Subject: Rhode Island Quilts
From: "ginghamfrontiernet.net" <ginghamfrontiernet.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 03:59:55 -0700
X-Message-Number: 1

Like Lisa, I am looking for a copy of "Down by the Old Mill Stream: Quilts in Rhode Island"  by Linda Welters and Margaret T. Ordonez
(ISBN: 0873386272).

Obviously Lisa gets first dibs but if someone finds a second copy or

knows where to look, let me know. Thank you.


Sandra Starley
professional quilt appraiser
Moab, Utah


Subject: An invitation to FVF
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <lrcawleycomcast.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 08:25:50 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

The fourth biennial Fran's Vintage Friends Seminar is scheduled
April 4-6, 2008 at the historic Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, MD.
This your
chance to enjoy the FVF experience and to explore the Eastern Shore.
weekend combines presentations by FVF regulars,endless show and tell
free time for antiquing. The seminar fee (around $250) includes all
programs, two nights at the Inn, two full breakfasts and lunch on
If you're interested email me privately and I'll give you the contact
Cinda on the Eastern Shore hoping you'll come visit


Subject: Re: The Tristan Quilts
From: "Sharron" <quiltnsharroncharter.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 11:31:29 -0600
X-Message-Number: 3

How depressing! Hopefully there will be some great adventure in
store for
you to make up for not seeing the quilt.
Best regards,
....in Spring, TX where it's 38 deg and rainy - wish I could be in


Subject: ESQSG
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <lrcawleycomcast.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 21:28:48 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

The Eastern Shore Quilt Study Group met on Wednesday. The theme
baby and doll quilts. In our unscientific sample Little Boy Blue was
big winner. We saw him in many variations: embroidered, painted and
appliquéd. One LBB top had a border of a feedsack in a chick and egg

I showed my pajama factory Double Four Patch made of a wide
variety of
1950-60 pajama prints, many in several different colorways. My
favorite is
tiny helicopters. An 1870s Log Cabin from Vermont is made of 1'2"
real beauty. A crisp indigo and white Crosses and Losses was made in

Indiana in 1889. The prize for pretty goes to a pristine 1930s
Tulips (all facing an elaborately quilted center) in luscious pastels
pink and apricot borders.
There was a scrappy Ohio Star with yellow setting blocks that
to be a child's first effort at quiltmaking. Among the doll quilts
were a
darling redwork of squirrels and geese, Sunbonnet Sue as various
fairy tale
characters and a one made of cigar flannels featuring baby animals (a

collection I'd never seen before).
A baby quilt from about 1890 was probably made of blocks left
over from
different projects with strips of Flying Geese added; the back was
pieced of
2" squares. Another unusual example was wool Bricks with an
appliquéd scene
of the cow jumping over the moon.
A real treasure was a red and green quilt made of a single
concentric 6 pointed stars with Corinne 1857 embroidered in the
center. One
lucky member has both her father's (1922) and mother's (1934) baby
Father's quilt is white on white and mother's a Star in a blue print
great quilting.
An embroidered Kewpie Doll quilt came from Eckley, PA and an
1840 Lemoyne Star with a dog tooth border and tape binding from
Once the baby quilts were exhausted other things came out of the
pillowcases. The showstopper was a chintz appliqué (1830) from
SC. Even here in "quilt heaven" we don't see many of those.
A Swastika quilt always promotes discussion. The one we saw in
blue was made in DE, probably about 1910. Two very nice Sussex, Co.
quilts (Evening Star and Churn Dash) illustrated some generalizations
forming as the DE documentation project progresses. We see large
utilitarian quilting, many flannel backs, often no sashing or
borders. We
need to see lots more quilts.
From the MD side of the peninsula was an 1860 Double Irish Chain
in red
and green made in St. Michaels, MD. and a scrappy Puss in the Corner
with a
fabulous variety of 1840s fabric, 6" blocks in the center with 4"
blocks on
point in the border.
Mary Harvey's Album, circa 1850, obviously Baltimore inspired,
has a
charming border of flowers in vases. I'm wondering what we should
these quilts influenced by the Baltimore Albums but made elsewhere in
What do you think of "Suburban Albums"? (G)
At the very end I got my PA fix. Two nearly identical Basket
The pieced Baskets have two curved (urn-like) handles, they are set
with orange sashing. When the owner heard that the quilt in the shop
had a
mate she tracked the second one down and bought that also. Smart
Barb Garrett is working on an exhibit at Historic Poole Forge in
Lancaster County which will coincide with Quilters Heritage
(March 24-30) and Mary Kerr is curating an exhibit at the
Mid-Atlantic Show
in Hampton, VA in Feb. of examples from her Vintage Revisited
Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Re: ESQSG
From: KathrynHerrmannaol.com
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 21:46:50 EST

Cool, Cinda, thanks for sharing.

'Suburban Album Quilts' works for me! I actually prefer those 1850's
quilts to the more elaborate Baltimore's made during the 1840's.

Hendersonville, NC


Subject: DAR exhibit
From: "Kathy Moore" <kathymooreneb.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 22:01:34 -0600
X-Message-Number: 6

I just got home from D.C. and have a bunch of pictures of the DAR =
exhibit, but I haven't a clue how to post them for all to see.

Advice is needed.

Kathy Moore
Lincoln, NE


Subject: shareware
From: Janet Drechsler <quiltdocsover.net>

Back in 2002, Karen (Sadierose) told she used and liked software from

LNS (http://www.lns-software.com/)to organize her quilt book

Does anyone use any shareware for the Mac for their library? Or
anything quite inexpensive? I don't have many books, but would
catalog them. (A good winter project.) Also could catalog my music
CD's and tapes. Would love to hear what is available and liked or
disliked from Mac users.

Janet Drechsler in Vermont


Subject: Macintosh software for cataloging
From: Debby Kratovil <kratovilhis.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 09:26:23 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

Janet and other Mac-fanatics. I have been a devoted Apple/Macintosh
user for 16 years and as you know, we have to get creative with
work-arounds. We are but 5-10% of all computer users. If you have the

old faithful AppleWorks software on your computer, you can set up the

database component to catalog anything - including your books. Just
establish your fields (title, author, publishing date, even add a
paragraph descriptive) and start cataloging. You can even include a
field for a picture (ie, if you have a thumbnail image of the cover).

you can also do this with Microsoft Office, but I can't stand Excel,
so I avoid it like the plague. Then, you can sort the database
alphabetically by book, author, date, etc. If you forget a field and
you're at #50, you can add one without messing up all your dots!

That's just my input. I have cataloged quilt blocks (ie, from my
block a day calendars), my hundreds of quilt articles published (so I

can find the magazines they appeared in for the past 15 years), and
even the quilt shops I provide patterns to. If you can think it up,
you can do it. And AppleWorks (like most other database software) has

templates to get you started - both in the computer help files and
online at their web site.

Hope this helps.
"The box said Windows 2000 or better, so I bought a Mac."
Debby (with a "y" and not "ie") Kratovil
Quilt Workshops & Programs


Subject: Quilt software for Mac
From: Bonnie Dwyer <bonniedwyerroadrunner.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 10:40:06 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2
Hi All,

I responded privately to Janet Dreschler about software for
cataloging one's books, but then thought I should share it again here

as some of you may have missed it awhile back. "LibraryThing" is a
Maine-based company that allows you to catalog your own collection of

books online. Try it out at: http://www.librarything.com

Bonnie Dwyer
The Quilt Whisperer


Subject: Re: shareware
From: "Sharron K. Evans" <quiltnsharroncharter.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 11:49:21 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

I don't know if Excel works for a Mac, but that's what I use. I have
column for author, for the name of the book and for the ISBN number
there is one.

Best regards,
.......in Spring, TX where it's 42 deg but sunny......brrrrrrrr!!!!



Subject: Library cataloging
From: Jean Lester <jeantomlestercomcast.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 08:25:21 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

I have a Mac and I use Filemaker Pro. I can use a memory stick and
have it also on the laptop (which, unfortunately is NOT a Mac).



Subject: catalog software for the Mac
From: "Cassie Kilroy Thompson" <cassiektverizon.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 12:33:45 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

Book Database X -
- you can download a demo copy for free, and it has a neat feature
will look up the catalog (ISBN etc) from Amazon, and then you don't
to type the book info manually. I just recently bought the full
($20). If you have a barcode scanner, it will also enter book
directly to the database.

Book Collector from collectorz.com
- once again you can download a trial version, it has more bells and
whistles than the above. Collectorz will also sell you a bundle of
catalog programs for Music/Book/Movie with a barcode scanner for
(the scanner itself is only 14.95). I am seriously considering doing

There are loads of freeware/shareware catalog programs out there -
just need to google - and there are also reviews of these products

Happy hunting/collecting!

Subject: Re: Library cataloging
From: Pat <parsnips1verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 11:16:21 -0600 (CST)
X-Message-Number: 3

Good afternoon,

Someone recommended Library Thing. I have to second that. It pulls
publication data from serveral sources and has thumbnails of the book
covers for many of the entries, including different covers for
different editions. You can also upload a scan of a cover or other photo
that will help you remember the contents if you have one you want to
use or share. The database you create online can be downloaded to
your computer in various formats. Choose the one that will work best
with your skills and platform.

One really good advantage to using an online tool such as this, is
that its safer from damage or accidental deletion than it is residing
on your computer. After spending half my weekend trying to retrieve
the source data for a database I've been keeping for about 10 years
now, I highly recommend it.

Pat Roth
in frigid, but sunny S. NJ


Subject: forward of interest - posting from Sue Reich
From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessenyahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 13:42:46 -0800 (PST)
X-Message-Number: 4

The AQSG Regional Reps Committee would like to present the 4th
Regional Quilt Day at the University of Rhode Island Historic Textile
and Costume Collection on March 1, 2008. A textile study
presentation by AQSG members, Dr. Margaret Ordonez and Dr. Linda
Welter is planned for the morning followed by tours of the
costumes, quilts and other textiles in their department. A luncheon
will be provided by the University caterer followed in the afternoon
by a road show of your favorite quilt-related items.

Cost for the day's event in $35 for AQSG members and $50 for
non-members. Registration deadline is February 17. Limit is 50

A snow date is planned for March 8. Any decision regarding the
rescheduling of the March 1 event will be made 24 hours in advance on
February 29. Suggested hotel - Holiday Inn, South Kingstown, RI.

For a brochure or registration information email at

Please join us for this rare and exceptional opportunity to see early
textiles from the Rhode Island area as presented by textile experts
who have spent years studying their uniqueness.

This event is sponsored by the Committee of New England AQSG Reps to
encourage membership in AQSG, and provide an amazing opportunity to
increase our knowledge of early textiles. Proceeds will be donated
to AQSG.

Hope to see you there, Sue Reich, Committee of New England AQSG
Reps. ( suereichcharter.net )


Subject: New (???) books
From: adamroni <adamroninetvision.net.il>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 08:56:44 +0200
X-Message-Number: 1

Ellen Kort- new edition of Wisconsin Quilts: Stories in the Stitches

Am I alone in feeling upset by this new trend of re-publishing "new
revised" editions of quite recently published (and not inexpensive)
history books? Yes, I know the stock-in-trade reply is "the new and
edition includes new material." Well, as someone who spends quite a
lot of
her book allowance on quilt history books, I feel I'm being treated
like an
idiot. I bought Ellen Kort's book when it was published, in 2001. In
fact, I
try to buy any quilt history book as soon as it comes on the market.
there is such a lot of new material, well, perhaps the authors should
worked a little harder to come up with a new publication. Or maybe
should have done a more thorough job in the first place, when writing
original book. I know I sound resentful - I find myself having to
twice the amount of money and twice the precious shelf-space for,
very similar books.
Ady in Israel (who will probably end up buying all the "new" editions
feeling like a fool)


Subject: Re: New (???) books
From: QUILTMOOREaol.com
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 05:56:42 EST
X-Message-Number: 2

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I can see how you feel, Ady, and maybe you are right, but there are
lots of
people who would appreciate your older, "outdated" copy. You could
sell it,
donate it to a worthwhile organization, pass it along to a friend,
Another thought along these lines, we are having a discussion on my
quilting list about all the quilting patterns that are being
digitized for
computer guided quilting machines. Machine quilters have spent tons
of $ on
paper patterns and if they upgrade to a computer guided machine,
those patterns
are now worthless to them and they have to buy them all over again in

digitized format. I'm sure there are other examples of this in other
industries, new
versions of software, new models of machinery, etc.

Nan in FL, USA


Subject: Re: New Chintz Book and others
From: QUILTMOOREaol.com
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 06:47:11 EST

Barbara Brackman- Making History-Quilts & Fabric from 1780-1970

Is that supposed to be 1880?

Nan in FL


Subject: Rainbow Quilt Block Company
From: "Louise" <ltiemannstny.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 23:33:54 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

Hello, if you haven't heard already, the grandchildren of Mr. Pinch,
founder of the Rainbow Quilt Block Company (Cleveland, Onio) are
on re-releasing his designs.

More information can be found at http://quiltpapers.blogspot.com

Best regards, Louise