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Subject: The Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth Collections  1

You all might be interested in the CD of her teaching collection of quilts from 1700-1936. They are now housed in Lancashire, England. The CD of 36 quilts is available for only $20.00 US. http://www.rbks.co.uk/ Have a good day! Brenda Papadakis -


Subject: Re: The Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth Collections 

Word of warning, the CD is produced in older Windows format and the first ones bought would not play on Mac machines. Check with them before ordering, in case they have updated or have an alternative for Macs.

Sally W


Subject: Re: Maryland From: Mary Waller 

I am a native of Maryland and I am a Yankee. My Irish and German/Welsh parents' families came out of Baltimore. The family farm, bought in 1916, is 20 miles from the Pennsylvania border and about 45 miles south of Lancaster.

Mary Steinbach Waller, now a happy and confirmed South Dakotan

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Subject: curtain stretchers - NQR From: "Newbie Richardson"

Dear list - an anecdote When I was living in another neighborhood in Alexandria, Va, I had a neighbor about 6 houses down the street: Mrs Whitehead, then in her 80's in 1986, ironed. When I found out what she did I went down and "paid a call" and took a note book. I expalined that I was a conservator, etc. Turns out that she actually was a specialized laundress - she had 47 pairs of curtain stretchers set up in her basement! Yes, it was a c 1920's colonial revival house with a big basement. When her husband went off to fight in WWII she was bored and lonely and so she put a small ad in her local newspaper that advertised "ironing". She liked to iron, she told me, it gave her a sense of accomplishment and she could listen to the radio while she ironed. Well, 45 years later, the Queen Mother of England was sending all of her personal table and other linens to her via the English ambassador, to be "done up"! ( Alexandria is very close to Washington, DC.) Mrs Whitehead complained bitterly that she could no longer buy "Slick" - a product to help the sole of your iron glide over the damp cloth. She was also very upset that she had to look in thrift shops to find replacements for her non - steam irons. Steam irons, with their holes, do not do a good job on linens, she sniffed. ( The Vermont Country Store catalog now caries a non- steam iron). I saw how fabulous her work was - and the gallons of Clorox, the bars of Fells-Naptha, and big boxes of Tide that went into the transformation of the baptismal gowns, wedding laces, banquet clothes, etc! Her work was as meticulous and perfect as her cleaning methods were harsh. I have since been called upon to repair some of those harshly treated baptismal clothes and laces. I still have a few older clients who regret that she is no longer with us - and judge my work by her standards - a very different set of criteria, needless to say. These ladies continue to hold to the generational belief that textiles should only be kept if they can be made to look perfect. Mrs. Whitehead was a window into the past. I wonder whatever happened to all those curtain stretchers?! Newbie Richardson



Subject: curtain stretchers - NQR From: Joan Kiplinger 

Newbie -- they are still around, believe it or not. I see them sometimes in the yards of Amish folk when we are in that vicinity. Also in the rural areas and in some collectible stores. The lace collector I used to know had many sets as she bought and sold the old sheers. My mother gave me her stretcher in the late 50s and I passed them on to some "country" folk in the early 60s who were delighted as they had sheers in every room in a very large house. The problem with the older stretchers is that the nails and screw bolts rusted in a few years time and frames warped, especially the adjustable rack types; rather than replace them, many just junked them and bought the newer types which had glider adjustment and aluminum fastenings. Ditto trouser and shirt stretchers. But I suspect like most prewar household items, stretchers were unwanted and scrapped as technology outdated them and weary war-rationed persons opted for the most modern conveniences as they hit the market.

Newbie Richardson wrote:

>Mrs. Whitehead was a window into the past. I wonder whatever happened to >all those curtain stretchers?! > > >


Subject: Re: Maryland From: Gail Ingram 

RE:> I am a native of Maryland and I am a Yankee. My Irish and German/Welsh > parents' families came out of Baltimore. The family farm, bought in > 1916, is 20 miles from the Pennsylvania border and about 45 miles south > of Lancaster. > > Mary Steinbach Waller, now a happy and confirmed South Dakotan > >

Mary, I have always assumed that Baltimore's character was more informed by German culture than by English and that given its proprietor, its people would be characterized by dissent from the English attitudes of Virginia, say. It was H. L. Mencken, after all, who proclaimed the South "the Sahara of the Bozart (Beaux Arte)."

Yet I know that at the time of the Civil War, there was great division among its people.

But my remarks went chiefly to a tradition of fine needlework found in eastern Maryland, made possible by location, which gave access to materials, to the prosperity of a coastal city, and to the German tradition for fine needlework. While the BAMs are distinctive, they share the qualities of fine workmanship with fine materials that one sees in the quils made in Virginia and Carolina from palampores, etc. Is that correct?

And what about western Maryland? Again, I assume, perhaps incorrectly, that its proximity to the Germanic settlements of Pennsylvania and the Shenandoah Valley and the Scots-Irish independence that separated what is now West Virginia from Virginia would place it in a different cultural tradition from the English cultural traditions of "old" Virginia. Is that true?

What of the Eastern Shore area?

Still in Louisiana, where our town's Friday newspaper ran this headline: "State Clean City Judges Descend on Ruston,"



Subject: Queens and table lines - NQR From: Sally Ward

> Well, 45 years later, the Queen Mother of England was sending all of her > personal table and other linens to her via the English ambassador, to be > "done up"!

Harrumph! As a Brit my first thought was 'was she paying, or was the British Taxpayer, to have her linens shipped there and back?' My second was 'no wonder she eventually died leaving a reputed £4 million debt to her bank, despite having a pension income from the 'Civil list' of £643,000 a year (the Civil List is taxpayer's money used to fund the Queen's duties as head of state)and reputed subs from her longsuffering daughter.

> Mrs. Whitehead was a window into the past.

Definitely, as they say, 'another country'.

Sally W


Subject: Re: short staple cotton From: 

In a message dated 5/14/05 11:08:31 PM Central Daylight Time, qhllyris.quiltropolis.com writes:

> Kay -- a question re your use of the term American cotton > meaning short staple. Was that term peculiar to the first days of > ginning? Generally American cotton is that grown in this country of all > 3 staple lengths in hundreds of strains and hybrids and including the > finest, Sea Island. > I had not heard of limiting it to just short staple, so would be > interested in knowing more about source and origins. >

I am by no means an expert in cotton or cotton gins. My understanding is that at the time of the Eli Whitney gin (late 1700s), other gins existed, but they couldn't handle the short staple cotton. For those interested in cotton and gins -- read on. Others, feel free to skip this post!

Long Staple Cotton is cotton with a black slick seed and long Fiber. Long Staple Cotton is ginned with a roller gin. The roller gin pulls cotton through the gin by two rollers running in opposite directions or by a roller and a knife, Pulling the fiber from the seed. This was not invented by Eli Whitney and this mechanism had been in use in the West Indies and India for perhaps hundred of years.

Short Staple Cotton or specifically "American Upland Cotton" (Gossypium hirsutum L.) is cotton with a fuzzy seed. The fuzzy seed has short lint fibers attached to the seed. Short Staple Cotton is ginned with a Saw Gin. Metal saws grab cotton and pull the cotton lint through metal ribs. The seed cannot go through the ribs and falls out of the gin. American Upland Cotton was taken from Mexico to United States about 1700, so in this case America probably refers to the Continent, or perhaps the US just claimed it as theirs when the name came into common use. I was sloppy in not using the full proper name, or perhaps should have called it Upland Cotton to avoid confusion that I meant to imply all cotton grown in the US is this variety. It's advantage is that it can handle a shorter growing season and needs less humidity. For this reason, it could be grown in a greater area in the generally non-tropical US.

The Sea Island cotton (Gossypium barbadense L.) that you mention, (also called Creole cotton, American Pima, etc.) is native to tropical South America. It was grown in the Caribbean, and apparently brought to the US from the Bahamas. For lots of detail on the progression of both type of cotton and the types of gins in the US, I found this is a great web site:


In addition, Gossypium thurberi Tod. is native to the Arizona area, and Gossypium tomentosum Nutt. ex Seem is native to Hawaii. So there are indeed many types of cotton in the US as you pointed out.

Kay Triplett


Subject: RE: Queens and table lines - NQR From: "Newbie Richardson"

I suspect they were being sent by "diplomatic pouch" so no shipping  charges. I assume the bill was personal - but I don't know. It pobably came about  as a result of cocktail party chatter where one guest was admiring the fine  old table cloth and lamenting finding people who would "do up" such linens.  The guest probably lived in Alexandria, well known as hospitable to members  of the diplomatic corps. The result was a word of mouth referal. I had a friend who used to send things to be rewoven to France - not an everyday occurance, certainly, but known. Remember, in the 70's and 80's there  was a real rebellion - so to speak - about providing specialized services.  They were deemed "demeaning" if they were of a domestic nature - professional nannies and butlers come to mind. Now a generation later, some folk can take pride in meticulous work - regardless of the kind, and not be stigmatized socially - as long as the fee is enough! Newbie



Subject: Re: cotton in South Carolina From: "Pepper Cory"

Recently I visited the South Carolina cotton museum in Bishopville SC. Here's their link: http://www.sccotton.org/ . Lots of interesting facts and old equipment, plus a crop duster airplane suspended from the ceiling and the world's largest boll weevil statue! The museum is excellent but needs better lighting. A visit to the giftshop netted this year's quilting friends' Xmas gifts. Enjoy, Pepper at the gray NC coast


Subject: Re: "southern" quilts From: laurelkalmiaresearch.net

As a general response to several recent posts, I just want to insert a gentle reminder about one of the characteristics of research. Now, first of all, I know that a lot of the exchanges on a list like this are intended to be light-hearted rather than serious. However, a characteristic of good research is the avoidance of value-laden terms. "Fat, ugly quilts" is an example of a term that relies of value judgements. A more objective description might include such terms as thick, heavy, utilitarian, random--you get the idea. We can't completely avoid the cultural biases we hold, but we can try to be aware of them and to avoid using them in our public presentations. (By the way, this is the gist of an article I wrote that was published in the 2003 volume of Quilt Studies.)

Our notions of quilts are based on our own cultural values. To try to understand why someone else would make a quilt that we see as fat and ugly from another point of view, consider this scenario: Say you are a child attending a big family reunion at your grandmother's house. There aren't enough beds to go around, so your grandmother makes you up a pallet on the floor. She folds a couple of big thick quilts, and you snuggle in between them. What are the sensations and emotional experiences that you and your grandmother experience as a result of this gesture? An experience like this would likely influence your perception of quilts for the rest of your life. In many cultures, thickness and softness represent concepts of generosity and plentitude. A thin quilt, on the other hand, might be perceived as skimpy, stingy, and inadequate.

The longer I think about quilts--thirty years so far--the more complex and fascinating the subject becomes. I just made the top for a wall quilt for my nephew and his significant other who are getting married in a couple of weeks. Instead of just buying new fabrics and strip-piecing a Double Irish Chain as I did for a niece two years ago, I drafted my own pattern, made cardboard templates, and selected from fabrics on hand. The process I chose was slower and more complicated (like piecing around corners), but I experienced a greater sense of enjoyment and satisfaction. Those inner qualities that connect us in various ways with the quilts we make, buy, or study are the things that interest me most right now.

There are many ways to approach quilts, and I think it's useful to remind ourselves that however we choose to do it, it's not the only way, and it's not the only valid way.

Laurel Horton --


Subject: short staple cotton From: Joan Kiplinger 

Kay -- thank you for a very informative ginning session; I appreciate your taking time to post this. Yes, I would have recognized upland, also called California cotton today, or rather California is a type of upland. Actually, Sea Island is American, originating in the Seas Islands off the coast of Georgia and also in the Caribbean as you mention. Unfortunately it is a labor intensive crop -- plant or tree can grow up to 7 ft. This eventually resulted in its passing from American cultivation on to Brazil which is the largest grower today. Pima is a separate strain, carefully developed and tightly controlled by the Supima Assocation; however it is often blended with Sea Island and Egypt's finest strains to produce the world's ultimate cotton.


Subject: Jumping another rabbit.... From: "Pepper Cory" <

That's the phrase we use down south when another subject suddenly occurs and we must start talking about it! I've had a brain blob an can't remember the names of those sisters who manufactured wholecloth quilts in the early 20th century in Indiana (?) Can one of our historians point me in the right direction for more research on these gals and their quilts? Thanks for your time and expertise- Pepper Cory pepcoryclis.com


Subject: Wilkinson girls From: "Rosie Werner" 

There's an article by Marilyn Goldman on the Wilkinson sisters in  Uncoverings, 2002. Rosie ------_NextPart_000_000D_01C55979.7FC85F00--


Subject: A quilt found me today... 

Hi all, Our guild met today...class was a basket making class...they really are such fun. And at the last minute, hubby had to go away on business leaving me with our girls on Guild Sunday! Gasp! No sitter in sight, so I packed them up and off they came with me to make a basket. We finished it early and went out for ice cream in town. Frenchtown, NJ is a very quaint country town. Lots of little shops and restaurants. And we are sitting on a bench this beautiful May day, a short distance from a small antique shop. They seem to always display furniture so I have never taken the time to go in. The owner came out for a smoke break and greeted my girls and we started a conversation. Of course she carries quilts! So we went in when the girls were done and Lo and Behold! A stunning 1930s Redwork Quilt, never washed, pencil marks still marking the quilting. A real pretty piece...and I am not a lover of Red work, I appreciate it, but it is not what my collection is based upon...but this was a beauty, queen sized, and at a very good price. Also purchased a kit summer spread of an embroidered Peacock from the 1930s. Went back to guild and as I was showing it off, we noticed one block with a letter..."B"! My last name initial! I am loving my new quilt. And to think...just this morning I was having ill thoughts of dear hubby when the fact is, if he didn't have to fly away, and I didn't bring the girls, I would not have gone for ice cream or gone into that shop, and have this fantastic new addition! Quilt Fate! Never know what the next turn will bring. My best, Dana B.

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Subject: a special treat From: "Lucinda Cawley" 

Click on http://www.schwenkfelder.com/cotton/ for a tour of the Schwenkfelder Library's Cotton in Pennsylvania German Life exhibit. There's a great little color catalogue with pictures of almost everything for only $5.00. There are about 15 quilts, dresses ( including three delightful circa 1850 children's dresses), housewives, shifts, feather ticks, doll quilts. Candace Perry does a great job of explaining how cotton gradually became the fabric of choice of the PA Germans (long after it's primacy among the "English" in PA). My favorite piece in the Schwenkfelder collection is included: a 9-Patch crib quilt, the blocks are set on point with alternating chintz squares (1840-50). An elegant 9-Patch variation (1830-40) has a border chintz almost identical to my circa 1830 Eastern Shore Framed Center quilt (it might even be the same fabric). Two super quilts are not in the catalogue: a Variable Star (1840-50), the stars are scrappy (indigo and orange, blue and buff, turkey red, blue and brown, a lovely green with large light green leaves), two different fabrics are used for sashing and the border is a blue and brown chintz with the glaze intact; a unique quilt with a variety of 1840-60 blocks (Lemoyne Star, 9-Patch, Double Z) put together in the 1930s as a medallion. I discovered the Schwenkfelder when I started researching fraktur inscribed quilts. The library is a wonderful resource and the exhibits are always fascinating. The Studio Quilt Study Group is going there (and to the Goschenhoppen Historians) on Tuesday. I hope somebody will contribute their impressions. Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Marion, Indiana,-- partially NQR From: Laura Robins-Morris

I'm off in a few days for my annual trip home to Indianapolis. Several days to visit Mom, and DH goes to the Indy 500 with my brother. Friday before the race is Carburation Day at the track (just as boring as the race itself but not as loud) but the guys love it. So Carburation Day has turned into Ladies Day when my sisters and I find interesting, fun, testosterone-free places to go. This year I was all set to visit (finally!) the Quilters Hall of Fame, but now I find that there will be two cousins from upstate New York to entertain as well. And they aren't quilters.

So, to you Hoosiers, and those of you who know Marion and the QHF : can you suggest other places to see or things to do around Marion, or between Marion and Indy? Something interesting enough to justify dragging non-quilters up there. I can find plenty to show them in Indy but hate to miss QHF, so combining my quilt fix with other activites for them would be ideal. Thanks. Laura in Seattle


Subject: glasseine From: Joan Kiplinger 

Laurette -- I've lost your post on this subject so don't remember what you gave as source for glasseine you have. Apparently there are two kinds: archival and multi-use which are limited archival. Gaylord's carries both types. Having had zillions of glasseine envelopes and pages left from my boys' stamp collections and also mfg. swatches in glasseine envelopes, I asked several conservationists about 6 years ago if this were suitable for my swatch binders. The answer was yes on both counts. I don't remember the scientific jargon given to me, but the old glasseine used for swatch containers didn't contain certain ingredients which modern general-use glasseine contains. And as the swatches were in no way visibly damaged or discolored, then those envelopes were suitable for storage. This was good news to me as the stamp glasseine would be put to good use. However, there may be other answers and recommendations from conservationists on this list, technology speeding faster than Superman these days with better information and products.


Subject: Hawthorne Quilts From: 

Hi All: I was given a quilt that has a tag on it that reads "ARCH QUILTS, Hawthorne, New York". It is a hand made TATW quilt in pale , original type calicos -quite "modern" I believe.... not a perfect piece , but I like it and actually use it daily this time of year. I am thinking that it was a collective sort of organization that sold handmade quilts ? Just wondering because I could find no information on this "group" or company. Thanks, Marie Johansen


Subject: Re: Maryland From: "Candace Perry" 

Always interested when ever the word German pops up...Gail, you are absolutely correct in your observation of western Maryland -- the German settlements, I think, may have been the result of the 18th century immigrations (those folks we think of as PA Dutch) who of course also settled in VA (Strasburg, can't get more Deutsch than that) and in NC (the Moravians). The "city" Germans I tend to think are often later immigrants, and were often RC rather than Protestant (the Know Nothing stuff in some parts of the country were a reaction to these people, I guess...) People will often come to our historical society looking for info on a "Pennsylvania Dutch" immigrant who arrived in the 1850s and I will stare blankly for a few seconds until I can explain that they are talking about a whole group of folks -- not what we generally describe as PA Dutch. Candace Perry


Subject: Re: Marion, Indiana,-- partially NQR From:

Laura, here's my advice: talk up the Carburation Day events. Mention the hunks who frequent it. Tell them you've been so often, you simply cannot go again for fear of arousing your incipient heart conditions. HAVE them sweet little baskets of food and even sweeter hats packaged. Along with what Pooh called "a little something" to cheer them.

Then get the heck to Marion.

Alternative: excite them about Marion and spring and its not being on a race track. Sell the town and the museum to them.

Best luck, Gail


Subject: Re: Hawthorne Quilts From: Judy Schwender

I worked as a traveling sales rep for IKO Notions out of Denver in the late 1980s. I sold fabric and sewing notions to fabric, quilt shops, and manufacturers. There was also a domestics part of the company, and they picked up the Arch quilt line. The quilts were made in China as I recall, and caused a BIG STINK because of the Smithsonian quilts that were reproduced overseas not long before these came out. I placed them with a few shops, and don't know how well they sold for the domestics division overall. They weren't big sellers for me. Judy Schwender



Subject: Re: Maryland From: 

> Always interested when ever the word German pops up...Gail, you are > absolutely correct in your observation of western Maryland -- the German > settlements, I think, may have been the result of the 18th century > immigrations (those folks we think of as PA Dutch) who of course also > settled in VA (Strasburg, can't get more Deutsch than that) and in NC (the > Moravians).

As a member of a Scots-Irish contingent devoted to being "good livers," I confess I "looked down on" the Germans in our area for their exceeding frugality and the time they devoted to cleaning activities. (My Germanic aunt once sent a delivery boy back to the grocery store to exchange a plain Hershey bar for a Hershey with almonds bar---miles on a bicycle--and then did not tip him)

THEN, as I embarked upon a serious, extensive reading program about the Scots-Irish culture and American migrations, I learned that all the while the Germans were "looking down on" the Scots-Irish. That was nearly four years ago, and I am not entirely over the shock yet. Seems they found distasteful the excessive good spirits, the lack of high purpose, the wanderlust, and the love of leisure that characterized the Scots-Irish.

But so much did the Germanic religious leaders 'look down on" the Scots-Irish who traveled alongside them down through the Shenadoah Valley and west, that many forbade their parishioners learning English.

At our winter meeting of Deep South Quilt Study Group, we saw many quilts from an area in North Louisiana and in certain South Louisiana areas that were Germanic in influence and that were constructed by German settlers. Less than forty minutes from Ruston, LA, are the remains of Germantown, log houses and all. Opened a new area of study for us.

Incidentally, "look down upon" and "looking up to" have been common southern expressions. We scarcely ever look directly at another group<g>. Deal in betters and worses. Does th


Subject: Re: Maryland From: "Candace Perry" 

Gail -- we call it "crazy clean" in SE PA. When the ladies are cleaning their gutters in the streets outside their homes -- you know they must be good Dutchys. My mother, who is of varied Anglo descent, moved to SE PA with her family from Bronxville NY, where she dated charming Cubans and other fascinating types, and ended up marrying a 7th or 8th or so generation Dutchman who arrived for a date on a tractor. She has complained bitterly about this choice for lo, these 56 years they have been married, and also about the surrounding Dutch who were crazy clean, suspicious, and tight-lipped (her 56 year old stereotypes). Candace 


Subject: The German propensity for cleanliness From: "sue reich"

My own paternal grandmother in Pittsburgh, PA washed the sidewalks in  front of her home which was right across the street from my house.  Growing up so close to her was a challenge. Work was her motto.  Idleness was a scourge. She never sat down until late at night, and  then it was with her glass of schnapps, and the next afghan she was  making. She came to the U.S. at 19 from Bavaria and lived to be 94.  I know that I inherited her work ethic but my Irish easy-going attitude  towards cleanliness I inherited from the maternal side provides the  balancing act.  I, also, have the 1858 Hancock County, Virginia naturalization papers  of my maternal great, great grandfather in front of me. John Bisman  came from Bavaria and traveled through the Shenandoah Valley to Central  Pennsylvania and married Rebecca Burroughs. Interesting that he chose  the northern route and not the southeastern route. He was a carpenter.  I have a beveled glass walnut mirror and a cradle he made for his  daughter, Ruhamah, born in 1861 and died 13 years later.  Your posts got me thinking about my own family. sue


Subject: Re: Marion, Indiana,-- partially NQR From: "cjsp70"

Do they like other historical places? Try Conner's Prarie at Fishers IN just to the northeast of Indy off of Interstate 69 and Hwy 37. A living history site with many different things to see and if you keep traveling on Hwy 37 you get to Marion IN and the Quilter's Hall of Fame. Indianapolis also has a great zoo and Children's Museum. Enjoy! Pat Sauer


Subject: Palampores From: "Lorraine Forster" 

I am new to this list having just recently joined. Can anyone explain to m e just what a palampore is?

Also in reply to Message #ll (5/15/05) from Newbie Richardson: Now a gener ation later, some folks can take pride in meticulous, specialized work, reg ardless of the kind, and not be stigmatized socially - as long as the fee i s enough. Does that mean I can call myself a full-time mother and not the  "value judgment" name stay-at-home mom. Maybe not, since the fee (money) i s non-existant.

I hope I have sent this email to the right address or just how does this wo rk? Do we send emails to each person's email address?



Subject: Re: Palampores From: "Karen Evans" 

Palampores, strictly speaking, are the printed Indian cotton textiles imported through the Portuguese (and later British) trade routes beginning in the late 16th/early 17th centuries and continuing well into the 19th century. They were sometimes quilted, sometimes not, and frequently showed the Tree of Life design.

The modern equivalent, believe it or not, is the Indian print "tapestry" so popular on college campuses....


Subject: May 21-22 weekend in Upstate New York From: "Beth Davis"

On May 21-22 the Genesee Country Village Museum will offer In Praise of Quilts, a weekend-long program of talks, workshops, demonstrations on quilting, a professional quilt appraisal as well as vendors offering quilt items, a raffle quilt and door prizes. The museum located in Mumford, NY (20 miles south of Rochester) exhibit features whole-cloth and pieced quilts, the crazy quilt collection and quilts produced over the last 25 years in the historic village. Many pieces are on display for the first time in years.

The new full color 40-page catalog featuring the quilts from the museum, titled "A Stitch in Time" will be AVAILABLE!!! Beth Davis will be on hand to sign your copy.

Saturday 10-2 p.m. workshops include: 19th-Century Quilting—The museum’s 19th-century quilters will display and talk about their reproduction quilts, the fabrics and techniques used. Star Medallion Quilt—See this spectacular quilt and learn how to make one. Hand Quilting—Explore the different techniques involved in hand quilting. Hand Appliqué—Learn how to hand appliqué.

2 p.m. Shelly Zegart, of Louisville, Ky., will present a lecture on Political Quilts—a look at how 19th-century women, deprived of the vote and any real avenue for political participation, used quilts to express their views about a range of political, social and economic issues. Zegart is co-founder of The Kentucky Quilt Project, and has curated numerous exhibits in the U.S. and abroad. She is the author and publisher of Phyllis George ’s book Living With Quilts, and has built private and corporate quilt collections around the world.

Sunday 2 p.m. Dee Stark of Guilderland, N.Y., will present A Spiderweb for Luck: Symbols & Motifs for Crazy Quilting, an exploration of the mysteries of the more popular symbols and motifs used in crazy quilting. Stark is a sought-after speaker and author of the book A Spiderweb for Luck: Symbols & Motifs for Crazy Quilting.

Workshops from noon-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. include: Machine Quilting— Explore the different techniques involved in quilting with your sewing machine 19th-Century Quilting—The museum’s 19th-century quilters will display and talk about their reproduction quilts, the fabrics and techniques used. Star Medallion Quilt—See this spectacular quilt and learn how to make one. Heirloom Quilting—See authentic heirloom quilt tops and discover some of the techniques that were involved. Learn how today's quilting differs from heirloom quilting.

A Quilt Buffet will be offered from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday. Buffet includes soups, salads, breads, quiches, fresh fruit, water, tea, coffee and a variety of desserts. Cost of the buffet is $12.95; dessert and coffee only is $4.95.

The Quilts Uncovered exhibit is on display in art gallery both days. Vendors (located in the art gallery) include Mt. Pleasant Quilt Co., Mendon Quilt Shop and The Calico Gals.

Admission to In Praise of Quilts is included with museum admission. And event-only admission of $5 per person includes quilt exhibit, workshops and lectures. Quilt appraisals are $25 per quilt and are done by reservation. Saturday is sold out, but there are Sunday spots are available. Call (585) 538-6822 ext. 222 to make reservations.

Any questions please let me know. Beth Davis ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Quilt History in Atlanta From: "Jan Gessin"

Planning to be in Atlanta during the week of June 13-17th and would like to know what I should take advantage of in terms of anything related to quilt history: museums, exhibitions, libraries, study groups, etc. I am also willing to travel outside Atlanta providing it doesn't require more than 2 hours in each direction.

Many thanks for your help, Jan


Subject: Re: Marion, Indiana,-- completely NQR From: "Dale Drake"

There's also the newly-renovated Indiana Museum of Art. It's another fantastic place to visit. AND .. the Indiana State Museum, the NCAA headquarters and museum, the Eiteljorg Museum of Native Americans and Western Art and White River Gardens (a conservatory) are all in the same area as the zoo - it's all White River State Park. LOTS of things to do in Indy!

Dale Drake Living southwest of Indy


Subject: Re: curtain stretchers - NQR From: Kay Fair 


I shared your story of Mrs. Whitehead with my quilting group here in southeast Denver. One of our members sent me the following email:

"Kay--You won't believe this, BUT when we lived in Alexandria, I took my Dad's baptismal gown to Newbie Richardson for cleaning and storing after Katie wore it!! Small world..."

Small world indeed!

Thanks for sharing your story! We all enjoyed it.

Kay Fair



Subject: RE: small world From: "Newbie Richardson"

Kay, Thanks for sharing. I am now old enough to be getting the dresses in from when I worked on them 25 years ago! My husband has a standing wager: put him a room full of people anywhere in the US and he will find a connection with someone within 30 minutes..So far he has always won. Newbie


Subject: Re: Marion, Indiana,-- completely NQR From: Laura Robins-Morris

Thanks for all the great ideas. One way or another, the cousins will be entertained and I will manage to get to Marion and the Hall of Fame. (despite the incipient heart condition that precludes attendance at Carburation Day festivities <g> ) Laura in Seattle, en route to Indy.


Subject: Change to note regarding Genesee Country Village Museum event From: "

Hello, There was an error regarding the upcoming event in upstate New York this weekend at the Genesee Country Village & Museum. Please note that Shelly Zegart is the sole consultant to the author and publisher of the Phyllis George book ‘Living With Quilts’ and is not the author and publisher of the book.

Sorry about that! Beth Davis


Subject: DAR Quilt Camp From: "Lucinda Cawley" <

If you live near D.C. and have children or grandchildren in the 9 to 17 age group checkout Quilt Camp at the DAR. From July 18-22 beginners will learn by making a quilt square. From Aug. 1-5 kids with some sewing experience will have an oportunity to learn more advanced techniques. The patterns are from quilts in the DAR's wonderful collection. The phone # is 202-879-3240; website is www.dar.org/museum. No affiliation (I don't even have a Revolutionary War ancestor that I know of), but I am a really big fan of the DAR's dedication to preserving and promoting our quilt heritage. Cinda on the Eastern Shore looking forward to a weekend in Lancaster, PA


Subject: New quilt documentary ready for distribution! From: Karen Alexander 

Dear QHL List Members:  I just had the privilege of previewing the documentary "The Great American Quilt Revival" that is being made by Bonesteel Films in partnership with UNC-TV on the history of the 20th century quilt revival. What a thrill to watch it all finally come together for it has been almost two years since the idea for such a project germinated in Georgia BonesteelB9s creative mind . It is such a joy to see this late 20th century quilt revival captured on film for posterity and to have been a part of this film project from the get-go! This film is about not only the creative transformation that quilting has gone through these past 35 some years, but also the transformation that quilters themselves have gone through in those same years and salutes the emergence of the quilt as art 8B the art quilt. As man y of you know, Bonesteel Films brought their film crew to Marion, Indiana, in July 2004 and shot footage of the Grand Opening of The Quilters Hall of Fam e and interviewed the Honorees as part of this documentary. The completed documentary is now being marketed to PBS stations around the country and will be aired beginning Nov 2005. Meanwhile, we are encouraging everyone to contact your local PBS station to request it! Word of mouth is the way to get a snowball of publicity rolling. Please share with all your friends, family members, and guilds. If public demand is strong enough, you will hav e a better chance of your local PBS picking it up and airing it locally. Call or e-mail your local PBS station or visit their website and ask for it by name - "The Great American Quilt Revival". Then keep your eye on your local PBS schedule and watch for the announcement of its airing in your area. Meanwhile, go visit the Bonesteel Films website -- http://www.bonesteelfilms.com/GAQR.html -- for more PR on the film. Yes,  a DVD will be available and will include additional footage that didnB9t make the 55 minute time limit set for the television version. It will be available through the QHF gift shop this summer ADpossibly in time for Celebration.  For those planning to attend The Quilters Hall of Fame Celebration 2005 and Bets Ramsey's induction, be prepared for a sneak preview of the film. Hope to see many of you there!

Karen Alexander in the sunny San Juans 

The Quilters Hall of Fame P.O. Box 681 Marion, IN 46952 Office: quilterscomteck.com PH: 765-664-9333 Website: http://www.quiltershalloffame.org/


Subject: killing of SUN BONNET SUE From: "Velia Lauerman"

Spent a retreat with several ladies named Sue and discussed THE KILLING OF SUN BONNET SUE. Stopped at a shop on the way home owned by a Sue who will be looking for the pattern. Anyone know of the original pattern which , I believe, appeared in QN sometime in the 80's. On the way home from Port Huron, Michigan we were stuck in traffic because of an Oil tanker overturned. Had lots of time to joke about the quilt and maybe make a block with sweet Sue under the Tanker. Poor sense of humor. Oh well ? Unknown


Subject: Re: killing of SUN BONNET SUE From: "Christine Thresh"

Here is a page with "Bad Sunbonnet Sues" and then further on down "Dead Sunbonnet Sues." http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Oaks/6813/badsue.html

Christine Thresh http://www.winnowing.com


Subject: Re:The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue From: Mary Waller

You may be thinking of The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue made in the late 1970s. A photo and information is at: http://www.museum.msu.edu/glqc/collections_2001.158.1.html

Mary Waller Vermillion, SD, USA

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Subject: Re:The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue From: 

In a message dated 5/20/2005 11:15:20 PM Central Standard Time, mswalleriw.net writes:

> You may be thinking of The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue made in the late > 1970s. A photo and information is at: > http://www.museum.msu.edu/glqc/collections_2001.158.1.html > > Mary Waller > Vermillion, SD, USA >

That block with the snake is priceless! I almost feel evil loving that quilt.

It has struck me before that Kenny from that show Southpark would also make a good candidate for a warped Sunbonnet Sue type quilt.

He is the character who dies in every episode, and dressed up in that bulky orange ski suit he would actually make for a pretty good Sunbonnet Sue pattern.




Subject: Sunbonnet From: "Steve and Jean Loken"

Velia, I believe the original quilt which jokingly "did in" the Sunbonnet baby was called "The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue", but I don't remember the quilt maker. Stupid of me, she's a well-known person in the quilt world. Jean in MN


Subject: Courthouse Steps From: Donald Beld 

Just got back from a visit to Austria--thought everyone would enjoy knowing that the Vienna State museum has a mummified cat and crocidile that are wrapped in a Courthouse Steps pattern--with three different color fabrics, just like we do ours--two dark sets of steps across from a white center/ with two pale sets across from each other at 90 degrees. I mean it is EXACTLY like our pattern. Best, Don



Subject: Curtain stretchers revisited From: "sue reich"

I found this recently and thought it might be of interest. sue reich

Evening Telegram Elyria, Ohio September 26, 1912 To Dry Lace Curtains. Housekeepers who possess quilting frames but not curtain stretches will find the former an excellent substi- tute for the stretchers in drying their lace curtains of various sizes. The frames with clamps can be made to fit any curtains if not too long in which case they may be turned back. Pin the curtains along the sides, then fit the frames, not pulling the lace too much. The next curtains may be "hooked" on the same pins. After three curtains are on it is well to put on the next with more pins. As many as six large curtains may be dried at one time in this way. ------_NextPart_000_0005_01C55F12.43AF2910--


Subject: Curtain stretchers revisited From: Joan Kiplinger 

Sue -- thanx for posting. The ability to layer curtains was a great time and space saver, and six was about all that frames could accommodate. Certainly brings back memories of helping my mother, with each of us working diagonal ends.


Subject: Re: Courthouse Steps From: "patch_madam" 

RE: "Vienna State museum has a mummified cat and crocidile that are wrapped in a Courthouse Steps pattern"

A few months ago I went to the Royal Ontario Museum to see the Egyptian exhibit.... and I too saw a mummy wrapped in a courthouse steps pattern. Its fascinating to think of the possiblities of exactly how far back some patterns we use go.



Subject: Re: Courthouse Steps From: "Judy Anne" 

Jane Hall wrote an article for my quilt history site where she discussed the "Mummy theory" in regards to the history of the Log Cabin pattern. She also included some photos that you will find interesting. http://www.womenfolk.com/quilt_pattern_history/logcabin.htm

Judy Anne


Subject: The mummified question From: "Cindy Brick" 

Don, I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering...I lived in Austria for a while, and don't think they were that hot on revering their cats and crocs! :) These were from Egyptian tombs, right? Do you know where from? Inquiring quilt minds want to know! Cindy

BRICKWORKS & CLASSY GIRL books, kits, embellishments, and a little Hanky Panky! 

www.cindybrick.com www.classygirlquilts.com


Subject: Re: qhl digest: May 22, 2005 From: Jane Hall 

I have spent some time researching the Log Cabin pattern, and among other places, found it on cat mummies in the British Museum. There is a good theory that when the Egyptian tombs were opened early in the 19th Century by both British and French, they found a lot of these animal mummies. Apparently they were funerary offerings for the dead, as we would send flowers (!). Not knowing what to do with them, large amounts were sent back to the UK and used as fertilizer. Some were ground up ahead of time, others bought by the truckload and brought to farms. Given the human predeliction to find patterning everywhere, it wouldn't take much for the farmer's wife to see how to arrange strips in this fashion.

There isn't much "new" that you can do with geometric shapes....there are wonderful eight-pointed stars in tiled floors in Medieval cathedrals all over Europe and England. Ditto triangle designs on kneelers in Buddhist temples and on camel saddle blankets in Uzbekistan. They also get replicated in fabric as they are good designs. Jane Hall


Subject: Salinda W Rupp quilt From: "Linda Heminway" 

I've just seen a photo of a reproduction quilt made by Salinda W Rupp around 1870 and want to know if there is a good photo of the original quilt on line where I could see it? I guess there is a book, kind of like the Dear Jane book on this quilt now? Is this so? Linda Heminway Plaistow NH


Subject: Re: Salinda W Rupp quilt From: 

Not sure about on-line, but I'm almost certain Salinda's quilt is pictured in "America's Glorious Quilts."

Karen Evans 


Subject: Re: Salinda W Rupp quilt From: Kathie Holland 

The book out reproducing this quilt is called Nearly Insane http://www.nearlyinsane.com/ Kathie in NJ 


Subject: Re: Salinda W Rupp quilt From: "Merry Endres" 

Yes. The book is called Nearly Insane. I have it and the blocks are really interesting. This is one of those projects I hope to attempt someday. I can't remember the name of the book that features a picture- it's something like Great American Quilts. I'm sure if you typed 'Nearly Insane' in a search engine, you would get a picture of the book with the patterns and probably links to pictures of the quilt as well.


Subject: NC Museum Fr

Just thought some of you might like to know this in case you are in Raleigh, NC vacationing. I hope to get to see the show next week. I found this because I am researching 3 woven coverlets I recently purchased. They were made in NC. If anyone on the list researchs southern made coverlets I would love to hear from you privately. ----_palamporeaol.com_ (mailto:----palamporeaol.com)

"As part of the Celebration of North Carolina Craft, proclaimed by Gov. Mike Easley for 2004-2005, the N.C. Museum of History is showcasing a changing selection of handcrafted items from its collection. The newest rotation of objects in the small exhibit Celebration of North Carolina Craft highlights 35 fiber and textile pieces made by North Carolinians during the 19th and 20th centuries. This remarkable collection of quilts, samplers, rugs, baskets and other objects will be on exhibit until Sept. 11, 2005. Admission is free. "

Off to sew on an 1840's British officer's uniform. It is wonderful felted red wool. My daughter made me really worry about the state of our educational system and our home today. She is in the 8th grade and is an academically gifted student. I showed her the coat so that she could say that she had seen such an item up close and personal. I told her what it was and she said, "How can that be? There were no British soldiers then." I said, "What makes you think that?" She said, "That is when the Civil War was going on, and they didn't have British soldiers then." Being the co-owner of a Civil War business I just about died!!!! I told her that she missed the CW by 20 years, and did she think that when we defeated the British that their armies all went away? I told her that they had British soldiers in many other countries in the 1840's. She was lucky her carpool ride showed up right then. My husband and I are stunned. I know that she has no interest in our business and history, but how didn't some of that seep in at home and at school?????????? She has been to more CW battlefields than most adults..... Be still my heart. Lynn Lancaster Gorges Historic Textiles Studio New Bern, NC


Subject: magazine From: "Charlotte Bull" 

Hi, I thought some of you might be interested in knowing that one of us has a light hearted article on "being a thrifty quilt collector" in the current issue of McCall's Vintage Quilts. It's a special issue sold on news stands. Gail Ingram wrote a delightful piece. Some neat tales of special finds!

The rest of the issue is very serious and shares a number of quilts from the York County PA Museum. I'd really subscribe to a magazine that featured a different museum in each issue! We could visit every wonderful museum in the world and not leave home!

You who can travel are fortunate!

Re the cat mummy. At this very moment I have a cat wrapped up in an old double wedding ring quilt. Not dead, just sleeping! His favorite corner of the couch includes a folded quilt that he rearranges to suit his desires. Sometimes, like now, he totally crawls inside or under it. So I'll tell him he is a model for a mummy! sorry...it's a horrible day after a horrible night of severe thunder storms so I think he is still scared and needed comforting! However I refuse to let him have my antique Log Cabin quilt! An early 1960s quilt is as old as I consent to actually use. Isn't that the Vintage cut off date? cb


Subject: Re: Sunbonnet Sue From: "Junior/Peggy McBride" 

The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue was a quilt made by Barbara Brackman and some of her friends. Made as a joke, it developed a life of it's own. Barbara carried it around for a number of years and showed it in her talks.

The quilt generated a lot of controversy and QNL got hate mail for publishing it.

However, the last laugh was that it was ultimately sold to a collector, for a very good price, and the makers shared the money.

Peggy McIowa

By the way, this information was shared during a program given by Barbara Brackman


Subject: Re: Sunbonnet Sue From: 

Personally I've always disliked Sunbonnet Sue, Overall Sam, the Colonial Lady, and that whole tribe. Good for Barbara!

Karen Evans


Subject: Sunbonnet Sue From: Joan Kiplinger <jkipncweb.com> 

Karen -- LOL. I think it was the original appeal of Sue which caused her overuse and to go the way of Norman Rockwell art. I have a 2" one-sided metal mold which slides onto a wood base. The figure is a side view of a bonneted girl with watering can, dressed in nile or jade or tea room green c late 1920s-early 30s or therebouts. I never realized it was Sun Bonnet Sue until joining this list. However, it has its charm and adds to the vase and pitcher display on a doll's 1920 "mahogany" wash stand cabinet.


Subject: Re: Sunbonnet Sue From: "avalon" 

I believe a quilt with this theme was one of the quilts featured in the play "The Quilters".



Subject: courthouse steps on mummy From: 

What does it means that the cat and crocodile mummy are "wrapped in Courthouse Steps pattern" made with different colors of fabric? Is the wrap a patchwork made of cloth? Thanks for clarification. Fawn Valentine


Subject: Lovely Lane From: "Lucinda Cawley" <

If you need a reason to come to Baltimore I'll give you a good one. The Lovely Lane Museum is planning an exhibit featuring quilts with a Methodist connection November 3, 4 and 5. The centerpiece will be their own wonderful Baltimore Album quilts (see The Baltimore Album Quilt Tradition, pp. 82-89). There will be quilts from other Maryland churches. I'll pass along additional information as it becomes available. Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Skinner Auction From: "J. G. Row" <


Skinner is auctioning off a painting of a devastating fire at the Union Wadding Company in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, September 10, 1870.

The company has records from as early as 1771 and only recently closed; it rebuilt after fires more than once.

In 1860 two of the owners were names familiar to today's quilters, John Cranston and Henry A. Stearns.

It is interesting that the company's entire loss from the fire was estimated at $150,000 to $200,000, and the painting of that fire is estimated to bring $75,000 to $125,000 in June of 2005.

And just so it shouldn't be a waste of you time (you know, not looking at quilts) you could also seek out lots 245, 116, and 115.

Costume people (Newbie) will want to look at lots number 191 and 211 for a type of hair ornament I've not seen before.

Judy in Ringoes, NJ judygrowpatmedia.net


Subject: Re: mummfied questuin From: adi hirsh 

There is a good > theory that when the Egyptian tombs were opened early in the 19th > Century by > both British and French, they found a lot of these animal mummies. > Apparently they were funerary offerings for the dead, as we would send > flowers (!).

Just to set the record straight - these were not placed in the royal tombs, or any other human tombs for that matter. They certainly were not "put there as funerary objects of respect for the departed royalty" as the article quoted in another post claims. The cat was sacred to Bast, the cat goddess, daughter of Re and a wrathful, avenging deity . In the heyday of the Egyptian empire (the New Kingdom), some temples had a sacred animal - just one - such as the Apis bull, that was selected by various strict criteria (color, placement of spots etc) and revered until it's death, when it was mummified and burried. In Graeco-Roman times (4th cent. BC and onwards) Egypt experienced a decline, both military and religious, and instead of a single sacred beast, temples started hosting these sacred animals by the thousand. All were, at death, mummified and burried in special underground cemeteries, sometimes miles long. The mummified animals included cats (sacred to Bast), ibises (sacr ed to Thot god of moon and wisdom,), and crocodiles (sacred to Sobekh, a nile god) . As an Egyptian excavation permit requires the archaeologist to complete the dig down to the last detail and publish an excavation report, woe betide the poor scholar who stumbles upon one of these cemeteries - I visited one years ago - miles upon miles of dusty, sandy underground chambers filled with mummfied animals, each requiring proper registration and documentation. Ady in Israel, who studied egyptology in another life


Subject: mummies From: Donald Beld <

Yes, the cat and croc were Egyptian--New Dynasty--c 1200 B.C. I saw no cats at all in Austria--although I am sure they have them--but lots and lots of dogs.

As to how they form the pattern, I assume it is some type of wrapping--it clearly is small strips of cloth in different colors woven together in some way--not sewn, so it wouldn't qualify as patchwork. Best, Don


Subject: Re: Lovely Lane From: Barbara Burnham

FYI (from www.baltimoreapplique.com What's New page):

Baltimore Appliqué Society Project Proposal: Silent Auction for Lovely Lane Museum The Lovely Lane Methodist Church Museum has asked the Baltimore Appliqué Society to assist them with a quilt show which will include a display of four of their BAQs and quilts from other churches and museums in the area. The show will be from November 3 - 5, 2005, and continue on November 6, 2005, for church members only. The occasion for the show is to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the museum. At the February meeting, BAS members not only agreed to assist with the show but also to donate $1,000 for making silent auction quilts. Twenty-five blocks have been traced from the museum’s four BAQs. We will be making as many kits as requested, but you need to let us know by April 1, 2005, if you will be willing to make a one-block quilt. This is a great opportunity for all members to get involved in working on a museum project. Our goal is to distribute the kits by the April meeting or have them ready to mail. BAS will supply a picture of the block, background fabric, fabrics for the block and a pattern. After the block is completed, you need to complete the one-block quilt by adding a border, binding, backing and batting. All one-block quilts must be quilted. If you feel comfortable doing so, please ink any information provided that is on the original antique block. Also, make a label with your name, address, date and the name of the quilt from which the block originated. We will also need many volunteers to assist with the show. All BAS members involved with the show and/or making a one-block quilt will be able to purchase the patterns for half price. If you would like to be involved with this project, please contact Marylou McDonald 301-776-5086, Ann Christy 301-725-0876, Margo Cramer 301-498-6797 or Eleanor Layman 410-730-8293.


Subject: Common Fabrics - an interesting article From: "sue reich" 

This is from the New Oxford Item New Oxford, Pennsylvania May 14, 1925

Common Fabrics; How They Get Their Names Every one knows what a blanket is, but how many know that it got its name from Thomas Blanket, a famous clothier, who made blankets in Eng- land about the year 1840? And did you know that shawls first were made for floor coverings? Sala is the Sanskrit word for floor, and that is where we get the name shawl. Bandanna is from the Indian word bandanna, meaning to bind or tie. You see, the cloth is tied into knots when dipped into the dye, and this is what gives the clouded effect seen in the original bandanna handkerchief. Foulard was originally made for handkerchiefs only, and the name is French for "silk handerkerchiefs." We have all heard the masculine ex- pression "to go down into his jeans" when what is meant is that he pro- duces the money. 

Now, the word "jeans" has still a closer connection with money. It is the name for a Genoese coin, and in selling cloth, it was customary to say, "So mush for one jean." That is how the name came to be applied to the familiar coarse woolen fabric used for men's clothing. Momie, or mummy, a plain weave of flaxen or linen yarn, was originally the winding sheet or shroud of Egyptian mummified dead. Tweed, that familiar, rough, unfin- ished fabric of cotton and wool, usual- ly made of yarns of two or more shades, is so called because it was originally the product of weavers on the banks of the river Tweed in Scot- land.

 Many women have wondered just what panne velvet really meant. The word "panne" is simply the French word for plush. And the name is ap- plied to a wide range of stain-faced vel- vets or silks that show a high luster which has been produced by pressure. Pique is French for "quilting." Orig- inally it was applied to a cloth woven in diamond-shaped designs to imitate quilting. When used to designate our familiar corded cloth the name is real- ly a misnomer. Chenille is French for "caterpillar," so that when applied to the well-known cloth with the fuzzy, fluffy face, the name is most appropri- ate. Chenille is used sometimes for dress goods, but more generally for curtains and table throws.   I don't knoiw how accruate this all is but it was in print in 1925. sue  reich ------_NextPart_000_0031_01C56043.5E5F0CD0--


Subject: an interesting article From: Joan Kiplinger <

Sue -- the name for tweed is a misnomer.. Per the Harris Tweed Association -- Named coined by an error in 1831 when someone mistook the Scots word tweel [twill] for tweed.. Not named after the River Tweed in Scotland!


Subject: Re: Common Fabrics - an interesting article From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" 

Some of it's accurate, some of it's not. The statement that "blanket" comes from a clothier in the 1840s is ridiculous. 'Tweed" actually came out of a misreading of "twill" (I was just reading about this, actually). "Bandanna" does in fact, come from India and is their word for tie-dyed. I must say it would raise my eyebrows if I heard someone use the phrase to "go down in his jeans."

Must get back to work. Thanks for the diversion, Sue!

Best, Lynne 


Subject: Re: Common Fabrics - an interesting article From: 

I seem to recall that "blanket" is fairly old...does anyone have a date? Didn't know that about tweed, though it certainly makes sense.

Other place/name-based terms:

Paisley (from a town in Scotland) Calico (from Calcutta, from which many early calicoes were exported to Europe) Holland (a fine linen, from the old term for the Netherlands) Arras (a town in the Low Countries renowned for its tapestries) Isabella (a dun color referring to, disgustingly enough, the color of the chemise worn by Queen Isabella of Spain during the Reconquista - she vowed that she wouldn't change it until Granada had surrendered, and ended up wearing it for over a year *ew*)

I won't even attempt to describe the origin of "caca dauphine," but I think we all can guess...

Karen Evans


Subject: Re: Common Fabrics - an interesting article From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" 

I've made the mistake of saying that "calico" was derived from "Calcutta," too. (Did you pick this up from me, Karen? I published it in _Northern Comfort_ and was mortified when someone who knew better pointed out my mistake.) In fact, Calcutta, which is on the eastern side of the Indian subcontinent, was not even founded in the 17th century when calicoes began to be exported to Europe and the American colonies. "Calico" is derived from "Calicut" on the western side of the Indian subcontinent.

I just checked some early inventories, and the term "blanket" appears at least as early as 1611.

Best, Lynne ---


Subject: Uncoverings 1987 From: Kathie Holland

I have been lucky enough to have collected all the past issues of Uncoverings from the AQSG except 1987 if anyone has a copy they would like to sell would you please let me know. Thanks ! Kathie in NJ


Subject: Lancaster From: "Lucinda Cawley" 

My twin-separated-at-birth Suzanne Cawley signed us up for "Arts of the Pennsylvania Germans" sponsored Heritage Center of Lancaster Co. The focus was on the decorative and folk arts of some of the distinctive PA German communities. QHL was well represented, both at the podium and in the audience. Candace Perry spoke on the "Fraktur and Textile Traditions of the Schwenkfelders." I am very interested in fraktur, but it's not the focus of the quilt lists so I'll only say that the Schwenkfelders produced some masters.. Candace is planning an exhibit on Susanna Heebner (one of the few female practitioners of the art) later this summer. 

On the subject of needlework Candace showed slides of random motif Germanic samplers (far less disciplined than the English variety) and the incredible Berlin work township designs featuring stacked houses, giant rose bushes and huge spaniels that a group of Schwenkfelder girls in Montgomery Co., PA created in the 1850s. Trish Herr's topic was "Ornamental Branches-Moravian School Girl Arts." Checkout Trish's book on the subject; it's wonderful. We got a good intro to the Moravians and the settlement at Lititz. I was fascinated to learn that the Sisters traveled between the three Moravian female academies (Bethlehem, Old Salem and Lititz) taking their design ideas with them.

 Beginning in 1804 the Lititz school began accepting boarding students and their high standards of education benefited girls from the Caribbean to the Northwest Territories (Ohio not Canada). Peter Seibert, the President of the Heritage Center, speaking on "Amish Arts," stressed that the Amish must be understood in the context of late Victorian rural life. Amish art and customs are a continuation of late 19th century traditions. He showed us delightful examples of birth records (meant to be framed and hung) and book plates done by Amish scriveners. Clark Hess, who literally wrote the book on Mennonite Arts, showed slides of treasures which have come to light since his book was published. 

I was fascinated by Stephen Scott's presentation "Pain Clothing-Uniformity and Diversity." Scott, a member of the Old Order River Brethren, had examples of the clothing of the various plain sects. It's a lot easier to understand what "broadfall" pants are when you're looking at a pair, or the difference between a frock coat and a sack coat when you can compare the real thing. Seeing the various permutations of the four part costume (similar to the clothing of Puritan women) worn by the Amish (short gown, skirt, apron, kerchief or cape) was fascinating. For instance in Lancaster the apron is always black, in Indiana the apron matches the dress. 

The Old German Baptist Brethren wear bright colors but still the four part outfit (all in one piece with the cape and apron attached). This was fun! Also fun was watching Suzanne in a buying frenzy. Her collecting interests are more wide- ranging than mine and I just followed her around all day Sunday learning about coverlets, vintage clothing, daguerreotypes and other interesting topics. We both like goofy sewing accessories and found some good ones. 

Suzanne does a wonderful talk called "Granny's Scrap Bag" about things one might make from leftover fabric and she's always looking for new goodies. Thanks to Xenia I recently acquired a quilt top inscribed in fraktur letters. At the Mennonite Historical Society I discovered that some of the names were of members of the White Oak Church of the Brethren in northern Lancaster Co. (near Weaver's Dry Goods if you go to the Lancaster quilt show). 

Before leaving for home on Sunday I decided to see if I could find a graveyard near the church. I was in despair to discover that the church is a 1970 mega-church with nary a grave in site. I was about to comfort myself with the recollection of the beautiful drive through a part of the county I don't know well when an old man came to see what I doing alone in the church's mammoth parking lot. He sent me to the old church about a mile away with a lovely old cemetery. Just inside the gate were my people waiting for me: Gibbles, Hersheys, Schrieners, Grabills in adjoining plots. It was one of those amazing experiences that make me think these people want to be remembered. I spend a lot of time in cemeteries and they can make you a bit strange.

 It was the perfect end to a great weekend. Cinda back (briefly) on the Eastern Shore


Subject: CW dates

My daughter, Nora, redeemed herself yesterday after school. She said, "I know that the CW was around 1863. I just got confused. I am so used to you always working on Civil War uniforms I didn't know why you were calling the uniform British, when I knew the British didn't fight in the CW." I was glad that she redeemed herself. The best part was that we then had a nice discussion about history and she got to learn about the British army. She was however very wrong on her Rev. War dates. Hopefully we now have that straight. But yes, we do need to make history more of a priority. Thanks for the notes. Lynn in New Bern, NC


Subject: Re: Common Fabrics - an interesting article F

I must say it would raise my eyebrows if I heard someone use the phrase to "go down in his jeans."

Yeah, but we must remember what the phrase would mean "now" vs what it meant "then" is a whole lot different! Have a great day all! Babette


Subject: Re: CW dates From: Gail Ingram <

I am happy for Nora, Lynn, but then she was motivated: her peace at home depended on her learning.

A nation cannot remain coherent without a sense of its own history. It forgets what "equality" and such mean and what the cost of maintaining them was. This is particularly true in a pluralistic nation such as ours.

Historically, the schools of a nation have been institutions that helped pass on to the next generation the values and experiences of past generations. Our schools fail abysmally in this regard. Every single test prove that. What we could not afford to accept in math, science, or English, we tolerate in "social studies."

Everyone should be aware that the trend in the nation's public schools is to begin the study of American history in high school with the close of the CW. The reasoning is that students already know the first part because of having had it in the 7th grade! Ask any teacher whether this is true.



Subject: Nominating Process for QHF From: Karen Alexander

A couple of QHL members have recently shown interest in the process of nominating someone to The Quilters Hall of Fame so I thought I would share this process with the entire QHL list. Please be aware: nominations MUST come from the public. The Board of QHF does not nominate people. We need YOUR input to make it happen.

Just in case you have our new book ("The Quilters Hall of Fame"), there is  a nomination form on page 157. You may xerox this nomination form several times and distribute to those who want to participate in the nominating process with you or send me your street address and I will mail a form to you.

Nominations come from the general public. In the nomination process we ask the person doing the nominating to explain in writing why the individual should be so honored -- i.e. how she/he has made outstanding contributions to the world of quilting. Also include a comprehensive resume for your nominee and supporting letters from at least three (3) but no more than ten (10) people stating succinctly (not in generalities) why they recommend tha t this person be considered. Five copies of each of the above items should be mailed to reach The Quilters Hall of Fame no later than Sept 1st of each year.

A detailed comprehensive curriculum vita or resume should be sufficient. Yo u may include examples of what the nominee has accomplished but it is not required. However, if you choose to include such items, you may include copies of newspaper or magazine articles about the nominee; articles she/he has written; program books of exhibits she/he has curated, etc. These materials will not be returned but will stay in the QHF research archives.

In 1979 a Selection Committee of five was formed from quilters and knowledgeable persons from across the USA. This committee generally includes representatives from the traditional and art quilt worlds, as well as the quilt history and museum world, and changes over the years.

After September 1st, the committee begins their study of all nominations submitted that year. There may be a consensus immediately but if not, the results are posted to the committee and they deliberate via e-mail until they come to a final conclusion with a majority vote. In addition, we have a special consultant who is aware of those nominated and gives her/his own informed overview of the contributions that each nominated individual has made.

Once the Selection Committee has come to a conclusion, the name is then sen t to the Executive Committee of the QHF Board of Directors for approval or disapproval.

A nomineeB9s name may stay in the pipeline for up to 5 years. If we have received no additional information or letters from the quilt world concerning said individual in those five years and the individual has still not been selected within that time frame, the name is B3retiredB9. However, the person may again be considered in the future but the nominating process would have to start all over again in the same way as described in paragrap h one above.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Karen Alexander

-- Karen B. Alexander President-elect The Quilters Hall of Fame P.O. Box 681 Marion, IN 46952 QHF Office: quilterscomteck.com Personal: karenquiltrockisland.com WEBSITE: www.quiltershalloffame.org <http://www.quiltershalloffame.org/>


Subject: Methodist quilting From: "Velia Lauerman"

Methodist quilting, aka seed quilting was done on a Ole World Santa from a recent pattern and displayed at Sauder Village, Ohio possibly in 2000. Seed quilting was done in Texas when my mom and grandmother quilted with left over cotton from the fields. In the 20's they would gather left over cotton and pat it together on a table into a sheetlike batt. The seed quilting is done with a little bite stitch and back then into the batting. Where did Methodist quilting come into the picture? Maybe you can find out at the Methodist meeting. My sister is Methodist but doesn't know.I have tried in vane.


Subject: Common Fabrics - an interesting article From: Joan Kiplinger 

To go one step further on the name and the coinage -- according to the Modern Textile and Apparel Dictionary, 1973, the name jean comes from Genoa [Janua, Génes]. In the 14th and 15th centuries the Jàne was the English name for a coin of this city.


Subject: athm update From: Joan Kiplinger 

A friend of mine who is a ATHM member sent me the following press release from the museum. I thought it might be of interest to the list:


LOWELL, May 23 - In a move to address its national vision and operational budget shortfall, the board of trustees of the American Textile History Museum voted to accept an aggressive action plan recommended by the museum's strategic planning committee at the 2005 annual meeting held Friday, May 20. According to Jan Russell, trustee and strategic planning committee chair, the action plan includes accepting a $1 million challenge grant from an anonymous out-of-state donor to keep the museum open; putting the Dutton Street building up for sale on the condition the museum can lease back part of it from the buyer; cutting back museum operations; launching a campaign to raise $3 million for its endowment; and continuing to explore major east coast locations where it could better access a national audience. "Our chief responsibility is to make sure our collections are cared for and our financial resources have proper stewardship," said Russell. "As we address our operational budget shortfall which extends beyond what the museum generates from earned revenues, fundraising and endowment returns, we need to think in terms of how the actions we take now will positively effect this museum in the next 20 to 40 years." The trustees noted that the specific actions will be formulated by the museum's president/CEO Michael J. Smith in collaboration with the board. Commenting on specifics, Smith said the museum will reduce its operating budget for the 2006 year. "Beginning October 1, 2005 the museum will be open for general visitation Thursdays through Sundays," said Smith. " However, we will maintain the current schedule of Tuesday through Sunday for school services and youth programming," he said. "We are at a critical time in the museum's history," said new board chair McAvoy. "With the help of our supporters, staff and volunteers, I am confident that we can strengthen our mission and vision by making the best use now of our resources and conserving our assets which include our unique collections and an endowment to preserve them, as well as our fully paid for Lowell building." Smith said "everyone at the museum very much appreciates all the expressions of moral and financial support that have come from members, donors and the textile and apparel community over the past month. With this continued suppport and energy, we look forward to reaching the goal of a fully energized and financially healthy American Textile History Museum that achieves its mission of telling America's stories through the art, science and history of our textiles for a broad national and international audience."



Subject: Baltimore Quilt History From: "Betsy Golden"

I am fairly new to the list; and I'm fascinated with all I am learning aboute textiles and quilts. I am planning to be in the Baltimore, MD area the first week of June.Can anyone suggest museums or other resources related to quilt and textile history? Thanks in advance for your help.

Betsy Golden


Subject: quilts to see in LA From: "Marcia Kaylakie" 

I find that I will be in Los Angeles in late October for 4 days. Are  there any museums that I might contact and arrange to see their quilts  while I am there? Thanks, Marcia Marcia Kaylakie, AQS Certified Appraiser Austin, TX  www.texasquiltappraiser.com ------_


Subject: bias tape chart From: Joan Kiplinger 

For those keeping track of bias tape information and chart, see new column and chart below which are now live. 42 brand names have been added plus a cross reference listing of brand names by manufacturer. Tapes include Canadian and UK brands. Seems each day there is a new brand which pops up.

joan http://www.fabrics.net/print/joanbiaschart1001.asp 



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