Subject: Mass. quilts book and the melancholy evening
From: "Linda Heminway" <>

I just want to add that I got to page through the Massachusetts Quilts
book at my guild meeting this past Monday, thanks to Julie Crossland who
donated a copy to The Hannah Dustin Quilt Guild library. I have ordered
my own copy of it. I concur with the comments here that have been made
about it, it is exquisite. My fingers itch for the moment I have my own
copy in my hands.

As for my melancholy remarks made last night. I am so glad I said those
things. I think that only a fellow quilter, such as those here, would
understand. Stephanie, how right you are about Phyllis being a great
woman in her own way. I guess the phrase might be, the unsung hero?
Her hands not only worked to serve others and created many things, but
she was a woman of humor like so many of us. On the table beside the
urn that contained her ashes was a cool whip container with a Christmas
gift tag in her handwriting attached to it, still. She reused old
containers to "wrap" her gifts in, being forever frugal and had always
joked with family that no one needed to buy her an expensive urn (they
did anyway) as an old Cool Whip container would do just fine. A simple
woman, but a practical one, as many quilters of old have always been. I
think those we study are often the ultimate in "green" technology if you
think about it. Using scraps, old house dresses, leftovers, anything
that can be scrounged here and there for the right mix of colors to warm
the family and friends.

I so thank you for your understanding and kind remarks. Gaye, you
outdid yourself and I so agree about the "Aunt Jane" aspect of quilts.
The sonnet was just the right thing and if you don't mind, I shall share
that with an on line grief support group I am in. (recently I lost both
my mom and dad).
Shari, I too have taken on the task of completing some old blocks that
were found in the attic of an old farmhouse. They were calling my name.
The hand pieced Lemoyne Star blocks from the 40s just had to have their
story finished. I often look at those tiny stitches and wonder whose
hands performed those stitches and what was their story. I noted that
some of the blocks appear to have a different "hand" and wonder about
how many people participated in making those blocks and why didn't they
ever finish them into a quilt. I'll never know, but the story of how
those blocks were found and of who finally saw them being made into a
quilt will certainly be documented on the the back of this long term
project of mine.
I hope the same person that finishes your 75 UFOs comes around here to
finish some of mine, as well. : )
And yes, Phyllis (another Phyllis) we do often miss the value of the
quiet people. I was reflecting on how we are all so "bowled over" by
the Jinny Beyers of the world (and rightfully so, she does exquisite
work) that the more common Aunt Janes and Phyllises somehow get lost,
yet they steadfastly make the christening gifts, the church fair quilts,
the charity quilts, the marriage quilts and so on. They make up the
largest of the "quilting community" by far. I even reflect last night
upon the quilts of Gees Bend. Forgive me, but I have found them
somewhat unattractive, yet today I am thinking that I need to re-look
and begin a new respect for those quilts and the women behind them. In
fact, the quilted sleeping bags we make for The Homeless look quite like
Gees Bend quilts, they are called "Ugly Quilts" as the intent behind
making them is only to keep needy people warm. Yet, some of our quilts
end up endearingly attractive. Beauty is always in the eye of the

I look forward to more quilting history but perhaps Phyllis, the
teacher, taught me something in the end. The quiet people that I
haven't taken the time to get to know better have their own story to
tell and the story lies in all the quilts they have made, steadfastly,
over the years. I find myself wishing to see more of her work, but that
is for her family and friends and not for me. I hope that her life and
her work is remembered, fondly, by these people.

Thanks all for listening, yet again,
Linda Heminway
Plaistow NH, where it is 5 degrees and expected to be zero tonight


Subject: FYI - Download New Journal
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 05:38:51 -0700
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Please excuse the cross-post.

Not connected with this but thought some of you would be interested.
The first article is on Fiber Art &
just happens to be written by Elissa Auther Assistant Professor of
Contemporary Art
at the University of Colorado right here in Colorado Springs. Jan


Subject: menswear haberdashery quilts
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 10:14:32 -0800 (PST)
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HI all from NYC. Week of Americana shows just ended, spirits seemed to be e
levated, and prices plenty high, in light of the current economy. My favorite booth was at the Winter Antiques Show,


Subject: RIP resident skeptic
From: Pepper Cory <>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 17:42:44 -0500
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The above is a link to a story about the passing of Giles Wright, an
African-American scholar who endured a lot of harassment because of his
skepticism of the UGRR quilt code. I know there are other scholars on this
list who have labored long and hard to put the truth in front of the public
but Mr, Wright's opinion carried a lot of weight. Just thought you should
Pepper Cory

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




Subject: Re: RIP resident skeptic
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Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 18:40:35 -0500
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Thanks for the link, Pepper.

Here is another for a brief notice in our local paper. It has a nice photo
of Mr. Wright at his home.

Pat Roth
Freezing in S. NJ


Subject: Quilts on Kauai
From: Mary Persyn <>
Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2009 12:10:03 -0600
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A while back I seem to remember someone reporting that it is possible to
get in to see historic Hawaiian quilts at a museum on Kauai if you
contact them ahead of your visit.

Of course, now I can't find the message and I am going to be on Kauai in
early March. Can anyone help with information?



Mary G. Persyn
Associate Dean for Library Services
Valparaiso University School of Law
656 S. Greenwich St.
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 465-7830
FAX (219) 465-7917



Subject: Re: RIP resident skeptic
From: "Christine Thresh" <>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2009 14:03:55 -0800
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Pepper Cory sent us the obituary of Giles Wright. I was sorry to hear of his
passing. I hope his research on the quilt code is part of the curriculum at
Sidewell Friends School in Washington. We want our "First Girls" to be up to
date on this subject.

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


Subject: Article for Giles R. Wright
From: Pepper Cory <>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2009 20:54:13 -0500
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The above is a link to Kim Wulfert's article on Mr. Wright. Nicely done,

Pepper Cory


Subject: printing fabric From: Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2009 15:58:43 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; charset"us-ascii"

Back to a post and discussion in the fall about printing fabrics ------ ?I still haven't been happy with the color I got when printing my own fabric (Chintz --- for an 1840's quilt) using my computer and my printer/copier.(Tried several of the ideas given to me.) I really need to get a very?close match in color because this is a 2 color quilt that has an orange/lemon size hole in it. The quilt is going to be displayed so I am being super picky about the colors matching. I just saw the site ---- They print fabric for you. Have any of you used them? I plan to call them tomorrow to ask about this. They are located in Mebane, NC. I did hear a textile conservator talk about dyes used for coloring in missing sections of a deteriorated textile while in France and she said that printing/graphics ink/dyes hold fast the color much better than clothing dyes. I was glad to hear this since this is the?process I hope to use on this quilt.?? This was an exciting discovery that I thought some of you doing restoration might like to hear about.

In heavenly warm and sunny NC, Lynn

Lynn Lancaster Gorges Historic Textiles Studio The Creative Caregiver New Bern, NC


Subject: Re: printing fabric From: Jan Thomas <> Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2009 15:39:39 -0700 X-Message-Number: 2

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Lynn, I've been looking into this for quite a while and gathering bits and pieces as I have had time. Martha Spark in OR and I have talked about it too. I have a cotton quilt with one piece damaged. It has bugged me for years that I can't find something to use over it because, in fact, the only thing that will work is a piece of the same fabric. This is what I think from an analysis of what I've learned. I would like anyone to tell me where I'm wrong.

The problem with regular printers is that they only have a few jets to mix colors so you are limited in the result. If one had something like a giclee printer, with multiple color mixing jets, used the same archival inks and exact photographs for the computer, the result, in theory, should be near perfect. Artists print copies of their originals in this manner on cloth and paper and the end product can be nearly indistinguishable from the original. A friend gave me a contact, here in the Springs, who has such a printer and I plan to take him something to print. Were I to do it for others, I would want to purchase my own printer used just for that. I'd have to work out some problems first and I'd need to have the fabric tested afterward for any potential harm to the fragile fibers that it would be placed upon and near.

I have been asked to work on an 1840s silk quilt with loss in just certain plaids all over. I tend to stay as far away from silk as possible for fear that my needle will damage anything I sew on it. There are some pieced blocks toward the center of this quilt that are still intact. My thought is to photograph one of the intact blocks and reproduce it, on an equally woven piece of archival silk and use the "fake" _block _(my version of a cheater...LOL) to completely cover the damaged ones. What is underneath is preserved and you don't have a problem with something masking the look. I am not a professional conservator. I do restoration and stabilization. However, I can see this being used in both cases. The point is to still make what you do reversible in case something in the future becomes a better idea.

Where are the flaws in this thought process?

Jan wrote: > Back to a post and discussion in the fall about printing fabrics ------ > > I did hear a textile conservator talk about dyes used for coloring in missing sections of a deteriorated textile while in France and she said that printing/graphics ink/dyes hold fast the color much better than clothing dyes. I was glad to hear this since this is the?process I hope to use on this quilt.??



Subject: Mountain Mist Quilts From: Kris Driessen <> Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2009 14:45:51 -0800 (PST) X-Message-Number: 3

A slide show with music:





Subject: Long-Lunacy- SLightly QR From: Teddy Pruett <> Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2009 20:18:00 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

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So. This past weekend I appraised quilts at a show in Tampa Bay2C usually a slow-steady pretty decent show2C nothing to complain about (although2C of course2C I complain anyway) and nothing to brag about. Still2C a goo d solid show without the stress of long lines. ANd no overhead. I stay wi th a gal who has been a best friend since high school2C and I love staying with her. She has a small but spotless and charming house2C and a sweet  hubby that I've also known since high school when he knocked up my other be st friend2C but that's neither here nor there 45 years later2C and he let s us be silly. She lights a scented candle in my room before I arrive2C a nd cooks wonderful meals for me2C then late at night we sit on the bed in  our jammies with hot tea and reminisce about what beautiful2C curvaceous s luts we were before we got married2C and we marvel at the fact we survived our adventures at all. LIke the time I decided I had to live in Colorado  Springs2C and I left Lake CIty FL in a gold 64 Pontiac convertible the siz e of a barge2C and got to Colorado happy and stupid with my peekapoo and f ive bucks in my pocket and an empty gas tank2C and talked my way into a th rid floor apartment in Manitou Springs and a job at Daniels Chevrolet. Live d there for nearly a year2C at which time I decided I wanted to be a stewa rdess (yeah2C that far back....they weren't flight attendants yet) and I m oved back to Lake CIty to do that2C then didn't fly after all because I d ecided I wanted to join the Air Force instead. I took the ASFAB test and ma de the highest score ever made by a female at that particular site2C but y ou must remember very few women were joining the AIr Force in the mid 60's  Viet Nam era2C so that isn't such a big deal2C but now that I am older th an dirt and unable to remember if I even ate breakfast or not (giving me an excuse to eat TWICE!) it is good to remember times when I thought I was pr etty darned smart. It's also good to remember times when I was pretty darn ed curvacious2C before I began eating double breakfasts. I changed my min d about the Air Force2C too2C because I would be the low man (woman) on t he totem of command2C and I didn't want anyone telling me what to do. Tha t decision has haunted me lo these many years. One of my few true regrets. But I digress2C one of the few things I do truly well. Back to my story . We laugh hysterically about the time we lived in a little single wide tr ailer with a teensy eensy bathroom widow about 5" high over the bathtub - j ust big enough for dead frogs and leaves. The Beatles had a song out call ed "She Came in Through The Bathroom WIndow" and we would lie in our respec tive rooms at night and holler down the hallway to each other2C making up  absolutely hysterical stories about who came in through our bathroom window and what happened to them. SO2C you see2C it is a show I will not miss. To make this slightly quilt related2C I did see one wonderful red and gre en basket quilt with cherries on vines all over the border2C and the Holy  Grail of quiltdom - a feathered wreath smack in the center2C wherein was q uilted Sarah S. Somebody2C 1853. As far as vintage quilts2C though2C my favorite were two 1950's scrap quilts. Yep2C you read it correctly. The phrase 'beautiful 1950's scrap quilt' would appear to be an oxymoron2C bu t is not. One was a pieced basket full of scrap triangles2C and the maker (from KS) took those same triangles and made a double flying geese border  of them. Yall remind me to tell you my Flying Geese story2C it is not ple asant and I will not sully this current report with the sadness of it. Any way2C the quilt was quilted exquisitely and the condition was perfection.  The sister quilt was a Hummingbird/Periwinkle scrap2C also perfection. T he young gentleman who owned the quilts left me to complete the appraisals  while he enjoyed the show. It was late afternoon of the last day2C and se veral guild members had decided at the last minute to have quilts hanging i n the show appraised2C so I was getting a bit stressed and trying to work  rapidly2C watching the clock like mad. SO2C this gal pops into the room  where I am hard at work2C with a question. No quilt2C just a question. P erfectly okay2C that happens all the time and I'm glad to help when I can  because2C you see2C it makes me feel smart. (See first paragraph.) SO 2C she ignores the fact that my head is buried over a clipboard and that I am writing with great concentration.....and begins to describe a quilt pat tern that she wants me to identify for her. She grabs my pad of sticky not es2C rips off the top note whereon I've listed some measurements2C tosses it aside2C and GRABS THE PEN FROM MY HOT LITTLE FIST and begins to make s ketches2C all the while talking rapidly. I've never been possessive of my personal space2C but she was invading it bigtime - I could feel her breat h and she kept touching me - ick ick ick. She describes interlocking lines and shoves her itty fingernail in my face to illustrate the I repossess my pen2C gather my clipboard2C and shove Brackman at her2C te lling her to look up Carpenter's Square. I am working on my appraisal2C  so she finds the page2C shoves it at me2C and insists that isnt it2C bec ause they all interlock. I explain it is only one block2C and that when t hey are set together they do indeed interlock. Because I am losing my mind and don't know any better2C and I really am nice by nature2C I pull out a notebook of photos and comps to see if perhaps I have a picture of one 2C so she greedily devours the photos2C but I do not have a picture of a  Carpenter's Square. She decides that she will get my email address and sen d some pictures to me so that I can see her quilt. I assure her I know wha t it looks like2C she does not need to send me any pictures. I have plent y at home2C I tell her2C but I simply cannot travel with a photograph of  every quilt known to man. SHe takes my pen out of my hand AGAIN even though there are other pens on the table2C and says she will write her e-mail fo r me and I can send her some of my pictures. I never ever speak ill of my c lients2C rest assured2C but this is not a client2C it is an assault. I  am calm outside. Inside2C I am whirling2C whirling.....I envision myself much ike an ice skater at full throttle in a spin2C going round and round so rapidly I am a blur......then I stretch out my hands2C which are holdi ng knives and I am no longer a twirling skater but a human weed eater2C  and I touch this woman and leave bloody little bits of her all over the wal ls...... I shake my head2C return to the real world where I am harmless bu t a bit grumpy2C and I stare intently into her face2C a mere 4 inches fro m my own2C and say "Google it." Never cross a woman who can traverse the  entire country and change lifestyles on five bucks. Teddy Pruett Teddy Pruett www.teddypruett.comTrying to live life from one "A-Ha!"moment to th e next.Teddy Pruett www.teddypruett.comTrying to live life from one "A-Ha!" moment to the next. _________________________________________________________________ Windows Live99: E-mail. Chat. Share. Get more ways to connect.20




Subject: Re: Long-Lunacy- SLightly QR From: Mitzioakes <> Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2009 04:37:16 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

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Teddy - I don't know you personally, but your email that I just opened (a li ttle before 5am) made me laugh, cry, and giggle some.....Thank you! With a20 lot of personal things weighing on my mind (thus the early sit before the co mputer) you made my day ahead much easier. I can relate to your youth, tho20 I am a 'bit' older than you 100%. Keep up the appraising and hopefully that 'individual' never crosses your p ath again. Now I going back to reread your email and laugh some more - oh didn't we hav e great times in our youth? Mitzi from Vermont 


Subject: Women's History Blogs From: Jan Thomas <> Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2009 08:52:33 -0700 X-Message-Number: 2

No connection and I these four blogs would interest some of you. Sewing is mentioned many times.



Subject: Re: Women's History Blogs From: Joan Kiplinger <> Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2009 11:12:27 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

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Jan -- this has been removed.

Jan Thomas wrote:No connection and I these four blogs would interest some of you. Sewing is mentioned many times. > >> >> >>



Subject: Re: Women's History Blogs From: Jan Thomas <> Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2009 09:37:12 -0700 X-Message-Number: 4

Sorry, I was there last night and this morning and this is what I think happened. She has split this blog into four separate blogs and I got to the one listed below by clicking on all the blog links on the page. All have great info. The address I sent was for the original site which must now be defunct. Try this: You will be able to link to the other three from this site. jt

Joan Kiplinger wrote: > Jan -- this has been removed. > >


Subject: RE: Women's History Blogs From: Nancy Gibbs <> Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2009 12:01:50 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

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All I get is an error message2C saying that the blog has been removed. Can you check on this? I'm very interested in historical sewing.

Nancy Bucks County2C PA



Subject: Fw: menswear haberdashery quilts From: Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2009 08:43:27 -0800 (PST) X-Message-Number: 6

From: <> Subject: menswear haberdashery quilts To: Date: Friday, February 6, 2009, 1:48 PM

Hi all - Americana week in NYC just ended, and spirits seemed elevated (as did many prices, surprising in light of the economy.) My favorite booth was one at the Winter Antiques Show where folk art price tags that I saw range d from $150,000 to $950,000!! Other vendors had more modest offerings, and there were some great pieces to see.

I am in the intermediate stages of gathering examples to include in a book and articles about my New England Quilt Museum exhibition MASTER PIECES: Ha berdashery Textiles in Antique Quilts. I have received photos of just a few from QHL readers; I thought there would be great ones out there that you all could direct me to.20

Polly Mello sent the best so far--a quilt made from a jersey football uniform, huge fun and unique. Here's what I am looking for---fabrics could be ou terwear like suiting and coatsA0(not only menswear woolens, but also cotto n, corduroy, etc. My fantasy would beA0a quiltA0pieced of Brooks Brothers seersucker like Cy Nelson used to wear in summer);A0 twill and broadcloth from uniforms and workclothes, and hunting/camping/outdoor clothing; shirt ings in cotton, silk, orA0gabardine, even Pendleton wools; neckties in any fabric; intimate haberdashery like long johns woolens, socks,(dare I hope for something piecedA0from boxer shorts or lisle jersey all-in-ones!); ther textiles used in menswearA0like grosgrain ribbon hatbands, vest backi ngs,clothing linings, suspenders, labels.

I am interested in how theA0quilt makers handled any of these materials, m ore thanA0just the materials, so I am looking for better than simply one-p atch piecing, I want to see imaginative graphics.

And if you can locate pieces with provenance or interesting history such as the, like the quilt maker worked for the textile factory andA0took home remnants ofA0pattern cuttings,excess orA0last year's line ofA0fabrics, th at would be sublime (I'm thinking back to a great quilt I was shown pieced of long thin triangular strips which were the residue from cutting away ski rt patterns; not for this show, but eye catching and interesting).

If you could email me photos, with the examples either hung up so the full graphic and side treatment is apparent, orA0getA0two people to hold it up , along with a closeup or two, I would be grateful.

Thanks. Laura Fisher


Subject: Women's History Blogs From: Joan Kiplinger <> Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2009 12:34:33 -0500 X-Message-Number: 7

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Jan -- This came through fine. Amazing the age longevity of these slave women. Bookmarked it for later reading. Although I did smile when one slave described dress fabric as ansenberg; dawned on me she meant osnaburg. Thanx for posting this site.

Jan Thomas wrote:

Sorry, I was there last night and this morning and this is what I think happened. She has split this blog into four separate blogs and I got to the one listed below by clicking on all the blog links on the page. All have great info. The address I sent was for the original site which must now be defunct. Try this: You will be able to link to the other three from this site. jt



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Hi Laura -

This is the second email I've gotten about the menswear quilts that has nothing in it - ???

Not sure, but I think QHL doesn't allow attachments - in case that's what you are trying.

Sue **************A Good Credit Score is 700 or Above. See yours in just 2 easy steps! ( bemailfooterNO62)



Subject: Re: Fw: menswear haberdashery quilts From: Polly Greene <> Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2009 14:24:05 -0400 X-Message-Number: 9

It came through fine for me. Polly


Subject: Quilt Exhibit opening in PA From: "Candace Perry" <> Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2009 14:41:22 -0500 X-Message-Number: 10

From my fine colleagues at the Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville, PA (Candace Perry, messenger only): "Bits and Pieces: Scrap Quilts" exhibit opening at the Mennonite Heritage Center on February 22, 2009

The public is invited to the opening reception for the exhibit Bits and Pieces: Scrap Quilts on Sunday, February 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville. Joel Alderfer, curator/librarian and quilt historian Nancy Roan will lead informal discussions about the quilts and their makers during the opening reception. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is by donation.

Bits and Pieces includes over thirty quilts from both the center's permanent collection and on loan from Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center and private collectors. The quilts will be on display from February 22 to August 22, 2009. These colorful bed coverings from the late nineteenth through the mid twentieth century represent both frugality and creativity. Patchwork was a way for women (and occasionally men) to piece together remnants of multicolored bits of fabric for a warm bed covering. Those who slept under the quilts often had a dress or shirt from the same fabric. The patchworks tops were stitched to batting and a quilt back for a useful bed cover. Many of these cotton fabric quilts did not survive years of use but those that did are fun to study and a delightful record of southeastern Pennsylvania folk culture.

For those who are inspired by the exhibit and want to learn how to quilt - the Mennonite Heritage Center is offering an Introduction to Hand Quilting class on Saturday, March 21 from 9 am to 3 pm. The class will be taught by experienced quilt designer Ellen Pahl. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required with a class fee of $55/$50 members plus $10 for materials. For more information or to register, please see www.mhep.or/events.html or call 215-256-3020.

Regular exhibit hours at the Mennonite Heritage Center are Tues-Fri 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information on events and exhibits, check the Mennonite Heritage Center web site:, email:, or call 215-256-3020.


Subject: Women's History Blogs From: Jan Thomas <> Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2009 13:46:35 -0700 X-Message-Number: 11

You're always welcome Joan. I have over 200 sites like this bookmarked and ad more weekly so I'm thinking about starting my own blog listing textile research my spare time LOL Jan

Joan Kiplinger wrote:

> Jan -- This came through fine. Amazing the age longevity of these > slave women. Bookmarked it for later reading. Although I did smile > when one slave described dress fabric as ansenberg; dawned on me she > meant osnaburg. Thanx for posting this site.


Subject: Re: Women's History Blogs From: Jan Thomas <> Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2009 14:55:07 -0700 X-Message-Number: 12

Just to clarify; you can get to the other blogs this author writes by clicking on her "Profile". It is at the bottom of the left side of the page, just under the Subscribe option. Aren't those pic great! Jan


Subject: Western Washington Quilt Study Group
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2009 17:13:51 -0800
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MEETING NOTICE: Come join us at La Conner Regional Library Saturday, March
29, 2009 10:30a.m. for the March gathering of the Western Washington Quilt
Study Group. Our focus will be doll quilts and you are encouraged to bring
doll or crib quilts to share. Karen Alexander, who has been a member of the
American Quilt Study Groups since 1981 and collecting doll quilts since
1997, will give an overview of the history of doll quilts and will share a
number of them from her collection. SheB9ll also have books and other
information on the subject to share. Visit KarenB9s new quilt history Blog a
t for more details as well as some photos.
There is an email link for Joy Neal, our organizer, on the blog which you
can use to convey your intention to attend.

Hope to see some of you there!

Karen Alexander


Subject: Re: Mountain Mist quilts
From: "Marilyn Withrow" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 09:48:29 -0600
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What is the material hung over these quilts in the Debbie Roberts display
that gives a shine in the pictures? It looks like the heavy clear vinyl
that you can get on the rolls at the hardware store, similar to where you
purchase oilcloth. I assume they are attached at the top and simply flow
loosely over the quilt and are not attached to the quilt. Am I seeing this
correctly? I've not seen this in a display before. I also assume

Marilyn Maddalena Withrow
Professional Quilt Appraiser, Judge,
Historian, Designer and Speaker
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Subject: mountain mist
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 17:05:51 +0000
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Kris, Thanks for providing the link to the slide show. It was good to see different patterns from the ones we used here in Columbus for our Mountain Mist exhibit as part of Quilts of the Midwest: Creations of Art and Utility. Thanks, Deb. A great presentation! Dee
Dee Dadik
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Subject: Museum Closings
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 14:05:37 -0700
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The city of Colorado Springs is about to cut three critical positions
from the staff of the Pioneers Museum due to a severe drop in income.
The choices of what and who to cut have been difficult, I'm sure. My
friend, the museum curator and textile afficianado, Katie Davis-Gardner
is one of those cuts. She has been there 18 years. That will leave 5
people to handle an AAM accredited museum the size of a large
courthouse. The museum houses a multi-million dollar collection which
includes irreplaceable textiles including the two reform costumes, about
which I wrote earlier this year, and a large collection of quilts,
coverlets, rugs and blankets. Many of us think the museum will not
survive without a curator, especially one of her skill and talent.

Does anyone have suggestions, snippets, anything, for emergency grants
to help cover the cost of her salary for the next year? Due to certain
agreements made long before I moved here, they cannot charge for
entrance. Thousands of school children visit each year. Katie is
responsible for the exhibits that teach them about our heritage. What
can we do? I am just devastated.

Jan Thomas


Subject: RE: Museum Closings
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 16:51:41 -0500
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I fear this is the fate of the "non-income producer" -- curators and
collections people are often the first cut when budget problems occur,
because we don't bring in income. It's like suddenly there is this huge
seismic shift in what is deemed valuable.
Sadly, Jan, I'm not sure what the state of the federal granting agencies is
now and I don't know what it will be in the next fiscal year, but I'm
betting it's going to be bad. I think some programs are proceeding at the
moment -- for instance, the IMLS programs seem to be going ahead-- but we
are still in the current fiscal year. They could put on the brakes at any
I have a friend who was a long term curatorial employee at a large budget
museum laid off recently...I fear we are all just hoping for the best and
cutting corners everywhere. We turn off lights and have slashed our budgets
just to make sure we all have jobs. Our endowment took a huge whack. And
believe it or not -- we're still lucky thanks to very conservative spending
I think the only hope would be for a private donor. The state I am sure
won't be of any help -- here in PA they've eliminated all museum grant
programs for last year and this year -- I can't imagine that CO is much
better off.
It's bad. I hate to be a bearer of sad news, but that's the truth.
I hope she'll be okay. I worry about the person when it comes down to it;
the museum will have to get along somehow.
Candace Perry
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center


Subject: Re: Museum Closings
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 14:57:23 -0700
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Thank you Candace. I know we are all in the same boat. The Museum
Friends board will meet tomorrow
morning and I am taking all suggestions to them. Just knowing someone
cares is a good thing. Jan


Subject: Re: Mountain Mist Quilts From: Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2009 21:16:00 EST X-Message-Number: 7

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Thank you for sharing this. What a treat to receive an email that takes you to a place which is so pleasant to the eyes and ears! Lovely piano music and beautiful quilts. Great job Debbie!

Alma Moates Pensacola, Fl.


Subject: Re: Mountain Mist quilts From: Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2009 03:51:55 EST X-Message-Number: 1

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Wow Kris - you do get around. NY-CA all by cyberspace.

I really enjoy the MM quilt collection - and it was such a treat to spend some time with these pieces.

Marilyn, there was no plastic cover over the quilts, just the quilts. You might be seeing the shrink wrap barricade spread across the bay which shows on some of the images. It was put up by the show ops staff to keep people from getting too close to touch.

I am not sure, who is responsible for the slide show on Smilebox, it may be John Alexander (Alex's husband) who did take very similar images of the quilts for their "the Quilt Show", but Gregory Case (quilt photographer extraordinare) was also taking some so it may be his doing. Whoever put it online did a very nice job and I thank them for sharing. Such a concept.

Deb Roberts _www.worldofquiltstravel.com_ (

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Subject: Collections in closed museums From: "Newbie Richardson" <> Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2009 11:34:05 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

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As awful as the loss of curators - especially textile curtators - is to the future of our collections, let me give you all a slightly different perspective.

I have personally witnessed the aftermath of curtorial downsizing, and no bones about it, it is just plain horrible. The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has been on this path for at least 6 years. However, thanks to the professionalism of those same "axed" curators, the collections themselves will be pretty much ok.

The objects are still in good storage with good cataloguing ( up to the point of the curator's dismissal). Basically, the collection will no longer be accessible to scholars ( unless one knows the exact accession number so that finding the artifact is easy for the part time person hired instead) and of course, no exhibits will go up. New items might or might not be catalogued - but they will be properly housed and stored.

Four senarios present themselves for the future of the collection in question:

-They go dormant (until the day a new curator is hired).

-The board undertakes a collections assessment, finds that parts of it do not fit the mission of the museum, and deaccessions. (This takes time and is not always a bad thing)

-The museum changes mission - becomes a science museum for instance - and the "not relevant to the new mission" artifacts are transfered to a neighboring institution. This is also not a bad thing.

- The museum transfers th entire collection to another institution (case in point: the Brooklyn Museum to the Costume Institute)

Remember that any accredited museum is obligated to follow certain basic collections care guidelines. Professionals losing their jobs is awful, no more ongoing research/exhibition is very sad, but the actual artifacts will probably be ok.

Newbie Richardson



Subject: Re: Collections in closed museums From: Gaye Ingram <> Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2009 18:02:19 -0600 X-Message-Number: 3

Newbie, this shows how in touch I am: I did not know the Brooklyn Museum had closed, either effectively or literally.

I loved their quilts. They were the first quilts I saw that were not privately owned. Some of them were photographed in Wilder Lane's book. I have THOSE memorized.

When did this happen? All textiles?