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Subject: Re: qhl digest: May 01, 2005 From:

In a message dated 5/1/05 11:09:28 PM Central Daylight Time, qhl@lyris.quiltropolis.com writes:

> have a very early medallion quilt with hexagons made of wonderful chintzes. > > Anyone who wants to tell me the age is welcome to do so. I am guessing 1st > quarter, but others know their fabrics better than I do. I will get some > pictures taken and get them posted on the e-board. I also have an early > quilt top > where the medallion is hexagons. I had some pictures of these from a > discussion > last year, but somehow the pictures got corrupted, so I have to take them > again. I believe that one quilt is English, and the other American although > I can't > be sure. > > Kay Triplett >

Got them posted on the Vintage Pictures e-board tonight. The pictures look more yellow than the quilts actually are due to the lighting when I took the pictures. Enjoy!


Subject: Re: Victorian redwork characters From: Judy Kelius 

Thanks Nancy . . . I also thought of Burgess but I don't think they are his characters. Plus I'm sure I sold something (not a quilt) with similar characters several years ago that I was able to identify and date.

I think it's spelled "Quaddie Quiltie" - a Ruby Short McKim pattern. I'm sure this block is earlier than her work, probably late 19th century.


Subject: We did it! From: "Karen Evans"e

Remember that young woman who wrote to Dear Abby for advice on  preserving an antique quilt? Abby advised her to have dry cleaned and  stored in plastic, and I wrote to her (and posted my reply to the list)  to tell her to find a museum or a quilt historian for advice.

Well, she printed my letter and several others about the proper care and  storage of antique quilts! Let's hope that other quilt owners read this  and take the advice to heart - maybe it'll do some good!

Karen Evans Easthampton, MA


Subject: Re: We did it! From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" 

Way to go, Karen! Good for you!

Best, Lynne


Subject: Importand and historical quilting books From: "Linda Heminway"

Just have to add something about my quilt guild library.... had a chat, by chance, yesterday with my guild librarian. She obviously doesn't know much about quilt books, sadly, but just volunteered to do the job as no one else did - which is certainly kind of her. More than I was doing, for which I am now ashamed. 

I was returning the book "Plain and Fancy" with the first "public" (as far as I know) photo of the Jane Stickle famous 1863 quilt in it. I'll just bet many of you are familiar with this rare and out of print book. I mentioned as I returned it how I had taken it out once before and how thankful I was that a book so wonderful and rare was in our guild so that I could access it from time to time. She looked at me "funny" and said that it was "old" and she had been planning to weed it out of the guild's collection. I was astounded by this and told her it was out of print and how hard it is to come by and that they are (and I know this for sure) snatched up on e-bay when they do become available. Then, I remembered the wonderful book on antique quilts that was in our guild's UFO auction not long ago with a quickened heart and thought that she was probably weeding out many of the books that I totally cherish.

 I took a few moments to explain how an out of print book like this was so valuable and an incredible resource for people who want to make a study of antique quilts and our quilting heritage. It might not be a new book, but certainly part of a core of quilt history books that any guild library, or even local library should have. I am really sad to think of the "loss" that might have happened if this book were to be "weeded out". 

At any rate, next year when they are looking for volunteers for the guild library, I must just have to do this. But, perhaps my "place" in all of this might be a "higher calling" in that I can get people like those on this list involved in creating a "core" listing for all of the guild libraries that we are members in. Is there a quilt magazine writer among us (oh Pat????) who might take this on and produce an article that can be used in a widespread manor to be a resource for guild librarians. I can't stand that fact that someone might be "tossing" books that are so valuable to me and others both now and in the future. What if I had never had that chance talk with our librarian? What if other guild libraries are weeding out the very books that quilt historians down the road truly will need to gather knowledge? 

I'm wondering if this group would like to develop a listing of books that are the BEST resources to quilters and perhaps we should all take these listings to our guild librarians? We really need to preserve our quilting heritage and unfortunately, those who volunteer to do the work in our guild libraries might not necessarily be the individuals who have any kind of grasp on this knowledge. Could those of you who have books that really ought to be in guild libraries post the names, authors and perhaps a "review" of what is in the book, limited to about a paragraph? I really want to take the time to provide my guild with this information. Thanks, Linda Heminway Plaistow NH

Second part of my post:

My first addition to the book list is: Plain and Fancy, Vermont's People and Their Quilts by Richard Cleveland. I do not know it's publisher and would suffice to say that it's an incredible book on Vermont's history and it's quiltmakers of the past.

2nd: America's Quilts and Coverlets by Carleton L. Safford and Robert Bishop by Weathervane Books, published in 1974 An outstanding book covering early quilting history, highlighting Linsey-Woolsey at the beginning and showing photos of rare quilts dating back into the 1970s and showing even quilts up into the 1970s. A "must" for a serious quilt historian. Photos are both in color and black and white.


Subject: Correction! From: "Linda Heminway" 

back into the 1970s and showing even quilts up into the 1970s. A "must" for > a serious quilt historian. Photos are both in color and black and white.

Darn, will I EVER learn to proofread better?

I meant to say "back into the 1900s and even showing quilts up into the 1970s.

Thank! Linda Heminway


Subject: Re: Importand and historical quilting books From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <er: 7

Linda, I found that this was happening to our guild library as well. Apparently, some librarians check to see how often a book is checked out and make their decisions based on that. We lost the entire collection of AQSG Uncoverings that way. They had been water damaged and were sold off or thrown away, depending on their condition. I managed to rescue a few of them, but I believe it was a loss for the guild entirely! I think an article in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine or another widely read publication would be in order here. Marcia

Marcia Kaylakie, AQS Certified Appraiser



Subject: Re: Victorian redwork characters From: Judy Schwender

If you have questions about Thornton Burgess characters, contact the Thornton Burgess Society. They have a fine website at: http://www.thorntonburgess.org/ The Internation Quilt Study Center has a Log Cabin quilt that is backed with fabric printed with TB characters. The TBS folks were wonderful to work with when I was researching the print.


Subject: redwork From: "Jan Drechsler" 

Judy, I have seen or may own some blocks with a similar design. Although, I would have called them bears, and maybe associate them with the Teddy Roosevelt bear era.

Bears walk upright, have longer arms and legs than turtles and in this redwork of yours, we have mama bear, papa bear and baby bear of the childrens story, not a cartoon.

Later, I'll try to dig out my redwork to see if I am making it up about owning some!!!

Regards, Jan

-- Jan Drechsler NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS: quiltdoc@adelphia.net

Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher


Subject: Ruby Short McKim From: Karen Alexander

From AQSG Uncoverings 1996, page 75:

<<Near the end of the 1916 school year...Ruby published her first embroider y quilt series, a joint copyright with Thorton Burgess in the Kansas City Star, Sunday, May 7, 1916. Accompanying the composite drawings of the completed B3Bedtime Quilt,B2 the introduction to the odd little quilt states: ...Twenty little Quaddies from the Green Meadows and Forest and Smiling Poo l [by Thornton Burgess] are coming, in funny little square shapes...>>

McKim was inducted into The Quilters Hall of Fame in 2002. Jill Filo, who presented the paper on McKim at the AQSG seminar in 1996, also gave the Induction Lecture at the 2002 QHF Celebration. It was my understanding at that time that Jill planned to eventually publish a book on McKim. Has anyone heard anything more about the book or heard from Jill recently?

Karen B. Alexander President-elect The Quilters Hall of Fame P.O. Box 681 Marion, IN 46952 QHF Office: quilters@comteck.com Personal: karenquilt@rockisland.com WEBSITE: www.quiltershalloffame.org



Subject: Re: redwork From: Cassie Kilroy Thompson 

from NEW PATHWAYS into QUILT HISTORY: by Kimberly Wulfert, Ph.D. http://hometown.aol.com/npnarchives/archive/030222.html "Series of a pattern type were offered such as Ruby Short's (McKim was her married name) rounded animal patterns called Quaddy Quilties. Thornton Burgess's "Bedtime Stories" were her inspiration in 1916."

(note the spelling of Quaddy). -- Cassie


Subject: rare books article From: "Andi" 

Linda Heminway wrote:

"I took a few moments to explain how an out of print book like this was so valuable and an incredible resource for people who want to make a study of antique quilts and our quilting heritage. It might not be a new book, but certainly part of a core of quilt history books that any guild library, or even local library should have. I am really sad to think of the "loss" that

might have happened if this book were to be "weeded out". At any rate, next year when they are looking for volunteers for the guild library, I must just have to do this. But, perhaps my "place" in all of this might be a "higher calling" in that I can get people like those on this

list involved in creating a "core" listing for all of the guild libraries that we are members in. Is there a quilt magazine writer among us (oh Pat????) who might take this on and produce an article that can be used in a

widespread manor to be a resource for guild librarians."

The planets must be in alignment, Linda. I am just completing a proposal to QNM on this exact topic. As they are publishing my article on donating quilts to museums later this fall, I'm hopeful they'll accept this idea, too. I came to this idea while working with Keota's librarian as we research the 1890 Keota redwork album quilt (http://www.iowa-history.com/quiltindex.html). Although we are fortunate to have most of our original newspapers in good condition dating back to 1873, additional materials such as the school's year books are not always available. She was lamenting the fact that lack of space in the tiny museum room probably dictated what was kept and what was not accepted as much as anything. This reminded me of the Tallahassee Quilters Unlimited' guild library, which grew from a couple of cardboard boxes to a big storage cabinet and promptly outgrew that. The hundreds of new quilt-related titles released every year are a boon - except when there's no place to safely keep every title, old and new. Unfortunately, this is a common problem and I thought it deserved an article, so there you are!

Rather than provide a lengthy list of rare and out-of-print books in the article, I suggest methods for preserving the circulation of these items. I propose (in the piece) that libraries, guild or municipal, wishing to clear some shelf space consider donating quilt-related materials (including patterns, newspaper clippings of shows, show catalogs and other ephemera) to AQSG, IQSC, museums, university libraries, etc., and that they do their best to advertise book sales so interested non-guild members can avail themselves. However, if QHLers come up with a core list of rare and out-of-print books for guild libraries to consider sacred, I'd be happy to pass it on to QNM. I was ready to send this proposal off today or tomorrow, but will wait a bit to see if anyone has suggestions they'd like to see included.

Andi in Keota, Iowa


Subject: Midwest Fabric Study Group March Recap From: Karen Portwood

Hello all,

I am trying something different this time in that I am sending the recap closer to our next meeting. Enjoy!


The Midwest Fabric Study Group met on Saturday, March 12th at Jonathan Byrd’s

Cafeteria in Greenwood, Indiana. There were ten members and three guests present.

The topic of the day was “Tools and Toys.”


We started our day viewing the newly acquired quilts and ephemera our guests brought

to share with us. These three sisters attend Cindy Claycamp’s church. The things they

brought previously belonged to Louise Harding who was 93 years young when she passed

away last November. Louise left the contents of the house to our guests’ brother as he had

taken care of her in her later years. When cleaning out the house he discovered several

quilts, tops, blocks and boxes of ephemera. Viewing these quilts was like a “pop quiz” of

sorts. We saw quilts from three generations that spanned several decades.


There were several nice utility quilts from the turn of the last century many of them containing

the same shirting fabrics. It was said that someone from the family would go to the nearby

shirting factory in Seymour, Indiana, to get scraps. One of these utility quilts was done in

different stripes using the block called “Bright Side” (see Brackman #2919). What great

graphic appeal!


There were several quilts made in the 1930s and 40s. The one that appealed to me the

most was a tree of life done in purple and white. We even saw a couple we believe would

have been made in the 1950s. One in particular was a blazing star with a spearmint green

and bright yellow fabric that we suspicion to be of 50s vintage and possibly a kit. All the

diamonds in this quilt seem to be uniformly cut as the center didn’t seem to have the usual

volcanic upheaval you usually see with this pattern. In the quilting designs, we noticed a

wreath design was used repeatedly on many of the quilts in the collection. It must have

been a favorite. From looking at the quilting stitches we decided the grandmother must

have been the best quilter of the bunch since the older quilts seemed to have the better

stitching and attention to detail. It was truly a treat to see such a collection as this one!


One of these ladies has started a website with photos of the quilts.

See http://www.geocities.com/doveinthewindow. They are in the process of documenting

the quilts and are on a “fact finding mission.” They welcome any information folks would like

to share.


After a satisfying lunch, we began looking at items brought by our members. We saw

several interesting advertising post cards and even some old photographs with quilts in them.

One of our members brought her collection of plastic toy sewing machines! Many being

“house brands” think JCPenny, Sears, etc. Another brought a small sewing machine complete

with carrying case that was sent to her all the way from England as a Christmas gift from her

son! Imagine her surprise when she opened that box. We should all be so lucky.

We also saw a couple interesting irons. One was rather large and heavy made of metal that had an opening in the top of it where you place the hot coals. Another was an electrified flat iron that still works! Its owner recently had it rewired.


We finished off the day looking at members' latest finds. We saw an unusual trip around the world top that used tiny two and a half inch bow tie blocks in place of the traditional plain squares to achieve a concentric round effect. This top also had a three sided boarder with a primitive red tulip vine appliqué on it. We also saw a variation of the Winding Blades or Wandering Jew block (see Brackman #3786) set on point with alternating red calico squares. The setting made a secondary grid appear due to just the points of the pieced blocks touching at the corners. There was also an appliquéd red, green, pink, and chrome orange beauty with six rather large squares featuring a large flower in the center with scalloped wreaths forming two concentric circles around the center and a carnation type bud in each corner. This quilt had floral bud borders on two sides done in the same colors as the blocks.


Our next meeting will be at Hillforest Victorian House Museum in Aurora, Indiana, just south of Lawrenceburg on Saturday May 14th at 11:00am. We will begin the day looking at quilts and "High tea" will begin at 1:00 pm with more quilts to see afterward.


As a point of interest, Hillforest was the home of industrialist and financier Thomas Gaff and his family between 1855 and 1891. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992. Hillforest Mansion is located at 213 Fifth St., Aurora, Indiana.



Respectfully submitted,

Karen Portwood


Subject: Libraries and history books From:

I collect quilt history books and have some that I think are relatively valuable. I have no folks to pass these books on to and so I asked my local library if they would take them and keep them if I bequeathed them in my will. They were not interested. Made me sad to think that no one will get them - but I guess my executor can always use e-bay ! If anyone has any any alternatives - let me know

Marie Johansen


Subject: Re: Victorian redwork characters From: Sandra G Munsey

For curious minds who wish to know -- The name of Thornton Burgess' turtle character is Spotty the Turtle. The reference is my 1944 (!) copy of "The Adventures of Grandfather Frog" in which Spotty saved Grandfather Frog from choking on a too large fish that the frog had tried to swallow. A little lesson from Burgess about greed. Harrison Cady's representation of Spotty (shown on the endpapers of my 1944 book) depicts Spotty wearing a straw hat with a rolled brim, using an umbrella as a walking stick, and having a light colored shell with dark polka dots. On the endpapers of a copy of "Old Mother West Wind" with a copyright of 1910, but apparently printed during WW II and crediting the one illustration to George Kerr, Spotty has a very conservative black coat and wears a top hat. However, in my copy of the 1916 "Bedtime Quilt" by Ruby Short [McKim] Spotty the Turtle has a walking stick but no hat. The pattern copyright reads "(c) TM by T. W. Burgess and Ruby Short "Quaddy Quiltie".

Again, for the really curious minds and quoted from a reproduction copy of the pattern -- "Bedtime is quilt time, and here in the bedtime quilt - Twenty little Quaddies from the Green Meadows and Forest and Smiling Pool are coming in funny square shapes to make a picture cover for the tiny white bed." "Quaddy Quilty No. 1" is Danny Meadow Mouse; 2 - Peter Rabbit; 3 - Mrs. Peter Rabbit; 4 - Chatterer the Red Squirrel; 5 - Prickly Porky; 6 - Hooty the Owl; 7 - Mr. Quack; 8 - Sammy Jay; 9 - Jerry Muskrat; 10 - Grandfather Frog; 11 - Paddy Beaver; 12 - Spotty the Turtle; 13 - Johnny Chuck; 14 Uncle Billy Possum; 15 - Bobby Coon; 16- Jimmy Skunk; 17 - Farmer Brown's Boy; 18 - Buster Bear; 19 -Reddy Fox; and 20 - Striped Chipmunk. (My grandmother always pronounced that as stripe-ed, so I suspect Burgess did, too, on the radio.)

The Thornton Burgess Society (TBS) maintains two properties in Sandwich, MA. A house in Sandwich village is open in the summer with an appropriate exhibit and a small shop. The main property is Green Briar Nature Center, located at 6 Discovery Hill Rd. just off Rte 6A in East Sandwich that is a year round facility. This is the home of the Jam Kitchen (and lots of other home preserves and pickles for sale), a library, a lovely garden, nature trail, and classes for children and adults. There are many special weekend events - this month on the 13-15 is the Herb Festival with goodies to eat and plants to purchase. The Strawberry (and rhubarb) Festival is next and Blueberries and Cranberries are in their seasons, too. Although the TBS has a few staff members, much of the work is accomplished by volunteers. If you visit Cape Cod, it makes a pleasant visit. And, yes, the Burgess books are for sale. The society also fills mail and phone orders.

My husband and I are members of the TBS. We enjoy their preserves. Our grandchildren have learned much from their programs and classes. The Burgess Museum and Green Briar are great places to visit here on Cape Cod.

Sandra Munsey - on Cape Cod where the brave can now waterski.


Subject: Re: Libraries and history books From: Joan Kiplinger

Maria -- Can you donate them to local quilt guilds or senior citizen centers or even churches which make quilts for charities.


Subject: Books From: "Karen Evans" 

Try a local university library. They rarely discard books, and when  they do so, it's through a sale to other booklovers.

Karen Evans


Subject: Weeding Out Books From: Edwaquilt@aol.com

I found this happening with regular libraries. Not too long ago I found one of the early editions of the Ruth Findley book at a local library. First Edition etc. I went to the Librarian and asked if I could replace it with a newer version and was told NO that it would in time be weeded out and put in their annual book sale. I tried to explain that it was a valuable book but didn't get anywhere with my proposal. I also recently bought a copy of "Old Quilts" by William S. Dunton and there in the front was the stamp from a library and the pocket for the library card.



Subject: Good Job! From: "Steve and Jean Loken" <

Karen, I just knew it was you when I saw the Easthampton tag. I'm sure glad she printed the batch of better advice she got. Abby is good at the "oops" thing. Jean in MN


Subject: QHL RE: Libraries and History Books From:

Dear Marie,

Please please contact the AQSG research library collection at Univ Nebraska Lincoln and see whether your books are wanted. They lend or make available at their facility all kinds of quilt related books. You can check your collection against theirs online, but they may still want some duplicates.


American Quilt Study Group 35th & Holdrege East Campus Loop P.O. Box 4737 Lincoln, NE 68504-0737 402 472-5361 office 402 472-5428 fax AQSG2@unl.edu




Subject: QHF 2005 Celebration exhibits From: Karen Alexander

KarenB9s report on the Mid-West Study Group reminded me that I wanted to shar e with QHL members the list of exhibits that will hang in Marion, IN, during Celebration this year. Thanks to this group, we are going to have an additional exhibit this year! See the first one on the list below:  B3Botanical Beauties: 1800-1950B2 (July 14-17, 2005) at Kendall Elementary School. Quilts from the collections of members of the Midwest Quilt Study Group. (I believe The Midwest Quilt Study Group has once again also chosen The Quilters Hall of Fame Celebration week in Marion as their gathering point for their July meeting.)  Just in case there are any new members on the list, a little background info. The Quilters Hall of Fame is located in the restored home of early 20th century quilt designer and author Marie D. Webster. QHF was founded i n 1979 by Hazel Carter of Vienna, VA, as an adjunct to the Continental Quilters Congress. In 1992 Marie WebsterB9s granddaughter, Rosalind Webster Perry, donated the house to us as a headquarters for QHF, and we became a separate nonproft from the CQC. After 12 years of restoring Marie WebsterB9s Colonial Revival house, we officially opened last July. We now have 34 Honorees, with art quilter Bets Ramsey of Nashville, TN, to be inducted Jul y 2005 as our 35th. We are international in scope with 3 honorees from England. (Hopefully some of the other quilters from around the world will nominate someone from their region too.) We also have 4 male honorees. This is our 5th year for the contest.  Exhibits that will hang concurrently in various locations in Marion, Indian a during Celebration week July 14-17:  "Bets Ramsey: A Retrospective 1972-2005" (July 14-17, 2005) at the Marion Public Library Carnegie Gallery  B3Florence Peto's Challenge: Little Quilts by Bets Ramsey" (July 5- Oct 31, 2005) - at The Quilters Hall of Fame. Some of the fabric for these small quilts came from the fabric stash of Honoree Florence Peto (1881-1970).  B3The American Quilt Study GroupB9s Two-Color ChallengeB2 (July 5- Oct 31, 2005) - at The Quilters Hall of Fame. These wall hanging-size quilts are reproductions of antique originals.  B3Quilting Arts MagazineB9s 2004 Trading Card ChallengeB2 (July 5- July 17, 2005) AD at The Quilters Hall of Fame. A selection from Quilting Arts MagazineB9s 2004 Trading Card Challenge. (see their Winter 2004 issue)  "Quilts From the Heartland" (July 14-17, 2005) at Kendall Elementary School AD a selection of quilts from todayB9s quilters.  Hope to see some of you in Marion this summer!  Karen -- Karen B. Alexander President-elect The Quilters Hall of Fame P.O. Box 681 Marion, IN 46952 (765) 664-9333 QHF Office: quilters@comteck.com Personal: karenquilt@rockisland.com WEBSITE: www.quiltershalloffame.org



Subject: Plisse and donating out of print books From: stephanie drake <gsadrake@yahoo.com> Date: Thu, 5 May 2005 12:25:28 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 6

Joan, thanks for the info on plisee vs. seersucker.

To the person w/ out of print quilt books. The New England Quilt Museum maintains a reference library that includes many out of print books. They have 2 sets (I think) that stay there and a third that is loaned out if a copy is available. Very valuable resource for us quilt historians. I'm sure they would be interested in what you have and whether or not your books would fill a void in their collection. Contact the NEQM in Lowell Mass. They have a website.

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Subject: RE: Libraries and history books From: "Candace Perry" <candace@schwenkfelder.com> Date: Thu, 5 May 2005 16:04:27 -0400 X-Message-Number: 7

I haven't read all the responses but I am almost positive that any local historical society/museum with a quilt collection would be DELIGHTED to receive them (and they'd probably be non-circulating, also! Another +) . Many public libraries these days have somewhat different missions than in the past -- responding to the changing needs of their communities. So don't forget your little local museums...heck, anyone who would do that for us would have our eternal gratitude! Candace Perry

-----Original Message----- From: catz@rockisland.com [mailto:catz@rockisland.com] Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2005 12:56 PM To: Quilt History List Subject: [qhl] Libraries and history books

I collect quilt history books and have some that I think are relatively valuable. I have no folks to pass these books on to and so I asked my local library if they would take them and keep them if I bequeathed them in my will. They were not interested. Made me sad to think that no one will get them - but I guess my executor can always use e-bay ! If anyone has any any alternatives - let me know

Marie Johansen

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Subject: Guild Libraries From: "Teddy Pruett" <aprayzer@hotmail.com> Date: Thu, 05 May 2005 20:41:30 -0400 X-Message-Number: 8

Well, fiddlesticks!! Yall are doing a great job by attempting to save the "old and Rare" books in the guild libraries, but you are cutting off my source!! When Lori East was working with me doing appraisals at guild shows, the first thing I told her was to "Hit the guild boutique as early as possible!!!!" You should have seen us scrambling over and around each other, trying to pretend that we were being polite! There you can find the great books weeded out of the guild libraries, as well as the books put there for sale by guild members. I buy every one I see, even if I already have them, and I make them available to newer appraisers who can't find the books. Well, now I will have to admit that ONE time only, I sold a book for an obscene profit........... Teddy Pruett

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Subject: Re: Importand and historical quilting books From:

When dealing with quilt guild libraries, there is a fine line between protecting old, out-of-print books and having them take up valuable storage to the good of no one. Our guild has several books "too valuable" to be loaned out & no method set up to allow anyone to read them. They occasionally get displayed at a noisy, crowded meeting with a comment such as "aren't we lucky to have this?" My reply, No - you might as well sell it if you won't loan it to me! A popular older quilter died & her legacy gifts to the guild were put in storage because it was wonderful to have them. No one gets to use them - we just have them.

And they wonder why I want to do less & less for the guild every year! I love my smaller, new guild that is more interested in sharing resources that building egos.



Subject: Re: qhl digest: May 05, 2005 From: 

Morning Everyone, I learn so much for this list, that's why when I need information on Quilt History I refer to this list because it's the greatest.

I was wondering if anyone could help me find some information on family album quilts. At the University that I work at,their having a Art Show and I was asks if I has something to put on display,so I thought I would put in a family quilt that I did for a dear friend of mine, the title would be “Cherish Family Memories in Fabric” Now I need to get some information on this subject....like signature quilts, family album quilts or memories quilts. Can anyone help me, I would really appreciate it. Thanks everyone.

Sandra in Illinois

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Subject: Signature Quilts From: "Susan Wildemuth"


The Iowa-Illinois Quilt Study Group had a study series on signature quilts. Here is the book and article list we created for signature quilts -- maybe you could interlibrary loan some of them from your library - I too would be interested in knowing which university is sponsoring the art show. Also IIQSG would be happy to send you copies of the handouts we used for our Signature Quilt Study.

Signature Quilts - Books and Articles

Brackman, Barbara. CLUES IN CALICO. McClean, Virginia: EPM Publication 1989. ISBN: 0-939009-27-7 LCCN: 89-16873 Paperback.

Brackman, Barbara. "Signature Quilts: Nineteenth-Century


Nashville, Tennessee: Rutledge Hill Press, 1994, 20-29.

Cozart, Dorothy. "A Century of Fundraising Quilts: 1860-1960." UNCOVERINGS. San Francisco, CA: American Quilt Study Group, 1984.

ISBN: 1-877859-10-9.

Cozart, Dorothy. "The Role and Look of Fundraising Quilts, 1850-1930." In Lasansky, Jeanette (ed.), PIECED BY MOTHER: SYMPOSIUM PAPERS.

University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988.

Clark, Ricky. "Mid-19th Century Album and Friendship Quilts, 1860-1920," in Lasansky, Jeannette (ed.), PIECED BY MOTHER. Lewisburg, P A: Oral Traditions Project of the Union County Historical Society, 1988, 76-85.

Clark, Ricky. QUILTS IN COMMUNITY: OHIO'S TRADITIONS. Nashville, Tennessee: Rutledge Hill Press, 1991. ISBN: 1-55853-101-7

LCCN: 91-9132.

Cord, Xenia. "Signature Quilts." BLANKET STATEMENTS. Nebraska:

American Quilt Study Group, 2003.

Cory, Pepper and Susan McKelvey. SIGNATURE QUILTS: TRADITIONS, TECHNIQUES, AND THE SIGNATURE BLOCK COLLECTION. Saddle Brook, New Jersey: Quilt Publishing House, 1995. ISBN: 1-881588-14-9


Kolter, Jane Bentley. FORGET ME NOT: A GALLERY OF FRIENDSHIP AND ALBUM QUILTS. Pittstown, NJ: The Main Street Press, 1985.

Lipsett, Linda Otto. REMEMBER ME: WOMEN AND THEIR FRIENDSHIP QUILTS. Lincolnwood, Illinois: Quilt Digest Press, 1985. ISBN: 0-8442-2650-5 LCCN: 85-9525 Paperback Edition.


Publications, 1990. ISBN: 1-9148-8130-2

Nicoll, Jessica F. QUILTED FOR FRIENDS, DELAWARE VALLEY SIGNATURE QUILTS, 1840-1855. Winterthur Museum: University of New England, 1986. ISBN: 0-912724-15-3 - Paperback.

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