Subject: redwork
From: "Brenda & Roger Applegate" <>
We had a speaker at our Quilt Guild that said redwork was popular in
early 1800's. I tried to look it up in some of my books, but didn't find anything. Does anyone know of a good book for the history of
redwork? I tried to look up "outline embroidery" in some of my
books,but didn't have much success that way either. Is this because most of them seem to be single layers and not considered a quilt. Brenda Applegate


Subject: Re: redwork
From: Hi Brenda - I am a 'redwork nut' and two books I have found very
are: R ed and White (American Redwork Quilts and Patterns) by
Harding and Redwork Renaissance by Patricia Lynne Grace Cummings (a
good friend
and if she doesn't know a question about redwork it need not be
(look into _www.alibris.com_ ( - a used book
site -
you may find copies there).
Mitzi from Vermont (where it is currently snowing - but this weekend
has two
great quilt shows scheduled, so the heck with the snow - I am on the road...)


Subject: AQSG
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 08 10:36:22 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3 Don't make any plans for early Oct. because you are going to want
to be
in Ohio for AQSG Seminar 08 (Oct. 2-6). Dee Dadik and Molly
chairs of the local committee, have lined up an incredible menu of
opportunities that will allow us to look, learn and achieve "Quilt
The theme is "Quilts of the Midwest: Creations of Art and Utility."
will be 9 (count them-9) venues showcasing quilts of the Midwest.
going to be fabulous!
If you are not a member of AQSG you don't know what you're
Check it out.
Cinda on the Eastern Shore looking forward to the FVF Seminar
starting this
afternoon right here in Oxford, MD (imagine crabcakes and quilts)


Subject: Uncle Eli's Quilting Bee
From: Janice <>
Date: Fri, 04 Apr 08 05:39:16 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4 I was able to attend Uncle Eli's again this year. This was the 77th
annual meeting of this once-a-year, state wide bee. There were over
quilts displayed, most new, but some nice vintage ones mixed in as
usual. My favorite was a string pieced Le-Moye. New this year was a
display of other antique needle works...hand embroidery, buttons, a
crystal basket full of hankerchiefs, with the caption, "Box of
from years past." The visit with friends was just what I needed, and the pot luck lunch was a real treat. I took a blackberry pie using
wild berries I picked last summer. I went by the back roads this time and it was only 38 miles from my house. Seems like much further, and
another world away. This informal country event is a hit if you like
hand quilt (I sat at Sara Porreca's frame for a while and quilted),
your own hand work ( I finished the binding on a baby quilt), and
with friends. I have made a few friends there as you do tend to see
of the same people year after year. I was saddened to learn Erma
Kirkpatrick was not there due to another broken hip.(She was one of
co-authors of the _North Carolina Quilts_ Book). If you are in the
I would recommend this event! It is always the first Thursday of
at the Eli Whitney Community Center, just off of Hwy 87, between
and Pittsboro, NC.

Subject: History of Redwork
From: "Newbie Richardson" <>

Dear List,
I recently treated myself to the masterful book "History of
Embroidery" by
Lanto Synge, published by Antique Collectors Club. ( Lisa Evans you
this book!) Lanto is an Fine and Decorative Arts dealer in London and
York with an amazing breath of knowledge on European embroidery. In
book, which is all full color photographs of objects and portraits
usually sited, are several pieces of redwork form the late 17th c
(c1680) -
most of it from the (now) German states. So this is a form which
goes way
back. I know that Cora Ginsburg, an equally high end dealer in
needlework and textiles, has recently sold several 17th c redwork
pieces -
mostly made as decorative table covers and dressing table scarves. The point is that this is a form that gets revived on a regular
basis. Newbie Richardson


Subject: Re: redwork
From: "Jean Carlton" <>

Hi Brenda
Most likely your speaker meant early 1900's for the popularity of
redwork.There's that century thing - can be confusing. The 19th
century is
the 1800's and toward the end of that period and into the early th
(1900's) redwork was popular.

Subject: redwork
From: "Brenda & Roger Applegate" <>
I too questioned the early 1800's, but Newbie sited 1680, so now I
wondering when it might have been in the US. I was sort of guessing
that it was popular in the 1900's, but wasn't sure and wanted to do some
research. Mitzi mentioned 2 books and maybe she will give us a
as to whether these books are primarily history books or if they give some reproduction patterns. This might be a portable project waiting
be started. I sort of feel sorry for Mitzi, snow in April. We had a nice
day today and the temp was in the upper 50's. Hopefully she got to
quilt shows. Brenda Applegate

Subject: Re: redwork
From: "Lisa Evans" <>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 08 :18:01 -0400
X-Message-Number: 5 We had snow around here on Friday morning. I cannot tell you how
much I
look forward to spring! It would make writing this !#!$#!$! paper
so much
easier if I didn't want to hibernate all the time....*rolls eyes* Lisa Evans
Easthampton, Massachusetts

Subject: Re: redwork
From: "Lisa Evans" <>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 08 :19:12 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6 Mitzi - I noticed the decline of hand quilting at shows here in the
Valley a few years ago. I can't believe we *all* have carpal tunnel
syndrome - where are the hand quilters? Is this becoming a lost art
machine quilting is so much faster? Lisa Evans

Subject: Re: redwork
From: "Shari Spires" <>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 08 21:24:42 -0400
X-Message-Number: 7

 I noticed quite a few quilts that were hand quilted at the Lancaster
Show. I am mainly a hand quilter myself. I do some machine quilting
, but
very little . Usually I will machine quilt when it is something that
will be
a utility quilt, but to me, it's the hand quilting that makes the
I especially dislike those that are machine quilted within an inch of
lives. They look like you should lean them against the wall, not put
on a bed.
Actually, I think machine quilting is harder on your body than hand
quilting. I get awful back and neck aches from wrestling a quilt
Shari in NC

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Subject: hand quilting
From: "Brenda & Roger Applegate" <>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 08 22:46:39 -0400

 I just spent a day hand quilting at our local Maple Syrup Festival.
was a beautiful day and not really that cold. Unfortunately we
have very many people that were willing to sit down with us and try
I think we had more last year when it was raining and cold. My group has a variety of quilts that we invite people to work on - to at
try it, or even be introduced to a new thimble. After 5 years of a
"variable star", we put a new reproduction 1880's Burgoyne Surrounded
the frame today. At other events we have a rose stenciled quilt (I
think it is around 1830's) and we have a petticoat for earlier
We tell people that these are not show quilts, but community quilts
anyone can try their hand at. Our hopes is that we will invite
new (old and young) to try their hand at quilting. Mitzi, I will look up both of those books after this weekend. The
history and vintage patterns sound like a good combination. Brenda Applegate


Subject: Speaking of books.....
From: "Judy Grow" <>

 Today I got what must be the speediest delivery ever from! Just a couple of days ago in one of their random "you liked that
maybe you'll like this book" mailings, they suggested a new Susan
book, (07) "Russian Textiles; Printed Cloth for the Bazaars of
Asia." You'll remember Susan Meller as the co-author of the award winning
"Textile Designs: Two hundred Years of European and American Patterns for Printed Fabrics......." published first in 1991 and still in
It remains one of the great textile research tools. This book is just as beautiful, and is chock full of Turkey red,
paisley, full blown flowers, ikats, block prints, and period photos. Talk about French influence at the Russian Court! The illustrations
to die for -- gorgeous is the only word I can use. And, although the book is marked $50.00, the Amazon price was
$31.50. Sometimes when you take a chance, you come up a winner. Judy Grow -

Subject: Re: redwork

 I've never really done a lot of machine quilting (tried it on my home
and it was more work to wrestle with that darn pile of fabric than to
and quilt it), but the long arm units sure are popular. Did see a
queen size
quilt yesterday that had 9 (I think) large (16"+) medallions on the
top ALL
machine quilted, very beautiful with smaller medallions inside the
large one,
but it left me a bit cold since I knew no one had even penciled in
one line of
embroidery!!!! Again, that is my opinion only.
So, off to my second show of the weekend - good thing cause my DH is looking funny at my coming home with a lot of white plastic bags that
get hustled
off to my quilt room!!!
Mitzi in Vermont where there was frost (still) on the still dead
grass this

Subject: Re: Speaking of books.....
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 08 09:50:59 EDT

Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit How did one live without Amazon and Alibris before - I am one of
best buyers - they automatically send me notices now if something new
onboard that has the words quilt, textiles, embroidery, etc. on
Amex likes me real well too.)
Mitzi who is on her way to a quilt show!!!!

Subject: Re: redwork
From: Jackie Joy <>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 08 10:02:41 -0700 (PDT)

Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit Dear Lisa et al., I had to stop hand quilting a few years ago because of arthritis in
my fingers. It was too painful to continue on. I have had to learn
how to machine quilt, which can be an art in itself. I just
finished a session of Empty Spools with Diane Gaudynski as instructor. Look
at her work to see heirloom quilting. Jackie Joy Lisa Evans <> wrote:
Mitzi - I noticed the decline of hand quilting at shows here in the
Valley a few years ago. I can't believe we *all* have carpal tunnel
syndrome - where are the hand quilters? Is this becoming a lost art
machine quilting is so much faster? Lisa Evans

Subject: Harriet Powers Bible Quilt at Air & Space Museum - last
From: kyra hicks <>

Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit Hello! Just wanted to share with you this link to my first YouTube video!
Technology is something else - to be able to make a video so easily
and share with others is amazing to me. Anyway - I visited the
Smithsonian Air & Space Museum this morning to see the Harriet Powers Bible
Quilt on exhibit. The exhibit comes down next Sunday. Here's the
link. It's less than 3 mins: I've also written about the experience over on the Black Threads blog
- Interesting to follow how quilt history documentation is happening
Web 2.0 methods! Best, Kyra Hicks

Subject: Possibly lost, strayed, mislaid quilt:
From: Gaye Ingram <>

THIS IS to members of the 07 Southern Quilt Conference. Do you know the Milne poem, "James James Morrison"? James James said to his mother, Mother, he said, said he
If you must go down
To the end of town,
You must go down with me. James James Morrison's mother put on a golden gown
James James Morrison's Mother went to the end of town.'
James James Morrison's mother hasn't been heard of since.
King James said he was sorry. So did the Queen & Prince.
King James sent out a message: Lost or stolen or strayed:
James James Morrison's mother seems to have been mislaid.
Last seen wandering vaguely, quite of her own accord,
Fifty shillings reward. Well, I think (think, mind you) I have a quilt that I, heedless of
and warning I trotted all over the place last spring at the
conference in a
BLACK BAG. And I cannot lay hands on it, even though I have a room
with quilts as result of search. It was my favorite quilt---a triple
chain in teal/cheddar/oxblood with a wonderful wonderful border. If any of you have black bags unopened since last spring, will you
just to be sure it did not get put into yours in the rush of clearing
I know it should not have been in a black bag. I know we should
inventory in
and inventory out. But this was my favorite quilt of all time, and so
I make
this effort, fruitless I know. And yes, reward. Thinking of the wayward Mrs. Robinson who didn't follow advice,
Gaye Ingram

Subject: Once was lost, but now it's found:Amazing Grace
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Mon, 07 Apr 08 00:30:17 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2
Earlier I wrote members of 07 Southern Quilt Conference, asking
them to
check any unopened black bags for a lost quilt of mine. The Lost is Found. In fact, many Forgottens have been Turned Up. All over the Box were signs saying, "Fabrics from sewing, high
school." But
I thought, "Since I'm rear in the air anyway and may never be able to
straighten up, why not open it?" What a clever thought that was. Sorry to have posted needlessly, but really, under all my beds is
space. No boxes. Everything has been dragged out, refolded,
Perhaps God works in mysterious ways. Gaye

Subject: RE: James James and finding the lost
From: Stephen Schreurs <>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 08 06:45:54 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 3 Dear Gaye, and others in that club, which I now
suspect is pretty much all of us... I have sadly concluded that, failing implanted
microchips in virtually everything, there are only one
or two really reliable methods to finding the lost. The first is to buy a new one. When that is impractical or impossible, the other is
to advertise to family, friends, and the world -
whoever is most likely to be helpful (or interested) -
that you are in fact NOT superhuman, that you really
CAN'T remember everything, and that sometimes, (only
sometimes) you put things where you never put things.
Sigh. With that in mind, has anyone seen my long lost key to
our Toyota? It's been gone since a week after we
bought it. Fondly, Susan

Subject: RE: James James and finding the lost
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 08 10:01:10 EDT
X-Message-Number: 4 If you have a furbaby (cat/dog) have you checked it's basket of
toys? That's
where I often find small lost items. My quilts don't get lost but if
did, they could be tracked by all the cat hairs clinging to them.
(those of
importance are muslin bagged and stored where the cat can't get to
them) Gloria writes: With that in mind, has anyone seen my
lost key to our Toyota? It's been gone since a week after we
bought it.
Fondly, Susan


Subject: RE: Once was lost, but now it's found:Amazing Grace
From: "Sharron" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 08 08:51:46 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5 There's a reason for everything. I'm repairing a not particularly old quilt for a customer who is
allergic to
cats. Since I have four I am hermetically sealing myself in my
studio which
is now so clean, I can do surgery in it! Glad the lost has been found. Best regards,
Sharron................. a very clean studio in Spring, TX. -

Subject: Restoration
From: "Sharron K. Evans" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 08 11:25:50 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6 Dear group: I've received an inquiry from a woman in Turtletown, TN. She has 3
needing repair/restoration. Can anyone give me the name and contact
information of someone in her area (or anyone closer than I am here
Texas) that can help her? Thanks and best regards,
Sharron............ Spring, TX where it's 72deg. and foggy!

Subject: Hand Quilting
From: Joe Cunningham <>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 08 08:26:39 -0700
X-Message-Number: 7 As a hand quilter who goes around the country teaching hand quilting and seeing shows, I would be interested in seeing some kind of
statistical analysis of the change in percentage of hand and machine quilted pieces in shows over the years. Lately I have been feeling
like the skill of hand quilting is as useful as being able to carve a cell phone out of wood. And now that I have started machine quilting some of my work, I get letters from former fans who want to break up with me. The most striking aspect of the change from hand to machine is how thoroughly machine work has come to dominate. It is exactly
analogous to the typewriter and the computer. I am sure there are
some people who will never give up their Olivetti, but no one needs
to learn how to type on one.
Joe the Quilter
San Francisco

Subject: Machine Quilting
From: "Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 08 11:28:59 -0400
X-Message-Number: 8 Jackie, et al., I am glad to hear of another machine quilter that is inspired by the work of
Diane Gaudynski, Harriet Hargrave and/or heirloom designs. I had the good
fortune to be able to take Diane's 3-day workshop at MAQS a few years ago.
I quilt because of an antique doll quilt made by my Great Grandmother about
1900 the remains of which show machine quilted stitches so I guess
my DNA. While I can (and do) hand quilt I prefer machine quilting because I
dense quilting found in early antique quilts and I am realistic
know I will never get it done by hand. Machine quilting is not
fast - especially when working in such detail, but with the right
fabrics and batting machine quilted quilts are every bit as soft and cuddly
as the hand quilted ones. And for those out there who think machine quilting is new, consider
In "The Ladies' Hand Book of Fancy and Ornamental Work (Civil War
Florence Hartley, originally published in Philadelphia in 1859 (that
a typo - I have an original edition and reprints are still readily
available) there is a section on Quilting. It reads in part: "The
number of
patterns used to be very limited, but since the introduction of
machines, the work has become so popular, and is so beautifully done, that
more attention has been paid to the designs." Mind you this is the
on Quilting; not Patchwork or AppliquE9. It goes on to read further down: "Quilting on a Grover & Baker's
machine, is no trouble at all, and the rapidity with which it is
accomplished, enables us to apply it to many things which would cost
much time and labor for hand sewing." There are two quilting patterns, neither of which includes a straight line
printed in this section of the book. Machine quilting has been around since sewing machines and IMHO it
should not be overlooked or considered less than hand work. Like
designs in
piecing and appliquE9, clothing fashions, etc.; the popularity and
acceptability of machine quilting varies with what is considered in
for the time which is generally influenced most by what is written by
'experts' and published in widely read magazines, newspapers and
In closing I would only say that anyone who has machine quilted is
it's not necessarily 'easy' and it can also be very time consuming. When I
draft my quilting designs, most of which are inspired by antique
have to put just as much effort into planning and marking my quilts
hand quilter. And, since I don't have a fancy machine that I can
quilt or regulate the stitches for me (I quilt on a 1998 Bernina
and I
am teaching myself to machine quilt on my c.1875 treadle sewing
- I
live by the theory that what I do is hand quilting with a machine
needle. Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle
(Quilting on a chilly spring day in Lancaster County, PA)

Subject: Re: Hand Quilting
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Mon, 07 Apr 08 11:22:00 -0500
X-Message-Number: 10 Joe C. wrote: It is exactly
> analogous to the typewriter and the computer. I am sure there are
> some people who will never give up their Olivetti, but no one needs
> to learn how to type on one. Whoa with that metaphor, Joe: is it EXACTLY analagous. I've not seen
the new
quilting you do, but it seems to me the resulting "type" does differ
in the
two. I admire much machine quilting, but that which I have seen
differs in
appearance from handquilting. Is yours different? Gaye

Subject: RE: Restoration (quilts)
From: "Margaret Geiss-Mooney" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 08 11:04:25 -0700
X-Message-Number: 11 Good morning, QHLers - The free referral service to conservators of
sorts available online: Not only can you request specific kinds of conservators but by
location as
. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ________
Margaret (Meg) Geiss-Mooney
Textile/Costume Conservator in Private Practice
Professional Associate, AIC

Subject: Re: Hand Quilting
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 08 12:08:13 -0500
X-Message-Number: 12 I prefer hand quilting because I HATE sitting at a sewing machine. At
same time, I am astounded by the amazing works of art that machine
are creating these days. I hope the days of "this is better--that's cheating" kinds of
judgments are
passing away. Adversarial attitudes in regards to construction
methods don't
make sense to me.
STephanie Higgins (hand quilter)

Subject: Re: Hand Quilting
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 08 12:27:42 -0400
X-Message-Number: 13 I am a bi-quilter, but usually prefer to do hand quilting on my
quilts". I guess as long as the major shows still have a category
for us,
our work will continue to be recognized. As someone who recently won
first "Best Hand Workmanship" award in a regional show, I was
thrilled and
inspired to continue the art of hand quilting (and appliqu). I had asked some certified judges what the new trends were last year,
they said "hand work, and hand quilting". Of course, I don't know if
is statistically true, but I saw quite of bit of in quilts from the
Mid-Atlantic Festival and the Lancaster show. I'll be attending the
Festival in Chicago next weekend and I'll be interested to see how
much han
work I see. Is anyone one the list showing work at the show? If so, I'd like to
it in person. Barb Vedder
New Jersey On Mon, Apr 7, 08 at 11:26 AM, Joe Cunningham

Subject: RE: History of Redwork
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 08 08:17:17 -0400
X-Message-Number: 14 Found several historical redwork books on Just asked
for redwork at the title. Aside, Need to have information on
CathedralWindow. Who
knows when it first appeared. Have been looking for an answer and
more details on its history. Thanks Velia

Subject: Re: Machine Quilting
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 08 16:18:14 EDT
X-Message-Number: 15 -------------------------------17599494
Content-Type: text/plain; charset"US-ASCII"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit "Hand quilting with a machine held needle" is so accurate when you
heirloom quilting, or any quilting which is done beautifully. There
is great
beauty and quality when wonderfully done. There is still the "board-like" type of quilting, but that is more a
of the choice of batting, and even threads. So, no need to brand
all hand
quilting with a machine held needle the same. M.

Subject: Re: Once was lost, but now it's found:Amazing Grace
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 08 16:09:38 EDT
X-Message-Number: 16 -------------------------------17598978
Content-Type: text/plain; charset"US-ASCII"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit What a giant relief for you, and us who care for you. Jim and I always have something misplaced at any given time...a form
needs filling out before a procedure, supply list for a workshop
booked months
ago, an address, know the life. What we have experienced is
usually there is no more than one, maybe two, things being hunted at
any one time.
And, yes, it is a great "straighten-upper" process. Margaret

Subject: RE: Restoration (quilts)
From: Kris Driessen <>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 08 14:10:54 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 18 There is also a list of restorers on our home page,
And (a little tooting my own horn) I will be giving a talk on
restoration at the Schenectady Cty Historical Society on May 17 as part of their
"Quilts in Schenectady: A Community History in Textiles"
I am not certain, but I believe admission is free. I am also doing a talk on Feedsacks at the shop in Esperance NY on
Monday, April 14 at 10AM. That *is* free, so if you are in the area,
you are more than welcome to stop by. My talks are just that - I
bring stuff for show n tell and try to look intelligent when they ask
me questions I can't answer:-)) Kris

Subject: Re: Machine Quilting
From: "Shari Spires" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 08 17:16:05 -0400
X-Message-Number: 19 Margaret, I hope my stated preference for hand quilted items didn't
the impression that I have no appreciation for machine quilting.
What is
being done today really is astounding. I just happen to like the
looks and
feel of hand quilting. So, it is a personal preference.
Hand quilting cetainly does limit the amount of quilting you can get
I am the first to admit that. But, I am not a professional quilter
so I
have no great need of completing lots of things in a hurry.
Shari in NC

Subject: Hand Quilting
From: "Barb Vedder" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 08 17:34:37 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1 ------_Part_153_28735622.17604077102
Content-Type: text/plain; charsetISO-8859-1
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
Content-Disposition: inline - sorry for the empty email - I don't know why that happens. I am a bi-quilter, but usually prefer to do hand quilting on my
quilts". I guess as long as the major shows still have a category
for us,
our work will continue to be recognized. As someone who recently won
first "Best Hand Workmanship" award in a regional show, I was
thrilled and
inspired to continue the art of hand quilting (and appliquE9). I had asked some certified judges what the new trends were last year,
they said "hand work, and hand quilting". Of course, I don't know if
is statistically true, but I saw quite of bit of in quilts from the
Mid-Atlantic Festival and the Lancaster show. I'll be attending the
Festival in Chicago next weekend and I'll be interested to see how
much han
work I see. Is anyone one the list showing work at the show? If so, I'd like to
it in person. Barb Vedder
New Jersey ------_Part_153_28735622.17604077102--

Subject: Re: Hand Quilting
From: "Florence McConnell" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 08 14:38:37 -0700
X-Message-Number: 2 As a handquilter, I couldn't help but jump in on this one. To me,
making offers many creative aspects, which include handquilting and
quilting. To Joe's comment - "It is exactly analogous to the typewriter and
computer". The typewriter and computer analogy doesn't "compute" to
me.....seems more like handwriting (handquilting) and computer
(machinequilting). The art of handwriting is not lost and many of us
and appreciate making or receiving a carefully crafted handwritten well as value and appreciate making and receiving a
quilt! Florence McConnell the sunny mountains of Twain Harte, CA

Subject: Re: Machine Quilting
From: Judy Schwender <>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 08 09:02:55 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 3 --0-5430991-17670575:55646
Content-Type: text/plain; charsetiso-8859-1
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit Hello all, Below are all the Best of Show winners from the American Quilter's
Society Quilt Show and Contest since 1985. The first machine quilted winner was in 1989. Subsequent machine
quilted winners were in 1995, 1998, 00, 03, 06, and 07.
Please note that the last two Best Of Show awards were for long-arm
quilted quilts. I am not sure exactly what this information reveals. But at least
you have the data. One must always remember that these quilts are,
essentially, competition quilts. What would be the breakdown if we
took all the home-made (by either hand or machine) quilts that are
actually used on beds today, and broke them down by machine and hand
categories? Pat Holly and Sue Nickels (see 1998, below) have a collection of
antique machine-quilted quilts, and these will be exhibited here at the
museum in 09. Included in that exhibit will be a Kentucky
Historical Society photograph showing a woman, Jerry Bixler, on her porch
using a sewing machine to quilt, ca. 1914 (KHS 87.Ph5. 17414). The
machine is a treadle machine, and the quilt is on a frame that is very,
very similar to John Flynn's quilt frame that he uses for machine
quilting. One thing I always tell our museum visitors is that quilting is a
big umbrella and all techniques fit under it. Judy Schwender
Curator of Collections / Registrar
Museum of the American Quilter's Society
Paducah, KY
1985 Oriental Fantasy, Katherine Inman
1986 Spring Winds, Faye Anderson
1987 Autumn Radiance, Sharon Rauba
1988 Gypsy in My Soul, Jane Blair
1989 Corona II: Solar Eclipse, Caryl Bryer Fallert
1990 The Beginnings, Dawn Amos
1991 Dawn Splendor, Nancy Ann Sobel
1992 Momma's Garden, Anne Oliver
1993 Air Show, Jonathan Shannon
1994 Wild Rose, Faye Pritts
1995 Migration #2, Caryl Bryer Fallert
1996 Aubusson Jarden Partiere, Betty Ekern Suiter
1997 Vintage Rose Garden, Judith Thompson
1998 The Beatles Quilt, Pat Holly and Sue Nickels
1999 Joie de Vie- Joy of Life, Candy Goff
00 Birds of a Different Color, Caryl Bryer Fallert
01 Kells: Magnum Opus, Zena Thorpe
02 Welcome to My Dreams, Betty Ekern Suiter
03 Lime Light, Philippa Naylor
04 Spice of Life, Linda Roy
05 Birds 'n' Roses, Margaret Docherty
06 Sedona Rose, Sharon Schamber
07 Flower of Life, Sharon Schamber

Subject: FVF Seminar (part 1)
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 08 :19:44 -0400
X-Message-Number: 5 The fourth biennial Fran's Vintage Friends Seminar was held at
Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, MD last weekend. Even though the
antiquing on
the Eastern Shore doesn't measure up to Lancaster Co., PA where the
three seminars were held, it seemed that the charm of Oxford, the
18th century inn, crabcakes galore and the beauty of spring on the
Chesapeake compensated for fewer shopping opportunities.
The curator of the Historical Society of Talbot County generously
the Society's quilt collection to our visitors on Friday afternoon.
spectacular Baltimore style Album quilt with fondue blue sashing and
appliquéd coverlet with an incredible array of dimensional flowers
were the
hits of the day. Close behind were the Mathematical Star (MD's
version of
Lone Star with smaller stars between the blades) and the 1850s
The first official event of the Seminar was Debby Cooney's
"The Rise, Decline and Rebirth of Appliqué 18-1940." The first and earliest quilt was a small medallion with a central star surrounded
chunks (that's the most accurate description) of chintz from
Frederick, MD.
The ladies of Frederick Co. made fabulous quilts in the early 19th
Other Frederick examples were an Entwined Lily also with dogtooth and running vine borders and a blue and buff Honeybee.
A chintz appliqué with a basket center surrounded by a dogtooth inner
had a swag and stuffed quilting.
The goodies just kept coming: an 1850 Baltimore Album from the Hayden family, a Mary Brown quilt, 1850, with fell flowers alternating with
original flower design (You can read about Mary Brown in "A Maryland
Album."), an Eastern shore Lone Star with stuffed roses and a swag
Pennsylvania quilts were well represented in the second half of the
a 4-block Eagle from Center, Co., a teal, red and white Oak Leaf and
from Mifflin Co., a York Co. Whig Rose. An blue and white 1880s
Fleur de
Lis from NY was done in reverse appliqué. The early th century
revival of
fine appliqué was illustrated by several Marie Webster designs
Windblown Tulips.
Show and tell produced three pairs of PA pieced pillowcases,
Roses in a MD stairstep border, an 1840s Medallion with a large
central star
surrounded by small stars in a variety of French fabrics, a pair of
Basket quilts with orange zigzag sashing and two Amish quilts, one
squares one crib the other twin size that may have come from the same family. The prize for cute goes to Hazel Carter's mother who
embroidered a
Bunny of the Month crib top: June is a bunny bride and in August the
is fanning herself in an easy chair.
Polly Mello started us off on Saturday with "Quilts of the
Starting with 1890s quilts with cretonne backs and border,
through the early 1900s with a Dolly Dingle bluework dated 1911, Ruby McKim's Bible and Nursery Rhyme patterns to the ultimate Sunbonnet
Sue (p.
190 of America's Glorious Quilts) Polly discussed brownies, kewpies,
Campbell Soup kids and other inspirations for series quilts. A
of the impossible to piece patterns of Hubert VerMehren led to the
Dahlia with the deco border. We saw many kits: Rhododendron, Roses
on pink
background, a Rose Tree on beige, Magnolia, Dogwood on yellow,
Beauty--all the wonderful realistic flowers.
A Baby Block with ABC images dated 1939 was inscribed "Billy age
2." We
had another chance to see the Lindberg redwork and a Texas A&M quilt
from uniforms (pants, vest, sleeves etc) dated 1928 and tied with
yarn. The Romance Magazine quilt from Commerce, TX (1936) was made
for a
daughter going off to college. Each block has a crayon drawing of a
from the romance magazines popular at the time.
This is only a sample of the riches presented. More to come.
Cinda on the Eastern Shore

Subject: July Quilt Get-away sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Quilt
Study Group
From: <>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 08 4:17:24 -0700
X-Message-Number: 1 July Quilt Get-away
July 15-16, 08
Meet us at the Marian Anderson Studio at the Danbury Historical
Society & Museum and the Connecticut Historical Society. Sponsored
by Mid-Atlantic Study Group.
July 15
12:00 noon ....Meet at the Danbury Historical Society and Museum.
3:30 p.m.........Drive to the Rocky Hill Marriott dinner on your own. 6:30 p.m.........Show 'n Tell at the hotel,
bring quilts from the East coast.
July 16
Breakfast on own at hotel.
9:30 a.m.........Meet at the Connecticut Historical Society.
12:00 noon.....Box lunch provided.
3:30 p.m.........Leave CHS.
Cost for the two days is $85. This includes all the events, and a
box lunch on Wednesday.
The money is non-refundable after June 1, 08.
Checks can be made out to Sue Reich.
Directions from site to site will be provided on July 15.
Danbury Historical Society and Museum -
Connecticut Historical Society Hotel Reservations on your own. Please call the Rocky Hill
Marriott at 1-800-228-9290.
A fee of $129 has been secured for the event if you indicate that
you are with the "quilt group." Registration Form
Email______________________ Return with a check for $85.00
to Sue Reich
> 28 Scofield Hill Rd.
> Washington Depot, CT
> 06794

---------------------------------------------------------------------- Subject: Marikay's Book
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 08 08:11:51 -0600
X-Message-Number: 2 Yesterday at 3:48 I received an e-mail from Amazon letting me know
my pre-ordered book by Marikay had been shipped. 2 hours later, I
got a
second one telling me it wouldn't be shipped and they couldn't tell
when it would be available. I'm positive it is on the way but I wish they'd get their act together. This happens frequently. Jan Thomas
(I'm already angry with them for selling subscriptions to
magazines. They 'finally' agreed to remove the live dog fighting
from sale. Since cockfighting itself is illegal in at least 49
the magazines sell ads to pit bull fighters and it is illegal to
disseminate anything that promotes cruelty to animals through the US
Postal Service - I can only conclude Amazon "needs the money". Sorry for the rant! I'm a former licensed Cruelty Investigator whose life
been threatened by these creeps. I don't quilt but maybe this topic
should inspire my first one.)

Subject: machine quilting
From: "Kathy Moore" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 08 17:54:36 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3 I am a little curious about the debate over had vs machine quilting.
It's a
quandry I haven't been able to sort out. If an item is in a competition, whether it be a county fair, state
fair, or
one of the many professional competitions we read about each year,
hand and machine quilting be given equal weight in the evaluation? What about machine quilting done on a "robotic" machine? How can one
the difference between machine quilting done--for lack of a better
phrase--"manually" and machine quilting done by one of those new
programmable machines? What do you all think about these issues? Just wondering, Kathy Moore
Lincoln, NE

Subject: Re: Marikay's Book
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 08 10:47:50 EDT
X-Message-Number: 4
Content-Type: text/plain; charset"US-ASCII"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Dear Jan,
The opposite happened to me. First a notice that the book
would not be
shipped and 2 hours later a note that it had been shipped.
Confusing. I
hope it is on the way. Regards, Janet Henderson in Fort Worth

Subject: Re: Marikay's Book
From: "Linda Heminway" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 08 11:08:52 -0400
X-Message-Number: 5 Jan, a similar circumstance happened to me recently with Amazon. I
was on
"backorder" to purchase a CD on English Country Dances for $19.95, or
similar price. This has been since February. I suddenly got an
saying that it would not be shipped and there was no availability.
Interestingly enough, someone had a used copy of it available now for $79.00, which I would not pay.
I checked Barnes and Noble on line and they had the CD. I ordered it
the price I wanted to pay and it was in my hands within 2 days.
I love English Country Dances, by the way, as I am a huge fan of the
Jane Austen series and most of these songs are played in the
background or
at the balls and dances in the series. I collect books on period
and am a huge fan of anything to do with the Regency Period, which is
these Austen stories have all taken place.
So, if you are looking for this particular book, and Amazon has
you, yet again, do check out the competition. I don't know about the offensive videos and magazines you mentioned being offered by the
competition, but at least you might find what you are looking for?
Linda Heminway
In sunny Plaistow NH where it will reach 65 degrees today

Subject: Re: Marikay's Book
From: Judy Kelius <>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 08 11:40:44 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6 --_23187093.ALT
Content-Type: text/plain; charset"us-ascii"; formatflowed Sometimes this can be to your advantage! I ordered a $50 item from
Amazon which was sold through another company, and then got an email
saying it was not available. Then a week later I got the item in the
mail! They never charged me and I'm not going to tell them . Thanks for the info about the cock-fighting magazine - I had no idea
such things even existed! - Judy in PA At 10:11 AM 4/9/08, you wrote:
>Yesterday at 3:48 I received an e-mail from Amazon letting me know
>that my pre-ordered book by Marikay had been shipped. 2 hours
>later, I got a second one telling me it wouldn't be shipped and they >couldn't tell me when it would be available. I'm positive it is on
>the way but I wish they'd get their act together. This happens
>Jan Thomas --

Subject: Re: machine quilting
From: Judy Schwender <>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 08 08:54:58 -0700 (PDT) Hi all,
A little bit of clarification regarding the awards at the American
Quilter's Society Quilt Show and Contest is called for. There are 16
categories overall, and separate categories for the Hand and Machine
Workmanship awards (these are purchase awards.) Quilts in the
following categories are eligible for the Best of Show Award (also a
purchase award):
Bed Quilts
1. Applique
2. Pieced
3. Mixed Techniques
4. 1st Entry in an AQS Contest
Handmade Quilts
6. Hand
Large Wall Quilts
7. Applique
8. Pieced
9. Mixed Techniques
10. Pictorial
To see the exact rules for the contest, go to Based on the above, the judges are not comparing apples with
oranges. For Best of Show, the overall quality of technique and artistry
are considered. Neither hand or machine work is weighted to favor
that technique. That's the way the AQS contest is set up. Other shows and contests
might have other requirements. In this guild show there might be an
exquisitely made machine-quilted quilt that wins; in that guild show
there might be a incomparable hand-quilted quilt that wins. Regarding "robotic" quilting. Sylvain Bergeron won Superior
Threads Master Award for Thread Artistry at the 06 International Quilting
Association show. You can see his quilt at: Sylvain is the webmaster for Bernina of America, and is very
conversant with programming sewing machines. To create his quilts, he
conceives the design of the quilt, then programs his sewing machine to
create the threadwork pattern to result in that design. In the case of
the quilt shown in the above link, he has programmed his machine to
sew a line of stitching that begins in the corner of a square. The
machine begins with a tiny arc. Then it moves up two or so stitches
on the side of the block and stitches another arc, concentric to the
first arc. Two or so more stitches up the other side of the block and
another concentric arc. This continues until that corner of the
block is filled. It's sort of like very tight Baptist fan quilting.
Sylvain then moves to another corner of the same block and does the
same process, only using a different color of thread. Then a third
corner, and maybe a fourth, each time with a different thread color.
Depending on the order of
the thread colors, the main color of the block changes. He then
arranges the blocks with sashing and puts the whole quilt together. This quilt, "Tied in Knots", was included in our exhibit "Hanging
By a Thread" last fall, and when doing tours and working with the
volunteers, I noted that if the shading Sylvain desired would have been
achieved by layers of tulle or organza, the issue of "cheating" would
never arise. To my way of thinking, if the quilt concept, the
machine programming and the execution are all original, then there is no
"cheating". The programmable sewing machine is just another tool like
the rotary cutter or straight pins. I will agree that if you are not up on all the digital sewing
machine programs out there there could be a problem. I know Diane
Gaudynski judged a show that included an entry that prominently featured one
of her quilting designs. (You can see her long arm designs at As I recall, credit
was not given for the design. So, judges have to stay current with products, patterns, books, and
everything quilty! Judy Schwender


Subject: Re: Marikay's Book
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 08 10:33:49 -0500
X-Message-Number: 10 Linda, you might enjoy attending a Jane Austen conference here in the
In addition to the sessions on Austen, they have lessons one day and
then a
ball. . . complete with the attendees in period costume. A friend of
who wrote a book about Jane attended and had a superb time. Steph Higgins

Subject: RE: machine quilting
From: "Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 08 12:17:44 -0400
X-Message-Number: 11 Kathy, IMHO quilts that are either hand quilted, or hand quilted with a
held needle, require the skill of the quilter to achieve the design
stitch that gives the quilt its overall appearance. Either way the
work is
controlled by a human; there are imperfections whether or not the
and/or judges can find them. For me it's part of the charm of the
quilt. I suppose computers make mistakes too; but what skill is being judged
the computerized machine does the quilting - the quilter's quilting
skill or
their computer programming skill? I wondered too about stitch
regulators on
home machines until I tried a couple of them, I think I get a better
on my own. I will go out on a limb here and say that if I were ever inclined to
one of my quilts in a judged show I would rather compete against
quilters regardless of how they prefer to hold their needles than
computerized machines that do the work for the quilter. I don't think it has to be 'hand quilting vs. machine quilting.' I
with what Judy Schwender said yesterday "quilting is a big umbrella
and all
techniques fit under it." Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle
(Still quilting in PA)

Subject: Hand Quilting again
From: Joe Cunningham <>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 08 09:50:03 -0700
X-Message-Number: 13 Yes, Florence and Gaye are correct: my analogy (hand to machine
quilting is like typewriter to computer) is flawed. And I am afraid I am setting the wrong tone here. All I meant to say is that it seems
me that machine quilting has nearly obliterated hand quilting at most of the quilt shows I attend. Yes, I can still fill the occasional
quilting class. Yes, there are those of us who still love and
appreciate hand quilting. It is even possible that there will yet be
resurgence of hand work. It is just that nearly all those quilters
have taken up quiltmaking in the last dozen years or so would have no reason to see or learn about hand quilting. And as a quilt teacher I have to ask myself if I am more interested in keeping the old ways
alive, or if I am more interested in keeping the new ways alive. I have spent nearly 30 years studying hand quilting, quilting
frames and thimbles. I do not mean to disparage or suggest that hand quilting should not be practiced. Now I am off to practice hand
quilting with my local church group, the Dorcas Quilters.
Joe in San Francisco

Subject: Re: machine quilting

Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit This is something that is bothering me also. Our guild has mentioned
a ribbon award for hand AND machine quilting projects - as for the
programmable quilting, I am at a loss. I just hate to see hand
quilting being overrun
by machines....
Mitzi from Vermont where, by Golly, Spring is almost here!!!!

Subject: Hand Quilting
From: Kay Sorensen <>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 08 13:10:14 -0700
X-Message-Number: 15 I just spent a week at Focus on Fiber where I quilted 7 quilts in 7
days on
a domestic machine.
Did I do this to save time? NO
Did I do this because hand quilting is not possible with my "mature"
NO Then why did I do this? Because these were quilts with strong graphic
s that needed the hard line created with machine quilting. As my work has changed in the 48 years since I started my first
quilt, so h
ave my quilting methods changed to what are most appropriate for the
work. It's just that simple for me. Quiltingly,
Kay Sorensen And if anyone wants to see a few of those quilts they are on Tommy
ons blog today: ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Re: Hand Quilting again
From: Gloria hanrahan <>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 08 11:55:09 -0800
X-Message-Number: 16 I think we will be seeing hand quilting coming back to a new place in
next few years. With the craft blogs I've been reading, I see a real movement of young women with small children looking for creative
which can be picked up and put down. Just like out grandmothers did
just a
bit of handwork in the evenings, these women are looking for ways to
themselves and doing everything by machine means you need additional
for an ongoing project which young families often don't have. We are
the knitting, crocheting and embroidery all over the place. I think
we will
see a resurgance of the "slow" quilts created just for the
satisfaction of
using up those bits of time. Once the quilt a block at a time is
taught to
them---I think we'll be seeing some great stuff. They may not join the traditional quilt guilds, looking more for
outlets. I just think it will come around again. Gloria Hanrahan

Subject: Hand quilting
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 08 16:06:52 -0500
X-Message-Number: 17
Re Joe, Florence, others: My response was to metaphor and to state the difference in effect
only. The
effects just strike me as very different. Did someone say she used a treadle machine to machine quilt? Gaye ingram

Subject: Political Quilt Exhibit in Lancaster, Pa.
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 08 18:28:09 EDT

Patchwork Politics: Quilt Exhibition Commemorates Election Year Lancaster, Pa.E28093 April 2, 08. The Heritage Center Museum
is comme
the 08 election year with an exhibition of campaign memorabilia in
unusual medium. The exhibition, titled Patchwork Politics: From
George to G
W., opens on June 6, 08 and runs until December 31, 08 at the
Center Museum, 5 West King Street, in Lancaster.
Beginning with our first President, George Washington, the
exhibition opens

with a quilt made in the late 1700s or early 1800s to memorialize
his life.

The exhibition continues to the present with modern quilts and
centered around the great campaigns of our nation. Included in the
ion is
a striking quilt in the colors of the rainbow made from political
celebrating the election of James Garfield. Modern quilts depict the
s of
Presidents Nixon and Clinton, with one notable quilt showing past
crying over the sins of Nixon. Of particular interest is a quilt
and othe
objects promoting the suffrage movement that sought voting rights
for women
 The museum is free of charge and will be open to the public April
31, 08; Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Patchwork Politics: From
Washington to George W. will open on June 6, 08. Programs for
groups are available upon request. Call 717-299-6440 for more
information o
r visit
the Heritage Center of Lancaster County online at
_www.lancasterheritage.com_ ( .
Erika Belen, Public Programs Coordinator
The Heritage Center of Lancaster County operates the Heritage Center

(5 W. King Street), and the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum (37 N.
Street) in downtown Lancaster, PA.

Trish Herr
The Herrs
2363 Henbird Lane
Lancaster, PA 17601

Subject: RE: machine quilting
From: "Janet O'Dell" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 08 08:32:43 +1000
X-Message-Number: 19 I have been involved in Show judging in another field here in
Part of my task was to work with the stewards to evaluate the
categories and
re-classify entries if necessary. I would not judge machine knitting
hand knitting, so I would not expect machine and hand quilting to be
in the
same category. It is the competition organisers' responsibility to
set the
criteria for each class. I really don't know how one would tell if an allover machine quilting
had been done by a robot or a human! ;-) Janet O'Dell
Melbourne Australia

Subject: quilt trail in Western NC

Content-Type: text/plain; charset"us-ascii" I got this site from a high school friend. Have any of you seen the
Western NC Quilt Trail quilts? Sounds like an interesting project.
what other patterns are being used by folks?
Lynn in Eastern NC
Lynn Lancaster Gorges
Historic Textiles Studio
The Creative Caregiver
New Bern, NC ----------

Subject: Announcement of workshop in New Orleans
From: "Newbie Richardson" <>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 08 18:41:50 -0400

Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Because your collection can't preserve itself. Announcing the Preserving Our Costume and Textile Heritage Workshop A Pre-Symposium Workshop Presented in Conjunction with The Costume
of America 08 National Symposium Wednesday, May 21, 08 Westin New Orleans Canal Place New Orleans, LA Workshop Program Designed for staff at small museums, historic houses, and university
collections, this workshop is open to all interested individuals.
PowerPoint presentations and demonstrations, Colleen and Newbie will
essential information on ways to organize, stabilize, and display
collection, sharing expertise acquired from over 50 years of combined
experience with dozens of diverse collections. The workshop will
allow ample
time for registrants' questions about their site-specific concerns. >From the Preserving Our Costume and Textile Heritage Workshop, you
learn cost-effective strategies and practical methods to: v solve organizational and storage challenges v produce costume exhibits using safe, inexpensive display techniques v design emergency and disaster response plans v use appropriate sewing conservation and wet and dry clean
techniques v identify grants and other funding sources v use the skills of volunteers and interns to achieve collection
goals Workshop Leaders: The Costume and Textile Specialists <outbind://3/> Colleen Callahan is a costume and textile historian with experience
conservation and as a theatrical costumer. From 1985 to 03, Colleen
as curator of costumes and textiles at the Valentine Richmond (VA)
Center. Colleen consults with large and small institutions nationwide
exhibition, collection management and documentation, conservation,
reproduction clothing projects. Colleen is a member of the Virginia
Association of Museums and is a past president of the Costume Society
America. Colleen received her BA in Theatre from Smith College and
her MA in
Arts administration: Costume Studies from New York University under a
program with the Costume Institute of Metropolitan Museum of Art. Newbold "Newbie" Richardson has worked with numerous private and
institutional clients to appraise, conserve, and exhibit historic
and textiles for more than 25 years. Newbie is affiliated with the
Society of Appraisers and active in professional organizations
including the
Costume Society of America and the Association for Living History,
Farm and
Agricultural Museums. Newbie received her BS from Northwestern
completed MFA course work in costume design and the Appraisal Studies
Program at George Washington University. She has attended textile
conservation seminars at the Winterthur Museum, the University of
Island, the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, and the American
Quilt Study
Center. Preserving Our Costume and Textile Heritage Workshop is funded in
part by a
21st Century Museum Professionals Grant from the Institute of Museum
Library Services. Value-priced at $60, the workshop fee includes: . The day-long workshop . A 30-page handout packet developed by the instructors . Copies of Your Vintage Keepsake and Preserving Textiles . Lunch Registration Deadline: May 14, 08 For more information, contact Workshop Registrar 1-800-CSA-9447 Fax: 908-359-7619 ---


Subject: quilts for sale
From: "mary voss" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 08 22:39:11 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1 BlankWhile traveling home from Florida to Michigan we stopped at the
Exit 76
Antique Mall- ( I-65 about 30 minutes south of Indianapolis, Indiana)
saw many, many antique quilts for sale. One nice applique kit quilt
and the
rest were all pieced mostly dating from around 1900. The average
price was
around $225. These were all bed size quilts in very good condition.
mall is advertised as the largest antique mall in the Midwest. And
cleanest one too. These are the same types of quilts that sell in
Paducah at
three times the price. It was hard to leave without at least one
but my display cupboard is full, Now if a nice crazy quilt became
at that price I would jump at that. - Mary in Holland Michigan where
tulips are about 3" high but winter is back this week.

Subject: RE: Hand Quilting again
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 08 19:26:57 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2 Joe, can you shed some light on dates of the CathedralWindow. Was
it back
as far as 1800 ? So many articles give the thirties as when it was
. Have not found dates for 1800 but our group wants to make one with
uction fabrics. They are very interested in hand work. Only a few do
e. I just completed a HAND PIECED Mary Shafer, Linden Mill quiltop
and used
white/white with blocks of off white/off white and different reds
in each block . Planning to do flat quilting (trapunto )in the plain
and around the border. Still sitting and stitching as we are called
a Sit
& stitch group in New Boston, Michigan instead of a guild. We sit &
! You go BRO and keep on keepin' on hand stitching. You are one of
our HER
OS. Velia Lauerman

Subject: Re: Announcement of workshop in New Orleans
From: Sheryl Till <>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 08 23:02:54 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3 Newbie Richardson wrote:
> Because your collection can't preserve itself.
> Announcing the Preserving Our Costume and Textile Heritage Workshop
> I would love to be able to go to this. I only live an hour from New
Orleans. I forwarded this to the local quilt guild I belong to as we have several who collect vintage quilts/textiles.
Sheryl -

Subject: RE: Hand Quilting again
From: "Lisa Evans" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 08 07:52:15 -0400
X-Message-Number: 4 I seriously doubt Cathedral Window goes back that far - maybe 1900?
Joe, do
you have a date? I've always loved the pattern.... Lisa Evans

Subject: RE: Hand quilting
From: "Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 08 08:22:01 -0400
X-Message-Number: 5 Gaye, I can officially now say I do use a treadle to machine quilt as well
as my
electric machine. I have been teaching myself and it's not terribly
different but requires coordination of two feet with my hands and
instead of just one foot. I have a c.1875 vibrating shuttle machine
has good tension adjustments and a pressure adjustment for the
presser foot
and came with a nice darning foot. I also have the original instruction booklet and attachments and
there is a
quilting foot and instructions for how to use it. So far my stitches on the treadle are not quite as small or regular
as on my
Bernina 150QE (for which I am the stitch regulator) but I am using a
weight cotton thread instead of the 100 weight silk I often use and
thread requires slightly larger stitches. Practice, practice,
practice -
and a good belt on the machine make all the difference. Because the red and green quilt that inspired my participation in the
project for seminar has machine quilting; I am quilting my red and
quilt on the treadle. It will be my answer to "What did you learn by
this project?" Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle
(Spending another wonderful day quilting in PA)

Subject: RE: quilts for sale
From: "Sharron" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 08 07:25:10 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6 Wow! I googled and found! You're
right they
are the cleanest mall I've ever seen! Best regards,
Sharron................ Spring, TX where it's supposed to rain today - sorry about
being back, Mary.

Subject: barn quilts in Iowa
From: "Andi Reynolds" <> Here's another link: About pattern choices: There are barn quilts up in almost half of
Iowa's 99
counties. In Washington County, we installed 22 quilts in the
quadrant last year. These mostly have an Amish look (clear, dark
colors) to
honor the largest Amish population west of the Mississippi River in
around Kalona. Plans are to work on the SE quadrant in 08 with a
theme, to acknowledge the founding of the Republican party in
Crawfordsville; SW in 09 with a Nature theme for our Lake Darling
numerous parks and recreation opportunities; and my neck of the
woods, NW,
in 10 with Agriculture as the theme. Some counties have about a
dozen barn
quilts, but I think Washington's claim to fame will be 'barn quilt
with 70 or more. Any quilt blocks fitting those themes would be great
choices, but we don't require property owners to strictly adhere to
theme. One family put up two barn quilts in memory of a favorite
family nine
patch/double nine patch reversible quilt. I just finished painting an 8' x 8' "Corn and Beans" barn quilt for
neighbor in the next county who grows those crops. On our little Red
(about a one-car garage size building) I installed a 39" x 39"
Carolina Lily
painted in our house colors of tan and dark blue to honor my North
roots. You can order instructions from the above link to create your own
quilt. They are fun and addictive! I'm about to create one 2' x 2' in
Card Trick pattern for my bridge-playing husband. A while back, someone on the list mentioned a fellow in Tennessee
writing a book about these installations. If I remember correctly,
calling it a 'quilt clothesline' across America. You can find these
in many
states now, I think. Andi in Keota, Iowa

Subject: In New Orleans next week
From: "Dale Drake" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 08 09:15:10 -0400
X-Message-Number: 8 All: I'll be in New Orleans next week (downtown at the Sheraton with no
car) for
a business conference. We don't have a lot of spare time, but are
some quilts in the LA State Museum in the building next door to the
cathedral? Or someplace else close? I'd hate to miss an
opportunity! Dale in Indiana

Subject: RE: barn quilts in Iowa
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 08 09:29:33 -0600
X-Message-Number: 10 Andi, Ohio did this as part of the Ohio Memory Project and I heard it referred to then as the quilt clothesline. My understanding, at the
time, was that the idea originated as a take-off on the PA Dutch barn signs. I don't know if that is correct but I loved seeing them on
local barns. I think my neighborhood association would frown on me
painting my garage with a quilt design here in CO. Jan Andi Reynolds wrote: > Here's another link:

Subject: Doll quilt book
From: "lenna.demarco" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 08 08:29:01 -0700
X-Message-Number: 11 Hi All, I've too been waiting for Merikay's book since last August and, like
many, kept receiving emails that the delivery date had been changed. Yesterday (4/9) I got an email saying the book had been shipped and would arrive 4/10-11. Happily, when I arrived home, there was the
from Amazon. The book is a delight and made me rush to re-examine my own ever growing doll quilt collection. But, oh dear, the book is
effective now everyone will be on the look out for doll quilts.
I still feel as if I should apologize the Merikay for buying the doll quilt we both were eyeing in Concord during seminar. Sorry,
I'll leave it to you in my will!! I promise! Lenna - in lovely, sunny, rose-filled AZ (for the moment!)

Subject: hand quilting - sign of the times
From: Laura Robins-Morris <>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 08 08:28:14 -0700
X-Message-Number: 12 At my guild's quilt show a couple weeks ago, the hand quilted entries had special stickers on the quilt sign saying "Hand Quilted" . Quite different from the shows  years ago where only a few were machine
quilted (and were sometimes discounted as not "real" quilts). Laura, in Seattle, just finishing up the official show CD. That's
different from  years ago too! In fact, sorry to keep going here, but we were just discussing : how did we ever manage to put on those shows  years ago without
computers? the program, all the various lists, show signs and quilt
labels, tons of emails messages back and forth among committee
the accounting, the photos... It's all changed!

Subject: Cathedral window
From: "Kim Baird" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 08 10:19:04 -0500
X-Message-Number: 13 I have a catalog of a pojagi show from the Honolulu Academy of
show featured wrapping cloths from the Museum of Korean Embroidery. The one pictured on page 85 is a cathedral window! They call it a
design, and date it to the 19th century (1800's). It's made of silk. Cintamini or chintamini is a Buddhist design of uncertain origin,
with Hindu
connections as well. The Ottomans used it in their famous velvets and
brocades. You can see a sample here: I don't know why the cathedral window technique would be called
but it does indicate a connection to China, if only in the maker's
mind. (As
we called deep-fried potaotes French.) In my opinion, there are only so many things you can do with fabric,
and if
you come up with a new idea, it's porbably been done before
somewhere. Kim

Subject: RE: Cathedral window
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 08 13:16:19 -0400
X-Message-Number: 14 Thank you Kim, for the great information on the CathedralWindow
designs. (
MADE OF SILK ! ) Nothing is really new and we continue to WOW at
some tech
niques and designs. The quilting world is at the top of lists.

Subject: RE: Hand Quilting again
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 08 13:11:40 -0400
X-Message-Number: 15 An oil painting, watercolor painting or drawing apposed to Photos or
the like would be another analogy to hand work or machine work. All
are equal in
the efforts of the maker and viewer. Whatever makes us fulfilled and

Subject: RE: hand quilting - sign of the times
From: "Sharron" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 08 12:50:59 -0500
X-Message-Number: 16 Laura, is your guild selling the official show CD's? If so, how much
they asking. Last year the Austin, TX quilt guild sold a CD of their quilt show
for $10. It has been so much fun to look at. I've really enjoyed
it. Best regards,

Subject: RE: Hand Quilting again
From: "Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 08 14:18:26 -0400
X-Message-Number: 17 Vella, There is a battle between painting/drawing artists and photo artists
too - believe it or not. My mother studied art (painting, drawing, etc.) and her brother went into
photography. He always said her job was easier because she could manipulate
objects to suit her composition but he had to work with what was.
claimed his job was easier because all he had to do was point the camera and push a button. I agree with you - whatever makes us fulfilled and happy!