Subject: 66 quilts up from one auctioneer

I've just noticed that a tremendous number of quilts are going to be
live auctioned on E-Bay on Jan 21st from the Chicago Auctioneer Leslie
Hindman. Some of them are quite early. All of the listings carry the
sentence, "Sold to benefit Kraft Foods." Does anyone know what or whose
collection is being dispersed and why?

click on each thumbnail for the listing.

Judy Grow
Flemington NJ

Subject: RE: Interesting little article

I was successful in accessing this site from Candace's original post
editing the post in the digest I receive. Whenever there is a URL
breaks over two lines, go into Edit>Edit message and remove the line
with a backspace. The URL needs to be highlighted as a single line
item (for
me, anyway; I'm using Microsoft Outlook).

One problem I had at the site was the way fractions in the recipe
presented. So I went to the original Tribune site, because I was
in the recipe, mainly because the writer said she always made sure to
go to
Mama's quilting bees when she was going to serve that cake. I host
bees. That might be a great treat.

So I am copying what I got from the Trib site in case it might be
helpful to
anyone else. I hope the fractions in the amounts translate for you. I
see them accurately.

I haven't baked a layer cake in years. I'll have to see if I can find
cake pans!


Serves 8 to12

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 1/4 cups sugar

3 large eggs at room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk at room temperature

1 1/2 cups fruit jelly or preserves

2 cups freshly grated coconut or packaged flaked coconut, lightly

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 8-inch cake
shaking out the excess flour. Sift together flour, baking powder,
soda and salt.

2. In an electric mixer bowl, beat butter and sugar on high until
light and
fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Scrape sides of the bowl occasionally. Add eggs,
beating 30 seconds after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract,
beating 1
minute longer. Set mixer on low. Add flour and buttermilk
beginning and ending with the flour, beating only until blended after
addition. Beat the batter 30 seconds longer until creamy, scraping
bowl as
needed. Pour batter into prepared pans, dividing evenly.

3. Place cake pans on the middle oven shelf, diagonally across from
other, not touching. Bake 20 minutes, then quickly shift the pans in
oven, from back to front and vice-versa, for even baking. Bake 10-13
longer or until puffy and lightly brown on the top and a tooth pick
or thin
knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack 10
minutes. Run a metal spatula or knife around the edges of the cake to
and turn out on to the rack to cool completely.

4. To assemble, place four strips of wax paper on cake platter to
jelly. Brush off cake crumbs and place one layer on the platter, top
down. Spread layer with 1/2 cup of the jelly, jam or preserves.
Sprinkle on
about 2/3 cup of coconut. Add second cake layer, bottom side down. If
preserves, press through a fine sieve into a small bowl, if desired,
remove any seeds. Spread top and sides of the cake with the remaining
then sprinkle both sides and top of cake with remaining coconut.
Remove the
paper strips before serving.

*Note: To toast coconut, scatter in a sheet pan, sprinkle on a
tablespoon of sugar and set the pan on the lower rack of a preheated
350-degree oven. Toast 7-10 minutes, until coconut is just tinged
brown, stirring a couple of times and watching carefully.

Barb Vlack
I have made a $1000 fund raising promise for Alzheimer's research.
Cheer me
on at:


Subject: Future fabric daters
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 21:14:13 -0800 (PST)
X-Message-Number: 6

Can you imagine what variety future quilt historians and appraisers
to look forward to!

Karen in the San Juans


Subject: Suddenly, you're not connected
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2008 11:00:42 -0600
X-Message-Number: 8

I'm sending this general note to folks in my frequent email box
because it
will take me days to find my way through the 1,387 messages, not
those tossed into the "delete" box because they are not in my address
that have built up while my email service (and computer services in
have been in limbo: I will begin today working my way from earliest
latest and responding to any messages that call for response.

Four homes on our little seven-home cul-de-sac has been out of cable
most of the time for the past 3+ weeks. A thunderstorm dropped a pine
on cable lines that apparently did not create a complete outage but
permitted intermittent transmission, when the wind was right and the
was not touching lines (or was touching lines: who knows?). We got
television service, but those of us on high speed internet service
occasional service, mostly in the calm of the night, it appears. When
electric lights began flickering, I telephoned the electric service
and the
problem was immediately repaired. They, in turn, notified the cable
which did nothing. The problem seemed to lie in the fact tht the
street in
general was getting service and when the wind blew right, so were we.
Moreover, two of our number were out of town on after-Christmas
Fearing a lawsuit, I dare not speak the feelings in my heart and mind
Suddenlink, who replaced Cox in our region (because we are small,
Suffice to say, it was frustrating to be talking to a representative
Tyler who is telling me my computer service is currently showing
activity when my screen says otherwise. All local calls are routed
to that headquarters, as I learned when I finally presented my body
to our
local offices Thursday afternoon. Last night the double-images on the
television sets were gone. This morning, WE'VE GOT MAIL.

Those of you who are served by should be on your knees in
at least once a week.

Apologies and I will begin in late afternoon to work my way through

A lone lorn soul in SuddenlinkMisnomerTown,


Subject: 66 quilts
From: "Judy Grow" <>

I've been told that you can't get to the quilts from the link I sent

last night. Try this one. It will take you to one quilt. Scroll
and you will see a box on the right that says, "Search This auction."

Just type in the word "quilt" and the 66 quilts will pop up. This is
huge auction with all sorts of stuff as well as quilts.

Judy Grow

Subject: Suddenly, you're not connected

What a nightmare! Did you say you lived on Elm St?????


Subject: 66 quilts
From: "" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2008 04:09:53 -0700
X-Message-Number: 2

Very good question Judy, I had the same one while looking at the
listings. I tried googling 'kraft foods quilt collection' but didn't

get anything.

Sounds as if they are deaccessioning their corporate quilt collection

assuming they have such a collection?

Sandra Starley
professional quilt appraiser


Subject: Re: Current political quilt
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2008 14:12:36 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5

Thanks Barb. That is very interesting. Nearly all contemporary
political ephemera is plastic. It's great to see a quilt (even if it
mostly poly-cotton-G).


Subject: "New Threads" at the DAR
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2008 15:43:33 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6

Here's an offer you can't refuse. Alden O'Brien, Curator of
Costume and
Textiles, at the DAR Museum in Washington, D.C. will (if she's
give you (if you email in advance to let her know you're coming) the
same up
close and personal tour of the present exhibit New Threads: Quilts
Costumes that she gave us on Friday. You have until March 1 to get
Using recently acquired objects the exhibit examines why some
are accepted or bought and others are not. The gallery is filled
wonderful quilts and garments. The first piece you see is a
purchased from an auction of Islamic textiles. Newby Richardson
brought the
piece to Alden's attention. It was affordable since collectors of
textiles had little interest in a piece clearly made for the export
Next is a crib size chintz appliqué, the gift of Jan Whitlock,(a
visit to
Jan's shop in Chadds Ford was one of the highlights of the Winterthur

Seminar for me). Motifs from 5 different floral chintzes (this is
the kind
of detail Alden pointed out to us) are framed by a realistic pillar
(it looks like a Corinthian column unadorned by flowers, etc). The
piece is
unquilted and we speculated about the intended use.
Oddly, until recently, enough the collection did not have a
quilt. What a beauty they've acquired! It's a knock-your-socks-off
combination of silk hexagons and incredibly elaborate floral
embroidery on
black with a couple of eagles thrown in dated 1776 and 1876. The
icing on
the cake is that the maker's name was Arkansas Kate (I forget the
name); Alden says that name appears in the census. The quilt was
donated by
two of her descendents. Arkansas Kate did such a great job that she
overshadows the next quilt a spectacular Lone Star with a swag border
There are three embroidered counterpanes in the exhibit. The
(1830-40) is blue on white, very balanced and refined. The other two
wild and very similar. One, made in southeastern PA in the late 18th

century is boldly signed Elizabeth Huff and is covered with bold
designs in
red and blue wool. The second, unsigned but found in the same area,
nearly identical designs in two shades of blue and red. Either
made both or someone copied directly from her work.
You can see two of the quilts if you have Kiracoff's The American
The quilts of the Harness?Darst family are on pp. 60 and 99.
Harnessand her daughter Martha made a blue and white framed center
quilt in
western VA over a period ranging from the 1790s to about 1815. Alden

pointed out how frames had been added to the quilt over time. It has
lacy, delicate look of other appliqué medallions made in the early
century. The stuffed quilting is extraordinary, but it's
overshadowed by
the quilting on the second Darst quilt, a blue and white Sunburst
made by
Martha's daughter Elizabeth in 1840.
Alden showed us the inscriptions that Amelia Lauck of Winchester,
included on the two nearly identical quilts (chintz appliqué framed
Delectable Mountains) she made for her children. A third quilt
to another child) is currently on exhibit in Williamsburg. All three
date from the 1820s. Amelia had six children who survived to
It's not unreasonable to think that three more of these beauties are
there somewhere. If you spot one call Alden. Amelia's
probably made the 1840's Lone Star with pillar print border (maybe
you had
to pass a quiltmaking test in order to marry into the Lauch family).
Filling another gap in the collection is a delightful quilt made
African American Blanche Parker around 1940. The stylized birds are
set and fan quilted. There are more birds on the next quilt--a folk
masterpiece (mid-19th century) with phoenix-like birds feeding grapes
babies in nests amid flowering baskets and appliquéd feathers. The
border incorporates all sorts of birds and flowers. The name Mary
King is
appliquéd twice in tiny (leas than 1" high) letters.
There are more quilts and some lovely dresses and accessories to
I'd never even heard of sleeve puffs, down filled pillows to fill out
huge sleeves of the 1830s. I didn't know they had paper dolls in
Not quilt-related but amazing is a large pot signed by Dave the
dated 1861. Dave was a slave made pots in South Carolina. The
museum has
just acquired the pot, a really exciting addition to the collection.
I was thrilled to discover a convenient place for lunch just
across the
street at the Red Cross headquarters. The Clara Barton Cafe is open
from 7
a.m. till 2 p.m. There are lots of choices and the food is good and
reasonable. No need to hike all the way to Pennsylvania Avenue to
Except for the rain it was a perfect day in D.C. because after
our quilt
fix we walked to the National Gallery to see the most comprehensive
ever of the works of Edward Hopper. It closes in a week.
Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Photo of surprise anniversary gift
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2008 16:35:20 -0800 (PST)
X-Message-Number: 1

Dear QHL Members,

My husband pulled off the biggest surprise of my life by presenting
with a quilt for my Shenandoah Valley collection last night at our
anniversary party here on our little island in the Pacific Northwest.
managed this fete with the help of fellow AQSG members Hazel Carter
Debby Cooney, contacting them two months ago seeking help. I never
suspected a thing because he rarely buys gifts. He usually just tells
to go get what I like. <g> Even when he carried in an extra box to
party last night, I didn't question anything because it was obviously
box of wine, though at one point I did ask when the waiter was going
bring out the wine glasses for everyone. He told me they would do so
good time. (He very cleverly instructed Debby to find a wine box to
it in and to address it to him. I only hope they got to enjoy the
first.) I have posted the quilt to the photo gallery under the tab
Karen in the San Juan Islands


Subject: Re: Photo of surprise anniversary gift
From: "Sharron K. Evans" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 10:55:08 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

What a great surprise! You're right - he's a keeper.

Best regards,
Sharron......... Spring, TX where it's chilly and raining.

Subject: Cochineal
From: Stephen Schreurs <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 09:14:44 -0800 (PST)
X-Message-Number: 4

I just finished the book "A Perfect Red" by Amy Butler
Greenfield, which I found just fascinating. As I
often do, I decided to Google the subject "cochineal"
and discovered a site called Washington Post Photo
Voyage which has lots of pictures of cochineal
production in Peru, which is now the world's primary
source of carmine dye. I can't figure out how to
forward the link, but its just the 4th hit on the
list. Susan


Subject: Kraft Foods quilt collection
 Hi all - Lesline Hindman Auction just phoned me to tell me about
quilt sale, looking for possible buyers! so here's the lowdown.It is the
corporate collection acquired by Kraft Foods, now being sold to raise
money for charity. They couldn;t affirm whether it was all bought by
a corporate art consultant, a dealer, or acquired from various
sources by someone at Kraft. There was no "theme" to the grouping, just
bought what appealed from the 19th century mostly, the auction house
thinks. Condition is as bought, most were not displayed. Now Kraft Co
is de accessioning. Sale starts Sunday, but won't you all be in NYC
for all the antiques shows?!?!? Laura Fisher


Subject: Re: Photo of surprise anniversary gift
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 14:13:28 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6

Great quilt! Great guy! No wonder you look so happy.


Subject: Re: Cochineal
From: "Christine Thresh" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 21:51:49 -0800
X-Message-Number: 1

I just attended a Symposium about using mushrooms for color -- reds,
blues, yellows, and more. You might find my report interesting. I did
a post
with lots of pictures on my blog at:

Christine Thresh


Subject: Re: Photo of surprise anniversary gift
From: Laura Robins-Morris <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 06:36:31 -0800
X-Message-Number: 2

I don't see it either. What's the title on the post-it?

>okay...I can't find this photo! Could someone help me?? Kathy B


Subject: Re: Cochineal

Dear Susan,
I, too, found the book, The Perfect Red, a fascinating read.
Thank you
for sharing the web site with photos of cochineal production in
Amazing! Janet Henderson in Fort Worth


Subject: Re: Cochineal
From: "Sharron K. Evans" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 10:37:09 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

The color range of the mushroom's dyeing were amazing. I had no
idea. I
also enjoyed your blog. Has Mr. Segull become a continuous visitor?

Best regards,
Sharron........ dreary, cold 47deg. Spring, TX

Subject: Re: Photo of surprise anniversary gift
From: "Sharron K. Evans" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 10:47:34 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5

Well, this is odd. The reason you all can't find the photo is
it's not there anymore?????? I know I saw it there the other day
Lucinda first posted it.

Lucinda, do you want to post it again?????

Best regards,
Sharron......... yucky Spring, TX.....I wish I didn't have to go out today in
cold AND rain....

Subject: New Exhibition at New England Quilt Museum
From: Anita Loscalzo <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 13:26:14 -0800 (PST)
X-Message-Number: 6

Hi, everyone,

I know this is not "historic," but it's fun to see.
There are also 12 antique quilts from the permanent
collection on display.



January 19–March 29, 2008

Curated by Nancy Halpern and Anita Loscalzo, the
exhibition features unique and witty quilts juried
from a national and international selection of
entrants. "Bee’s Puzzle," by Harumi Iida of Japan,
uses a popular hexagon shape reminiscent of
traditional Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilts, set
against a pale blue ground laced with shibori dyed
fabrics. In contrast, Susan Else of Santa Cruz CA has
entered a whimsical, larger than life
three-dimensional chess set on a velvet board, titled
"Your Move," can actually be played. Cleverly using
mini trucks and cars as game pieces, Nancy Crasco of
Brighton MA presents more somber renditions of “games”
with her "Playing for Oil" and "Construction
Consumption" entries. Nancy Howard of Cambridge MA and
Kate Themel of Cheshire CT re-interpreted the popular
“Sudoku” puzzles, replacing numbers with multi-colored
fabrics in solving their quilt puzzles. Anita
Karban-Neef of Cary IL and Pamela Manahan of Malden,
MA chose to portray life events, through their quilts
"Life Puzzle-Pieces of my World" and "The Diet Game."
Throughout this exhibit there are surprising visual
interpretations of our favorite childhood games
presented in the unexpected yet comfortable quilted
format that makes one want to play.

For more information, see:


Subject: great antique quilts
From: Joe Cunningham <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 14:42:35 -0800
X-Message-Number: 7

I have just learned that on the Sotheby's web site are pictures of
three spectacular quilts for sale this weekend. And I mean

The first one (lot #165) is a stenciled quilt (listed as a stenciled

bed cover) It has cutout corners, it's in perfect shape, and the
format is highly unusual.
Just like the Eagle quilt, Lot #187. Check it out: a single eagle
with flowing ribbons and wild items in the air.
Also there is a Masonic quilt, set in a straightforward grid like a
bride's quilt. (Lot #223) It looks like new, and every block is a
little Masonic story.

Rare quilts in great shape and, thanks to the internet, free for us
to see. To get the full-size images you have to register on the
Sotheby's site, but it is painless and free.
www.sothebys .com then go to the American auction this weekend.
Joe Cunningham
Quilt lover in San Francisco


Subject: Another Peacock Pattern
From: "Force Majeure Quilt Restoration" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 17:55:49 -0600
X-Message-Number: 8

For the lady who was looking for a peacock pattern a few weeks ago,
another version on ebay:

There's a picture at the bottom of the listing that shows the layout
-- I'd
love to try this pattern sometime with woven silk.



Subject: Re: great antique quilts
From: "Sharron K. Evans" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 20:28:28 -0500
X-Message-Number: 9

Wow! What a great sight. Thanks, Joe! I get so jealous of those on
east coast with all those great museums and auction houses. You're
"Rare quilts in great shape and, thanks to the internet, free for us

Thanks again and best regards,
Sharron........ Spring, TX

Subject: Re: Photo of surprise anniversary gift
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 21:12:31 -0500
X-Message-Number: 11

It was Karen Alexander who posted the anniversary quilt.


Subject: Re: offtopic - Tyler coverlet on ebay
From: "Sharron K. Evans" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 22:05:29 -0500
X-Message-Number: 13

Wow! I learn so much from this group. Thanks for sending the
address. I don't have time to hunt for these wonderful items so I'm
thrilled when I can click a button and see fabulous quilts and

Thanks and best regards,
Sharron......... Spring, TX

Subject: Re: The Tristan Quilts
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 00:37:14 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

The frustrating thing is that I'm in Florence right now and I went to
the Bargello, owner of the samller quilt, two days ago...and it's
not on display.? A bunch of Islamic carpets and more Dellla Robbia
ceramics than I knew existed, yes.?? Original Donatellos, yes.? The
restoration work on a famous bronze of David, yes.

But the Guicciardini quilt?? No.? It used to be on loan at the
Palazzo Davanzati, but not anymore.? *sob*

Lisa Evans

Subject: Surprise Anniversary quilt posted by Karen A
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 21:37:20 -0800 (PST)
X-Message-Number: 2

Sorry everyone. Ii don't know what happened. I posted 2 photos under
GENERAL tab and some did see them. But then they disappeared. I don't
what happened. I'll try posting again.

Karen in the San Juans


Subject: Searching for a Book
From: Lisa Portwood <>

Hello all,

I am hoping someone can help me locate a book. I understand it is a
hard to find book as I've been searching for a copy for years with no
luck. I am looking for "Down by the Old Mill Stream: Quilts in Rhode
" by Linda Welters and Margaret T. Ordonez
(ISBN: 0873386272).

I have tried contacting the publisher, the authors, eBay, and many of
the online booksellers. If anyone has a copy they would like to part
with or can direct me to one, I would sincerely
appreciate it! Thank you in advance.

You may contact me off list at acornqlts at (replace the
word "at" with ).

With much appreciation,
Lisa Portwood

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