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Subject: Re: Kit quilts From: louise-b 

I have a friend who recently presented to the guild her mother's quilts made from kits in the 50s-60s- and possibly the 70s. What she would like to know is who made the kits? Is there a website that shows these kit quilts, or somewhere we could send pictures? It was a wonderful selection.

Louise Bequette


Subject: Fw: Trapunto/Stuffed work sampler quilting patterns 

This style of sampler quilting motifs in alternate blocks of appliqué quilts is a regional characteristic that might be traced to Ohio. Two years ago when I was preparing a Study Center for AQSG on Regional Characteristics of Quiltmaking, Ricky Clark told me about this same characteristic that had was found in the Ohio Documentation Project. They did not have time to further investigate the trend but I have found some other examples in documentation books. On pages 27 and 147 of "Quilts in Community: Ohio Traditions" you will find examples of quilts similar to the Ebay quilt below. They were made in Belmont and Guernsey Counties which are along the National Road, Rt 40. You can find another quilt with sampler quilting patterns on page 123 in "Treasures In The Trunk" by Mary Bywater Cross. This quiltmaker is also from Belmont County. I have also found examples in the Illinois or Indiana books, also along the National Road. Just an fyi. sue reich 


Subject: Textile microscopy From: Xenia Cord 

In a rare convergence of interests, my husband pointed out to me an article in his current Science News (11 December 2004, Vol. 166, No. 24) on microscopic examination of archaeological textiles. This will not be new to some of you, but among the findings discussed is evidence that ancient silk found in archaeological sites in western Europe and parts of Asia came not from Chinese sericulture, but from wild silk moths resident in the areas where the fragments were found. The fragments examined were from woven goods, suggesting earlier dates than previously supposed for this activity.

Among Hopewell Native American cultures in central and eastern North America, researcher Kathryn Jakes of Ohio State has examined fibers from crematory sites that show evidence of dyes in their textiles (100BC to European encroachment). She also determined that spinning and weaving were imbedded in these cultures. Using analytical chemistry and powerful microscopy, scientists are recreating the material culture of ancient civilizations through organic fragments such as textiles.

Fascinating reading...



Subject: Re: Textile microscopy From: Judy Schwender 

This is very exciting! I am developing a fiber analysis study center for AQSG 2005, and this points out how important it is to accurately identify fibers. Thank you Xenia! Judy Schwender

Xenia Cord <xenialegacyquilts.net> wrote: In a rare convergence of interests, my husband pointed out to me an article in his current Science News (11 December 2004, Vol. 166, No. 24) on microscopic examination of archaeological textiles. This will not be new to some of you, but among the findings discussed is evidence that ancient silk found in archaeological sites in western Europe and parts of Asia came not from Chinese sericulture, but from wild silk moths resident in the areas where the fragments were found. The fragments examined were from woven goods, suggesting earlier dates than previously supposed for this activity.

Among Hopewell Native American cultures in central and eastern North America, researcher Kathryn Jakes of Ohio State has examined fibers from crematory sites that show evidence of dyes in their textiles (100BC to European encroachment). She also determined that spinning and weaving were imbedded in these cultures. Using analytical chemistry and powerful microscopy, scientists are recreating the material culture of ancient civilizations through organic fragments such as textiles.

Fascinating reading...



Subject: Boyd Needles and Shuttles From: "sue reich" 

Picking up on an exchange from a few days ago. I have a Boyd Needles  and Shuttles tin holder. Unfortunately, it is not filled but there are  patent dates on it in the center. They are June 12, 1906, Dec. 18, 1906  and July 9, 1907. It is so extraordinary to see just how many sewing  machines were on the market at that time! There are 196 sewing machines  named around the circular tin. Amazing! sue reich --


Subject: Re: Sanitary From: "Charlotte Bull" 

Hi ... in regards to an older thread - Sanitary Commission Quilts

My sister in VT just sent me a page from a magazine about a quilt displayed in the Freedom & Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories exhibit - no details re the exhibit but evidently a major history exhibit. Large numbers of children toured and many volunteers were recruited as tour guides, or History Helpers. It must have been impressive!

The page she sent me was about a quilt made in 1864 by a young bride whose new husband was in the 3rd VT Regiment. A very simple design, it featured Bible passages inscribed on big blocks. It is stamped "Sanitary Commission, Brandon Soldier's Aid Society, Made by Mrs. L. B. Fairbanks of Brandon, Vermont" She was 18. They'd married while he was home recuperating from wounds, but he returned to duty and did eventually return to her in 1865.

The article says "This quilt is a rare survivor of the estimated 250,000 such pieces that were made by women and sent to soldiers on the front." Photos of the couple and soldiers were in the exhibit as well.

I just thought you'd all be interested in another example. I thought some VT members might know more about the exhibit but all would be interested in the story. Charlotte in Cold but Sunny Ozarks


Subject: 60s quilt kits From: "Steve and Jean Loken" 

Barb and group, I bought a kit recently. An expert on kits dated it to the 60s due to the packaging. It's a Progress kit, and I'm in the process of appliqueing it. It's all cotton, which some from that decade were not. It's stitching beautifully. It's a 2-color design, gold on white. The pieces had been cut out, but no applique started. The register of the design areas is not perfect, but I'm hoping the blue lines will wash out, but perhaps not after all these years. I'm trying my best to hide them. I plan to hand quilt it along the lines provided. It also calls for some minor embroidery. The bias for vines and edges was included in the package, but the package had been opened, so I decided that the value finished was better than a kit that had been opened and started, at least to me. If you have a more specific question, fire away. Jean in MN


Subject: Re: 60s quilt kits From: Barbara Burnham 

Jean, Recently, I completed a Paragon "Beginner's" applique pillow kit (c)1967. It turned out great, but the instructions provided were awful! Fortunately I have enough experience to ignore them. The original owner had begun the kit, following the instructions--no wonder she quit after one flower! I just wondered how the instructions were on other vintage kits, and what experiences people have had trying to make them. Did you use their instructions? Did all the motifs "line up" with the designs? Were all the motifs provided? Do the blue lines ever come out? Any other problems? Barbara

Steve and Jean Loken <sandjlokenworldnet.att.net> wrote:

Barb and group, I bought a kit recently ... in the process of appliqueing it ... The register of the design areas is not perfect, but I'm hoping the blue lines will wash out, but perhaps not ... trying my best to hide them... Jean in MN


Subject: Re: early use of sewing machines From: Carolyn K Ducey 

For those interested in machine quilting,

Newbie mentioned in a recent email that there were a number of machine-quilted quilts in the International Quilt Study Center's Collection. Anita Loscalzo's research project prompted us to look at these quilts again, and re--evaluate whether or not they were actually machine quilted. We did make a few preliminary changes after much discussion and careful analysis. Please take a look at the IQSC database for the current information. We're looking forward to an in-depth examination of the quilts when Anita is in Lincoln to complete her master's program this spring. We'll keep you updated.

Carolyn Ducey Curator International Quilt Study Center HE 234, University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE 68583-0838 402/472-6301


Subject: Crazy Rugs and Others From: "Suzanne Cawley" 

Hi Jill and All!

First, let me thank everyone who helped provide a translation for my redwork piece. This group is so knowledgeable and generous! It seems we can ask one question and learn a lot more than just that one answer!

Second, I am not familiar with a specific "crazy rug" history in the U.S.....unless we consider the heavy, wool utility "rugs" that served as bedquilts and may also have done duty on the floor. (Just guessing here!) A good site that I refer to often is http://www.netw.com/~rafter4/index.html . It has a lot of info on traditional rug styles as well as some interesting links.

Suzanne Cawley In wild, wonderful Keyser, WV


Subject: more re sanitary quilt From: "Charlotte Bull" 

I have already gotten some questions re the page about a Sanitary Commission Quilt. As best I can figure out, the Freedom & Unity exhibit was in Montpelier VT at the VT Historical Museum. I did a Google search. There is a book on the overall topic. I did not search long enough to find a mention of the Quilt. But if you are sincerely interested I'm sure you can get a contact address or phone or email address if you go to "google". Sorry, but my sister did not include any info regarding the source of the clipping. She simply sends me any clippings about quilts that she notices in the papers. This was different as it was a glossy page from a brochure or magazine --- just not a quilt magazine. Also, the story was really about "history of a VT soldier" and the quilt was not a major point, simply a part of a story! I shall write and ask her but it will take time. cb


Subject: even more From: "Charlotte Bull" 

I went back & did more on Google & this time I put in: Sanitary Commission Quilt in Freedom & Unity Exhibit in Vermont The first item brought up was specific. It is included in the 2004 Annual Report and all pages are available in a pdf --- page 7 out of 24! Some other pages are also fascinating!


Subject: Re: qhl digest: December 16, 2004 From: Kaytripletaol.com 

> Recently I gave a small talk about my favourite commemorative quilts and > miniatures. One of the ladies in the audience came up and offered me her > Florence Peto book called Americana quilts and coverlets. I am such a Florence > Peto fan and I still cant believe she gave me this precious book. Made even > more precious because her husband gave it to her as a gift and he has since > passed away. > > where am i going with this, > > Does anybody know the value of this book? > > > As a matter of interest the inside cover has the original price of $1.00. > > Many thanks Kerry in Sydney. >

I just happen to have purchased this book. Mine is missing the dust cover and the pages are pretty brown from age. It was "First published by Chanticleer Press in 1949" according to the inside page. I would say it is in average shape for a book that age and I paid less than $20 US, but can't remember exactly. If you go to www.bookfinder.com you will see many dealers listing their books. It saves you from having to check lots of dealers' web sites. I have found that these tend to be the upper end of the prices and sometimes way upper end, as when a book is listed cheaply, it goes quickly. However, the site does give the market prices for hard to find books and I use it often for purchases. www.half.com is the equivalent of ebay for books, records, etc. and is owned by ebay. I use it even more, but tends to be the popular books, not "rare" books. They will show the original list price for lots of books, even fairly old ones, and quilters often list their books there for sale. The advantage (and disadvantage, too) is that this is person to person rather than through a dealer.

Kay Triplett


Subject: sanitary commission quilts--Vt. From: Donald Beld 

Thanks for your notes Charlotte--the quilt you are talking about is posted at www.vintagepictures.eboard.com It is one of only five surviving Sanitary Commission quilts that I have been able to track down. There is the one at the Lincoln Shrine in Redlands, Ca, and can be seen in the article I wrote in the Winter 2002 issue of the American Quilters Society magazine; one up in Berkley that is a simple 9 patch that can be seen in Virginia Gunn's article on the Sanitary Commission quilts; the one in Vt.; another one that used the Album Block like the Lincoln Shrine's but has a center appliqued block of an American Eagle with the first verse of the Star Spangled Banner stitched on it with the words The Union Forever; and one that is basically the forerunner design of the Amish diamond in a square block.

I consider them all to be national treasures and the second most important historical textiles because they represent the beginnings of the great movement by America's quilters to make quilts for national causes, drives, and charities--one that has been going on now for over 140 years.

Sure would love to find more!! Best, Don Beld


Subject: kits From: "Steve and Jean Loken" 

Barbara, I have to admit I ignored the instructions. They said to baste back the seam allowance and then applique. No needle turn. Of course the inside points ravel and the outside points are lumpy. You're right, no wonder she quit! So far, all the pieces are there. The registration of shapes isn't perfect, but fabric is so flexible, I mostly make them fit. I too, wonder whether the blue lines will come out. Guesses, anyone? Or better, experience? Jean


Subject: kit quilts From: "Rosie Werner" 

Louise, I have been collecting pictures of kits and sorting them by the  companies that made them. I have a 4 in. wide 3-ring binder full of  them. If you send me the pictures, I will see if I can identify any of  them. There are thousands of kits, so my album is by no means complete.  E-mail me privately for my address or send the pics by e-mail. Rosie Werner


Subject: Re: blue lines: December 18, 2004 From: Pat Kyser

Re: blue lines on kit quilts > I too, wonder whether the blue lines will come out. > Guesses, anyone? Or better, experience? > Jean

I received an already finished kit quilt as a wedding gift in 1955, morning glory design. I never saw the kit so have no idea what company produced it. But the blue lines came out and it was white and beautiful. In the mid-sixties a daughter, angry at me, took a red ball point pen and scribbled all over it. MIracle of miracle, that also came out.(Have no idea what detergent I used...in panic, I just tossed it in the washing machine with whatever was on hand. Previously I had always had it dry cleaned, per instructions from the maker who gave me the quilt. It was MUCH prettier after the washing. This was all before I even knew the word "conservation.") The quilt has been on a bed continuously and now has holes in the white back ground fabric but I love and enjoy it still. I once thought to repair it and soon realized it would be easier to make a duplicate. But I never have. Pat Kyser in Alabama


Subject: kit quilts From: 

Good Morning, There is so much interest in kit quilts. I have some and know Shirley Mc Elderry has lots many + ephemera. Deb Rake hung a kit quilt show for one of her finals at U of NE, Lincoln. I know Merikay has volumes. Plus years ago at Paducah, Bettymae Groves hung a kit quilt exhibit.

So my questions are: Is there any one place to put all this information together? How do we start a depository? Where would it be (Marion, IN Marie Webster sold kit quilt + the Quilter's Hall of Fame is there)? I'm willing to share anything I have (Which most of the who made its came from Merikay) We need a General and I'm only a private. Catherine Noll Litwinow



Subject: Quilts in DC (long) From: "Lucinda Cawley" <lrcawleycomcast.net> Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 20:38:36 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

I finally got to the DAR for the exhibit of quilts and samplers. I'm afraid that I short changed the samplers as I am wont to do when there are quilts nearby. I know they were delightful (especially on with a border of very assertive sunflowers--most unsampler-like) and next time I'll look at them first. There are about a dozen quilts hanging, all pre-1850. As you enter the gallery there's a Baltimore Album top set without sashing. The blocks are absolutely crammed with applique. It's so busy it makes you dizzy. 

One block is the US Capitol (before the dome); there's an unknown (to me anyway) building in another block and the word's best appliqued watermelon. You could spend hours looking at this one. Next is the glorious framed center chintz applique that's on the cover of First Flowerings. This quilt is so brilliant it might have been made yesterday. The icing on the cake are the large bright blue triangles that form the frames. It was disconcerting to see a gorgeous first quarter chintz applique from South Carolina which was quilted about fifty years later with Baptist Fans. This was definitely not a good idea. The center is a large fruit basket medallion. 

My favorite was a never before exhibited framed medallion with dogtooth and Delectable Mountains border (perfectly executed to turn corners). The center is a rather primitive, sinuous oval of vines and leaves in a variety of indigoes--just wonderful. Another medallion had a flower basket center with concentric floral vines. This one is initialed and dated 1836 in applique and has wonderful quilting. It looks so much like the various leaf quilts popular at the time of the Sears contest one might, at first glance, think 20th century. But the maker left no doubt.

 The much published "Aunt Eliza Moore" friendship quilt from New Jersey (1842-44) is a feast for chintz lovers. The blocks are small and contain motifs from a variety of fabrics. While Emma Fish was making this quilt her mother was working on one almost identical (lovely thought). Anna Markey Garnhart is one of my heroines. She made an applique quilt for each of her eleven grandchildren. Reverse applique seems to have been her favorite technique. Her 1815-1830 Eagle Medallion has the eagle and an urn of flowers surrounded by a leaf and vine of a single blue-green fabrics and more chintz appliques in the border. This quilt is very fragile. You'd better see it now; it may not be exhibited again. 

There are five or six fabulous whitework quilts and a second Maryland Album (1857). The blocks in this one are nothing extraordinary. What is exceptional about this quilt is that the original maker quilted it herself fifty years later. One of the many good things about the DAR is that they were always interested in getting every possible scrap of information about the quilts they acquired and their makers. T

here's a very nice wall calendar featuring quilts from the collection for sale in the gift shop for $10.00 (this makes the fourth 2005 quilt calendar I've bought). There is going to be a in-house-produced, spiral bound catalogue of the exhibit available, probably by the end of January. 

Don't miss this if you're going to be in DC in the next few months. Cinda on the Eastern Shore hoping that you all have a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year


Subject: Central location for kit quilt ephemera From: Karen Alexander

Catherine,  IB9m with you as to wishing there was a central place where kit quilt histor y ephemeral could be housed. QHF, for the time being, is limited to accepting only material directly related to Honorees. For example, we would be more than happy to receive Marie Webster kits and other materials she produced! In fact there are a couple institutions that already house some Honoree collections: American Folk Art Museum/NYC now has QHF Honoree Cuesta BenberryB9s ephemeral; AQSG/Univ. of NE Library has QHF Honoree Sally GaroutteB9s collection; and I believe the bulk of Mary BartonB9s collection, another QHF Honoree, is still being cataloged at the Iowa State Historical Museum. There are several current researchers, including Merikay Waldvogel, who have incredible ephemera on kit quilt history. Only time will tell wher e these current researchers will decide to donate their collections. Meanwhile, I guess weB9ll just have to continue to take advantage of their workshops and lectures. On that happy note, IB9ll let you all know now that Merikay will be doing a kit quilt workshop for us at the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, IN, during Celebration 2005, July 14-17. (Other speakers/teachers will be Laurel Horton, Patricia Cox, Pat Nickols and of course, Bets Ramsey of Nashville, TN, (our next Honoree) will be giving a lecture. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to receive a registration form in March, please email your snailmail address now to quilterscomteck.com and ask to be added to the mailing list.


Subject: Nineteenth-century quilt poetry and prose. "The Christmas Quilt." From: "sue reich" 

For this Christmas of 2004, I would like to share a special Christmas  story with the members of this list. You all have given so much to me  over the years. This is my holiday thank you. Overnight, a nor'easter  blew in and blanketed Connecticut with a few inches of snow, promising a  White Christmas. I should be finishing my cleaning and preparing for  the arrival of all my children and their significant others. We are a  military family and this is our first Christmas together since 9-11. In  the midst of my cleaning, I came across this story this morning. It  is more important that I share it with you.

"The Christmas Quilt" by Blanche Tanner Dillion Herald-Times Delta, PA December 24, 1936

The snow was beautiful but made one feel somewhat lonely, Nancy Atwell  thought as she stood at the window watching the falling snow. For an  instant she regretted refusing the urgent invitations of her two  brothers and two sisters to spend the holidays with them. Each of them  had been so insistent, but were all so far away it was out of the  question, financially, and she didn't want them to furnish the money -  and then for years she had spent Christmas here in the Connecticut hills  with her grandmother and she couldn't imagine it seeming like Christmas  any place else. Peggy North, her old and dear friend, had written that she could not  get away for the holidays, so hoped that Nancy could be with her. Nancy had done little toward any sort of festivities and had left  putting up the decorations until the last minute. In fact she hadn't  bought anything new - the old ones would do well enough. Perhaps she  might just as well go up to the attic now and see what there was. It  might seem more like Christmas with some decorations around. As she opened a drawer in an old chest her hand touched grandmother's  old quilt -- "Grandmother's happiness quilt," as she always called it.  It was just such a day as this so long ago, when sitting at  grandmother's feet down in the "setting" room she had heard the history  of the pieces in the quilt. There was no place here in the attic to  look at it, so together with wreaths and garlands of tinsel she carried  the quilt down to the room where she had heard its history for the first  time, and spread it out on the bed.  Here was a piece from the dress grandmother had worn when grandfather  proposed. Here was the piece of grandmother's wedding dress -- others  from Christening robes, party dresses, wedding dresses and dresses worn  on other happy occasions - some almost in shreds, but still enough left  to recall the stories to Nancy as grandmother had loved telling them and  how she had laughed at some memory. Nancy had commented on what a happy  life grandmother had had. No one ever had a happier one, grandmother  assured her. How cheerful, unselfish, grandmother had been, never  dwelling on her troubles, but ready to help others in theirs. 

Nancy recalled the times grandmother had been the means of making the  path a little smoother, the pain less keen, by the gift of something  Nancy especially wanted or the fulfilling of some cherished plan of  Nancy's. And when Nancy was left alone in the old home and grandmother  sent for her she must have guessed just how much Nancy wanted the rest  and quiet the hills would give her. Nancy never forgot the smile and  embrace with which grandmother greeted her -- no rehearsing of painful  experiences, but plans immediately made for happy days in the future.  Nancy's loss had been grandmother's as well, but grandmother had never  let others know the shadows that crossed her path. What a satisfaction it must be to be able to help others as  grandmother had. Then Nancy saw how she could do the same, in a measure  at least. First she could give Anna a vacation over the holidays. Next  she would wire Peggy she would be with her over Christmas. As she laid  the quilt away after carrying out her plans, deep gratitude filled her  heart for if she hadn't found the quilt she would never have known the  happiness she felt. The End 

May you all have a very, Merry Christmas and may your quilting days be  long. sue reich


Subject: Re: Central location for kit quilt ephemera From: Judy Schwender

Deb Rake did her Master's project on kit quilts. You can read about the resulting exhibition at: http://www.quiltstudy.org/exhibitions/past.html?past_item891&db_itemlistitem Her full report should be in the UNL library, "Modern Marvels: Quilts Made from Kits, 1915-1950." Judy Schwender



Subject: Re: qhl digest: December 19, 2004 From: "Bobbi Finley"


Thanks for the great report on the DAR Exhibit. I plan to be there on  Wednesday and now I know exactly what to look for!


Subject: DAR catalogue From: "Lucinda Cawley" 

I've been in touch with the curator of the DAR exhibit. As soon as she has the details on ordering the catalogue she'll let me know and I'll pass the info along. Cinda on the Eastern Shore where there was about 1/16th of an inch of snow last night so, of course, they cancelled school.


Subject: Re: qhl digest: December 19, 2004 - Kit Quilts From: Anne Copeland

Beverly Dunivent and I wrote a book on kit quilts in 1994 and also had a paper published in Uncoverings 1994. I believe a lot of people have used our information now, but I guess that is what people do. Our book was not published although we sent it to a lot of publishers for at the time, the publishers told us they thought the book was too specialized and would not sell well unless we published patterns. Beverly was willing to add the patterns but I really didn't want to do that. We gave a talk on kit quilts at Paducah that year. Cuesta Benberry, Shirley McElderly, and others helped us a lot with our research, which was very difficult then because we had no Internet and there was very little written on the subject at the time. When you mention the names of people who have the information, please don't forget us as we were the first to actually put together an entire book on the subject.

Beverly has a lot of kit quilts. I used to but a number of my quilts were stolen in 1998.

I haven't been online much because I had viral meningitis and have been very sick for the past couple of months. I have been in ER 5 X in the past two months. I was thinking there isn't much I haven't had happen in the way of illness the past couple of years.

I am busy completing the nonprofit status for my organization, Fiberarts Connection of Southern California this year. I have already been assigned nonprofit status and just have to complete some additional paperwork. The paperwork for creating a nonprofit is endless, but it will be worth it. My web site is http://www.fiberartsconnsocal.org. I have held a major fiberarts online competition every year and then arranged a lot of traveling exhibits so it takes a lot of my time.

In 1995 I cofounded Repiecers of the past, a quilt history/quilt restoration study group. The group is still going today down near Temecula, CA, and the group has changed its name.


Subject: DAR exhibition catalog From: "virginia" 

If you stop by the Gift shop [actually you have to pass through it to get to the Museum] you can pick up a copy of the catalog to use while you are visting the exhibit. There is more information about the quilts than was possible to put on the wall notes. VA




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