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Subject: 1800's textile production From: 

Kathleen Reyes (Kathi) shared with me the site where the article I mentioned about "southern homespun" originated. It was written by Vicki Betts, Prof. Librarian, Cataloging and Reference, University of Texas at Tyler. Go to this woman's site. It is incredible if you enjoy researching textile production during the 1800's. She has compiled a wealth of information!!! I have lots of work to do today, but I would much rather spend the day reading all of her research. Thank you Kathi!!! Lynn Lancaster Gorges, New Bern, NC

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Subject: southern textiles From: Palamporeaol.com

Here is the website---- _www.uttyl.edu/vbetts_ (http://www.uttyl.edu/vbetts) She is also easily found by doing a yahoo search using the name, Vicki Betts. Do you Texas folks know this person? Happy reading. Oh, I never heard a word about the Bear Paw pattern. Any history on it would be most appreciated. All I know is that it became popular during the last decade or 2 of the 19th century. Lynn in New Bern, NC

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Subject: Ebay quilt From: pkeirsteadcomcast.net 

The description of this quilt for sale on Ebay (item #7355600795) says probably made around 1920. It seems older to me. Any ideas?

Peggy Keirstead Richardson, TX

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Subject: AQSG in Denver (long) From: "Lucinda Cawley" 

The research papers are the focus of the AQSG Seminar. You can read them in Uncoverings 2005. Karen Alexander had done a great job of telling you about the wonderful people who made this amazing weekend (Thursday to Sunday) possible. I'll fill you in on the "you had to be there" stuff. The Seminar experience is exhilarating and exhausting. I got home at 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning. There is just so much to do that hard choices must be made. The enthusiasm of the participants is such that second chances are sometimes available, such as when Dorothy Osler used the Sunday morning break to give us a look at some of her Welsh quilts. My notes tell me that "magenta was always a popular color in 19th century Wales," that "wool quilts were valued less than cotton" and that one "often finds another quilt inside." 

The exhibit in the meeting room was a real treat. The local committee gathered quilts from the early 19th century to Jean Ray Laury and Harriet Hargrave. The marvelous contemporary work of AQSG members Lorie Stubbs, Connie Nordstrom and Cindy Vermillion Hamilton provided feast for the eyes and food for the mind. On Thursday morning Pam Weeks ferried a group of us to Golden to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (we were too impatient to wait for the shuttle). The first gallery was filled with Sharon Newman's red and green quilts. I probably returned to that gallery four or five times, always finding some wonderful new detail to examine. The second gallery contained an exhibit of Hopi quilts. What a treat to learn about something completely different! It is an absolutely captivating display with supporting materials offering insights into the Hopi culture. The Museum has a great gift shop. They gave us a 25% discount on their new fabric line designed by Judy Rothermill. I never get tired of the thirties repros. I love to use them for baby quilts. There were also some great buys on old quilt books. Books are always a big part of AQSG Seminar. I have a lot of reading to do to get through my pile of new books.

The committee gave each registrant a welcome bag with quilt magazines featuring articles on historic quilts. Thursday afternoon I went to Sue Recih's study center on WWII quilts. The study centers have become one of the highlights of the seminar. Sue's presentation was outstanding. The WWII years have been represented as a fallow period for quilt making. Sue has discovered that the opposite is true. We were touched and inspired by the examples that she has found. We'll be on the lookout for more WWII quilts as the generation that made them is dying and these quilts will be coming on the market. One of the ladies in the class brought her grandmother's scrapbook which she kept during the years that all three of her sons were involved in the war. She has put together a biography of her grandmother based on the information and pictures in the scrapbook. I told her that each of us should be lucky enough to have a granddaughter like her. 

Later in the afternoon I went to Julie Silber's lecture on Maverick Quilts. These quilts are non-conformists, quirky, unconventional and unusual--just plain fun. Julie showed slides with her inimitable witty commentary and the audience shared quilts which we thought fit the definition. The one I remember best was a triple Broken Star with the edges abound along the diamonds, forming a kind of fringe. She must have just decided "It's over!" Karen told you about the Welcome Reception. The music was great! 

On Friday I did the Downtown Denver Tour. The only disappointment of the weekend was that the Denver Art Museum which was supposed to give us a "behind the scenes tour" of their quilt collection and storage facility only showed us two (yes, two) quilts from what they themselves describe as one of the most extensive quilt collections in the US. Granted the two quilts we saw were extraordinary (in fact both are listed among the 20th centuries best American quilts): Indiana Wreath, 1930, by Charlotte Jane Whitehill and The Matterhorn, 1934, by Myrtle Melvins Fortner. Considering that the DAM (that's what they call themselves) sent 19 Whitehill quilts to Japan some years ago we thought they might have been a bit more accommodating to homegrown quilt scholars.

 The Silent and Live Auctions were incredible. It was Christmas in October (you gave yourself the gifts). The live auction included one of Lorrie Stubbs magnificent chintz reproduction quilts. She is amazing! The top money maker was a summer spread signed and dated 1929. It consisted of muslin strips covered with verses embroidered in blue stem stitch. There were hundreds of short poems (we're talking doggerel, not Emily Dickenson) of the kind one might have written in an autograph book. It sold for $2,000! We're hoping that the buyer will transcribe the verses and share them with us. I didn't meet anyone who had ever seen anything similar. 

Show and Tell, as always, was wonderful Kay Tripplett brought her 1854 missionary quilt with fantastic inkings. It was made in Philadelphia for a woman going to Syria as a Presbyterian missionary. I'm going to do a separate posting to describe the "Twilight Zone" happening at Show and Tell. It's such a great story I don't want it to get lost in the verbiage. It's the kind of happening that should convince anybody on the fence to join AQSG. Cinda back on the Eastern Shore

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Subject: Quilt Index URL From: Trimble4aol.com Date: T

Could one of you please forward me the URL for the Quilt Index? I seem to have wiped it out of memory. Thanks. Lori

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Subject: Re: Quilt Index URL From: "Karen Musgrave" <karenmusgravesbcglobal.net> 

http://www.centerforthequilt.org/quiltindex.html

Karen Musgrave

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Subject: only at AQSG From: "Lucinda Cawley" 

I mentioned a "Twilight Zone" moment at show and tell at AQSG. On Saturday night after presiding at the Live Auction with Laurel Horton, Julie Silber unfolded a most unusual quilt. It consists of 32 appliquéd blocks set on point with pink sashing and an appliquéd border that says "Made by Margaret Culp Blosser for my namesake Margaret Welty commenced January the 9, 1903 finished April the 3, 1904." Half of the blocks are composed of appliquéd messages such as "The first square 1903"; "Made by your grandma"; "This is a very stormy day"; "Made on Monday cold"; Made on Saturday rain"; "John Adams 1797 to 1801" with an American flag. The color of the letters changes with each word and the letters are squeezed into the blocks every which way. The alternate blocks and the edge triangles contain various motifs such as people, animals, clovers, horseshoes. 

Julie's explanation that she had seen the quilt on a website and bought it immediately was interrupted by screams (literally) from the corner of the room where Jan Thomas appeared to having some kind of spell. When she was able to talk Jan explained that in 1991 at a little quilt show in Farmersville, OH she had seen a quilt inscribed with the same multicolored letters from Margaret Culp Blosser to Ada M. Comer. Jan took many pictures of the quilt because it was so unusual and later that year included it in a show she curated in Ohio. For some reason she couldn't explain Jan had put the pictures of the quilt in her purse when she came to the Seminar. The blocks contain appliquéd shapes of hands and feet of members of Margaret's family that she traced and put on the quilt. The quilt is still in the family and Jan was told that Margaret who lived near Columbus traveled by buggy to Farmersville which is southwest of Dayton (a good distance away) to make her tracings

. Jan passed the photos around and we understood the reason for her reaction to seeing Julie's quilt. It seems possible that there are more quilts like these out there somewhere. Margaret certainly didn't start with these two amazing quilts and unless she fell out of her buggy she probably didn't stop with them. It's fun to think she made a "message" quilt for each grandchild. Let's hope more turn up. If you've ever wondered about the advantages of joining AQSG consider this an example of networking at its best. None of us who were there will ever forget the excitement. What fun! Cinda on the Eastern Shore

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Subject: FW: [BQHL] only at AQSG From: Gail Ingram 

Cinda wrote, On=20 > Saturday night after presiding at the Live Auction with Laurel Horton, Ju= lie > Silber unfolded a most unusual quilt. It consists of 32 appliqu=E9d blocks > set on point with pink sashing and an appliqu=E9d border that says "Made by > Margaret Culp Blosser for my namesake Margaret Welty commenced January th= e > 9, 1903 finished April the 3, 1904." Half of the blocks are composed of > appliqu=E9d messages such as "The first square 1903"; "Made by your grandma= "; > "This is a very stormy day"; "Made on Monday cold"; Made on Saturday rain= "; > "John Adams 1797 to 1801" with an American flag. The color of the letter= s > changes with each word and the letters are squeezed into the blocks every > which way. The alternate blocks and the edge triangles contain various > motifs such as people, animals, clovers, horseshoes.

I have not dared go to my bookshelves or pull up Ancestry.com. I fear mightily that Margaret Welty might a relative of Eudora Welty, whose short stories are beyond compare. And my cry of disappointment at not owning something remotely kin to Welty, when I knew it existed, would make Jan's scream seem faint.

Eudora's grandfather Welty was named Jefferson Welty and lived on a farm near Logan, Ohio.

Eudora was born in 1904 or 1905, I think. Her father was from Ohio, her mother was from West Virginia, and she was a fine mixture of both states an= d Jackson, Mississippi.

I don't reckon there's a block that says, "And you shall bring forth one of the most best writers of the 20th century"?

Gail Ingram

 

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Subject: Julie's AQSG quilt From: "Karen Musgrave" 

I happen to interview Julie Silber in 2002 for Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories, the oral history project of The Alliance for American Quilts, on this very quilt. You can read the interview and see the quilt at http://www.centerforthequilt.org/qsos/show_interview.php?pbd=qsos-a0a3e2-a. It truly is an amazing quilt and Julie is a joy!

Keep the stories alive, Karen Musgrave Co-chair, Quilters' S.O.S.- Save Our Stories The Alliance for American Quilts www.centerforthequilt.org

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Subject: connecting up antique quilts From: Laura Fisher 

The story of the Welty quilt reminds me of a similar event years ago. A midwestern quilt source mailed me a picture of an old quilt top that someone had brought in to a quilt shop in Ohio to be finished--have a filling put in, then tied as a comforter. He thought it looked important, and wanted my opinion, hoping he might encourage the owner to sell it to him rather than have it finished.

It was a crisp 1870-80 cotton Crazy quilt in vivid prints of reds, browns, golds, etc., with pictorial images including Abe Lincoln, animals and other motifs. After looking at various quilt books (and mind you this was when quilt literature was still in its infancy) I discovered what looked like the identical quilt on the cover of a book about Vermont quilts. Turns out that top was made by someone named Hardin, who made several similar or identical pieces for each of her children. The Shelburne Museum had one, then turned up another which it added to its collection. It seems this one had emigrated to the midwest with a Hardin family member. We told the quilt shop owner to convey the info to the top's owner, hoping she might give it to the Museum to be reunited with its mates along with its travel history, rather than to use it and use it up at home, but no dice. Who knows what condition it might be in now.

Something similar is waiting to be researched and discovered about the Foundation Rose pattern that was under discussion last week on QHL. I have a tremendous example with stuffed work in all the leaves and berries. It is photo'd and awaiting posting on my website laurafisherquilts.com. Let's see if today, alone in my shop, I can apply the lessons taught by my half-my-age-assistant and actually succeed in posting something myself without calling out for technical help!

Anyway, that pattern just has to have been a 19th century kit, or the design of one person or made identically by several family members or friends, but who and where? Hope someone can unearth the history. Mine has nine blocks of the same floral applique -- a central circular, lobed red stylized flower form, from which four clusters of berries, or are they grapes, extend out? I thought it was one of a kind, til I saw the identical imagery in a quilt years ago at the Fall Antiques Show, but not stuffed and something with the same block at a shop several months ago. Mine dates from around 1860 judging from the acid greeny-yellow fabric. I became curious how something so early could have been made so identically, til I learned from all of you more about quilt history!

I am soooooo sorry to have missed AQSG in Denver, it sounded exhilarating, even with the storm.

Next time.........

Laura Fisher

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Subject: Hawaiian Quilt Show in Honolulu From: Loretta Woodard 

I'm pleased to announce that there actually will be a Hawaiian quilt exhibit up for island visitors now through February 4, 2006 at Mission Houses Museum in Honolulu. It must be a first for Hawaii to have quilts on view in January when quilters come to escape mainland winter weather. There is a nice write-up in the morning's paper at http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051014/ LIFE/510140322/1076 or go to the Honolulu Advertiser's front page at http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/ and scroll down to the Island Life section and click on the link "The joy of ulu."

HO'OULU I KA NANI Breadfruit Quilts of Hawai'i 27th annual Mission Houses Museum Quilt Exhibition Mission Houses Museum, 553 S. King St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct 14 through Feb. 4 Tuesdays-Saturdays

Special event: 'Ulu Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29. Free. Storytelling, kapa-making 'ulu lore, music, food and drink for sale.

Laurie Woodard

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Subject: old Quilters Newsletter magazines From: "Anne Datko" 

I am just back (Fri 7 pm) from helping to set up Nimble Fingers quilt show, Rockville, MD. In our Bargain Basement are a large number of what looks like several years worth of old QNMs.. first one I saw was 1973 (black and white cover), then some 1975s etc. They're going for 25 cents each. I asked the ladies to put them aside so that I could ask this list if anyone wants them... replies on Saturday will read by me on Saturday night's digest so I could purchase them on Sunday if anyone wants them. Otherwise I'll have them put out for the general public on Sunday.

Anne Datko

 

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Subject: Re: dating an old quilt From: Pat Kyser <patkyserhiwaay.net> Date: 

I am in north Alabama, just below Tennessee line, 4 hours to Atlanta and 4 hours to Memphis.

A woman has brought a family quilt to me to be dated and I am not qualified to do so. It is in poor condition, VERY faded and worn shabby, with only a few of the printed fabrics in good enough shape to recognize them. She thinks it is late 18th to early 19th century, but that is only a guess. It is that Sunflower pattern that has a pumpkin seed-shaped leaf appliqued in each block corner.

I'd like to refer her to someone really qualified to date it for her. Anyone out there interested?

Thanks, Pat Kyser, Huntsville, AL

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Subject: Houston - need roommate From: karenquiltrockisland.com 

Anyone going to Houston still need a room? My roommate has had to cancel at the last minute. I have a room at the Hilton that I would like to share. Please contact me off list.

Karen Alexander from the SUNNY Pacfic Northwest yet the clouds are piled high and the fog drifts through the woods every now and then changing my landscape into a fairy world!

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Subject: To Clean a Quilt In Minnesota Area From: d

Hi all,

I have a lady looking for a professional to clean a 70 year old quilt. If you or someone you know who can provide this service and are in the "Breckenridge, Minnesota. Larger towns close to us would be Fargo, North Dakota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Bismarck, North Dakota; or we are about 200 miles from Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota." please contact me privately at danamaterial-pleasures.com.

Thank you, Dana 

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Subject: Madder From: "Jan Drechsler" 

While hunkered in for the last 10 days of 16" of rain, I read 'The Root of Wild Madder; Chasing the History, Mystery and Lore of the Persian Carpet,' by Brian Murphy, 2005. A book of mystic poets, the history of Aftganistan and Iran, tribal carpets and the history of carpets before and after artificial dyes, the similarities and differences of carpet and quilt making resonated within me.

The author talks about the mother who made a carpet and the link to her son. He concludes with the notion that there is unwritten history in these carpets. "Who knows where this carpet may end up many decades from now? Maybe it will find its way to some flea market or estate sale. ...We are tucked away in the carpet's hidden narrative that someone, with time and a bit of luck, could unlock. All carpets possess these inner histories."

Isn't that one of the things that connects us so strongly to the antique quilts that we cherish? That and the beautiful colors of indigo, madder, and natural dyes, of course.

There is a rumor of a little sunshine tomorrow, in southern Vermont.

Jan

-- Jan Drechsler,

 

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Subject: re: Margaret Blosser From: KennaleeMaol.com 

I love the quilt by Margaret Blosser and I searched Ancestry.com for information about Margaret. What I found out was Margaret Culp was born June 17, 1843 in Ohio. She married Isaac Blosser (born June 26, 1840) in Hocking Co., Ohio on Nov 3, 1861. They are listed on the 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920 census all in Marion, Hocking Co., Ohio. The 1900 and 1910 census asked how many children were born to a woman and how many were living. There are 0's on both forms. The only child with them was in Elizabeth Craig in 1880. Perhaps they adopted her? And she named her child after Margaret? I haven't found anything on Margaret Welte yet. Unfortunately there are no 1890 census surviving. Kennalee

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Subject: Supplement to QHF book 

I thought I would give you all a heads up on the supplement QHF has planned for the book we released in July 2004 - "The Quilters Hall of Fame". The original book is a three ring-binder so that regular additions can be made ($25 + shipping). There is a chapter on each of the first 34 honorees, plus a short history of QHF by Hazel Carter; a short history of the Marie Webster House by Rosalind Webster Perry; and an Introduction by Merikay Waldvogel. Our first supplement will come out at Celebration in July 2006 and will have a chapter each on Bets Ramsey of Tennessee (2005 honoree) and Virginia Avery of Port Chester, NY (2006 honoree) , plus an extensive multi-paged Timeline of important dates in textile and quilt history that Hazel Carter has been working on for some time. (You won't want to miss this Timeline! Once you buy it and read it, I hope you will send me all your suggestions as to what YOU would have added to it for we will continue to update it from time to time!) Future supplements to our book will continue to come out after every two new honorees. I have already had to split my book into at least two binders because I keep adding additional material from my files to each chapter in the book. (Plus I have filled two additional binders on Brackman since she is the one I was asked to write the chapter on for the book. It's great fun collecting an organizing my "stuff" by using the QHF book.)

Also, QHF now has the Bonesteel documentary for sale ($25 + shipping) -- The Great American Quilt Revival -- that was filmed during the Grand Opening of QHF in 2004. By the way, the documentary is NOT about QHF, per se, though there is a little footage about us and you do get a brief peek into the Marie Webster House. Rather the 50 minute documentary (PLUS the additional 45 minutes on the DVD) cover a much broader history than just QHF. The documentary touches on many topics: the influences upon quilting in the 20th century (including many of our honorees); the resurgence of interest in needlework in the 60s just prior to the Bi-Centennial; the 1971 Holstein-van der Hoof exhibit at the Whitney in New York; the Art Quilt Movement; the Smithsonian controversy of the early 1990s (i.e. the licensing of the replication of selected quilts from their collection to a firm in China); the Underground Railroad code discussion; quilt myths in general; the Gees Bend phenomena; etc. For those going to Houston, you will have an opportunity to see this documentary on a big screen. The DVD will eventually be available for sale through PBS stations sometime this winter -- but --QHF makes money only if you order it directly from us. (We truly appreciate your patronage!)

Both the book and the DVD would make GREAT gifts -- for yourself or a friend! Our website has order forms that can be downloaded and printed out. Go to www.quiltershalloffame.org for the order forms or call 765-664-933 and order over the phone. Thanks for letting me share!

Karen Alexander President of QHF

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Subject: Searching for Joanie Pigford From: 

There was a complete listing of State Doc. publications circulated at AQSG last week. I received the same list in the mail this week. If Joanie Pigford is on this list, could you please email me? I just want to add Connecticut. Thanks, sue reich

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Subject: Re: AQSG in Denver (long) From:

Cinda, I loved reading your details about the AQSG Show. I have never been, but will now move anything out of the way (schedules and mountains) just to be able to go next year. Thank you for the description of the events.

Also, does anyone know if there are any quilt study groups in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon and if not, how does one go about starting such a group?

Phyllis, a newcomer to Portland

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Subject: The new Kaffe Fassett book From: 

I am not sure how many of you are fans of K. Fassett, but I just purchased his newest book Museum Quilts: Designs Inspired by the V & A Museum. Having recently read fascinating disussions posted on QHL regarding books about old/antique quilts and their reproduction, I was wondering if anyone had seen this book. I think it is quite beautiful, but I had hoped it would give more extensive descriptions of each quilt represented. I was hungering for more information on the original, but I think K. Fassett did a remarkable job with his interpretation.

Phyllis in Portland

 

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Subject: RE: To Clean a Quilt In Minnesota Area/Locating a Conservator in the USA From: "Margaret Geiss-Mooney" <mgmooneymoonware.net> Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 23:33:17 -0700 X-Message-Number: 1

Good evening, QHLers - The professional organization for art conservators (AIC) offers a free referral service via the Internet to locate conservators:

www.aic-faic.org/guide/form.html

Do bookmark the site for future reference!

Regards, Margaret (Meg) Geiss-Mooney Textile/Costume Conservator Professional Associate, AIC mgmooneymoonware.net

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Subject: Quilt cleaning in upper Midwest From: "Newbie Richardson" 

Dear Dana and list, Minneapolis is home to the Upper Midwest Conservation Association: 612-870-3120. They have a textile conservator and all the necessary equipment in place. The textile person used to be Patricia Ewer, but she got an offer she could not refuse in London a few months ago. However, they are sure to have replaced her with someone equally competent. Newbie

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Subject: Martha Washington quilt appraisal wanted. From: "Sharon in NC" <patchworksecrets2earthlink.net> Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 22:17:27 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

The gentleman who was trying to see the quilt supposedly made from Martha Washington's Dress would like to contact someone who could give a valid appraisal or try to authenticate this quilt. His email is. Brant Hartung witmerstavernyahoo.com Please contact him if you are able to help him. .

Sharon in NC



 



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