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Subject: RE: Sarah Dales Presbyterian Missionary Quilt From:te: Mon, 10 Jan 2005

oh my gosh how pretty are those stamps has anybody reproduced thes e stamps what a resonation! awesome quilt thanks for sharing kay

kerry ins dyneyx

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: January 09, 2005 From: MMiller138aol.com 

there is a small paperback book just recently published....Presidential Passages...The Use of the Bible in Presidential Inaugurations by Ken Kettlewell...Fairway Press, Lima, Ohio...gives some interesting anecdotes on the use of the Bible and some of the reasons...might be of interest to the list! Mary M. in Ohio

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Subject: Re: O'Malley's lesson plan From: Dana Balsamo <danabalsamoyahoo.com>

Hi Kathy,

It's a good start. I would use it as a base and go into details...I would have the children make a 2 logcabin quilt blocks (or color the blocks). Make one with a red center, one with a black center. Then turn off the lights (and this is someone else's idea) and see if the children can distinguish the center color from far away in the dark. This way, you are encourageing the quilt aspect, applying it to the myth, and letting the children see for themselves if it proves or disproves.

I like the alien comparison. Another comparison someone mentioned was relating to the world being flat. It says..."don't believe everything you hear".

Cuesta's foreward in my edition, does not try to refute the story. She discusses how important oral tradition was/is to the African people, and how it was natural for that to follow when they became enslaved here. She considers the Quilt Code that Williams told Tobin was exactly that, oral tradition. I have no doubt there were oral traditions, word of mouth codes and instructions for the UGRR (just not quilt related)...but I think Ms. William either twisted the facts to her own benefit or got a bad bad case of 'telephone'...AHA! Another game the children could play in the classroom...Break the children up into groups of 5. Tell each one instructions for a code...have them pass it one by one to each other in the group...and see how it differs in the end.

Although O'Malley's plan does not come right out and refute the myth, she does suggests links that do, which I think is comforting. She is not giving the children the answer...she is making them research it. I like that approach.

I do agree, that because of the degree of involvement in the project and study, a child's absence would leave them confused...but I think that goes with any subject. I missed a day of algebra and took me forever to catch up!

Thank you for your insight...it has me picking apart this plan with a fine comb.

My best to all, Dana

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: January 09, 2005 From: munseyjuno.com 

I am looking for information about Robin Marshall, an antique dealer who handles quilts, and is in the St. Augustine, FL vicinity. If Robin is a member of the list or if any of the QHL members know about Robin, please contact me privately. Thank you. Sandra Munsey

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Subject: Re: Sarah Dales Presbyterian Missionary Quilt From: "Laurette Carroll"

Hello, QHL and Vintagefabrics list share an eboard, thanks to the generousity of Joan and Kris our list Moms. Here is the URL, save it to your favorites list, and post your photos there anytime you want to share a quilt or fabric.

www.vintagepictures.eboard.com/

Kay, your quilt is wonderful. It seems like a lot of the artwork was individually done, of course I can't see the whole quilt, so I can only comment on what I see in the photos. It was popular for individuals to sketch these little designs around signatures and even to add little scenes like landscapes, ships or buildings in autograph albums, where they are seen quite often, and the same practice was carried over to signing quilts.

Laurette Carroll Southern California

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Subject: quilt project From: Joan Kiplinger <jkipncweb.com>

I would like to thank Don, Linda, Bev and all others who are heading quilt projects for our servicemen. It gives non-quilters like myself a chance to contribute to worthwhile projects. I hope at some point, the eboard will be a show and tell for all the quilts made.

On another note, a few days ago I posted to Annie Copeland via QHL when I hit the wrong reply button regarding her book. It was supposed to be a personal message. The message came across as if I were Hail Caesar, I, too, can part the waters for you. Annie and I have had previous discussion about her book so I was continuing to encourage her to follow through with this project. Thus my casual wording was meant to be on the lighter :-( side. My apologies; I cannot open doors; wish I could.

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Subject: Rock River Cotton Company From: Judy Schwender <sister3603yahoo.com>

I came across a tissue pattern from a batt that is from the Rock River Cotton Company, Janesville, Wisconsin. I was able to find out that this firm was part of the Badger State Warp Mills, and was in business from 1889 to 1989. There are two patterns on the tissue. The first is for a Rose of Sharon quilt and there is a picture of that quilt. The second pattern and picture is like Brackman 2287 Aunt Jen's Stamp Quilt (you can see one on the International Quilt Study Center website searchable data base, 1997.007.0103.) Brackman gives Mrs. Danner's Quilts 1958 as the date for the Stamp Quilt. Does anyone have any other information on this company? Thanks in advance- Judy Schwender

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Subject: re:question about Lockport Mills, Inc. From: "Beth Davis"

Sarah, Another QHL member, Karen Parrett had done some research last year on Lockport Cotton Batting Company: “Lockport Cotton Batting Co., New York Cotton Batting Company and the Niagara Cotton Batting Company were all located in Lockport, NY. Lockport Cotton Batting Company was started in 1870 and finally quit operation in 1967. During that time they made cotton and wool batts, adding many other items as the years progressed. In its heyday, it operated out of two facilities in Lockport with other facilities elsewhere. None of the buildings in Lockport are standing at present. An article from 1902 says that there were three batting companies in Lockport. The Niagara and Lockport companies merged in 1940 and retained the name of the Lockport Cotton Batting Company. There were other acquisitions through the years. Through the 1940's and 50's, the Lockport Cotton Batting Company was a very large and thriving industry. In another booklet, the Lockport Quilt Pattern Book, Replicas of Quilts Old & New, 1942, was the pattern, the Climbing Rose, which was printed in the Land O' Nod in 1938. Also, the Land O' Nod magazine shared the same address as the Lockport batting company. There was an article in which Mrs. Helen Erickson, who purchased Mrs. Danner's business, said concerning the Land O' Nod magazine, "she (Mrs. Danner) said there was only one issue, that it began as a sort of advertisement for the patterns, I think." Mrs. Danner, if you will recall, was the editor of the Land O' Nod magazine.”

I have a copy of the pattern book: Lockport Pattern Book –Anne Orr Quilts. This a 19-page booklet that presents Anne Orr designs. There are also a couple pages referring to the available battings you mentioned. The patterns in this booklet included “An Initialed Quilt” with the pieced cross-stitch type design Anne was known for, and also appliqué patterns for such as “Jonquil Quilt”, “Garland Quilt” and the “Strawberry Quilt”. Lockport Batting Company also offered a line of “Colonial Quilting Patterns” that were perforated paper patterns to be used with a sharp pencil or marked with a needle or stiletto.

I have not found anything about the patterns that you’ve mentioned associated with Lockport though.

Beth ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Last will... From: "Sharon in NC" <patchworksecrets2earthlink.net> Date:

A friend shared this on another list. I got her permission to share and thought you might find it intriguing.. I asked if any of them survived but she is not a direct descendant so did not have that information.

Sharon

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Hi This will was posted to the Grimes genealogy list and I thought it might be of interest to our many quilters. My Great Grandmother Grimes was a treadler and a quilter.

In the name of God, Amen. I, Martha Vickery of the county of Iron in the state of Missouri, being of sound mind and memory and knowing the uncertainty of this life do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament. 1st I give and bequeath to my son, David COPPLE one bed quilt of the value of $5.00

2nd I give and bequeath to Louisa CARY, my daughter, one bed quilt of the value of $5.00

3rd I give and bequeath to my son, Richard VICKERY, two bed quilts of the value $2.00

4th I give and bequeath to my daughter Francis COLEMAN , one bed quilt of the value of $2.00

5th I give and bequeath to my son Newland VICKERY one bed quilt of the value of $2.00

6th I give and bequeath to the children of my daughter, Catharine KNIGHT (now deceased) To Wit: John GRIMES one glass or mirrow of the value of $1.00

7th I give and bequeath to Charles GRIMES the sum of .50

8th I give and bequeath to Charles GRIMES the sum of .50

9th I give and bequeath to William GRIMES the sum of .50

10th I give and bequeath to Harvey GRIMES the sum of .50

11th I give and bequeath to my grandson, Samuel GRIMES, the sum of .50

12th I give and bequeath to my granddaughter, Minnie JENKINS, one unfinished bed quilt of the value of $2.00

13th I give and bequeath to Walter JENKINS one unfinished bed quilt of the value of $2.00

14th For services rendered and to be rendered I give bequeath to my son-in-law, Jesse MCGLOTHLIN , his certain promissory note executed to me by him and dated August 19, 1893 for the sum of $50.00

15th I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha E. MCGLOTHLIN all the rest, residue and remainder of my personal estate after payment of all my just debts.

16th I hereby nominate and appoint William J. COLEMAN my sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 22nd day of June in the year of our Lord, 1894.

Martha ( ) Vickery (Seal) Signed and declared by the above named Martha Vickery to be her last will and testament in the presence of us and at her request and in her presence have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. S. L. MORRIS of Annapolis, MO BELLE MORRIS of Annapolis, MO EMMETT MURPHY of Annapolis, MO

-- Hi Sharon,

Oh yes, please share it! I haven't matched up any of these Grimes to my own but I seem to have all the surnames in my database.

I still have some of my Great Grandmother's quilts. I have no idea if any of the quilts in that will survive but I would hope some of them do.

A few years ago a fellow sent an email to the STARK genealogy list offering a quilt top with many Stark signatures in the blocks. It originally came from Missouri (where my Starks came from) to an antique store in Texas (where some of my Starks went to) and this fellow (in Oregon) bought it. His wife is a professional long-arm quilter and he was always picking up quilt tops he thought she might be interested in. He sent me a lot of pictures of the various blocks and I managed to match the names to my family history, so he let me buy the quilt top. Someday I will probably quilt it. I have a whole collection of antique quilt tops I bought with retirement quilting in mind. :O)

My secondary interest with the old wills is how much things were worth on those days. Five dollars was a lot of money in the 1890's. I hope they were spectacular quilts!

Hugs, Gretchen

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Subject: Re: Ohio Home of the Brave project From: 

In a message dated 1/9/2005 11:57:35 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, blackriverquiltsmidviewinternet.com writes:

I have a Word.doc that illustrates the blocks, quilt layout, fabric choices and such - if you think perhaps you could make some blocks, donate fabric or quilt batting, I would be happy to email the .doc that outlines the project.

Hi, Bev

I can do these things and donate some quilting services also. I am working Quilts of Valor myself now, but the local families are important too. I am a longarm quilter and piecer also, and I have a resale number, so I can buy batting and things at wholesale prices, so if there are monetary donations and you would like to buy batting and backing cheaper, just let me know and I'll work with you, k?

I live in Pickerington, OH, which is about 15 miles east of Columbus.

I'm looking forward to being of service. 

Bobbie Ellsworth 

_www.InfinityQuilts.com_ 

(http://www.InfinityQuilts.com) 

614-506-2202

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Subject: woven tape From: "Pam Weeks Worthen" 

HI all,

I am in need of a source for plain weave, white cotton tape, 1/2" wide. It would be similar to what we see for early quilt bindings.

I can find a twill weave at stores specializing in home decorating fabrics, but no plain weave.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

Pam Weeks Worthen in NH, waiting for the next snow, sleet and freezing rain storm to hit tonight.

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Subject: Re: woven tape From: "Nancy Gibbs" <izannah1msn.com> 

 

If you could use linen, here's a site that specializes in reproduction  stuff. Their cotton is mostly twill, although there's a narrower tabby  weave cotton. http://www.woodedhamlet.com/tapes_braids/dutch_linentape.html<http://www. woodedhamlet.com/tapes_braids/dutch_linentape.html>

Nancy 

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Subject: woven tape From: Joan Kiplinger <jkipncweb.com>

Linda Learn who caters to re-enactors and costumers at www.classactfabrics.com carries a nice line of tapes, plain and twill, linen and cotton, in various widths.

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Subject: Soldiers' quilt in Southern California From: "Anne Datko" <

A friend would like to make quilts for wounded soldiers. She lives in the Los Angeles area. Is there a local contact there? Please reply off list.

Thanks. AnneD

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Subject: Re: Soldiers' quilt in Southern California From: Xenia Cord

I too am interested in a project to make quilts for wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, especially amputees.

Xenia

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Subject: oral tradition, UGRR From: Laura Robins-Morris 

I don't recall that this has been discussed, so excuse me if I'm repeating. I've often thought that perhaps there were quilts that commemorated the Underground Railroad, made after the fact using contemporary (i.e. of that time) block names. That could explain family stories that connected a quilt with the UGRR, but perhaps the descendents had lost the details about when the quilt was really made. For instance, many years after the Civil War when there were blocks that people then called Job's Tears, Monkey Wrench, North Star, etc, someone would use them and say that it represents or tells the story of the hard times of slavery and the dangers and efforts to escape. Then, a couple generations later, someone would say "this is my Grandmother's escape-from-slavery quilt". Eventually the exact date the quilt was made would be lost, and it would be attributed to the time of the UGRR and to slaves on the plantations. Don't most family stories have at least some connection to the truth, no matter how small and convoluted over time? I haven't seen such quilts in the any state books and other quilt history books, but still it's possible? Just a thought. Laura in Seattle

Dana wrote: < She discusses how important oral tradition was/is to the African people, and how it was natural <for that to follow when they became enslaved here. She considers the Quilt Code that Williams told <Tobin was exactly that, oral tradition. I have no doubt there were oral traditions, word of mouth <codes and instructions for the UGRR (just not quilt related)...but I think Ms. William either <twisted the facts to her own benefit or got a bad bad case of 'telephone'..

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Subject: Re: woven tape From: aol.com 

I've purchased fabric and thread from Linda Learn at the Pennsic War in Pennsylvania, where she merchants under the name of Dragon Magic. The quality is *excellent*. Highly recommended.

Karen Evans

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Subject: New Items on Eboard From: Sally Ward <

I have added three items to the eBoard today:

Under 'Fabrics' tab is a most unusual roller printed fabric, used for a baby gown which has just been donated to a museum in the UK where I am a volunteer dogsbody (the perk is getting to see things like this). The item is so new that no research has been done. The Curator has not seen this specific fabric before, but speculates it might have been among the type of commemorative textiles produced at the end of the Napoleonic wars. If anyone has seen this style of print before, or anything similar, we would very much like to know.

Under 'General' I have added pictures of an American product I mentioned before on QHL. It appears to be a 'cigar cutter' for needles. Again, any information welcome.

Finally, also under 'General', is a mystery object. A number of (probably plastic) rings, suspended on individual metal rods from a flat strip of plastic. No doubt a novelty item for doing something terribly clever with wool or rags..... it could be one of those 60's crafty items I feel I ought to recognise but can't dredge up in the brain.

Sally Ward

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: January 10, 2005 From: 

Believe it or not, these are hand drawn, not stamps. That is what we are looking for in other quilts. No, I don't plan on reproducing them artist's work from the quilt. Thanks for your interest.

Kay Triplett

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: January 10, 2005 From: Kaytripletaol.com 

Thanks, Laurette. Yes, almost all of the blocks appear to be individually done. Pam Worthen also suggested that I check out autograph albums, and that is a great suggestion. Were artists hired to do the sketches once the autograph was signed, or were there books which provided line drawings for tracing so that the autograph album owner did the drawing herself? Maybe both, or a talented family member did all the drawing for lots of albums.

While I don't have any true evidence yet, it appears that the churches on my piece may be real churches with ties to the person who's name is on the block, not something found in a book to copy. And, for the most part, the people's names don't appear to be signatures. Many appear to have been written by the same person, and possibly the person who did the rest of the block, which I understand isn't uncommon. As well, there would have had to have been quite a bit of planning if the signature was there first. A few blocks have 10 or so names appearing on the side of a statue, or the names are at the very bottom of the block just below the drawing, but not quite in the seam allowance. I realize that you couldn't tell this from the few photos that I posted.

Surprising to me, there are quite a few autograph albums in historic archives. Checking some of these out in the Philadelphia area definitely makes sense to see if some of the more common elements -- wreathes, leaves, ribbons, etc., weren't just copied from books meant for tracing and used where ever appropriate. There is a lot of religious imagery on mine, which also might have been commonly available. Even so, there was a lot of skill involved in preparing common images such as an open bible. In the tiniest letters you can imagine are the chapter and verse of a scripture. Imagine doing this with a quill and ink on silk without freezer paper or pigma pens.

Thanks so much for your interest. If anyone would like to look at all the quilt blocks, I can email you a link to the albums which I have set up on AOL.

Kay Triplett

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Subject: another possible tape source From: "Cindy Brick" 

Hi all, Another source for tape might be Rabbit Goody's Thistle Hill Weavers  in the Cooperstown, NY area: http://www.thistlehillweavers.com/ A quick check of her site revealed silk tape, but not the twill kind needed for binding quilts. I think she has done some before, though, and would  probably have some in stock. She also has repro fabrics that are very well  regarded -- she has done work for a number of prestigious places, including Williamsburg.

The Colorado Quilter's Council (the state guild) is involved in a Lap  Quilts for Soldiers program -- I'd be happy to pass that info on to anyone who e-mails me privately at brickworksatt.net.

Hi, me again...a quick check of Rabbit Goody's price list page (http://www.thistlehillweavers.com/price%20lists.htm ) reveals "simple  woven tapes," various widths in stripes, checks and geometric patterns --  silk, worsted, cotton or linen -- for $35 yd.

Cindy

BRICKWORKS www.cindybrick.com

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Subject: Peace fabric From: "J. G. Row" <JudyGrowpatmedia.net> 

Sally,

How beautiful is that Peace fabric!!! It is hard to tell.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if someone produced it now! Dollars to donuts it would sell like hotcakes!! (Where did that saying come from?)

What kind of a mind designed that fabric? I'd love to see a big enough piece to figure out the repeat.

Judy, aka the Ringoes Kid judygrowpatmedia.net

> Under 'Fabrics' tab is a most unusual roller printed fabric, used for a > baby gown which has just been donated to a museum in the UK where I am a > volunteer dogsbody (the perk is getting to see things like this). The > item is so new that no research has been done. The Curator has not seen > this specific fabric before, but speculates it might have been among the > type of commemorative textiles produced at the end of the Napoleonic wars. > If anyone has seen this style of print before, or anything similar, we > would very much like to know. >

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Subject: Peace fabric again From: "J. G. Row" 

There is an unfinished thought in my last post. I wanted to ask exactly what the colors of the print are. With my old monitor it is hard to tell.

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Subject: Re: Peace fabric again From: Sally Ward 

J. G. Row wrote: > There is an unfinished thought in my last post. I wanted to ask exactly > what the colors of the print are. With my old monitor it is hard to tell.

It is a warm, tan-ish beige. Um..the colour of dried grass?

Sally W

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Subject: cotton tape From: "Linda Heminway" <ibquiltncomcast.net> 

Pam asked for a source for plain weave cotton tape. Pam, amazingly enough, it's a bookbinding tool!

http://www.bookmakerscatalog.com/catalog/threadandtapes/threadandtape/thread.htm This other site may carry waht you are looking for: http://www.lacis.com/catalog/data/n_laceneedlebattenberg.html Linda Heminway Plaistow NH

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Subject: Re: [qhl eboard From: "Laurette Carroll" 

Hello, QHL and Vintagefabrics list share an eboard, thanks to the generosity of Joan and Kris our list Moms. Here is the URL, save it to your favorites list, and post your photos there anytime you want to share a quilt or fabric. If you want to post, the password is....vintage.

www.vintagepictures.eboard.com/

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Subject: quilts for injured soldiers From: "Kathy Moore" 

Regarding the two requests for information on quilts for soldiers: there  was an article in today's Lincoln (NE) Journal Star about a group of  senior citizens in Verdigre, NE who make quilts for soldiers. They were  encouraged by the wife of Senator Chuck Hagel (her name is Lilibet) who  also makes quilts for the soldiers. I called the quilt shop in Verdigre  and got the followiong information.

They are making cotton quilts in twin (55" x 72") or lap (45" x 60")  sizes. The quilts go directly to the soldiers and are distributed at  Walter Reed Hospital as the soldiers arrive. They've sent 65 quilts so  far!

The article states that Mrs. Hagel told the Verdigre quilters that "the  more severely injured military personnel are given a quilt as they are  taken from the transport plane at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.  They are brought in on stretchers, some with their arms wrapped around  the quilt, others with it folded beneath their head. For most of the  soldiers, it is the first time they've been on U.S. soil for many  months, and it is often quite emotional for them...the quilts are a warm  and meaningful welcome home..."

One Verdigre quilter is quoted as saying "That is all I needed to hear."

I couldn't agree more. If you want to participate here's the address to  send your quilts:20

Sandhills P.A.C. Attention Mrs. Hagel 1310 G. Street N.W. Suite 600 Washington, D.C. 20005

Okay, girls, let's roll!

Kathy Moore Lincoln, NE ------_NextPart_000_0005_01C4F896.A9214810--

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Subject: Ohio's Home of the Brave Quilt Project From: Patricia L Cummings

Yesterday, I posted information about Ohio's efforts for the Home of the Brave Quilt Project, including directions for making a nine patch quilt, on point, (as provided by Bev MacBeth, Ohio state coordinator). The information can be found here:

http://www.quiltersmuse.com/ohio.htm

I mention this only in the interest of giving ideas to those who might want to make soldier's quilts. There are other quilt instructions available on the site, and many other ways that individuals can help these efforts, even if they are not active quilters themselves. Donations of batting, backing, thread, suitable fabrics, etc. will be needed on an ongoing basis. On behalf of all of the volunteers making quilts for veterans or for soldiers lost in battle, thank you.

Ohio is currently involved in making 48 quilts for families of fallen soldiers, and I hope I'm not speaking out of turn when I share the news that 29 states are now on board with the Home of the Brave project.

Many other projects seem to be popping up now, and that is good. There is certainly a need to honor our military who have given their all, overseas.

Pat Cummings

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Subject: Re: Home of the Brave Quilt Project/Pat From: Jccullencrewaol.com 

Hi Pat, Do you know if NJ is on board, and if so, who to contact? I'm not a real quilter, but know I can do some blocks...just can't put them together. I'd need help to see how to do it. TIA. Best wishes for a great new year. Carol Grace

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Subject: Home of the Brave Quilt ProjecT From: "Linda Heminway"

Just want to publicly thank our own Pat Cummings for her gracious "loan" of part of her website. She has been spending a great deal of time and creating an excellent resource for this historic project. As quilt historians, we all know how important documentation is. One day, when I have time, I will be creating a scrapbook (no, I'm not one of those scrapbooking fiends, but this project deserves a scrapbook to document it) about the NH project, but I will include print-outs from Pat's web site and dedicate a section to explaining how she, and others came to the aid of this project. One day, when we are no longer here, those quilts and the scrapbook will be part of history. Thanks to Pat and anyone else who is diligently working on this project! Linda Heminway In icy Plaistow NH

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Subject: Re: Home of the Brave Quilt Project/Pat From: Patricia L Cummings

Yes, there is someone in NJ who is organizing for the state. Don Beld would have that information as he is the coordinator. His e-mail address and all the information you need to make blocks for the project is on my website. Thanks.

Pat

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Subject: re: Peace fabric From: Laura Robins-Morris <lrobinsfhcrc.org> 

Judy wrote: <What kind of a mind designed that fabric? I'd love to see a big enough <piece to figure out the repeat.

I think there might be 6 lines in the repeat.

OK, I'm compulsive. My mind needed to make sense of the design.

I was first curious about the connectors between the rows. Some letters connect directly to other letters in the row below or above, while other letters have curlicues that touch but stop at another letter in the row above or below. So I started drawing the connections to find a pattern, to see if the same letters always connect. The answer was no, so I kept drawing and found that there several different patterns of vertical connectors. But it is the same for each word across the line. (i.e. if in one line a C connects to the A below then every C in that line connects to the A below.)

Finding those connectors led me to the repeat. I will spare you the gory details, but I think there are six lines in a repeat and that the photo happened by luck to catch the whole repeat. The parital lines at the top and bottom appear to follow the pattern. It is possible that there is a another variation beyond the photo, but within the photo I can see rows number 6-1-2-3-4-5-6-1, where the first and last are partial. In the photo, the first complete PEACE in the upper left corner (preceded by an E) is my line #1.

It would be interesting to see more fabric to verify this. Or if you're bored next time you're at the museum, Sally, you can check it out <g>.

Just to complete the pattern analysis I had to check horizontally too. Across the lines, every PE are always connected. In rows 2 and 3, EPE are connected . The others are not connected.

I anyone wants my crude drawing I can try to scan or fax it. I would try to type it but if someone has variable width fonts, the lines would match up.

Did any other compulsive QHL'er find differently? Did I miss something?

As Judy said, What mind ever dreamed up that design! And what else did he/she do?? That would be a story. Laura in Seattle

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Subject: The School is Listening re UGRR From: Dana Balsamo

Hi all, I got an email from the Superintendent of Curriculum in South Brunswick today!!

"Mr. A --- and I spoke; I have an understanding of what your concern is and given that students in middle and high school study the underground railroad also-- and the discussion about the quilt connection is certainly present at middle school as I have observed it to be so and likely to be part of the high school conversation, I would like to send you a district form that community members fill out when there is a question about the curriculum that may require some study.

I will ask you to fill the form out, send it to me, and I will then involve the social studies supervisors in some conversation and will likely invite you in to share with us as well."

Will follow up when progress is made!

Many thanks to everyone with all their opinions, support, critiques, and help!

Hugs, Dana

Material Pleasures Affordable Vintage Linens, Lace, Textiles, Buttons & More! www.material-pleasures.com

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Subject: re: Peace fabric From: Sally Ward <sallytattersntlworld.com> 

> I anyone wants my crude drawing I can try to scan or fax it.

Well I know one person who will Laura, my boss at the museum <G>.

I'd already decided to ask for a bit of study time to sketch the construction of the gown, so I will try to improve on my snatched photos of the pattern, and also put in a ruler so that you can get a sense of scale.

It will be a week or so till I'm back, so if anyone else has any instructions or requests, don't hesistate to ask.

Sally W

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Subject: Quilters on Smithsonian picket line From: Karen Alexander

Is anyone aware of any existing photos taken back in 1991 while quilters were demonstrating in front of the Smithsonian about its outsourcing of the replication of quilts from its collection to a Chinese firm via American Pacific? I am trying to find said photos -- if they exist -- to see if we can borrow them for use in the one hour film documentary on the 20th century quilt revival that Bonesteel Films Inc. is working on. Please contact me privately at KarenQuiltrockisland.com if you know of the existence of such photos.

Thanks,

Karen Alexander

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Subject: quilt imports From: Patricia L Cummings <quiltersmusecomcast.net> 

A while ago, I seem to remember that someone, or perhaps more than one person, had mentioned cutting out ads from catalogs which feature imported quilts. If that person is still on this list, I would love to hear from you by private e-mail. Thanks.

Pat Cummings

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Subject: Another Quilt Charity for Soldiers From: MegMaxCaol.com 

Dear qhl list: In researching a book about the quilt world, I came across a website about another project to make quilts for wounded soldiers sent back from Iraq. It appears well-organized. The site is www.quiltsforsoldiers.com, and they work mostly through chaplains at military hospitals. In the FAQ section, it says they are trying for a quick turnaround, so some volunteers are only doing tops, and the organization will send those to owners of long-arm machines to finish them. Meg Cox

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Subject: Quilts for Soldiers resource From: "Cindy Brick" <

HI all, I should have just sent this in the first place...this came in the  latest issue from the Colorado state guild, but has national appeal:

A quilt project sponsored by the Quilters Guild of Southern Maryland is sending lap quilts to injured soldiers returning from Iraq. Their goal  is to present a quilt to each injured soldier. As of November 30, 2004,  more than 2,510 quilts had been sent. Upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base  in Maryland (usually the first US stop for those injured), military  greeters board the medical flight planes and welcome home the troops and present  them with a quilt. Unfortunately, there are not enough quilts for all the  injured soldiers on some flights and only the most critically injured receive a quilt.

If you would like to participate, the guildelines are as follows: Size: Lap size (no other size restrictions) Color: Your choice (most are red, white and blue) Label: "To An American Hero" or "To An American Soldier" From: Whatever you are comfortable with (your name, quilt guild name, address, date, etc.) Questions: e-mail Pat at rb395aol.com (re: soldier quilts or quilts)

Mail to: Quilts for Injured Soldiers 7295 Stoneleigh Ct. Hughesville, MD 20637

Please e-mail Pat when you are mailing quilts, and she will respond when they arrive. Please include your e-mail address in the package with the quilt. If you are a member of a guild or group, a list of the people who participated in making the quilt(s) should be included. All quilts will  be embroidered with the words "War on Terrorism 2004" [I assume this date  will change to 2005] per a discussion with the military liaison. If you have  the capability of embroidering, please feel free to add it to the lower  right hand corner of the quilt, or it will be added later by J & B  Monogramming of Waldorf, MD. Also, service men/women appreciate it if a card of letter  is attached (safety pin to the quilt). The project is tax deductible, so  keep all of your receipts, including mailing expenses. Check the Guild website for pictures and any updated information (www.qgsm.org). Pictures of some of the quilts that have been received  from across the nation and Canada are displayed. Because of privacy issues,  no names of quilters will be shown on the website. The QGSM, other guilds and individuals have received thank-yous from  the servicement or their families directly. If thank yous are sent to the  guild, they will forward them on to the maker(s).

Cindy

BRICKWORKS www.cindybrick.com

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Subject: Check out Welcome to Lancaster Museum of Art and UGRR From:

Click here: Welcome to Lancaster Museum of Art

I just talked to Cindi Morrison, director of the Lancaster Museum of Art concerning one of the exhibits now hanging, "Hidden Communication" by weaver Richard Howard. These are weavings he has done as interpretations of his reading of HIPV. I have been out of town and unable to talk with her before this even though the opening of the exhibit was last Friday evening.

Cindi said she had received a number of e-mails concerning the exhibit last Friday before the exhibit actually opened. She assured me that they have responded by changing the explanation given by staff to visitors about the controversy over this book and the issue and have also changed the wording on their website, that is listed above.

Although I could not attend the opening, I did go down with my husband the next day (last Saturday). The Howard exhibit is great! The weavings are masterful and well presented. His use of color is innovative and manipulation of pattern masterful. (He is a quilt collector, as I read from the exhibit write-up.) As one looks from different angles and distances the patterns seem to vary in a provocative manner. I love weaving and quilts and I was impressed.

As we came in last Saturday the staff person, who did not know us, greeted us and gave us a brief synopsis of the various exhibits. She did say that the artist created these as interpretations of the story that of quilts that were possibly made to direct runaway slaves in escape.

Anyway, the exhibit is worth seeing, as are the others up now. One that my husband particularly enjoyed was that of an outstanding collection of early valentines. So go see the exhibit if you can. I believe the weavings are up until Feb. 6th. But details are on the website.

So downtown Lancaster is not only about quilts. But while you are there, stop in at the Heritage Center's Quilt and Textile Museum. A different selection of the Esprit Quilts is now hanging and a neat exhibit of Amish and Mennonite stuffed animals is mounted in the smaller adjacent rooms of the Museum. Also there are quilting demonstrators giving programs on certain weekends. Call and check on that or look at the website, www.lancasterheritage.com.

Trish Herr

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Subject: Mystery Object From: Sally Ward <sallytattersntlworld.com> Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2005 19:16:41 +0000 X-Message-Number: 3

After being given a shove in the right direction by BQHL member Babette, and some diligent web searching, I think I have identified my mystery object. Nothing to do with needlework, it seems to be a quite ancient manipulation puzzle called Cardan's Rings (it is apparently mentioned in his book of 1550), and as someone else suggested does indeed have a critical piece missing. Something else that doesn't belong in the 'needlework tools' box!!

Sally W

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Subject: Conso thread From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <marciarkearthlink.net> 

I just purchased an uncompleted quilt top from eBay and in the package,  among the pattern pieces was a spool of Conso thread. It says: "Conso"  three hundred, extra heavy duty, mercerized 300 yds. washable  ercerized C247 (the color, I presume) I have never seen this thread  before! Can anyone tell me about it? BTW, this quilter was going to  applique this pattern to a polycotton bedsheet! Yikes, the quilting  would've been tough!! If I finish it, I will remove the pieces already  on it, and rework with a nice cotton! But I am thrilled ot have it as  well as the bio, which is to follow! Marcia Marcia Kaylakie, AQS Certified Appraiser Austin, TX 20 www.texasquiltappraiser.com ------_

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Subject: Re: Conso thread From: Joan Kiplinger <jkipncweb.com> 

Marcia -- Conso is a long-time, well-known manufacturer of sewing aids including heavy-duty threads, drapery headings, trims, etc. It also owns Wrights. I used to use Conso thread in my drape-making and upholstering days. You can learn more about it on my thread chart; see below.

Joan www.fabrics.net/joan601.asp

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Subject: Re: Conso thread From: "Monica MacDonald" 

Jinny Beyer uses and recommends Conso thread for handpiecing. Her website ( www.jinnybeyer.com ) also says she uses it sometimes for quilting and it is good for machine piecing and quilting. I like YLI thread for handquilting but have tried the Conso thread for handpiecing and it works fine. Comes in a nice, big spool, several colors for just $6. Monica in warm, cold, rainy, snowy what's-it-going-to-be-like-today? Maine

I just purchased an uncompleted quilt top from eBay and in the package, among the pattern pieces was a spool of Conso thread.

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Subject: 1863 article re: Sanitary Commission From: Patricia L Cummings 

An article from Peterson's magazine, May 1863, that focuses on the Sanitary Commission is now available to read here:

http://www.quiltersmuse.com/home_of_the_brave_quilt_project.htm

You will need to scroll to the end of this rather large file to find the article. When you see a title, highlighted in red, you will know you've found the right place. The article speaks of how some outposts were better supplied than others, and the reasons why the Sanitary Commission could be effective in getting much needed goods to soldiers when other efforts failed, and much more.

A big thank you to Joan Kiplinger for sending the article my way and for the suggestion that I share it via this website entry.

Rereading this editorial really makes history come alive.

Pat Cummings www.quiltersmuse.com


 



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