Subject: RE: restoration question
From: "Newbie Richardson" <>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 10:09:14 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

What is the dress made of? If it is cotton then it can be wet
cleaned by a
trained conservator. If it is silk, then you will also need to find a
cleaner who still does his own work on the premises so that he can
the machine. Call and interview first.
Newbie Richardson


Subject: The Elephant's Child again
From: xenia cord <>

Looking through Cuesta Benberry's timeline at the back of A Patchwork

of Pieces, An Anthology of Early Quilt Stories 1845-1940 (compiled by

Benberry and Carol Crabb, AQS, 1993), I found the reference to "The
Elephant's Child." The quilt design was published in Woman's Home
Companion Magazine in February 1934, by E. Buckner Kirk.

That's me, a day late and a dollar short!



Subject: Changes to Quilt Flap site-
From: "Pepper Cory" <>

Hello all-I've tried to update and make more readable the content of
blog *Quilt Flap*
Especially in the sidebar photos, I'd like to feature photos of
old quilts. You can send me a digital image of your antique quilts
(off-list, please!) to
The sidebar thing allows a short title and some commentary. Of course
include your name and other relevant info.

*Happy Birthday, Puff*. Did you know that Peter, Paul, and Mary
released the
song "Puff, the Magic Dragon" on March 16th,1963? Now you'll be
humming it
all day....
Pepper Cory
Teacher, author, designer, and quiltmaker

203 First Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 726-4117


Subject: RE: Changes to Quilt Flap site-
From: "Sharron" <>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 14:47:10 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

Re: are evil........I AM HUMMING IT!!!!

Best regards,
Sharron........... Spring, TX where it's 73 deg. and gorgeous!

203 First Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 726-4117


Subject: One 'Northerner's' Stop on the Way to SQC (Long)
From: "Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 17:25:17 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

While I'm not a true 'Northerner' I do currently reside 7 miles north
of the
infamous Mason-Dixon Line which I suppose means I am included in Sue
reference to the handful of Northerners who had what I consider to
have been
a providential opportunity to attend the Southern Quilt Conference.
I am
not sure I could adequately describe the experience other than to say
it was
a weekend of meeting with friends old and new while gaining knowledge
Southern quilts and Southern culture including their wonderful food!
you to all who gave of themselves to put the SQC together - I can
wait for 2010!

With that said, I must also thank Lynn Gorges for information
provided about a quilt exhibit at the Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer
Park in
Tazewell, Virginia. On my road trip south to the SQC I briefly
west off I-81 to see 66+ quilts and related items currently on
display in
the museum's exhibit titled 'Pieces of History: Threads That Bind Us'
will be open until May 26, 2008. For more information about the
museum you
can visit their website at If you find
travelling with others who are not necessarily interested in all
quilt related, there are other exhibits in the museum which include a
geology section; Native American artifacts; Revolutionary War
information; a
Civil War exhibit; nature and wildlife information; and other
exhibits about
the culture heritage of the region. Outside is a Pioneer Park with
14 log
cabins from the 1800's.

I only had limited time to visit the quilts and my descriptions
herein are
based on the information provided in the museum's booklet that
describes the
items in the exhibit and my own notes and photographs (yes, they
photographs) of this very interesting display.

While many of the quilts and tops included in the exhibit are
works in traditional patterns, there are several vintage and antique
some of which are 'unusual' to say the least. Among the more unique
displayed there is a very scrappy 'Little Beech Tree' quilt with a
used for batting. The quilt is severely worn but still very
interesting as
it includes a Swastika fabric in at least one of the blocks with a
ground and white swirling pin dots surrounding the Swastika. The
print is
similar to fabrics typically identified as 1880-1910 when the symbol
known for something very different than how it is most commonly
thought of
today. The background pieces in that block are a white ground with
print shirting. The museum's description estimates the Swastika
fabric may
have been brought to the U.S. and sewn into the quilt possibly
around WWII.

Another interesting quilt is a Nine Patch which has been amazingly
preserved given the 1808 date attributed to the piece. The museum
information describes the quilt has having been made by a slave using
"Linsey-Woolsey" fabrics woven from linen and wool fibers produced on
farm. There are alternating pieced and plain blocks in subtle browns
blues woven into the plaid and stripe fabrics found in this quilt.
what is visible of the quilt as it is displayed the fabrics are in
such good
condition I can't help wondering if the quilt was ever used. Even a
visible patch is of the same fabric as the piece that needed repair
and is
only recognizable because the person who made the repair did not
match the
plaid pattern.

There is a 'Garden of Eden' quilt described by the museum as a
wool" quilt. The top appears to include plain woven cottons; most
the double pink printed sashing. However, the fabrics in the pieced
are varied and include dark blue with white polka dot and pin stripe
that create the block's cross. There are a variety of printed
pieced with white corners in the four corners of each block. This
also serves as an interesting example of the dreaded batting fiber
(commonly referred to as bearding) that we all hope never happens to
quilts. My notes do not indicate that the museum estimated a date
for this
quilt but in my humble opinion I would estimate it to be an early
century creation.

Another unusual item found in this exhibit, at least I have not seen
many, is a 'Puff or Biscuit Quilt' probably from the Victorian era as
fabrics appeared to be an interesting variety from the late 19th
The subtle shades of blues, pinks, reds, and multi-colored prints
scattered black puffs don't appear to include very many, if any
fabrics but are in fairly good condition with only some fracturing.

Probably the most unusual item on display which I have never seen
before and
the museum simply labels as 'Unknown' is a quilt made of staggered
folded points similar to Prairie Points sewn into rows layered across
entire face of the quilt from bottom to top much like shingles on a
The fabrics are varied and include a wide variety of prints, solids
plaids but the placement creates an interesting zigzag appearance
from a
distance. The piece appears to be later 20th century but it is truly
unusual (notice I did not say 'original') design.

Other interesting items include a 19th century 'Courthouse Steps'
displayed laying over a treadle sewing machine; a 'Ocean Waves'
quilt; a
'Signature Quilt in Sawtooth Pattern' done in red and white with most
outline embroidered in red except for one block that has either faded
or was
originally a dark pink; several 'Crazy Quilts' and pieces there of; a
Dash' quilt known to have been completed before 1907; and far too
others goodies new and old to list.

My visit to the Crab Orchard Museum served as an enchanting appetizer
for my
weekend spent learning more about Southern quilts.

Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle
(A 'Southern' CA native living in 'Southern' Lancaster County, PA)


Subject: quilt in films, expository writing, etc
From: Laura Fisher <>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 18:38:44 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 2

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Funny Games, the new film with Naomi Watts that has my quilt in it,
sounds dreadful and brutal, so even though my quilt shows prominently
hanging up across the back, I cannot bring myself to see it. if
anyone does, let me know how often the quilt appears, would you?! it is a
single large tree in the center, both outline embroidered and
appliqued with elliptical leaves of the type in that familiar geometric
leafy pattern where they join with embroidered vines or tendrils (dont
remember the name of it). The tree is on a pale salmon ground, with
lots of green prints.

Re descriptions of quilts, I think eBay has done wonders, way more
than any english or writing class, for helping people practice writing
skillls. it is amazing isn't it? and the titles of stuff, and the
myths and lore and suggestive language to get people connected to the
thing and want to buy it! Caveat emptor in spades. Everyone is their
own little Madison Avenue ad agency expert now.

Re quilt promotions, Sunday morning gave great exposure to Houston
quilt festival and that fascinating male
quiltmaker/musician/renaissance guy,

The New York Times sunday design/style magazine this week had a
piece about the new International Quilt Study center museum in Nebraska
opening, and at the end pretty much said that quilts are the new art,

Laura Fisher



Subject: Ricky Tims
From: "Sarah Hough" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 07:15:16 -0500
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If you missed the Sunday program and would like to see a video of it,
and I echo everything that has been written about the Southern Quilt
Conference. Fabulous! Thanks, ladies.



Subject: southern conference
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 09:48:35 -0400
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I just can't say enough about the conference! It was SPECTACULAR! We
had about 45 people attend from all over the US.
The lectures were extremely informative ----- We had people talk
about signature quilts, white work quilts, broderie perse, palampores,
Georgia textile mills,?vintage/antique photos of quilts, and?the
Southern Symposium of the past. We went to the Art Museum to see an awesome
crazy quilt and heard all about it. Had wine and cheese in a
reproduction of the Seven Gables House which was decorated with a multitude
of antiques, and had a super supper of soup and salad in Pat Kyser's
gorgeous home filled with quilts.I will leave names and details to
someone else. (I just got in last night and am now heading out to take
thing to an auction 2 hours away.)
The food was fabulous, the fellowship exceptional, and the show and
tell could have gone on for hours and hours. We hope to see many more
of you in Atlanta for a repeat in 2 years!
It was all capped off by the sweet bellman who helped load my car as
I was heading out. I gave him a tip as I was leaving and he?told me
to "Drive safe!" and then gave me a big Southern HUG! I left
Huntsville with a big smile on my face and feeling a true "Southern warmth".?
Thank you to Pat, Bets and Carla and all of the many others who made
this a weekend I will always treasure.
Big hugs to all of you,?

Lynn Lancaster Gorges
Historic Textiles Studio
The Creative Caregiver
New Bern, NC


Subject: Re: Ricky Tims
From: Mary Anne R <>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 12:22:19 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 5

> and I echo everything that has been written about
> the Southern Quilt Conference. Fabulous! Thanks,

I did see the Ricky Tims piece. I met him in CO. We
were in the same guild (Front Range Contemporary
Quilters) and he is such a nice guy. His machine
quilting is amazing. You can't tell from the photos.

I have the pillowcase you had the applique quilt in
that has your name on it. I'll mail it back to you.

I'm up to my eyeballs in work. I'll write more later.

Mary Anne

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Subject: RE: southern conference
From: "Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 20:01:08 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6


I'm glad you made it home safe! But I have one question: On your way
out of
town did you have occasion to drive down Mee-mo-rial Parkway?



Subject: a Scherenschnitte Quilt,
From: "Kimberly Wulfert, PhD" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 19:38:58 -0700
X-Message-Number: 7

This is a link to view a beautiful and unique to my eye c. 1895 red
white paper cut style appliqu=E9 quilt. I am wondering if anyone can
talk to
it- i.e. is it American made, or German; is it PA German? Any thing =
would be
of interest. I wish the quilting pattern showed in the photo.


Kimberly Wulfert, PhD
New Pathways into Quilt History


Subject: more on Scherenschnitte quilt
From: "Kimberly Wulfert, PhD" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 23:16:58 -0700
X-Message-Number: 1

Following up on this incredible (to me) scherenschnitte quilt- I
took a
cruise through my books and the web (Quilt index and IQSG and others)
to =
if I could find a single Schen. or papercut block that was as
delicate =
intricate as these blocks are and/or with the partial leaf and vine
in =
sashing, and I didn't find any. The papercut appliqu=E9 blocks I saw
chunkier, although intricate and difficult, they are not the same.
leaves were part of the sashing or a border on an album quilt that =
papercut blocks, the quilt was dated mid-18th century, nothing like
it =
the end of century.

To me, the sensibilities of this 1895 quilt maker (from Quilt' ,Inc.
Corporate coll.) is different when compared to other quilts made at
time in general and comparing styles of the papercut appliqu=E9s.
The =
top and
bottom center "snowflakes" blocks are the most unusual looking design
to =
I'd like to hear what others, more familiar with this type of =
think about it.

I also looked on papercut websites, but none of the samples, although
beautiful, were a good match. I'm wondering if perhaps a skilled =
person, a professional artist, made the patterns, rather than a
quilter, =
maybe they were one in the same or a husband wife team. I'm not
with the German tradition, don't know if it has a usual gender
attached =
the art in the 19th century. =20

For an example of one that looks PA and is from Chester County, in a
photograph large enough to be able to enjoy their varied designs- =
"Quilts a
Living Tradition" p.45, book by Robert Shaw. It's dated c. 1845. The
is exquisite!

Curious and enthralled,

Kimberly Wulfert, PhD
New Pathways into Quilt History


Subject: Scherenschnitte Quilt
From: Sandra Starley <>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 06:05:24 -0600
X-Message-Number: 2

Kim et al,
There is a full page photo of the quilt on page 47 of Celebrate Great
Quilts -- The International Quilt Festival Collection Book by Karey
Bresenhan and Nancy Puentes. Here is the description: 'circa 1895, 75
X 77, blocks measure 21 inches square, cotton, hand appliqued and
hand =20
quilted using 7 stitches per inch. Scherenschnitte, or cut-paper =20
applique is the technique used in this beautiful red and white =20
Snowflake quilt. Thirteen different Snowflake designs make a =20
wonderful winter quilt.' I just got an email from Ms. Karey on =20
another list so I'm sending her your information request. I'm =20
interested in what you find out.

here is another link to the small photo (red/white quilt, top right)

Sandra Starley
Professional Quilt Appraiser
and Artist
Moab, Utah
my art quilts
my antique and vintage quilts

Subject: a Scherenschnitte Quilt,
From: "Kimberly Wulfert, PhD" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 19:38:58 -0700

This is a link to view a beautiful and unique to my eye c. 1895 red
white paper cut style appliqu=3DE9 quilt. I am wondering if anyone
can =20
talk to it- i.e. is it American made, or German; is it PA German? Any
thing would be of interest. I wish the quilting pattern showed in the


Kimberly Wulfert, PhD
New Pathways into Quilt History


Subject: RE: more on Scherenschnitte quilt
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 13:33:29 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

I don't know if I can help but I'll try Kim! I'd say the designs are
similar to 19th century scherenschnitte, but in the collection here
at =
Schwenkfelder most of our scissor cutting is earlier than this. It
was =
by men or women -- I am sending three pieces to an exhibit as I write
were done by men -- these scherenschnitte/fraktur, meaning they were
colored and had text.
A great many of the more "amateur" (not a comment on the quality, but
fact that it wasn't done by schoolmasters) work I have here, or I've
seen, I
am pretty certain was done by young women. It's a rather vague
I think scissor cutting is very universal and could be something
other =
PA German, also.
Candace Perry
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
Pennsburg PA

Subject: Re: Cut paper Quilt
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 14:06:25 -0600
X-Message-Number: 4

Don't know if this would apply but I've seen a few collections of cut

paper valentines, many of which were later in date than the gorgeous
scherenschnitte (did I spell that right). Many were very delicate
lacy in appearance. The ones that had dates were not as late as this

beautiful quilt but within the 1860 to 1880ish area. Could it maybe
have been a carry-over design?


Kimberly Wulfert, PhD wrote:


Subject: cutwork quilt
From: "Steve & Jean Loken" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 15:22:46 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5

Hi, This isn't an "educated" guess, but a hunch. It looks Polish to
me. Both
the red and white color and the way the cutwork is done reminds me of
design. Our son rents the upstairs from a Polish family in
Brooklyn, NY. Walking the streets of Greenpoint is a feeling of
having been
plopped down in Warsaw.
Jean in MN


Subject: Archival info
From: Alice Kinsler <>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 19:56:53 -0700
X-Message-Number: 6

I'm sorry to ask for this information again; however, I am unable to

retrieve it after several searches in the QHL archives. Several
members posted about ways to document the contents of their libraries

through software and on-line through a service. I would be so
appreciative if those in-the-know might post that again or perhaps
refer to the dates of their previous postings? sometimes

happens, all of a sudden information shared in the past becomes
important in the present!
In Carmel Valley where Spring is bustin' out all over!


Subject: engagment ring pattern
From: "Sarah Jones" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 07:16:35 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Has anyone seen the engagment ring pattern? A customer of mine
showed me a
new to her block pattern she found. I've looked online but haven't
one like it. It is like a double wedding ring but has two diamond
shaped at
the intersections.


Sarah in WV


Subject: Scherenschnitte from Karey Bresenhan
From: Sandra Starley <>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 07:34:19 -0600
X-Message-Number: 2

Karey Bresenhan, owner of the quilt, sent me the following
information =20
about the quilt and asked me (Sandra Starley) to forward it to the

Additional information:

Scherenschnitte Quilt
76 1/4" X 76 3/4"
C. 1840 (This date was given by a quilt evaluator--not appraiser--who
studied textiles and works on our corporate collection. Her
evaluation was
done after the Celebrate Great Quilts book came out. I'm more
with our original date of the 1890's, and I've had lots of experience
dating quilts. We just can't reach agreement on this one!)

This two-color quilt is cotton broadcloth, white and madder-dyed red,
solid. (Note: The red in this quilt appears to be a purchased fabric,

The back of the quilt is a solid cotton muslin, horizontally seamed.

The piecing, appliqu=E9 and quilting are by hand SPI 7-8.

The block is 21". The quilt is composed of four blocks with
appliqu=E9 at t=
seam joins at the center, corners, the mid-top and bottom. The
designs are
original snowflakes and vines.

The borders are 16 3/4" with overlapping appliqu=E9. The binding is
1/4", c=
straight and stitched by hand on the front and back with mitered

The quilting is diagonal lines from each snowflake, creating
Vertical lines on the sides and ends of the quilt are 3/4" apart.

There appears to be an inked name in two positions, possibly laundry
Mtl. Bradford marked, both on lower sides of the quilt.

We have no information on the origin of the quilt.


Subject: RE: engagment ring pattern
From: Velia Lauerman <>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 11:48:19 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

Bonnie Leman's DiamondWeddingRing from the seventies is much like the
ementRing or is the pattern more triangles where Bonnie's is a
simplified D=

Subject: A Call for Paper proposals
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 10:54:40 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1


The International Quilt Study Center's fourth biennial symposium "The
Quilt: Cultural Contexts" features invited speakers, juried papers,
sessions, and panel discussions. The two days of symposium
will be supplemented by pre-conference and post-conference tours,
a behind-the-scenes tour of the International Quilt Study Center's
museum including its state-of-the-art storage facility, curator-led
tours of
exhibitions, and special exhibitions at other venues in the Lincoln
Keynote speakers for the symposium are Jacqueline Atkins, the Kate
Merle-Smith Curator of Textiles at the Allentown Art Museum
(Allentown, PA)
and Jennifer Harris, Deputy Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery,
University of Manchester (Manchester, UK).

The symposium provides a unique forum for dialogue among a broad
spectrum of
individuals interested in the many and varied ways in which quilts
quiltmaking traditions express culture, as well as the ways quilts
cross-cultural transmission. The conference will bring together
anthropologists, curators, artists, art historians, material culture
scholars, popular culture scholars, as well as textile historians,
scholars, textile artists, and collectors.

Link to Complete Call for Papers:


2009 Symposium Co-Chairs:
Angela Konin Mary Ellen Ducey
402-472-7030 402-472-5076


Subject: V&A Exhibit and our own busy schedules!
From: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 11:09:20 -0700
X-Message-Number: 2

The V&A Museum has finally announced the dates for the exhibit of its
historic quilt collection. For those of you who plan two years
out, the dates are 20 March - 18 July 2010. At this point there is no
mention of a symposium in conjunction with the exhibit. Here's
hoping that they will plan such an event. sue reich


Subject: Re: V&A Exhibit and our own busy schedules!
From: Sally Ward <>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 19:30:55 +0000
X-Message-Number: 3

I think that is a disappointingly short exhibition period,
the years of planning that are going into it, the large are of
exhibition halls involved, and in the light of the success of other

major exhibitions in the UK such as the Bowes exhibition some years
ago (which was extended due to the overwhelming response).

Nevertheless, something to look forward to <G>

Sally Ward


Subject: Re: qhl digest: March 20, 2008
From: "Sarah Jones" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 18:21:52 -0400
X-Message-Number: 4

<<Bonnie Leman's DiamondWeddingRing from the seventies is much like
ementRing or is the pattern more triangles where Bonnie's is a
simplified D=

Thank you. I'll see if I can find it online.

Sarah in WV


Subject: Churchtown, PA, quilt show
From: Barb Garrett <>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 22:57:02 -0400
X-Message-Number: 5

If you will be in Lancaster County next week for the big quilt show
at the Host, please consider a small side trip to Quilts in the
Mansion located at Historic Poole Forge in the village of Churchtown, only
5 minutes west of Hayloft Fabrics in Morgantown, on route 23.

We finished setting it up today, and there are 27 quilts shown full
plus another 20 quilts, tops and doll quilts displayed on racks and
other draping display pieces. The quilts date from 1858 (signed and

dated) to 1952 (the maker was a girl when she helped her mother make
quilt). Included is a nice assortment of second half nineteenth
century and first half twentieth century quilts. The quilts are all

locally owned and many have family stories. One bedroom is the
Room" because all needlework has Amish provenance. The exhibit
includes the full spectrum of quilt types -- crazy, redwork, pieced,
applique, embroidered, and of course some great PA German quilts.

For dates, times, location, and address to mapquest it, please check
the website. I hope you can visit.

Barb in southeastern PA


Subject: Eeeeeeeek - it's happened again - sadly given the
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 07:36:53 EDT
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Subject: Re: Eeeeeeeek - it's happened again - sadly given the
From: "Lisa Evans" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 08:58:07 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

I'm less concerned about a single line reference to the UGRR than I
am about
a family feeling so threatened that they decided to flee their home
and take
sanctuary in a church. I'm also *very* concerned about a teenage boy
decided that tattooing his knuckles in the style popularized by gangs
him "look tough," and that his parents don't seem to have any
problems with

Lisa Evans
Easthampton, MA


Subject: Fwd: Archival info -- i.e., library software
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 19:56:28 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

Hello Alice and other QHL-ers,
You might want to take a look at the free online library listing
capability at:

Bonnie Dwyer, in Maine where winter continues its icy grip. We
still have 2 feet of snow on the ground and just this week I am
again able to see over the snow banks at the end of the driveway!


Subject: Re: Eeeeeeeek - it's happened again - sadly given the
From: "Shari Spires" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 12:48:27 -0400
X-Message-Number: 4

And just yesterday I heard from one of my Canadian friends that she
helping children at school make quilt blocks that might have been
used on
the UGR. AAAAGH It never ends.
Shari in NC
: [qhl] Eeeeeeeek - it's happened again - sadly given the

> Gloria


Subject: remember 1970-1974?
From: Alice Kinsler <>
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 12:43:20 -0700
X-Message-Number: 5

I'm hoping that the collective memory of this group might be a
research resource for me! A UNL quilt history project I'm working on

with two other students is a timeline of significant and influential

non-traditional quilt artists, exhibits, publications and current
events from 1970-74. I'm coming up short as to exhibits, gallery
shows, etc. during that time window and am wondering if any of you
might recall enough detail that might give me a lead to further
research. Also, I read in Robert Shaw's "The Art Quilt" that Joyce
Gross sponsored a CA exhibit in 1972. Does anyone have any details
about that?
Thanks in advance,
Alice Kinsler


Subject: Wisconsin Quilt Study Group
From: "Nancy Smith" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 19:04:14 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6

Hi all,

Just wanted to say hi and let you know that WQSG (Wisconsin Quilt
Group) finally has a website, We've just set it up
and are
working on updating past meetings/pictures. If there is anyone out
that would like to come to the meetings, please check out the site
and come
to any meeting that fits your schedule. We would love to have you.
quilting! :)

Nancy Kunst Smith
AQS Certified Quilted Textile Appraiser
3725 Simonis Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481


Subject: UGRR - Delete please if not interested but I'm smiling
ladies & gentlemen
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 14:55:50 -0600
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This was just posted on the H-Slavery list so I need to pass it on.
know most of you are sick of this subject and I apologize for
with this message but, for me, the quilt gods are smiling today. I
those of you who have worked so hard with your facts and continue to
work so hard with facts, to read this. I have corresponded with
people, talked to them on the phone and sent them references
and have essentially been dismissed. I know others of you have too.
grandchildren were taught from this source so it has been important
me that 'they' get it right. This is a teaching resource that is too

important to spread false history and it appears they have finally
the light. I have also spoken to several groups lately that already
_*know*_ it isn't true and understand the sloppy research behind the
book that originated this tale. Thank you to those who haven't given

I have a journal in which a person of note from my home region wrote
about hiding a runaway slave in her dirty drawers basket, knowing
well the slavers wouldn't have the guts to look there. Way better

To all of you who are expanding our base of knowledge about *_all_*
women and textiles in our history; helping us understand what their
lives were really like; and know there is more to do: thank you,
you, thank you!
down the page to myths.



Subject: Yeah for us!
From: <>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 14:21:29 -0700
X-Message-Number: 2

Jan, that is a great site. We are finally having an impact. sue


Subject: Quilts in Lancaster County
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 22:30:05 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

On my way home from Easter in the Finger Lakes I went to see the
exhibit at Historic Poole Forge in eastern Lancaster County. If you
going to Quilters Heritage Celebration don't miss it. Barb Garrett
and the
Poole Forge volunteers have done a great job of presenting antique
from private collections with labels that tell charming stories
Two sisters made Snowball quilts (one red, white and green, the
red, white and blue) in 1934 shortly before their double wedding.
years later the sisters each made a Grandmother's Flower Garden. The
quilts are displayed together. Grandma McRorie signed and dated
(1872) a
Flying Geese quilt in a variety of brown prints. A summer spread
made in
Guam in the 1930s has white bamboo appliquéd to a blue background
A pristine Basket of Chips (1880) in red, green and yellow (6"
shows off the shirting backgrounds so popular among PA German
It is beautifully machine quilted and has a great Centennial cheater
There are delightful doll quilts: a red, white and blue Album
Cross from
the 1880s; Flying Geese circa 1890; an 1890 Lone Star blazing with
all the
Dutchy colors (red, green, double blue, double pink, yellow) and
Only in PA would you find 3 Bowmansville Star quilts in one small
One is in 1930s pastels, the second (1890) in rather muted
prints and the 3rd (1900) pulls out all the stops flaunting all the
contrast Dutchy colors. Across the room is a case filled with small
like quilting stencils, sewing caddies and toy sewing machines.
A 1920s Lone Star in classic PA colors has super quilting. A
Plate, one of the thousands of quilts sent to refugees by the
Relief projects after WWII, came home to Lancaster with an immigrant.
A red and white Chimney Sweep (1890) has a triple border of purple,
and purple. It's blown away by an Expanded 9-Patch, each block
composed of
4 or 5 wild colors with dark blue print setting squares--a real
Speaking of dazzle, check out the 4-block Flying Geese: pink, yellow
green blocks with a red and yellow print border and the red on green
Prince's Feather (you can see it on p. 108 of Trish Herr's Quilting
There is room full of Amish quilts. A purple, pink and green
crepe Double Irish Chain made by Barbara Lapp is dated 1947. A white
baby quilt is dated 1921. Most surprising is a pink and white Dahlia
in the early 1950s. It is quilted with pink thread and has a white
As the label says "It changes your ideas about Amish quilts." How
often I
think that the more I learn about quilts the less I'm sure of.
Check out the website for info on the exhibit. If you can get to

lancaster Co. this week don't miss it.

Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: E-Board Costume Picture
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 21:34:22 -0600
X-Message-Number: 4

Hi all;

Hopefully the e-board link below will take you directly to the #2
"costume" picture of a 4-pc outfit. I know it doesn't look great off a
form but I'm trying to determine if this is a
reform piece known as "American Dress" or a Riding Costume. It came
in, with an excellent provenance, to the Colorado Springs Pioneers
Museum several years ago. I did a separate trace of the history which
put it east of Buffalo, N.Y. in a Quaker family of means. Her son
moved to the Springs and the granddaughter donated it to the museum.
It is silk with the top of the pants in polished cotton. It looks
transitional from late 1860s to 1870s to me. There is a second all
cotton 4 piece set with a detachable ruffled peplum and if y'all are
interested, I'll post photos. The pants on both are cut like drawers.
The accession record says they are reform dress but it has been
suggested that it was a riding costume. I see no special wear in the area
of a pommel. The curator gave me permission to post this pic
because I told her you are
all...very wise. So...wise ones, what say you? At any rate, ain't
it cool?


Subject: RE: E-Board Costume Picture
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 10:01:44 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

When you say they're cut like drawers, what do you mean,
specifically? I
suppose drawers that I think of are straight and full and crotchless.
have a riding costume here sans skirt which was deceptive at first,
it was thought it was just pants...but alas, it just had lost its
somewhere in its lifetime.
I'm kinda voting riding costume BUT I did wonder if they wore such
fabric to ride, even in the summer? It would be lovely for it to be
Candace Perry
Schwenkfelder L & HC


Subject: Re:qhl E-Board Costume pic
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 09:00:28 -0600
X-Message-Number: 4

You're description of drawers is the same as mine only the crotch is
sewn shut on these and they are longer in length (like pantalettes).

(This all reminds me of a recent discussion on the 18th century list
with the subject line "crotchless panties". I paused for several
seconds before opening the first e-mail on that one.)
One of my concerns is the jacket. It appears to be too fitted for
I have seen and read on reform costume. The whole idea was to be
corsetless and comfortable. This jacket looks like she had to have
a corset with it. (I can remember when I got my first job right out
high school and was told no woman was properly dressed if she wasn't
wearing a girdle - but I decided not to be proper after trying one
Thank you Levi Strauss for buying those first riveted pants to sell
begone with the 4" heels!)
Does anyone know if the buttonholes at the waist were for a camisole
underblouse? You can see pics and references to reform dress in
_Dressed for the Photographer_. I'm reading a thesis on the subject
right now and Debby Cooney
has sent me some other references. The pants are worn at the very
bottom with a few threads hanging but like I wrote, there is no
wear at the site of the pommel to compensate for the use this outfit
had. It also has not been re-made.

Candace Perry wrote:

> > When you say they're cut like drawers, what do you mean,
specifically? I
> > suppose drawers that I think of are straight and full and


Subject: Re:qhl E-Board Costume pic
From: Mary Anne R <>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 08:08:19 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 5

--- Jan Thomas <> wrote:
The pants are worn at the very bottom with a few
threads hanging but like I wrote, there is no special

> wear at the site of the pommel to compensate for the
> use this outfit had.

Perhaps riding English style, not Western?

Mary Anne

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Subject: Re:qhl E-Board Costume pic
From: "Kim Baird" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 12:04:34 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6

I've never seen anything like this called reform dress. As was
you'd need a corset with this bodice.

From the look of the drawers, only the lower edges might ever be
seen. In
pictures of Amelia Bloomer, the lower edges of her pants can be seen,
because her skirt, while full, is shorter than ankle length.

However, your skirt looks to be the usual length. So it does lead me
assume that this is a riding costume, whether for horses or bicycles.
either case, wear would show on the skirt rather than the pants. The
would NOT be lifted to allow the pants to contact the pommell or bike

I wonder if this costume is an idiosyncracy--something dreamed up by
individual (or her parents) to prevent the sight of an ankle while
participating in some sport or other.



Subject: New Community room at The Quilters Hall of Fame
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 12:39:17 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 7

Dear QHL Members,

There are many changes at The Quilters Hall of Fame since we hired a
full-time Executive Director and since we reorganized room usage at
restored historic Marie Webster House while we were closed for our
two months this winter.

Please check out the new Community room Calendar on our website at

One of the exciting programs that will be offered in May is a
by Casey Drudge, a local volunteer who has taken an interest in TQHF
the past 6 months. This re-enactment ties in with our new exhibit
currently hanging - Baltimore Applique quilts from members of the
Baltimore Applique Society. Check out our website for more
information on
the exhibit of these lovely quilts

SATURDAY May 17th, 2008, 1:30pm

DR. WILLIAM RUSH DUNTON, JR, M.D. (a.k.a. Casey Drudge)
TQHF Honoree and the psychiatrist that popularized quilting as
occupational therapy, Dr. William Rush Dunton, Jr., M.D. will discuss
Baltimore Album Quilts, and quilting as therapy.
Free for members or with paid daily admission.
Call to reserve a seat!

SATURDAY JUNE 28, 2008, 1:00pm
Another tie-in with the current exhibit: Baltimore Appliqu=E9
President a=
Guest Curator Marylou McDonald will offer a program on Baltimore

Check the Calendar for other events as well! Enjoy!

Karen Alexander
The Quilters Hall of Fame


Subject: RE: New Community room at The Quilters Hall of Fame
From: Kay Sorensen <>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 16:43:25 -0700
X-Message-Number: 8

Can anyone help me with the answer to this question?
I know years ago there was a quilting business - patterns and kits I
think =
in Walworth WI.
Maybe the name was something like McElwain?
I was just telling my DIL who grew up in that area but couldn't
remember de=
Anyone know the years it operated?
Kay Sorensen


Subject: Quilting business in Walworth, WI
From: Kay Sorensen <>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 17:33:49 -0700
X-Message-Number: 9

I forgot to change the heading on this post:

Can anyone help me with the answer to this question?
I know years ago there was a quilting business - patterns and kits I
think =
in Walworth WI.
Maybe the name was something like McElwain?
I was just telling my DIL who grew up in that area but couldn't
remember de=
Anyone know the years it operated?
Kay Sorensen


Subject: Re: Quilting business in Walworth, WI
From: xenia cord <>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 21:06:59 -0400
X-Message-Number: 10

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Mary McElwain had a quilt shop in Walworth, WI. Pat L. Nickols wrote

a paper about her in Uncoverings 1999, vol. 12 of the Papers of the
American Quilt Study Group, called "Mary A. McElwain: Quilter and
Quilt Businesswoman."


Subject: Re: Quilting business in Walworth, WI
From: Jeanne Jabs <>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 19:30:40 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 11

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WOW I Live in Wisconsin and have never heard of this one. Altho
Walworth isn't real close to me. When was this open? Jeanne


Subject: Eboard costume
From: "Newbie Richardson" <>

Hi, Jan,
I don't think it is for riding - as the skirt is cut wrong - - one
should be cut much longer and more voluminously to allow it to drape
the pommel and down the side of the horse. Also, the drawers are not
of the
same cut as those I have seen, yours are cut like regular drawers -
to what young girls wore under their frocks.
The bodice sure looks early 1868-1873 - they were quite short waisted
then (
not Empire).

This may have been for hiking/mountaineering - which became quite
popular at
that point. It could also be reform dress - but for a slim teen ager.
We see
lots of clothes that were obviously made for a young teen that are
identified as as being worn by an over corseted fashionista.

The Quaker provenance is REALLY interesting - there were lots of
with differing rules as to fashion guidelines - but women were
equal -and that included thier participating in outdoor excerise.

Do you have Reforming Women's Fashion 1850-1920 by Patricia
Cunningham (
Kent State Press)? and Pat Warner, When the Girls Came Out to Play:
Birth of American Sportswear, University of Massachussets Press

I will forward this to my partner Colleen Callahan to get her take on
- but I think you have a rare find.

Newbie in NO. VA where it is SPRING!!!!!!


Subject: McElwain

Hi all, Come to AQSG in Columbus in October and learn more about Ms.
McElwain and her quilting business! We will be featuring many other
Midwest quilters during our weekend of study. Hope to see you in
Columbus. Dee
Dee Dadik
Certified Appraiser of Quilted
5689 Concord Hill Dr.
Columbus, Ohio 43213
Web site:

Subject: Costume
From: Tracy Jamar <>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 08:31:34 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

I get the postings as a digest so I'm usually behind the discussions

but thought I'd "neigh" in on the costume. I don't see how it could
be worn for horseback riding.
The skirt is too narrow at the bottom; it would have to be hiked up
to crotch level so the rider could sit on the saddle and then would
be rather wadded up in front and only drop down a bit to cover some
of the thigh.

The pants would show wear not necessarily on the pommel area but on
the lower inside leg, both legs if riding astride, the left leg if
side-saddle. The fabric is really too light weight as well, it
wouldn't protect the riders leg from chafing and as it looks to be
rather loose fitting it would twist and ride up on the leg as well.

Newbie's comment on it being for hiking or some other exercise sounds

right on. It's such an interesting costume, thanks for sharing it.

Best, Tracy Jamar
Jamar Textile Restoration Studio
New York City 212.866.6426

Subject: Re: E-Board Costume Picture
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 12:45:39 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

How do I deal with "password protected" in order to see the
costume in


Subject: Re: E-Board Costume Picture
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 11:35:43 -0600
X-Message-Number: 4

Sorry Cinda, I don't know why it is password protected but the
to post a pic is "vintage" and that is what I think everyone is


Subject: Re: E-Board Costume Picture
From: "Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 14:01:51 -0400
X-Message-Number: 5


I know the answer to this one - type in 'vintage' and it will open.

Great commentary on the Poole Forge Exhibit - there are some really
interesting quilts there!



Subject: Mary McElwain Shop
From: "Rose Werner" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 12:58:14 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6

Mary McElwain opened her shop in in 1912. After her death in 1943,
daughter DeEtte McElwain Robars continued to run the shop until it
closed in 1960.


Subject: Walworth quilt shop

Additional comments about the Walworth Quilt shop - a slight
correction to the information Xenia so readily supplied, my McElwain paper
was published in 1991 - suspect there was a typo there.

Mr. McElwain opened a watch & jewelry shop in 1912 that also
contained a gift shop Mary McElwain mamaged. Her area continued to expand
and finally took over the whole shop. A most interesting story.
Uncoverings 1991 can be ordered from AQSG. Web

For those attending the annual AQSG seminar which will be in Ohio
this year, I am doing a table top Thursday evening on McElwain with some
of her quilts, original patterns, fabrics, etc. Do come by to see
some original items. For anyone having items from her shop - or
stories about visits, please contact me off-line.

Enjoying some spring weather in San Diego after a cold and cloudy

Pat L. Nickols

Subject: Re: Walworth quilt shop
From: Jeanne Jabs <>
Well I am old but not quite that old. :) I have a Girlfriend who grew
up down by there I will ask her if she knows much about it. :)
Thanks for the info. Jeanne

Subject: Quilt History Events in Texas
From: "Sharron K. Evans" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 17:27:20 -0500
X-Message-Number: 9

Is there a website where one can go to see any upcoming events -
history related - that will be held in Texas? I know there are a
couple of websites where one can go to find quilt shows but they
always have lectures.

I was supposed to be doing my taxes today but I wasted the day on the

computer looking for lectures and museum exhibits in Texas. Most of
the lectures are conducted by quilt guilds so I don't know how much
history will be discussed. If any teachers out there will be giving
quilt history lectures in Texas this year, would you send me
information to add to my list, please.

Thanks and best regards,
Sharron............ Spring, TX where it's sunny and 73deg. today! I shoulda been