Subject: The 2nd Annual July Quilt Get-away From: <> Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 8:56:31 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

On July 15th and 16th, the 2nd Annual July Quilt Get-away hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Study group, occurred here in Connecticut. It attractedAQSG members from Maine to Virginia.  Our first stop was the Danbury Historical Society and Museum. In 3 hours, we viewed the 47 quilts in their collection. Danbury, historically, is know as Hat City. At its peak during the nineteenth century, there were 30hatting manufactories located there. It was the largest hat production center in the world. Danbury also played an important role as a supply center in the Revolutionary War, causing parts of it to be burned by the British.  The quilts in the collection dated from the last quarter of the eighteenth century to the 1940s. The earliest quilts included glazed wool wholecloths in rich indigo colors with homespun woven backs, to pieced wool quilts from the same time period. 

There was a mint Blue Resist wholecloth quilt, rarely seen in other collections. It has been published in some of the olderquilt books. We were able to feast our eyes on the 1840s Radiating Star quilt with eagles in the four corners featured in "All Flags Flying" and onthe cover of "Quilts and Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut." More spectacular in person, portions of the eagles' shields and the border floral applique designs are stuffed. There was the usual array of Prussian blue printsfound in pieced quilts frequently seen in the Northeast, and an especiallynice cut-out applique of all of the quiltmaker's favorite things, signed "Charity Brush to Annie Tundy." Many of the Crazy quilts from that area aremade from the silk hat linings discarded at the hat manufactories. We saw a pieced silk reputedly made from hat linings. That evening at the Rocky Hill Marriott, the group shared quilts, etc. from our collections. The subject for Show 'n Tell was "The Rarely Seen." This could include quilts, tops, blocks, and ephemera. 

Mid-Atlantic QuiltStudy Group is never a disappointment. Their stash is deep and they willingly to share.  On Tuesday, we ventured to the Connecticut Historical Society. After being greeted by Rich Malley, Director of Collections Access and Dr. Susan Schoelwer, Director of Collections, we received a tour of the genealogical center, the library, the textile archives, a 1847 swatch book from a small Connecticut mill, and Dr. Schoelwer's most informative PP presentation of their textiles with a strong focus on provenance. 

The biggest highlight was the display of 10-12 quilts, counterpanes, bed ruggs, and a "Modern Priscilla" WWI quilt in their auditorium surrounded by the famous eighteenth and nineteenth century tavern signs in the collection. Not to be forgotten, was our chance to view "The Flag." "The Flag" was one of four hanging in the viewing box at Ford's Theater, and closest to President Lincoln at the timeof his assassination. It was rediscovered in the CHS collection in the late 1990s and is now restored and under glass. The story of its history, rediscovery and restoration gave goose bumps to all present.  This was the 3rd event held by the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Study Group, aka Studio Quilt Study Group to raise monies to host an AQSG Seminar in the Mid-Atlantic region. We have learned that fundraising can be educational and fun with very little planning. Plans for next year are already under way,focusing on Museums and Historical Societies along the Connecticut shoreline. It is always scheduled for the third Tuesday and Wednesday in July. Mark your calendars! Thanks for giving me this time to tell of our event.  

Sue Reich, July Quilt Get-away planner  -- Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: seeking Japanese Kimono block pattern From: Judy Schwender <> Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 08:07:52 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 2


Hello all, I am trying to locate a quilt block pattern called "Japanese Kimono" from possibly the mid 1940s to the late 1950s. I checked both of Brackman's encyclopedias, and had no luck.

Below is the letter I received from the man who is trying to locate this block. If you have any ideas on this pattern please let me know.

Thank you! Judy Schwender

I have a rather specific favor to ask of you. I am attempting to locate for my Mother, known here in North-East Alabama as "Miss Edith", a quilt pattern she remembers as "Japanese Kimono" patch-work / quilt-block pattern. It is a rather simple pattern actually. I think I have seen it once. Unfortunately, I do not remember enough detail to recreate it myself. She once had a quilt made in Japan with this pattern, but it disappeared long ago as a gift. She truly is the "Eternal Earth Mother To The Universe". At age 85, her short term memory is fading rapidly. The official diagnosis is "Demential, Severe - Rapid Onset". No one can predict the future, but, the life I have with her now is not the life I will have with her next year. Yet amazingly, she can remember in great, and accurate, detail every aspect of the years she and my Father spent in Japan Post-WW-II. It is my hope to engage those memories from long ago, for as long as I can, in any way I can. I have found a source for genuine kimono scrap fabrics from Japan. I hope to obtain these pieces so I can have a local quilter use the "Japanese Kimono" pattern and make another one for her. Hopefully my friend and my Mother will be able to begin this project in the near future.


Subject: Alphabet Crib Quilt From: "Lynn Miller" <> Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 08:12:23 -0700 X-Message-Number: 4

The animals on the quilt are from a McCall's Kaumagraph transfer 1835. Original sale price 50 cents. Recently listed on Ebay, the seller did not give a date. It sold for way more than I was willing to pay. So I am guessing 40's. Backwards lettering makes a lot of sense. I looked at the pattern again and all of the animals on the quilt are backwards to the picture on the pattern. The pattern includes a alphabet but not the one on the quilt. What was the maker thinking? The pattern also is the traditional set 3 across and 4 down. While the maker chose to set the quilt 4 across and 3 down. I purchased the quilt in East Aurora, New York. Maybe she(he) was more accustom to reading from right to left. Anyway it is fun! Thanks for everyones input, keep the ideas coming.



Subject: Historic Quilt Finds New Home From: Pat Cummings <> Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 11:18:38 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 5

This week I was notified that an historic quilt made in honor of Wm. Henry Harrison has found a new home in Grouseland Mansion in Indiana. A group from Pawtucket, Rhode Island graciously donated the quilt as a result of having read my article about Harrison in The Quilter magazine.

Grouseland is having a quilt block contest to permanently collect blocks related to Harrison. There are several months left to enter. Details are on my website, as a courtesy to the organizers.

Patricia Lynne Cummings

"We're captives on a carousel of time ..." - Joni Mitchell, "Circle Game"


Subject: alphabet quilt From: "Steve & Jean Loken" <> Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 11:29:02 -0500 X-Message-Number: 6

Hi, I'm fascinated by this alphabet. The letters for the most part seem to be a fancy Gothic alphabet, but many are reversed. The ABC block seems correct as is as well as the letter D. The letters E and F are a mystery as are the G and H. The I seems innocent enough as reversed it would be almost the same. The J K and L don't look like any I've seen even reversed. The M N O P Q and R are all nice Gothic letters if you reverse them. So maybe she was illiterate, but why would they be in correct alphabetical order? If she took them from an ancient reader that might account for it. But they look more like they were taken from a highly illustrated Bible, but then again, why in alpha order? Inquiring minds want to know. BTW, we reversed the photo, and if anyone wants me to send it I'll be happy to do that. Inquire off-line. Jean in MN


Subject: Thanks From: Pat Cummings <> Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 14:44:43 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 7

Thank you to those who responded to my plea for help. I appreciated Joan pointing me in the right direction for an old type of fabric. Wouldn't it be fun to see an exhibit of all the old fabrics that were sold in general stores?

Thank you to everyone else who offered possible resources for the photo I sought. You know who you are. You know what you did. I appreciate your efforts.

I completely value the friendship of this group and other individuals. There is no doubt that if I sat down and wrote out names of people whom I've contacted, there would be more than 100 people to count. One person has led me to another who led me to yet another, in a serendipitous chain of events. Yet, while that has been the fun part, trying to locate other information has been as hard as pulling hen's teeth. All in all, I believe I'll be happy with the finished product: Ellen Emeline Hardy Webster (1867-1950): Her Amazing Quilt "Charts," Her Writings, and Her Life. When I started out, I had exceedingly little information and a wrong name. I'd have to say that I sure have enjoyed this process of discovery.


Patricia Lynne Cummings

"We're captives on a carousel of time ..." - Joni Mitchell, "Circle Game"


Subject: Thanks From: Joan Kiplinger <> Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 19:36:50 -0400 X-Message-Number: 8

Pat -- many of the old fabrics are still alive in stores today; some with a new name or no name. Cretonne -- it's now called a home furnishing fabric. The lovely sheerness of grenadine that graced society's backs for nearly 2 centuries is now found in the curtain department under sheer curtains. And some long off-market fabrics are just waiting for the fashionistas to bring them back as a fashion statement with a snazzy new name.


Subject: Help Please From: linda laird <> Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 23:10:11 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

A friend gave me all the pieces for a red and green quilt that is mostly finished. The pattern was included but no directions. On the pattern it says Women's Day Magazine, Nov. 1961. I've googled and not found it. Does anyone have a copy of that issue or know how I can get the directions. Since it is all appliqued except the final border and has all the fabric I'd hate to mess it up. Please contact me off line. Thanks. Linda Laird


Subject: the research process From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 

I find the research process fascinating when I am 'on the hunt' for information about a person or topic. Are we all amateur sleuths and just assuaging our need to delve? I am pretty sure I am. I think the local DPS should probably be grateful that I can satisfy my urges this way and not try to be a detective in their departments! I'm researching again myself and love the sometimes serendipitous way information arrives at my door. Marcia Kaylakie Marcia Kaylakie AQS Certified Appraiser Austin, TX 


Subject: Re: the research process From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:04:18 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

Marcia's note makes me want to share my latest research project. I am currently working on a quilt exhibition for the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. One of the quilts we will be showing is a 1794 hexagon-template-pieced calico quilt made by Sarah Ewalt Spencer of Bedford Township, Pennsylvania. This is, I believe, America's earliest hexagon-pieced quilt. The quilt came into the museum's collection with little tags stitched onto some of the patches, identifying the owners of the fabrics--ancestors of Sarah's, and her illustrious associates, including Martha Washington and Mrs. Alexander Hamilton. Isn't that cool?!

So I've been working with a friend of mine, Deborah Kraak, to figure out the genealogy of all the people identified on the quilt, and it's been fascinating! (And just in case some of you remember this quilt from when it was exhibited 20 years ago--the former curator mistakenly identified it as c. 1840 and made by Sarah's daughter, Anna Scull. But the fabrics are consistent with a late 18th-century date, and the family history clearly states that it was made in 1794, so I have no reason to doubt it. We will also be showing a quilt made by Anna Scull--maybe the former curator thought all the quilts in that accession were made by Anna...?)

The exhibition opens on August 30th and runs through mid-January. I hope some of you will be able to come see it! Also on exhibit will be the Anna Tuels quilt, America's earliest dated pieced quilt (1785). The exhibit is called "Who Was Anna Tuels? Quilt Stories, 1750-1900."

All best, Lynne

>I find the research process fascinating when I am 'on the hunt' for >information about a >person or topic. Are we all amateur sleuths and just >assuaging our need to delve?


Subject: Re: the research process From: "Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle" <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:18:06 -0400 X-Message-Number: 4


Thank you for the information. The exhibit sounds like a good excuse for a 'road trip' to Connecticut! Hopefully before winter sets in.

Also, I have to add that I too enjoy having a few interesting mysteries to solve. The research is fascinating and it is a real treat when clues present themselves - almost as enjoyable as when I am able to find them on my own or with the help of others.

Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle in Lancaster County, PA patiently waiting for cooler weather but in no hurry for winter . . .


Subject: Re: the research process From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:25:54 -0400 X-Message-Number: 5

One of the best things about this process is that we've made contact with descendants of the maker and they are all very excited that the quilt is going to be exhibited. In fact, we're trying to get them all together at the museum for a special tour and lunch, because they are all related through this many-times-great-grandmother, but they don't know each other!


> Also, I have to add that I too enjoy having a few interesting mysteries to > solve. The research is fascinating and it is a real treat when clues > present themselves - almost as enjoyable as when I am able to find them on > my own or with the help of others. >


Subject: Re: Help Please From: Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:29:50 -0400 X-Message-Number: 6

Hi Linda, I just emailed with info that may help locate the issue you need. Gloria Nixon ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Re: the research process From: Judy Schwender <> Date: Thu, 31 

Re The exhibit "Who Was Anna Tuels? Quilt Stories, 1750-1900" August 30 to mid January, Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut.

Will a catalog of the exhibit be available? Judy Schwender


Subject: Re: the research process From: "Lucinda Cawley" <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 12:14:19 -0400 X-Message-Number: 8

Lynne, I'm already trying to figure out how to get to Hartford. The exhibit sounds wonderful. Like Judy, I want to know about the possibility of a catalogue. Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Re: the research process From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:48:53 -0400 X-Message-Number: 9

Sadly, no--but I'm going to encourage them to offer label copy in the gift shop, which they sometimes do. Also, I should let you all know that this is just a small exhibition--only a dozen quilts--but every one of them will knock your socks off. :)

They are photographing the quilts for me next month, so hopefully I can at least do an article about the collection. I'll let you know.

Thanks for your interest!

All best, Lynne

> Re The exhibit "Who Was Anna Tuels? Quilt Stories, 1750-1900" August 30 to > mid January, Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. > Will a catalog of the exhibit be available? > Judy Schwender


Subject: Re: alphabet quilt From: "Jean Carlton" <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 13:02:41 -0500 X-Message-Number: 10

I'm catching up on hundreds of emails so if someone already asked this please ignore. Is the embroidery definitely the 'front' of the piece - could the blocks have been neatly embroidered and then set into the quilt with the backside up? (this couldn't happen with MY embroidery but I've seen some very neat stuff - it could have been set together by someone with poor eyesight.... (an aside - my elderly aunt was once helping me move into a new home - the bathroom sink was one that had those swirly things in the marble and she kept telling me it wasn't clean yet - I finally realized she thought the swirlts were dirt)

The most logical to me is reversing while tracing ( the iron-on papers are usually made to come out right huh? ) and whereas I have certainly done that with applique motifs it is hard to imagine that the maker didn't realize the letters were backwards once she did that - unless she didn't recognize the alphabet we use. The fact that the animals are also backwards when compared to the pattern is a clue. Or....Maybe someone was getting a project ready for an elderly person to give them something to do and when she realized it was traced backwards she figured - oh, what the heck - I don't have time to do it over and granny will never notice! :) jean c


Subject: backwards alphabet, etc From: Laura Fisher <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 12:13:21 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 11

Hi all - I am sitting in my shop while they demolish the ground floor of this warehouse building to put in a wine storage facility for restaurants andrich NYers, while the economy is going to hell!!=A0 New owners bought the building, doubled the rents, and are remodelling it into fancier digs. I amtaking a break from sending out photos, straightening up, enjoy qhl. =A0 How do you get eboard so I can see the Alphabet and other quilts being discussed?! =A0 From the Alphabet conversations, it seems like the letters are backwards. Coincidentally, to date=A0I have owned 4 Alphabet quilts in which they letters were arrayed backwards -- A in the upper right corner instead of the left -- and/or the letter shapes were backwards with the=A0serifs=A0in the opposite place from the norm -- or=A0"backwards"; At the moment,=A0I have one in which the letters are arrayed vertically rather than horizontally. At each example people wonder what is the reason for this difference? Could it be the maker was dyslexic, or had a different language of origin -say Japanese, or Hebrew (does anyone else write from right to left?).=A0Instead of some romantic fantasy, probably the=A0letters were cut out incorrectly, on the incorrect side of the fabric, and once the letters were flipped and the error realized, the project was too far along, or there was no more fabric available, and so what the hell, the alphabet quilt was completed "backwards". Makes it more fun, don't you agree? =A0 So how do I get aboard eBoard? =A0 Thanks. Laura Fisher --0-246515929-1217531601=:32927--


Subject: inventory question From: xenia cord <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 16:22:10 -0400 X-Message-Number: 12

Hi, Laura - Do you still have any of those story quilts by Marion Cheever Newton? And do you have jpgs, prices?



Subject: Curses! From: xenia cord <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 16:27:48 -0400 X-Message-Number: 13

I can never remember to reply to sender, not to the list! Sorry, all! (And sorry,Laura.)



Subject: Re: the research process From: <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 14:51:09 -0700 X-Message-Number: 14

That sounds fabulous, Lynne! I can't wait to see the exhibition!

Lisa Evans


Subject: Re: the research process From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 19:14:03 -0400 X-Message-Number: 15


If you (or someone else) can organize a QHL day at the Wadsworth Atheneum, I will give a gallery tour and bring everyone into storage to show you the quilts I wanted to exhibit, but didn't have the room for. And we can all have lunch! Wouldn't that be fun?

All best, Lynne

> I'm already trying to figure out how to get to Hartford. The exhibit > sounds wonderful. Like Judy, I want to know about the possibility of a > catalogue. > Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Kudos to Kim Wulfert! From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 20:17:53 -0400 X-Message-Number: 16

Dear Kim,

My copy of The Magazine Antiques with your wonderful article, "John Hewson and the French Connection," arrived today. I just finished reading it and wanted to tell you "Congratulations!" You've added very important and interesting information to our understanding of American textile printer John Hewson.

Anyone interested in early American quilts and printed textiles should run out and buy their own copy of the August 2008 issue of The Magazine Antiques!

All best, Lynne


Subject: Re: backwards alphabet, etc From: Kris Driessen <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 18:24:58 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 17

Laura (et al),

To see the pictures, just go to and click on Gallery.



Subject: QHL: Kudos to Kim From: "Susan Wildemuth" <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 20:35:20 -0500 X-Message-Number: 18

Does anyone know how I can get a copy of the ANTIQUES issue with Kim Wulfert's Hewson article in it?

Thanks -- Sue


Subject: Re: QHL: Kudos to Kim From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 22:34:07 -0400 X-Message-Number: 19

Sue, you can always order one directly from the magazine: Brant Publications, Inc., 575 Broadway, New York, NY 10012; (212) 941-2800.

All best, Lynne



Subject: Re: backwards alphabet, etc From: Gloria hanrahan <> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 21:14:41 -0800 X-Message-Number: 1

My first thought on this top--is there any reason this couldn't be a set of initials for various family members of a child? In the middle square. on the right hand column the middle letter looks a great deal like letters my kindergarten teacher drew in the early 60's. Like a branch on a tree for the letter I. Many letters look like D's. E's, V, T and I's to me.

I'm not getting where people are seeing the animals as being reversed.

Gloria Hanrahan


Subject: RE: Social intolerance from our past From: Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2008 08:33:09 +0000 X-Message-Number: 2

>14 years ago I was absolutely horrified when my then 4 year old daughterand >her friends, who were playing in the local park one day, refused to play=

>with two Ethiopean little girls who were playing nearby. When asked why,she >and her friends said "Because they are brown." Ady, I know I'm replying VERY late to this, but I just had to. My sister has adaughter adopted from Korea. One day, she was preparing her kids to go play at the home of another family, and my niece refused to go. Kathy's first thought was that since Renee was the youngest of the children, perhaps she was feeling picked on or left out. No, Renee replied, she didn't want to go to their house because 'they look funny.' You guessed it. The other family is Korean... I think it's biologically programmed into children to be attracted to people who resemble their parents, and to be wary of people who are different. Otherwise, our kids would constantly be wandering off with strangers! <G> Some kids are just more skeptical about differences being OK, and it seems to peak, in my experience, in the 3-4 year old age group. Our family went out to eat last Sunday, and in the restaurant was a young man who had no arms, who was holding his silverware in his right toes. Renee's 3 year old was rather frightened, despite her talking to him about everyoneis different, and reassuring her she knew the man and he was a cool guy.OTOH, we had to hold her 8 year old back from trying to eat with his feet...


Subject: QHL -- Kim's article From: "Susan Wildemuth" <> Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 09:52:20 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

Thanks Lynn for giving me a heads up --

I don't have a subscription to this magazine. I called them and they referred me to their web site -- if you want a single issue. I was told you can use their 212-941-2806 number if you want a year's subscription.

Go down to contact us (very bottom of page)

Then click on the e-mail address

and send them an e-mail message -- you can get a single issue through them this way. Just make sure you tell them you want the one with Kim Wulfert's article in it.

I live in a rural area so this is the best way for me to get a copy. Someone shared off-list that Barnes and Noble or Borders would probably have it too -- but that is a drive for me.

I thought I would post the link I used to the list in the hopes that it would help speed up the process for someone else.

Congratulations Kim -- I can't wait to read it.

Thanks -- Sue **** Susan Wildemuth


Subject: Impressions of Long Beach from the front-read on From: "Pepper Cory" <> Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 10:53:57 -0400 X-Message-Number: 4

Hello all-I am soliciting your opinions, biased or un, on the success of the recent Long Beach show. I was there as a teacher and had full classes-bully for me-but some vendors are whining. So let's get down to it: what were your experiences-good, bad, and ugly-at Long Beach? That includes the facility, the classes, the vendors, hotels etc. Email me off-list if you're shy- Thanks for your support- Pepper

-- Pepper Cory Teacher, author, designer, and quiltmaker

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


Subject: Travelling to DC From: "Dale Drake" <> Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 11:09:26 -0400 X-Message-Number: 5


My mother and I will be spending a week in DC in early September. Our goal is the art museums - she wants to see Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party" - but of course I'd love to include a few quilts, too. I've made note of the quilts at Williamsburg and the show in Lancaster PA (on the way, and a good one-day drive stopping point), but where else should we consider going in DC to see quilts?


Dale Drake from Indiana


Subject: Red/Green block pattern From: "Dale Drake" <> Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 11:19:35 -0400 X-Message-Number: 6

All you smart folks out there:

I just posted two photos up to the Eboard under "Unknown red/green pattern" and would appreciate any thoughts you might have on the pattern. I've searched Brackman's Encyclopedia of Applique, fruitlessly. As the note says, the quilt was made in Franklin, KY, probably around 1880 (based on style and fabric). It came to me from a family member.

Any insights would be much appreciated!

Dale Drake Collecting quilts in spite of myself in Indiana


Subject: Re: Impressions of Long Beach from the front-read on From: Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 15:14:58 EDT X-Message-Number: 7

My experience was very good. I went on Sunday only and took my 87 year old mother who needed to sit and rest often. We found adequate facilities to do that. It was not overly crowded that day. I am glad that the show has come to the West Coast and the setting was beautiful! We were able to stay at the Hyatt, adjacent to the Convention Center and successfully made reservations during the week before the show with great room rates. Overall, a good experience. Violet Vaughnes, AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser-California

In a message dated 8/1/2008 8:01:17 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

Hello all-I am soliciting your opinions, biased or un, on the success of the recent Long Beach show. I was there as a teacher and had full classes-bully for me-but some vendors are whining. So let's get down to it: what were your experiences-good, bad, and ugly-at Long Beach? That includes the facility, the classes, the vendors, hotels etc. Email me off-list if you're shy- Thanks for your support- Pepper

-- Pepper Cory Teacher, author, designer, and quiltmaker


Subject: RE: QHL -- Kim's article From: "Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle" <> Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 16:58:37 -0400 X-Message-Number: 8

I found it at Barnes & Noble . . .


-----Original Message----- From: Susan Wildemuth [] Sent: Friday, August 01, 2008 10:52 AM To: Quilt History List Subject: [qhl] QHL -- Kim's article

Thanks Lynn for giving me a heads up --

I don't have a subscription to this magazine. I called them and they referred me to their web site -- if you want a single issue. I was told you

can use their 212-941-2806 number if you want a year's subscription.


Subject: Re: Travelling to DC From: Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2008 00:14:57 +0000 X-Message-Number: 9

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Dale, The Baltimore Museum of Art has a small, but great group of Baltimore Album Quilts up though January. Including the fabulous Dr. Samuel Williams quilt and the Captain Russell quilt. Patterns for both quilts are now available in the gift shop. There is another large Album quilt and an album crib quilt and several beautiful individual Baltimore album blocks The time to see these quilts is when they are on display which is now, which is rare. If you are in the area, don't miss the opportunity to see them. Polly Mello Just back from the beach. Elkridge, Maryland --NextPart_Webmail_9m3u9jl4l_17014_1217636097_0--


Subject: Lynn's mother From: Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2008 21:48:20 -0400 X-Message-Number: 10

I wanted to let all of you know that my mother passed away on July 30. She will be missed tremendously, but?we are glad that she is out of her suffering. We have had 2 days with family and friends at the visitation and service. What a wonderful outpouring of love. We are blessed to have had such a special mother who was loved by so many. We have told funny stories, laughed, cried, hugged, and eaten wonderful food prepared with lots of love. My mama would often call me after attending a wake of a friend and say that she felt?"right?guilty"?because she had so much fun visiting with friends and family. We have told that story often yesterday and today?because we did the same and she would have wanted us to do so!! Thank you to many of you who have sent me such tender and caring notes. You are a super group! Big hugs, Lynn

Lynn Lancaster Gorges New Bern, NC


Subject: Re: Impressions of Long Beach from the front-read on From: "Kimberly Wulfert, PhD" <> Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 21:48:42 -0700 X-Message-Number: 1

I saw Pepper's smiling face and got a hug while there, before she rushed off to see more vendors!

Without exception the highlight of the Long Beach Quilt event for me was attending a private reception held in honor of Joyce Gross amongst an exhibit of her antique quilts. The reception was after hours but the exhibit was up for the entire three days. For details and photos, with permission from The Center for American History and the Winedale Quilt Collection, go to my newsletter at 

The quilt show experience was top notch for me. I never felt crowded, didn't have to wait in long lines or skip something I wanted to see. I loved that all the new quilts were modern or arty. In fact SAQA had a fabulous exhibit of professional quilter's quilts, no photos allowed, but I spent a long time being very close to them. Many were for sale and marked sold. All of the quilts in the show were in a gallery like setting, not a quilt show feeling. The labels were long and interesting. It was fabulous. Most were wall hangings rather than bed quilts, but a few were. One was traditional and exquisite in it's craftsmanship and quilting, stuffed as I recall. It was red and white pieced blocks and it was set apart from others for a spectacular view, stunning and simple.

I saw friends from other states and found room to sit and visit while being able to hear ourselves.

It was fabulous to see so many antique quilt vendors from the east, Labors of Love, Mary Koval, Cindy's Antiques, Pique, Sandy White from So. Cal, Cotton in the Cabin from IN and others. I will be posting pictures of their booths filled with fabulous quilts in future newsletters- all taken with permission of course. I have never seen so many antique quilt vendors at a show in California before.

I heard that the quilt show had many many more attendees than they had anticipated on Friday, although I can't imagine why they wouldn't have thought many thousands would come. I didn't hear if Sat. and Sunday were record attendance or not.

I look forward to next year. I also am looking forward to Mancuso's PIQF in October! I'll see some of you Californians there. The international quilts in this show are spellbinding, arty and fabulous. The US ones aren't bad either!

My two cents,


Kimberly Wulfert, PhD New Pathways into Quilt History =A0


Subject: Re: Impressions of Long Beach from the front-read on From: Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 01:10:03 EDT X-Message-Number: 2

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I thought the show was great, the exhibit itself was wonderful. I spent several hours on Saturday afternoon talking to different attendees who all spoke very highly about their experience and were excited about the show being in California. They loved the classes, the variety of vendors, the facility and the food. The location cold not have been better, and the weather cooperated to make it a perfect weekend. Most of the vendors were busy during the times I was on the show floor; I saw a lot of shoppers leaving with full bags and smiling faces. One vendor I know told me that Friday was her best opening day EVER and she does them all. I know some of the antique dealers were disappointed, but, I don't really think that most of the area 'quilters at large' came to this show thinking "old quilts".

We have one other regional event in So. CA in January, and there are probably 2 (at most) antique dealers who are regulars at this show. It is unexpected for us to have such a group of outstanding antique quilt dealers at one time - in one place as we had in Long Beach....if someone had not been to Houston or Chicago, they would not have come expecting the number of dealers or the caliber of antique quilts for sale.

Perhaps it is the sluggish economy that prevented people from making a high dollar purchase at the show, but lack of knowledge may have also played a significant factor. Now they know - and hopefully next year the economy will be better and EVERYONE will go home smiling.

Deb Roberts Costa Mesa, CA


Subject: Re: Impressions of Long Beach from the front-read on From: "Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle" <> Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 09:39:42 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

I suspect the current economy had a great deal to do with vendors being disappointed. I've come to know several vendors I consider friends who travel the show circuit and I also had an opportunity last year to spend time throughout an entire show with vendors. They work hard and their expenses are high - booth space, lodging (if they don't travel with their own accommodations or live near by) and fuel have been making it much more difficult for them to break even for a while now. As early as last fall they were already feeling the pinch as sales were down. Many vendors were not making plans to return in 2008 to shows they lost money at in 2007.

A large number of vendors at shows in the east also contribute some of the sluggishness to so many shows in this area. Perhaps some, who traveled from the west in the past had hoped that would not be a factor in CA where there are fewer shows offering opportunities for quilters to shop.

A slower attendance can be a wonderful opportunity for those of us attending the show to feed our passions - but when you make your living doing what vendors do; well I can imagine it's a challenge to be happy when you barely make enough to cover expenses with nothing left to live on.

Let's don't forget too to support our local quilt shops who may also be feeling the economic slow down.

Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle - Spending the day putting away fabrics purchased at local shops yesterday . . .


Subject: Re: Kudos to Kim Wulfert! From: Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2008 14:36:16 +0000 X-Message-Number: 4

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Congratulations Kim, I have always loved Hewson. But, I have been more interested in him since I saw Trish Herr's Hewson up close when she generously shared her fabulous collection with our study group this summer. Up until that time I did not realize that the handles on the Hewson urns are snakes until Dawn Heefner pointed them out to us. Snakes are where you lease expect them. Now I just need to figure out how to get one for my trunk show. lol Polly Mello "Quilts That Go Bump in the Night" --NextPart_Webmail_9m3u9jl4l_156_1217687776_0--


Subject: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal From: "Louise" <> Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 11:30:19 -0400 X-Message-Number: 5

Hello, I am looking for an article in the 1987 issue of the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal.

Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Vol. 5, No. 3, 18-24 (1987) "Documentation and Analysis of Dated Victorian Crazy Quilts" By Kathy M. Jung and Jo B. Paoletti

Please let me know if anyone can help me out. With kindest regards, Louise ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: September travel to DC area From: Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2008 14:12:01 -0400 X-Message-Number: 6

Dale, Anyone visiting the DC area in September might want to check the following events: About 2 hours west of DC Quilts: Past, Present & Future. The celebration explores the connection between historical, traditional and contemporary quilting, to be held in the Staunton, Waynesboro and Harrisonburg, VA area throughout the month of September 2008. Over 20 events and exhibits will bring local and long distance visitors to the Shenandoah Valley in fall 2008. We have support from the city tourism departments, providing great exposure for your art. Learn more about QPPF at

Less than 1 hour west of DC

September 7 Sunday

Sully Quilt and Fiber Arts Show and Sale

10am-4:30pm, Sully Historic Site, 703-437-1794. Vendors assemble on the grounds of the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee at our 35th annual fall event to show and sell new and antique quilts, quilt-related merchandise, other fiber arts, antique linens, antique sewing tools, books and fabric. Northern Virginia Quilters Unlimited members provide quilting demonstrations and lectures. For the ninth year the Hayfield Country Quilters provide a beautiful door prize quilt. Show includes children=EF=BF=BDs activities, quilt appraisals, quilted door prize, and food. Rain or shine. House tour included. $9/adult, $8/senior, $6/child

Of course, in DC you can visit the DAR--always some great quilts to see.

Enjoy your visit

Bunnie Jordan 


Subject: Possum possibilities From: "Pepper Cory" <> Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 15:00:58 -0400 X-Message-Number: 7

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Wasn't a possum quilt mentioned somewhere on this list in the past? Just found this on the web Evidently a Possum Festival quilt is made every this is a unique sub-genre piece! FYI: possums are not welcome around my house. Henry the cat says so. Every year for about two weeks in August (about this time) we have a trail of them through the yard around midnight. The cats huff up and Henry goes on the attack...though I noticed he only officially had a fight with the smallest one while all the others waddled away. No bites, just lots of gray and yellow fur around the yard. From road kill to art-amazing. Pepper -- Pepper Cory Teacher, author, designer, and quiltmaker

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


Subject: Re: Possum possibilities From: "Sarah Hough" <> Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 14:22:19 -0500 X-Message-Number: 8

Oh, one more thing. There is a possum quilt in the Georgia Quilts book.



Subject: Re: Possum possibilities From: "Sarah Hough" <> Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 14:16:38 -0500 X-Message-Number: 9

Wausau is about 30 miles north of where I live in Lynn Haven near Panama City. They have this festival every year. We have gone a few times. They have a quilt auction but it seems that every quilt has the maker's husband, friend, etc. willing to pay lots of $$ for them. It is very local, and if you don't like fried food, you will go hungry. It is held in the Wausau Possum Palace with bluegrass, counry and gospel music. They also auction possums, have hog calling competitions as well as rooster crowing, cow lowing and horseshoe pitching. The publicity in our local paper didn't mention the quilt auction. The years we went, the quilts were not as interesting as the one Pepper showed us.

It is always the hottest day of the summer. Today it's in the high 90s with high humidity.

As I told my husband last night when we were discussing going, if we were in another country we would think it was a quaint, fun festival. I was a little uneasy with some of the rabid right handing out brochures the last time. Can't imagine how it would be this year.

Come on down next year. It's always the first weekend in August. We can go have us some fried possum.

Sarah In the Panhandle of Florida where the daily weather forecast is hot, humid with thunderstorms.


Subject: Re: Possum possibilities From: Gaye Ingram <> Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2008 18:03:55 -0500 X-Message-Number: 10

Pepper deah,

Please watch where you are casting your aspersions.

I, for instance, am a card-carrying member of Possums, Unlimited. I take my membership seriously.

The Louisiana organization, headquartered in Arcadia, Louisiana, has temporarily suspended its operations owing to laziness on the parts of younger members. But I have faith that it will rise again. It always has.

I have always had prominently displayed in any office I've occupied a sturdy sign, part of membership packet, with the possum logo on it. It reads: "This Office is Protected by a Watch Possum." Until he retired, Bob Dubill, one of the founders of USA TODAY and a Possum, had an identical one outside his office.

Other posters that come with membership ($2.89) include "Possums, Unltd wants YOU" (Uncle Sam possum); "Eat Possum Lite: The calories Are Gone" (squshed possum) and, well, the memory slips. But they come in handy, believe me.

There is a deal of possum paraphernalia, but I only have the very life-like (Jackson Ingram, my canine child, barks up a storm at this one) hand-puppet possum and a tee.

During Operation Desert Storm, students in the program with which I worked wanted to put together a box to send to troops in Saudi Arabia. They had been corresponding with a particular unit and thought a Christmas box would be a good idea. One of them secured a list of items recommended as needs---toothpaste, razors, soaps, socks, washcloths, etc. None appealed to the group, consisting of students ranging in age from 12-18. They said if they were in Saudi Arabia and got a bar of soap, they would be severely disappointed and a washcloth would be absolutely depressing. Socks? Well, who would cheer anyone up with socks? They wanted to put together a Louisiana Party Box, so the unit could have a holiday party. I said good idea.

They set about purchasing chips and dips, Louisana pepper jellies, canned figs and mayhaw jellies from home cupboards, more chips and dips, smoked boudin (dark and light), a King's Cake that a N.O. Bakery produced for them out of season, homemade cookies packed so perfectly the Pak N Mail guy offered to hire them, more chips and dips, many boxes of chocolate chip cookies, everything chocolate that wouldn't melt, bottles of grape juice bottled to look more potent, lots of Koolade, Community Coffee, chips and dips, canned shrimp dips, LOTS of bubble gum, pralines, fruitcake that wasn't "yucky" and many more taste delights, including chips and dips. Naturally they provided paper products for consuming these delights, class pictures, and good wishes.

My pest-control man was a Vice-Possum, and I asked him if the Possums would like to contribute to the cause. They came through in true Possum Spirit---caps and tee shirts for everyone; golf tees, pens, bathroom tissue, belt buckles, stationery, mugs, 2 hand puppets, 2 tapes of possum songs and one of the winning possum preach-off winners, cigarette holders, and a rather lewd toothpick holder----all emblazoned with the organization logo.

The Pak N Mail owner volunteered to do the packaging. We all went down to watch. It was a miracle, one I feel made possible by possum spirit. I snapped a pic of the kids and the box that the local papers ran. And off it went.

In a few weeks we got a small package in return. It contained lots of small items (uniform patches, sand from Saudi Arabia, etc) and a big picture of the unit posed beneath a huge banner that read "The First and we hope The Last Saudi Arabia Possum Festival". And in the background, the party spread.

Possums Unlimited was formed on the morning after a big Ducks Unlimited banquet for which everyone had purchased pricey tickets in return for mashed potatoes, peas, and what most agreed was salisbury steak and the chance to win some fancy hunting stuff. It was a major fundraiser and I think is held up and down the duck flyway. Proceeds go to preserve wetlands along the way.

A few of the good old boys were having coffee in the local caf=E9 (right across the street from where the bodies of Bonnie and Clyde had been laid out after the pair had been ambushed in Bienville Parish). One of them opined that there they had spent some hefty sums of change on ducks that flew right over Bienville Parish without so much as a how-do-you-do. Surely, he said, there was an endangered species closer to home to which they could devote their energies and cash. And bingo! they thought of possums, which appear as roadkill around here. Now that was something they could feel good about. So they invented the Possum Festival, which was a spoof on festivals and a lot of fun. Local ministers vied for delivering the best funeral oratory for a dead possum. Members of he winning preacher's church had to attend 4 Sundays in a row. There was the Miss Possum competition in which lady Possums dressed up and walked (more or less) the runway. There was country fiddling and barbecue and Natchitoches meat pies and homemade ice cream and ---lots of things. Proceeds went to St. Jude's Children Hospital in Memphis. And every year, there were quite a lot of proceeds. My membership was honorary, though I have purchased a number of gift memberships for friends desirous of memberships.

So, PepCory, don't think all ill of possums.

And the possum quilt---a joy, really---is in the wonderful book of Georgia Quilts. Called, appropriately, Georgia Quilts. That book should be in the hands not merely of possum avicionados, but folks interested in Southern quilts and quiltmaking. Really fine and really expansive representation. It also has the circular saw to end all circular saws and a section of those teal-oxblood-cheddar quilts that will make your North Carolinians think twice before you call them "North Carolina quilts."



Subject: Re: Possum possibilities From: "Shari Spires" <> Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 22:06:14 -0400 X-Message-Number: 11

Gayle, I once put a possum with babies riding on her back on someone's round robin. They were really cute little 3-dimensional babies with little string tails. I thought the woman was gonna croak when she saw it. The directions called for applique on that round and the theme of her piece was wildlife. I thought I had fullfilled my obligation beautifully. Guess she never had an up-close encounter with a possum before. Shari in NC



Subject: Re: Possum possibilities From: Gaye Ingram <> Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2008 01:46:46 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

Re Sarah's description of the Flawrida 'Possum Festival.

Oh Sarah, cow calling? Hog calling? Obviously these folks in Wausau have forsaken unity of purpose.

Possum Festivals should be about Possums. Period.

I do not wish to seem arrogant, but based on your description, the Bienville Parish, Louisiana, 'Possum Festival seems decidedly superior to the Florida one. They stick to 'possums. All-Possums.

And they always offered something a little toney. For instance, I discovered the shindig in its first year when I had to take my son and three other young violinists from the Susuki group to play the Bach Double Violin concerto. I confess some eyes seemed glazed, but I later noted they were glazed at other events too. The Double preceded the arrival of the dead 'possum's casket for the Possum Preach-Off competition. It's a lively but formal piece, set a nice tone. It turns out said 'possum was only playing 'possum and arose from his casket when the winner was announced and he was given vittles. But despite the loudness of the oratory, he stayed quiet in his little custom-made casket throughout. Most often the MEP minister won. An African-American, whose oratorical style was both flamboyant and conventional and whose irony and invention was unsurpassed, he finally stopped entering and started announcing. Then the Baptists and Methodists fought it out, though with much less elan.

In true Louisiana style, this festival is a spoof of local festivals, most especially of Ruston's Peach Festival, which once had some serious pretensions. Their Miss Possum competition is a wonder. Early on the ladies wore respectable bathing suits, but in recent years, in keeping with the trend toward nudity in swimwear, they have worn less and less. They are lovely in evening wear, however. A possum washed and coiffed is not half bad-looking. Most sponsors endeavor to put some light-reflective items on evening wear, of course, caring about their charges. What always amazed me was that they walked (or sidled) down a runway, with music and to applause. Every now and again a contestant will decide to depart mid-walk, but most do not. Judges were often members from the area bench, people who have daily to be Solemnaic. The winner had the opportunity to stay in a very large (former dog) yard and be fed sumptuously by the membership for six months. She could bring a family member with her. Some were satisfied, I'm told, and others preferred the open spaces.

The fathers of the event reasoned that by showcasing and honoring possums, they would increase the self-esteem of Bienville Parish possums and keep them off the highways in the middle of the night, looking for love in all the wrong lanes. They claim they saw immediate results. And one parish over, who am I to dispute on-the-site observation? And they made a lot of money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital, a cause that our area feels strongly about since so many children we know have benefited from its services.

I repeat, buy GEORGIA QUILTS and take a look at the possum quilt in there. It was made for a possum-hunting husband by his wife and it has seen its better days. But it's a dead-on likeness. A joy. I am simply in love with it. Again---it's all possum. The Georgia Quilt Search really did turn up a wide variety of quilts and is a good reference for quilts of the Deep South.

People in the rural South hunted possums, you know. Also raccoons. Still do, except for those hunters who have made lots of money and forgotten their roots and the fun that can be had at home and have taken to hunting in Montana and foreign places. Around here,except in the African-American community, most people let them go, once caught. Ditto for 'coon. As Pepper would know, the traditional side dish for both is sweet potatoes. We've had a mother and her possumettes move into an azalea clump on our place. She stayed as long as she liked, but finally I think she wearied of the tours and the flashing of cameras.


Subject: Re: Possum possibilities From: "Shari Spires" <> Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2008 04:13:13 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2

Gayle, As I was reading your lively description of the festival I heard an awesome racket in the carport. Upon investigation it was - A Posssum. DH is is going to be mighty annoyed in the morning, because it sounded as if the little prowler was overturning the recycling bin.

Shari in NC


Subject: Re: Possum possibilities From: "Sarah Hough" <> Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2008 06:57:24 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

More than you want to know about possums.

Gaye, your description of the Possum Festival is great. Totally different "culture". No violins here. Wish I could tell a story like Gaye does.

For a summary of Wausau's (pronounced warsraw), take a look at Be sure to click on the link and look at a video of the quilt auction. Incidentally the quilt sold for "close to $1,000". Be sure you see the king and queens dance.


Incidentally, there was a possum sitting on my front porch yesterday morning. It waddled off when I opened the door. (and I live at the country club - gives new meaning to "country".)


Subject: Re: Possum possibilities From: Kris Driessen <> Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2008 05:15:29 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 4

What a way to start your day with a smile (okay, a laugh:-))

I didn't find the quilt auction video, but I did find the possum festival video. What do they DO with the possums they auction off?



Subject: Possum possibilities From: Joan Kiplinger <> Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2008 08:34:36 -0400 X-Message-Number: 5

I'm curious also, Kris. In our county Health Dept. warns possums are rabid and to avoid them. So we obviously don't have any festival. But I enjoyed the Wausau video. Thanx for sharing.

Kris Driessen wrote:

What a way to start your day with a smile (okay, a laugh:-))

I didn't find the quilt auction video, but I did find the possum festival video. What do they DO with the possums they auction off?

> > > >



Subject: Re: Possum possibilities From: "Sarah Hough" <> Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2008 08:58:24 -0500 X-Message-Number: 6

The possums are returned to their cages to be released in the wild. At least, that's what it says. For those of you who know only South Florida and the east coast of Florida, this area (Panhandle) is also called LA for Lower Alabama. A different world than South Florida. We have beautiful whwite sugar sand beaches on emerald waters of the Gulf, and lots of waterfront property on bayous, bays and rivers. We have some beautiful small towns. DeFuniak Springs has a Chautauqua in the spring in beautiful restored buildings. The town surrounds a beautiful circular lake with great old homes. Unfortunately, our area has been "discovered" and property values soared and then dropped with the latest swing in the economy.

Sarah >


Subject: Re: Possum possibilities From: Jean Lester <> Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2008 11:23:16 -0400 X-Message-Number: 7

Yes, Pepper, I was inquiring about one that I saw in Atlanta and Gaye (of course) knew just what I was talking about. It is pictured in the Georgia Book. I plan to make one---someday! It is mostly "road kill" images. Nailed to the barn door?? ;-)



Subject: Impressions of Long Beach from the front-read on From: Arden Shelton <> Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2008 08:42:40 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 8

Hi there: A member of my quilt group was a vendor at the show. She said that some local area quilt shops advertised the event as being on Thursday - Saturday, so many many people showed up on Thursday, and did not discover that the show was not open, until after they had paid their parking! (No refunds there apparently).

On Friday, there were lines around the building, and the concessions/food vendors ran out of food. Can you imagine cranky HUNGRY quilters?? However, the vendor mall was packed and my friend did a killer business on Friday, lesser so on Saturday and then on Sunday it dropped off to nothing, probably due to the advertising snafu.

So it sounds like the PR people got mixed up and the organizers probably have to ramp-up for the crowd better next year. This is all hearsay, of course....

It sounds like the actual show and events were fabulous......arden

(Ms) Arden Shelton Portland, OR



Subject: Re: Possum possibilities From: "Lucinda Cawley" <> Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2008 13:53:57 -0400 X-Message-Number: 9

What a great source of info this list is. I'm far from being a possum lover, but I did wonder watching the video whether picking one up by the tail is accepted procedure (think LBJ and the beagle's ears) Earlier this year I was freaked out when I saw a possum family moving into the weeping willow just outside my kitchen window. Somehow within a matter of minutes John came up with the info that possums are nomadic and don't stay long in one place. That certainly proved true in this case. I was strengthened in my opinion that the aged willow had to go. It is now a pile of sawdust. Cinda hoping to remain possum free on the Eastern Shore where muskrat dinners are big events at the voluteer fire companies


Subject: Re: [qhl]Possum Political Correctness From: Gaye Ingram <> Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2008 23:09:47 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

> What a great source of info this list is. I'm far from being a possum > lover, but I did wonder watching the video whether picking one up by the > tail is accepted procedure (think LBJ and the beagle's ears)

Good point, Cinda. And one I feel reasonably competent to address.

So far there appears to be no invested body that takes grave offense at where one picks up a possum, and possums have not weighed in on the issue. Yet since the tail is a sort of extended baby carriage for baby possums, I would think it is tough but also critically important for female possums. Therefore, I think we are safe is saying the Florida possum handlers might give this some thought. Along with rabies tests for possums so handled.

It seems to be the universal pick-up point for possums, though. I have seen contestants for the Miss Possum Bienville Parish title tugged back onto stage by a quick yank of the tail and they seemed none the worse for the wear. But who's to say?

This much, however, does seem certain. Possums rank low on the lists of official watchdog groups for humane treatment. Moreover, one suspects that despite the numbers we sometimes see on highways and despite their evolutionary backwardness, possums are not on any endangered species list I've ever seen. They appear to be strong reproducers.

At the time LBJ committed his gaffe, on the other hand, the nation was over-run with beagle-lovers. The beagle was the dog du jour, as the famous Uno is likely to make it once more. Frankly, I thought we had other things to occupy our political mind at the time (e.g., Vietnam, inflation), but perhaps it was simply easier to do something about his on-air treatment of pups. He was reported to be quite fond of those dogs, and since he had treated people roughly the same way for many years without any outcry, I imagine LBJ was taken aback.

Frankly, most people don't pick possums up. They don't seem to invite that somehow.

I'm sure you've seen the famous crazy quilt made by Miss Somebody Gay in Fluvanna, VA that in one block depicts a possum up a tree. Possum gets equal billing with Gen. Lee and other notables.

In Louisiana, we do not welcome raccoons and possums into our homes, but we reserve our real wrath for armadillos, which plow up lawns and garden borders looking for worms. I've known mild-mannered university librarians turned into heartless murderers by armadillos. They came to us from Texas. Uninvited. We had no border enforcement, you see.

One night at a party, I noticed that a visiting professor from CT and his wife were looking wild-eyed. Being the hostess, I felt obliged to relieve their obvious discomfort and sidled over to check the situation out. To my surprise, a much-honored professor of history and his wife, the acquisitions librarian at a state university, were describing their dispatch of a particularly annoying armadillo. They had been wakened from their sleep by the varmint and they were prepared for speedy action. They had placed a pitchfork, an ax and a .38 pistol at the ready near their kitchen door. They swung into action at first notice. I came in where the wife, who never raised her voice, was saying, "I stabbed him with the pitchfork, pinning him down, and John chopped his head off with the ax." Then they went back to bed and got a good night's rest. I quickly refreshed the drinks of their wild-eyed listeners.

A neighbor who was an engineer developed a trap for armadillos which opened at both ends. He would dig a hole a little larger than the trap, place the armadillo-carrying trap into over the hole, spring the door open and at the same time insert a gun over the exit. After he had killed the armadillo, he would fill the hole in. He had a circle of these holes in time. We hope some future archeologist discovers it and tries to see what ritual required the nose-down murder and burial of armadillos.

I mean no disrespect to Floridians, but I do not believe those running the possum festival there can be depended upon for possum etiquette.

So that's 2 Possums on antique quilts. Any more?



Subject: Possum possibilities now real squirrel quilt From: Sandra Starley <> Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2008 22:56:17 -0700 X-Message-Number: 2

Okay, now that the possum discussion has primed the well, I have finally posted a picture of the soon to be infamous squirrel quilt/tied comfort. Click on the photo to go to a much larger photo which shows the pelts and the backing fabric in detail.

Unlike the folky Georgia possum quilt which features fabric possums this quilt actually has real squirrel pelts on it. Yes, it is a dead squirrel quilt. Take a look at the photo and please leave a comment. Has anyone seen a similar quilt or comfort made from animal pelts? The back is incredibly soft deerskin.

It made quite an impact on the appraiser class and especially the instructor Bobbie Aug as she pushed aside a traditional antique quilt and found herself looking at her first dead animal quilt. Just proves you'll never see it all.

Sandra Starley AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser Moab, Utah my antique and vintage quilts


Subject: Re: critters on quilts From: xenia cord <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 06:42:14 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

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If you are lucky enough to own a copy of Penny McMorris, Crazy Quilts (E. P.Dutton, 1984, out of print and commanding astronomical prices on the secondary market), there is a wonderful 2-page spread on home taxidermy. A Mrs. Bliss of Crandon, Wisconsin is shown in her parlor, surrounded by hoards of critters stuffed by her, and on the opposing page is a crazy quilt by a Mrs. McWilliams, with 2 "taxidermically stuffed chipmunks at the bottom of her quilt." (Collection, Missouri Historical Society)

And if you know of Penny Sisto of Indiana, a studio art quilter, she has used roadkill pelts in some of her work.

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Subject: Re: [qhl]Possum Political Correctness From: "Sarah Hough" <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 05:49:51 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

Being vaguely familiar with the "possum" community om question, I would say they don't worry about political correctness regarding possums or people. I made the mistake of googling possum and found out that possums are a worse threat than global warming. The warning is complete with videos.

Only on this list ...



Subject: Uses for Possum Fur (OT) From: "Janet O'Dell" <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 23:14:06 +1000 X-Message-Number: 6

FYI here is a link to one supplier of possum knitwear in New Zealand, just across the Tasman from Australia:

If you do a Google search for possum knitwear lots of sites come up, including this information: The possum was introduced into New Zealand from Australia in the 1830's to start a fur trade. The possum thrived on New Zealand 's lush vegetation. The possum is a nocturnal animal. There are approximately 70 million wild possums in New Zealand at present. Those 70 million possums consume around 20 tonne of vegetation per night. The possum spreads diseases such as tuberculosis to cattle and other farmed animals. Possums have been found to eat Kiwi eggs. The New Zealand government spends around $1.5 million per week trying to eradicate this pest. There are no farmed possums in New Zealand. All are wild. The New Zealand possum is accepted world wide as an ecological fur - it is also one of the most luxurious furs in the world. The possums are harvested humanely and the purchase of a possum product is actually assisting the restoration of the New Zealand environment.

Just imagine, if there are 70 million possums in a small country like New Zealand, how many would there be in the USA?

Janet O'Dell Melbourne Australia where possums are a protected species.


Subject: Uses for Possum Fur (OT) From: Joan Kiplinger <> Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2008 09:34:59 -0400 X-Message-Number: 7

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I think they all live in the curb drain outlets on our street. :-)

Janet O'Dell wrote:

Just imagine, if there are 70 million possums in a small country like New Zealand, how many would there be in the USA


Subject: Re: critters on quilts From: "Lucinda Cawley" <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 11:15:01 -0400 X-Message-Number: 8

How does Xenia do it? I have pretty good recall, but her ability to come up with the perfect reference no matter what topic comes up on the list leaves me breathless. I just consulted Crazy Quilts. The picture of Mrs. Bliss surrounded by her subjects is amazing. I did enjoy the last line of the caption "Dare we wonder what happened to Mr. Bliss?" Regarding the popularity of home taxidermy, Theodore Roosevelt (a sickly child) had a taxidermy studio in the family's New York brownstone. At a very young age he was a recognized authority on the birds of New York. Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Re: critters on quilts From: "Candace Perry" <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 11:43:16 -0400 X-Message-Number: 9

I suppose I need to own up to it...I am a big fan of Victorian taxidermy. It was so...creative. Folks loved a nice domed taxidermy specimen for their parlor tables. We have two pieces here at the Schwenkfelder -- a wonderful barn owl and a squirrel band, which is actually later but falls in with the novelty taxidermy oeuvre. Candace Perry Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center


Subject: Re: critters on quilts (OT) From: xenia cord <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 11:52:53 -0400 X-Message-Number: 10

The squirrel band novelty reminds me of a long-time favorite among schoolchildren visiting our local historical society museum: a tableau called "Who Killed Cock Robin?", complete with crow preacher, a dead robin in a casket, various feathered mourners perched on branches, and an open grave at the base of the tree! All reposing in a very large glass case. Alas, eventually the display became to dusty and moldy for viewing, and disappeared. Probably just as well!



Subject: Re: critters on quilts From: Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2008 15:54:54 +0000 X-Message-Number: 11

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According to a web site that I visited Beatrix Potter was inspired by the creations a man that made vignettes of stuffed and mounted little animals: kiitens and bunnys etc. doing various things, one was a group of vignettes of " Who Killed Cock Robin" Kind of dulls the charm of Miss Potters work. I believe they were on display at Jamaca Inn. The site I was looking at indicated that they were auctioning them off a few years ago. Polly Mello 


Subject: dead culture From: Stephen Schreurs <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 09:16:07 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 12

Well, what people do for fun! Being broad minded, one understands that there certainly are differences, over time and culture, relating to what one finds interesting, curious, entertaining, or just kind of icky. For me, for instance, keeping a loved one's lock of hair is understandable. Spending hours and hours braiding it into complicated ornaments to be worn on the clothing or displayed in the home is icky. The ossuaries in the crypts of European churches and monasteries are kind of edgy in their number, organization, and dimension, but the human skeletons, under glass, dressed in their finest velvets and satins, right in the sanctuary, where they presumably never miss anything - that was over the top, for me.

Snake and Halloween quilts, possums and squirrels - all fair game for creativity and fun...I have heard of and seen pictures of bedcovers stitched from pelts... but to tell you the truth, the thought of someone busily appliqueing all those pelts on to that comforter - not sewn together continuously, but kind of lined up, smacked down and stitched - that IS wrird, IMHO. Susan


Subject: of pelts and possums From: Julia Zgliniec <> Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2008 09:30:24 -0700 X-Message-Number: 13

Good Morning. On the subject of "pelts" On the cover of the Alaska State Book: Alaska Quilt Survey 2001. Quilts of Alaska. Gastineau Channel Historical Society. Juneau, Alaska Regional Survey there is a quilt made from an Alaskan species of duck necks. The speculation is made that the "Duck Neck" quilt as it is called "seems to be an "artistic consequence" of the subsistence economy on which the family lived while serving in Yakutat." pg 58.

and....Cinda while you are not a possum lover - I would have a great deal of difficulty eating a muskrat. In my Parasitology class in college, we dissected muskrats because they were a great source of parasites. I have no idea where the lab got the subjects. We were all supposed to keep records of what we found and the class as a whole tabulated all the various parasitic organisms.

Are there really muskrat dinners? They don't use wild ones do they?? I hope those dinners are not fund raisers. But then I would contribute just so as not to have to eat one. Julia Zgliniec Got possums, gophers and skunks but no muskrats.



Subject: Muskrat From: Stephen Schreurs <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 10:06:21 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 14

I was told, on reasonable authority, that around Fruitland, MD, and probably elsewhere, muskrats were eaten as "Marsh Rabbit". Still icky. Susan


Subject: Re: seeking Japanese Kimono block pattern From: Judy Schwender <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 10:12:42 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 15

Thank you to all who responded to my request. The pattern was located and the quilt will be made for the ailing mother. Judy Schwender


Subject: Equal time for other rodents From: "Pepper Cory" <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 13:24:33 -0400 X-Message-Number: 16

A member of this list (Hi Sandra!) has a squirrel quilt-no kidding. Pepper

-- Pepper Cory Teacher, author, designer, and quiltmaker


Subject: spooky quilts From: Donna Stickovich <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 10:52:47 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 17

I have posted my spooky quilt. I don't know if it is a crow, blackbird,raven? What are your thoughts? Donna here in SWPa


Subject: Muskrat Love From: Jan Thomas <> Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2008 14:07:14 -0600 X-Message-Number: 18

Julia; "Muskrat Love". Need I say More?and does that date me? Jan 


Subject: RE: Muskrat love From: Stephen Schreurs <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 13:20:38 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 19

OMG. Muskrat Susie? Muskrat Sam? Is anybody thinking what I'm thinking? Oh, no! Susan


Subject: Possum Cake! From: Judy Knorr <> Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2008 15:54:22 -0400 X-Message-Number: 20

Just couldn't help adding this bit of "Useless information" to this possum discussion! My DS married a wonderful North Carolina girl. At the rehearsal dinner (which was a Pig Pickin' with bluegrass music since the bride and groom had a bluegrass group at the time) DS was served a Possum Cake baked by the bride and her sister who was her maid of honor! Luckily the cake was only possum shaped! What a laugh. Judy



Subject: armadillo story-true and OT From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 15:08:51 -0500 X-Message-Number: 21

Well, after hearing Gaye's rendition, I could not help myself. I am recounting a true story that happened next door right after we moved in. I lived out here where the deer and the antelope play in my front yard. No kidding! So do armadillos, the larger banded variety. Gordon, who lived next door with his wife, Kathy, and their 2 adorable girls., was out to get an armadillo that had been rooting up the shrubs on the property. One morning, her got up early and spotted one of the critters rooting away at a bush at the edge of his house. Getting up and putting on his bathrobe and galoshes, he told Kathy to go sit in the girls' room so that they wouldn't be frightened if they heard the gun. He picked up his trusty shotgun and sneaked out the back. Kathy watched the whole thing from the window. He came across the lawn from behind the armadillo, raised his shotgun and let fly with a mighty blast! When the dirt and smoke cleared, the armadillo was waddling across the lawn and his bush was neatly split into 4 equal pieces. Gordon then took off after the armadillo with shotgun raised, looking, as Kathy said, for all the world like Elmer Fudd! The visual of that story has been embedded in my mind ever since and I have recounted it to numerous neighbors over the years. Gordon and Kathy moved away some years ago, but I can't look over next door without remembering it. Sorry to be so off topic....I return you to your regular programming .....Marcia, where it is 104 degrees and still climbing. Marcia Kaylakie AQS Certified Appraiser Austin, TX ------=_NextPart_000_0044_01C8F644.013097F0--


Subject: Re: Equal time for other rodents From: Gaye Ingram <> Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2008 16:14:03 -0500 X-Message-Number: 22


> A member of this list (Hi Sandra!) has a squirrel quilt-no kidding. > Pepper

Pepper and Sandra,

After posting on the political correctness of possum handlings, I could not refrain going to look at Mrs. Bliss, as, evidently, some others did. Then I thought of the mother in the movie "Hope Floats," who in the time warp of rural Texas had continued home taxidermy, preserving, I believe, mostly the family pets who have gone to their reward and placing stuffed cats on stair rails, etc. I loved it at the time and I love it now. And then I opened Sandi Fox's "Wrapped in Glory: Figurative Quilts and Bedcovers 1700-1900," which opened a whole new mine of critters and made me realize how much like a possum that "independent hog [Betts] who ran 500 miles from Ga. To VA." looked. And I noted the use of glove leather for the creation of faces in the NY storybook quilt made by a Ms. Wilcox. For some reason I ended up with Edrica Hews, searching to see if she had created any native critters. So I got off track of the postings, only to be led further astray by Jan and the Captain and Tenille and "Muskrat Love" (Cheeze, was that Captain ever superfluous and silly looking?!). And Julia's post about muskrats made me think of possums' possibilities for same support of nasty things. Then I was deeply reminded about Miss B. Potter's critters after Polly Mello's post---just when I'd managed to forget that fact. That's just the way our minds work on this list---by association, not logic always. Which is not at all to disparage a pelt "quilt." Or to disparage our minds' workings.

Now to pelts and quilts. For me they are just different and require different thought processes and reveal different things. The possum quilts mentioned earlier required the maker to think of someone who was a hunter and then imagine a quilt that honored that person and his avocation, then devise it in a non-furry medium---to make her pattern. The quilt tells something about the cultural context as well as the motivation of many quilts. These are private interests of mine.

The pelt affair also involves imagination, though of a different sort. There, one need not devise a pattern in another medium, cannot quilt it. Was its purpose practical (e.g., warmth?)? A play on how one might adapt the conventions of quiltmaking to leather work? A serious effort to decorate a bed cover for someone? (If so, that really is interesting!). I went to the site and looked long and hard at it though. I suspect others did too.

Gaye Ingram


Subject: Re: Muskrat Love From: Julia Zgliniec <> Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2008 14:56:42 -0700 X-Message-Number: 23

Oh my!!!! I am totally dated! I actually wore my hair in the same style as T.T. ( not the Captain).

If we keep this quilt related - Marcia, one of my favorite early art quilts was by Helen Giddons (sp?) - the Armadillo Quilt. And on the topics of armadillos, my friend's grandmother used to have an armadillo sewing basket. It was the actual shell, set on its back with the tail wired to form the handle and it still had it's little face. She used to be afraid of the basket and hated it when her grandmother would ask her to fetch it for her. She mourned not knowing what became of her grandmother's sewing basket.

One year at an antique market in Santa Monica, I found the same kind of sewing basket. I was so excited I purchased it for her and delighted in her screams of surprise and joy when she peeled back the tissue wrapping to see the tail - she knew exactly what it was going to be. Maybe it was the same basket - who knows - there can't be too many of those around.


Armadillo Sewing Basket


Subject: Possum Pelts OT From: "Janet O'Dell" <> Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 08:23:36 +1000 X-Message-Number: 24

The Koori people of Australia traditionally make possum cloaks and the ones in this ABC news item were made at the time of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne: "As well as the hard physical effort of sewing which Sonya says caused her lots of blisters, "and blisters on blisters!" there was the challenge of getting each possum pelt into a sewable form. "When we initially got the pelts they had little paws, head spaces, and a bit of a tail, and actually on the cloak we've left some of the tails on the very edges so that it looks a little bit different, but we had to trim them into rectangular shapes, so off came the paws, head, tail!" Sonya explains."

The average price of a possum pelt in the US peaked in 1979, at $3.70. In January of 2004, the average price at Missouri fur auctions was about $2.25. Best sellers on (NZ): Bundle of Tails $49.00; Possum Pelt $63.00; Souvenir Pelt $73.00. These must be _superior_ possums ;-)

The possum fur people say they're constantly exploring new uses, and to prove their point, there's also the possum fur G-string. "Soft and cuddly like mink, they make a wonderful novelty gift that will be talked about forever more. Made with Eco-Fur from the brushtail possum." Black or natural red. The G-string (one size fits all) can be purchased for 6.39 dinars in Iraq, 97,565 afghanis in Afghanistan, 100,646 kwatcha in Zambia or 316,110.58 dong in Vietnam. That's $20.54 in U.S. dollars, or they'll call it even for .06 ounces of gold. Don't delay. The Christmas shopping season will soon be scurrying past, just like a possum in the night.

Janet O'Dell Melbourne Australia


Subject: Armadillo sewing basket From: Sally Ward <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 23:34:29 +0100 X-Message-Number: 25

> - who knows - there can't be too many of those around.

Perhaps not, but I know where there's the collection of the Castle Museum in York, England. It was brought out for a 'cabinet of curiosities' exhibition and it really freaked me out. I couldn't possibly have lived with it, lying there curled up on its back....

Sally Ward


Subject: Re: Possum Pelts OT From: Julia Zgliniec <> Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2008 15:42:36 -0700 X-Message-Number: 26

Everyone does know that the New Zealand/ Aussie possum IS NOT the same creature as the US Opossum. For information see:

Julia - also an animal lover


Subject: Picture of armadillo sewing basket From: Julia Zgliniec <> Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2008 16:29:34 -0700 X-Message-Number: 27

Good Afternoon, I promise this is the las post from me on this topic - but I thought you might like to see my friend's sewing basket. She kindly sent me a picture to share with you all.


Julia Zghliniec *


Subject: Re: Muskrat Love From: "Lucinda Cawley" <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 19:56:35 -0400 X-Message-Number: 28

There is a third armadillo basket. I was with Polly Mello when she found it in an antique store in McAllen, TX during the AQSG Dallas Seminar. See what you're missing if you don't come to the Seminar! Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Re: Picture of armadillo sewing basket From: Kris Driessen <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 17:14:30 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 29

Truthfully, I wouldn't have recognized the animal if someone gave me a basket like that. I would think it very odd indeed, but since I have never actually SEEN a live armadillo, I probably wouldn't have figured it out.

I have seen a live possum, does that count?

Kris in rural NY

> I thought you might like to see my friend's sewing basket. She kindly > sent me a picture to share with you all. > > * > > Julia


Subject: Re: Possum Cake! From: "Stephanie Whitson" <> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 19:14:32 -0500 X-Message-Number: 30

I used to have a recipe for possum and no, that's not a joke---although I never actually used it :-). At one point in my youth I thought it would be fun to have framed "unusual" recipes in the kitchen. Stephanie Higgins