Subject: Report on Deb Robert's latest Textile Study tour From: Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 17:25:54 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 1

Dear QHLers,

Another marvelous Deb Roberts Textile Study tour completed. About 30 of u s arrived in Barcelona the day before we were to sail, visiting The Textile Museum and Center of Documentation in Terrassa, and then boarded the ship . The ship's next stop was Marseille, where we toured the Muse de la Mode Marseille as well as the Musee Provencial at Chateau Gombert to see the quilted petticoats and pick up more great books. Then it was on to Livorno/Pisa/Prato and the Museo del Tessuto in Prato. Rome. Naples and Pompei. The Greek Isle of Mykonos. Istanbil. Kusasasi, Turkey, where we had a wonderful tour of Ephesus. Venice. And then two nights on Lake Como where we had a curator-guided tour of the silk production museum, Museo didattico della Seta. <Check out the July 2008 issue of Smithsonian magazine for a fabulous article on Lak e Como and the silk industry in that region.>

Thanks to Deb, I really love visiting museums telling the story of textil e production. Don't overlook i Museum Textile.Terressa if you are ever in Barcelona. d3D00000026

Some more interesting leads about the textile production history of Europ e:

I was also very pleased to discover the magazine the Terressa museum publishes twice a year - Datatextil. It is in both Spanish and English! I bought one back issue <18 Euros> and wish I had bought all of them but yo u know how hard it is to schelp so much weight these days on airplanes! I bought issue #17 because of its article on Indigo Blue: Fabrics of the Miao and the Dong of Southwestern China because of my visit to that area to photograph the spring festivals in 1996.

However, once I began reading the whole issue I became very excited about all the articles. Two in particular caught my attention: Los textiles en La Piscina (Textiles in the swimming pool) the story of the transformatio n of a former Art Deco swimming pool into a museum in France covering 11,000 square metres. An abandoned textile workshop next to the swimming poll was included in the redevelopment plan. The textile department is no w divided into two sections, the Applied Arts section and the tissuetheque, which houses fabrics and sample books. This history of this museum's collections goes back too 1835 with the creation of the first textile industrial museum, the Industrial Museum of Roubaix, which housed huge sample books that reflected the textile production of the time. htm or

Also in this same issue was the article <The Twintex Museums project and the Perspectives for Development of the European textile museum network>. From the article <The conference was organized by the Association of the European Textile Cities ACTE as part of the plan to consolidate transnational networks and joint projects involving local offices, cultural institutions and the productive sector. The aim of was to encourage reflection on the role of textile museums in the profound changes taking place in Europe's textile cities.> This conference was held in Prato, Italy, at still another museum we were going to be visitin g later on our trip.

Speaking of Prato, don't miss the The Museo del Tessuto in Prato if you are ever in Florence or anywhere near Prato. It's wonderful to learn what they are doing to capture their industrial production textile history. Th e guide said they are a little late to the table with the project, but better late than never! Click on the British flag in the left hand corner of this website to get an English translation. They had some very colorful and interesting traditional ethnic pieces on display while we were there.

Sometimes quilters herd sheep and goats, too. A couple of my quilt friend s and I here on Lopez Island volunteer to help a local farmer move his shee p from one pasteur to another several times a year. We got caught in the act by the Wall Street Journal this time. I'm the one with the crook in m y hand. What a hoot to come back from Deb Robert's Textile Cruise and find this in my IN-BOX. And wouldn't you know, the museum magazine I just shared with you also had an article about taking wool to the primary schools to teach the youngsters about their textile heritage! The school here on the island does a lot of this kind of teaching, too! We also shar e quilting with them!

Karen Alexander in the San Juan Islands


Subject: Let There Be Lights...and AC, and HOT COFFEE From: Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 10:04:31 -0400 X-

After a little more than the so written "7 days", the power has been restored to little ole Springboro, OH following our visit from the tail end of IKE.? Even though I am surge-protected, there will now be a string of repairmen in to fix all those silly gadgets like microwaves, cable tvs & security alarms that only my DH in Colorado has the magic touch to 'make it go' after this long without power.? I'm thrilled that the water heated for a nice long bath (I've finally figured out why cleanliness is next to Godliness) and my sewing maching now whirs along, happy that she is no longer being neglected in favor of my DAMMITT DOLL.? The doll needs no power other than my own and her stuffing is gone by now!

My hat is off to those who go through events such as this, insignificant compared to the biggies, and survive with their humor in tact.?

A special 'thank you' goes out to the unknown area resident who burned the poison ivy while getting rid of those downed trees.? I WILL find you. The Dr. is sure my eyes will be open by conference time.

My customer service land line is currently re-charging the house alarm so please send all complaints and inquiries to my cell which is charged now. 719-650-7444 or to textique.


The Thomas Household



Subject: Civil War remembrance Soldier's Quilt From: Donald Beld <> Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 08:01:21 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 3


Hi Everyone, Violet Vaughnes was nice enough to let me know that there is a Remembrance Quilt made in the late 1800's from the uniforms of a Civil War soldier in the West Virginia Quilt book, for those of you who are intested . A0 I am still looking for the elusive sixth Sanitary Commission quilt--the one with the words UNION FOREVER, and the first versus of the Star Spangled Ba nner on it; as well as a genuine Confederate soldiers quilts.


Subject: Gee's Bend From: <> Date: Mon, 22

Good evening,

For those of you who can pick up Philadelphia area TV, there is a  special on channel 10 at 7:00 pm this evening about the Gee's Bend  quilters. Its hosted by Renee Chenault Fattah. 

Pat Roth -----


Subject: Quilts in Collegeville, PA From: Barb Garrett <> Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 18:52:40 -0400 X-Message-Number: 5

I'm so blessed to have had a wonderful week of quilts, here in southeastern PA.

It started with the opening at the Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA, of a beautiful exhibit entitled "Working Women: 19th Century Quilts From the Collection of Judy Roche." While Judy has a preference for red and green floral applique quilts, and those are plentiful, there are also wonderful pieced scrap quilts, doll quilts, and several multi signature quilts, on display. All quilts date from the 1800s

The gallery is awesome and showcases the quilts beautifully -- it's a circa 1920 building that served originally as the college library (think high, high ceilings). The exhibit runs until December 7, 2008. Museum hours -- Tuesday through Friday 10-4, Saturday and Sunday noon-4:30, closed Mondays and college holidays (including Nov 27 to Dec 1).

On the second floor is an exhibit by 2 contemporary fabric artists, Tamar Stone and Christine LoFaso. I must admit that 2 hours was not enough time to do both floors, so will be returning to see the upstairs exhibit.

The link for the museum is

I do hope you can add this exhibit to your reasons to visit this area.

Barb in southeastern PA Still inspired by the Burlington Study Day quilts


Subject: Comments from this list re:cranky customers, bad service etc.
From: "Pepper Cory" <>

Hello out there in antique quilt land-Although only a few of you are
actively in retail, I thought I'd ask for some comments.
Am doing a presentation for Quilt Market on dealing with difficult
customers. If you have horror stories or inspirational stories about dealing
with cranky people, or insights you'd like to share, I sure would appreciate
hearing them! Include your phone # if you wouldn't mind getting a call.
Online businesses, teachers, customers at shops, and designers as well as
brick-n-mortar stores are welcome to comment. And if you happen to turn up
at Market at the lecture, I might ask you to role-play! The time for the
lecture is Monday October 27 from 8-9 AM--bring your coffee and get
re-charged for the last day of Market. Here's the blurb:

*Learning to Deal Successfully With the Dreaded Customer

Everyone's got 'em-they make you fearful of opening the shop door! Take
heart, learn to survive-even thrive-when faced with the dreaded customer.*

Want to vent? I'm me at

Thank you for your support.

Pepper Cory


Subject: Re: Civil War remembrance Soldier's Quilt
From: "Linda Heminway" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 18:34:34 -0400
X-Message-Number: 4

I own the book "American Quilts by Jennifer Regan, copyright 1989 published
by Gallery Books. I recently acquired this book, just last week, as it was
retired from a library, sadly.

I swear librarians have no idea what treasures they are losing. To them, a
1989 book is not "current" but to me, it was a thrill to find this and buy
it, yes, for the price of $2.00 at a book sale.

On page 100 - 103 of this book in a chapter called "Stitching Together" is a
"Civil War Quilt". It says "Piecing with ink inscriptions Florence,
Massachusetts, 1865. America Hurrah Antiques, NYC. 88 inches by 52 inches.

This particular quilt is referenced on this web page:

Here a copy of this particular quilt is show with a reproduction pattern.
HOWEVER, the maker of this pattern, Terry Clothier Thompson, has chosen to
change the blue part of the American flag to say "Union" with a star.
The quilt in the book I am looking at, right now, is almost identical to
this pattern with the exception of the blue square in the flag does not have
the word "union" but a series of gold stars shaped like a star. Above the
quilt I have found a photo of in this book is also "A Soldiers Quilt" that
is supposedly a Sanitary Commission reproduction. Are you familiar with the
one she copies?

The Quilt says on top of the flag (basically the same as the one on this web
site) "Rally Around The Flag Boys". Inscribed around the quilt's center is:

The Start Spangled Banner
long may it wave
O'er the land of the free
and the Home of the Brave!

The article in this book indicates that bedding was in short supply and that
this quilt's demensions, unusually narrow, are the size of an army cot.
The size of this quilt as well as the write up in the book make me feel, as
a person who takes a great deal of interest in Sanitary Commission Quilts,
that this is, in fact, your "missing link". Inscriptions on this quilt
read; "Be true to humainty and to freedom.", "Ye are martyrs to a good
cause", "Touch not intoxicating drinks", "Quiet conscience gives quiet
sleep.", "Touch not tobacco - a curse on it"

The book indicates "The quilting in each square is different, some squares
having very little crudely done quilting". Then in another spot, it says
"The left block in the second ros iw quilter more imaginately".

The chapter ends by saying, "This quilt show no signs of wear and tear and
it is therefore assumed that it was never used. Perhaps the young soldier
didn't want to sleep under so many restrictions once he got away from home.
It is possible, too, that he was one of the 600,000 men from the North and
South we were killed in the war.
Another long inscription appears under the flag, but my eyes find most of it
illegible, one phrase is readable: "With freedoms sod beneath our feet and
freedom's banner streaming before us".

Linda Heminway
Plaistow NH


Subject: quilt over heads of an engaged couple
From: "Judy Anne" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 15:45:55 -0700
X-Message-Number: 5

I just got this question from a friend. "Does anybody know why a quilt is
thrown over the heads of an engaged couple?"

Can anyone help? I have never heard of it but wondered if it was related to

Judy Breneman

Womenfolk: The Art of Quilting


Subject: Re: quilt over heads of an engaged couple
From: "Lisa Evans" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 18:54:46 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6

The closest thing I've heard to this is the chupah, or wedding canopy at a
Jewish wedding. Interesting!

Lisa Evans


Subject: Re: quilt over heads of an engaged couple
From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 18:00:50 -0500
X-Message-Number: 7

I hope you will share the responses with the list! What a fascinating
thought! I'd lke to know more about this one! Marcia Kaylakie

Marcia Kaylakie
AQS Certified Appraiser
Austin, TX


Subject: chuppah
From: "Judy Grow" <>

The Chuppah is part of the Jewish wedding ceremony, not engagement. The
chuppah is not "thrown" over the heads of an engaged couple. There are
many interpretations of the symbolism of the chuppah. Since it is just
4 poles holding up some sort of a fabric as a roof it can represent the
security of the home in which the married couple will live . The open
sides can represent hospitality to all. All in all it represents a holy

I found the following quote on-line from a non-Jewish bride who wants
to get married under a Chuppah. "Symbolic of the home that we will make
together and by extension the love that fills it, the chuppah is open on
all four sides so that friends and family will always know that they are
welcome. The chuppah does not promise that love or hope will keep out
misfortune. The flimsiness of the chuppah is a reminder that the only
thing real about a home is the people in it who love one another and
choose to be together as a family."

Many believe that while standing under the Chuppah reciting the marriage
vows, one is close to God. Regardless of your personal beliefs, the
Chuppah infuses the wedding couple with a pure sense of spirituality and
adds a touch of elegance to the wedding ceremony.

Our younger son's wedding was held outside at our previous home. Justin
built the framework for the Chuppah that I labored over for months. I
had bought a quilt top, a 6-pointed star of many triangles with a green
background, originally made in Lancaster County PA. circa 1880 ( it had
centennial fabric in it). I added three borders and mitered their
corners and then quilted it. When I got to the corners I turned the
mitres of both the front and the backing in, snipped through the batting
and made a slit in each corner through which a finial on the framework
would protrude. When put in place with the pieced side facing down and
the borders hanging over the framework it made a very pretty chuppah.

Judy Grow
Flemington NJ


Subject: driving to Columbus
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 21:10:52 -0400
X-Message-Number: 9

Any suggestions for antiquing along I-70 heading west for the AQSG
Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Couture D'Azur: Provencal clothing
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 21:19:37 -0400
I thought the list would be interested in an article I just read in the new October issue of The World of Interiors.? A museum in Grasse is exhibiting a collection of Provencal costumes covering the years from 1750 -1850.? The photos are wonderful.? It brings me back to the wonderful Deb Roberts textile tour of France.? I am ready to go again!

Visit for more information.

Phyllis de Vries


Subject: cranky customers
From: "Judy Grow" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 21:32:02 -0400

Pepper, in my business, picture framing, we make our suggestions at the
design table and then step back. We don't use the expression "I think,"
when making suggestions. We say , "The red looks better than the pink,
and the mat will be such and such wide." We are never tentative. After
all, we are not just salespeople who ring out a cash register. We are
professional designers and craftspeople and that is why the people come
to us.

When it looks like the customer won't soon make up their mind we excuse
ourselves for some important chore and ask the customer to let us know
when they have made a decision. Hovering will not
make a customer make a decision any sooner.

When anyone comes back angry, in our shop a very rare occurence in our
30 years, we usually disarm them by saying, immediately, "Yes, you are
correct", and then "How do you suggest we fix the situation?" That
usually calms them down. We don't suggest the fix, we let them do so.
That forces
them into a positive response.


Judith K. Grow, Pres.
Frames and Framers
162 Mercer Mall, Route 1
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648