Subject: Bizarre behavior From: Teddy Pruett <> Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 07:02:43 -0400 

Do you ever do something so bizarre you wonder what's going on in your own psyche?? Yes this is quilt related.  I don't get to sew very often - the one drawback to having a studio space that is not in-house. ANyway I've been working on a quilt about 1950's icons and it's been a blast to cut and sew and fondle fabric again after a long dry spell. This piece is basically a crazy quilt but contained in diamond shapes. Each little diamond (oh mebbe 8"-ish by 5"-ish) is it's own composition and it is quite a challenge to fit the objects motifs and text into a format full of extreme points. I don't suggest that format by the way.   I find myself talking to my little compositions aloud - nothing new there I say things as "Oh yessss!!! You are perfect!" or "You won't do atall - outta here." There are times that I pin something to the design wall stand back and actually clap my hands in appreciation. My dogs just grunt at the interruption of their naps and roll their eyes. That isn'tthe behavior that bothers me.  I have enormous thread spool racks on the wall. These are only for sewing machine thread they do not hold specialty threads or cheap junk threads.Even at that they are over-crowded and small spools are jammed betweenthe larger spools. SO I've been using spools that have the least thread in an attempt to alleviate the over crowding. An embarrassment of riches you know. Some of the thread is so faded and dusty that after the first round of thread comes off the thread inside is a different color entirely!! But I find that as I empty a spool I get the overzealous feeling that I've conquered an enemy - I grab the empty spool and throw it into thetrash with brute force exclaiming "Take that!!!" And then I think - hey!! My threads are my friends - what's going on here???  All I know is that my life is pretty nuts - as it is for many of you. But I think it may be a bit more extreme here - stresses and pressures that I won't mention all adding up and weighing me down. But I can tell you this -when the phone rings I always check the caller ID to make sure it isnt Jerry Springer.............Teddy Pruett "I always try to balance the light with the heavy - a fewtears of human spirit in with thesequins and the fringes."Bette Midler  _________________________________________________________________ Got Game? Win Prizes in the Windows Live Hotmail Mobile Summer Games TriviaContest



Subject: RE: History and artifact From: CELIA EDDY <> Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 11:05:51 +0000 (GMT) X-Message-Number: 2

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I completely agree with the points Susan makes in her message. Certainly, here in the UK, there is a strong perception that critical thinking in the school curriculum has fallen foul of the ever-increasing drive towards 'attainment', as measured by testing and examinations. Government tinkering withthe curriculum, making it more prescriptive, has deprived teachers and children of the time and resources to develop those thinking skills which havegeneral application and which, for those who are, like myself, 'over a certain age', were inherent in what we were taught.=0A=0AI believe that critical, imaginative and lateral thinking should be key elements in our consideration of the crafts. Some books which over the years I've found very usefuland inspiring in this respect include:=0A=0AThe Culture of Craft Ed. PeterDormer (Published by Manchester University Press, 1997)=0AThe Work of Craft by Carla Needleman (Published by Kodansha International, 1979.)=0ACentering in Pottery, Poetry and the Person by M.C. Richards ((Published by Wesleyan UP, 1962)=0A=0AThe last two are, of course, typical of their time - the late Sixies and early Seventies. I still find them inspiring, nonetheless!=0A=0AShall be interested to hear if other List members have thoughts on this subject, and any other book recommendations.=0ACelia Eddy=0A=0A=0A=0A Celia Eddy=0AThe Brown House=0AFleming Place=0AMaryport=0ACumbria CA15 6ES=0ATel: 01900 814959 


Subject: Maybe a new thread? so to speak From: Barbara Woodford <> Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 09:12:58 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

This summer we had a visitor who lives in New Mexico who was working on a shawl using the Colcha method of embroidery. She is deep into New Mexico history and things that colonists brought to our country. She said this technique was brought in the 1500's. It was originally used on bed covers because and "Colcha" means "quilt".

The technique is not so complicated. It is used for a line stitch or a satin stitch. Instead of sticking the needle through the cloth over and over, they make a long stitch and then wrap the next piece of yarn on that by just going under the thread . Interesting?

Another ancient technique she mentioned, but I have not investigated is Thai "patchwork baubles". Sounds a bit like puffed squares. Anybody have any ideas?

Barbara Woodford


Subject: Sgt. Jennifer From: Donald Beld <> Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 07:59:28 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 4

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Jennifer, thank you for your note--as everyone know there is a long history of quilters (mostly women) making quilts in times of war and the current efforts are very impressive.

Speaking for the Home of the Brave Quilt Project, I pray that we never have to make a quilt for your family. Thank you and your husband for serving your country. Best, Don



Subject: Thanks to everyone for advice on selling antique quilts From: Kay Sorensen <> Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 08:17:10 -0700 X-Message-Number: 5

Many important things were brought up in answer to my question of selling (or otherwise disposing of) my antique quilt collection. Since I have put thought and energy into acquiring these I am concerned that they pass to the right person(s). I will first contact my state historical society to see if any of them fit into their collection. Then I will try and get photographs taken to share with those of you who expressed an interest in them. My goal is not necessarily to get top dollar for them, but for them to passto someone who will love and care for them until they too pass them to thenext owner some day. This will definitely take time for me to photograph them as I am currently working on finishing at least 10 more pieces (piecing done - quilting and finishing not) for a solo show in January - March 2009. Add to this living two different places and the accomplishment of every daytasks becomes more complex.

So a great BIG thank you to everyone for their comments, advice and replies. I really appreciate it.

Quiltingly, Kay


Subject: RE: Bizarre behavior From: Kay Sorensen <> Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 08:19:04 -0700 X-Message-Number: 6

I would say this is a healthy way to deal with stress in your life! Quiltingly, Kay



Subject: RE: Bizarre behavior From: Cindy Claycamp <

Teddy and All Of courseyour behavior is not bizarre. It is within therealms of normal for a quilter. I not only use up all the remnants of thread and notions that I buy at auctionsI save those empty spools in glass canning jars. My friend Cec Purcival has made some wonderful machine quiltsusing random leftover threads for the quilting. I don't know that I ever talk to my quilt blocksbut I have definately cursed a few (in French only) Cindy Claycamp


Subject: Honolulu Textile Exhibits From: Loretta Woodard <> Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 15:03:18 -1000 X-Message-Number: 9

If you should be planning a trip to Hawaii in September-October, there's a stellar line-up of textile exhibits running concurrently in Honolulu. Do check out the variety, date, and location of the twenty- five exhibits mentioned in this article on artpedia

For those going to the AQSG meeting in Ohio, it's only a small hop from the midwest or even the east coast--I do it every year <VBG>

Aloha, Laurie Woodard


Subject: Lumbee Indian quilt block From: "Pepper Cory" <> Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 23:47:11 -0400 X-Message-Number: 10

------=_Part_31434_31686861.1218772031060 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Disposition: inline here's a link about a news story regarding the Lumbee Indian tribe of North Carolina. Maybe they'll get recognition at last. Frankly speaking, I think one of the reasons the Lumbees haven't been recognized is that in the 19th century they routinely took in escaped slaves who became full-fledged tribe members. Nuff said there. Look at the picture and click for a close-up. The women display the Folded Star or Pinecone pattern we've spoken about before on their shawls and dress bodice. The Lumbees have adopted that quilt pattern-1970s or 80s- as their own, although most of us have seen it in other forms throughout the South. Your quilt trivia tidbit for the day- Pepper

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

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



Subject: The Lumbee Tribe quilt From: Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 08:41:11 EDT X-Message-Number: 1

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Thanks to Pepper, I googled and found their site with pics of a wonderful quilt in their "pinecone" pattern.

Nan Moore _ ( _www.mooreandmoorequilts.com_ (

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: August 14, 2008 From: "Virginia Berger" <> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 09:11:43 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

> > As they say, it's when you can't answer your own questions that you should start to worry. >

My mother has a friend who says that its OK to talk to yourself, its even OK to answer yourself, but if you say "HUH?" then you're in trouble!!



Subject: Honolulu From: "Newbie Richardson" <> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 11:05:31 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

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Just so anyone can take advantage, the reason Laurie posted so many textile related exhibits in Hawaii this Fall is that the biannual meeting of the Textile Society is being held there in mid October.ANd wouldn't you know my husband's annual meeting for his firm is scheduled for there 10 days BEFORE the meeting of the Textile Society - darn!




Subject: entry fees From: "Steve & Jean Loken" <> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 14:25:04 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

Dale, There's no fee to enter a quilt in the Minnesota State Fair, but six tickets for $30 would be a strong incentive to enter here, since it's $10 to get into the fair. If you volunteer for an organization, which I do for two, you get complimentary tickets, and that's when I go. Jean in MN


Subject: It's a good day! From: DON JAN MASENTHIN <> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 13:45:07 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 5

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First -- I think it's quite normal to talk to creations, applaud designs in progress or throw empty spools -- doesn't everybody? Second -- thanks, Teddy, for a delicious laugh on one of the already best days of my life. Third -- my son & his wife are adopting -- baby just born hours ago in South Carolina, soon to be home in Kansas. Only problem -- I'm in Georgia and am now hearing my Bernina calling me to come home to Topeka and start this little boy's quilt. A bonus -- I'm adopted, have two adopted children (plus three of the other kind) so this little guy confirms it -- adoption is one of our family traditions. See you in Ohio!

Jan Masenthin



Subject: Re: Honolulu From: "Stephanie Whitson" <> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 21:54:45 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

But Newbie. . . Just think of it. . . . a reason to linger in paradise. . . . aaaaahhhhhhh. Stephanie Higgins


Subject: Road Kill Quilt From: Marsha MacDowell <> Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2008 07:01:05 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2

For those still interested in possums and road kill, see this Road Kill quilt by the late Lethonee Jones of Kalamazoo, Michigan in Michigan State University Museum's Michigan African American Quilt Collection. You can find it in The Quilt Index.



Subject: Query re. quilt-related oral histories From: Marsha MacDowell <> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2008 20:00:53 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

Dear friends,

The Quilt Index (, as part of the current IMLS-funded plan of work, is developing a new section of the website -- a "go-to" place for summary information about documentation projects and other quilt resources. This section will be a WIKI, which will be open to community members to contribute additional information and revisions.

One part will feature growing list of oral histories relating to quilts. In order to launch this part of the WIKI, we are gathering some preliminary information on oral history materials, in any format, on quiltmaking, quiltmakers, quilt owners, or others (quilt dealers, quilt equipment designers, quilt fabric designers and producers, curators of quilt exhibitions, etc.) affiliated with the quilt world.

At minimum, we would like to know: Name of collection or project Name of institution [or person holding oral histories] and contact information.

If available, you can also include: Brief description of collection (date period of project, focus of project) Number and format of tapes [if known]

We hope to launch this by the end of August so hope we can hear from you soon!

Please send your information to Marsha MacDowell (

Thanks so much!


Marsha MacDowell, Ph.D. Curator and Professor, Michigan State University Museum PI, Quilt Index


Subject: Thank you for fun summer textile-related reading From: Susan Seater <> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2008 22:58:43 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2

Hi all! I don't remember who suggested which book, but I just read 2 novels I learned about through this list: Anita Amirrezvani's "Blood of Flowers" about Persian rug weaving c1620 and Tracy Chevalier's "The Lady and the Unicorn" about tapestry weaving in Netherlands c1490. Both were enjoyable and entertaining, and seemed accurate about the weaving, with discussion of design, dyeing wool, and choosing colors. Thank you!

Susan in Raleigh, NC hoping for some rain from Fay to break our drought.



Subject: Re: Thank you for fun summer textile-related reading From: Mitzioakes <> Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 08:29:12 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

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Hey, want some rain - if possible Vermont would love to send you some. We have nothing but rain all summer - Lake Champlain is almost at flood level which it never has been in history......Hope you do get some rain from Fay - as long as she doesn't head to New Orleans - our daughter is just finishing up the repairing of her home after Katrina! Mitzi from moist Vermont


Subject: Move Over, Possums . . . From: "Julie Silber" <> Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 11:25:27 -0700 X-Message-Number: 2

Move Over, Possums,

You're not the only Critter on the "Block" !!

Check the eBoard for a RARE, odiferous quilt...

Julie Silber The Quilt Complex POB 729 Albion, Ca 95410


Subject: Two Words From: Teddy Pruett <> D

Hurricanes. P'tui.

Teddy Pruett "I always try to balance the light with the heavy - a fewtears of human spirit in with the sequinsand the fringes."Bette Midler