Subject: Re: Move over, Possums...
From: Jean Lester <>

I think that is a possum--in disguise. That embroidery sure looks
like a possum! ;-)



Subject: RE: Move Over, Possums . . .
From: "Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 08:24:25 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

I have a very dear friend in CA who loves the smell of skunks. I am sure
she would love that quilt!

Thanks Julie for sharing such a 'scentsational' quilt!

A native CA girl living in Lancaster County, PA where we benefit from lots
of smells!


Subject: Re: It's a good day!
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 11:12:09 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

A good day indeed! Congratulations to everyone.


Subject: Blast from the Past
From: Mary Persyn <>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 10:34:03 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

One of my Guildmates just dropped 3 bags of McCall's Needlework and
Crafts magazines by my office. She was looking for a good home for
them, and ever since I gave a presentation on "Boxes Under the Bed" I
get asked if I'd like to have "old stuff." (So far, nothing spectacular
has come my way). These magazines are from the 50s and 60s.

Did we really used to dress like that?! What a hoot. Of course, I may
see these styles in current magazines any day now. What goes around,
comes around.

Mary (who is trying to pretend that our new students don't arrive tomorrow)

----------------------------------------------------------------------- Subject: Zucchi Web collection - Milan From: Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 20:35:09 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 3
Here is a net website to explore. They house one of the largest wood bloc k collections once used in textile block printing. You can even play with i t and change colors of the printing on the website.

Karen Alexander San Juan Islands


Subject: Quilt History Day-tripping in Connecticut From: <> Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 11:59:20 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

Now, you have three quilt history reasons to take a trip to Connecticut. If you are driving to or through Connecticut this fall, you need to know about two other quilt exhibits in addition to the wonderful exhibit by Lynne Bassett at the Wadsworth Atheneum. "Who Was Anna Tuels?" Quilt Stories 1750-1900 from August 30, 2008 to Jan 4, 2009.

An American Quilt Show will be held by the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, 2008, at the historic Oliver Ellsworth Homestead in Windsor. Quilts of yesterday and today will be featured. This event has been in the planning for more than a year. There are some amazing early quilts in the DAR houses across the state. I am hopeful that these will be on display. -- Kris Driessen and yours truly will be lecturing that weekend. The DAR ladies have been planning this event for a few years. It should be exciting to see the family heirlooms of these long-time Connecticut families!

Also, opening in September at The Wilton Historical Society and Heritage Museum Quilters and Quilting: from Hand to High Tech, 1800-2000 Wilton is just south of Danbury on Route 7. The museum will feature 35-40 quilts from their collection and other historical societies and museums in their 14 period rooms dating from 1740-1910. This promises to be a not-to-be-missed event.

Hope to see you all in Connecticut. We love sharing our quilts! sue reich

Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: State Fairs From: "Susan Wildemuth" <> Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 08:56:00 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

It is August is State Fair time here in Illinois, ours is over, but it got me to thinking about the women and men who entered items in the Textile Department of the State Fairs (and local county fairs) - son is a 4-H alumni so we spent many summers at fairs.

I decided to document the Textile Department winners for the Illinois State Fair. It is going to be a slow, but sure process and it is an interesting study of what women/men were doing textile-wise. I hope you take a look.

What is also interesting and what you will not find on my transcription is what women/men were doing in other art areas --

1853 and 1854

Women/Men did a lot of things with hair. Does anyone own a "hair wreath?" Shell and Wax work were big too. Flowers, painting (crayon, oils watercolor, monochromatic), printing/ruling/binding, engravings, daguerreotypes, lithography, taste and skill in creating spices, and drawing.

**** Susan Wildemuth


Subject: RE: State Fairs From: "Candace Perry" <> Date: Sat, 23 Aug 

We've got several hairwork pieces here at the Schwenkfelder. We also have magnificent examples of wax fruit! Candace Perry Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center


Subject: Wooden printblocks From: Paul and Nancy Hahn <> Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 11:44:12 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 3

Thanks, Karen, for the Zucchi web site for the textile print blocks. I wasn't familiar with it and the amount of information it contains is wonderful. I first became enthralled with print blocks when I saw them in Mulhouse on Deb Robert's textile tour. Since then, I have tried to always keep a few in my inventory for quilt and antique shows. They are a great part of our textile history, along with being such visual treasures, but, up till now I have found very little written info on them I can share with customers. I really appreciate your sharing this site.

Nancy Hahn, getting ready for the Sully Quilt show (this year renamed the Sully Quilt and Fiber Art Show and Sale) on Sunday, September 7, rain or shine, on the grounds of the Sully Historic Site, Chantilly, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. 10AM-4PM


Subject: Mid Atlantic Regional Quilt Study Day 9/20/08 From: "Judy Grow" <> Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 12:25:09 -0400 X-Message-Number: 4

The Mid Atlantic Quilt Study Group is proud to announce our second annual Regional Quilt Study Day to be held once more at the Burlington County Historic Society in Burlington City, NJ, on Saturday, September 20th.

We are setting up a little differently than last year when we had a day with the quilts from a total of 14 historic societies.

This year Debby Cooney and Polly Mello will be showcasing "the Best of the Nineteenth Century" with quilts from their collections, Judy Kelius will be exhibiting Pennsylvania German quilts, Trudy Frey will be exhibiting quilts from 150 years of quilts from her family, and Sue Reich will be exhibiting quilts from the World War II era. In addition, other members of the MAQSG will showcase what they consider the "knock-your-socks-off" quilts from their own collections.

Of course quilts from the Burlington County Historic Society will also be on view.

We hope you can join us for this wonderful day. We have some openings left, but not many. Respond to me privately for a brochure and registration form, and then get it back to me ASAP.

Judy Grow


Subject: Re: State Fairs & hair jewelry/wreaths From: "Stephanie Whitson" <> Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 15:25:09 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

I am still kicking myself for missing out on an exquisite hair wreath years ago at an auction here in Nebraska. It really belonged in a museum it was so well done and in such excellent condition.I have a lovely hair-work brooch and a copy of a "The Lock of Hair: its history, ancient and modern, natural and artistic; with the art of working in hair. Illustrated by numerous designs" published in London in 1872. As a quilter I was interested in the "Prince of Wales' feather" which looks a lot like our Princess Feather applique quilt design. The "how to" part of this book had me shaking my head in amazement.

As a parent of teenagers, it also helped me realize that blue hair isn't anything new :-o

Stephanie Higgins


Subject: State Fairs From: Judy Knorr <> Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2008 14:16:19 -n Advisor in Home Economics, I truly appreciate your efforts to document the contributions of women at the state fair. I read the winners list and wonder if I am correct in thinking that "lot jeans" refers to a length of fabric? Judy Knorr


Subject: "New" detergent for wet cleaning historic cottons From: "Newbie Richardson" 

Good afternoon, I thought I would let everyone on the list know about a "new" soap/detergent that has been given the seal of approval to use on historic cotton and linen textiles. It is "All - free" - which can be easily found in any large grocery store.

This information is from Dr. Margaret Ordonez, head of the textile conservation program at the University of Rhode Island and a PhD textile chemist.

"All:Free" has both anionic and ionic surfactants which not only cleans more types of soil than does Orvus WP paste, but also rinses out much better. Although the current formula contains an optical brightner, it is not formulated for cellulosic fibers - ie it does not affect cotton or linen fabrics.

Needless to say, all the guidelines given for wet cleaning historic textiles still apply as to the care one must use when handling fragile wet fibers.

If you have any questions, a phone call is probably better as I am a very SLOW typist! I can be reached most evenings at:703-684-0863

Yours sincerely

Newbie Richardson The Costume and Textile Specialists Appraisals, Conservation, and Exhibition Alexandria and Richmond, VA


Subject: Re: "New" detergent for wet cleaning historic cottons From: Joan Kiplinger 

Newbie -- is this the same as All Free & Clear detergent which is recommended by dermatologists for sensitive skin or is that another brand??.


Subject: Re: "New" detergent for wet cleaning historic cottons From: "Dale Drake" <> Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2008 17:09:00 -0400 X-Message-Number: 4

Great news, Newbie, but what are we all going to do with our giant-size jugs of Orvus now? :-)

Seriously, thanks for the information - it's good to have a more easily-accessible soap to recommend.

Warmly, Dale in Indiana

Newbie said:

I thought I would let everyone on the list know about a "new" soap/detergent that has been given the seal of approval to use on historic cotton and linen textiles. It is "All - free" - which can be easily found in any large grocery store.


Subject: quilt exhibit From: Judy Roche <> Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2008 16:41:09 -0400 X-Message-Number: 5

There will be a exhibit at the Berman Museum at Ursinus College in Collegeville Pa starting September 14th 2008 through December . Working Women: 19thc quilts from the collection of Judy Roche and Women's Bodies of/as Work by Tamar Stone and Christine Lo Faso Hope some of you can come and see the contrasting exhibits.......fascinating! Judy


Subject: Re: soap news From: "Newbie Richardson" <> Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 09:48:49 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2

Joan, I am guessing that the optical brightners ( which make whites glow in the dark) are formulated for synthetics. Think about it the market is for what is most commonly being washed in household across the country. 100% cotton or linen clothes are now in the minority. Most clothes are made of polyester, nylon, rayon, lycra, etc. The best thing about "All - free" is how easily it rinses out. The absolute worst thing you can do when wet cleaning is not to completely rinse out the surfactant.



Subject: soap news From: Joan Kiplinger <> Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 10:48:52 

Newbie -- thanx on both counts for OB and name of All Free. If I read you correctly, the OBs formulated for synthetics would not be as harmful to historic textiles as OBs formulated for cotton and linens?


Subject: RE: soap news From: "Newbie Richardson" <> Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 12:49:25 -0400 X-Message-Number: 6

No, not harmful at all. The parallel is enzymes. Unless the exact soil for which the enzyme is "designed" ( sorry to all you chemists out there, I am mixing metaphors) then the enzymes just swim around doing nothing one way or the other. Same with optical brightners; if the fibers are incompatible with the particular chemical profile of the optial brightner, then nothing happens to the fibers.

Bottom line, this detergent is safe for historic textiles with the understanding that wet cleaning is not benign no matter what.


Subject: soap news From: Joan Kiplinger <> Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 13:06:27 

Thanx again. This was the explanation I was looking for. In this age of exploding fiber technology, we all are becoming chemists just by virtue of deciphering labels on what we eat , wear and otherwise consume LOL


Subject: optical brighteners From: Stephen Schreurs <> Date: Mon, 25 

Newbie, another thanks for this up to date information, with explanations, for the All cleaner.

I think that the OB's probably are, indeed, for synthetics. Unfortunately, some of the lighter color synthetics seem to get dingy over time - this was ever a problem in washing poly/cotton blend nursing uniforms - for all that would get all over them, they were truly a pain to keep white - and the stains were not so easy to remove. It's one of the reasons many of us were so relieved to wear scrubs - which I used to make for myself out of 100% cotton. Susan


Subject: Re: soap news From: Judy Schwender <> Date: Mon, 25 Aug 

Hi all, I am still amazed when I caution folks not to wet wash their practically pristine antique quilts, and they say, "Well, I was just going to use my detergent, I'm not going to use any chemicals." Judy Schwender we all are becoming chemists


Subject: Who'd a thought it-Amish quilts at the beach! From: "Pepper Cory" 

Your eye candy for the day-We just had an interesting program here in Morehead City NC on Amish quilts-imagine that! If I'd read my guild newsletter sooner I would have called more people! It's a poor second but you can read about the event on the Quilt Flap blog . Cheers Pepper

-- Pepper Cory


Subject: An amazing coincidence
From: xenia cord <>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 06:37:26 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

I spent last weekend in meetings at the International Quilt Study
Center & Museum in Lincoln, NE, with several quilt historians from
around the world, among them Annette Gero from Australia, author of
Historic Australian Quilts (2000). She showed us a preliminary cut
of her soon-to-be-published masterwork, The Fabric of Society,
Australia's Quilt Heritage from Convict Times to 1960 (November
2008). In the intro to the earlier book she discusses Quaker
Elizabeth Fry, a prison reformer who provided more than 12,000
convict women with supplies from which to make quilts during the long
voyage from England to Australia (1817-1843). The new book contains
an image of Elizabeth Fry and a facsimile of a letter she wrote
concerning the welfare of the prisoners.

During a brief break in last weekend's activities, Annette went
antiquing in Lincoln. In one antique mall, among a group of prints
and cartoons, she was startled to see ...Mrs Fry! And what's more,
on the reverse of the image was a separate page - a letter written by
Mrs. Fry, again about the welfare of female convicts! How amazing is

The new book is a massive 240 pages of full color images, and will
contain more than 300 other photos and a pattern CD, plus Annette's
sterling research. If you have an interest, please email me off-



Subject: Re: Quilt History Day-tripping in Connecticut
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:26:14 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

Wow, Sue! CT really does it up right. This is irresistible!


Subject: Re: quilt exhibit
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:24:53 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

Great news, Judy! What an embarrassment of riches we have for the fall.


Subject: historic fabric
From: Joan Kiplinger <>

Newbie -- one more question. When you mentioned historic
fabrics/textiles in re to All Free, what is the time range that
consider historic?

In talking about this with a friend, we both had different dating lines.

My time range was based on an article I read several decades ago by a
museum person writing about the cleaning treatment of historical [sic]
fabric. Cloth from antiquity to 18thC was treated much differently than
19thC due to the differences in cloth manufacture with the beginning of
the mill factory system and technology c1800. And in that respect they
referred to cloth prior to 19thC as historical. I can't remember the
term given for 19thC and beyond; possibly contemporary.

My friend's concept was moved up to early to mid-19thC.

So we are curious as to what is a cut-off date more or less.

Perhaps others on this list can contribute their time frames.



Subject: RE: historic fabric
From: "Newbie Richardson" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 18:17:17 -0400
X-Message-Number: 5

Good question...In general,I differentiate before and after WWII.
However, the real issue is the condition of the fabric. I have treated 18th
c cottons which were by far in better shape than some fabrics from the
1930's. I have seen really cheap printed cottons from the end of the 19th c
which were so fragile compared to printed cottons from 1700s. It depends on
what the fabrics were treated with, the thread count, the dyes and mordants,
and whether or how much exposure the fabrics had to UV and poor storage.

When I teach my workshops for museum volunteers I stress that old fabrics
are like old skin: just as you would not use harsh soaps and a "buff puff"
on your (over 50 years old) face, so should you care for old fabrics.

Meg, what say you?


Subject: Upcoming exhibit at Colonial Williamsburg
From: "Lisa Evans" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 22:20:10 -0400

I'm not sure I'll be able to get to this one, but it sounds like a
beauty. It's be to held at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum:

Quilted Fashion
This exhibition explores the use of quilting to decorate bed coverings,
clothing, and accessories of the 17th and 18th centuries. See detailed
drawings of elaborate quilting patterns that often are obscured by the
technique's subtlety. Stomachers and petticoats worn with costly gowns,
men's elaborate waistcoats, and counterpanes on the finest beds all are
featured. October 18, 2008 through February 2010. Opens Saturday,
October 18, 2008.

*envies locals and semi-locals like Cinda and Newbie*

Lisa Evans