Subject: Pittsburgh, Pa 2009 From: "Brenda & Roger Applegate" <> Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 21:29:39 -0400

I was talking with the program coordinator of the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pa this afternoon. January 2008 they had their first

quilt show. I told her that I was disappointed that there was very little quilt history presented last year and I had hoped that they would include more for their second show in January 2009. As I drove home, I wondered if there was anyone in this region that might want to do a talk or demonstration of some aspect of quilt history. Because this is January, it might be a good time to do a Underground Railroad talk (dispelling the myths). If there is anyone out there that might be interested please e-mail me and I will share this information with her. I am not on the committee and really just looking for avenues to promote the history of quilting.


Brenda Applegate ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Miz B From: Jean Lester <> Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 07:39:56 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

She actually got into quilts because she was in politics--a long time

ago. She sold quilts to pay her expenses. At least that was the way

I heard it--a long time ago! This is small politics next to what she

was running for before, but I can't remember what that was. ;-)



Subject: RE: Miz B From: Kay Sorensen <> Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 06:34:02 -0700 X-Message-Number: 2

Thanks for confirming the memory I also have. But I remember only as much as you do. Quiltingly, K


Subject: Karey B From: Gaye Ingram <> Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2008 10:36:36 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

Re Mayor Bresenhan.

But there's no politics like village politics! You are checking out in the grocery store next to your rivals, and you are aware of every bump in the "rough and tumble" of politics. This was not an office for which Mayor B. had set her bonnet. Rather, I think, it was one of those things one does because it should be done and nobody else will do it. Politics at its clearest. What Jefferson was talking about. But in Texas, where even small villages create big shadows.

Through QHL I've often been amused by the perceptions outsiders have of Southern women, both present and historical. I'm working on an essay that poses the question, "Where would Southern women be today had Margaret Mitchell not written GWTW?" Of course, I think nearly every southern woman got the book wrong and thought Scarlett was Mitchell's heroine. She wasn't. She was a protagonist, but not a heroine.

Perhaps because their owners were the ones who wrote and thus are known by outsiders, the South is generally seen as one big patch of "plantations," with a few straggling Jeter Lesters and Belle Watlings here and there. Lots of sun bonnets and fanning and balls.

My own view is that Mayor Bresenhan is far more representative of the reality of Southern women. I've seen local elections turned upside-down by church missionary or Bible study circles, where women whose ire had been raised by some injustice just determined they would redress it.

Gaye Ingram


Subject: Turning of the Quilts (Bed Turnings) From: "Pat L. Nickols" <> Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 10:25:38 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 4

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"Turning of the quilts" is the term used by former employees and people who visited the Mary A. McElwain Quilt Shop in Walworth, Wisconsin beginning in the 1930s, some of the most interesting information I gathered while doing the research for Mary A. McElwain:Quilter and Quilt Businesswoman. See Uncoverings 1991 Volume 12 p.98-117. " . . . the vast array of quilts on the wall formed a backdrop for more quilts layered on an antique four-poster bed. Mary, with the help of one of the women from the shop or occasionally a visitor, would put on white gloves, stand beside the bed, and tell the history of each quilt as they turned them back. The "turning of the quilts," was repeated many times a day, as busloads of visitors, as many as 100 to 125 a day, came to the shop. . . . " From mostly sunny southern California, Pat L. Nickols



Subject: QHL: Re: Are bed turnings something new? From: Susan Seater <> Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2008 21:23:26 -0400 X-Message-Number: 5

Middle Eastern (Turkey, Palestine, and US stores) rug stores commonly

show their wares in this fashion. There is no room to display many at a time in a tiny shop. There will be several stacks of rugs on the floor and they are "peeled back" for you to view. The ones you like from the first stacks are taken out, stacked in a new pile, and then "peeled back" for you again.

That could have given an idea for the quilt stacks, but I suspect that storing quilts on top of each other on the guest room bed, and showing off to visitors by lifting them consecutively was independently invented many times and in many places.


Subject: Thanks for bed turning info From: "Judy Anne" <> Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2008 09:18:06 -0700 X-Message-Number: 1

Thanks everyone for the information on bed turnings. When I read Pat's information about the quilt shop in Wisconsin I rushed to my quilt history bookcase to get the Uncoverings and, alas, I have 1990 and 1992 but no 1991.

Judy Anne Breneman


Subject: NQA Show & Quilters' SOS From:

Hello all. I wanted to let you know about a special opportunity to sign up for a Quilters' - Save Our Stories workshop at the NQA show on June 19. Also, Xenia has put together a special exhibit of kit quilts and she will be presenting a lecture. Complete details about the show are on the NQA website:, where you will also find information posted about the 2009 NQA Grants application process. NQA was able to award a record amount last year and we're hoping for another successful Little Quilt Auction at the show in June so we will be able to award another record amount for 2009! If you are headed toward Columbus, I posted a list of other June quilt exhibits/activities as a PDF on the Ohio Quilts!! website:

Details about the QSOS workshop:

The National Quilting Association will be working with Quilters' - SOS - Save Our Stories (QSOS) to preserve the oral histories of NQA members and other quiltmakers. You are invited to come learn about QSOS and help capture the history of quiltmakers - young or old, beginner or professional, traditional or art quilters.

NQA made special arrangements for a QSOS workshop, given by Karen Musgrave, on Thursday, June 19, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. during the 39th Annual NQA Quilt Show at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Karen will explain the program, with emphasis on conducting a successful interview and archiving the information. You will also see a demo interview with Irene Goodrich. By the time they leave the workshop, even beginners will be confident about beginning a local project. A copy of the comprehensive QSOS training manual is included in the $20 fee.

The goal of QSOS, a project of The Alliance for American Quilts, is to record and preserve the stories of living quiltmakers and make the interviews easily accessible online at Nearly 800 quiltmakers have been documented by volunteers since the project began in 1999. In 2007, the project's archive became the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

The workshop is cosponsored by Ohio Quilts!! To register, please mail your check for $20, made payable to "Ohio-QSOS" to: Ohio Quilts, c/o J. White, 5348 Sharon Ave., Columbus, OH 43214-1318. Please be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. Preregistration by June 10 is recommended to ensure that you will receive all the necessary support materials. Questions? Please contact Janet White at

To learn more about QSOS and The Alliance for Amercian Quilts, visit

For more information about NQA, the show, past grant recipients, and much more:


Subject: RE: QUilts for Soldiers From: "Kitty SIbayan" <> Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 00:37:07 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

In our area (West Texas) we are working with the OIF (Iraq) and OEF (Afghanistan) Care Management Program at our local VA hospital. We already have 900 vets home from just these 2 wars, just in our area. Some of the quilters take them to the hospital and let the vet pick what they want or hand deliver the quilts to the vets. Other quilters have heard of some one with special needs, and make one specially for them. Our hospital had heard of the program, but didn't know how to get it started. SO if the program has not found them, I'm sure they would love to heard from her.

Here is a site, where you can look up the locations. I'm sure you will get help on working with your local facilities.

Kitty Sibayan West Texas

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Subject: Re: Thanks for bed turning info From: Jan Thomas <> Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2008 11:54:20 -0600 X-Message-Number: 4

Somewhere around the first of April I read an article online in the Pratt-Tribune in KS about a Q show and the history of bed-turnings that the interviewee claimed went back to the time of Martha Washington. A quick search today brings up the reference to the article on another site but the archive of the newspaper doesn't go back that far. I'm not saying the information was correct but just thought I'd mention it.

Judy Anne wrote: > Thanks everyone for the information on bed turnings.


Subject: Karey Bresenham's early political run From: louise-b <> Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2008 14:30:06 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

According to her book, Great Expectations, she ran for office in the Texas State Legislature in 1974. She sold quilts to raise money for her campaign, $40,000 worth. She did not win. (p. 18) Two weeks after the election she and her mother-in -law found a shop to rent for antiques. However they did not ahve money to fill it with enough antiques so hung family quilts instead and started selling and buying others. (p. 22)

Still would love to make the cover quilt!

Louise - in mid-Missouri


Subject: Fw: [AAQG Members] Benartex Color Reference Library From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <> Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2008 22:48:50 -0500 X-Message-Number: 6

Benartex Color Reference Library Thought you might enjoy looking at this. Might be nifty to keep for dating purposes Marcia Kaylakie AQS Certified Appraiser Austin, TX Benartex has a color swatch library online now. See it at Gradations of color families in their fabrics - nice. ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: RE: Fw: [AAQG Members] Benartex Color Reference Library From: "Sharron" <> Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2008 23:08:21 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

AWESOME!!! Thanks, Sharron................ Spring, TX where it's just as hot tonight as it is in Austin.............


Subject: Pillar Fabric From:

I'm trying to find 1800's pillar fabric that was reproduced in the last couple of years. I can not locate it on line or in any quilt shops. I know I did not dream this up! (At least I hope not!) Saw an add in a magazine about a year ago and forgot what company was producing it or who the designer is.

Can anyone tell me who to contact to purchase this? I would appreciate it!

Alma Moates AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser Pensacola, Florida ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Re: Pillar Fabric From: <> Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2008 22:26:35 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1


How about the American Folk Art Museum Colossal Columns collection by Kathy Hall for Andover. You can see it at Just type columns into the search box. Pat Roth

> I'm trying to find 1800's pillar fabric that was reproduced in the last


Subject: Pillar prints From: adamroni <> Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2008 07:45:06 +0200 X-Message-Number: 2

Moda hand a pillar print in the Spencer Museum collection, about 2 years ago: s+Fabric&page36

(Pillar print is 8 from top, left column) Hope this helps Ady in Israel

I'm trying to find 1800's pillar fabric that was reproduced in the last couple of years. I can not locate it on line or in any quilt shops. I know I did not dream this up! (At least I hope not!) Saw an add in a magazine about a year ago and forgot what company was producing it or who the designer is.

Can anyone tell me who to contact to purchase this? I would appreciate it!

Alma Moates AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser Pensacola, Florida


Subject: RE: Pillar print From: adamroni <> Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2008 07:42:42 +0200 X-Message-Number: 3

: I'm trying to find 1800's pillar fabric that was reproduced in the last couple of years. I can not locate it on line or in any quilt shops. I know I did not dream this up! (At least I hope not!) Saw an add in a magazine about a year ago and forgot what company was producing it or who the designer is.

Can anyone tell me who to contact to purchase this? I would appreciate it!

Alma Moates AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser Pensacola, Florida



Subject: RE: Pillar print From: "Roberta (Bobbe) Benvin" <> Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2008 13:27:49 -0400 X-Message-Number: 4

There have been a few pillar prints released in the last few years -- I know, because I buy every one I find. The most recent was,as mentioned, put out by Barbara Brackman for Moda. It was not printed to original scale, but I bought some anyway. If you tell me how much you need, I might be able to spare some. Also, Windham is including a beautiful pillar print in their "The Presidents Collection", scheduled to be released in September. You can look at it on their website.

About a year before the Moda pillar print was released, I submitted a gorgeous pillar print design that was documented in York County, Pa to P&B Textiles for whom I have done a couple of repro collections (the same fabric, different colorway, can be seen on pg. 88 of the Kiracofe book, The American Quilt). They turned it down because they said quilt shops didn't know how to market it. Meanwhile, Brackman's pillar print sold out after the first initial orders were placed -- stores couldn't get anymore after that. They just don't get it on the west coast!

Bobbe Benvin ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Pillar Fabric From: Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2008 13:41:26 EDT X-Message-Number: 5

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Re Pillar Fabric-- > I'm trying to find 1800's pillar fabric that was > reproduced in theA0 last couple of years. I can not locate it on line or in any > quilt shops. I knowA0 I did not dream this up! (At least I hope not!) Saw an add > in a magazine about aA0 > year ago and forgot what company was producing it or who the designer is. > Can anyone tell me who to contact to purchase this? I would appreciateA0 it! > Alma Moates >

Yes, Alma, Barbara Brackman and the Spencer Museum collaborated on a line of

reproduction fabrics for Moda. I think it was the summer of 2006, I remember

buying a bunch at the Quilt Odyssey show in Hershey PA.

Bright blessings!



Subject: Pillar Fabric From:

Thank you everyone! I have located the pillar fabric I was looking for. Hope to order tomorrow.

Many thanks!

Alma Moates AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser Pensacola, Florida


Subject: Bed Turnings From: "Geraldine C. Bobnar" <> Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2008 19:32:21 -0400 X-Message-Number: 7

When I was in Lancaster Pa. for the Hertiage Celebration quilt show, a number of the shops will do a bed turning for large bus groups. The talked about each quilt pattern designs while showing the quilts Gerri from Southwestern Pa.where the hot weather brought humidity ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: RE: Pillar print From:


Hello and thank you so much for your kind offer. I too love pillar fabrics. The one that I saw, I now know, was made by Andover and a lady emailed me and said her shop has some for sale. I was out all day and just got the email a few minutes ago. I will call tomorrow and if they have it I will email the information to you if you like.

We do not have anything like that in our area either. I am in a minority of people who love the reproductions. I've not seen any pillar fabric in person except for some original I saw in class in Paducah last year.

Thank you again, Alma Moates


Subject: Re: Pillar Fabric From:


Thank you for the information. I think I located the one I am looking for.

Thank you, Alma ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: collar stays From: "Vivien Sayre" <> Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2008 10:18:35 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

Hello All, I have a question for those of you who specialize in clothing. We have just found two collar stays (I am not sure of the correct spelling) in my husband's grandfather's effects. One is brass with a rectangle cut at the top, and the other is tin with a thin tear-drop cut at the top. The brass stay has a rounded point, and is 6- 1/4" long and 1/2" wide. The tin stay also has a rounded point and is 6-2/3" long and has a graduating width of 1/4" at the point to 1-1/4" at the top. Does anyone recognize these descriptions? If so, do you have any idea about dates, types of clothing they were used for, and anything else which will help solve this little mystery?

Thanks, Vivien in MA, -where it is in the 90's again today.



Subject: Need help From: "Karen Musgrave" <> Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2008 11:30:59 -0500

A friend contacted me concerning a friend of hers who has Windex spilled on a bed cover woven by her grandmother. I said I would tap into the wisdom of this group for hep. The cover is a dark blue and cream; color was removed from the center which is dark blue. The fiber content is wool. Does anyone know if there is anything that would restore the color or could suggest a textile expert she could consult? She lives in Gainesville, Florida. Thanks for your help. Karen


Subject: Re: collar stays From: Sally Ward <> Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2008 19:03:48 +0100 X-Message-Number: 3

Hi Vivien

Is it possible these are the little metal fabric guards used to slip around the shank of a metal button for polishing? 6" sounds like an impressively long collar!

Sally Ward


Subject: Western Maryland Day Trip From: "Suzanne Cawley" <> Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2008 14:18:56 -0400 X-Message-Number: 4

I was able to attend the opening of Mary Koval's exhibit at the Gilchrist Museum in Cumberland, MD last weekend and was blown away by the awesome early quilts and textiles she had on display from her personal collection of treasures. If you live anywhere within driving distance, I encourage you to visit this exhibit. It will only be up through June and can be seen from 1pm to 4pm Thursdays through Sundays. Mary will be in attendance on most dates and special group tours can arranged. I suggest you avoid next weekend when Cumberland welcomes 25,000 people for their 40th Heritage Days event and parking will be non-existent.

While you are in the area, I would also encourage you to visit the National Museum of the American Coverlet in Bedford, PA which is just a half hour away. It is open seven days a week and features educational tours of an outstanding collection of coverlets. For more information on both these exhibits see and or feel free to contact me.

If you are unable to attend, perhaps my identical twin Cinda will travel out west and submit one of her informative reports to the list.

Suzanne Cawley In wild, wonderful Fountain, WV


Subject: Re: Need help From: "Lisa Evans" <> Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2008 14:29:58 -0400 X-Message-Number: 5

I don't see how you're going to get the color back *into* the cloth - how old is the coverlet? How large is the section that was damaged?

Lisa Evans


Subject: Batts! From: Gaye Ingram <> Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2008 14:56:46 -0500 X-Message-Number: 6

I am completing some cleaning and reorganizing begun when I thought I had lost two favorite quilts (They were in a mis-labeled container) two months ago. Of course, this is just no fun.

Yet, as I have folded and refolded, an old question has raised its head again. The 19th-century PA quilts and the early 20th-century quilts from the Mid-Western and Great Plains regions have thin-thin batts, almost no batt at all ready. Very flat. This remains true for mid-20th-century kit quilts.

Southern quilts of the same eras which I own have looser batting, even those that are clearly made for "show." Sometimes the batt might be no heavier or only minimally heavier than those mentioned above, but it has more loft. This too remains true for mid-20th-century and 1960s kit quilts.

My question: is this phenomenon simply peculiar to the quilts I own? Or is it a general phenomenon?

And if it is, what accounts for it?

To what extent were quilts actually used for serious bedcovering in PA in 19th century? I recall a friend's family who had moved from PA in fifties used eiderdown comforts for warmth, though they owned quilts. Was that peculiar or common? In other words what did people in these regions--where winters were hard---use for everyday bedcovering in winter?

Preferring to ask questions than to climb up in closets and crawl under beds, Gaye Ingram


Subject: Re: collar stays From: "Vivien Sayre" <> Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2008 16:30:25 -0400 X-Message-Number: 7

No, unfortunately. The slits are too small and they actually look like the collar stays made from plastic. Still guessing. Thanks Sally.



Subject: Re: Need help From: "Karen Musgrave" <> Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2008 17:50:43 -0500 X-Message-Number: 8


The coverlet is between 50 and 60 years old. The section that was damaged is about 12 inches by 12 inches.

Thanks, Karen