Subject: A Cracker Quilt on Quilt Index
From: "Gloria Nixon" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2008 02:44:09 -0500
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Here's a traditional Cracker Quilt dated 1901 to 1929:

type cracker in search bar



Subject: TQHF Fund Raising Cruise
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2008 22:08:50 -0800
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I don't know if my post about The TQHF fund raising cruise to the British
Isles ever made it to the Digest so here is a little update. The cruise is
set to go for next August 24-Sept 5. Our tour planner now has 4 teachers
lined up... Sandie Lush of the UK, Kathy Kansier, Yvonne Porcella and Pam
Holland. Just google any of their names to learn
more about these great teachers or go and you'll find links to each
teacher there.

The Princess Line has a special on at the moment so if you sign up by
December 10 you get a nice break on the cost. Visit to read all the cruise costs
and port cities and email with your questions.

I think you will seriously want to consider adding the Birmingham Festival
of Quilts to your itinerary prior to the cruise. I was fortunate to be able
to attend in 2007. This is a must see event if you are already going to be
in the UK. Then we'll catch the chartered bus to London to meet the cruise
ship on time.

Hope to see some of you on-board...

Karen Alexander
President, The Quilters Hall of Fame


Subject: Salt sack doll quilt posted to e-Board
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2008 22:23:30 -0800
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Gloria Nixon of this list helped me identify the salt sack doll quilt cover
I posted on the e-Board a couple of days ago. It was a Ruby McKim series of
patterns. No wonder I knew I had seen it somewhere before. You can see it
in Brackman's Encyclopedia of Applique, page 152. It is also in Index to
the Ruby Short McKim Quilt Blocks by Rose Lea Alboum and is called Toy Shop
Window Quilt first published in 1933 apparently.

You can see three of the images on the McKim family website here.

Someone asked was I just posting the photo for identification purposes or do
I actually own it. I do indeed own it and am thrilled to discover it is a
Ruby McKim. No wonder it looked familiar. I saw it in Rose Alboum's index
when I first bought it but couldn't recall where Ii had seen it.

Karen in the San Juan Islands


Subject: RE: Kindle - Off Topic
From: "Larry Everson" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2008 10:16:01 -0500
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I have a Kindle and love it. Admittedly, it may not be for everyone, but I
am a voracious reader and like the ability to carry a lot of books with me.
It doesn't have a backlit screen, but With just a little light in the room,
I can read in bed.

It is geared towards Amazon, but the most expensive book is never more than
$9.99. Most of the ones that I buy are $1.95 to $2.50. I also enjoy the old
classics and get them for free from and they can be loaded to
the Kindle through a USB connection.

If you have other file formats, including Microsoft Word, you can mail them
to an email address where they are converted to Kindle format and returned
to you, at no additional charge.

For my aging eyes there are six different sizes of print so I can always
find one that is comfortable.

I'll confess that I miss the pleasure of holding a printed book and turning
pages. There is something about that contact that simply can't be replaced.
It is like the pleasure of feeling fabric when shopping for a quilt.

All in all, I'm happy.

I didn't intend this to be in any way controversial, it is just my opinion
about something that works well for me.

Larry in Orlando, FL


Subject: Cracker Quilt & Missing Post
From: "Gloria Nixon" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2008 11:54:24 -0500
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To see a traditional Cracker Quilt dated 1901-1929, a bit earlier than
Brackman's date, go to:

Type cracker in search bar.

On a different note, two messages the past few weeks didn't actually post.
It showed "message successfully sent" but it didn't post. strange.
Anyone else experiencing this?


Subject: Re: Cracker Quilt & Missing Post
From: "Jean Carlton" <>

Thanks for the reminder of the Quilt Index - there are numerous Cracker =
quilts there. I've always loved the design. I've also seen it called =
Cracker Box but now wonder if Cracker is from Fire Cracker....don't the =
elongated shapes remind you of party favors or something that was =
supposed to be a firecracker?


Subject: Quilt book sales
From: Marsha MacDowell <>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 06:52:39 -0500
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Just in time for end-of-year, holiday gift-giving!

The MSU Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program is having a sale
on over-stocked books. Some are going for as little as $1.00 plus
postage and handling. Go to and then click on the
MTAP Store icon in the top left corner OR go directly to

Lots of quilt and textile titles!

Happy shopping,

Marsha MacDowell
Coordinator, Michigan Traditional Arts Program


Subject: cracker pattern
From: "Steve & Jean Loken" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2008 23:44:36 -0600
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I don't actually see a resemblance between the Cracker that Pepper posted
and the ones on QI, but I think the older crackers look like the British
party favors that pop open when pulled, and that's what they're called. The
cracker from Okracoke just looked like a Roman stripe to me; I didn't see
any triangles, only four bars. The cracker appears to have three bars which
are set "on-point" to the square around them, more like a square in a
square. What am I missing? Plus, I always thought the word "cracker" was
somehow an insult, like red-neck or worse when not meaning the party favor.
Jean Loken in MN


Subject: Re: cracker pattern
From: Sally Ward <>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 15:46:49 +0000
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> I always thought the word "cracker" was somehow an insult,

In the UK 'you're crackers' is a mild form of saying 'you're crazy'.
I always thought it was connected with the crackerjack firework, which
jumps around the place making lots of noise but is mostly harmless.

Sally Ward


Subject: Re: cracker pattern
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 11:15:34 EST
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In Florida a cracker is a name for an early settler. Some references say it
came from the cracking of the long whips the cowboys used to drive cattle.
Florida is a big cattle state.

Nan in FL


Subject: Printer Question
From: "Janice" <>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 19:28:17 -0500
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Someone mentioned a while back - putting a photo color ink cartridge in
their ink jet printer when they print photos. I'm hoping it was on this
list, or someone will know what kind of printer.....she replaced the black
ink with the photo color cartridge. I know this isn't really history
related, but I'm printer shopping...can anyone help?

Marion, Indiana
Home of Quilters Hall of Fame


Subject: Re: Printer Question
From: Joan Kiplinger <>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 21:03:15 -0500
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Janice -- possibly that person was referring to some of the HP
Photosmart models. They have two different color cartridges when a more
vivid 4-color photo is desired. The auxiliary color cartridge is
inserted by removing the black cartridge. There is a storage place for
auxiliary or black cartridge when not in use. Hope this doesn't sound
too confusing.

Janice wrote:

Someone mentioned a while back - putting a photo color ink cartridge in
their ink jet printer when they print photos. I'm hoping it was on this
list, or someone will know what kind of printer.....she replaced the black
ink with the photo color cartridge. I know this isn't really history
related, but I'm printer shopping...can anyone help?


Subject: Crackers everybody!
From: "Pepper Cory" <>

Dear Ones,
All of what you guys are saying about the Cracker pattern is true. The name
'cracker' was often applied to rural southerners, but especially it seems
from Florida and Georgia. And in that sense, it applied to the whip, as in
'crack the whip' since many were cattle drovers. A more PC explanation says
the term was applied to overseers of slaves who also applied the whip
*sigh*. If you were white and called yourself a Cracker, you were saying
your family had been there a long time. But if you were black and called
someone else a Cracker it was supposed to be insulting like the N-word.
OK-on to the next hurdle-
The first in-print use of Cracker for the quilt pattern in question seems to
be a 1931 Woman's World patchwork quilt booklet. I think the in-print label
comes from what was going on in popular culture at the time. In the 1920s
the British party favor--crackers--paper-wrapped favors that were torn apart
and made a loud "crack!" became very popular here in the US, along with
party hats, balloons, and noisemakers--thank you England. Somewhere I have
memories of old back-and-white movies and folks dressed up in party gear
around a New Year's table and pulling crackers...I mean in Douglas
Fairbanks etc. Next-
The Ocracoke version of Cracker seems indeed to be a Roman Stripe square
tipped on its side and complemented by corner triangles. Before that pattern
had any kind of a name, it was simply one of many "streng" patterns.
Streng--the way we pronounce the word string in North Carolina. A native
Ocracoke islander is called an O'cocker but it's also pronounced as
O'cracker. Although Ocracoke's an island, it's not a cut-off place like
Gee's Bend. It's always attracted people from other places and islanders are
surprisingly well-traveled people. Besides, the mail boat came to the island
once a week and it's not unlikely women subscribed to ladies magazines with
quilt patterns. Read on-a conclusion is coming--but after people "from off"
moved to Ocracoke in number in the 1980s and 90s, a quilting group formed
and old island quilts in the Ocracoke Cracker pattern were brought out and
shared between natives and newcomers. The NC state quilt documentation
effort recorded a number of these quilts. The islanders happily adopted the
name Cracker ("Oh look Celia, they got the name of our Cracker quilt
right!") when a similar block turned up in Brackman's.
Many thanks to all commenters and researchers. Thus ends the lesson.

Pepper Cory

Teacher, author, designer, and quiltmaker
203 First Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 726-4117




Subject: need help in ID of this little quilt applique pattern
From: "Judy Anne" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 21:11:31 -0700
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I am trying to gather some information about this adorable appliqué of a
little girl.
It is quite different than Sun Bonnet Sue. I looked up "girl" in the quilt
index with no luck. (There is almost 100 Sun Bonnet type quilts.)

Please if anyone has any information or even vague memories let me know.

Thanks so much,

Judy Breneman