Subject: Chintz Quilts at IQSC From: "Jennifer Perkins" 


My friends and I took a trip to Lincoln to the Quilt Study Center last Saturday, and the Chintz Quilt exhibit made it well worth our while. We walked in the door and the sight of all those gorgeous chintz quilts and their massive size just took our breath away! We were lucky to arrive  when the docent was giving a guided tour of the exhibit and really learned a  lot from her talk that we would not have noticed on our own. I bought the  book which has pictures of all the quilts in the show plus pictures of others which were not exhibited and have just thumbed through it, but it looks  like it includes a lot of the information in the guided tour plus more.  Other than the fact that the pictures in no way do justice to the actual  beauty of the quilts, you will not be disappointed in the book. One thing I was particularly impressed with was the effort to show the chronological progression of the different time periods and how the chintz quilts  changed and evolved into the red and green appliquE9d quilts.


The AQSG Red and Green Challenge quilts shared the space with the chintz quilts, and I was happy to see some familiar names there. They were  lovely quilts, and showed very creative solutions to the design challenge of  the size limit.


Merry Christmas to all!

Jennifer Perkins


Harlan, Iowa



Subject: Re: Chintz Quilts at IQSC From: "Patricia Cummings" <> Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 07:20:42 -0500 

Thanks for the update. I am so glad the chintz quilts were great to see, in person. I wondered about the greenish tint to many of the backgrounds and wondered if the quilts really looked like that. I have never seen that color in any "live" antique quilts, and certainly was surprised. A photography expert told me that it looks as though the quilts were photographed under florescent lights.

I was disappointed in the photos but perhaps "good information" will make up for them a bit. I think it is always hard to photograph quilts that have a lot of small pieces. Much the charm is lost, if close-ups are not also provided. This is another case of "wish I lived closer" or had the urge to travel. I am so glad you were able to enjoy the exhibit in person. I am sure a lot of work went into its creation.

Best wishes,

Patricia Cummings


Subject: book about Martha Skelton From: Andi <> Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 06:46:31 -0600 X-Message-Number: 3

This was a good read; most definitely gives a sense of who Martha was, as well as a picture of the culture and time in which she quilted.

Andi in Paducah, KY


Subject: Re: Chintz Quilts at IQSC From: Jan Thomas <> Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 15:07:43 -0700 X-Message-Number: 4

Saw the Chintz Exhibit. Purchased the catalog. Loved them both!



Subject: Kansas Historical Society website From: Karen Alexander <> Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 15:41:08 -0800 X-Message-Number: 5

This is a great website to explore! Just enter the word Quilt in the search box on the home page. If you're like me, you will find all kinds of fascinating avenues to wander down on this site in additions to what it has about quilts.

Karen in the San Juans


Subject: Massachusetts Quilt book From: "Karan Flanscha" <> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2008 08:29:06 -0600 X-Message-Number: 1

Happy Holidays to everyone from snowy Iowa! If you are like me, your Inbox keeps getting offers for discounts from various businesses... I decided to see if the 25% discount offer I received from a book seller, would work for a new (yet to be published) book. It did! So Merry Christmas to me... coming in March! Karan


Subject: Trying to identify a toile.... From: "Sharon Stark" <> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2008 20:09:46 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

I found a piece of toile with vignettes of the "Libertas Americana" medal printed in the design. I was able to find records of at least two, one late 18th and the other early 19th century, but both have pastoral scenes as well, while mine has only the medals with supporting urns and brackets along with flower baskets.

I've loaded pictures on the eboard under the fabric tab - can anyone help?

Sharon ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: new email address From: "" 

Hi, After years with the same address kwiltlvr (at), I have made a change. I don't want to lose anyone!! Please keep the new email address for me

Thanks & Best Wishes for a Very Happy Holiday Season

Kathi Reyes


Subject: Re: book about Martha Skelton From: Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2008 20:57:19 EST 

The book is excellent. If you ever get a chance to see Miss Martha's quilts, do. I have had the privilege of seeing several of her quilts in person. She was a wonderful quilter and will be missed by the quilting community. There are 3 books about her in print, I have 2 and plan to purchase the other one soon. I think the latest one was my favorite. There are numerous other books where she and her work is featured as well.

Alma Moates



Subject: RE: Kansas Historical Society website From: "Newbie Richardson" <> Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2008 07:59:52 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

I concur with Karen, this site ahs themost complete information on Disaster Dreparedness I have seen yet. Newbie



Subject: On the Quilt Flap blog From: "Pepper Cory" 

Hello all and happy holidays. One day of not being at the studio has yielded spectacular results at home: Christmas baking done and a cleaning not seen since last, oh, year some time let's say. New problem: the dust bunnies from under the bed were gathered up and pushed into a pile previous to being dumped in the trash. But, Bamboo (indoor cat) was fascinated and as I wriggled around cleaning underneath furniture, she carried off the dust bunnies to play with them. They're now re-distributed around the house along with acorns (Boo's next favorite toy) and several of my unwashed socks (third favorite plaything). Note to self: lock the cat on the porch when doing cleaning! Got on my high horse and wrote on the Quilt Flap blog. If anyone of you has a signed quilt and would be willing to share it, if you'll send a picture, we'll get Anonymous going again in subsequent blog postings. In the meantime, enjoy the blogs: and . Pepper

-- Pepper Cory



Subject: fabric date help? From: Neva Hart <> Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2008 15:09:25 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

Hi All - I'm looking for help and information on fabric featuring chinese figures/vases. I have posted a photo on eBoard under Fabrics tab. The print is in panels on a whole cloth style quilt. Thank you for any clues re date and origin. (I'm thinking Opium Wars, but the quilt was supposedly made c. 1860.)

Neva Hart, AQS Appraiser in Virginia


Subject: Eye of a needle From: Karen Alexander <> Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2008 13:34:39 -0800 X-Message-Number: 1

This is only connected to quilting by the fact that it involves a needle. Pretty amazing. It's a clip from a news broadcast.

Karen in the San Juans


Subject: grreetings From: "Lucinda Cawley" <> Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2008 21:12:43 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

Merry Christmas everyone! Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Fwd: quilts, the feminine, and Christmas From: <> Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2008 13:45:38 -0600 

I have been what we in North Louisiana call "Suddenlinked": this time the T yler, TX-based cable company nuked my email program (and a number of others ). I'm going to rename the old quilt pattern called "Job's Troubles" in the Bible Belt to "" You are forewarned, BB.

Re Xenia's reminder of the wonderful book "The Subversive Stitch" and earli er remarks re quiltmaking as possible "escapist" activity, I think it is ti me we incorporated all we have learned about the physiological and neurolog ical differences between men and women and the peculiar gifts of each into  our understanding of quiltmaking and ourselves.20

All art is "escapist" in that it organizes the apparent chaos of the real w orld to express the maker's sense of the order within that chaos. And all n eedlework that involves choices of stitch, threads, fabrics, and design is  art as well as craft. It involves a conception that is rendered through mat erials that limit as well as facilitate its realization. The extent and man ner to which we learn to manipulate these materials is craft, just as a pai nter's use of pigment and brush and other materials is craft. And each time we pick up a needle, the associations of past pleasures associated with ne edlework infuse our new experience. In my view, that's a good thing.

I think we should embrace the pleasures needlework affords without defensiv eness, but with joy and pride.

Alice Walker's daughter has written one of those "Mommy Dearest" sort of bo oks which publishers just love, and I read it with due question. Earlier, s he had written a sort of summary of it in "Salon." But if it is at all accu rate, it depicts the dilemma of radical feminism who unconsciously uses the masculine model as the measure of her success and completeness. The daught er explains her mother felt her having a child limited her and regarded her manifestations of domesticity as inferior and limiting. Walker had reared  her to be entirely independent of others. Again, according to the daughter, Walker distanced herself, considering her a limitation. And this from the  woman who wrote "Everyday Use" and who surrounds herself with quilts and ta lks about "our mothers." Walker's ambivalence about her roots and about fam ily is clear even in the first story she wrote and certainly is evident in  "Everyday Use" (For surely she sees herself in the newly made daughter Dee, for whom heritage is but an affectation). And she grew increasingly politi cal and theoretical, suicide for a fiction writer. Perhaps the daughter is  accurate: it's hard to know.

But Walker came from a different time, though the wise have always recogniz ed that art is always a matter of limitations, be it the art of mothering o r writing. Limitations make possible focus and conceptions.

Whether through evolution or origin, women's brains work differently from m en's. It is no accident that two recent U.S. Secretaries of State have been female---and it has nothing to do with "secretary," but with achievements  and gendered gifts and --the so-called "people skills"---of women. Those ar e among many distinctive, gendered traits that identify women and open to t hem peculiar achievement. Their sources of metaphor, the way they process m etaphor (more directly and affectively), and much more distinguish them and whatever art they make. What has traditionally been regarded as "sentiment al" or lachrymose by an essentially male establishment and associated with  the feminine bears review. But it is by no means the prerogative of women a rtists: look at much of Longfellow's poetry, for instance, or Thomas Kinkai de's productions. "Sentimental" refers to an excess of feeling. And excess  has too often been defined by men who fear any open feeling in art. We shou ld not be ashamed of the feelings associated with the quiltmaker's art. It is part of that art form. 20 This thread connects directly to our remembering textiles of the holiday se ason. My tree is loaded with ornaments, at least one-third of them needlewo rk and made by me---quilted, cross-stitched, needlepointed, sewed---when my children were growing up. As I worked, I thought of what they would mean t o those children, made them with each child's interests in mind. My beds ar e dressed in red and green quilts, and the quilts under which I sleep are t he gifts of a dear aunt. My favorite doll from childhood (indeed the only o ne that survived my younger sister's pegboard hammer) wears the Christmas d ress my mother made to match mine when I was nine years old. Needlepoint Ch ristmas stockings stitched through summer tee-ball games and swimming lesso ns hang from the mantle. My tables are laid with cloths passed down from gr andmothers---not made by them, but maintained in fine condition by women wh o appreciated the art of lace making and fine weaving and laundering. Benea th the tree is a really snazzy lion I made for my nine-month-old son for hi s first Christmas. I sewed it while my babysitter of that day dealt with my very active child, so it was not inexpensive. But it was important to me-- -and the child for whom it was made came to understand his importance throu gh my action.

I sometimes work next door to a domestic abuse agency, and the women there  have an admonition to those among the staff or clientele who waffle or are  ambivalent about their abilities to exercise independent judgment regarding themselves or others. They say, "Put on your big girl panties." When we ar e told that needlework is not an art or that it is a sentimental indulgence or an escapist activity, that's what I think we should do: think for ourse lves, be grateful--not apologetic--for the pleasure needlework gives us, an d remind those who suggest otherwise that Harry Potter and Hamlet were esca pes from the chaos of everyday experiences for their writers, efforts to or der and make sense of experience.

(And yes, Joe C. and other male list members, I know that metaphor is limit ed, for which I ask pardon in advance, but you get the meaning, I trust)

I am getting ready to make gumbo and lizzies, and as I go about my work thi s holiday season, I think of all on this list who have so enriched my life. I cannot imagine who I was before QHL.

Merry Christmas to all and to Kris, most especially. Gaye Ingram