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Quilters Find a way to care

Subject: Subject: re: name of quilter From: "Beth Davis"

Hi Pat & Cinda, The quiltmaker who does the wonderful quilts with the horseracing theme is: Shirley P. Kelly from Colden, NY

I've seen her quilts at Paducah and the International Quilt Festival. She's won awards for many, including Best of Show 2002 in Houston. I've heard her talk one time about how she goes about designing the appliquéd pieces, with great attention to the details, even the color of the "silks" that the jockeys wear. The way that Shirley depicts horses just awes me!

You can see a couple of her quilts at: http://www.affirmedtribute.com/fanpages/quilt.html http://quilting.about.com/library/02lib/blh02_kelly-flowers.htm

Beth

Original message: Who was it that made those wonderful quilts commemorating horse races a few years ago? The one I remember best showed the horses running right at you--I saw it at the PA Extravaganza. Cinda on the Eastern Shore where we have lots of horses but way more chickens ******** Yes, isn't her first name "Shirley" and she created the quilt with paper piecing? I can't think of her last name...... The quilt was also shown at the Troy, NY show along with her other magnificent paper pieced animal quilts which look so realistic! Pat ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Subject: Re: Yet another horse story From: "Beth Davis"

Well, besides working full time, quilting and studying quilt history, I also have a horse-albeit a small one. But even at 400 lbs., Firedancer still can pack a wallop!!

My husband and I were tired of dealing with the farrier, for although he was a wealth of knowledge and a great source of information regarding horse care, I found that around half of the time, he would not make the appointment. As mentioned by others, horseshoeing is extremely hard work, and tough on the person (deadly even-ohh sorry about that Pat). Many are plagued by back problems. So we decided to learn the skill ourselves and in-between the two of us, get the job done. Not fun, but like anything, it best to at least know how to do something and not rely on others.

Hmm well enough of that...back to quilting.

Beth 

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Subject: Re: New Query and washing old quilts From: Judy Kelius 

Hi Tom! I can help with this one since I've sold a couple of uncompleted tops on eBay. This was a Paragon kit made especially for Woman's Day Magazine in January 1956 (kit sold for $20.00). The pattern is an almost identical copy of an unusual green and white mid-19th century New Jersey quilt which had been in the famous Florence Peto collection. The ad says that high-quality color-fast "Quadriga" cloth was used for the kit. The Sunflower blocks in the original quilt were pieced, but they are appliqued in the kit. Let me know if you want me to send you a copy of the advertisement for the kit . . . I still have scans on my computer.

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Subject: Re: where to find textiles From: Gail Ingram <\

> Ps, Gail, I bet you my grandfather's recipe for Fish House Punch ( from > Philadelphia's Rabbit Club - a cooking club for gentlmen )- will put you > under the dining room table just as fast as your recipe! At the age of 22 I > asked him for the recipe, he told me I wasn't old enough yet! I pursuaded > him. I was a poor college student, so could not afford to make a lot, just > enough for every one to be relaxed ( but not sick). Boy, was it one GREAT > party!

Let's meet in TN with punch recipes at the ready. If I had a gauntlet, I'd fling it to the ground, take a cup of Artillery Punch with me, and follow it.

I'm a fan of fish house punches, and sure enough, The Artillery Punch is of that family.

Once, when our five-year-old daughter had spent a month in ICU trying to decide whether she was going to live or die with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (autoimmune response to e coli), my husband and I had an afternoon gathering to thank all the many folks who had cared for us and about us during those bad times. Ruston is a small town, so that meant the grocery check-out clerk who sent cards daily, the ladies at the needlework shop, colleagues, friends, friends of friends, people from our church, the parents of a flock of kindergarteners, nurses who had put a bear in our child's hands as she was being moved to a larger hospital and said, "Bring him home, Kathryn!" and assorted other people who had taken the time to write or give blood or sit with us through the long hours. We had no idea whatsoever about the number of guests to expect.

And we were giddy with delight that our daughter was getting well. What would do besides a slightly toned down version of the Artillery Punch---an afternoon version? Of course, I also made a non-alcoholic punch, for I knew many who would come would be teetotlers. This is a BIG Baptist town.

Our first indication that some of the Baptists had mistaken the Artillery for the watering hole punch came when a librarian swayed over in my direction and in a most uncharacteristic manner asked, "What DID you put in this punch? I feel positively lightheaded." She was into her second cup, drinking it the way one would drink water. This was a woman who routinely called us "the Bonnie and Clyde of the Lincoln Parish Library" because we sometimes---well, often---had overdue quilt and needlework books shifting from one's library card to the other's. She loved our daughter, but until that moment she had never liked us.

Save up all your good stories, Newbie, and we'll get under the table together!

Gail

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Subject: Re: New Query From: Judy Kelius <quiltsptd.net> Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 06:58:53 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

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>Buy what speaks to you, if you can afford it. >Watching the newspaper ads for local auctions listing quilts >sometimes turns up "non-collectibles" as I politely call them, but >here is my "best find" for under $100. This beautiful scrappy top was >"tied" using knitting yarn, backed and bound with a yellow-flowered >70's fabric, and a very heavy wool blanket inside. (Don't hit Delete >yet!) Thrilled to take this treasure home, I spent an afternoon >gingerly cutting off the yarn ties, and trashing the wool blanket, as >I felt the weight and strain would surely damage these beautiful >older fabrics. One row is quirky where it was added on, but I love it >just the way it is, and enjoy looking at the early fabrics. Here are >some pics: >http://home.comcast.net/~bluebars/heartsfull.jpg >http://home.comcast.net/~bluebars/hearts.jpg >Barbara Burnham

That is one of the most beautiful and unusual quilts I have ever seen! You are one lucky lady! --_1474500.ALT--

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Subject: English smithies From: "JG Kane" <jgkane84hotmail.com> Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 10:28:38 +0000 X-Message-Number: 6

Hello, I can confirm that, in England, the Smithy is the building where the Smith works. My parents live in a converted smithy that was part of the working buildings of an old hall - the piggery, barn and granary are also now converted to homes, all with preservation orders on them.

Mum and Dad have photos of the building before it was converted and as it progressed,internally, to their design. Their walls are immensley thick, rubble filled , stone walls, and they have 2 oval windows, the like of which we've never seen anywhere else. The kitchen has its old bread oven built into the wall, and higgety piggety beams, some huge ones of which were originally ship's timbers and hold the whole thing up!

Needless to say it is a wonderful place for quilts to live, and be displayed, so a few North country quilts have found a good home there<g>. Jill, in Yorkshire, U.K.

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Subject: spray starch From: Barbara Robson <robsonbhhfx.eastlink.ca> Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 10:50:04 -0400 X-Message-Number: 7

At our guild meeting last week, the use of spray starch came up. Quilters are using it when they iron their new fabric after washing, then using it again when piecing and sewing their blocks. I seem to remember that there are concerns about the use of spray starch as it has proteins in it that attract bugs who then eat the fabric. Does anyone have any links or documentation about this? I didn't want to raise the issue without stating the proper sources. I would like to put the information in our newsletter. I was surprised by the amount of spray starch that some people are using.

Thanks, Barbara Robson Fox Point, Nova Scotia

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Subject: Horse Quilts From: Judy Knorr <jknorroptonline.net> Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 09:54:32 -0500 X-Message-Number: 8

I remembered that two different quilts by the same maker had won Best of Show awards at the Quillters' Heritage Show in Lancaster, PA and both were horse themes. Got out my old programs and looked them up and found this information.

April 1997 -Two Minutes in May by Shirley P. Kelly, Colden, NY - Program description: Here they come! My love of these magnificent Thoroughbreds and racing's most exciting two minutes - Kentucky's Derby, extends through four generations.

April, 1998 - Battle of Old Hilltop by Shirley P. Kelly, Colden, NY - Program description: Two horses and their riders engaged in a stretch duel to finish line of :imlico's Preakness stakes.

I think the second quilt above is the one that also won an award in the PA National Show at Fort Washington.

On the subject of collecting that Gail asked about I would also recommend asking your family. I know not all families have a history of quilting, but I have collected most of my old quilts from my family. It's amazing what lurks in closets and old chests that no one really wants and happily pass them on to someone "who will take care of them"!! That's me!! Judy Knorr

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Subject: Re: tales From: "Charlotte Bull" <charloumo-net.com> Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 12:17:29 -0600 X-Message-Number: 9

Wow! What a variety of threads!!! Thanks, all! Re: Tales I was at an estate auction in ARK. Hard to locate back roads. Dragged husband who was not interested! Saw a box full of quilt UFOs and started bidding. A young lady came up, tapped me on the shoulder and whispered "Please stop bidding. My mother really wants it because it was her mother's." I stopped, but said I need explanation! So after her mother got the box, the young lady told me this tale.

Her grandmother had invited all her family to a big day together. She then said that each child & grandchild could choose one item that they really wanted and put their name on it. She walked them all over the house & barn as each made their choice. If 2 or more wanted it, no one could have it! She told them that Everything else in her big house had to be auctioned. If they wanted something they'd have to buy it! They could fight each other by bidding only! Top bidder got it and the others had no right to dispute about it afterwards! I gathered she said something like "Put your money where your mouth is!" Then the proceeds of the sale would be split equally between all her children. So, even if they did not win the bid, they'd get a share. This was, the old lady had explained to them, to stop any bickering or fussing after her death and to allow all to share in the sales equally. She was not leaving any money to them, so this was what they'd get! If they wanted it bad enough, they could pay for it! : )))

Evidently the mother really wanted the boxes of quilt items and was buying them. She was only quilter in the family. She wanted the box of leftover UFOs etc to give to the young lady, the grandchild, so that she could learn to love quilting by finishing them! It was in order to awaken the Quilting Genes in the granddaughter! I loved the story much more than I wanted the box of stuff!

Hey, it was the Best Buy I never made! The worst buy I never made was a perfect quilt in an antique store before I had the confidence to buy old quilts.

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Subject: Re pencil ines From: "Charlotte Bull" 

Many years ago an excellent much respected antique collector told me this. He said "Pencil lines for quilting tell you that the quilt is in mint unused unwashed condition and it should be appreciated for what the lines tell you". So, he said, "Do not wash! They are badges of importance. The quilt was appreciated and admired and kept in pristine condition by the maker." Also, he explained that it does help date it since more recent quilters used the disappearing ink pens that sometimes caused serious problems. Also it tells you that the quilt is not a store bought kit with quilting lines marked on it! Those lines were, to him, a part of the total quilt. So I am sharing his comments. You are free to do what you wish!

I am guessing that someone will tell you our existing joke about what to do when you consider washing an old quilt! charlou

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Subject: Tom's quilt From: "Charlotte Bull" 

Please, that quilt of Tom's with the Eli & Walker green is driving me crazy! I know I saw that pattern somewhere quite recently! So please tell us what it is!!! I already searched, but I really must do something else today. Company coming! House is chaotic mess with quilting in every room!

By the way, that green fabric is the reason why I started buying old quilts. It and a specific double pink were in a quilt that spoke loudly to me. Then, ever since, I find myself buying any quilt with THAT GREEN in it. I was told to join QHL when I asked one of you experts about that specific fabric. I've gotten great info from various antique dealers and appraisers when I asked about it. It is "My Kind of Green Stuff!" Better than Money!

But, where did I see the picture of that quilt? I know it's here in the messy house/mind! Somewhere! Tom, it is a beauty! Love it & Keep it safe! (As if I needed to tell you that!) Charlie

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Subject: Re: New Query From: Barbara Burnham

Judy, How nice of you to say that. I considered completing that last sashing row with fabrics of the time. Enough cheddar and turkey red have been found, but I doubt that many of those deep chocolate browns survive, at least not in that pristine condition. I have never found, even in new reproduction fabrics, a deep chocolate brown even close to that one. And I've been searching for years. So I guess it will stay quirky, as many treasures do. Maybe someday I'll make a modern reproduction. Barbara

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Subject: washing quilts From: "Newbie Richardson"

Dear List - and the new members of it ( Please don't refer yourselves as "newbies") We have had several, indepth discussions of the pros and cons and how tos of wet cleaning or dry cleaning old and vintage quilts over the past 18 months. May I suggest that anyone needing to review that information use the archives that Kris has so graciously provided for us? Newbold (Newbie) Richardson

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Subject: Re: where to find punch! From: "Newbie Richardson"

Hmm, isn't it the season for EGGNOG? Which recipe complete with whipping cream, a dozen eggs and assorted brandies and left out on the back stoop to "come together"(the alcohol "cooks" the eggs)will keep all of you in Northern Minnesota and on the Great Plains very warm indeed! Cheers Newbie

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Subject: RE: spray starch From: "Newbie Richardson"

Dear Barb, I looked up my own can of Niagara Spray starch on the web - but found no Manufacture's Data Sheet. However, the PR does say that it contains a corn based starch along with silicon and fragrances. This is probably not a good thing for long term storage of textiles. Rodents and insects are drawn by both the corn and fragrance. If your guild member washes the quilt once it is finished, then it is not an issue. However, if her pieces are of the type that will be put away and stored for the long haul (the next generation, 25 years from now) then she should either wash them, or refrain from using anything more than steam and pressure to get the wrinkles out of the fabrics. Best Newbie Richardson The Costume and Textile Specialists Appraisals, Conservation, & Exhibition Alexandria and Richmond, VA www.costumeandtextile.com

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Subject: Triple Crown winners in quilts From: "Nancy Roberts"

I have done a web search to no avail, and the quiltmaker's name just won't come to mind. But, someone mentioned Shirley and I'm thinking last name Colvin, Colton? She's a quilter from upstate NY (Finger Lakes area) and has made prizewinning quilts in a series. Each is representative of a race in the Triple Crown series; the Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses; the Preakness; and the Belmont. They are magnificent and I think all three of them have appeared in back issues of the AQS magazines (check the issues that show the annual prizewinners) as well as at shows around the nation. Maybe this much info will jog someone's memory to fill in the rest of the story. Nancy (from Ocala, FL, which is also Thoroughbred county)

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Subject: Re: Tom's quilt From: Judy Kelius <quiltsptd.net> 

I had posted this earlier . . . I fear some spam blockers are stopping my emails from coming through so perhaps someone else who gets this can copy it to the list again. This was a Paragon kit made especially for Woman's Day Magazine in January 1956 (kit sold for $20.00). The pattern is an almost identical copy of an unusual green and white mid-19th century New Jersey quilt which had been in the famous Florence Peto collection. The ad says that high-quality color-fast "Quadriga" cloth was used for the kit. The Sunflower blocks in the original quilt were pieced, but they are appliqued in the kit. I've put photos of the kit here:

http://home.ptd.net/~shoofly/sunflower2.jpg http://home.ptd.net/~shoofly/sunflowerkit.jpg

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Subject: Re: Tom's quilt From: Elpaninaroaol.com 

In a message dated 11/20/2004 5:05:19 PM Central Standard Time, quiltsptd.net writes:

> I had posted this earlier . . . I fear some spam blockers are stopping my > emails from coming through

Ditto here. I emailed you and Xenia and all a thank you earlier and did not see it pop up. So in case it got lost in cyber-space wanted to thank you again for your help. Very exciting to finally know more about my quilt, and I do not expect I will be washing anything old anytime soon :)

Take care,

Tom.

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Subject: Re: New Query and washing old quilts From:

Wow! That would be great. Thank you very much for the information too! Good to finally know a bit more about this piece. I love this list!!!!

Xenia- thank you to you as well and others who had comments on washing. My Mom said the same thing- I was hoping to get a second opinion and your vote makes it final. So time to just relax and enjoy the quilt as it is :)

Take care,

Tom.

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Subject: Tom's Quilt From: Patricia L Cummings

Judy K. wrote: I had posted this earlier . . . I fear some spam blockers are stopping my emails from coming through so perhaps someone else who gets this can copy it to the list again. This was a Paragon kit made especially for Woman's Day Magazine in January 1956 (kit sold for $20.00). The pattern is an almost identical copy of an unusual green and white mid-19th century New Jersey quilt which had been in the famous Florence Peto collection. The ad says that high-quality color-fast "Quadriga" cloth was used for the kit. The Sunflower blocks in the original quilt were pieced, but they are appliqued in the kit. I've put photos of the kit here:

http://home.ptd.net/~shoofly/sunflower2.jpg http://home.ptd.net/~shoofly/sunflowerkit.jpg

************************************* Tom: You are a lucky dog! I have seen this quilt in person, several times, at various shows here in New England. It was also printed in a book (which I have, and can't seem to find).

I love this quilt!!! The Quadriga cloth has stayed as bright and clear as the day it was printed.

I'm very surprised that it is attributed to a nineteenth century design, as I actually had received information (several years ago) from someone who claimed that her mother designed the quilt that was published in Woman's Day.

What I like most about the quilt, is that it is a simple design made interesting because the centers keep changing.

Thanks, Judy, for the kit information.

Best, Pat Cummings www.quiltersmuse.com

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Subject: another quilt-free UGRR From: Joan Kiplinger

The latest issue -- December -- of the Smithsonian features a well-done summary of the Cincinnati Freedom Center opening and history of UGRR. Not one mention of quilts and codes. That absence, coupled with the newly published Passages to Freedom, shows signs that all of you who worked so hard to get the word out about coded nonsense is having an effect.

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Subject: Re: tales From: JBQUILTOKaol.com Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004

So, if you're getting out bid on a box you really want, just get a friend to go hit the other bidder with an 'all in the family' story???

I hope this one was 'for real' & it reminds me I promised the lady living in the renovation-ruined house I grew up in some 'before' pictures.

Janet

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Subject: re: Quadriga cloth quilt, more information From: Patricia L

Re: Tom's Quilt

Hi:

I knew I'd seen the quilt in a state documentation book and found it in the Wisconsin one. I also found the letter sent to me by the daughter of the quiltmaker. The maker had named the quilt, "The Green Quilt for Black Diamond". and made it in 1943, in the decade before it was published in Woman's Day.

As far as Mrs. Peto goes, I do have several of her books, which I can't seem to locate at the moment. I did find information about Florence Peto in the New Jersey state doc. book, but no photo of the Sunflower pattern quilt. The one page summary of Mrs. Peto's involvement with the quilt world indicates that she sold her quilts after one final exhibition, and many of them went to museums. I am just curious to see a photo image of the 19th century version from which Mrs. Sholette copied or reproduced this lovely, Quadriga cloth quilt.

If anyone comes across a reference, I'd sure like to hear about it. Thanks.

Pat Cummings www.quiltersmuse.com

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Subject: Pencil markings From: jeanlester <jeanlesterntown.net>

I always think it is funny that folks talk about washing out the pencil marks. I have a quilt that I use as an example.

My great grandmother's community shared quilt patterns--one lady would order a kit and the other ladies would copy it. The quilt that I inherited was copied. It has been washed, bleached and worn. Most of the colors are completely gone, except one red calico and 4 orange dogs. The pencil lines that she marked the figures with, is still visible!

Jean

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Subject: re: Quadriga cloth quilt, more information From: Judy Kelius

The original quilt is pictured in the Woman's Day ad I had posted to the internet (it's the quilt at the top - you will note the compasses have more points than the copy): http://home.ptd.net/~shoofly/sunflowerkit.jpg

I have no idea where the Sunflower quilt ended up . . . you are right in that her collection was broken up after her death. Her son got many of them and a few years ago sold a number of them plus some he had acquired himself. When I was working at the former PA Quilt & Textile Museum, we had acquired two or three that had been part of that collection.

Are you sure the family information is correct? As we know, time often distorts the facts. Or is it possible that Woman's Day had offered the kit more than once? That often happened as well.

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Subject: Re: Pencil markings From: JBQUILTOKaol.com 

And the way the judges today consider it the biggest sin to find the slightest marks on one.

Janet Bronston

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Subject: "enlarger of the common life" From: Gail Ingram

When I opened my email just now, I was reminded of something that makes me think of this list.

A friend had sent me a particularly moving piece of writing that had come from the webpage of someone she knew. Wanting to know more about the writer, I opened his webpage and somewhere there, I came across the following:

"In 1911, Dr. Charles W. Eliot, who had a knack for inscriptions, wrote a good one while in a boat with friends in Northeast Harbor, Maine. After some fiddling by Woodrow Wilson, Eliot's words were carved in the stone of the new Washington D.C. Post Office. He wrapped up the essence of the post office in a series of phrases, that read, in part, 'Messenger of sympathy and love, servant of parted friends, consoler of the lonely, bond of the scattered family, enlarger of the common life.'"

I could not help thinking how true that is of the www and especially this particular part of it, how much QHL enlarges our common lives.

This Thanksgiving, I am putting high on my list of blessings QHL, Kris, and all those members of this list and AQSG who have encouraged me as I've branched off into a new path of scholarship and research and whom I count among my real friends.

On C-Span I heard John McCain accept an award from the New Hampshire group that recognizes individuals who have made special contributions to preserving and clarifying our First Amendment rights. Sen McCain's emphasis was on our commonality as Americans. It was a beautiful piece that celebrated our shared heritage and our shared everyday lives, particularly beautiful coming from an old warrior. It was followed by Sen. Tom Daschle's moving farewell address to his senate colleagues, another beautiful appreciation of the everyday, particular life we share as Americans.

At the top of my Thanksgiving wish list is going to be that all of us can see what these two men of very different politics see, perhaps recognize that while it makes good news copy, our political differences are not so great as we sometimes imagine. And that in any case, politics always means less than people.

Oh, and yes, I have not forgotten about the punch recipes I must send out.

Gail

P.S. Here in Louisiana, schools are out the entire Thanksgiving week! We may be low in IQ and poor, but we have a whole week to enjoy ourselves this week. Maybe bon temps are more important than wealth and IQ? You think?

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Subject: "The Price Of Freedom" From: "sue reich"

On Veterans Day, an new, permanent exhibition space was dedicated at  National Museum of American History. The new wing named the Kenneth E.  Behring Hall of Military History is an exhibition called ''The Price of  Freedom: Americans at War'' and is billed as this country's first  comprehensive exhibition of its military history. I just saw a clip  about it on my favorite TV channel. The exhibition covers every great  war. You might be thinking that this is not quilt related. Think  again. When I was researching the quilts in Connecticut, I was struck by the  numbers of quilts that survived with direct associations to most of our  great wars. I often wondered if their very survival was actually  because of that connection. This past year when I was preparing the  AQSG Study Center about WWII era quilts, I realized just important  quilts made during times of war need to be studied in context with those  wars. Check out the web site for the National Museum of American  History for an introduction. This exhibit sounds fascinating and is  another reason to travel to DC in the very near future. sue reich ------_NextPart_000_0013_01C4D02A.4B710B40--

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Subject: Re: Quadriga cloth quilt From: Patricia L Cummings

How interesting all of these connections! Thanks, Judy. In printing out the page you provided, I can better see the difference between the two quilts. The more modern one has less points, adapted from the original to make it easier to assemble.

Apparently, the antique, 19th century quilt is in the collection of the Henry Ford Museum?

The letter I received indicates that the 1943 quilt was made by Mrs. Sholette for her daughter who was nicknamed "Black Diamond", (the reason why was not explained in the letter). When she was young and would come home from school, her mother would always be working on the "Green Quilt", hence "The Green Quilt for Black Diamond".

The correspondent claims that the quilt was renamed "Calico Sunflower" and published as PARAGON needlecraft #01123. She no longer has the quilt that her mother made for her and just says that it now resides in Michigan.

This quilt amazes me each time I see an example of the design in person. Love it!

Pat Cummings

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Subject: Re: Quadriga cloth quilt From: Judy Kelius <quiltsptd.net>

I don't think it is in the collection of the Henry Ford Museum, just photographed there during a special exhibit since it says it is from the collection of Mrs. Peto. Does anyone know if the Ford Museum has a good quilt collection? Maybe Mrs. Sholette made the prototype for the kit?

In looking at the photo again, it looks like the original had a pieced sashing and border which were modified for applique in the kit. (I think most of today's quilters would disagree that applique is easier than piecing. Of course, back then they hadn't discovered paper piecing for Mariner's Compasses! ) But the applique motifs in the centers of the blocks seem similar . . . they are a large part of what makes this such a wonderful quilt! I wonder if the original has a different motif in each block? The kit repeats several motifs. I would love to know where the original is today! Trish Herr had several of the Peto quilts, but I think I asked her about this one and she wasn't familiar with it. Trish, if you are reading this, can you help?

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Subject: About the 30s??? From: "Caron Carlson" <caronarr.com>

Hello All, I have been lurking for a bit, and am fascinated with your dialog. I am  an avid quiltmaker now, perhaps when I get a bit bored with the needle  and thread I will want to learn more about your world, but I will  continue to read.

I found the sunflower quilt kits very interesting. My Gramma was an avid  quilter and I remember her working on many two color kits with her "bee"  She never really called them her "bee". She would just say "I am going  to sew with my lady friends today" because they all sewed, why call it a  special group, lol.

The reason for my post today is that my guild is looking forward to our  show in 2006 and wants to do a quilt turning of turn-of-the-century  through 30's quilts and the thought is to set up a "quilt shop" circa  1931. I have extrapolated some useful information from the book  "Patchwork Souvenirs from the 1933 World's Fair" by Merikay Waldvogel  and Barbara Brackman. And basically the skinny is that quilt shops were,  well, quilt shops. Like in the Ozarks now. Quilts, quilts, quilts and  nothing but quilts. Perhaps someone hand quilting at a frame.

So, on to my question, can anyone suggest anymore reference material  that I might find any more interesting tidbits to throw into our little  presentation? You know, someting to throw in that someone might walk  away and say, I never knew THAT!! I know most of your thinking caps  work best in the way-back machine, but I bet there are some real 30s  fanatics, eh?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

 

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Subject: Question to Julie from Darwin From: DDBSTUFFaol.com

Hi Julie,

Hope all is well.

I have recently been approached by a Genie Curtze of Germany to possibly do an exhibition of some of my collection in Germany.

I don't know anything about her but the Esprit Collection was mentioned so I thought you might know her or know of her.

Do you? If so, what can you tell me?

I'd appreciate any information you might have.

Thanks,

Darwin Bearley

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Subject: NQR From: "Newbie Richardson" <pastcraftsverizon.net>

Dear List members in the Seattle, Washington area My adored "adopted" little sister and brother live in Sammamish, WA. They are about to have their 3rd baby - this will give them 3 kids under 5 -yikes! I thought the best present would be a few prepared, delivered meals. Can anyone give me the name and phone number of a local caterer or restaurant that does such things in their area? They are vegetarians - in case that makes a difference. I tried to look it up on line - but the choices and locations were too much for me, here in the DC area, to sort out! Please email privately - and thanks so much for any leads. Newbie Richardson pastcraftsverizon.net

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Subject: Re: About the 30s??? From: "Laurette Carroll" 

Hello Caron, My friend Pat Nickols wrote an article on Mary McElwain that was presented in the 1991 Uncoverings. McElwain was a quilt shop owner (simply stated) in Wisconsin. She was quite an influence in the quiltmaking world, and the article is very interesting and may be of help to you.

Laurette Carroll Southern California

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Subject: Sunflower kit From: "Jan Drechsler" <quiltdocadelphia.net>

Judy Sue sent a great photo of this quilt, but what I really gawked at was the bed. Look at the fin at the end of the bed. How would you ever make it and tuck in the sheets? What an unusual design and I can visualize the bruise on my legs from hitting the edges of the fin! The bed, the floorcovering and the quilt seem very incongruent to me.

Thanks for the copy of the quilt kit cover, Judy.

Jan -- Jan Drechsler NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS: quiltdocadelphia.net

Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher www.sover.net/~bobmills

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Subject: Re: Sunflower kit From: "avalon" <malthausidcnet.com>

I thought the waste paper basket was great.

Mary

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Subject: sanitary quilt commission project From: Joan Kiplinger 

This might be of interest to anyone who wants to particpate in this project. Instructions for cutting and making a block which appears on Pat Cummings website. http://www.quiltersmuse.com/home_of_the_brave_quilt_project.htm

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Subject: Re: Calico and Sunflower Quilt From: Beth Donaldson 

A Similar Calico and Sunflower Quilt While doing data entry for the Michigan Quilt Project and the Quilt Index, I ran across a quilt with a Michigan connection that was published in Homage to Amanda, Two Hundred Years of American Quilts, From the Collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd and Gail Binney-Winslow. Turn to page 86. The center of this quilt is simpler, no applique motifs. It has 16 points instead of the twelve in the kit. It has a corner treatment similar to the kit and it has a border of eagles and a motif that reminds me of a rams horn. It has no sashing. It is difficult to tell from the photo if the kit is very dark navy and white or black and white.

To answer another question, The Henry Ford has a wonderful collection. For a real treat, check out this web site. http://www.thehenryford.org/museum/quiltinggenius/default.asp I believe they have about 230 quilts total. The curator of textiles at The Henry Ford is Nancy Bryk. I was lucky to get to go and see these in person and was at a luncheon where Nancy was the guest speaker.

Beth --

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Subject: Re: Calico and Sunflower Quilt From: Judy Kelius

Thanks Beth! The Ford Museum certainly does have an outstanding collection, including Susan McCord's masterpieces! I read in their notes that they lost most of their collection in a fire in 1970 and had to rebuild it - I wonder how well that lost collection was documented. I bet there were some outstanding quilts in it.

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Subject: Henry Ford Museum fire From: Kittencat

From what I recall, the major quilt loss (and it was a very major one) was one of Sarah Furman Warner's applique masterpieces from the late 18th century (I *think* it was Greenfield Hill but am not sure). I'm sure they lost a lot of others, but that one was a major piece of folk art as well as a major piece of early applique.

Does anyone else have any details?

Karen Evans

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Subject: Florence Peto Quilts From: Judy Knorr 

I was at the Henry Ford Museum this past summer for two days. Went to the museum and to Greenfield Village. The only quilts I saw displayed were two in the boarding house in Greenfield Village. They were used to cover the single beds rented to the Hired hands and were very simple patterns although right now I can't remember just what. Think I photographed them!. Last year when I attended the quilt display at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont I remember seeing a Florence Peto quilt on display there. It is a crib size quilt made with small nine patch blocks alternating with appliqued flower blocks. This quilt has been patterned by the museum (I think by Froncie Quinn) and the pattern can be purchased in the museum store. I just checked the book "Enduring Grace - Quilts from the Shelburne Museum Collection" by Celia Oliver . The book documents Electra Webb's (founder of the Shelburne Museum) friendship with Florence Peto from the 1940s until Electra Webb's death in 1960. The book says Florence Peto acquired many exceptional quilts for the Museum collection. I wonder if any other quilts belonging to her ended up in the museum collection. The quilt made by Florence Peto called "Calico Garden" is pictured on page 85 of the book and includes the pattern and directions by Froncie Quinn. Judy Knorr

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Subject: Home of the Brave Project From: "bonniedwyeradelphia.net" 

Joan and all,

Thank you for the wonderful links regarding this project FYI, I have b een in touch with Don Beld and volunteered to coordinate the Maine project  We have lost 7 soldiers in Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan, so we need to get busy  I plan to move into high gear on this after the holidays, but I would like

to know what other Mainers on the list are interested in participating

Whether you can make one block, a whole quilt, or coordinate the making of

a quilt, please consider participating We will also need donations of batting, and possibly muslin I look forward to hearing from you

Bonnie Dwyer

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Subject: Home of the Brave project From:

I usually lurk on the list, but had to speak up; I've consented to coordinate the quilts for the state of Ohio; Don Beld has told me he has a list of 47 names, so I have a long road ahead of me. After Christmas I will delve into this project with vigor. If there's anyone from Ohio that would like to contribute to this effort I'd love to hear from you. Or, even if you're not from Ohio and would like to make some blocks..... We might be doing a nine-patch version; Don says it isn't set in stone that the Album block must be used. My mini-group just presented, last Saturday, a very nice on-point strippy style nine-patch to the family of an Ohio soldier who happen to live two doors over from my mom. I'll come back with more details in due time. In stitches, Bev Macbeth ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Re: Home of the Brave project From: Elpaninaroaol.com 

Happy Thanksgiving All.

This sounds like a wonderful project! I am too new to make a good block myself, but if anyone needs fabric let me know. I have been amassing yards here and there of all sorts of stuff- mostly calicos- and I am happy to cut some squares or fat quarters and send them where they are needed.

Tom.


 


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