L Emery 

Pepper, The e-mail is thecottages@springhousefarm.com. That is what was printed in the paper where I saw the article. Maybe try the phone #. Sorry, but that's all I know. I wonder if picture taking is allowed. I plan on bringing a camera just in case and will also take notes. Hope you can contact them and that you'll be able to attend.

Vyvyan

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Subject: Any appraisers in Seattle WA? From: Kris Driessen 

If you are an appraiser in that area, please respond to her directly at dc@rainrunner.com

"I have a quilt that a 94 year old friend gave me and said his grandmother made it. How do I find an appraiser to find out its age and worth? I'm in the Seattle, Wasington area. Thank you for your time and consideration! Deonna Clarkson dc@rainrunner.com

Kris

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Subject: Re: Robert Louis Stevenson From: "LR Cawley" 

Not quilt related, but as a devotee of RLS here is my contribution. Cinda on the Eastern Shore

Give us grace and strength to forbear and persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind. Spare to us our friends; soften to us our enemies. Bless us if it may be in all our innocent endeavors; if it may not, give us the strength to encounter that which is to come that we may be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath and in all changes of fortune and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving to one another. Robert Louis Stevenson

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Subject: RE: Treadle Machines From: "Ilene Brown" <ilene3@earthlink.net> 

Hi, I own 3 treadles,but have not learned to use them yet. I plan on learning when I get more time, after I finish most of my remodeling of my townhouse. I, also, have a 1928 Singer hand crank in bentwood case. I have sewed with it. After a few minutes of awkwardness, it actually was not that bad. Also, I found that I was able to wind the best, most even bobbin on it than I ever have been able to on an electric. I now own 17 machines. I'm addicted. Ilene of Raleigh, NC

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Subject: Covered Wagon Women From: Kim1964hay@aol.com Date: Fri, 23 

For anyone who might be interested, there is a wonderful series of books titled "Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails". They are diaries of women who traveled west, the years covered are 1840s up to around the turn of the century. Kenneth L. Holmes is the editor, my first book was the one with an introduction by Lillian Schlissel.

Kim Haynes

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Subject: Re: Treadle Machines From: Jennifer Hill <jennifer.hill@shaw.ca> 

> >Anyone on QHL who uses a treadle? I was especially fascinated by the >hand-crank machines. I think it would be difficult to turn the crank with >one hand while guiding fabric under the needle with the other.

Hands waving, jumping up and down, I do, I do! And I "know" Donna Kohler from some of my other lists. She does awsome work.

The "newest" of my 30+ machines is an almost BOL, about 20 yrs old, and the only machine I ever bought new. But now I do practically all of my sewing on machines that are much older than I am. At home, I only use treadles or handcranks, but I find lightweight electrics much more portable for when I have to go out to classes etc.

My fav machine is a 100yr old Singer treadle. I piece on several machines, but I like to quilt with this one, especially free motion. A well adjusted treadle affords unbelievable stitch-by-stitch control. How else can you get that auto needle up/down feature on a $20 machine?

I've sewn quilts and clothing on my handcrank machines. I'm currently embellishing a Baltimore-type applique block with chain stitch embroidery using my 1900 Singer model 24. You quickly get used to manipulating the fabric with only one hand. Of course, FM work is difficult to imagine, but straight line or gently curving quilting lines are quite easy.

In the pre-plastic era, sewing machines were built to last several lifetimes. They are very simple to operate and maintain, and the main working parts just never wear out.

Jennifer Hill Calgary, AB

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Subject: Sewing with treadle sewing machines From: louise-b 

Donna Kohler was on a recent segment of Simply Quilts with her machines. She has a quilt in Ricky Timms book that was made using a treadle. She takes them to workshops also.

I have made one king-size top last year using a Singer 201k treadle and did not find it that hard to do. I have several other treadles including one with Pheasant decals and a National/Eldredge chainstitcher sewing machine. Decals on the older sewing machines can be wonderful - florals, owls, pheasants, art deco, etc. Look at: needlebar.com - for Singer decals or some of the other brands.

If you are interested in treadle sewing machines, look for: Treadleon.net - for people who use treadles and handcranks.

Louise -- in mid-Missouri

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Subject: RE: 1903s kits? From: Margareta.Faust@cec.eu.int Date: Fri, 23 Apr 

Hello, First, thank you to everyone who advised me on storing quilts in my new = pine cabinet!

Here's a thought that struck me as I worked with my 64 (!) butterflies = from the 1930s, bought on eBay, cut out but not appliqu=E9d: The butterflies are nearly all different, cut out from dress fabrics = (ie not feedsack) in several patterns and several colourways. Naturally, one = would first think that they were cut out from a bundle of fabric samples, = maybe by a seamstress or someone working in a textile factory? But I wonder if such bundles of same fabrics in different colourways = were not sold directly to quilters AS KITS for quiltmaking - much as since = the 1980s? The butterfuly template looks rather homemade to me, just = cardboard - no sign that it would have been part of a commercially marketed kits. = But anyway - I'd be glad to hear your opinions. Margareta

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Subject: RE: 1903s kits? From: "Judy Kelius (judysue)" <judysue@ptd.net> 

I'm sure they were. In fact, precut butterflies were sometimes sold as well=  (as well as other popular 1930s-40s applique motifs) - I once had a set of=  dyecut 1930s butterflies, still in the original mailing envelope. One time=  I also purchased a huge box of 1940s fabrics (25 pounds+!), lots with juvenile motifs, that were obviously cutaways and rejects from a garment factory that specialized in children's clothing - some of the pieces even=  had pockets sewn in place! There were several colorways of most fabrics. We=  usually associate 1930s floral applique quilts with kits, but many of the pieced quilts and less elaborate appliques were also made from kits.

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Subject: Treadle and hand crank sewing machines From: mswaller 

I have two treadle machines and one hand crank. They are very easy to use! I hear women convincing themselves about how hard they are to learn to use but my best advice is, "Just shut up and do it!"

You have very good control of both treadles and hand cranks. Hand-cranked machines provide ultimate control for paper piecing and setting in seams. Using a hand crank is VERY easy.

I 'know' Donna Kohler from my time on the TreadleOn list. If you ever get a chance to meet her or hear her speak, I encourage you to go.

Mary Waller Vermillion, South Dakota, USA

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Subject: story from Joan From: "Steve and Jean Loken" <sandjloken@worldnet.att.net> Date: Fri, 

OK Joan, can you give us the story behind a west-to-east migration? I wonder why a group of people would leave Kansas City and head northeast to Ohio in the late 19th century. Was it a religious thing, like joining like-minded souls? Or was it too hard in Missouri to survive? Curious minds want to know, Jean in MN

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Subject: Re: thank you(a little OT) From: Midnitelaptop@aol.com Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 12:17:05 

well my knees are still cranky...buy my heart couldn't be happier...i received some wonderful messages yesterday.. the robert louis stevenson poems reminded me so much of my childhood...i remember when my younger brother was sick with rheumatic fever...we played soldiers on his "counterpane"...and my mother would read to us from "The Child's Book of Garden Verses".... the posts about the "wagons west" have inspired me to start reading "Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails". series...i' hope to buy them from amazon...one by one chronologically and economically... i received a post from The Mummy who Plays Tennis(she knows who she it) that was inspiring and funnnnn...

i have one more block on my quilt to repair and then it will be in great condition again.. tell me what makes certain pieces of block that were made with bleached muslin turn yellowish/tan and the rest of the pieces in the block stay white?

to move my mind down from knees to ankles....i did a wash today and am now the proud owner of 4 pair of pink(used to be white) socks... pink(used to be white) embroidered pillowcases and pink(used to be white) bath & face towel...i know that you all know what i did...

thank you all from the bottom of my happy heart..please treat yourselves to a handful of M&Ms..just keep the bowl of them across the room, for the exercise... jeanL

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Subject: RE: Covered Wagon Women From: "Elizabeth" <lizabeth@over-land.com> Date: Fri, 23 

I certainly agree with Nancy and Kim regarding the diaries. It's a great method to see how life was on the trails. I researched women's diaries of the westward movement in graduate school (eons ago) and am now in the process of creating a data base (which will eventually become published) with individual information from the diaries, one of which would be if quilting occurred along the trail within that diary.

I have a collection (over 100) of women's (and some by men) diaries on my website at:

www.over-land.com/diaries.html

They are in alpha order by author, and also a sentence or two describing the diary. Some great reading!

Elizabeth The Overland Trail www.over-land.com Portales, NM Beginning Quilter

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: April 22, 2004 From: Anne Copeland <anneappraiser1@juno.com> Date: 

Beverly Dunivent is a certified appraiser in Olympia, Washington, but Seattle is very near for her to travel. You can reach her at 360-357-8610, bevquilts@sprynet.com. She is one of my best friends and my appraisal partner and coauthor of our research article on kit quilts that was published in the 1994 Uncoverings. On top of that, she is a talented quilter! How's that for a recommendation? Peace and blessings, Annie ----__JNP_000_665f.7ca7.11ee--

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Subject: RE: Covered Wagon Women From: "Sally Ward" <sallytatters@ntlworld.com> Date: Fri, 

< Not one mentions quilting on the trails.

Does this mean that they didn't quilt, or at least piece, or that it was so ordinary that they didn't bother mentioning it? If piecing a bit of fabric was, to them, as everyday as flipping through a magazine to us - would they record it?

The curator at a museum of Roman artefacts here in the UK once described trying to reproduce a particular dish from a recipe found at the excavation site. They had no success until they realised that it required yeast to work. They concluded that the writer had presumably not included that in the recipe because it was just 'so obvious' that it should be there. So..did the diaries generally record just the interesting bits, or the mundane as well?

Sally W

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Subject: Re: story from Joan From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 

Jean -- It all boils down to a matter of preference. My grandmother's grandfather, a third generation Scotsman living in the Peoria IL area, grew bored with his surroundings as a young lad, so he and some brothers and friends set off to see the hills and scenery of the East; they were fascinated with tales of New York. On the return trip from that state, they stayed for awhile in the town of New Philadelphia OH; not sure of the reason why they landed there. All loved that area. Some of the brothers stayed. It was there, of all places, that gram's grandfather met Margaret Lane, a Cherokee Indian who had been raised since childhood by a Quaker family. How this came to happen is not known to us but she was a lovely lady according to a much faded photograph taken later in her life. They married and eventually returned to Peoria and raised a family. They then moved to the Kansas [state] area to join some of the family which had purchased farms near Kansas City but moved later back to Peoria. The tales of NY and Ohio were passed on to the sons and my great grandfather decided one day to visit those places. And that is how the trek East occurred. I don't know who the other wagons belonged to and if they all had the same destinations but apparently the beauty of wooded land in Northeast Ohio on through to NY was appealing to many persons. My relatives stopped first in N. Phily, stayed and never made it to NY. During the Depression, most of the family dispersed to Milwaukee and Cleveland to find good-paying jobs and of course, stayed on. As for the Indian attackers, it was not the bow-and-arrow type, merely warnings to stay off their territory. Have no idea where this occured but I would imagine it was of short duration. But all in all, quite an experience for a young girl.

Re the book series on women/covered wagon travels, I may have read one of those; it was from a woman's diary kept in the 1870s traveling eastward from the state of Kansas. The parallel was my attraction to reading the book; being a city girl I wanted to know more about these hardy souls who endured and endured.

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Subject: Re: covered wagons and DEADWOOD From: Dana at Material Pleasures 

Hello, All this talk of covered wagons and migration has gotten me thinking of the series on HBO, DEADWOOD. Starts out about the time of Custer's defeat at Little Big Horn and the big Gold Rush to the West (1870s)...Deadwood (an actual town)is lawless. Word of caution...the language is fowl and makes me cringe, othertimes colorful and amusing. Some scenes are graphically brutal, and prostitution was a big business back then, so there are some graphic scenes of that nature. I do not know much about costumes but they look pretty authentic to me...not many quilts (I don't think I have seen any, as a matter of fact). But the writer has added historical as well as fictional characters and events (Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock, mentioning of the Pinkertons, the McCalls, that writer/reported or searched Africa for Dr Livingston...sorry can't remember his name). You can read a little about it here http://www.hbo.com/deadwood/behind/therealdeadwood.shtml

You see the wagons coming into town, long trails of them in the first episode...one broken wheel at the front of the line caused a dead stop until it was fixed. They were fearful of Indians, especially since they were settling on what the President had designated as Indian territory...but it had gold on it...

I happen to like the show, and I like that it has some historical significance. Here in the Northeast it's on HBO Sunday nights at 10pm (right after the Sopranos...another fun filled, violent, fowl mouthed show I can't stop watching! Can't say much about the historical significance of that show...there is no such thing as the Mafia.)

My best, Dana

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Subject: Bucilla kit #2868 From: <chrisa@jetlink.net> Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 11:49:24 -0700 

Does anyone know the date or date range for the Rose Wreath, no. 2868 Bucilla quilt kit? I found one at an antique fair, box and all, but there is no date anywhere to be found.

I was struck by their use of wadding instead of batting in the instructions. They called it "sheet quilt wadding used for padding". I was under the impression the English used this term wadding, not the US.

Another bit of interest in the instructions; they recommend dry cleaning "as washing is apt to make the padding lumpy...rubbing tends to pull padding apart and leave bare spots." No kidding! I am not very familiar with vintage kit instructions. Was dry cleaning often recommended?

Thanks for any help, Kim Wulfert www.antiquequiltdating.com

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Subject: Updated: State Quilt Documentation Projects and Regional Quilt History From: "Maureen 

Hi all:

Just to let you know that the location of the Selected Bibliography of = State Quilt Documentation Projects and Regional Quilt History Books has moved. The new URL is http://www.booksandoldlace.com/quilting

There have been significant updates to the list, including a more comprehensive and current review of Dissertation Abstracts. These = additions are frequently very specific and comprehensive analyses of quilting in a geographic location, but a number are also more general in scope and = address quilting as a social movement. Dissertations and theses are sometimes available on Interlibrary Loan from your local library but can also be purchased from University Microfilms International www.umi.com. 

In addition to the new listings for dissertations, theses, and published books, you will aslo find the table of contents of The Quilt Journal: An International Review, 1992-1995. This journal was published by The = Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. and edited by Jonathan Holstein, Eleanor Miller and Shelly Zegart. It is a wonderful addition to quilt scholarship and = research.

Additions and corrections are always welcome, particularly exhibit = catalogs and brochures which can be hard to track down. Those who contribute citations are added as contributors to the bibliography.

Best regards from the Pacific Time Zone!

Maureen Battistella Ashland, Oregon

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Subject: RE: 1903s kits? From: "Jocelyn Martin" <jocelynm@delphiforums.com> Date: Fri, 23 Apr 

But I wonder if such bundles of same fabrics in different colourways were not sold directly to quilters AS KITS for quiltmaking - much as since the 1980s?

Margareta, Indeed they were- but as scraps left over from cutting out manufactured garments! My mother remembers my grandmother buying such bundles from Sears. She said that one time, it was very apparent that the pieces they got were the scraps left over after cutting a full-sleeved blouse (the triangle between the bell sleeve and the body). My grandmother drafted a new pattern to use those big triangles, because she didn't see any point in cutting them into smaller pieces and then sewing them back together. <G> When I was 10-11, I remember going with my mother to Mode O'Day sales, in Ottawa Ks, where you could buy their scraps and leftovers, often enough for making one garment. As a preschooler, I went with her to Nellie Don, another manufacturer in Kansas City.

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Subject: RE: 1903s kits? From: Gloria Hanrahan <gloria@ak.net> Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 15:02:59 

"As a preschooler, I went with her to Nellie Don, another manufacturer in Kansas City."

I remember that name, growing up around Kansas City. I had forgotten.

My grandmother and mom worked at a tie factory in Kansas City (in the 30's) and the scraps from the wool ties were bundled and sold. I have a top made by my grandmother with these. All on the bias.

Gloria

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Subject: QHL - Pennsylvania quilts From: "Susan Wildemuth" <ksandbcw@geneseo.net> Date: 

Begging the pardon of the list -- would someone from the list who specializes in the study of Pennsylvania quilts please e-mail me privately -- someone has sent me an e-mail with questions about an 1805 family quilt --

Thanks-- Sue in Illinois

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Subject: RE: Treadle Machines From: "Velia Lauerman" <velialive@hotmail.com> Date: Fri, 23 

Hurray to those who love the challenge of the treadle. the crank is so neat too. It's like playing the piano with both hands. Maybe chewing gum and walking . Once it is tried the pleasure continues and another completed quilt to leave with posterity. Once a student of mine declared that this quilt was cut with scissors. DAH ! there are some of us who don't use rotary cutters. What ever Works and what we enjoy . Going back to the by gone days has real value. Velia



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