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Subject: The color teal From: "Kathy Moore" <KathyMooreneb.rr.com>

Gail, the September/October issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting

has an article by Gerald E. Roy about quilts with orange and blue/teal combinations. There are several lovely examples. Also, Robert Bishop's book, New Discoveries in American Quilts has some interesting examples with locations and dates.

There are probably lots more. Those are just two I've recently seen.


Subject: RE: Teal Color From: "Maureen" <maureenbooksandoldlace.com>

Hi Carolyn:

I have a wonderful little book from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens called "Dyes From Nature", published in 1990 as part of the BBG Record. Trudy Van Stralen has an article on page 57, "Using Cochineal and Indigo in Dye Combinations". I quote from her article on page 58 and 59:

Using Saxon Blue Indigo. This is not a traditional method of using indigo. Instead, it is an old industrial recipe, used in Europe just before chemical dyes were discovered. Compared to dyes from an indigo vat, this method gives a more royal blue color with neutral water and a more turquoise color with acid water.

Her article continues with a recipe for making the Saxon Blue solution and also aqua-turquoise from indigo and queen-anne's lace.

In the past I have seen a number of other natural dye books both historical and contemporary, but have sold them quickly. This one I'm keeping!

There are lots of titles available on Amazon or ABE if you search "natural



Maureen Battistella In Ashland, Oregon.

------------------------------------------ Subject: "teal color"

Hi Gail,

Do you have the book 'Florida Quilts' by Charlotte Williams? On pages 60 and 63 are pictures of quilts with this 'teal, orange' combination. One of these is dated 1871 in the quilting and the other is said to be made in 1869. Both said the fabric was home dyed with tree barks. What tree would have produced this teal color? I have a stacked bricks quilt in the 2 colors of teal and orange. It is from a family in West Texas.

If these were made with home dyed fabrics then what were the furnishing fabrics made from that showed up in magazines. Also if we knew what

tree or plant was used maybe it was something that was just grown in the south.

Just questions, Carolyn


Subject: kicking bees From: "Steve and Jean Loken" <sandjlokenworldnet.att.net>

I remember reading a long English novel that took place in the Middle Ages, and went into lots of detail about fulling cloth. Alas, the name escapes me. Fulling was done to make cloth more water-proof. It's a similar process to our new craze of felting. I searched the internet under "fulling cloth" and pulled up a lot of British and Irish sources. They suggest that the practice dated at least to the Bronze Age. I didn't see the term "kicking bee" but there were mentions of stomping the cloth. Jean in MN


Subject: Re: MOKA Group - signature quilt questions-need help From: "Libby Wallis" <lwalliskc.rr.com>

I was the presenter on "Who Was Maggie Randall?" at the MOKA meeting in Wichita earlier this month. I joined the QHL after that and this is my first posting.

Eleanor, That was a wonderful summary of our wonderful weekend. Thank


Carol, What a find! I would leave the needle and thread right where it is in the quilt.

My research methods were similar to what a genealogist would do but were the result of lots of classes and seminars related to quilt history. I suggest that you start at your church. Ask if they have records from the 1920's-30's such as membership lists or minutes of women's group meetings. HTC may be an acronym for the name of a club with C for Club. My grandmother belonged to a group about the same time period and they called themselves the

Jolly Housewives Club. I have the records they kept of their meetings. At least once they had an article in the local paper (Sand Springs, OK) about

their meeting. They didn't quilt but I am doing quilt in their honor.

Libby Wallis

Quilt Collector and Historian

And sometimes Quilt Maker

Overland Park, KS ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: fulling From: "Andi Reynolds" <andi0613iowatelecom.net>

I remember reading a long English novel that took place in the Middle Ages, and went into lots of detail about fulling cloth. Alas, the name escapes me.

The book probably was Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth."



Subject: More Questions Regarding Early Teal Quilts From: DDBSTUFFaol.com

As long as you're discussing "teal" again, I have a question.

Over the years, I have had numerous early appliqued quilts that used a teal in place of the more common green for the vines etc. These have usually been from the latter part of the 1st half of the 19th century, c.1840-50. Many of them had a brown stain-like area around the teal that seemed to have radiated out from the teal appliqued fabric. I was always able to wash it out but I was wondering if any of you have seen this as well and if anyone knew what caused this. I'm sure it has something to do with the dye or mordant but have always wondered just what it was.

Also, I have had lots of 19th century quilts that have had a teal that faded to a beige. These were usually c.1880-90. Would you all agree to this dating? I know it was teal because several of them were not completely fades out.




Subject: teal green/blue From: "BOBBIE A AUG" <qwltpromsn.com>

I may have missed the original question, so if I'm off topic, disregard. But, the Teal color that I thought was being referred to would not be confused with aqua, etc. It's very dark and almost dark green - more

green than blue. If that's the case, then the 4th quarter 19th century would be a very popular period. Circa 1900 would not be out of the question. Oftentimes on poor quality greige goods and fugitive to brown in spots. Aqua, in the lighter colors - popular much, much earlier.

And again in the 1920's and so on. I am referring ONLY to solids and

not prints, and when found in quilts. Also, popular is the key word.

Trends, fads, etc.

For example, I'm still wearing Prairie skirts....


Bobbie A. Aug Author, lecturer, teacher, AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser


Subject: question From: "weemsjm" <weemsjmearthlink.net>

I have a Grandma's Garden quilt top made by my Grand Mother around 1930.

It is really my Mom's, I am just helping with it.

The fabric seems to be in good shape and my mother would like it backed and quilted.

Neither of us are hand quilters and I think it would be fool hearty for me the quilt it on my machine.

The lady at my local quilt shop told me to quality quilt it ( tie ). I think it is just to nice to tie.

I have been thinking of having it quilted by a long arm machine. I have a shop in mind but thought I would ask before having it done.

I would not put a batting to limit stress from the weight.

What do y'all think?

The man seems to do really good work I have talked to a friend who had a small piece done by him. I will attack his web site maybe someone has used him before.


Thanks for any help.



Subject: Re: teal green/blue


The very dark color is, in fact, the color to which the discussion has referred.

Three basic questions arise about its popularity at the time. First, did it arise from a popularity of the color in contemporary (Victorian) home decorating or clothing?

Second, what was the source of the natural dye to which some sources refer (see "Florida Quilts," e.g., where it is said to be derived from "tree bark.")?

Third, proportionally, is the teal, cordavan brown, and cheddar/orange color combination more popular in southern quilts than in quilts from other areas? For some reason, a number of Southerners associate it with the South, perhaps incorrectly.

Thanks for addressing this question.



Subject: Re: question From: Judy Kelius <quiltsptd.net>

I think you are right not to tie it . . . it puts stress on the fabric, and tied quilts (actually comforters) never look as good or hold up as well as a quilted quilt. One wash will often mean the end!

I think a long-arm would be fine, but you could also send it out to have it hand quilted.

Definitely use a batting! It will not put stress on the fabric if you use a thin COTTON batt (never use poly with an antique quilt - some poly battings act like thousands of tiny brillo pads, scratching away at the old cotton fabrics and eventually popping through . . . I've seen too many good antique tops destroyed with poly batting). In fact, I think cotton batting strengthens the old fabrics, stabilizing them and giving them a soft base to lay on. Whether you choose hand or machine quilting, also be sure they use 100% COTTON thread - poly threads are stronger than the cotton fabrics and can actually cut through them. I don't even like the coated cotton thread many quilters use - I prefer a regular cotton thread since it is softer. Most of the best antique quilts have a thin cotton batting. Some people actually separate a cotton batt in two to use with an antique quilt top (this doesn't work with all battings, but Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon separates easily).


Subject: Re: teal green/blue From: Judy Kelius <quiltsptd.net>

>Third, proportionally, is the teal, cordavan brown, and cheddar/orange >color combination more popular in southern quilts than in quilts from >other areas? For some reason, a number of Southerners associate it with >the South, perhaps incorrectly.

I often see a dark blueish green, which I think is what you are referring to, in SE PA quilts as well, but rarely in combination with a solid brown. I often see it with red and cheddar. It was also used frequently for borders on scrap quilts and in applique quilts, and is very prone to fading. I've seen it fade to a blue color and I've also seen it fade to a more tan (yellow) hue. (I've even seen it disappear completely, leaving just the white fabric . . . at least, I thought the original color was some shade of green!) I've always assumed the different fading characteristics were related to the dying process and the mordants used.


Subject: Fulling wool fabric From: Jackie Joy <joysbeesyahoo.com>

I've heard fulling referred to as waulking. See this for a description with illustrations. They also mention foot waulking. http://www.houseofscotland.org/waulking.html

Jackie Joy


Subject: My great find! From: Anne Copeland <anneappraiser1juno.com>

Wow, had the coolest experience yesterday. I have been driving by this little thrift store everyday in my own neighborhood, just a couple of blocks away. I kept noticing what I thought was fabric in the window, but I was always on my way to work and they were closed, etc., so never got to stop there. Yesterday in the late afternoon, I was on the way to take the dogs for a walk in the park when I passed the store and it was open, and so I stopped. I looked closer in the window and lo and behold, it was the coolest Log Cabin in the courthouse steps configuration with blacks and medium colors and red or orangy centers.

My heart was pumping at a high level, but I went inside and cooly asked about the "tapestry" in the window. The lady went in the window for me and told me it was $39! Well, that did it. So of course it came home with me. She and her hubby are missionaries and she spends time traveling to and from Africa, and this lady told me the quilt came from Africa. She might be (or someone else might be) teaching the ladies over there how to quilt. It had 4" blocks and is very graphic. The logs are approx. 1/2" (little variance). Some bit of damage on some of the logs from using silk or some other fabric that is shattering as those oftendo, but it is great graphically. It is clearly made from all kinds of clothing scraps including some velvet. It has a felt-like material someone appears to have "fused" onto the back so that it will hang very straight. I would try to take the felt stuff off because I could probably get it off then, but the fusing stuff is still there. Oh yes, the fusing stuff looks rubbery, and it DOES peel off a little, but not sure I could get it ALL off. And it is foundation pieced. I don't believe it is an old piece at all from the fabrics used. The colors and prints are very well placed.

I was so excited I didn't really stay, but I will go back and ask her more about its history. What a great day! Peace and blessings, Annie


Subject: Re: qhl digest: August 21, 2004, the color teal From: Teri Klassen <teresakbloomington.in.us>

Regarding the color teal in 19th century quilts, I have seen it in several Indiana quilts, including one from southern Indiana in the late 1840s, another from central Indiana dated 1858 I believe. often it is used instead of green on a red, "green" and white floral style quilt. I have heard people suggest it was a green that wasn't fast, but I always suspected it was an intentional alternative. Teri


Subject: Researching and church records From: "Kathy Moore" <KathyMooreneb.rr.com>

I was an office administrator at a Presbyterian Church for a few years and can testify that there may be a treasure trove of information in your church records. Membership rolls, births, deaths, committee activities and member lists, annual reports, women's association reports, and financial reports on a year-by-year basis can yield some very interesting information and verify facts you get from other sources or lead you to ask leading questions from the appropriate people. Good luck and good hunting.

Kathy Moore


Subject: Coolidge Museum From: Joan Kiplinger <jkipncweb.com>

The names for quilt patterns never cease to amaze me. Found some more new ones [to me] on Pat Cummings new column regarding her recent visit to the Calvin Coolidge Museum.



Subject: Plymouth Notch From: Gail Ingram <gingramtcainternet.com> I cannot forebear joining Pat Cummings in commending Plymouth Notch as a place to visit---quilt exhibit or no quilt exhibit.

As a lifelong traveler of backroads in the company of a historian husband, I've had the opportunity to see many wonderful and generally unvisited places that remind me of the opportunities available to one in the U.S. Few, however, have impressed me the way Plymouth Notch impressed me.

This is not a place one goes "by." It is well off the beaten path. One winds along country roads that follow creeks and mountain hollows. You think you're lost. Then, there is a little settlement, looking much as it did when Coolidge lived there, I imagine, except for what it sells. Beside the General Store that has been remodeled a narrow road turns upmountain and the traveler drive under ancient maples.

If you stop, get out of your car, and take in the vista before you---the valley with the low mountains beyond---and you realize that a President of the U.S. was born and reared there, you have to believe in the potential which this country has. That a boy growing up in such a hamlet (for it is not even a village) could become president seems imposible. And the story we all learned in history 101-- that when, as Vice President, he received the news of the President's death and his own rise to that position, he took the oath of office from his minister father in the middle of the night, and then went back to sleep---seems entirely plausible when you stand in Plymouth Notch.

Pat, is there a catalog of this little exhibit? Postcards of the quilts represented in it?



Subject: re: postcards From: Patricia L Cummings <quiltersmusecomcast.net>

Dear Gail:

As far as I know, there is no exhibition catalog available. The beautiful little gift shop does have some postcards, but the only quilt related ones, as I recall, are Calvin's "Tumbling Blocks" quilt top, and his sister Abbie's (similar) piece. The shop also carries books, jewelry, a neat puzzle of Calvin's quilt, and other small items.

Loved your description of the place, Gail, and the recollection of Coolidge being sworn into office in the middle of the night when word came that President Harding had died. Someone asked Calvin's father why he felt that he had the right to do that and he replied that no one had told him he couldn't do it. I believe he was a Justice of the Peace or Notary Public (I'd have to check).

I wanted to bring this exhibit to public awareness by writing about it because after October 17, these precious textiles will be re-packed, and will not be seen again for a very long time (I was told).

Pat www.quiltersmuse.com ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Story about a friendship quilt From: "Christine Thresh" <christinewinnowing.com>

I stumbled upon this site:


I read the story called Friendship Quilt (it is rather long and contiues on another page). Some recent postings on this list (QHL) have talked about tracing the origins of signature quilts.

Christine Thresh http://www.winnowing.com


Subject: Re: Story about a friendship quilt From: Judy Kelius <quiltsptd.net>

Fabulous story! Thanks for the link. It sent chills up my spine to read about finding the quiltmaker's diaries. If you go to: http://www.quiltstudy.org/search/index.html Type in "Blair" as keyword and you can see the quilt (third one in the search results)!


Subject: Finishing a Grandmother's Flower Garden From: "Barbara Vlack" <cptvdeosbcglobal.net>

Jeff asked for some advice about quilting a GFG, and I have some ideas to offer.

A GFG is not traditionally tied. Frankly, I think it would detract from this kind of quilt to tie it.

Traditional hand quilting for a GFG outlined the hexagons within the seam allowance. The GFGs from the 30s that I have collected have 3/16" seam allowances, not quite 1/4" and a little more than 1/8". So the quilting is not quite 1/4" inside the seam allowances.

A focus question might be: do you want it machine quilted with a traditional or contemporary look?

A dedicated long arm quilter _could_ machine quilt within the hexagons. I have seen successful results when the machine quilter did a continuous line looping around the inside of the hexagons. It takes a bit of studying to get the rhythm of how to do this without breaking the continuous line, but it comes off looking very much like the traditional hand quilting.

Mountain Mist has a White Rose batt that could be used here very successfully. I love this batt! I did a 30s-style quilt with it and machine quilted it a lot. Once washed, it has a very 30s "antique" look to it. Just what I wanted. I would want a thin batting such as this one in a GFG quilt.

Another way that a long-arm quilter might quilt a GFG is with continuous line concentric petals in each flower. It would not be traditional quilting, but it could be very effective and lovely.

Barb Vlack cptvdeosbcglobal.net


Subject: Reading rec From: Gail Ingram <gingramtcainternet.com>

Last night, I accidentally ran across the journal of a marine who had been among the U.S. forces in Iraq. While the rest of the world was watching the Olympics, I was glued to my computer screen, unable to stop reading This compelling human account of what life is like for the ordinary military man in Iraq.

In an election year that encourages cynicism and sometimes makes us Forget there are among us those who do not talk of patriotism and duty, but who act on it with a simplicity that touches my heart, this piece is salutary.

I read its closing scenes through tears.

It's not the glitze of the Olympics, but it's better. Makes you proud to be American.

I read the final installment first and recommend it as an entrance to the other installments. It is found at the following site:




Subject: Re: ?? From: Midnitelaptopaol.com

does anyone know of an organization that is collecting and sending quilts to the innocent iraq citizens(especially children) who have been bombed out of their homes? jeanL


Subject: RE: Story about a friendship quilt From: "Gibson, Nancy" <ngibsondar.org>

This story of researching the genealogy of a signature quilt is wonderful. This is the kind of research the curators do on every object at the DAR Museum. We are fortunate to have a fabulous genealogical library 2 floors below and we make good use of it. Putting together the material evidence (quilt) with the genealogical data many times allows you to almost recreate a life. It is very rewarding research, but takes a lot of tenacity and sometimes I think those of us who thrive on this type of research probably have OCD! I know I do. A great example of this type of research is found in the book Gloria Allen and I wrote on Maryland quilts, A Maryland Album: Quiltmaking Traditions 1634-1934.

Five years of obsession!

Nancy Gibson (formerly Tuckhorn) Media Relations Manager


Subject: teal From: "Charlotte Bull" <charloumo-net.com>

I have a friend who works in a Thrift Shop. She brought me a top she'd bought for $5. It was a unique Princess Feather in teal, red, brown & orange. Very old. I feel it was 1860 to 1880. We are in SW Missouri, but many early settlers came from NC & VA as well as PA & OH. So? Who knows! But I loved the colors. The Cheddar Orange alternating "tusks" or "antennae", not big & curvy feathers, blew my mind! However, it ALSO had those faded brown colors in the areas of the background white that touched the teal. Strange. I'm sure that I wrote about this to you, back in the first Cup of Teal. (ok, bad pun, sorry!)

By the way, I owned, until a future granddaughter begged it away from me, a Princess Feather with what appeared to be alternating red and white feathers. But, on a white background? So you'd look closer. It had a white appliqued narrow strip down the center of the red feathers and also the white feathers. So you'd look again. Then you'd see that those so-called white feathers were appliqued perfectly with green thread! AH HA!!! What was white was once green!!! So I suggest that sometimes we are fortunate to find that the real color of the fabric will be revealed in the thread! No good quilter would use white thread on red or green feathers! If the inside white feather strips were appliqued with white then they'd have used white thread on the outer feathers, if they were white! Just a quilter's logic. Those feathers were GREEN - Once Upon a Time.

Oh yes, this new quilter we are welcoming into the family has no chance - between me and her future MIL, my daughter, she will be a quilter. Probably a member of this List!Otherwise, why did she fall in love with this amazing faded & worn, mouse chewed, weird old rag of a quilt, when there were pristine perfect pieced quilts from the late 1800s through the 1940s in the same pile?

oh yes, somehow about 15 yards of a grayed mauve to dark purple assortment of fabrics, solids & small prints, perfectly co-coordinated with a lovely 1990s Hoffman metallic Leaf pattern fabric, managed to move to CO with her too, as did at least 6 old books and maybe a dozen magazines (I had second copies begging for a home). My dear grandson went home fully satisfied with about 50 board feet of well cured black walnut lumber from his grandpa's stash so he can make a dining room table like his grandpa did - we do have a black walnut orchard!

So, I think this is the kind of thing that happened years ago when quilts, made in one area of the country, moved to new places "out west". We take real memories with us when we move or we take pieces and make new things in areas where we settle. And the grandparents will cherish the thought of sending some of their stash with the youngsters! My guy would have been so happy to know that his love of woodworking is in the genes. The young man also made a small quilt for his baby sister on my sewing machine when he was only 6 years old. I forgot to tell his lady that! She'll love knowing it! And I truly know they'll be good custodians of the quilt my mother started at 9 years and finished 60 years later! They even had UFOs in 1903! I actually gave it to them & felt GOOD about it! And she took some of my UFOs to finish for me!

PS: Thanks for report on M.O.K.A. meeting in KS. I missed it due to these two visiting me. If I'd known she would become one of us I would have insisted on meeting them in Wichita! The moral of the tale is that you need to check out the girls your grandsons will marry. But don't give up on your granddaughters. Quilting is a genetic art!


Subject: Re: Story about a friendship quilt From: "Laurette Carroll" <rl.carrollverizon.net>

That was interesting, and thanks for the link to the quilt, Judy. There seems to be conflicting information though? In the story of the quilt being researched Melissa is quoted as saying there was no date on the quilt, yet the information from the museum's IQSC says the quilt is "Dated 1855-1863". ??

[Melissa began her research by analyzing the 100 cotton and woolen fabrics in the quilt. "We didn't have a date on the quilt," Melissa says. "From the fabric analysis I was able to pin the fabrics down to 1845-1865." These dates were consistent with the friendship block pattern used in the quilt. The time bracket would be useful in tracing the names on the quilt, which in turn would tie down the quilt's provenance.]


Subject: Looking for a reference From: Sally Ward <sallytattersntlworld.com>

Can someone with an index to Uncoverings help me please? There is an article about Red Cross quilts sent to Europe during WW1, but I've lost my note of which volume it is in.


Sally W


Subject: Re: Looking for a reference From: "Julia D. Zgliniec" <rzglini1san.rr.com>

Dear Sally , I have a copy of the index, saved from a web source that I can no longer locate.

Rowley, Nancy J. "Red Cross Quilts for the Great War." In Uncoverings 1982, ed. Sally Garoutte, Vol. 3, 43-51. Mill Valley, CA: AQSG, 1983.

Is this the article you are looking for?

Regards, Julia Zgliniec ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Quilt Show and Movies From: "Pilar Donoso" <quiltpdmi.cl>Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Dear Friends:

We are very close to have our First Chilean Quilting Show. It will be September 11 to 13, 2004.

As part of a cultural information, we will be showing and talking to a group, about the 3 movies: The Quilts of GeeB4s Bend Hearts and Hands Quilts in WomenB4s Lives

The movies are in English and most of the people speak English, but for the ones that are not easy with the language I would like to have more information and background about the movies and prepare myself for questions.

Could you please guide me where to look for this information? I know I have seen the subject many times in this digest, but of course it is

when you need it that you cannot find it.

Thank you for your help Pilar

Pilar Donoso Illanes- ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Ancestral quilt link From: louise-b <vlbequetmcmsys.com>

Melissa Jurenga (not Woodson) presented this research at the AQSG meeting in Rockford in 2002. This website has summarized her story but not given credit to the AQSG Uncoverings. I was program chair in 2003-2003 for the evening chapter in our guild and asked her to tell us about this research the next summer. It was a wonderful presentation!

I am sure I was not the only one in tears listening to the connections that she had made. I was reminded of the first reading of Alex Haley's story in the NY Times Magazine many, many years ago when he found the griot that told him about the 'prince who had gone out to get wood for a drum and never came back' which was the story that had been handed down in his family. You can get lucky sometimes when doing family research!

The MOKA presention on the Signature quilt found in a Kansas shop was along those lines also.

Louise Bequette


Subject: Fulling and Waulking Cloth From: "Suzanne Cawley" <quiltdigestearthlink.net> Jackie Joy wrote: "I've heard fulling referred to as waulking. See this for a description with illustrations. They also mention foot waulking. http://www.houseofscotland.org/waulking.html "

Thanks so much Jackie for sending the link to this site. I really enjoyed the article. It appears that folks have been gathering together to full cloth for centuries. I checked out the article references and discovered a CD called "Waulking Songs from Barra

The music is very unusual. It reminds me of other groups who used acappella music during cooperative work (gandy dancers, etc.) to keep everyone on track. I have already ordered the CD and a booklet from: http://www.musicscotland.com

I think I will play this music when I cut, clean, and "full" thrift shop items for my wool folkart quilts. Perhaps I can also share this at the FVF and Dating Club study groups in the future. It will be like "break-dancing" for antique quilt lovers!

Thanks, Suzanne Cawley In wild, wonderful Keyser, WV


Subject: Red Cross Quilts From: "Kathy Moore" <KathyMooreneb.rr.com>

Could it be "Red Cross Quilts," by Rowley in the 1982 copy of Uncoverings?

Kathy Moore


Subject: Some quilts DO talk! From: Mary Anne Randall <sewmuch63yahoo.com>

I read the story of the Friendship quilt that Christine wrote about. I was lucky enough to find a signature quilt dated 1844 and 1846 at an estate sale in Colorado. It was 7ft x 7ft and almost every blockhad a name on it. My son entered some of the names into a geneology website and within 2 seconds we had at least 13 names that matched those on the quilt. I had goose bumps!

The quilt was originally made in Bucks County, PA. But it was only because a modern day descendent (in West Virginia) went to all the work of entering the family geneology online that the quilt was finally able to return to it's family of origin. She was able to identify just about all the names on the quilt and figure out how it probably went west. I didn't have to do all the work that is described in the Friendship quilt story. I love the Internet!

Mary Anne


Subject: And some quilts take trips back home! From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <marciarkearthlink.net>

I am enjoying all the talk about detective work on signature quilts. Soem quilts also get to go back home (for a visit). This weekend I am bringing a signature quilt made in 1931-35 back to its hometown where descendants of the original signers are coming to see the quilt and tell me stories about them. The quilt does not belong to me, however. The owner has been more than generous in allowing me to have the quilt for a month. We are video taping the interviews, and are taking a group photo with all of the descendants in front of the quilt. I know I am going to have a really fun, really emotional time for the next 3 days! Don't forget cemetery records when you are researching. the ones I found even had obituaries attached to them! Now if I could only get a little farther along on a signature quilt form here in Austin, I 'd be doing great! Marcia Kaylakie, Austin, TX ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Re: Book Search From: <gingramtcainternet.com>

I have searched high and low on three continents for copy of "Social Fabric: South Carolina's Traditional Quilts"---to no avail.

If anyone has extra copy she wishes to sell or knows where I might obtain a copy of this book, please email me privately.

I've had an open search on Amazon, B&N, and several independent used book sellers for a year, and nothing has turned up.

Will happily follow any leads.

Thanks, Gail


Subject: About Antique Samplers -- nqr From: "J. G. Row" <JudyGrowpatmedia.net>

Untitled DocumentI thought many of you might be interested in seeing one of the finest collections of samplers-for-sale on-line. This is from Amy Finkel in Philadelphia.

>We have just updated our website (www.samplings.com) with 28 antique

schoolgirl samplers and we >hope you enjoy taking a look. From our home page click on "Current Selections" near the upper left >and once there please be sure to click your reload or refresh button.

>We are delighted to have been invited to participate in a selling exhibition "The Admirable Art of the >Needle: Samplers & Embroideries

1650-1850" at the Cora Ginsburg gallery in New York City, >October 21-28. We will also be participating in the Historic Deerfield Antiques Show in Deerfield, >Massachusetts, October 9th and 10th and the Delaware Antiques Show benefiting Winterthur in >Wilmington, Delaware, November 12-14. Please visit our website for details.

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Subject: On the road in New York! From: "Pepper Cory" <pepcorymail.clis.com>

Hello QHL Friends, On Saturday November 20 and Sunday November 21,I'll be presenting two

workshops and a lecture for the Quilter's Guild of Brooklyn NY . Usually when I travel, I try to organize more than one venue. The week before

the Brooklyn event is open and I could come to NY earlier if another

group wanted a lecture or workshop. I know many of you are members of guilds. Can you give me any leads as to who to contact about this opportunity? I'll do the legwork if you give me suggestions! I'll be happy to email my teaching/class info on request. Many thanks for brainstorming! Pepper Cory


Subject: My summer vacation - VERY long! From: Xenia Cord <xenialegacyquilts.net> Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 18:09:44 -0600 X-Message-Number: 4

The best of all summer vacations for me is the one just concluded; I went to England and spent 12 terrific days doing quilty/historic stuff every day! Some of you will know that I have a wonderful English friend who hosted me, made arrangements for us to visit behind-scenes locations, and drove me (on the wrong side of the road) all over the north of England. She shall remain anonymous, lest she be swamped with visiting Americans!

Mixed in with the quilts were visits to historic homes (the Maids and Mistresses exhibits at 7 historic homes detailed upstairs/downstairs differences, mostly through textiles); ruined abbeys (Henry VIII has a lot to answer for); reconstructed shops and streets showing ordinary lives; and industrial museum sites illustrating the textiles industry of the 19th century. In Leeds, once a booming woolen center, is the Leeds Industrial Museum on the site of Armley Mills. Here one could see carding and fulling machines, spinning mules, a jacquard loom operated first by punch cards that regulated which warp threads lifted for intricate patterns, and later an adjustable system of picks, run by something akin to a bicycle chain. And in a former banking center, Starbucks coffee is consumed under a Leeds city crest featuring a dead sheep!

But I digress: we saw quilts and historic chintzes in profusion, as well as other textiles. At the Beamish Outdoor Museum near Durham, ‚€œsenior keeper‚€Ě Rosy Allen provided a private showing of about 30 of the museum‚€™s 300 quilts, layered on a bed in preparation for an upcoming quilt weekend. Because the museum‚€™s charge is the preservation of north country traditions, most of the quilts were cotton sateen whole cloth, quilted in distinctive designs that allow specific identification of their geographic origins. There were several pieced and appliqu√©d quilts as well, confusing to the American eye because the prints and combinations did not fit into the American fabric continuum. However, a red, green and gold 4-block Coxcomb resonated; the maker was from Weardale, but her sister lived in the US and sent her patterns!

The Beamish has a wonderful new resource center; all of their quilts are catalogued and accessible both in binders and on computer, and they welcome researchers. Also in the area is the Shipley Art Gallery at Gateshead, currently showcasing two groupings of studio art quilts: one international and by invitation, and the other a solo exhibit by British artist Pauline Burbidge. And the kneelers in the magnificent Durham Cathedral are testimony to the talents and vitality of the Embroiderers' Guild.

The highlight of the week was a visit to the archives of Stead McAlpin at the Cummersdale Print Works in Carlisle, repository of thousands of gouache and actual fabric designs for chintzes dating back to the 1790s. Archivist Dennis Irwin spent hours discussing the business of Bannister Hall Print Works, Stead McAlpin, and the fabrics the company currently prints on commission for the royal house and for the government. Dennis has been mounting the earliest fabrics on frames resembling poster frames, two-sided and archivally correct of course, which mount into wall tracking and can be viewed like pages in a book. There are hundreds of these, and they represent only a fraction of the archived designs. Want birds on chintz, or chinoiserie, or pillar prints? Dennis can go directly to the correct section of framed fragments. We tried not to drool over the sample books and glorious chintz examples, but it was difficult! Researchers are welcomed and their interest and support are needed to continue validating the archives.

At the end of the week was the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, one of the largest national quilt shows held in UK. Despite some confusing differences between US shows and this one, the venue was excellent, the quilts (about 1000) varied and often provocative, the vendors mostly new to me, and the meetings with friends previously only known as email correspondents through the British Quilt List and the British Quilt History List just a delightful experience. Sara Miller‚€™s Amish crib quilts (the few she kept) were on special display, but sadly Sara was unable to attend; her lecture was most ably handled by Bettina Havig. So that is how I spent my summer vacation!



Subject: Re: Book Search From: "Karan Flanscha" <SadieRosecfu.net>

Gail, You might send an e-mail to Quilting Books Unlimited http://www.qbu.com/index.html to inquire about the South Carolina book. It doesn't come up at their website, but I have found some books I was looking for at their booth at various quilt shows. Worth an e-mail anyway... Good luck!! Karan


Subject: pattern From: Judy <jrocheqpil.net>

Would someone on the list, kindly, tell me where to find patterns for 19th century child's dresses? Thanks! Judy Roche Solebury, Pa


Subject: RE: pattern From: "Newbie Richardson" <pastcraftsverizon.net>

Judy,and List The most comprehensive source for period patterns is at www.5rivers.org She is Canadian and reps just about evey historic pattern co. out there - with very good commentary on the accuracy of each company. Also, Amazon Dry Goods is a wonderful resource for repro "stuff" everything from patterns to shoes, etc. They supply the movie industry as well as the re-enactment crowd. Their website is merely a print ad on line. You have to get the catalog(s) They are well worth the few dollars they charge. Amazon Dry Goods and Pickling Works 411 Brady Street Davenport, Iowa 52801 563-322-6800/800-798-7979 (only to order a catalogue) Questions: call 563-322-4138 Caution: their business style is exeedingly ideosyncratic - but they do know their stuff and have been in the business for 22 years. Also, try Past Patterns - www.pastpatterns.com - But I think that 5rivers carries her, too. Newbie


Subject: Sully Quilt show From: "Newbie Richardson" <pastcraftsverizon.net>

For those of you contemplating a trip down to the Sully, VA quilt show on September 12th, there is an extra special added attraction this year. My great friend and costume expert/collector, Mary Doering, is putting on a small costume and textile exhibit in the house to coincide with the quilt show. It is tentatively entitled "Patterns of History" and features 6 costumed figures, and exhibit case of fabric samples, plus 3 mounted panels of fabric. The point is to underline the cross over of the use of printed textiles in both historic clothing and quilts. Mary is on the faculty of the Smithsonian Masters Program in Decorative Arts. She teaches costume.

I am happy to offer a place to stay for some QHL'ers needing a bed. I can offer one bed, one mattress on the floor, and one (very comfortable) couch for both Saturday night and/or Sunday night. ( I have two very pampered cats and a German Shepherd in case there are any allergies) I live in Alexandria, VA - about a 45 minute drive from Sully Plantation. I will be going out to the show, if anyone is taking the train down and needs a ride. My house is very close to both the Alexandria Amtrak station and the Washington DC metro ( King Street). The metro has a stop at Union Station DC as well. If you are interested please email or call me privately Best Newbie Richardson 703-684-0863


Subject: Re: On the road in New York! From: MargaretFaheyaol.com

Hello there Pepper Cory

Perhaps I can direct you to a possible useful source for more venues.

The Quilters Consortium of New York State has recently

established an online network of Program chairs in guilds across the state. I think there are closing on 40 clubs. Her name and address is Susan Toukatly contact through toukatlyadelphia.net

Also shops sponsor teachers try quiltsmaterialrewards.com shop is Material Rewards in Dansville NY

Schweinfurth Art Museum is holding its annual quilt exhibit from Nov to Jan and may be interested.

My club, Genesee Valley Quilt Club, oldest in the country, will be having a bit of a doings on our 70th in 2006 and I would hope we will be bringing in some terrific speakers/teachers for a week long event. Up for considering that? So, do, please send your info to our incoming program Chair, Pat Pauly, who is also Director of the Quilt Collection at Genesee Country Museum in Mumford NY try ty610aol.com

More will probably occur to me soon. Our club is now booking for 2006-2007 Margaret


Subject: Re: summer vacation From: Laura Robins-Morris <lrobinsfhcrc.org>

Xenia, What ARE the differences between US shows and that one (and other international shows perhaps)?? I'd love to here more about the nuts and bolts of shows in other countries. Your trip sounded wonderful. Thanks for the travelogue. Laura in Seattle


Subject: Re: summer vacation From: <charter.net>

I'm with Laura. Details, o wise one!

Karen Evans ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Woven coverlets From: quilt2musicrockisland.com

I inspected a woven coverlet in dark blue and ecrue/light tan/ off-white(?) at the local historic museum here on the island yesterday. I know next to nothing about this particular kind of textile other than it looks to be what is commonly called a Jacquard wovenn coverlet. It is signed and dated as follows and has a lion in two cornes and a "floral-like floor tile" design:

Rosannah King Sci Pio 1834 Cayuga Co St of New York

The museum is about to put it on display and is asking me for some info for the signage, brief but informative. I don't have all my books unpacked yet and can't lay my hands on something about this form of weaving. What do you suggest they say in addition to what I have noted above?

Karen Alexander in the sunny but cool San Juans Islands


Subject: RE: Woven coverlets From: "Candace Perry" <candaceschwenkfelder.com>

I'll check the latest coverlet book and get back to you this afternoon. Also, Rabbit Goody in NY State knows EVERYTHING about NY weaving...and weaving in general! Candace Perry


Subject: Williamsburg Sept 22-30 From: Chris Flynn <lovechrisearthlink.net>

Hello.... I'm going to be in Williasburg during September. Any recommendations, quilt shows, exhibits, etc?

Thanks so much, Chris, Boulder Creek, CA


Subject: RE: Woven coverlets From: "Candace Perry" <candaceschwenkfelder.com>

http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/research_collections/collections/history/general/h iscollect.html

Coverlet. Blue and white in stylized snowflake pattern with geometric and floral motifs in the center field, this coverlet is believed to have been made in 1836 by weaver John Conger, working in the town of Scipio, Cayuga County. The name woven in the corners indicates it was made for the Tillotsons, a prominent family in Cayuga and adjacent Tompkins counties. [Scipio is the name of the town; at first I thought it was the name of the weaver, like Scipio Africanus!]

Candace's note: American Coverlets and their Weavers (Clarita S. Anderson) does not list Conger as working in Scipio, and also states that he included his initials in the corner blocks, which this does not have, from what you mention. These coverlets seem to be grouped under the heading "Lions & Roses." There's also the "Big Lion" group...which has a big lion in the corner. Go figure. New Yorkers seemed to like lions in their coverlets...unlike we boring Pennsylvanians. Rabbit's website:http://www.rabbitgoody.com/ if you want the best info...you can contact her through that. eb.com/~springport/1838text.html+scipio+coverlet&hlen Scipio, originally organized as part of Ontario County, by general Sessions pursuant to Act, jan. 27th, 1789; since modified; W. from Albany 180, miles; surface gently undulating; soil clay loam and calcareous alluvion, resting on slate, very fertile, and highly cultivated; drained S. by Salmon creek: The Owasco lake forms the whole of the E. Boundary. Scipio, North Scipio, Scipioville, and Sherwood's Corners, are post villages.

Scipio , 10 miles S. of Auburn, has 1 Baptist churh, 1 tavern, 1 store, and several dwellings -- Sherwood Corners has a tavern and 2 stores, and some 12 or 15 dwellings -- Scipioville, a Baptist church, tavern, 2 stores, and about a dozen dwellings. -- North Scipio, one store, and a few houses. There are a settlement and post office called the Square.


Subject: Silicagel From: "weemsjm" <weemsjmearthlink.net> Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Question to the experts.

I was adding a couple of silica gel packs ( the ones that you get in

shoe boxes and many other new items ) to the case where I keep my deer rifle. It is stored right next to my quilts in a closet. I started thinking of adding a packet or two to each pillow case housing a quilt to help in the fight against moisture. What do you all think of this idea. The oldest fabric in any of my quilts is no older than around the 1880's.

Thanks for any in put.

Jeff In ragweed pollen central.


Subject: Re: Silicagel From: Jackie Joy <joysbeesyahoo.com>


Although we have little problem with humidity, my husband has bought little cannisters of some dehydrating stuff and keeps one open in his gun vault. When it has taken in all the moisture it can, he heats the cannister up in the oven; it dries out and is then ready to be used again.

Jackie Joy Reno, NV in the high desert where the blooming rabbit brush (chamisa) has pretty much the same effect as ragweed.

"I was adding a couple of silica gel packs ( the ones that you get in shoe boxes and many other new items ) to the case where I keep my deer rifle.. . . I started thinking of adding a packet or two to each pillow case housing a quilt to help in the fight against moisture."


Subject: book on political quilts From: Teri Klassen <teresakbloomington.in.us>

I know there was a book published on the topic of political and patriotic quilts, some with eagles and so on, I think mostly from the 19th century. please can someone tell me the name, and if it is still in print? Many thanks. Teri


Subject: Re: book on political quilts From: Judy Kelius <quiltsptd.net>

"All Flags Flying: American Patriotic Quilts as Expressions of Liberty" by Robert Bishop may be the one you are thinking of. It is out of print but readily available and cheap! Check on Amazon.

"Threads of history: Americana recorded on cloth 1775 to the present" by Collins is about patriotic and political textiles in general but is very pricey, several hundred dollars. ‚€“


Subject: Re: book on political quilts & a must see quilt show From: "Chris and Carol Gebel" <gebeljps.net>

In addition to All Flags Flying, which has some historical quilts and the winning quilts from the 1986 Statue of Liberty Quilt contest, I suggest:

The Power of Cloth: Political Quilts 1845-1986 by Jane Benson and Nancy Olsen (exhibit catalog of 1987 exhibit at Euphrat Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA) and

The Political and Campaign Quilt, quilt commentaries by Katy Christopherson, an exhibit catalog published by Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society and The Kentucky Historical Society, 1984 and

The Fabric of Persusasion: two hundred years of politcal quilts by Julie Powell published by the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA -- another exhibit catalog for a 2000 show.

I had a real thrill when I went to the opening of the annual antique quilt show at the Folsom History Museum earlier this month! One of the quilts had centennial fabric in it with the dates 1776-1876, just like I had seen in books but here it was in a really great quilt - the one I would choose to take home if I could! By the way, I have 4 quilts from my collection in the show.

If you are in northern California, you need to see this show! It is open everyday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September 30 (I'm not sure about Labor Day - call 916-985-2707) at Folsom History Museum, 823 Sutter Street, Folsom. This is in old town Folsom, a Gold Rush community. If you go, ask if Lenore Dean is there. She is a Folsom Historical Society member, who is very interested in quilts, and until recently in charge of the show. She is 90 years old and a wonderful energetic interesting lady! I always get a hug went I meet her.


Subject: Re: uncoverings From: Kathie Holland <kathiehollandoptonline.net>

for the past month or so I have been collecting all the Uncoverings from American Quilt Study Group. The only one I am missing now is 1987 if anyone has a second copy or a copy they would be willing to sell please contact me! Thanks, Kathie in NJ Kathiehollandoptonline.net


Subject: bOOKS ON pOLITICAL qUILTS From: RBCochranaol.com Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 10:27:24 EDT X-Message-Number: 3

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Teri-- You might also want to check out The Fabric Of Persuasion: Two Hundred Years of Political Quilts by G. Julie Powell. It was the catalogue for a show at the Brandywine River Museum in 2000. --Rachel

In a message dated 8/28/2004 12:15:52 AM Eastern Daylight Time, qhllyris.quiltropolis.com writes:

> Subject: book on political quilts > From: Teri Klassen <teresakbloomington.in.us> > Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 17:54:02 -0500 (EST) > X-Message-Number: 12 > > I know there was a book published on the topic of political and > patriotic quilts, some with eagles and so on, I think mostly from the 19th > century. please can someone tell me the name, and if it is still in print? > Many thanks. Teri > >



Subject: book on political books From: "Sally A . Ambrose" <sallytelevar.com> Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 08:36:32 -0700 X-Message-Number: 4

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Hi all, I have not posted on this list for several years, but I lurk like crazy.

I received a notice from a book search service (Alpine's Global Depart. Store) about the Collins book. It is a catalog of an exhibit that he curated in 1979. The price in US Dollars--$646.50. After receiving this message (Aug.23, 2004) I logged to abebooks and this company did not list it. I did not take my search further as I knew IF there was one available in decent condition, it would be beyond my budget.

Karen Alexander-- I have several books on coverlets and might be able to help you. Rabbit is the acknowledgeed expert for the tough questions.

Sally Ambrose



Subject: Bishop: All Flags Flying From: "Maureen" <maureenbooksandoldlace.com> Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 10:28:09 -0700 X-Message-Number: 5

http://dogbert.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?bxoff&stst&ds30&bi0&an bishop&tnall+flags+flying&sortby2

Hi everyone,

There was a time when used copies of Bishop's All Flags Flying was selling for about $100, but that seemed to bring copies out of the closet. www.abe.com shows 25 copies starting at $8. Amazon or Half may have them for less.

Best regards,

Maureen. In Ashland, Oregon


Subject: book on political quilts From: Teri Klassen <teresakbloomington.in.us> Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 17:54:02 -0500 (EST) X-Message-Number: 12

I know there was a book published on the topic of political and patriotic quilts, some with eagles and so on, I think mostly from the 19th century. please can someone tell me the name, and if it is still in print? Many thanks. Teri


Subject: Re: book on political quilts From: Judy Kelius <quiltsptd.net> Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 19:17:00 -0400 X-Message-Number: 13

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At 06:54 PM 8/27/2004, you wrote: >I know there was a book published on the topic of political and >patriotic quilts, some with eagles and so on, I think mostly from the >19th century. please can someone tell me the name, and if it is still >in print? Many thanks. Teri

"All Flags Flying: American Patriotic Quilts as Expressions of Liberty" by Robert Bishop may be the one you are thinking of. It is out of print but readily available and cheap! Check on Amazon.

"Threads of history: Americana recorded on cloth 1775 to the present" by Collins is about patriotic and political textiles in general but is very pricey, several hundred dollars. --_1430796.ALT--


Subject: 1927 Seattle Post-Intelligencer Quilt Contest From: "Maureen" <maureenbooksandoldlace.com>

Turned up this interesting thing on www.abe.com; wish I owned it or could at least look at it! Any one know anything about Prudence Penny or the contest?

Maureen in Ashland, Oregon **************************

OLD-TIME QUILT A Collection of Old-Time Quilt Patterns Chosen from Entries in the Post-Intelligencer Quilt Contest Which Were Hung in the Post-Intelligencer Quilt Show January, 1927 Penny, Prudence

Price: US$ 179.50 [Convert Currency] Shipping: [Rates and Speeds]

Book Description: Seattle: Post-Intelligencer, 1927. 8vo, rebacked original pictorial boards. 48-pages. Illustrated throughout including full-page. Original quite large folded pattern in pocket at back as issued - this pattern was printed on thin delicate paper and has fold and margin tears and is variously separating in places. This is an ex-library copy with the card pocket at the back and all the usual library stampings and indicators

and with the library withdrawn stamp. Couple pages at back have edge wear

but not affecting the text. Covers with shelf wear. A rare and somewhat early book on the subject. Terms - payment by check or money order please. Bookseller Inventory #A703

Bookseller: Robert Fiene (Elmhurst, IL, U.S.A.)


Subject: books on political quilts From: "Kathy Moore" <KathyMooreneb.rr.com>

Regarding the request for book titles about political quilts: I am presently researching this topic for an upcoming exhibition in Lincoln, Nebraska. You can still get a copy of The Fabric of Persuasion: Two Hundred Years of Political Quilts by G. Julie Powell. To do so contact the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA.

I'd love to hear of any other sources you come up with.

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Subject: Dry Silica Jell From: "BOBBIE A AUG" <qwltpromsn.com>

I purchase cargo paks from Jake's Distributing, along with their humidity guides. I buy the size for 30 cubic feet. Don't really need this in Colorado, but I love tools, and this sort of comes under that




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