Subject: Re: Confederate Soldiers' Quilts
From: "Deborah Russell" <>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2008 14:25:06 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

Don I hope you got the info I sent you off list from my friend Vicki Betts.
Although she is not a quilter she knows her stuff on homespun and other
stuff. The collection of newspaper articles she has from the 1860's has
always provided me with lots of info. Ah she said in the later part of her
message she would think newspaper would be harder to find then cotton for
Debbie Hill-Russell


Subject: Crazy Quilt books
From: "Louise" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 09:30:07 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

Hello, if you are interested in crazy quilts, I posted a couple of items
on my blog:

1 - a listing of my library books (current)
2 - info on some historical booklets (1884-5)

Best regards, Louise

Subject: Confederate period quilts
From: Barbara Woodford <>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 11:20:38 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

I can't remember the name of the book I read, or an article?, but it
was about homespun in the South. It seems that things were so scarce
that women were looked down upon if they didn't wear homespun
clothing. Newspapers pushed this trend. It is no surprise to me that
newspapers may have been used as batting, but I think they were in
short supply. I'm sure worn out textiles of any kind were used as
batting, along with animal fur, including dog. Honest, I do have the
reference somewhere but can't get up on my bookshelf because I broke
a rib, weeding of all things.
Also since people were spinning their own, there was one piece of a
spinner that was in short supply and caused all sorts of anxiety in
finding one. Things were really tough.

Barbara Woodford


Subject: shortages during the WAr between the States
From: "Newbie Richardson" <>
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2008 15:15:48 -0400
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Joan Severa in her seminal work: "Dressed for the Photographer, Ordinary
Americans and Fashion 1840-1900" talks at great length about the shortages
during the decade of the 1860s - as well as how each different region of the
country was affected. In the North, Godey's Lady Book made almost no mention
of the war - except to have all kinds of "make do and mend" types of
articles and projects.

Newbie Richardson



Subject: Shortages during the War
From: <>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 20:52:20 -0700
X-Message-Number: 5

One of my favorite resources for the Civil War comes from the published diary of a Ridgefield, CT girl called "A View From The Inn: The Journal of Anna Marie Resseguie, 1851-1867."
Anna Marie Keeler was born in 1830, the only child of the owner of the Keeler Tavern in Ridgefield, an inn on the post road from Philadelphia to Boston. She was married to Abijah Resseguie. The Keeler Tavern now houses the Historical Society of Ridgefield.
Here are some interesting posts from the War years that follow with the discussion on quilts for soldiers. They indicate the shortages here in the North also.
On March 11th, 1861
"Cotton seed planted."
On November 24th, 1862
"The editor of the Spectator desires his patrons to use no more newspapers for kindlings and to save every scrap of rags....Unbleached muslins are 25 cts and more per yard, calicoes 20 cts."
sue reich

Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut

Subject: RE: qhl digest: August 29, 2008
From: "Linda Heminway" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 06:19:30 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Teddy said:

Newspapers, when still plentiful, were used to stuff shirt fronts against
the cold, placed in the bottom of worn out shoes, and even used as

Just want to say that when watching a home rennovation TV show, we learned
(might have been This Old House?) years ago that many older homes used old
newspapers for attic and wall insullation.
In those days, any material they had was subject to another use.
Have any of you been watching the Bravo TV network show, Project Runway? On
one of the most recent shows, they had to take interior car parts and
recycle them into clothing. I think it's supposed to teach designers to be
green and when cars are old and brought to a junkyard, one day, perhaps
certain parts of them can truly be used instead of filling up landfills.
I was impressed by the creativity. I'm sure quilters of earlier times were
not as fussy about what their batting was.

I would love to hear from you all about what the most unusual battings you
have discovered were!

Linda Heminway
Plaistow NH


Subject: RE: qhl digest: August 29, 2008
From: "Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 08:32:57 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

In the walls all four houses we've restored we have found newspaper and all
sorts of other things stuffed into the walls for insulation or to block wind
from coming through open gaps. Two of them had newspapers; the first, an
old farm house built in 1860 in VA that had been in the same family until we
purchased it, had not only what little was left of newspapers but all sorts
of things including scraps of fabric stuffed into the gaps surrounding the
fireplace and other debris in the walls including glass items and a box of
bullets. Unfortunately most of the paper was so old and brittle it did not
survive and/or was illegible.

The other house with newspapers was in The Berkshires where we found layers
of newspapers from the early 1900's when the house was built literally laid
flat into the kitchen wall behind the sink, and then more newspapers laid
flat along the wall behind the kitchen cabinets when the kitchen had been
remodeled in 1962. All were an interesting glimpse into history but we left
them with the new owners when we sold the property.

On our trip this weekend I found a mid-19th century nicely-quilted Nine
Patch quilt with fairly thin batting that had been covered by a tied
comfort. It is the second uncovered quilt I've located recently - the other
was found near where I live in Lancaster County, PA and the outer quilt was
quilted and not tied in spite of the heavy batting. I had hoped for years
to find just one 'covered quilt' and when I finally gave up my search two
appeared. Life is funny sometimes.

Just back in PA from visiting good friends and quilts in Staunton, VA


Subject: newspapers
From: Joan Kiplinger <>

Newspaper was also the favored covering to wrap wool items in for
storage as a protection against moths. Not sure how far back that goes
but at least to 1860s. Ingredients of hot type repelled moths. This
practice ended in the early 1960s with the advent of cold type.


Subject: RE: qhl digest: August 29,
2008 newspaper as insulation in homes

Let me confirm what Linda said about newspapers used as house insulation.

Absolutely yes newspapers were used in the cavities of walls to insulate.
Even as late as the 1940's in NE USA.

It is a great way to establish a sequence of dates for additions to older



Subject: paper filled quilt

Some of you might remember that I bought a quilt several years ago that was filled with newspapers. If I remember correctly the newspapers were dated 1867 or 1869. The quilt was made by Wealthy Stoddard in upstate NY very close to the Canada border. It is a strippy quilt in teals and very dark brown. It is quilted with very long stitching. I think that Wealthy Stoddard might have been a dress maker. Her quilts are made with unusual fabrics. They appear to be more "left overs" from more formal dress making than typical cotton?fabrics used for quilts.
I will bring?the quilts?to AQSG for show and tell. I also have another interesting quilt from that same family. It is a quilt made from a quilted petticoat.
HGTV talked with me about featuring these quilts on the show they did about "strange" quilts with a story, unfortunately they didn't use it because I didn't have a family Bible or photos. I just didn't have time to "run" right up to upstate NY and gather such info. Oh well.......

Off to PT for my knee that I hurt in Huntsville and subsequently had operated on. I am getting it on shape for Deb Roberts trip in Dec. to look at Chintz. Oh yes!
Glad all of you didn't get a MAJOR storm this weekend. Hope you only got a few limbs in your yard. Now we hope those of us on the east coast will have similar good news later this week.
See Ya! Lynn in New Bern, NC


Subject: Unique batting
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 09:59:11 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6

Old clothes and kitchen towels, etc, cut so they would lay flat and in a
tied comforter. I thought it was some kind of bulky wadding when I felt it.
Surprised me to find the old toweling and parts of clothes.

I also found a great quilt inside another one years and years ago. The top
one was "cheater cloth" from the 1930's the inner one was blue and white and
not nearly so worn out, IMHO as to deserve being hidden away like that.

Stephanie Higgins.


Subject: Re: paper filled quilt
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2008 11:01:38 -0400
X-Message-Number: 7

Perhaps newspapers were used as batting, not because they were inexpensive,
but because the ingredients in hot type* repelled moths.

* see Joan Kiplinger's email re wrapping wool in newspapers to repel moths
prior to 1960


Subject: Unusual batting
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 09:55:41 -0500
X-Message-Number: 8

Chicken feathers. In a machine quilted quilt circa 1900 if I recall
correctly (I'm not the owner of the quilt)

Stephanie Whitson


Subject: Can anyone help?
From: "Karey Bresenhan" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 22:31:28 -0500
X-Message-Number: 9

Mary Evelynn Sorrell of the Winedale Center for the Quilt (part of the
University of Texas) is researching a wonderful quilt out of the Joyce Gross
collection that Joyce acquired from Florence Peto. The quilt is supposed to
be part of the Index of American Design, but my contact at the National
Gallery who is quite familiar with the Index has been unable to track it
down. Joyce's documentation is very clear that it was part of the Index.

Here are Mary Evelynn's questions/comments:

"It seems we are still missing so much information-for instance, I would
love to see the bibliography used by "Mrs. Robertson" in American Quilts
(1948). What were her sources for this quilt since Florence Peto complained
that she was never mentioned although she owned the quilt?"

"I would also love to see if there is a bibliography or any supporting data
somewhere (the Shelburne?) about the elaborate story Florence Peto relates
about the jilted bride, Frances Kline, who she said made this quilt in her
Historic Quilts (pp158-163). Did you know that the dogs' ears were stitched
on in such a way that you can cause them to "wiggle?"

Wiggly dogs' that I have to see! You can reply directly to Mary
Evelynn (yes, that's spelled correctly). Her email is: Sorrell, Mary E

We're looking forward to showing this quilt in Houston at Quilt Festival
this fall--it's really a beauty, but that green sure puzzles me...
Karey Bresenhan
Director, International Quilt Festival--Houston, Chicago, Long Beach


Subject: newspaper use x 2
From: "Andi Reynolds" <>

In an 1890s "town" house in Keota, current owners discovered a beautiful
wood floor underneath not-so-great carpet. Where the newspapers laid down
under the carpet (for insulation? cushioning?) remained stubbornly stuck to
the wood, the owners clear-varnished over them, preserving bits of local
history for guests to this now-B&B to peruse.

Andi in Paducah, Kentucky


Subject: Re: quilt repair question
From: Jeanne Jabs <>

I have an older (Not antique and no $$$ Value) but I still love it, anyway, it has a small rip in an open part (Not a block and no hand stitching around it) it is like a blue jean tear, L shaped and easily fixed if I knew how to fix it. I am not really worried about the value of the quilt being lowered, I really want to fix the rip so the quilt is useable (Putting it on an old overstuffed chair in my sewing room and the cats and dog will probably be the only ones using it most of the time) I was thinking of an iron on patch but the batting is poly. and that will melt won't it? I could whip stitch it but that wouldn't look very good, I could sew a patch underneath it too but again that wouldn't look very good, what about fusible interfacing? could I iron that on underneath the rip without melting the poly. batting and that would be lightweight enough so that it wouldn't take away from the look of the quilt? Anyone got any suggestions? I do have photos but I don't know how to
post them to the board and I am at work, if you want to see the quilt, go to, hopefully it will take you to the forums, click on General Help and Discussion and there will be messages there, There should be threads there, mine is Quilt Repair Question, there are 2 photos of the quilt. IT looks like the rip is in a seam but it isn't. The rip is also in the middle of stain and there is a deep red in the quilt so that is the other issue, now to clean it, hand wash the stain out or try vinegar in the washing machine on gentle? TIA, Jeanne


Subject: RE: Repair
From: Stephen Schreurs <>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2008 08:10:40 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 2

Jean, before you do anything else, check the quilt for colorfastness - with a damp q-tip, swab the fabrics of color and make sure none of the color comes off. It won't completely guarantee fastness, but with a fairly contemporary quilt, it is likely it won't bleed. Do that before you put any other work in the quilt. Then...

before using a fusible, I would consider a few stitches to close the "L", then an applique over it. Oval would probably be the best shape - and it needs to be a fairly close match of fabric. If the backing is the same as the front's damaged area, you might need to rob Peter to pay Paul - that is, use a piece from the back to repair the front with matching fabric, then repair the back with a fabric that matches as best you can. But take a look around for a similar new fabric...sometimes you can find a sufficiently close match. You can also adjust the brightness of a new fabric with a judicious use of tea or coffee.

The problem is that sometimes, using a brand new fabric or fusing a bandaid on to the tear will create a discrepancy in fiber strength - encouraging more deterioration around the repair. If you do opt for a fusible, use the lowest setting possible on the iron, and the lightest weight fusible that you can find with an all-over adhesive (I have a few pieces in my sewing archive which are dotted with adhesive - fine for an interfacing, but not this). Trim the loose threads, and apply the fusible upside down under the tear - CAREFULLY, to keep the edges smoothly butted together.

Good luck! Susan


Subject: classic L shaped rip reapir
From: "Newbie Richardson" <>

When mending table linens with an L shaped rip, I do a reverse patch of
matching fabric. I square the ripped area and create a small square, then
patch from the reverse so that the mend looks like a set in patch.

As to the stain, if the piece has been laundered before, then do so again (
on hand wash feature of machine) using one of the commercially avialable
stain sticks/sprays on the stained area.

If it has not been laundered before, then you are up the creek!

Newbie Richardson


Subject: Re: quilt repair question
From: Barbara Burnham <>

With the key words being (not antique and no $$$ value) you might consider
covering the damage with an applique (by hand). On my young nephew's cheris
hed quiltthat had a tear just like that one, we appliqued a heart right
over it (of course, I had to stitch it on while he held the quilt--he would
not let go.) He still has the quilt, many years later.
With your cats and dogprobably being the only ones using it, I'm sure th
ey won't mind, and you might even want to add more hearts in years to come.
Cleaning your quilt isanother issue, but I would do the repair first.
Barbara Burnham


Subject: RE: repairs
From: Stephen Schreurs <>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2008 09:41:25 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 5

Barbara, what a precious picture comes to mind, of you and your nephew taking care of his quilt - while he held it! A lucky boy, to have you for an auntie! Susan


Subject: RE: repairs
From: Jeanne Jabs <>

Same here, glad he is still enjoying it. :) Thanks for sharing and thanks for all the help with my query, still haven't quite figured out what I am going to do but I will ponder it while sitting in my old over stuffed chair. :) Jeanne

Stephen Schreurs <> wrote: Barbara, what a precious picture comes to mind, of you and your nephew taking care of his quilt - while he held it! A lucky boy, to have you for an auntie! Susan


Subject: Hundreds of Quilts Added to the Online Quilt Index

Dear QHL list:

Come see some amazing quilt treasures!
Two major new quilt collections were recently posted on the Quilt Index,
the nation's largest online showcase for vintage and significant quilts. As
many of you know, the Quilt Index is operated by Michigan State University
Museum in partnership with the nonprofit Alliance for American Quilts and MATRIX -
The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences at MSU. Lately,
thanks to a major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the
Index is adding stunning quilts at an incredible pace, now boasting more than
18,000 quilts and quilt-related documents, free to anyone who wants to browse and
study them.
Just available in recent days is a collection of nearly 400 quilts owned
by the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, which opened its doors in 1990 in Golden,
Colorado. These include 100 quilts donated by the late Eugenia Mitchell, who
first dreamed of establishing a national quilt museum when she was 80 years
old. Luckily, she lived to see her dream come true, and though she died at the
age of 103, the museum continues to grow and flourish. The museum's collection
encompasses a broad range of styles and periods, from 19th century bedcovers
to the latest art quilts by Caryl Bryer Fallert and other celebrated
contemporary quiltmakers. View the collection at
Over the summer, the Index added another major collection, about 5,000
quilts from a major state documentation project that began in Nebraska in 1987.
Some of the documented quilts are now owned by the International Quilt Study
Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This is a spectacular
offering of quilts that includes nearly 200 crazy quilts alone, some quite
remarkable and unusual. The link to this collection is
These latest additions come close on the heels of two other collections
added just this spring, from the Museum of the American Quilter's Society and
the Mountain Heritage Center.
Fall continues to be a very busy time for the Quilt Index and all the
projects under the umbrella of the Alliance for American Quilts, so keep
checking the AAQ's website,, to stay on top of breaking
If you have any questions, shoot me an e-mail,
Quilt on!
Meg Cox, vice president of the Alliance for American Quilts


Subject: RE: qhl digest: September 05, 2008
From: "Jan Masenthin" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2008 16:43:51 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

Subject: Re: quilt repair question

I repair and restore quilts, both old and not so old. I always tailor my
work to suit the quilt's future according to the client's wishes. You've
shared that information already and received some good advice, but I want to
share with you my personal bias -- I consider fusible a last resort for any
quilt that isn't going to spend the rest of its life on a wall. My
preference for an L-shaped tear is reverse applique with matching (or as
close as you can get) fabric. Consider the weight and weave as well as the
color. I actually learned reverse applique as a mending method. Although
an excellent seamstress, my mother didn't quilt. However, I'm sure my
father had the best appliqued underwear in Kansas. She called it mending.
There is also nothing wrong with an "honest patch." I was recently given a
beautiful old star quilt (no provenance) in good condition except for about
a 1-inch hole all the way through near the middle. The hole wasn't in one
of the stars, but rather the white background. White is incredibly hard to
match, and since it appeared to me the damage was probably done by a rodent,
I am replacing the back and batting, then appliquing over the top, a
reclining mouse wearing a smile and "hands" on tummy as if just having
finished a full meal. I already loved the quilt, and now it has a story
which I am documenting on a label. I've yet to name the mouse. Good luck
with your project.

Jan Masenthin
Topeka, Kansas


Subject: Help! chaco Liner marker
From: Janet Drechsler <>

Hello All,

Out of lurkdom to ask for help. I made a new quilt, and had it
machine quilted three months ago. The quilt was folded, with the
middle of the quilt inside the folds. When I went to start the
binding today, the center of palest blue fabric, had yellowish
stains, almost like age yellowing.

Turns out that the product yellow Chaco Liner (the marking applied
with a wheel) had been used in the center. It looks as though the
yellow dye had migrated into two inch stains. (I can barely look at
the quilt now!)

The Chaco Liner web site says:

'We highly recommend to tests the Chaco liner on a piece of fabric
before marking. Try to remove the Chaco Liner by washing the fabric
with 5 parts water, 2 parts vinegar, and air dry. Do not put in the
dryer. If the problem persists, please consult a professional fabric
cleaner. We recommend pre-washing the fabric before using the Chaco

That fabric had been pre-washed and I know a bit about fabric
cleaning. But if is the yellow dye that has migrated...

My questions: has anyone had trouble with the color of the chaco-
liner and has anyone successfully removed it?

Janet Drechsler in Vermont


Subject: Chaco-liner
From: Jean Lester <>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2008 07:45:44 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

I had trouble with the yellow as soon as it came out. The
explanation that I got was that they use sulfur to make it yellow and
it can be permanent.



Subject: Re: qhl digest: September 06, 2008
From: Jane Hall <>
Date: Sun, 07 Sep 2008 08:28:50 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

Hi Janet...I'm not an expert on Chaco liners, but I have learned from sad
experience to never use any yellow marking instrument. Pencil, chalk,
whatever, it just doesn't come out and I wonder why the manufacturers
persist in including it as one of the marking colors. White/grey/silver are
my choice, and what I use depends a lot on the particular fabric (weave and
amount of dye). Down with yellow! Jane Hall

Subject: RE: Help! chaco Liner marker
From: "Susan Bleimehl" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2008 22:21:26 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

I used the yellow chaco liner to mark quilting lines on a jacket I was
constructing. I was quilting the lining to the fashion fabric, copying a
Chanel technique. The fashion fabric was a silk matka, tweedy in appearance,
light teal in color. I had a very hard time removing those lines. The fabric
had originally been dry cleaned to take care of any shrinkage. The yellow
would not brush out and water dabbed on a line did not seem to do any good.
Eventually the lines faded enough so that it couldn't be seen because of the
tweedy effect of the fabric.

In the future, I will be very careful how I use that yellow color. Hopefully
I'll be able to stick with white on my good fabric and only use the yellow
on my muslins of new pattern construction. Even better, use tailor tacks for
marking instead.



Subject: RE: qhl digest: Jan's mouse
From: Teddy Pruett <>

<<I've yet to name the mouse.>>

Starsky N. Munch (Say it real fast a few times - you'll get it eventually
.)Teddy Pruett "Only in a quiet mind is adequate percep
tion of the world." Hans Margolius"So - thats why I never know what's going
on!" Teddy Pruett

Subject: Using acid free tissue paper
From: Judy Knorr <>

When you are making rolls of acid free tissue paper to protect the folds in quilts or linens how big around (diameter) do you need to make them? How solid are they? Do they stay together without something tied around them? Any tips you can give me would be helpful as I have not done this before and need to make them for a quilt I am shipping.
Judy Knorr


Subject: Re: Using acid free tissue paper
From: "Dale Drake" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 13:07:50 -0400
X-Message-Number: 4

Hi, Judy! Here's the method I learned at Nancy Kirk's restoration workshop:

Put the big pile of cut sheets of tissue paper in front of you on the table.
Put your hands on the two corners nearest you and scrunch and loosely
accordian fold with your fingers until you have the entire sheet. Repeat
four more times. You end up with a loosely folded sausage of paper, all
under the control of your hands at either end. Scrunch the ends, then take
one more sheet and wrap it around the entire thing like a sausage,
scrunching the ends of that one down too.

You end up with a six-sheet sausage of paper about 4-5" around, all held
together with the last sheet. It's actually pretty easy and quick to make

They are full of air and I find that they do flatten down with use to about
1". I moosh them a bit when I refold to fluff them up - it doesn't work
well but I'm not about to replace the tissue paper every six months.

I hope this helps ... and I'd like to hear others' experience with the
tissue paper becoming acidic over time. I check a corner of one of my
rolls, and the box, with a pH pen every time I refold and haven't seen any
change yet. They're probably 4-5 years old now.

Dale in Indiana


Subject: Decisions, decisions
From: Teddy Pruett <>

Ohhhhhhhhmigosh - preparing to move is such an emotionally laden experience
- and the physical portion of moving is not exactly a piece of Mississippi
Mud Cake either. We are selling our home and land in an effort to
downsize - nest is finally empty after a mere 36 years!!
We are selling a 4 bed 2 1/2 bath home and have made an offer (as yet unacc
epted) on a 4 bed 3 bath home. I know I know - it doesn't sound like a
downsize but we will be losing 1200 sq. ft in the home as well as the
600 sq. ft in the cottage studio.

To make this quilt history related my dilemma is this - what to get rid
of????? I am speaking specifically of my own personal ephemera. I need y
all to write me and tell me bluntly but gently that I will never be an icon
of the quilting world and that NONE of my paperwork is significant!! W
hen I began my foray into the world of quilt history and study of appraisin
g I saved every bit of paper related to that study. Postcards from the
hotel I stayed in at a Jinny Beyer seminar in the late 80's every AQS sh
ow book from 1992 on and if I was profiled ina newspaper my sweethear
t bought at least 20 copies. When I was still doing lectures for free (!!)
and perfecting my craft I kept every thank you note anyone sent. Each
year's "scrapbook" items are gathered into huge bags. Tell me that it is t
ime to place them all in another bag - a large GARBAGE bag - and toss it al

If you were in the process of downsizing this type of thing what questio
n would you use to determine whether to toss or save? I don't have anythin
g worth sending to the AQSG auction - I donated most of the more interestin
g things long ago. Just sorta wondering here - would love to know how yall
would handle this. Note: I am not a packrat by nature. Getting junk out
of my life makes me happier than a girl pig having her toenails polished! T
eddy Pruett "Only in a quiet mind is adequate perceptio
n of the world." Hans Margolius"So - thats why I never know what's going on
!" Teddy Pruett

Subject: Re: Using acid free tissue paper
From: "Margaret Geiss-Mooney" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 11:58:28 -0700
X-Message-Number: 7

Good morning, QHLers - Speaking from the experience of having to remove wet
tissue paper from textiles/quilts because of water-involved disasters, I
would suggest that you don't use tissue paper at all for padding or
wrapping. Use fabric (sheets, pillowcases, yardage) instead. To bulk the
fabric up, I form a center core of aluminum foil first by scrunching up a
piece to the necessary diameter (at least 1") and length and then roll the
fabric around this core. I get the foil from Costco so it's really
affordable. The foil core resists flattening and is completely water
proof/bug proof. The fabric can be rinsed periodically to rinse away any
contaminates and then wrapped around the foil again for reuse.

I'll be teaching a workshop on textile care in Chico on Oct. 17, btw. I'ld
be happy to send a registration form to anyone who is interested via email.
._ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ______
Margaret (Meg) Geiss-Mooney
Textile/Costume Conservator in Private Practice
Professional Associate, AIC

...You end up with a six-sheet sausage of paper about 4-5" around, all held
together with the last sheet. It's actually pretty easy and quick to make
these. They are full of air and I find that they do flatten down with use to
1". I moosh them a bit when I refold to fluff them up - it doesn't work
well but I'm not about to replace the tissue paper every six months....

...When you are making rolls of acid free tissue paper to protect the folds
quilts or linens how big around (diameter) do you need to make them? How
solid are they? Do they stay together without something tied around them?
Any tips you can give me would be helpful as I have not done this before and

need to make them for a quilt I am shipping. ...


Subject: RE: Decisions, decisions
From: "Kim Baird" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 14:03:10 -0500
X-Message-Number: 8


You might be surprised what kind of papers historians want to keep.

I think you should contact the special collections archivist at the
University of Nebraska, Lincoln:

Mary Ellen Ducey



Subject: Re: Decisions, decisions
From: Barbara Burnham <>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 12:55:19 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 9

Oh, that's easy! I can do it in one word - eBay!
You will probably make someone VERY happy.
Barbara Burnham


Subject: Re: Decisions, decisions
From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 15:03:22 -0500
X-Message-Number: 10

No Teddy! It's much too late!! You ARE an icon already and may not throw
anything away. Marcia


Subject: RE: Decisions, decisions
From: "Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 17:11:02 -0400
X-Message-Number: 11


Having moved from 2500 square feet to 1300 square feet a few years ago I
understand your pain and, therefore, may I suggest the following:

1. Scan everything into organized computer files and store it all on one
tiny CD or DVD; OR

2. Take some of the key pieces of ephemera and do a 'self portrait' piece
that describes your journey, thus far, to quilter iconism. Once complete
you will feel better about letting the other stuff go OR following
suggestion #1.

Best of luck in your endeavor!

Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle

Subject: Re: Decisions, decisions
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 17:06:20 -0500
X-Message-Number: 13

As a mother of four who had to downsize from a 5 bedroom 3 bath to a 3
bedroom 1 bath home after being widowed and re-marrying. . . I feel your
pain, Teddy.

As to ephemera, my mother made me a scrapbook for every single YEAR I was in
high school and college. That's EIGHT scrapbooks. Those eight scrapbooks are
now a 3 inch high stack of paper filed away for my children after I am gone.
. . and honestly they probably won't even care about what I DID save. I
narrowed it down by saving the photos of me "back in the day" and my own
original writings (I'm a novelist so who knows, maybe the kids will find it
entertaining to read how Mom wrote when she was 15). At any rate, it felt
WONDERFUl to toss the rest. Seriously, truly, wonderful, and I have never
regretted it.

I'd say think about your descendents and if any of them would be interested
(you have to go on what you know NOW).

I'd also say don't forget your local historical society with some of the
ephemera you don't think has value to anyone else. AQS show books, for
example, might be of interest to the county historical society that serves
Paducah. Just a thought.

In the end, if it's a burden to you to even think about it, then let it go
and move on. Life is too short and I don't know your age, but I'm too old to
let my stuff own me any longer.

My 2 cents. . . . which probably isn't worth 2 cents.
Stephanie Higgins


Subject: Re: Decisions, decisions
From: Kay Sorensen <>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 16:55:20 -0700
X-Message-Number: 14

I have to say I find this discussion interesting.
I am "of a certain age" and finding it hard to keep up 2 homes alone.
So I too am getting rid of "things" etc.
One of the hardest things for me is to find the time to do it and still do
my work (quilting and an occasional lecture or class).
I appreciate everyone's thoughts on this subject and hope there will be mor
Kay Sorensen

Subject: Moving on out
From: "Judy Grow" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 20:27:20 -0400
X-Message-Number: 15


We did the same thing 3 years ago. Our motivation was lots of acres, kids
out of the house, huge maintenance costs on a 150 year old house and 3 other
old, old buildings and of course, high NJ taxes.
Some people talk about bringing in a dumpster and filling it twice. But,
we moved everything and I have a lifetime investment in Rubbermaid tubs that
are filled to overflowing and fill the basement. We only got rid of one
piece of furniture. In 3 years I haven't gone to the tubs but a couple of
times. If I last long enough the fabrics I have amassed and are oh so
safely stored will be antiques to be offered on E-bay -- or given to the
guild for charity quilts -- so many, many charity quilts.

I miss the old homestead, but when invited to dinner by the new owners I
turned them down. I told them I'd meet them at any restaurant for dinner,
but I wouldn't go back and have my last memories of the home we loved and
where we raised our boys be their furniture and paint. My husband thought
me foolish, but I think women will agree with me.

Judy Grow


Subject: Re: Decisions, decisions
From: "Christine Thresh" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 17:26:35 -0700
X-Message-Number: 16


Is there some way you could squish all the stuff down into a compact
container? That's what I would do.

We just sorted everything during my project of re-doing my
office/studio/sewing area. I gave away a batch of fifty quilt books on Free
Cycle. We donated our old weekly news papers (we were the publishers for six
years) to a local museum.

However, yesterday I was trying to find a book I "knew" I had. It had folk
costume patterns. I remembered I had given it away. So I've had to go on a
pattern search and it has taken hours and hours online. I wanted a tabard

We can visit our newspapers at the museum and look up old references. I
think that's cool.

Christine Thresh
on an island in the California Delta <-- my blog
and <-- website


Subject: Decisions, decisions on too much stuff
From: Arden Shelton <>

I have a daughter who says she will "kill me" if I die and leave all my stu
ff behind for her to sort through! (She forgets about the stuff she's go
t boxed up in my basement). Ifeel that I need to pare down just because
I waste so much time looking for something I know I have,but can't fi
nd because it'spackedin a box somewhere.I think that if you can
't see it, it's useless. Owning a lot of stash in fabric and books one i
sn't using is very wearing to the soul. I work full time and don't do mu
ch quilting at home because I don't don't have a space set up and hypervent
ilate every time I look at all my fabricshelved up in boxes and bins.
0AA realsuggestion: after winnowing through 3 parents' houses in th
e last 3 years, I learned to take photos of stuff, while making a detailed
list, and then donating it to charity. The photos help remind me of w
hat the stuffwas later,when I'm itemizing things for taxes. By bei
ng so picky with lists and photos, I've written off thousands of $$ the pas
t 3 or 4 years! Turbo tax has a program called "it's deductible" in it,
and has an online site, so you can enter donations all year long, and then
import them, or print them out for your tax-person.0AGood luck to all o
f us.....arden0A0A(Ms) Arden Shelton 0APortland, OR

Subject: Re: Decisions, decisions
From: Bonnie Dwyer <>

I agree with Kim about what quilt historians might find interesting.
So, I and am sending the list what I sent privately to Teddy:

Knowing what I know from my previous life in the fields of library
science and (only a bit of) archival training, your files would
definitely interest future quilt historians/appraisers/and general
fabric fanatics. Rule of thumb: if the item in question is of your
own creation (writings, notes, etc) KEEP it! If it is not your own
and was published and circulated by the thousands -- AQS Show books,
for example -- do NOT keep.
To be morbid about it: after you are gone, what among your "stuff"
would tell your story. Yes, even your notes and memorabilia from
workshops could be useful to someone who wants to research "what made
Teddy tick."

Bonnie Dwyer
AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser
The Quilt Whisperer


Subject: RE: qhl digest: September 09, 2008
From: Connie Chunn <>

Having been involved in sorting through Cuesta's "stuff" I have to say I ag
ree with Bonnie's "Rule of Thumb: if the item in question is of your own cr
eation (writings notes etc) KEEP it! If it is not your own and was p
ublished and circulated by the thousands -- AQS Show books for example -
- do NOT keep." I learned what Cuesta was thinking when she was researching
a topic because she often wrote her thoughts in the margins. I know who sh
e contacted with questions based on letters and her source notes. The pictu
res of antique quilts are priceless especially because she took the time
to document ownership on them. She dated everything too.


Subject: Decisions for downsizing
From: "Nancy Roberts" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 09:28:02 -0400
X-Message-Number: 4

Teddy, one idea that could take a little of the urgency of quick decision
making out of your task is something I did recently. I rented the smallest
storage unit at a storage place fairly close to my home, and prepaid for one
year which saved about 10%. The cost came out to be around $20-something per
month. I've taken things there that I'm "pondering". If they are not missed
or retrieved by the end of the year, they'll be donated and I'll terminate
the lease. So I bought a little time to consider before making a final
decision on the usefulness of these items.

I'm enjoying the freed up space at home, and appreciated not having to make
snap decisions about keeping or donating things. Meanwhile I'm also using
the unit for seasonal storage. Not having basements or usable attic space in
Florida homes creates storage challenges.

So if you sort your items, label and place them in tightly sealed totes
(with those silverfish packets or other bug-proof measures), you might store
them and make decisions about them in a more leisurely way. The move itself
requires so much thinking and sorting of general household "stuff", that
buying a bit more time to make prudent decisions about your personal papers
might be worth the rent of a small unit. And it would be a deductible
business expense I think?

Once you are settled in the new place, you can then review your items and
possibly find homes for those you don't wish to keep. The units are
high-ceilinged and will hold a lot of totes stacked up, and other stuff,
too. One of my little-used quilt frames is "vacationing" in mine, plus a
bookshelf that is serviceable to hold some things as well.

Good luck with the move, and best regards. Nancy Roberts


Subject: fab quilt at Sotheby's
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 16:32:18 -0400
X-Message-Number: 8

Take a gander at this beauty:

Candace Perry


Subject: Re: Moving on out
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 22:12:20 -0500
X-Message-Number: 10

Regarding not going back. . . . I was the same way after moving out of my
"dream house" to an acreage. The move was made so I could stay home full
time to raise the 4 children and I never regretted it. Our years living in
the country were some of the best of our lives and incredibly wonderful
memories were made there. But it was three years after that move before I
could even drive down the street where the old house was in town. It was
really hard emotionally even though I KNEW intellectually that we had made
the right choice for our family.
STephanie Higgins


Subject: southern quilt?

I looked at the beautiful quilt that is up for auction at Sotheby's. It is an 1876 quilt with triple sashing and checkerboard corners for the sashing. The triple sashing and those checkerboard corners as often called a "southern thing". Wonder where this quilt was made? And do y'all agree with that?
Just wondering......Lynn