Subject: history of prairie points
From: "Julie Silber" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 09:42:30 -0700
X-Message-Number: 1

Hello QHL Friends,

I have received the following question via e-mail, and I do not
know the answer. I'm hoping someone else can help:

Do you know when and where prairie points originated? I've
learned Darlene Zimmerman's "strip" method of making prairie
points and just thought it would be interesting to know more
about their history.

Anybody know?

Julie Silber

The Quilt Complex
POB 729
Albion, CA 95410


Subject: Re: history of prairie points

I believe they started as a trim on undergarments in the mid 1800's. I have an 1870 quilt with "prairie points". they reached their highest popularity around 1930's. But were not called parie points until later 1960's. See Barbara Brachman's 'Clues in the Calico".
Polly Mello


Subject: Re: history of prairie points & QHL day in Hartford
From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 17:22:10 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

Dear All,

I am pleased to invite anyone interested in seeing the current quilt
exhibition, "Who Was Anna Tuels? Quilt Stories, 1750-1900" at the Wadsworth
Atheneum to come on Thursday, November 6th, for a special tour of the
exhibition and some more quilts in storage that we just didn't have room to
display. It is a small but beautiful exhibition with some important quilts,
including the Anna Tuels quilt, believed to be the earliest dated pieced
American quilt (1785), and the Sarah Ewalt Spencer quilt, currently the
earliest known American hexagon-pieced quilt (1794). We will meet at the
Wadsworth Atheneum at 10:00 a.m. The museum has extended a special
admission rate of $7.00 for participants that day. After viewing the quilts
in the exhibition and in storage, we will enjoy lunch at the Wadsworth
Atheneum's cafe (which has delicious food!). And, of course, the rest of
the museum is open, too--with one of the best collections of Hudson River
School paintings in the world and other important artworks.

Unfortunately, space in storage makes it necessary for me to limit
participants in the storage tour to 12, and 5 spaces are currently taken.
As many people as want to come for the gallery tour and lunch are welcome,
of course!

Please let me know if you would like to come, and the names of everyone in
your party--whether you want to join in the storage tour or just the gallery

And, regarding prairie points--I have seen prairie points on children's
garments from the beginning of the 19th century. It was a popular
decorative element in the Neoclassical period. During the Romantic Era,
from about 1825 to 1850, wide collars with pointed edgings (some of which
were made with "prairie points") were popular and were called "vandykes"
because of their resemblance to 17th-century collars seen in the paintings
of Sir Anthony van Dyck.

All best,


Subject: Re: history of prairie points & QHL day in Hartford
From: "Lisa Evans" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 18:02:43 -0400
X-Message-Number: 4

I so wish I could go...alas, I have to work that day :(. Is there an
exhibition catalogue, Lynne?

Lisa Evans


Subject: Unusual Topics of Quilt and Textile History
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 10:59:33 -0400
X-Message-Number: 5


While out antiqueing, I found a most unusual quilt that features
nineteenth century, "Mikado," cheater print cloth made at New Hampshire's
Cocheco Mills. I love it when I find a textile that compels me to research
to find as much as I can about it. The colors are rich, and it was fun to
collect the corresponding Victorian Trade Cards that show each of the main
characters of the play. Of course, I also had to collect several versions
of the play on DVD. The sales person had no idea what the quilt

The only other so-called, "Mikado" quilt is a Redwork one that can be seen
online at the Michigan State University site. If I remember correctly, and
I have not looked lately, there is only one block that is related. Forgive
me if my memory fails me. The quilt is from the Deborah Harding
collection. The American Textile History Museum has a small swatch of the
Mikado fabric, same as in my quilt.

Since March, I have been researching another topic, as some of you may
know. After putting in 12-14 hour days, except for three days, in all that
time, I sent the work off to the Library of Congress a few days ago. The
project involved many e-mails, phone calls, trips to the library to pick
up research materials, field trips and meetings. Good thing it is an
e-book, and not a print book, as it has 355 pages, and 340 photos. I am a
lucky girl to have had the opportunity to collect data and photos from ALL
of the quilt charts.

The e-book is about the life of Ellen Emeline Webster and what she called
"quilt charts," and is a very rich document. I particularly like the
photos of her family, but there is really something of interest to
everyone. Members of my family (men) were absolutely riveted to read
through the (one) print version that I made for easier proofing.

All of the proceeds will go to the New Hampshire Historical Society. We
are not involved with that part of the project. Jim and I are pleased to
share our writing, photography and research talents with our home town

We are equally grateful to the individuals, including some folks on this
list, family members, and museums who provided photos and information. The
work is truly a celebration of New Hampshire, quilt history, and the
nineteenth and early twentieth century. Right now, I am exhausted but
pleased to be "done." I am also looking forward to the time when the work
can find a broader audience, as I believe it is a fascinating look into
the past, and I have uncovered significant new information about quilt
history and facts previously unseen.

If anyone is in NH on Thursday, I will be giving a free talk about
"Sweetheart Pillows as Military Collectibles From World War I and World
War II," at the Madison Public Library at 7 p.m.


Patricia Cummings

Subject: Re: history of prairie points & QHL day in Hartford
From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 20:40:48 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6

No, there's no catalogue, but you can get a copy of the exhibition labels
through the Wadsworth Atheneum's gift shop.

I'm sorry you can't join us, Lisa!

All best,

>I so wish I could go...alas, I have to work that day :(. Is there an
>exhibition catalogue, Lynne?
> Lisa Evans



Subject: Mikado Cheater Cloth
From: "Julie Silber" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 21:23:38 -0700
X-Message-Number: 1



While out antiqueing, I found a most unusual quilt that features
nineteenth century, "Mikado," cheater print cloth made at New
Hampshire's Cocheco Mills.



Julie Silber


Subject: Re: Unusual Topics of Quilt and Textile History
From: Mitzioakes <>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 09:24:51 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

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Morni - nice way to wake up on a Monday - seeing you online again - I miss all your knowledge of so many things - your recent work is intriguing to me......I have to tell you, I have become a 'redwork' nut - I will be doing some demos of it at the Green Mtn. Quilt Guild meeting in October (that is the state guild of guilds) you did teach someone something to specialize in....
Off to spend time with our daughter and son-in-law from New Orleans - thank God they didn't get hit again with these damn hurricanes..... Hope all is well with you and yours.


Subject: History of women's groups
From: "Newbie Richardson" <>
Dear list,

Below please find a request by a colleague from the Association of Living
History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums list serve. ALFHAM is a great group
with many small museums and their staff as members. If any of you can be of
help, plese email her privately at:

"I am interested in conducting some research into the history of social
groups created by women. Can someone help me get started since I am not sure
if I am using the correct terms. I am trying to link these groups to modern
day Mom's Clubs. "


Newbie Richardson


Subject: Aftermath of Ike in the midwest

Hi y'all;

Is everyone in OH and northern KY ok?? My yard in SW OH is a disaster after the unprecedented high winds from 'Ike' yesterday.? Trees are down everywhere on homes and cars, including one in the front of my house.? Fortunately, I only lost a shingle on the roof of the house but my power will be out all week.? Sadly, people have been killed.?

At my mom's right now cause she has power and COFFEE and working toilets!? I hope all in Columbus hasn't been affected by this.



Subject: Right from the mouth of Karey B
From: "Pepper Cory" <>

Hello all-Despite the pictures of devastation in Houston, don't have any
doubts about whether Quilt Market or Festival is gonna happen. Got an email
from the quilt mistress herself-here's what Karey B says:
*We're Texans, and we're tough, and we'll pick ourselves up and clean this
up and pick up our lives again. The shows WILL go on. Sheltering Katrina's
evacuees didn't stop us, and neither will Ike.
*Hope that made your day. Feel free to pass on the good news to anyone else.

Pepper Cory


Subject: Ike and the Mikado From: Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 08:21:47 +0000 (UTC) X-Message-Number: 1

I live in Lansing, Michigan. I spent about 2 hours in the football stadium on Saturday getting drenched and came home to a leaking bathroom roof. We got over 6 inches of rain from Ike. Yesterday my bathroom ceiling fell in! It looks like a whole new roof is in order. Well, there goes that brand new Bernina! But, I count my blessings, it's nothing compared to the recovery needed in Texas.

Here at the Great Lakes Quilt Center we have a quilt with a Mikado back. Our other Mikado quilt has already been mentioned and is from the Deborah Harding Redwork collection. These quilts can be found in the Quilt Index. Just google Quilt Index, go to the Index and type Mikado in the search box. They both pop up.

Beth Donaldson Collections Assistant Great Lakes Quilt Center


Subject: Re: Aftermath of Ike in the midwest From: Judy Schwender <> Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 07:20:39 -0700

Hello all, The Paducah area had lots of wind damage, lots of trees down, lots of tree parts down. Personally, I have had no electricity since 8:45 AM on Sunday, and it looks like another 36 hours. I do have a gas hot water heater. So hot showers are still in the mix. I worry about folks who will suffer today because of no air conditioning. It was cool here Sunday and Monday, but it looks to be hot today. There is a group of men "recreating" a flatboat trip Abraham Lincoln took down the Ohio when he was 19. It's called the Journey of Remembrance. You can read more at On Sunday, when they were near Golconda, IL, they encountered 4-5 ft waves on the river. At one point they were standing in knee-deep water on the deck, and it looked like the boat might break up. But it didn't, and they docked yesterday in Paducah. I used quotes around the term "recreating" because today's boat is powered by two powerboat engines. Nonetheless, I'd have hopped on for the duration if I could have. Judy Schwender


Subject: Aftermath of Ike in the midwest From: Joan Kiplinger Ike hit the Cleveland area with 78 mph winds, many trees down. Some communities are still without power; I only had to endure 14 hours . This is hardly any great suffering compared to those in the gulf area. My sympathies to everyone for their losses.

On another note, is there a place to view a Mikado quilt. My apologies if a link were posted; so much email backed up during power outage that I might have deleted that post.


Subject: Fw: Ike and the Mikado From: "Patricia L. Cummings" <> Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 07:10:29 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 4

----- Forwarded Message ---- From: Patricia L. Cummings <> To: Quilt History List <> Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 10:00:24 AM Subject: Re: [qhl] Ike and the Mikado

The Mikado Quilt is not at all similar to the one in my collection (the one with Cocheco Printworks fabric.

Isn't it interesting, though, how widespread this theme became, and that the Mikado is still being recorded, sold, and performed today? I hope that I've captured its essence and meaning in my written words that have been published. The ephemera is certainly an important (later) part of the story.

When the person who sold me the quilt asked if I was going to go home and put it on my bed, I must have looked at her as if she had two heads, and I just blurted out, "Oh, no!"

Patricia Cummings


Subject: RE: Mikado cloth & Decisions From: Teddy Pruett

There was quite a following for anything to do with Gilbert & Sullivan in t he late 19th century. I have a doll quilt made of cheater fabric from H.M. S. Pinafore.   Thank you all for the insightful opinions about disposal of my tons of junk 3B many good suggestions were made to the list2C and more were sent priva tely. The first thing I must say is that I think yall have a higher opinio n of my things than do I. I don't exactly have the Magna Carta stored here ! Most of my vintage papers2C patterns2C catalogs2C etc. have long ago  been donated to the AQSG auctions. Because I have worked with quilt histor y and ephemera for so long2C I think I know what might be important in lat er years. I also think - I don't own that stuff.   One thing that might be fun to leave intact after my own demise is my journ als. Yes2C I journal!! I'm on number 17. I originally tried to keep my  journaling quilt related2C and not so personal but across the years they h ave morphed into diaries - but everything "quilty" is still logged in. Now 2C THESE things would have to be sealed until my ashes have been thrown ac ross Pike's Peak!! Hoo-wah - could they ever get me in trouble. I daresay many of yall have been mentioned in these journals. Now - doncha wonder i f it is YOU???? ANd if the comments were favorable??? Tis my secret. Te ddy Pruett "Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world." Hans Margolius"So - thats why I never know what's going on! "    


Subject: Mikado From: linda laird <> Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 09:49:43 -0500 X-Message-Number: 7

The Mikado that I watch at least once a year is from Netflix and is truly spectacular. "Gilbert and Sullivan's classic comic opera about Ko Ko (Eric Donkin), a Japanese tailor-turned-Lord High Executioner, comes to the screen in this delightful production staged by Ontario's renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival." It's better than cheater cloth although I'm looking forward to seeing Julie's.

Linda Laird


Subject: RE: Mikado From: "Candace Perry" <> Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 11:24:17 -0400 X-Message-Number: 8

And if you've never seen Topsy Turvy, a movie about Gilbert and Sullivan themselves, do acquire it! I had the good fortune to appear in the chorus of a little G & S operetta in college, "Trial by Jury." Such fun. Candace Perry


Subject: Re: Mikado From: "Patricia L. Cummings" <> Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 08:23:21 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 9

Oh, Linda, that sounds great! I bought a copy of Sadler's Wells Opera, and also Eric Idle's "The Mikado."

So, let's see, here's the rundown.

The ATHM has a small piece of cheater cloth. I have a cheater cloth quilt, published in a current magazine, plus all of the Victorian Trade Cards for the seven main characters. The Quilt Index shows two Mikado quilts, one Redwork. Julie S. has a piece of cheater cloth. I've been reminded of the back side of a quilt that appears in Amelia Peck's book, American Quilts and Coverlets.

As popular as the opera was, there are bound to be more cloth examples, somewhere.

Patricia Cummings


Subject: Mikado From: Joan Kiplinger <> Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 12:53:21 -0400 X-Message-Number: 10


Great movie. It is remarkable that two gentleman who barely talked to each other over the years were able to collaborate on such magnificent musical productions.


Subject: Caught in ike From: "Pepper Cory" <> Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 13:05:54 -0400 X-Message-Number: 11


My sister-in-law, Valerie Magyar, finally checked in this morning and we were relieved to learn she was all right since our phone calls to her didn't go through. She's a special ed/languages teacher in the Pasadena school district, which is probably one of the poorer areas of Houston. Val's got a couple of masters degrees and absolutely loves her work, her students, and her neighborhood. It wasn't mandatory evacuation for her so she stayed. Saturday morning, as she huddled in her kitchen, the roof blew off her bedroom and then her living room right over her head! She said, in her usual positive manner , "I had the plywood, nails, and hammer ready for when the windows went but when it was the roof, I thought, 'Uh oh, no new roof-' and kept my head down-lucky for me it was just the roof." I would have been found curled in the fetal position but all Val wanted to tell me was how wonderful and kind her neighbors were, coming to help her in the rain, and taking her possessions to another vacant apartment.She reported that people were working together and everybody on the block has been having communal cook-outs and her students have come by and helped her etc. She is incredibly positive. Through this experience, my husband and I have found about Money Grams at WalMart and realized we could get moolah to Val much quicker than we thought. Trust the big W to figure out the shortest distance between A and B-they've had tons of experience since Katrina. You just go in with cash or a debit card, turn it over to Money Gram in your recipient's name within minutes, they can pick up the cash at any WalMart once they've provided ID. Since Val can use the money for gas to groceries, this has been the best form of help. Just another storm story but one that hits home for me. Pepper

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

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


Subject: Aftermath of Ike in central Ohio! From: Amy Korn <> Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 13:21:18 -0400 X-Message-Number: 12

All - yes2C central Ohio has been hard hit by the aftermath of Ike. But I  do believe listening to reports from Houston and other regions that we have little to complain about. They are now saying that we had a level 1 hurric ane with the highest mile per hour winds EVER! They were 70 mph and more. B ut for those of you preparing to come to the AQSG seminar in 2 weeks - not  to worry! Many people are still without power2C schools are closed and the re has been tremendous damage to roofs with many trees and large branches d own2C but the roadways are clear and I'm sure that all will be back to nor mal by October 1. Fall is in the air with cooler nights and sunny days - an d the city of Columbus will welcome you with open arms! Amy Korn Columbus2C OH


Subject: Re: History of women's groups From: Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 18:34:32 EDT X-Message-Number: 13

Have you checked with the Federated Womens Clubs .Some of them made quilts for communties and other needy causes .We have records going back to the late 1800 s.It was like group therapy for isolated pioneer women,sort like it can be today. Amy in Miami where we hold our breath every time a new storm develops


Subject: Mikado
From: "Jennifer Perkins" <>

One of my favorite movies of all times features part of a production of the
Mikado-"Foul Play" with Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. Still holds up well
since the early 70s and makes me laugh every time. Then there is the
soundtrack with Barry Manilow! Rent it!

Jennifer Perkins

Harlan, Iowa



Subject: Mikado
From: Joan Kiplinger <>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 06:50:47 -0400
Ditto Jennifer. A lesson in music appreciation and conducting as not
seen before LOL.

Jennifer Perkins wrote:

One of my favorite movies of all times features part of a production of the
Mikado-"Foul Play" with Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. Still holds up well
since the early 70s and makes me laugh every time. Then there is the
soundtrack with Barry Manilow! Rent it!


Subject: e-book
From: "Tamara Quinn" <>
Hello everyone! The e-book about E.E. Webster sounds fascinating. I'm
looking forward to reading it, BUT how do I do that?
Tamara, from upstate NY.


Subject: Re: e-book
From: "Patricia L. Cummings" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 05:25:19 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 4

Everything that the New Hampshire Historical Society will need, to produce the 355 page/ 340 photos - book "Ellen Emeline (Hardy) Webster, (1867-1950): Her Amazing Quilt "Charts," Her Writings, and Her Life," was given to the Director of Publications yesterday. The museum will need a little bit of lead time to make copies of the CD and package them, and will work very hard, knowing that there will be a large demand for this product.

When copies are ready, they will be available to purchase, directly from the New Hampshire Historical Society Museum Store, 6 Eagle Square, Concord, NH 03301. For additional ordering information, I'd suggest waiting a few weeks and then contacting: In the meantime, for the price, etc. you may contact me. All proceeds, that is 100% of the revenue for this project, will stay with the museum. My reward was in the joy of research!

They hope to be actively selling the CD by "late fall, and certainly in time for Christmas." What a Christmas present this would make! One of the photos captures the entire Hardy family on Christmas Day, 1892. So much information and beautiful photos are included! The book is very comprehensive, but not random, as everything is related directly or indirectly, to Mrs. Ellen Webster!

As soon as more information is available, I will post it to my website, too. In the meantime, if you are going to the AQSG conference, there will be a two-sided, descriptive, full page brochure there, to pick up. I am so happy to have suggested that we photograph and transcribe notations on the charts. That work led to a magazine article, and then, to a book. I am happy with all the newly discovered information that can now be presented to interested parties. Thanks for the inquiry, Tamara.

Patricia Cummings


Subject: Re: e-book
From: Mitzioakes <>

Hey Pat - any chance of you sending some publicity/handouts about your book to me for our show coming up in November? I am doing special displays again and would love to give you some space.....
We are having the Ground Zero Quilt on display this year along with the 'God Bless America' display. Should be great to share everything.


Subject: Appraisal values
From: Laura Fisher <>

HELP!! I have a question for all you appraisers out there and anyone else w
ho wants to weigh in. I have been asked to appraise an exuberant unusual ce
ntral medallion format 19th century applique quilt for possible donation to
a museum. Every space in the design is filled with flowers and leaves. The
compositionA0looksA0yummy from a distance. However, on close examination
-- not with a loup or microscope, just by eye -- I think I detect quite al
ot of fabric replacement in the critical central area of the design. Severa
lA0fabrics areA0in question--though theyA0are of age-appropriateA0color
, and in some casesA0may actually be freshA0inserts of period fabrics whe
re pieces may have disintegrated, oneA0print in particular is unfamiliar t
o me and is the largest piece in the wholeA0composition. It just doesn't l
ook right for the age, and calls into question other fresh-looking though p
eriod fabrics throughout, Similar era fabrics in some parts of the quilt
appear to be weathered, or slightly worn.Can one linen print be sooo worn,
when others look fresh and bright? I don't know the range of newA0repro f
abrics around, and wonder if some are new versions ofA0the period prints t
hat would have been in there originally.A0I can email a photo of the one f
abric I really question (or post it on eboard, but don't count on me succee
ding in doing this!)
More importantly, how to value it? The design is fabulous, unusual, exubera
nt, full of detail, If in original condition, untouched, descended in the f
amily of the original owner, etc. etc., and if I saw it on the wall at the
Winter Antiques Show, for example, I have a gutA0feeling as to how it migh
t be priced. But,A0given fabric replacement/restoration in the critical pr
incipal design element, how much does this reduce the value -- 50%, 75%? Gu
idance would be most appreciated. And as to assigning a replacement value,
I have never seen an applique exactlyA0comparable, though I have see many
many superb similar quilts of the era.
Thanks for your help.
Laura Fisher


Subject: Quilts in NYC
From: Laura Fisher <>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 09:11:05 -0700 (PDT)

If anyone visits NYC, try to stop into the new Ralph Lauren showroom in the
D & D Building to see how to really style your home. More to see than on t
he home design floor in the 72nd Street building I think. The D & D entranc
e isA0on 59th Street between Second and Third Avenues on the South Side. Y
ou can visit there, but if you want to purchase, it has to be done through
a designer.A0 RalphA0 Lauren uses so many fabrics that are copied from an
tique textiles we love --A0wools, cotton, silks in classic tickings stripe
s, plaids, knits, even embroideries. And, in their Hudson Valley room set-u
p, I have a mini-boutique of seasonal quilts in rich colors for sale. It's
so nice to see these graphic quilts on displayA0in luxurious surroundings,
rather than just stacked on my warehouse shelves!A0And thankfullu, from l
ateA0October on, there will be quilts again at the American Folk Art Museu
m, these in theA0A0"recycled" exhibitionA0on loan from IQSC.
Laura Fisher


From: Laura Fisher <>

Friend and colleague Carol Telfer from Canada is selling her personal texti
le collection this SaturdayA0September 20 atA0Jim Anderson Auctions in Ca
nada. 905/667-4112;
The collection includes early quilts, coverlets, linen textiles, samplers,
homespun,A0toys, folk art, furniture, etc. Carol has put her collection up
for sale to raise money to care for herA0daughter, who sadly just last we
ek passed away fromA0cancer. It is too, too, too sad. Carol is a lovely ki
nd person long known to people who shop Brimfield and Nashville.
Auction is at Simcoe Curling Club, Norfolk County Fairgrounds, 172 South Dr
ive, Simcoe, Ontario. It says on the postcardA0mailer "to view our interac
tive catalogue, register for on line bidding, etc. go to www.caroltelferant" Plenty there for those fond of early textiles.
Laura Fisher


Subject: Re: any textiles or quilts to see in Tucson

I will be in Tucson next week and was wondering if there were any special
textile or quilt exhibits to see.

Helene Kusnitz


Subject: Re: special tour of quilt exhibition at Wadsworth Atheneum
From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 10:58:21 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Dear All,

I just wanted to let you know that the special QHL Day tour of the quilt
exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT, on Nov. 6th is full.
I deeply appreciate your interest in this exhibition, and I'm sorry our
space is limited for the day!

All best,


Subject: Hundreds of Quilts Added to the Online Quilt Index
From: Connie Chunn <>

Hi Everyone2C
I just enjoyed a couple of hours of viewing the quilts on the Quilt Index.
It's great to be able to search through so many beautiful quilts. What do I
do when I have some pattern information on quilts that have been uploaded
to the Quilt Index? For example2C I went hunting for Ladies Art Co. quilt
s in the Index and I found a few things I would like to mention. I would s
end documentation with my email or snail mail. Connie in St. Louis

Subject: Hundreds of Quilts Added to the Online Quilt IndexFrom: MegMaxCao
l.comDate: Fri2C 5 Sep 2008 15:12:46 EDTX-Message-Number: 7Dear QHL list:C
ome see some amazing quilt treasures!Two major new quilt collections were r
ecently posted on the Quilt Index2C the nation's largest online showcase f
or vintage and significant quilts. As many of you know2C the Quilt Index i
s operated by Michigan State University Museum in partnership with the nonp
rofit Alliance for American Quilts and MATRIX - The Center for Humane Arts
2C Letters and Social Sciences at MSU. Lately2C thanks to a major grant f
rom the Institute of Museum and Library Services2C the Index is adding stu
nning quilts at an incredible pace2C now boasting more than 182C000 quilt
s and quilt-related documents2C free to anyone who wants to browse and stu
dy them.
View the collection at Over the summ
er2C the Index added another major collection2C about 52C000 quilts from
a major state documentation project that began in Nebraska in 1987. Some o
f the documented quilts are now owned by the International Quilt Study Cent
er and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This is a spectacular
offering of quilts that includes nearly 200 crazy quilts alone2C some quit
e remarkable and unusual. The link to this collection is http://www.quiltin latest additions come close on the heels of
two other collections added just this spring2C from the Museum of the Ame
rican 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 umbr
ella of the Alliance for American Quilts2C so keep checking the AAQ's webs
ite2C www.centerforthequilt.org2C to stay on top of breaking news.If you
have any questions2C shoot me an e-mail2C on!Meg Cox
2C vice president of the Alliance for American Quilts


Subject: Alliance for American Quilts: revamped website is live!

Dear QHL list:

The nonprofit Alliance for American Quilts has been working for months
to revamp its website, which has been growing like a weed, along with all our
projects. The redesigned site just went live today, and I hope you'll take a
minute to go visit.
In order to align the website address more closely with the
organization's name, the url has been changed to The
previous address,, will also lead to the redesigned
site. As most of you already know, the Alliance has a mission to preserve and
share the stories of quilts and their makers and the website covers both vintage
and current quiltmaking in depth. The redesign makes the AAQ's website less
cluttered -- but no less rich in information.
Now it's simpler to navigate and easier to figure out right away what's
new, both for the Alliance as a whole and within its signature projects.
Right now, the items highlighted on the Alliance homepage include a new
quilt kit that was patterned after a vintage quilt on the Quilt Index, and
produced by Moda fabricis using Barbara Brackman's Civil War Crossing fabric
line. Also highlighted are new postings in AAQ projects, including the addition of
the Nebraska Quilt Project quilts to the Quilt Index, a partnership project
of the Alliance and Michigan State University.
Also brand new on the site is a gallery of 67 quilts entered in the
AAQ's My Quilts/Our History contest in honor of the organization's 15th
anniversary. These diverse quilts each portray something about the personal quilt
history of their makers: Diana Ramsay of Asheville, North Carolina fit 16 blocks
into a 15-inch square quilt and each one represents a quilt she has made. Some
quilts are very traditional while others are edgy, contemporary works, like the q
uilted self-portrait of Luke Haynes, a 20-something architecture student. All
of these quilts will be auctioned on eBay beginning Oct. 30. You'll find lots
more details, as well as artist statements, on the website.
Meg Cox, vice president, The Alliance for American Quilts


Subject: Do We Have to Give Up Mickey Mouse Quilts?
From: "Patricia L. Cummings" <>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 13:43:37 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 3

Just last week, my friends, an Islamic cleric denounced Mickey Mouse and is calling for him to be killed. Why? Well, first of all, he is a rodent and we all know that rodents carry diseases, and well ... multiply like rabbits. They cause Bubonic plague and are the scourge of the earth.

I have a Mickey Mouse crib coverlet, and I know that others own Mickey Mouse quilts, much to the chagrin of the Disney people.

I ask you just how I can kill my Mickey Mouse? That is a hypothetical question, of course.

How can we "kill" a cultural icon, a beloved icon for decades?

Or, is the idea to kill anyone who owns a Mickey Mouse item? It all sounds pretty "Mickey Mouse" to me, but aren't we forgetting something? How about Minnie Mouse? Will she be a poor widow, left behind? This is a serious matter that I'd like you all to consider. I've personally never much cared for Mickey Mouse. Believe it or not, he was "before my time." So, if you think a Mouse, quilt burning is in order, I'll be there.

I'll provide a link about this latest outrage from across the seas, (thank God, Jehovah, Allah, or whomever you grant your allegiance that the cleric IS across the seas).

Mickey Mouse quilts - in, or out? (There is no "right" answer, just your own opinion). It's too big a dilemma for my pea brain to figure out.,7340,L-3597638,00.html


Patricia Cummings


Subject: Divorce quilt
From: Mary Waller <>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 21:36:58 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

I am looking for information on a quilt made by a woman who had recently
gone through a divorce; probably in the 1990s. I seem to remember it
was a sampler of blocks depicting various aspects of the quiltmaker's
divorce. The block that sticks in my mind pictured a cat that had been
run over, and the quiltmaker actually ran over the block with her car to
put tire tracks on it - for the ex-husband's affair with a coworker
named Kitty. I believe the quiltmaker sold the quilt to her therapist
after the divorce.

I working on a paper for a Historiography course on quilts as documents
of resistance and social protest, and would like more info on this one
in particular.

Mary Waller
Vermillion, South Dakota, USA


Subject: Mickey Mouse Quilts
From: "Gloria Nixon" <>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 02:07:14 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

The next thing we know, ole who'z-it will be condemning Bambi for deer
ticks and Thumper for rabbit fever. I vote a big IN for Mickey Mouse

From a wicked grandma who sleeps under a race car comfort and dreams of
participating in the next bikini Olympics,


Subject: Re: Do We Have to Give Up Mickey Mouse Quilts?
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 15:00:51 +0000
X-Message-Number: 3
There was a news item a few months ago where a terrorist group was using a Mickey Mouse like cartoon caracter to teach young children how to be terrorist. Did any one else see that story?
Polly Mello
Elkridge, Maryland


Subject: Re: Divorce quilt
From: Barbara Burnham <>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 08:18:16 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 4

Yes, I remember seeing the quilt. You are thinking of Katharine Brainard of Bethesda, MD. You will enjoy reading about Katharine, as well as other relevant info for your paper here:
in the Quilter's S.O.S. Save Our Stories.
Barbara Burnham
Ellicott City, MD

Subject: Sully Quilt Show

I am still glowing after another perfect quilt day at the Sully Quilt Show and wanted to share this treasure with the QHL list.
Every year on the Sunday after Labor Day, I like to go to a quilt show at the Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C. It is a unique show, all outdoors on the grounds of an old plantation. Antique quilt venders spread their quilts across old fences, hang them from clotheslines stung between massive trees, lay them out on every possible surface. Bright colored tents are set up all over the lawns houseing antique quilts and the latest quilting fabrics and patterns. Food venders are there to provide people with food to eat at picnic tables. It is a great place to meet your friends while you're shopping.
If your an antique quilt vender it's a great place to sell, if your a buyer or just want to see good quilts this is a great place to do it. Even if you are not a collector you can see fabulous quilts just like a museum or quilt exhibition.
Every year there is a different antique quilt display in the historic house that is included in the admission price. There is also live music.
The tents have everything from Baltimore Albums to 1930's appliques to early Pennsylvania Dutch designs to reasonably priced tops. Something for every price range. Quilt appraisals are availble also.
This year my treasures were a fablous Pennsylvania Temporance "T" 1880's in Chedder, Red and Browns and an 1840's top in pristine condition with a fabulous blue ombre print sashing fabric.
I just wanted to share one of the best show expriences in the Mid Atlantic with you. It is as close as we get to the Sisters , Oregon experience here on the East Coast but with vintage and antique quilts.
Put it on your calender for next year and experience the beautiful last days of summer under the oaks at Sully.
Polly Mello


Subject: Re: Do We Have to Give Up Mickey Mouse Quilts?
From: <>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 12:20:11 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6

Good morning,

I've posted pics of some Mickey fabric on the eboard
( under the Fabrics tab. I'm not
planning on burning it any time soon.

Pat Roth
whose been on the road to hell for a long time and am still trying to figure
out if I really heard *rolling stones* and Mennonite in the same sentence

> Mickey Mouse quilts - in, or out? (There is no "right" answer, just your
> own opinion). It's too big a >dilemma for my pea brain to figure out.


Subject: any hankie collectors? I need a particular one
From: "Julie Silber" <>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 10:14:18 -0700
X-Message-Number: 7

Hi All,

I am looking for a particular Victorian Handkerchief.

I need either the hankie itself, or a good photograph of it.

Then image is of a little girl reaching for a bird to get it back
in a cage. The words on the bottom say "COME BIRDIE COME."

I will post a fuzzy image (all I have now) on eBoard in the
"QUILTS" section. Unfortunately the image is sideways and I can
not right it. Hope you can see it.

I would appreciate getting names and contact info of Victorian
hankie collectors, if not the hankie or photo itself.

Many thanks!

Julie Silber


Subject: Re: Divorce quilt
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 15:08:34 -0500
X-Message-Number: 8

I believe the quiltmaker sold the quilt to her therapist
after the divorce.
> I working on a paper for a Historiography course on quilts as documents
> of resistance and social protest, and would like more info on this one
> in particular.

Mary Waller
Vermillion, South Dakota, USA
Teddy Pruett did a remarkable quilt not on the divorce of a husband and
wife, but of a family betrayal that worked the same way. Given your subject,
I think you would be interested in it. In motivation and purpose, I think it
would be similar to the divorce quilt. It really is a wonderful piece,
remarkable in conception as well as in execution. Teddy found all sorts of
apt fabrics in her stash and was guided by the available as well as the

Gaye Ingram


Subject: Bliss in Burlington (long)
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 16:13:12 -0400
X-Message-Number: 9

Judy Grow and the members of the Mid Atlantic Quilt Study Group did it
again. They presented a second fabulous day of antique quilt activities at
the Burlington Co. (NJ) Historical Society. Not content with programs
packed with information and visual stimulation, they gave us goodie bags,
prizes and a delicious lunch. We also had the opportunity to order a disc
with pictures of the quilts. All this to benefit the American Quilt Study
The feature of the day was a tour of quilts of the 19th century through
the collections of Debby Cooney and Polly Mello. On top of the pile was a
very fragile summer spread with Baltimore-style blocks in Masonic motifs.
The occasional Masonic or Odd Fellows symbol is not unexpected on Balt.
Albums, but this one has them in every block.
After that very thought provoking beginning the quilts were arranged in
chronological order. An indigo calamanco from New England, feathers flowing
everywhere around a central motif, with a gold wool back was followed by a
whole cloth made of the Apotheosis of Washington and Franklin toile. Mary
Caul's candlewick spread with a fancy net edge is dated 1812. The 1820s
were represented by an exuberantly stenciled spread filled with pots of
lowers and a border with a classical motif, a Mosaic framed center from
Maine made of many block prints, a beautifully stuffed white work and a
chintz appliqué Tree of Life from Philadelphia with a tape binding and a Low
Country center medallion with a pre-printed chintz motif surrounded by
hexagon flowers.
Dating from the 1830s was a Baltimore chintz appliqué with a central
floral design surrounded by a green piecrust border, a brown chintz swag,
stuffed motifs and a double dogtooth (did she forget anything?). Polly's
English paper pieced top contains an incredible variety of fabrics in
pristine condition with a central focus of bright yellow hexagons surrounded
by stripes; a more organized example of hexagon work from Baltimore had the
traditional flowers surrounded by white paths and a chintz border. Several
T-shaped quilts followed including a chintz 4-Patch with a blue monochrome
pillar print on the back (Polly confessed to a passion for pillar prints
which many of us share) and a Modified 9-Patch with a pillar print in the
alternate blocks. A Lone Star from the Florence Peto collection has chintz
appliqué between the star points, an inner border of pieced diamonds and a
chintz border in a peacock prints. An overall diamond star, a la Rebecca
Scattergood Savery, (how did women make such geometric wonders without our
modern tools?) possibly made in NY, has a backing fabric of strawberry
bouquets on a brown cracked ice ground. Sometimes the simplest quilts take
your breath away like a scrappy 9" Ohio Star with alternate blocks of a
bright blue bird chintz or a red and green Double Irish Chain with a border
chintz of a night blooming cereus!
The 1840s brought the heyday of friendship quilts and the first one we
saw is an example of the amazing moments that thrill us as quilt historians.
Polly's Album block quilt from Lincoln, MA was made for the sister of Mary
Susan Rice, the recipient of the 1847 "missionaries quilt," which is the
subject of Tracey Barron's article in Uncoverings 1998. Many of the names
and inscriptions are the same on both quilts. PA friendship quilts tend to
be much more lively than the New England variety. The 1842-44 Crown of
Thorns from Bucks Co. has lots of the apple/pistachio green that always
makes me hyperventilate along with turkey reds and fussy cut fabrics. The
signatures are inked, stamped and stenciled. The apple green turns up again
in the Touching Stars which also includes red, brown and yellow plus great
quilting. Polly's ultimate 64 point Mariners Compass with the red and gold
sashing take your breath away. How surprising is a simple red and green
President's Wreath with a reverse appliqué double blue (early not the PA
German variety) feather border!
Since we're in the 1840s and we talking quilts with two residents of the
Old Line State we will see Baltimore Album quilts. A variety of blocks made
by Mary Brown, the only solidly identified designer, albeit not a resident
of Baltimore City (she lived, can you believe it, on the Upper Eastern
Shore), include sunflowers, parrots, baskets all in a distinctive style. A
Baltimore City quilt contains unusual blocks, Apple Pie Ridge Star,
Christmas cactus, love lies bleeding, cherry wreath, and a wildly out of
scale border of roses and leaves on a staggering rather than undulating
vine. those Baltimore ladies often had trouble with their borders. A
Designer II example has charming blocks with a totally clunky swag border.
(In the interest of fairness, if there is anyone out there who doesn't know
that I am appliqué impaired, let me state that you don't have to be good at
it to recognize quality.) Another Eastern shore example (Berlin, MD) is a
charmingly folky top.
Moving towards mid-century we saw spectacular 4-block quilts: a Prince's
Feather on which each block has only four plumes, a Prairie Rose with the
appliqué motifs repeated to form sashing and borders, Pots of Flowers with a
tiny diamond inner border. A spectacular Lone Star with stuffed appliqués
between the points and a swag border comes from Salisbury, MD (maybe I can
find one of my own).
There was a Framers Fancy from Virginia, a Lebanon Co. (PA) 9-Patch
variation with striped setting blocks, an 1870s 4-block Prince's Feather
that looks like jester's plumes with a "prairie point" edge (I know that's
an anachronism but I want you to understand me so don't give me any grief)
and a border of appliquéd whales. Yes, whales! That's what they are; they
have eyes and mouths and there must be a great story, but we'll never know.
Well, if you say 1870 you'd better have some Log Cabins. Start with a
grey and purple wool challis example that simply glows followed by a perfect
brown, red and white Barn Raising. A Berks Co. (PA) Rolling Stone, circa
1870, has stamped signatures. Red wool scherrenschnitte motifs on a white
background from PA. look like a Hawaiian quilt. A Lancaster Co. Ocean Waves
is totally scrappy with a red border set off by green double dogtooth. And,
of course, you can't do PA. in the 1870s without a 4-block Eagle; this one,
from central PA., is fairly tame, red and green on white with no cigar or
any other weird object in the beaks. If you want to see them with all the
bells and whistles, on double blue, pink or orange backgrounds, look in
Berks Co.
For the 1880s there were Crazies, Redwork and best of all Garfield's
Monument. Polly's is blue and white. this is a rare pattern because, as
Polly said, "Not too many people want to sleep under a dead president."
Winding down the century was a Joseph's Coat, a favorite of the Mennonite
and Brethren quilters and an Amish Double Irish Chain in maroon and black
wool from Somerset Co. in western PA. The Sun, Moon and Stars quilt from
Bosque Co., TX is dated 1896. The gold motifs on a blue background look
appliquéd, but they are all pieced. Just dipping our toes into the 20th
century we saw an effervescent Sampler, dated 1902, from just south of the
PA line in Maryland; It's so energetic I have to think the maker was PA
Three shorter programs offered a variety of topics. Trudy Frey shared
her family's collection of quits found in the farmhouse they had lived in
for 120 years. Many generations of quilt makers from Philadelphia and rural
Warren Co., New Jersey left a beautiful legacy. An early 19th century
9-Patch. had a border of buff and blue chintz. A mid-century Lake of the
Lake in green and tan which appears to have faded from blue and a red and
green Fleur de Lis were followed by a friendship quilt combining Crossed
Tulips with Fleur de Lis in a variety of turkey reds with stamped names of
the Yonker family from Philadelphia. The later 19th century was represented
by a red and green Pyramids, a Blazing Star in red, green and pink on a
butterscotch background, an energetic red, white and blue Snowball
variation with no borders (very New Jersey(, a lovely high style crazy and a
simpler wool example. The last of the legacy is a 1940s Kaleidoscope.
Judy Kelius presented us with what might be the largest group of
Bowmansville quilts ever assembled in one place. Seeing a single
Bowmansville Star is a rare treat, to find six or seven all at once is
incredible. This will sound like Greek to you if you're not familiar with
Bowmansville (a tiny town in northeastern Lancaster Co.) quilts in which
large overall designs (Stars or Many Trips Around the World aka Philadelphia
Pavement) are made from 1.25" triangles. The typical Bowmansville quilt is
made of many scraps in typical PA German colors. One of the Stars had
points made of diamonds instead of the usual squares, another had what Judy
described as a swirling border rather than the typical arrangement of
squares to form stepped triangles. Another example had a very restrained
palette of dark colors including many mourning prints. A 1939s Many Trip
Around the World was a delightful collection of bright, cheery prints
including many juveniles.
I defy you to find a Honey Bee in double pink and "poison" green on
yellow with purple sashing anywhere outside of southeastern PA. We saw a
stripy Chinese Coins with double blue and yellow sashes, a red, green and
yellow pieced Caesar's Crown variation, wonderful Log Cabin variations, a
Square in a Square 4-Patch with lots of Centennial prints and a fascinating
charm quilt with triangles arranged by color to form Lozenges from York Co.
The maker of a charming quilt make of 3" Snowflake blocks proudly labeled it
with "2790 pieces" but did not include her name!
I was in Sue Reich's AQSG study center on WWII quilts in 2005 and it was
wonderful to see how Sue adds to her research on this fascinating topic.
Contrary to popular opinion quilts were made during the war years and many
of them explicitly commemorate the war effort. Sue urged us to be aware
that these quilts are coming on the market. Many were kept unused and are
found in the estates of the original owners. Sue's collection of WWII
quilts is available for exhibit and her program on the topic is enthralling
and incredibly moving.
We first saw V for Victory made in 1945 in Ontario to celebrated the
return of the maker's husband from the war. The pattern was published in
the Farm Journal in 1943 and called for Vs and Stars on a white ground.
Quite different, and more conventionally pretty, is a quilt made of floral
embroidered blocks inscribed "Victory, Freedom, Liberty" from a pattern by
the Rainbow Quilt Block Co. I thought the quilt made from rectangular silky
pieces the size of cigar flannels printed with the message "Quiet Please
Nightshift War Worker Sleeping" was delightful. A very simple quits had
very large Vs in red, white and blue. A Newport TX quilt dated 1944 in a
Snowball variation had the names, rank, branch of service and station of
local service men. There was an embroidered fundraiser from Hazleton, PA
dated 1943-44 and another from KS/OK made by a VFW Auxiliary. An Eagle and
Shield with Lemoyne Stars and swag border was made from a 1941 Farm Journal
pattern called Liberty.
A red, white and blue Lone Star made from dyecut diamonds from the
Robert Frank Needlework Supply of Kalamazoo, MI is embroidered "made by
Mother Feb. 1944 for..." The name of the recipient has been picked out.
Why would anyone do that? The controversial banner "Thank you Red Army"
(QHL members will remember checking it out on EBay) engendered a spirited
discussion. There were quilts commemorating specific army units (8th
Armored Div.), Seawings to Glory a 1943 Mountain Mist pattern, a quilt made
entirely of appliquéd navy rank patches. The Music Teacher's quilt has flag
bunting for borders and sashes and each of 30 blocks has the musical
notation and title of a different song: Darling Nellie Gray, America the
Beautiful, Old Folks at Home, Star Spangled Banner, the marine Hymn, Home
Sweet Home etc.
To top it all off there was show and tell, the quilts in the collection
of the Historical Society and some incredibly beautiful things from the
Study Groups collections including a truly amazing Mosaic piece and a
perfect PA German Sampler hanging wherever space could be found. Judy
promises to do it again next year (Sept. 19, 2009).
Cinda on the Eastern Shore apologizing for switching back and forth between
past and present tense. I can't seem to be consistent when describing