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Subject: Re: qhl digest: July 22, 2005 From: Trishherraol.com 

In reply to Kathy Holland's post of 7/20, requesting museum exhibits to tour during her August road trip: I very highly recommend the current exhibit at the York Heritage Trust (250 E. Market St., York, Pa), entitled "Quilts: A Testimony to Friendship." At least 25 early quilts are displayed, including an extremely rare Hewson in the Trust's collection. Several of these quilts were featured in the recent issue of McCall's Vintage Quilts magazine. The exhibit will be rotated sometime in August, with additional spectacular quilts on view. By the way, on July 31, at 2 pm, Merikay Waldvogel will be presenting a FREE lecture! Kathy, and other qhl members may want to make a special trip. For additional information, call the Trust at 717-848-1587. From someone who thinks/knows York County(Pa) quilts are the BEST! Roberta Benvin

If Kathy Holland stops in York, Pa. I would suggest a quick trip east across the Susquahanna River for a visit to the Heritage Center Quilt and Textile Museum in Lancaster, 37 N. Market Str., Center Square area, near the Farmer's Market in Lancaster. There she will see probably the most extensive exhibit of Lancaster County Amish quilts available at one time in an exhibit. There are about 35 examples that change about every 4-5 months from the Esprit Collection. The Cultural History Museum building is also open in the same block with an exhibit on the Amish and a special gallery with a weaving exhibit too. Hours are 10-5 and closed on Mondays. Web site is _www.lancasterheritage.com_ (http://www.lancasterheritage.com) .

Hey, Lancaster quilts aren't bad either! Trish Herr



Subject: tyler's image From: Palamporeaol.com Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 10:37:16 EDT X-Message-Number: 2

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I found this picture of John Tyler. I think that the face is definitely his.

_http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/jt10.html_ (http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/jt10.html)

Off to the beach. Lynn Lancaster Gorges New Bern, NC



Subject: Harrison maybe From: Palamporeaol.com Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 10:44:36 EDT X-Message-Number: 3

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_http://datadave.com/virtualelection/09.htm_ (http://datadave.com/virtualelection/09.htm)

Here is more stuff about the Harrison/Tyler campaign. It might be Harrison. He, too, has a face like a scarecrow! This is it. I am out of here. Very interesting quest! Lynn Lancaster Gorges



Subject: Re: political ribbon From: Xenia Cord <xenialegacyquilts.net> Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 09:49:39 -0600 X-Message-Number: 4

Can we see a picture of this gentleman in uniform?



Subject: RE: qhl digest: July 21, 2005 From: "Teddy Pruett" <aprayzerhotmail.com> Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 21:08:48 -0400 X-Message-Number: 5

Laura Syler wrote:

<<My experience has been that the majority of the quilting thread changed colors. Not always, but most times. And particularly in the green areas. Flipping the quilt over reveals the color change, and not always to red or green....I've seen a lot of brown colors. Some of those may have been home dyed and fugitive.>>

That's exactly what I would have said - but I've been amazed at how many mid-century quilts I see that have no quilting at all in the applique areas.

While I have your attention, I want to report that the little cardboard boxes of Sunset Soap Dyes, pat. 1915, are still very potent! I had a display of antique dyes on a shelf over my washer, and my son threw in a large load of clothes, inadvertently flicking one of the dye boxes into the wash. All I can say is I am glad it was light green, and not some darker color. I took his favorite tee-shirts and tossed them into a batch of Rit Dye Remover that's been in the cupboard for countless years, and after that into a light bleach wash. He ain't happy.

Also, a question for the Baltimore Album experts - or fans - on the list. I've been going through all my references, looking at various border treatments. I am doing some research on a BA with a fantastic border of running vines, leaves, and MARY SIMON ROSES!!!!! I've seen some very nice borders, but I've not yet found another one like this. I'd like to know if any of yall have seen another one. Or ideas for online viewing of BA's. I've looked at the ones at the IQSC. EVEN THOUGH I am buried alive in reference books, there are some of the BA books I don't have here in the woods. Teddy Pruett, in a near catatonic state from the heat - and who helped with a yard sale the past two days in over 100 degree, humid, wet, gooey heat. Those of you who know me know -----don't make me sweat, honey, and don't hurt my makeup. I get meaner than a bear with a sandpapered butt.


Subject: Hoover Quilts From: "Karan Flanscha" <SadieRosecfu.net> Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 08:12:02 -0500 X-Message-Number: 6

The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa, is having a quilt show this summer. Hoover Quilts: A Display of Iowa Quilts is an exhibit of fourteen quilts, up until October 30th. Here is information from their website:

Hoover Quilts http://www.nps.gov/heho/pphtml/eventdetail18513.html

Date June 9, 2005 - October 30, 2005

Times 9:00am to 5:00pm daily

Location Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Visitor Center

Contact Daniel Peterson, 319-643-2541

The foundations that built Herbert Hoover’s success as a Great Humanitarian and U.S. President can be revealed through a new exhibit on display at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Visitor Center until October 30, 2005. Reflecting the years from 1874 to 1885, home, religion, work, and school played major roles in shaping the person we now know. Although quilts are pieces of fabric stitched together to provide warmth and comfort, they are often times communicative in their patterns. Like a painting, each of the fourteen quilts in this exhibition has something to tell us today about the historical, social, and cultural context of its time.

As with many art forms and creative hobbies, quilting has remained a common thread in our local history. The exhibit features two Friendship quilts that contain the threads of many local people of Cedar County Iowa. On loan from the West Branch Heritage Museum is a Friendship quilt, presumably made in 1853, that contains fifty-four signatures of early West Branch citizens, many of whom are Quaker. Another Friendship quilt, on loan from the Cedar County Historical Society, includes over 700 embroidered names. Made in 1907, the quilt contains the members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Tipton. Other quilts in the exhibit include a Pinwheel quilt traditionally thought to be from the Jesse Hoover family (Herbert Hoover’s father), a nine-patch design from a cousin of Herbert Hoover, and a quilt top that was found in a trunk within the 1840’s Hall-Rate-Larkin house in Cedar County.

The exhibit, located at the National Park Service Visitor Center, is on display from June 10, through October 30, 2005. For additional information please call 319-643-2541.

On display at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum is Under the Big Top: The Circus in America. This is an original and spectacular exhibit on the history of the circus in America. Visitors will be dazzled by the color, the light, and the activity of “The Greatest Show on Earth” just as they were when they attended their first circus. Under the Big Top is on display until October 30, 2005.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum are open daily 9-5, and located off of I-80 at exit 254 in West Branch, Iowa.


Subject: another way to learn history From: Mary Waller <mswalleriw.net> Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 09:06:17 -0500 X-Message-Number: 7

Last week, I participated in a weeklong "summer institute" workshop for history teachers, at my local university. I am not a classroom history teacher, but I got some great info and opportunities doing this. There were several non-teachers in the workshop. Among other things, we visited a Hutterite colony (one of the Anabaptist groups who live and farm communally), an amazing Catholic church and a sundance grounds on the Yankton Dakota (Sioux) reservation, the remains of Fort Randall along the Missouri River, and a bison kill area about three miles from my house I had known about but was never sure of the details. I learned a lot about local stuff I'd heard about and a lot of local stuff I had hadn't a clue about.

The most fun thing I got to do was use an atlatl, a spear-throwing device that predates the bow and arrow. I have never been an athlete or interested in sports, but this could be my sport! I was lousy at it, but I got better and I loved it!

This workshop was heavily supported by my state's Humanities Council, administered by the university and various sessions were taught by a variety of faculty members. I recommend you check out workshops like this.

Mary Waller Vermillion, South Dakota, USA


Subject: Chemical QUILT From: Karen Alexander <karenquiltrockisland.com> Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 08:20:46 -0700 X-Message-Number: 8

<<...one of the chemicals approved to treat this disease has the brand name QUILT! I'm not sure why or if this is an acronym...>>

I stumbled across this company and their chemical QUILT name a couple of years ago and wrote them but do you think I can find the file now to share with you!!

Karen Alexander


Subject: ID of soldier & Anchorage From: Palamporeaol.com Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 21:40:00 EDT X-Message-Number: 9

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Oops, I had the wrong man. Thanks to Julia and Xenia for the final ID. If Will had been here to help he would have known immediately. He was off hanging out at the beach. How dare him! Another topic----When we were at the Anchorage Art & History Museum last week I saw a great quilt of sorts. It was a letter rendition of an applique quilt. Said that it was a typical souvenior of the late 1800's. There was no batting. There were leather appliques cut out and then stitched on top of leather squares that were stitched together. The leathers were light and dark. Great piece! Anyone else seen this type of thing? I will try to get the shot of it that Will took, and get it put on the site for you. We had a wonderful trip. Good night, Lynn Lancaster Gorges, New Bern, NC



Subject: Reply to Laura Fisher's reference to Jesse Jackson's speech From: <hunterljbuffnet.net> Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 10:52:44 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 10

Dear Laura and all, I enjoyed your reference to Jesse Jackson's quote about quilting. I use his quote all the time in my lectures. I even printed it up on bookmarks for my quilting students. It's a wonderful statement that says America is not like a blanket, all one type of person etc., but like a quilt, many colors, races etc. I am so glad to hear when it was first used. On another note, I was just in NYC over the July 4th holiday and very much enjoyed visiting your shop. You were not there that day. I would have enjoyed talking with you. I very much enjoyed the variety of quilts. Thank you. Linda Hunter AQS Certified Appraiser


Subject: Re: QHL: Cheater Cloth From: "Laura Syler" <texas_quilt.coairmail.net> Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 08:10:46 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

Susan, I have a piece in my fabric dating workbook circa 1870...those wonderful madder browns, reds & rust colors.

Laura Hobby Syler AQS Certified Appraiser ----


Subject: Re: QHL: Cheater Cloth From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <marciarkearthlink.net> Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 08:15:11 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

I have a cheater cloth quilt from the 1870s, and I know cheater cloth was made much earlier than that! Marcia


Subject: Re: QHL: Cheater Cloth From: Becky Gockel

I found this web site that has a little history about cheater cloth:


It must have been popular in the 1970-72 as well as I bought some while in high school to make a long full skirt. I just found it last year while moving and made a table cloth out of it.

Becky In the high desert of California

Marcia Kaylakie <marciarkearthlink.net> wrote:

I have a cheater cloth quilt from the 1870s, and I know cheater cloth was made much earlier than that! Marcia


Subject: Re: QHL: Cheater Cloth From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" <lzbassettcomcast.net> Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 10:51:32 -0400 X-Message-Number: 4

This website states that cheater cloth goes back to the 1850s. It actually dates even earlier than that, and depending upon what you mean by "cheater cloth," it could go back to the the late 1700s. I found a newspaper reference to printed marseilles quilt vesting fabric for men in a newspaper advertisement (Hartford, CT) in the 1790s--plus I found an actual swatch of printed marseilles vesting in an issue of Ackermann's Repository from about 1810 or so. At Old Sturbridge Village, there is a man's jacket made of cheater cloth from the 1840s, plus I have seen a portrait of a little boy wearing a dress made of cheater cloth which is also from the 1840s. The person who has done a lot of research on this topic is Deborah Kraak, former curator of textiles at Winterthur, who lives in Wilmington, DE. I believe she's planning a publication on this, so we will have that to look forward to!

Best, Lynne

>I found this web site that has a little history about cheater cloth: > > http://www.quilt.com/History/CheaterClothHistory.html


Subject: Re: Indigo dyed fabric From: Judy Schwender <

Good morning all,

The subject has come up before, so please let me share my thoughts on indigo "bleeding" onto other fabric. You should be able to wash or agitate it out because once the original dyed cloth is exposed to air, the indigo turns blue and will not dissolve in water. To make fabric darker blue it must be immersed and exposed to the air many times. It sounds like this bleeding is excess oxidized indigo that has washed off the original cloth, but in that form it is not a dye. See below.

Judy Schwender

Found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigo_dye:

"Indigo is a challenging dye to use because it is not soluble in water; to be dissolved, it must undergo a chemical change. When a submerged fabric is removed from the dyebath, the indigo quickly combines with oxygen in the air and reverts to its insoluble form.

"Indigo is a dark blue crystalline powder that melts at 390°–392°C. It is insoluble in water, alcohol, or ether but soluble in chloroform, nitrobenzene, or concentrated sulfuric acid. The chemical structure of indigo corresponds to the formula C16H10N2O2.

"The naturally occurring substance is indican, which is colorless and soluble in water. Indican can easily be hydrolyzed to glucose and indoxyl. Mild oxidation, such as by exposure to air, converts indoxyl to indigo.

"The manufacturing process developed in the late 1800s is still in use throughout the world. In this process, indoxyl is synthesized by the fusion of sodium phenylglycinate in a mixture of sodium hydroxide and sodamide.

"Several simpler compounds can be produced by decomposing indigo; these compounds include aniline and picric acid. The only chemical reaction of practical importance is its reduction by urea to indigo white. The indigo white is reoxidized to indigo after it has been applied to the fabric."

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Subject: Simulated Patchwork From: "Julia D. Zgliniec" <rzglini1san.rr.com> Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 09:14:33 -0700 X-Message-Number: 6

Good Morning! Cloth, printed to look like patchwork, was being printed in the second quarter of the 19th century, and probably earlier. Most of the samples I have in my files date from the 4th quarter 19th when it must have been very popular. Some are established quilt patterns like Log Cabin and others are intricate compositions designed for the fabric printers.

I was appraising at a show in Reno, NV last year and a client brought me a photo of a relative posed in front of a fan quilted quilt. The client wanted me to ID the pattern because she said she had been trying to draft it without success. I recognized it as a printed patchwork Mariner's Compass design. She was skeptical until I send her a scan of the fabric. She is very fortunate to have that picture and she was kind enough to send me a scan. I don't know what colorway was used in the photo because it is a black and white. I have 2 colorways in my swatch book, one of which I have posted to the board with the title Simulated Patchwork in the Fabric section

Regards, Julia

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: July 23, 2005 From: Mary Persyn <Mary.Persynvalpo.edu> Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 11:55:58 -0500 X-Message-Number: 7

One of my donations to the AQSG auction in Golden is a brand-new Quilt! gimmie cap that I got from one of my farmer cousins in Oregon.

Quilt is a combination of Tilt and Quadris fungicides.


In Valparaiso where it is FINALLY raining!


Subject: Re: ID of soldier & Anchorage From: <gingramtcainternet.com>

Lynn dolin', I did tell you we decided to postpone by exactly one year the Southern conference. those who can are meeting at place d'ingram in Ruston on date of this year's proposed conference. So would love for you to come. we'll have fun. AND we will get this planned so it will be as good as AQSG in Dallas. And we'll have a book from it. There simply was no way to raise money being under full auspices of library.

Am at Judy Roche's this week and next. Oh glory. I have a headache from visual overload. And such a wonderful guest house. And books. I suggest to beg an invitation. We are making this woman come south.

what is pepper up to?


Subject: Re: Simulated Patchwork From: Xenia Cord <xenialegacyquilts.net> Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 12:44:36 -0600 X-Message-Number: 9

I love that in the simulated patchwork, the pink segments do not meet at their points!



Subject: QHL: Cheater Cloth From: "Susan Wildemuth"

Thanks to everyone on the list who answered my question about cheater cloth. I appreciate it.

Sue in Illinois


Subject: Re: QHL: Cheater Cloth From: Blackeyesandysueaol.com 

Sue, I have several pieces of antique cheater cloth from 1840-1850. One is a beautiful brown peacock, many of you have probably seen samples of the early cat cheater, and I have one that is glazed blue patchwork. I have a small piece of the 1880-90 crazy quilt cheater. It was reproduced recently. Cheater cloth very early and very interesting. Polly Mello


Subject: Re: Simulated Patchwork From: <chrisajetlink.net> 

Do you remember at your dating class at Quilt Emporium years ago, my = 1940s reproduction cheater of your 1880s? same cheater reproduction, of = an earlier 19th century print? That was amazing. Mine was grays, mellow = yellows and blacks and yours was a different colorway. It wasn't a = recognizable quilt block pattern, but an overall patchwork design that = featured a floral in a larger area surrounded by smaller squares as I = recall. Mine is packed away somewhere. Do you recall the date of the = original fabric? It was fairly early as I recall and I have seen a = picture in a book.

I have a cheater piece that I have not seen in a book or a quilt. I = would date it ca. 1880. It is a faded piece and looks pink, blue and = brown today. The main patterns are quite large and the main feature is a = horseshoe that has "good luck" written above it in a typical Victorian = font and added decor. The other main feature picture looks like a piece = of corner architecture in a Victorian house's doorway at the top. it is = lattice or scrolling. These large blocks are divided by printed squares = and half-sq. triangle blocks, which are the pink the blue ones. The rest = is mostly shades of browns and whites and a little pink or maybe it was = red. If anyone knows anything abut this particular cheater fabric, = please let me know.


Kim Wulfert www.antiquequiltdating.com

Good Morning! Cloth, printed to look like patchwork, was being printed in the second quarter of the 19th century, and probably earlier. Most of the samples I have in my files date from the 4th quarter 19th when it must have been =

very popular. Some are established quilt patterns like Log Cabin and others are intricate compositions designed for the fabric printers.



Subject: Re: Simulated Patchwork From: "Julia D. Zgliniec" <

Hi Kim, Yes, in fact I still have my book out and I have a picture of yours filed with mine. The print is pictured in : Schoeser, Mary, and Rufey, (1989) English and American Textiles 1790 to the Present. Thames and Hudson. New York, NY. The date given is 1882 and was printed by Cocheco.



Subject: Re: Simulated Patchwork From: <chrisajetlink.net> 

That's it! I was thinking there was an earlier one that both were copied = from, but now looking at it, it smacks of 1880s with the paisley = flowers.

Hi Kim, Yes, in fact I still have my book out and I have a picture of yours filed with mine. The print is pictured in : Schoeser, Mary, and Rufey, (1989) English and American Textiles 1790 to the Present. Thames and Hudson. New York, NY. The date given is 1882 and was printed by Cocheco.



Subject: Mysteries From: "Lorraine Forster" <circusvuelycos.com>

I have Portraits of the Presidents series (up to Nixon) done by Sam Patrick. I looked at William H. Harrison, John Tyler, Andrew Jackson and Zachary Taylor (without knowing whose name was on the reverse) and my guess for the "9-patch fabric with portrait" is Andrew Jackson. It looks very much like him out of these four since he is the only one with hair parted on the right (although he is gray in my series portrait). The nose is the same, the pointy chin and the long thin face. I don't have any portrait of Lafayette to compare. Is his hair parted on the right?

Andrew Jackson served two terms as president: (1829 - 1833) (1833 - 1837). His military service: Judge advocate of Davidson County Militia (c.1791); Major General of Tennessee Militia (1802 - 1812); Major General of U.S.Army (1814 - 1821).

The Mystery Man at the Gloucester County Historical Society appears to me to be William H. Harrison (although younger than the portrait I have which is gray). They both have hair combed forward with slight curls, same nose, bushy eyebrows and thin lips. If it is not Harrison, then perhaps a very close relative - father or son.

As to Harrison's military service: U.S.Army (1791 - 1798), rose from Ensign to Captain; as Governor of Indiana Territory fought Indians at Tippecanoe (1811); commissioned Major General of Kentucky Militia (1812); U. S.Army (1812 - 1814), rose from Brigadier General to Major General in command of the Northwest .

The flowers in the "9-patch fabric with portrait" appear to be in the form of bleeding heart however, it looks more like a bleeding strawberry!



Subject: Mystery Block From: Julie Silber <quiltcomplexdirecway.com>

Hi, Julie Silber here.

I have a quilt with a design I've not seen before. I can not locate it in Brackman either. Maybe you guys know ... ? 

You can see the mystery block and full quilt photos at <img src="http:// jdemeter.mystarband.net/pinwheelvari.jpg"> and <img src="http://jdemeter.mystarband.net/pinwheelvaridet.jpg">

I can send more photos -- please contact me directly for them. Thanks for any help.


Subject: Quilts mentioned as metaphor in Hard news From: Karen Alexander

[Emailed this two days ago but it never appeared in the Digest. Did some of you get it?]

Like Laura Fisher (and others I am sure), I too have collected references to quilt related words in the =8Chard news=B9=8Afor about 10 years. I believe an AQSG paper was even done on this subject several years ago. The metaphors t= o fabric and needlework seem endless and timeless in our culture. About five years I wrote a draft for an article about my response but never followed through. Don=B9t remember why, but Laura=B9s post triggered the memory and I found the draft and shortened and updated it. This rewrite is a mixture of the use of metaphors and marketing:  Besides my passion for the history of quilts and quilters, I do have other interests. <g> One of them is the psychology behind buying and selling. A producer has to find a way to entice the buyer to =8Cwant=B9 his/her product as well as =8Cto buy=B9 his/her product. I actually worked in the direct mail marketing world for about 7 years in the late 1980s and found tracking the results of which =8Cpackages=B9 pulled the greatest response absolutely fascinating. It is both an art and a science to make it work.  The very vocabulary of our much loved medium=8Aterms such as =8Cquilted-together=B9 and =8Cpatchwork=B9 and =8Ccrazy-quilt=B9=8Ahave been metaphors fo= r the daily human events of our culture for sometime. The front pages of our news media, in articles having nothing to do with quilting itself, have employed such terms with growing frequency in the past 2 to 3 decades. In August 2000, shortly after I agreed to take on the task of Press Secretary for The Quilters Hall of Fame, I read what I thought at the time a most extraordinary story in the New York Times Magazine section entitled =8CThe En= d of the Mass Market.=B9 The story suggested that a shift in a cultural metapho= r and myth that had been an icon throughout the 20th century had occurred.  In fact, the subtle impact of the quilt metaphor upon popular culture to describe major cultural shifts was used in two different hard business news venues in 2000 that I stumbled across. The example that was especially interesting to me was an August 13, 2000, New York Times article addressing the =8Crevolution=B9 (their word) that is taking place in the way television is going to be =8Cmarketed=B9 to the vast American buying audience in the not too distant future future, and this =8Crevolution,=B9 according to the article, is based on a =8Cparadigm shift=B9 in American culture. In the second to last paragraph its author wrote: 'One of the reasons people used to watch TV in the 1950's and 60's was for the shared experience. The metaphor for the country was the MELTING POT: people wanted to be the same. People read Time and Newsweek mainly because other people read Time and Newsweek. Now the metaphor is the QUILT. This is another way of saying that a technology [television] that was shaped by one kind of society is being forced to adap= t to a new kind of society=8A" (Use of capitals for emphasis are mine.)  Is the =8Clowly=B9 quilt, I asked myself as I read the article, and those who make them, really the =8Cnew=B9 metaphor for a =8Cnew=B9 kind of society? Is the quilt indeed taking on a new status on a national cultural scale by enterin= g the lexicon of metaphors for stating what our culture is all about? In spite of the fact that I had seen quilting terms used more and more frequently in the =8Cgeneral media=B9 these past 10 years, this was the first time I personally had seen the quilt used as a metaphor for the WHOLE culture, deliberately displacing that preciously lionized metaphor, the =8Cmelting pot.=B9 And this was an article directed at the business world. It was not directed at the traditional =8Cwomen=B9s world.=B9 Absolutely fascinating= , I thought!

Karen Alexander 


Subject: quiltmaking in Pennsylvania From: Lynn and Debbie Cupp

I recently enjoyed reading this e-book.

Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled during Her Visit among the "Pennsylvania Germans"

There are references to quilt making and patterns and use of clothing and other scraps well before the many recipes.

A charming account of her life before she married, published 1915.

Located on the web at:


Debbie Cupp


pinwheelvaridet.jpg (49382 bytes)Subject: Re: Mystery Block From: Judy White <whitey06029sbcglobal.net>

That's Letha's Electric Fan, a Kansas City Star Pattern. I have a quilt from the same pattern hanging on my living room wall. The pattern appeared in the Star in 1938/39 when electricity was introduced to the rural areas of Missouri.

Judy White

Julie Silber <quiltcomplexdirecway.com> wrote:

Hi, Julie Silber here.

I have a quilt with a design I've not seen before. I can not locate it in Brackman either. Maybe you guys know ... ? You can see the mystery block and full quilt photos at jdemeter.mystarband.net/pinwheelvari.jpg"> and src="http://jdemeter.mystarband.net/pinwheelvaridet.jpg">

I can send more photos -- please contact me directly for them. Thanks for any help.


Subject: Mystery Block Named! From: Julie Silber <quiltcomplexdirecway.com>

Hi again, Julie Silber here. I got an answer on the mystery block. An eBay watcher (quilt is currently listed) generously responded. Design is called "Letha's Electric Fan" -- Kansas City Star, 1938. [Brackman 3522.] Thanks.


Subject: William Henry Harrison From: "Ronda McAllen" 

I have been following the thread concerning W.H. Harrison. I have often wondered why so many Baltimore Album Quilts have the "Tippicanoe and Tyler Too" block since many of the quilts were made between 1845 and 1855. Does anyone know of a Baltimore connection to Harrison? Any theories why quilts made 5 - 10 years after his death would still have a Harrison reference?



Subject: Southern Quilt Conference From: <gingramtcainternet.com>

I apologize that my posting to Lynn Gorges re Southern Quilt Conference went to the entire list. I had hoped to get in touch with presenters first.

Yet, let me start over, for those who missed the posting.

We have decided to postpone by exactly one year the Southern Quilt Conference, scheduled for this Septembe 16th.

We were working under what appeared to be an insurmountable burden because of our connection to the library. We could take no reservations: it was first-come, first-seated, with no idea of how many to anticipate. As interest grew, that became an increasing concern.

Moreover, among presenters a number of unusual circumstances arose. Some had scheduling problems not anticipated a year ago. Some had to be out of town. We were all rushing papers. Two books we wished to spotlight are not yet out, though their writers' anticipated their being out.

So, rather than present something lesser, postponement seemed the higher path. Now, we can advertise better, pursue research leds, plan some exhibits, and similar things of the sort.

We hope to take the Dallas AQSG model as ours---arrange for quilt shows beyond the main room shows, provide panels---well lots better presentation.

So please accept our apologies. And I would appreciate presenters acknowledging receipt of tis email.

Sorry to disappoint in the short run, but we know you will be better pleased in the long run.

Gail Ingram


Subject: Re: William Henry Harrison From: "Lucinda Cawley"

Ronda McAllen wrote: I have been following the thread concerning W.H. Harrison. I have often wondered why so many Baltimore Album Quilts have the "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" block since many of the quilts were made between 1845 and 1855. Does anyone know of a Baltimore connection to Harrison? Any theories why quilts made 5 - 10 years after his death would still have a Harrison reference?

Baltimore in the 1840s was something of a "hot bed of Whiggery." In 1840, the year Harrison and Tyler were elected, the National Convention of Whig Young Men met in Baltimore. Support for the Whigs remained strong in Baltimore until the party dissolved in the 1850s. It makes sense that quilts made after the fact in Whig families would hark back to the triumph of the 1840 election. The Whig party was formed in 1832 to oppose Andrew Jackson and the Democrats. Besides Harrison the party elected Zachary Taylor in 1848, like Harrison he died in office and was succeeded by his vice-president the unforgettable Millard Fillmore. The party's last candidate, in 1852, was another military hero Winfield Scott who lost to Franklin Pierce (it was Scott as general-in-chief of the US Army who offered Robert E. Lee the field command of Union forces in 1861) . The party dissolved over the issue of slavery. The northern Whigs joined the Republicans whose first presidential candidate in 1856 was John C. Fremont. The southern Whigs went back to the Democrats. Cinda on the Eastern Shore waiting for the promised cold front


Subject: Question about Crazy quilt applique From: "Beth Davis" <bethdan533frontiernet.net> Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 21:35:21 -0400 X-Message-Number: 10

Hello, A friend of mine recently bought a wonderful crazy quilt, which among the usual features of fancy fabrics, embroidery, painted flowers, there were several initials which appeared at first glance to be satin stitches. Upon closer inspection, it looks like the initials are appliquéd made of a loosely knitted fabric-sort of like a very fine mesh. I should be able to photograph the quilt in a week or so-although I don't think that I could get close enough with the camera that I own. Even with a magnifying glass it was hard to see. Is anyone familiar with this sort of technique?

Regards, Beth Davis 


Subject: New From: kldevaol.com Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 09:40:20 -0400

Hi everyone, I finally found you! I am a studying to be a better quilt historian, quilt collector, aprraiser in training, quilt teacher and designer.



Subject: Re: Mystery Block From: RAGLADYaol.com Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 00:27:21 EDT X-Message-Number: 2

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When Judy White was able to give the name of the block/design... I googled and found some nice pictures. It's done in crazy quilting style here: http://www.silk-ribbon-embroidery.com/Graphics/ORWArr1/Delivered/orwarr1f.htm

The design is also in the Kansas City Star book "Roads and Curves Ahead" by Edie McGinnis. http://www.thekansascitystore.com/ProductDetail.cfm?PID=276

Gloria ragladyaol.com


Subject: Re: red green quilting/ AQSG seminar From: "ginghamfrontiernet.net" <ginghamfrontiernet.net> Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 00:33:51 -0600 X-Message-Number: 3

I'm hoping there will be more responses to the question about the color of quilting thread across 19 c. red/green applique quilts.

In my small but growing collection, I only have 2 red/green 19th c. applique quilts and both just have white thread and the quilting goes across the appliques on both. I saw another such quilt last week and it had colored applique thread but the quilting thread was white.


On another note, I'd love to hear comments about why I should join AQSG (American Quilt Study Group) and attend the seminar in Colorado. Thanks.

Sandra Starley Moab, Utah


Subject: Re: Extreme closeup photos From: Barbara Burnham <barbaraburnhamyahoo.com> Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 03:44:17 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 4


I have had great results getting extreme closeups with my digital camera and a loupe. The loupe was placed on the object which magnifies it for the camera, just as it does for the eye, and the camera set for macro/closeup.

Barbara Burnham Ellicott City, MD

...I should be able to photograph the quilt in a week or so-although I don't think that I could get close enough with the camera that I own. Even with a magnifying glass it was hard to see. Regards, Beth Davis


Subject: Re: red green quilting/ AQSG seminar From: Xenia Cord <xenialegacyquilts.net> Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 06:37:42 -0600 X-Message-Number: 5

I have speculated on two things about mid-19th century applique quilts: the matter of the color in the quilting thread, and the stylistic decision to quilt the surface without regard for the applique design. On the first, I wonder if the 'color change' in the quilting thread, seen most clearly on the back, may be the result of excess dye in the applique pieces permeating the quilting thread over time and given some kinds of storage conditions? I realize cotton takes dye poorly without a mordant, but still wonder if some sort of transfer process isn't being observed.

On the other, the quilt study group to which I belong has recognized that red/green applique quilts from southern Ohio and southern Indiana (the home states of most of us) have quilting through the design, while 'north of 40' (US 40, the old National Road) the quilting accents the applique. Obviously this distinction is by no means definitive geographically - we may be like the blind men trying to describe an elephant by touch. So the question is, how widespread is this observation, and can we draw any geographic, social, ethnic, or cultural conclusions from its distribution?

As for joining AQSG - oh, wow! I admit to extreme prejudice; for years I was struggling in the wilderness, so to speak, reinventing the wheel, trying to learn quilt history on my own while academe and my quilting friends ignored the field. Then I discovered AQSG - folks just like me, singing from the same page in joyful harmony - and sometimes spirited dissention<g>! Seriously, joining AQSG attracts members from across the country and world-wide who are interested in serious study of all aspects of quilt history and movements within the quilt world. Membership puts you in comfortable touch with many whose names you know from current scholarship, with people who are interested in mentoring your research ideas or just discussing shared interests, with people who just love quilt history, fabric history, you name it. And seminar is so much fun - a great mix of friendly people, good scholarship, great opportunities to see the archived quilts in the area hosting the meeting, fun activities, good food - come to Denver!



Subject: leather quilt From: Crm793aol.com Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 10:07:59


In response to Lynn's mention of the leather quilt in Anchorage, I have a leather grandmother's flower garden, lights, darks and mediums; sewn together with leather strips. Very heavy! Probably not really a quilt since there is no backing or batting. Has anyone seen something like this.

When I return home I will look at the red & green quilts and report on the color of quilting thread.

Carolyn M



Subject: quilt metaphors From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquiltsyahoo.com>

wow-what a wonderful discussion Karen Alexander contributed concerning the quilt metaphor. I love this list--it's such a pleasure to learn something new (and at your fingertips!) each day. Just an odd p.s. to the subject, in this week's NYTimes Science section article on the advent of a procedure to transplant faces in patients, the writer describes the candidate as having a "crazy quilt" of repairs on his face that this breakthrough surgery would correct. From the diagrams, basically it looks like reverse applique -- with space for the old eyes, nose, and mouth. Amazing!!


Subject: Re: quilt metaphors From: <chrisajetlink.net> 

<< the writer describes the candidate as having a "crazy quilt" of = repairs on his face that this breakthrough surgery would correct. From = the diagrams, basically it looks like reverse applique -- with space for = the old eyes, nose, and mouth. Amazing!!>>

Perhaps this could also be called a "well-loved quilt" face?

Out here in the west (a very very hot west these days) I have noticed a = quilt metaphor used more often than ever, for about the last 6 or so = months. Not so much in print as in speeches being given by community = leaders and government people. It has been so often lately that I found = it has stood out in my mind, It's interesting that there is less of it = in the NY Times than before. My thinking was that the increase of the = metaphor- be it patchwork, fabric or quilt- to a community issue and = pulling together to fix it, was due to the fact that often it is men = speaking about troubling situations and the use of a soft cuddly = comforting term would help him get through to the people listening and = form a connection that opens things up rather than fear that could shut = them down. The metaphor of fabric shows up more than the others in print = lately, as well as in speeches and verbal discussions I hear on TV and = news. The fabric word is used so often by so many people in authroity it = reminds me of the word "awesome" that caught on like this with = different age groups that I wouldn't have expected. Personally,I don't = find that awesome.

Kim Wulfert www.antiquequiltdating.com



Subject: Freedom Quilting Bee book From: Mary Persyn <Mary.Persynvalpo.edu> Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 14:39:48 -0500 X-Message-Number: 12

In case anyone is interested, I just received a notice that the University of Alabama Press has reprinted Nancy Callahan's book Freedom Quilting Bee: Folk Art and the Civil Rights Movement in Gee's Bend, Alabama. pbk $20.00. ISBN: 0-8173-5247-3

Mary who is off to Alaska for two weeks starting on the 29th.

-- Mary G. Persyn 219-465-7830 Associate Dean for Library Services School of Law Library Valparaiso University 656 S. Greenwich St. Valparaiso, IN 46383 Mary.Persynvalpo.edu Fax: 219-465-7917


Subject: Whig rose quilting question From: sewsewsarahjuno.com Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 17:24:33 -0400 X-Message-Number: 13

I am currently working on a whig rose quilt. I am doing a crosshatch in the background but am unsure how to quilt in the applique places?

The September issue of Quilter's Newsletter (on pages 34-37) shows one way to quilt in the appliques. As this is a classic pattern and I have made it in classic colors, I would like to quilt it that way, as well.


~*~Sarah in WV~*~


Subject: Leather quilts From: karenquiltrockisland.com Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 21:57:59 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 1

I saw an incredible collection of leather patchwork in an ethnography museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1986. When it first caught my eye I could have sworn it was patchworking quilting. However, since it was in galss cases and none of the docents could speak English, I could not find out anything about it!

Karen Alexander


Subject: Re: Leather quilts From: <kerrybrackozemail.com.au> Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 19:43:56 +1000 X-Message-Number: 2


Hi Any pics?? Kez

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Subject: Study Groups From: Litwinowaol.com Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 06:35:34 EDT X-Message-Number: 3

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Good Morning, I'm getting ready for the Iowa/Illinois Quilt Study Group that will be meeting August 6th in Kalona, IA. The antiques in the morning are always wonderful, in the afternoon "Redwork" are the study. I would like to know when and where all the other groups meet, so I can share that information to the group. Iowa/Illinois meets the first Saturdays in April and August. Thank you. Cathy Litwinow



Subject: Re: New From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <marciarkearthlink.net> Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 05:45:29 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

HI kld, why don't you tell us your name and where you live? Also what your particular interests might be? Marcia Kaylakie, Austin, TX 


Subject: AQSG and History From: catzrockisland.com Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 08:44:02 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 5

I have always felt a bit outcast from most of my quilting friends - most are not terribly interested in the history of quilts and quilting while those subjects have always been my passion. I had wanted to join AQSG for a long time - but there was always "one more bill" that took precedence. I think though that my DH just enrolled me-- finally! I have been so happy to know through this list that there are so many of us that thrive on the history part of quilting ! Thanks to you all for the wealth of information and thoughtful ( sometimes lively!)discussions . Marie Johansen


Subject: non quilt related employment opportunity... From: "Candace Perry" <candaceschwenkfelder.com> Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 14:12:27 -0400 X-Message-Number: 6

Just because I'm never sure who might be reading, I'm going to post this job opening -- we do ALOT of textile programming, thought that isn't the main focus...Please feel free to pass along... Museum Educator - Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center in Pennsburg, Montgomery Co, PA seeking industrious, self motivated individual with interest in Pennsylvania history, Pennsylvania German culture and folklife, to develop and expand educational program; part time position; bachelor's degree in education, American history, museum studies or related fields required. Resume and cover letter via email(infoschwenkfelder.com ) or 105 Seminary St., Pennsburg, PA 18073 Candace Perry www.schwenkfelder.com


Subject: Hello from new member! From: "Cindy Hamilton" <cvermillion2hotmail.com> Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 08:47:11 -0600 X-Message-Number: 7

Hello! Kris says to briefly introduce myself to the list, so here goes. I've been "listening" now for several months, thanks to Penny Tucker letting me know about QHL. I've been making quilts and studying quilt history since I was 17--that was back in the late 1960's. I've raised 3 kids, taught junior high school and served as librarian, all the while quilting every possible moment. (I usually am up quilting by 4:00 am) Some of you may know me from my quilts in mags and shows through the years. My first public appearance was in an early 1970's QNM where I appeared in The Meeting Place under my first married name as Cindy Davis from Glendale, CA. In my current life I am Cindy Vermillion Hamilton from Pagosa Springs, Colorado. I've lived quietly in a beautiful mountain town since 1974. My quilts have travelled all over and I have gone with them in spirit, because circumstances prevented me from going with them. I prefer to stay home and quilt, but now that I'm retired from teaching, I do get to go to one or two events a year, and share my passion and meet you wonderful quilt scholars who speak a language I understand. A huge, wonderful thing for me has been able to attend AQSG seminars for the past few years, even tho I had to play hooky to do it. Thanks for being there, and for providing such a stimulating, fun forum. Hope to someday meet many of you in person! Cindy Vermillion Hamilton in cool, colorful Colorado.


Subject: Introducing myself From: "Kay Sorensen" <kaysorensenwi.rr.com> Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 11:48:11 -0500 X-Message-Number: 8

I received an email from someone on this list asking me to introduce myself.

I'm happy to do this.

My name is Kay Sorensen. I live in Salem, Wisconsin in the summer and Summerfield, Florida in the winter. (I always said I didn't like Florida and would never live there. We built a house at Del Webb's Spruce Creek Country Club last year and I love it. Can't wait to get back!)

I have had almost a lifelong interest in quilting. I was gifted with a cute baby quilt when I was born, made by a friend of my mother's. I started my first quilt when I was 13. It didn't work and I threw in in the wastebasket. I don't remember much about the quilt but I still can vividly picture the wastebasket in my mind.

I again picked up the needle in 1959 when I was expecting my first son (like many of the rest of you). I made a quilt for him from a Lee Ward's quilt kit that was given to me by a neighbor. With quilting information and supplies hard to find I didn't finish it until his birthday - his 29th!

I am one of the quilters featured in Julie Silbers lecture "The Grandmother Connection."

I didn't realize my grandmother had made any quilts (tops) until she had passed away and we found one. Being the only family member interested in it I now have it. I had intended to hand quilt it but my fingers and writs no longer allow me to do this. A member of our quilt guild started quilting it for me but had to stop because she was having trouble with her wrist so it is about 1/3 quilted. Her quilting is exquisite so I am now looking for someone to finish the quilting.

I have a collection of antique quilts and quilt tops. Even with a 1200 square foot studio I don't get to have them out and enjoy them like I should. Several of them were featured in Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilts when they came to WI for the WI issue.

My quilting pursuits are varied. I have made many traditional inspired quilts, have many works in progress and currently am making more "Art" quilts.

I am known for my use of color in my work. Many of my works have been featured in quilting books and magazines.

I also do a limited number of lectures and workshops (not on quilt history) for guilds, etc. Limited because my time is limited.

I have found quilting has added so much quality to my life. Quilters are the very best people. Every where I travel I feel like I have known the quilters I meet for a long time.

And I have already heard from several people from this list that I have met in REAL life.

I'm sure this is more than you really wanted to know - but this is just the tip of the iceberg!

I am so happy to have found this list.

I love the discussion. I feel the work of our foremothers has had an indelible stamp on my life as a quilter.

It has helped me find a good home for some of the quilting books in my extensive collection.

I am an inveterate collector of many things and these books, along with many of the other things I have collected are like children to me.

I'll close for now but this is not the last time you'll hear from me.

There's a lot more to my quilting story and life.


Subject: Re: qhl digest: July 28, 2005 From: Kaytripletaol.com Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 23:04:39 EDT X-Message-Number: 9

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In a message dated 7/28/05 11:04:30 PM Central Daylight Time, qhllyris.quiltropolis.com writes: I'm hoping there will be more responses to the question about the color of quilting thread across 19 c. red/green applique quilts.

In my small but growing collection, I only have 2 red/green 19th c. applique quilts and both just have white thread and the quilting goes across the appliques on both. I saw another such quilt last week and it had colored applique thread but the quilting thread was white. I have a large number of red and green applique, and very few use colored quilting thread. In general I would say that most have some quilting across the applique, such as 1/4" inside the edge, but only a few of mine have something like a grid which ignores the fact that there is applique and quilts straight across the applique. I can't give you exact numbers, as I have lots of quilts. Don't even know of regional differences, but can't say that I have ever seen a Baltimore Album style quilt which didn't honor the applique when quilting.

Kay Triplett



Subject: cutural heritage project From: "Newbie Richardson"

I think many of you will find this interesting in view of the recent posts about the need that AQSG fills for some of us.

I have been involved with the product development of a regional cultural heritage project. They are developing reproduction museum artifacts to be made by regional artisans. The objects are based on various artifacts with known provenance and market "appeal" - as they will be offered for sale in the state's artisan made shops. ( I am one of the 'artisans', making dolls dress patterns based on 2 original dresses in one of the museum's collections) One of the artifacts is an applique quilt from c 1860 which is being interpreted as a pillow. I was unable to attend the original meeting of the planning committee where some of the artifacts were given out to the various artisans for them to create prototypes, or I might have saved some miscommunication over the quilt! The committee accepted the very gracious offer of the local quilt guild to reproduce, as pillows, the applique design of the quilt. The design is an ideosyncratic flower basket - whose quirkiness is what gives the quilt so much appeal. When we reassembeled to vet the prototypes earlier this month, the pillows did not look anything like the real thing. The wonderfully ideosyncratic applique had been "cleaned up" and "contemporized". It was a total failure as an artisan made piece, despite the excellent quality of the sewing. I realized that what the committee had no way of knowing was that the average quilt guild is not dedicated to historic accuracy (nor should they be), but rather to the continued development of the craft for today. the guild members did not understand the purpose of the project as a whole. The end of the story is that I took home an accurate, detailed image of the quilt, took the pattern of the applique, and am sending that off to the designated artisan seamstress along with the correct period colors! The committee did actually decide to keep the more contemporary interpretation, as they felt that that might have market appeal, too. However, it does look just like one of those cheap imitations imported from China - although much better made. Newbie Richardson




Subject: Introduction From: kldevaol.com Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2005 12:04:42 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2

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I have been invited to introduce myself to the group as a new member.

My name is Karen Dever from Moorestown, NJ ( the #1 town in the US as of JUly 2005 "Money" Magazine). This past June I retired from 33 years as an elementary school teacher.

I have been involved with quilting for about 20 years but in the last 5-6 years have delved into the designing area of quilting with quilts published in McCall's and For the Love Of Quilting. I teach quilting at a great quilt shop in Mt. Holly, NJ and have recently entered the lecture area with speaking to area guilds. I belong to several quilt guilds in the area and I am program chair for 2 of them - what a job! But I love it!

I have been collecting anitque quilts and tops for about 5 years and am constantly reading the history of quilts. Over a year ago I took the AQS appraisal class at Vermont and am always trying to learn new things to help in my education. In the past year I have been able to join a wonderful group of historians in a quilt study group from the central Jersey area, I look forward to the "candy" that we see every other month. In September I will be traveling to Terry Thompson's Fabric Dating Camp and then also in October I will be attending my first AQSG Seminar.

Glad to join this group.

Karen Dever



Subject: Textile History From: "Ilene Brown" <ilene3earthlink.net> Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2005 15:58:09 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

Hi to all, I read an article in our local newspaper that I thought some of you may find interesting. The July 26 article in the News&Observer, tells about a plan to make 464 miles along I85 running through North Carolina a textile corridor for heritage tourism. Here is a link if you would like to read the article http://www.newsobserver.com/news/durham/story/2628328p-9064952c.html I enjoyed the little stories of cotton mill life and hope to hear more in the future. Ilene in Raleigh

Ilene Brown


Subject: quilt repair From: Palamporeaol.com 

There is an article in the Aug. issue of Martha Stewart on taking care of quilts and how to do minor repair. Had never heard of the author of the article. Just happened to spot it when I saw a copy on a friend's coffee table. I think this leather quilt thing could be interesting. Yes, not a true quilt because it had no batting and backing. Off to church. Lynn Lancaster Gorges New Bern, NC


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