Subject: Re: QUilts for Soldiers From: Jan Thomas <> Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 09:00:32 -0600 X-Message-Number: 4

G'mornin to yall too Ms Teddy,

A newly made acquaintance makes quilts for the Quilts of Valor program. She made arrangements with the chaplin at Fort Carson, an army base just south of my home in the Springs, to periodically hand deliver the quilts to him.



Subject: Dating Club delayed From: "Lucinda Cawley" <> Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 11:15:13 -0400 X-Message-Number: 5

Sometimes my "Mom-life" takes over from my "quilt-life". That's the reason I'm 10 days late sharing the Dating Club's foray into the Log Cabin. We began by catching up what to read, see and do. At the top of the list was Mary Robare's Quaker quilt exhibit at the VA Quilt Museum. It was interesting to learn that A Perfect Red has been chosen by several members' book groups (even non-textile people are finding it interesting). The topic of the day was Log Cabin quilts and did we see lots of them. Here's what I learned: people made lots of LCs (especially in the 1870s-80s), quilts were often made on a foundation and neither backed nor quilted, Barn Raising was the most popular set, brown the most popular color. No surprises there. However, the devil, as always, is in the

details. We saw lots of wool challis, often combined with cotton, and always adding rich saturated color. An 1870s Barn Raising from Michigan was pieced on foundation blocks of a single striped fabric which gave it a much more finished look. The foundation pieced blocks (a veritable sampler of brown dress prints)of an 1870s Straight Furrows were whip stitched together. We saw Log Cabins from New Hampshire, West VA, Maryland, Texas. In spite of my observation that LCs were not as popular among the PA Germans as with the "English" we did see a few Dutchy examples. A bright Barn Raising from Paradise, PA contrasted crisp, clear lights with 1880s browns and a Courthouse Steps used red and green on one side and blue and butterscotch yellow double prints on the other. A York County, PA (see p. 54 of the York Co. book Quilts: The Fabric of Friendship) has blocks with yellow centers, one side red the other green set side by side with 7 red, green and yellow borders. It's spectacular! Another example from York Co.had blocks with red and yellow on one side, green and brown on the other in a Barn Raising set. I think my favorite (because it was orange) was a Pineapple from Lancaster Co.. The blocks are orange and blue (several indigo prints and two orange solids); it just sings! A Courthouse Steps from a Brethren maker in Carroll Co., MD had what I can only describe as a ladder border: alternating rungs of red and brown inside triple rows of green, brown and green strips (sorry if that's confusing--it looks great). We saw some unusual examples: Anne Orr's French Log Cabin (pink and blue with pieced roses on white in the center), a cheater from 1900 in orange and claret, brown and green, a 1940s LC made entirely of feedsacks with no contrast (why bother?), utility quilts of giant squares in the pattern that is called Housetops in the Gees Bend books, an amazing 1880s quilt (the set probably has its own name but I thought of it as Multiple Barn Raising) of 1/2" strips with a great zigzag border of the same narrow strips, a red, white and blue Barn Raising with a fringe and fan quilting (1930), a Barn Raising from the Eastern Shore which was the greenest LC I've ever seen (1870), a flannel Straight Furrows made from 1940s pajama fabric, another SF made of shirtings, ginghams and mourning prints was dated 1919. We saw a house portrait Log Cabin landscape made by English quilter Dorothy Stapleton. There was a fabulous Pineapple from Maine (circa 1880) with double pink centers. The strips were mostly brown with some chintzes and block prints (talk about a deep scrap bag). And there were more!! Lots more! There wasn't much time left after we had exhausted the topic quilts, but some goodies did emerge. There was a truly beautiful embroidered spread (1920) from Albany, NY (on one of the blocks) made of exquisite Art Nouveau designs (butterflies, baskets, flowers, a house with the motto "Home Sweet Home", the words :"Every Morn I Bring Thee Violets"--how romantic is that?) found at the Vienna, VA flea market (finds like this keep us going. There still is great stuff out there.). A darling Churn Dash of 5" blocks had pink and brown blocks, always a

charming combination. Appliquéd nursery blocks had ABC quilted in the border. An 1840s green and white from VA had a puzzling floral print as a border (after spirited discussion we agreed that it was consistent with the rest of the quilt). I showed my latest purchase: a tobacco premium flag quilt. 12 US flags are surrounded by cotton sateen flags of other nations from a series offered by Lorillard. I'm not usually attracted by the tobacco stuff, but this quilt is really bright and vibrant and fits right in to my decision to collect commemorative, patriotic and political "stuff." (even though I was thinking small, easy to store). You can see a picture of a very similar quilt on p. 90 of Uncoverings 2000 (the journal of the American Quilt Study Group). Read the article "Better Choose Me" by Ethel Abrahams and Rachel Pannabecker. Cinda briefly back on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Re: QUilts for Soldiers From: Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 11:43:15 -0400 X-Message-Number: 6

Teddy, as you read in Blanket Statements, I called my Congressman and made arrangements to meet him at Walter Reed and hand deliver quilts directly to the wounded soldiers, not just the chaplain. The experience was life-changing, truly. If you can find a way to put your quilts directly into the men's and women's hands and bypass the chaplain, do it. You will all be the richer for it.

As to what facilities are near enough that you could do that, the answer may be as simple as calling the Department of the Army, your local USO, or doing a Google search and then making a phone call. Or, call or write the office of your Congressman.

Judy Grow Flemington NJ ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: NY Times From: Laura Fisher <> Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 09:42:31 -

Yikes, Judy Grow!! -- just 'cause I am in NYC, does not mean I am frequented by the likes of that decorator (?!) Saja who was profiled in the Home section&nbsp;butchering old toiles. I would abhor him, I am sure. And besides, who has that much old old yardage to offer up for slaughter?! I cherish every little piece I have, and sell it for design purposes only. Ask Linda Eaton of Winterthur about old Mr. duPont's propensity to&nbsp;cut up incredible early linsey woolseys and chintzes for draperies and upholstery. Actually, I am more curious (and envious) about how such a&nbsp;person&nbsp;gets coverage like that in the NYTimes!&nbsp; Who does he "know", and how can I connect to that person (advertising is so expensive!) &nbsp; Judy, not everything is horrible in the NYTimes; keep reading it for things like this Metropolitan Diary entry Monday: &nbsp; "Last Fall, I was riding the E train downtown on a Sunday afternoon. At 23rd Street, on the opposite track, about 30 young Amish people male and female (the girls in long-skirted dresses with aprons and caps) waited for a train. In my car were two ladies in their late teens or early 20s, with hair dyed purple and red, full facial piercings, tattoos and punked-out clothes. When they saw the Amish group on the opposite platform, they whipped out their digital cameras and excitedly started taking pictures, no doubt to share with friends the crazy people they saw in the subway!" &nbsp; Wish I'd been there... &nbsp; Laura Fisher 



Subject: Re: QUilts for Soldiers From: Jan Thomas <> Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 11:20:09 -0600 X-Message-Number: 8

Judy and Teddy;

I am hesitant to write anything in detail on the list about the military because of reactions to such posts before. But, I can't censure myself on this topic so I'm 'outing' myself here to write I love them. Since I live so close to Fort Carson, I get to see and talk to these amazingly wonderful, compassionate and intelligent men and women all the time: before and after deployment. Out for dinner, I thank them and their families and will often be invited to sit with them through the meal.

It is a great opportunity to simply listen and a chance to learn so much beyond political ideologies.

The quilts delivered to Fort Carson were put directly into the hands of the soldiers. I have told this story to a few of you but one of those was made by a 6 year old boy who got up early every morning before school to sit on his mother's lap and help sew the pieces together. His favorite part was "pushing the gas pedal". For the third one, he chose the fabric, colors and way the pieces went together and sewed away on

the machine with mom who machine quilts the tops delivered to her and

makes the two hour drive to Fort Carson. Colby, a smart young man with two equally smart and talented older brothers definitely put his heart into the quilt. He looked perplexed when I asked him how he could give up the first one he made all by himself. Looking at me as if it was a given, he said "because a soldier needs it". Colby's first masterpiece was exhibited in the last men's show at the RMQM. Interim museum director and dear friend, Lorie Stubbs, put a journal under the quilt

for guests to sign and it went with Colby's quilt to a wounded soldier. I have yet to learn who he or she is.

On top of that, there was a military band waiting for the whole family, they were taken on to the stage and presentations were made right there. One of the recipients went to Colby's school with his quilt. It took him 15 minutes and frequent gasps for breath to get the whole story of that visit out. He's going to really charm 'em when he gets older - he had me in stitches and tears.

Judy, you are so right when you say such experiences are life-changing and they are life-affirming too.


Judy Grow wrote: > The experience was life-changing, truly. If you can find a way to put > your quilts directly into the men's and women's hands and bypass the > chaplain, do it.


Subject: mola cleaning question From: "Andi Reynolds" <> Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 14:19:32 -

Does anyone have experience with authentic molas from the islands off of Panama? I am totally embarrassed to admit this, but the ones I staged so prettily around my kitchen are caked with grease and dust, and I've never done anything like that to a textile before (at least, knowingly - what WAS I thinking?). I also have no idea if these circa mid-20th century molas would be considered made of colorfast cotton and, of course, I'd rather not find out the hard way. I have five that are six inches square, three that are approx. 14" x 18" and a Hmong 12" square piece. The larger ones aren't as dirty as the larger ones. I know, I know, cleaning has been discussed many times before on the list, but I'm desperate.


Andi, hanging her head in shame in Keota, Iowa


Subject: RE: QUilts for Soldiers From: "Donna" <> Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 15:34:32 -0500 X-Message-Number: 10

They should be able to talk to the Command Master Chief (E-9) of the Military Base and he/she will point them in the right direction.



Subject: Re: Fruit Orchard Kids From: Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 17:21:31 -0400 X-Message-Number: 11

Albert we have a real six pack of cuties!

From the prairie where it was in the 60s yesterday but hot and muggy today,

Gloria Nixon


Subject: Re: Quilt Identification McCall's Fruit Orchard Kids From: Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 17:43:06 EDT X-Message-Number: 12


Gloria, thank you so much for the pattern identification. Another mystery solved!



Subject: Are bed turnings something new? From: "Judy Anne" <> Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 21:21:16 -0700 X-Message-Number: 1

I've never seen a reference in history books to a bed turning but maybe I just missed it. When were bed turnings first done? Some online information indicates they were done in the "old days". I think they are a great way to teach people about antique and vintage quilts but thought they were a more recent practice.

Judy Breneman


Subject: Oberkampf on ebay From: "" <> Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 22:04:26 -0700 harset=US-ASCII

Dear Fabric lovers, I have no connection to this seller. I thought you all should see this lovely portfolio.


Kathi in Calif 


Subject: Re: Quilts for solidiers (and airmen and sailors) From: "Force Majeure Quilt Restoration" <> Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 08:45:04 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

The primary hospitals treating our wounded are Walter Reed (Washington, D.C.), Bethesda Naval Hospita (Bethesda, MD, just outside NW D.C.), and Brook Army Hospital (San Antonio, TX). A privately funded special facility has been built at Brook for the rehabilitation of amputees, called the Center for the Intrepid (

If you are not near these sites and would like to make in-person donations of your quilts, here are some other places to consider: -- your nearest VA hospital.(locater is here: Soldier, sailors, and airmen who are discharged from the service with service-connected injuries are treated through the Veterans Affairs hospital and clinic system. -- contact the local American Legion or Veterans of Foriegn Wars (VFW) post. They may be aware of local veterans already returned. -- Contact a local chapter of Disabled American Veterans ( to locate wounded veterans who have returned home.

A gentle note of correction for awareness (I know it was not intentional): the wounded and killed in this war have come from all five services -- Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Air Force.

Best Regards, Kim Nettles Commander, US Coast Guard (ret)


Subject: temperance quilts From: "Lucinda Cawley" <> Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 09:49:26 -0400 X-Message-Number: 4

Was there a particular shade of blue used in temperance quilts? Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: soldiers' quilts From: "Nancy Roberts" <> Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 10:05:20 -0400 X-Message-Number: 5

There is an adoption program with a website that makes efforts at veterans' hospitals in nearly every state. I belive they have volunteer contact people for each hospital or each region who can probably help put you in touch or direct your efforts in donating the

quilts. Look for the Veterans Affairs Support Team link on their site. They also have a new program called "Blankets of Belief" which you might want to look over. The woman founder of the organization was the recent winner on the TV show hosted by the Osmonds in which they honored special mothers. Regards, Nancy Roberts


Subject: quilt appraiser in Louisiana From: Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 10:55:36 -0400 X-Message-Number: 6

A friend needs someone to appraise and give advice on some quilt tops in Shreveport, Louisana. Is there anyone in that area that can help her out?

Please respond to me off list. thanks, Helene Kusnitz


Subject: RE: QUilts for Soldiers From: Cindy Claycamp <> Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 11:11:21 -

Teddy and others, The Indiana State Quilt Guild has been making QOV for several years. Our chair person is Ginny Jones at She has been delivering our quilts directly to families and to hospitals. She is in contact withthe founder of QOV,I'm sure she would be glad to share any info she has. Cindy Claycamp


Subject: What we're doing in North Carolina about vintage/antique quilts From: "Pepper Cory" <> Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 16:28:22 -0400 X-Message-Number: 8

- Hello all-Put Lynn Gorges and I together and we will always get into trouble! So we're thinking, "This area needs a shot of respect for vintage textiles-" and decide, in our impulsive way, to just go ahead and throw a show-n-tell event and see who comes. Fortunately, a local museum, The History Place in Morehead City NC, decided it was a great idea and wanted to partner with us. So, on Saturday June 21st Quilt Flap is gonna happen.

This event is very down-home, our way of saying no academic papers about quilting will be presented, that we'll fawn over any raggedy thing that walks in the door, and that it's an orchestrated drag-n-brag session with lots of Southern-style socializing thrown in. Although I adore quilt research, this area is just now realizing that old quilts shouldn't be relegated to the dog's bed. Folks don't have the patience for papers-yet. But they do love to gab and we're counting on family stories coming out along with the bed covers.

So, if you're in NC, or want to come to the beach in NC (we're less than a mile from the Atlantic) or know anyone who might be interested, can you help us get the word out? Here's the Quilt Flap explained in a blog and the short-n-sweet version is in the right sidebar. Feel free to pass on, mention on your blog, forward, copy etc this notice to all and sundry, such as the members of your own quilt guild. Here's the blog address: <>and it says it better than I can in this posting. Count on there being more post-Flap pics. Thanks for any advertising you can give us- Peace and have a sunny weekend- Pepper -- Pepper Cory Teacher, author, designer, and quiltmaker

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

Subject: Re: Are bed turnings something new? From: Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 10:26:20 EDT 

As a small girl in the 1950's, my grandmother, aunt, and their friends would always have "bed turnings" to show their recently made quilts to their friends or family visiting from far away. I thought everyone did this until I did one in one of my programs a couple of years ago and so many quilters thought it was something new. It is a wonderful way to show your quilt collection and having a bed (or a mock bed) for the quilts in a program adds to it.

Alma Moates AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser Pensacola, Florida


Subject: Re: Are bed turnings something new? From: Alan <> Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 07:46:38 -0700 X-Message-Number: 2

I do what i think of as reverse turnings. I have a dedicated armoire

for my collection and I take one from the amoire, show it, then get another. This is a bit easier because you don;t have a stack to turn




Subject: Re: Are bed turnings something new? From: "Stephanie Whitson" <> Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 13:16:45 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

I have never heard of this. What's a bed turning? Stephanie Higgins


Subject: Re: Are bed turnings something new? From: Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 16:15:31 EDT 

I have always thought that 'bed turnings' were something one did each Spring - turn the mattress and box springs (if they had them) over and turn top to bottom. (we still do this in our house every four months - my DH says it makes mattresses last longer). Correct me if I am wrong. Mitzi from Vermont


Subject: Political Gumption From: Gaye Ingram <> Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2008 18:10:54 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

Oh relax. I've no intention of bringing up "the current unpleasantness."

It's the current pleasantness I want to note.

Down in Texas, Miz Karey Bresenhan was sworn in as mayor of Piney Point on May 16th. To quote a local paper, "Bresenhan soundly defeated position 5 Councilman Randhir Sahni May 10 with 68 percent of the vote, 588-275, and carried two others with her in what could be termed a good, old-fashioned house-cleaning."

I love this. I really love it and think we should all take courage from the event, for Miz B. was only a year ago an innocent citizen minding her own business, when the city council in her subdivision had a few off-the-record meetings and announced that the house next to the Bresenhan residence was to be the next city hall. One day the birds are singing in your backyard. The next day police sirens are are wailing. Disconcerting.

So Karey became political. And imagining what could happen to THEIR next-door land in closed city hall hearings, the citizens of Piney Point joined her in turning over the decision.

And I guess that once you have stood up and worked for something, folks expect you to keep going. The result, "a good, old-fashioned house-cleaning."

We get all heated up about national elections, but in the end, all that is worth naught if we don't keep up with our own little pieces of the U.S. That's where ideas are really tested.

And if you're from the South, you can "carry" others with you. Who wants to bet against Mayor B's own residence needing a "good old-fashioned house-cleaning"?

When those of us who are foreigners drive around in Texas, we can't help noting the many signs warning us "Don't Mess With Texas." Obviously some Texans take that personally. Coming from next door, where we have a more Gallic attitude toward the way we deal with those who mess with us (French=Indirect), I personally find it all charming.

Today Piney Point, Tomorrow who knows?

Smiling in Louisiana, Gaye Ingram



Subject: Bed turnings From: "Rosie Werner" <> Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 19:19:40 -0600 X-Message-Number: 6

Mary McElwain used to do bed turnings in her shop in Walworth WI. in the 30s and 40s. She had a bed in the shop with samples of her designs on it. When a busload of customers would come to the shop (a frequent occurance) she'd show them all her designs. Walworth was central to Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago and she was well known. Rosie Werner