Subject: Re: qhl digest: February 11, 2009 From: Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 06:58:41 EST X-Message-Number: 1

I was saddened to learn of the many closings, merging collections, curatorial and staff cuts at museums that are struggling to continue operation at this difficult time. It seems that aesthetic programs-- music, libraries, art-- are cut first, as soon as finances get tight.

Times are tough, opportunities sparse, the future looms bleak, and the national mood is negative. This is the time we need music, art, books, and beauty to distract us, to enliven and enlighten us, to lift our mood, to inspire.

In light of the current financial challenges, the local quilt study groups and our personal collections take on even more importance. If you own antique quilts or textiles, you are their curator-- their guardian. With museums closing and many collections now inaccessible, this may be a good time to share your own personal collection.

Judy Grow has a network of friends and colleagues who share their deep knowledge and their diverse collections in September at our regional quilt study day in Burlington NJ. I am thrilled to see the private quilts shared during these quilt study events. And I am so grateful to their owners-- their guardians-- the generous people who are willing to share their expertise, their passion, and their beautiful textiles.

We're all in this together. Let's travel along, singing our song, side by side.

Bright blessings!


Subject: Nancy Cabot, etc. From: "shirley mcelderry" <> Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 07:30:41 -0600 X-Message-Number: 2

Is there anyone out there who would be interested in Nancy Cabot research?? 70 original patterns; 8 booklets by Wilma Smith, etc.

Also Anne Cabot (tenuous connection to Nancy) patterns and booklet.

Also have photocopies of Progressive Farmer quilt patterns; #' 1601 through #1892. Am downsizing here; anyone can have for the price of postage!

Please contact Shirley Mc at

And I hope I am not stepping on any toes here with the offer??


Subject: Re: collections in closed museums From: Marsha MacDowell <> Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 08:35:33 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

The Quilt Index ( is just beginning to provide access to collections in museums and is an important point of access to information about the quilts no matter if a museum is closed or not.

Marsha MacDowell Curator, Michigan State University Museum Member,The Quilt Index Leadership Team


Subject: Re: collections in closed museums From: "Candace Perry" <> Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 09:40:32 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

Let me say quickly that most institutions have a contingency plan in the event of closure. It is usually written into the bylaws somewhere...esp. a museum like the Brooklyn. So though the collections may remain in storage for a time I am sure there was some strategy for them. Also...a plea...maybe if you have some extra cash donate to your local museum. Even $25 helps. It buys light bulbs or toilet paper or printer ink...all we need to do is maintain the status quo til we can get through this. If you have gift cards sitting in drawers for walmart or target or home depot, that might even help. That's money that can be diverted elsewhere for the museum. I know everyone is begging, but this is a matter of life or death for many museums. Candace Perry


Subject: Re: museum closings From: Jan Thomas <> Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 11:29:41 -0700 X-Message-Number: 5

On and off-list, y'all are great. I'm so NOT used to dealing with a city-owned entity. The museum is part of an extensive Parks and Recreation Dept. There is still a chance to save the curator's job. We just have to force the city director and museum director to choose something else - persons or programs. How do you make that decision? The curator and exhibit designer were selected from the city over the choice of a guard and the receptionist. Eventually, the only person left might very well be the one who works there permanently on an _endowment_ to the museum.

I will check on the plans for the collection should the museum close. Can they stay accredited without a curator?

Candace, I love the $25 at a time thing. One of my suggestions to the president of the Friends Group is to break the collection into groups and appeal individually to those who love each group. I, or someone else, would go to the weavers, quilters, embroiderers, costumers etc. and try to raise a portion of the money needed. I KNOW I can do that. (The quilters could have a fabric sale. They would, of course, sell it all to each other. Money raised! Problem solved! Do that every year. That fabric you sold last year all of a sudden becomes important so you buy it back. Endowment fund filled. LOL)

There is a very large fund that supports like functions right here in town and they haven't been approached by the board who told me 'We'll have to...brush up...on our grant writing skills...I guess'.

At this point, my biggest question is why would you want to stay at a place that values the receptionist and guard, both excellent employees and friends of mine, over the curatorship?

God bless the Quilt Index. We were about to involve this museum in that project but there will be no one left who likes textiles enough to care.

Jan, who is going from devastated to determined. My new favorite phrase is "Don't anger the fiber people." I love it!

Candace Perry wrote: Let me say quickly that most institutions have a contingency plan in the event of closure. It is usually written into the bylaws somewhere...esp.a > museum like the Brooklyn. So though the collections may remain in storage for a time I am sure there was some strategy for them. Also...a plea...maybe if you have some extra cash donate to your local museum. Even $25 helps. It buys light bulbs or toilet paper or printer ink...all we need to do is maintain the status quo til we can get through this. If you have gift cards sitting in drawers for walmart or target or home depot, that might even help. That's money that can be diverted elsewhere for the museum.


Subject: Re: collections in closed museums From: Jan Thomas <> Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 11:54:55 -0700 X-Message-Number: 6

Just an addition to thank you again. I'm compiling all suggestions to present to the board.

May I also say, several years ago my husband and I lived through a series of devastating blows that resulted in our leaving OH for Colorado Springs. It was hard but we did it. The gorgeous scenery aside, I immediately sought a museum for which to volunteer. It was not a completely altruistic decision. My small business in OH was OH history and OH textile history oriented. What did I know about CO - zip - so I had to start all over again. Being at the museum helps me understand the history of the west. For every hour they give me to "play", I give them back by doing whatever they need done and I don't qualify that it must be fun. I learn from every job they give me. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum was there for me and I will be there for them.

I am constantly amazed at people who want things and time from our museum staff but don't want or worse yet, care, to give back. Granted the museum is sort of there to present our history to and preserve our history for the people but it takes a whole lot of work to get it there. I applaud all of you for your work.



Subject: Pioneers Museum Blog From: Jan Thomas <> Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 12:15:06 -0700 X-Message-Number: 7

Ladies and gentlemen,

If you have ever visited our museum, [even if you haven't :) ] please visit their just created blog and post your comments about what it meant to you. I thank you with all my heart. Teddy, this also means you from way back when the dinosaurs roamed Manitou Springs! Jan


Subject: Antique Qlt exh. in TX From: "Kimberly Wulfert, PhD" <> Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 16:10:26 -0800 X-Message-Number: 8

The Winedale Historical Complex, at U of TX at Austin is having an antique quilt show from their collection. This is where Joyce Gross placed her quilt collection and their collection is on the Quilt Index.

Geometry & Botanica:Quilts from Winedale's Historic Collection

This exhibition highlights 15 quilts donated to the Winedale Quilt Collection by the Texas Memorial Museum of the University of Texas at Austin. The exhibit's quilts were selected to compare the differences and similarities between quilts with geometric designs and quilts that focus on botanical subjects. The Texas Memorial Museum collection contains the earliest quilts donated to the University, and is significant for the age of some of the quilts (as early as 1814). The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Exhibit Hours: 2/15- 2/28 Monday through Friday a.m. to 5 p.m.Plus Saturday, Feb. 28,10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special Opening Reception DATE: Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009 TIME: 2 - 4 p.m.

For more information or to arrange group visits, please contact Winedale Historical Complex via email (, or call (979) 278-3530.

Kimberly Wulfert, PhD Women On Quilts


Subject: timely post From: "Newbie Richardson" <> Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 19:25:50 -0500 X-Message-Number: 9

This is from another list I am on. We have done several of these grants for smaller institutions, focusing on textiles. If any of you volunteer or work for smaller historical societies etc. please pass this on. The application is a lot of work and such, but once you have pulled together the information, it can be used over and over again when applying for all kinds of funding.

Newbie Richardson



Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions help small and mid-sized institutions, such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and colleges, improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. Awards of up to $6000 support preservation related collection assessments, consultations, workshops and training, and institutional and collaborative disaster and emergency planning. Grants cover consultant fees, workshop registration fees, related travel and per diem expenses, and the costs of purchasing and shipping preservation supplies and equipment.

All applications to the NEH must be submitted through See the application guidelines for details.

The 2009 guidelines for Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions are available at <> You will also find sample project descriptions, sample narratives, and a list of frequently asked questions. The deadline for applications is May 14, 2009.

Any U.S. nonprofit organization is eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and tribal governments. Small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information, contact the staff of NEH's Division of Preservation and Access at 202-606-8570 and


Subject: Good news for museum funding!
From: "Kimberly Wulfert, PhD" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 10:11:16 -0800
X-Message-Number: 1

The American Association of Museums (AAM) announced this morning that the
U.S. Congress unveiled the Conference Report for H.R. 1, the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, setting the stage for final passage
by the House and Senate, expected to occur in the next few days.

Museums, zoos, and aquariums had initially been barred from competing for
any funds in the Senate-passed bill. Zoos and aquariums were barred from
funds in both versions. In reconciling the two pieces of legislation,
Congress is set to adopt the following language:

"SEC. 1604. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available in
this Act may be used by any State or local government, or any private entity
for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course,
or swimming pool."

"Museum supporters should be very pleased that we were able to mobilize a
massive field-wide effort to prevent a funding ban on museums in this bill,"
said AAM President Ford W. Bell. "However, the fact that Congress - and
specifically the U.S. Senate in its February 6 vote - initially saw fit to
exclude museums from funding shows that we have a lot of work to do in
making the case for museums." He added: "It is also disheartening that zoos
and aquariums will be prohibited from competing for most economic stimulus
funds made available through this bill. Zoos and aquariums have tremendous
public benefit for environmental education and wildlife conservation, and
contribute greatly to our nation's economy by spurring tourism."

Museums employ more than a half-million Americans, spend an estimated $14.5
billion annually, and rank among the top three family vacation destinations.
Visitors to cultural and heritage destinations stay 53% longer and spend 36%
more money than other kinds of tourists.

Museums have been very hard hit by this recession, laying off workers and
cutting back on services. Members of Congress must be made aware of the
economic impact that museums make on their communities, and we must TELL
CONGRESS the impact we have every day - employing workers, buying goods and
services, and educating communities.

The bill also includes the following funding:

National Endowment for the Arts - $50 million to preserve jobs in the
non-profit arts sector.
Smithsonian Institution - $25 million for repair and revitalization of
existing facilities.
National Park Service - $146 million for critical repair and rehabilitation
projects, $589 million for energy efficient retrofits, the preservation and
repair of historical resources within the National Park System, and other
critical infrastructure projects, and $15 million for historic preservation
projects at historically black colleges and universities.
National Science Foundation - $100 million for improving instruction in
math, science, and engineering.
Community Development Fund - $1 billion to bolster critical community
services and infrastructure needs, to be administered by local governments.

You can read the entire 496-page conference report HERE.

Kimberly Wulfert, PhD
Women On Quilts


Subject: Gasperik Quilts: First Private Quilt Collection on Quilt Index
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 14:02:48 EST

Dear QHL friends--
I know someone already posted that the quilts of Mary Gasperik have been
displayed online at the, which is great. But I wanted to
provide a little institutional perspective about this milestone.
This collection of 80-plus remarkable quilts made by Mary Gasperik, a
Hungarian immigrant with amazing embroidery skills, are worthy of respect in
their own right. But documenting this collection is also a landmark moment for
the Quilt Index: up to now, all the quilts on the site have been part of museum
collections or state quilt documentation projects. This is a pilot project for
adding private quilt collections to the impressive assemblage of 18,000
significant quilts, and it's an auspicious beginning.
It's important to note that the documentation process was as thorough
and meticulous for the Gasperik collection as for all the others. Indeed, the
level of detail you'll see in the documents on each quilt sets a very high bar
for private quilt collectors who want to publicly share their quilts. After
Mary Gasperik died, her quilts were passed out among her descendents, who came to
realize that these quilts were historically and artistically important. In
particular, Susan Salser, Gasperik's granddaughter, embarked on a rather epic
quest to track down the stories and patterns behind these quilts, a search that
took years but produced a wealth of information, described in an online essay
by quilt historian Merikay Waldvogel.
The Quilt Index is run in partnership by Michigan State University
Museum, the Alliance for American Quilts and MATRIX-The Center for Humane Arts,
Letters and Social Sciences at MSU. You can find the Gasperik collection by going
to the Alliance homepage,, or the Quilt Index,
The staff at the Index will be evaluating this project before proceeding
to add other private quilt collections. But if you have a collection you
think would be a worthy addition to this online archive, reach out to Mary Worrall
( or check out the application materials online.
But first, go see these awesome quilts!
Meg Cox, vice president, Alliance for American Quilts


Nothing says I love you like flowers! Find a florist near you now.



Subject: Interesting Engravings
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 21:02:20 -0700
X-Message-Number: 3

FYI - For those of you who are looking for illustrations, the engravings
in this book are
interesting. The room full of girls on sewing machines on the page
after 342 is pretty cool.
I love the titles of 19th century books. Jan

MOA - Ellington, George,pseud. 1869
The women of New York; or, The under-world of the great city.
Illustrating the life of
women of fashion, women of pleasure, actresses and ballet girls, saloon
girls, pickpockets
and shoplifters, artists' female models, women-of-the-town, etc. ...;idno4602145.0001.001----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Presidents and Quilts and Stuff (long)
From: "Susan Wildemuth" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2009 08:38:03 -0600
X-Message-Number: 1

Someone asked me a question that I don't know the answer to so I am hoping
that someone can help me with an answer her question.

People have made quilts for presidents and their families for years.
Many/Some presidents have libraries and some of these "gift" quilts make
their way to their libraries.

What happens to the rest of them? Do they go back to "lets say" Chicago
when the family leaves public life and become part of their family
collection? Do they remain at the White House because they were given to
the President while he was in office? Are they "regifted" to museums?
Does the White House have quilts in their collection? Is
there a list somewhere of what quilts are at the White House? Has there
ever been an exhibition of White House quilts? Has someone ever done a
study on Presidential quilts? You know "where they are today."

Speaking of Re-Gifting

Side Note: A few years back (in February) I helped my BF from high school
pack up her
mother's home while our husbands did minor repairs around the home. Her
mother had kept her illness a secret from all of us who loved her and her
passing was very unexpected.

BF and I were crying as we sorted and packed things that were going to
disabled vets, the John Lewis Coffee House, and several local nursing
homes-- until we came to a closet in her mother's basement. The closet was
filled with items with names on them -- we were puzzled for a moment until
we realized, we had found her mother's regifting closet. That discovery
along with the 50 pairs of scissors, boxes of scotch tape, jars of soap
fragments, cigar boxes with string pieces, and the largest stash of Vicks
Vapo Rub seen outside of a drug store made us smile.

She was a child of the Depression and my friend and I sat down and talked
about how that had molded our parents thinking. Waste meant affluence and
so macaroni and cheese was reheated and corn on the cob was put in aluminum
foil and saved for lunch tomorrow. Throw out a bake potato when it could be
used for fried potatoes tomorrow - never.

I wonder what my son will think when he finds my stashes of odd things -- he
is going to shake his head and wonder why his mom needed so many paper clips
and ink pens and pieces of fabric, but I hope it makes him smile too.

Sue in Illinois

Susan Wildemuth


Subject: quilts in Denton (long)
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2009 11:46:21 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

The Eastern shore Quilt Study Group met on Thursday (postponed from the
day of the Mid-Atlantic nightmare). The dual theme was "presents and pink."
Presents was broadly defined to include gifts to yourself (just about
everything we collect) and presents received by others. I started off with
my newly discovered New England quilt top, diamond stars (a la Baby Blocks)
stamped Ella McMahon with a tag attached saying "to Ella on her thirteenth
birthday from Grandma." I think I've found Ella in Bridgeport, CT in the
1880 census. She was 17 in 1880; the fabrics in the top are typical of the
Moving around the table we saw scrappy Baskets, various reds and greens,
with solid pink setting blocks. The fabrics appeared to range from the
1890s to the 1930s--a deep scrapbag. Next was a Log Cabin (c.
1900)containing Centennial and conversation prints. Mary Lou McDonald and
Margo Cramer showed blocks they made for Jan Whitlock based on an album
quilt pictured on the cover of Antiques Magazine in 1932. The present
whereabouts of the quilt is not known, but it was/is a stunner, very folky
with lots of birds. Mary Lou also showed us the Marie Webster block she
made for a Silent Auction (look for these beauties on the Baltimore Appliqué
Society website).
On p. 214 of the New Jersey book you can see a small silk Tumbling
Blocks (c. 1860). A note attached says "made by E. Warner in the
eighty-first year of her age and presented to her daughter B. Woolston, July
1860. Another tiny treasure from NJ appears to be a doll quilt made of
1.75" Evening Stars (also c. 1860).
We saw several contemporary presents. A version of the Vintage
Valentines pattern in candy pinks. Polly brought her fabulous chintz stripy
with the bird chintz in blue as the borders. I've been hounding her for
details on the that quilt and so I had my version of it (115" square) with
black and white birds substituted for the blue (my DIL doesn't like blue). I
incorporated the label into the front of the quilt and plan to have it
quilted as a medallion so that it can be reversed (the back is Brackman's
bird toile from the Floral Trails collection). I insist that this quilt,
including the back, cost nothing since every bit of it came from my stash.
Polly showed us a fascinating Prince's Feather variation, very worn and
very beautiful, which she is allowing the Heartland Guild in Denton to make
patterns from. Dating 1840-1860 the 4 large blocks alternate feathers with
branches of flowers and leaves. The edge is scalloped with flowers in each
We always want to see Eastern Shore quilts and a red and green turned to
brown Rob Peter to Pay Paul (c. 1900) was from Caroline Co. just outside
Denton. We dated a charming 9-Patch baby quilt in pink, greens and brown
Jean Fries brought the c. 1860 Crossroads she had given to her son and
her delightful reproduction of the quilt as well as the larger scale
interpretation in pastels that would make a wonderful signature quilt for a
wedding. Susan Schreurs used a collection of bright floral fabrics to make
a quilt for her MIL, an avid gardener.
The bodice of a child's dress in lavender checks made us wish we had a
copy of Dressed for the Photographer handy. Our guess, based on neckline
and sleeves, was c. 1850. A crib sized Lone Star, 1825-1840, had Lemoyne
Stars between the points, a blue and beige bird chintz as the border and
tape binding.
Moving on to pink I showed Ocean Waves from northwestern Ohio with an
astonishing deep pink used as the background, my latest inscribed Rolling
Stone (Berks Co., PA) and the Oak Leaf and Reel with the large scale pink
and white check sashing. Next was a Dogwood, Progress kit, 1940 and a
Chimney Sweep top from PA, pink, blue and yellow. A cradle quilts made of
tiny Bowties had bright (very bright) pink setting blocks. There were
President's Wreath blocks, c. 1930, and a piece of pink cheater cloth. A
Log Cabin, dated 1940, was made with various prints in a lovely shade of
orange on one side of the block and pale blues and white on the other.
A Delectable Mountains with a chintz border made in Baltimore c. 1830
raised the question of whether it was originally red rather than the deep
pink it is now. We're looking forward to comparing it to the Amelia Lauck
quilt that Alden O'Brien will be discussing in Williamsburg. Maryland
quilts are amazing. A simple 9-Patch variation from the Emmitsburg area has
the most amazing pink fern print as the border (someone reproduce it,
please!). A Carpenter's Wheel in pink and green repeat blocks from Augusta
Co., VA dates from 1850. I was surprised when a second pink and green
Carpenter's Wheel, the one from PA, turned up. The blocks on both quilts
measure about 12".
A Ver Mehren Giant Dahlia in shades of pink was practically pleated (the
maker last the battle with all those bias edges). I am green with envy over
a stuffed Album from Ithaca, NY. When I say "stuffed" I mean every single
piece of appliqué, flowers, buds, leaves. stems. The 9 large blocks have
wreaths, vases, birds. The quilt came with strong provenance including the
family's address. I'll be in Ithaca at Easter and will do some exploring.
There was more, but I have to stop with this show stopper.
Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: BAQs
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2009 12:59:49 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

Don't hate me because I have more fun than I deserve. I think of all of
you when I am enjoying Quilt Nirvana. We residents of Maryland are often
asked "Where can I see Baltimore Album quilts?" As Polly Mello says "You
have to see them when they're up." The second rotation of quilts at the
Baltimore Museum of Art is small but exquisite. Individual blocks are used
to illustrate various aspects of Baltimore-style appliqué. Most of the
blocks are from the Slater collection. Large naive flowers in a red pot
with a green lattice center include one fondue pink striped flower and
another in a seaweed blue fondue.
A bouquet of flowers tied with a blue ribbon and signed Mary A. Sultzer
includes layered appliqué and lots of inked detail. I loved the
cornucopia signed Sarah Ann Buckmiller 1846 containing poinsettias,
strawberries and a butterfly. A grapevine wreath dated 1847 is a memorial
to Susannah Riley. It contains an elaborate inked inscription including the
information that it was made for an esteemed friend George Ellis. The
signage notes that the square is proof that a man might ask a woman friend
to create a square in his name. (We all knew that, but proof is nice.)
There's a Fountain of Health block, a fleur de lis with tulips,
scherenschnitte (paper cut designs) and reverse appliqué oak leaves.
The three quilts are hanging. The Everest Album, 1847-1850, was donated
by the sainted Dr. Dunton. It includes lots of mostly simple
scherenschnitte blocks, 5 chintz appliqué wreaths, some very simple blocks,
for instance a single large green leaf. The quitmaker saved her best work
for the border, a reverse appliqué red feather that curves sinuously around
the outside of the quilt. This is the first BAQ I ever saw "in the cloth."
It was the winter of 1987 and the BAM had a few BAQs hanging at the top of
the grand staircase. I can still remember how I stopped breathing as I got
half way up the stairs and saw this quilt. If you are lucky enough to have
"Baltimore Album Quilts" by Dena Katzenberg it's on p. 100-101.
The Elizabeth Sliver quilt, 1849 (Katzenberg p. 106-107) is the ultimate
Designer I quilt. It has all the bells and whistles except a border. Its
near twin is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (see Amelia Peck "American
Quilts and Coverlets," p. 50-54).
The Battee Album, c. 1852 (Katzenberg p. 114-115) is a combination of
styles combining some very elaborate blocks (a hunting scene, an eagle, a
lyre with layered roses and bowknot, wicker baskets, lovebirds in a
heartshaped wreath) with scherenschnitte (including two of the most complex
blocks ever) with simple rose wreaths.
It's a jewel of an exhibit. I'll let you know when the next rotation
goes up.
Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: RE: BAQs
From: Kay Sorensen <>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2009 10:31:22 -0800
X-Message-Number: 5

I am posting in response to Lucinda's post about Baltimore Album quilts.
No Lucinda I don't hate you for having more fun than you deserve with the B
altimore Album Quilts.
I LOVE Baltimore Album quilts and saw some wonderful ones in Houston years
At that time I decided I was Mary Evans in a previous life, so I don't do t
hat type of work in this life!
I'm not even sure if Mary Evans is still thought to be the responsible part
y for the Baltimore Album quilts, but that's my story and I'm sticking to i

My current work is far from the Baltimore Album quilt style as you can see
on my blog. I couldn't do what I do today until this period of my life when
everything has come together for me. One of my current series is The Color
s of My Life and is one of the series now showing in my solo show.

Kay Sorensen
My blog:


Subject: Visit to the Local Museum - LONG
From: Mary Persyn <>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2009 13:49:35 -0600
X-Message-Number: 6

My review is not going to be anything like Cinda's "cinda-grams", but I
thought you might be interested in a visit my local quilt guild made to
the Porter County Historical Museum here in Valparaiso last week.

The museum is the old sheriff's house and county jail, build sometime in
the mid-1800s and in use until the mid-1970s. The Museum sits at a
corner of the courhouse square. All the information in the previous two
sentences is fairly common to Indiana, and possibly to other mid-western
states. The sheriff lived in a house connected to the jail and usually
the sheriff's wife provided the meals to the prisoners. The location on
the courthouse square was convenient in taking prisoners to court.

The Museum has a checkered history of management disputes, lack of
funds, and dedicated volunteers, so I didn't know what to expect when
the members of String-A-Long (my local guild) braved a windy rain storm
to go visit to see the Museum's quilt collection. The sheriff's house
was recently restored, and is a lovely Victorian brick.

The Museum's collection is donations that have been received over the
years. The collection ranges from a stagecoach that was donated by
"Bronco John" a wild West show cowboy to two dresses from the Bailey
sisters which were worn to Abraham Lincoln's first and second
inaugerations. The current director said that the first director
(1970s-1990s) kept all the accession information in her head, and the
information died with her. There are piles of documents that the
current director and volunteers are going through bit by bit and finding
out some information about the collections.

To the quilts - the Museum has 15 quilts and 2 coverlets that have been
donated. I wouldn't identify any of the quilts as "museum quality"
because they haven't been properly cared for. I had hoped that there
would be one of the those pre-Civil War family heirlooms that show up in
little museums sometimes, but no such luck.

They don't know the provenance on any of the items except for a couple
of items that had pieces of paper pinned to them identifying the
donors. The other exception is a folded wool log cabin quilt that once
belonged to the actress Beulah Bondi who was born in Valparaiso. She
played James Stewart's mother in "It's a Wonderful Life." The backing
on the quilt had been replaced, but the front is lovely.

Judging from the fabrics, the quilts range in age from third quarter
nineteenth century to first quarter twentieth century. There was
another folded log cabin that had a tag on it saying that it was from
the Civil War. I thought it was a little newer than that, but it is
still o the earliest quilt sin the collection and very nice. Most of
the quilts are crazy quilts ranging from rather primitive to quite well
done. Most of them have silk in them that is shattering. One quilt of
particular interest had a ribbon on it that was a souvenir of a speech
that William Jennings Bryan gave in Valparaiso. There was another crazy
quilt that contained a ribbon from an event in Gary, IN along with army
sleeve chevrons. There were also a couple of utility crazy quilts. My
favorite is a hexagon paper-pieced quilt done in velvets. It is still
in pretty good shape and really attractive.

On one of the beds upstairs in the house was a clam shell design quilt
with the shells appliqued onto a muslin background. It is in very bad
shape, but once must have been lovely. The quilting, which is mostly
what is holding the quilt together, is quite fine.

There were three pieced quilts that looked as if they were from around
the turn of the last century. One had a lot of claret as well as cadet
blue in it. The second is a Missouri puzzle in cadet blue and white
which one of my guild mates talked about reproducing. I can't remember
the third quilt.

The two coverlets also did not have any provenance. One is an overshot
blue and white. The other coverlet was signed by Josiah Slaybaugh,
Elkhart County, Indiana 1867. According to Pauline Montgomery's book on
Indiana coverlets, Slaybaught was one of the few weavers who took up the
job again after the Civil War.

The quilts have not been properly stored over the years. We actually
shook out one of the quilts because we could see loose dirt on it. You
should have seen what fell off. At one time they were hanging on coat
hangers in front of West-facing windows. At least now they are kept out
of the light. Luckily, the members of the Guild who were at the
meeting are enthusiastic about helping to preserve the quilts. We
talked about having a work day at which we would gently vacuum the
quilts through screening, document them as best we can, and then fold
them with acid-free paper, and store them in acid-free boxes that the
Guild would buy (assuming we have the money). The topic will be raised
at the next Guild meeting.

This is not the story of a visit to a famous museum, but I am afaid that
this may be the story of a typical small museum in the Midwest. I'm
pleased that my guildmates are taking an interest in the collection.


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: Archival Storage Boxes Sources
From: Mary Persyn <>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2009 14:31:17 -0600
X-Message-Number: 7

I've been looking at sources of archival textile storage boxes.
University Products, Gaylord, Demco, Hollinger to name 4. Does anyone
have a preference for a particular brand of box, or boxes from a
particular supplier, or should I just go with the cheapest? Are they
basically all the same? (See my previous post about the local museum)



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: Archival Storage Boxes Sources
From: "Kim Baird" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2009 15:23:13 -0600
X-Message-Number: 8

There is another source to compare prices, Talas:

In general, I find Gaylord to be the most expensive, so I avoid buying from

As long as you choose acid-free, corrugated boxes that are large enough, you
don't need to spend extra for metal corners. You will need some acid-free
tissue also, unless you make fabric-covered rolls to put in the folds.

Be sure to buy boxes and tissue that are NOT buffered. The buffereing is
intended to make the acid-freee quality last longer, but it can be damaging
to protein fibers (wool, silk), so you want to avoid it for your quilts.

If you choose to pad with fabric, I have 2 suggestions:

Stockinette, stuffed with polyester filling
Well-washed muslin, stuffed with same.

Stockinette is quicker. It comes as a very long tube, you just cut off the
length you need and stuff. If they don't have it at the archival supplier
you choose, try a medical supply store. They put it on broken limbs before

Does your museum belong to a group that can buy in bulk for cheaper pricing?

The boxes need to be labelled on one end. You can simply use the accession
number, or you can print (on regular white paper) a small digital photo
label so it's easy to see at a glance what's in the box.

The International Quilt Study Center has step-by-step folding instructions
on this page:


Subject: Archival Storage Boxes Sources
From: Joan Kiplinger <>

I buy archival containers from Gaylord and Hollinger. Basically they are
the same substance but each company offers different sizes and styles so
it all depends what I need which determines where order is placed. I
find Hollinger cheaper on postage but they are s-l-o-w on delivery.----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: BAS and Marie Webster Quilt Blocks
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 00:13:32 -0800
X-Message-Number: 1

Cinda wrote <<Mary Lou McDonald also showed us the Marie Webster block she
made for a Silent Auction. look for these beauties on the Baltimore Appliqu
Society website.>>

I'm thrilled to report that The Baltimore Applique Society voted to make
some 30 one-block-quilts for our 2009 July 17 auction to raise funds for Th
Quilters Hall of Fame. They will be using Marie WebsterB9s patterns from
Rosalind Webster Perry's books A Joy Forever and Marie WebsterB9s Garden of
Quilts. In addition, they will be using MarieB9s pillow patterns which have
never been published. These pillow patterns will soon be for sale in The
Quilters Hall of FameB9s museum store. The Baltimore Applique Society has
provided great support for TQHF in the past. They made and donated 2 quilts
in Maries Wayside Roses pattern in 2000. One was donated as an opportunity
quilt and raised over $5,000 for TQHF. The other became a part of the TQHF
permanent collection and is often displayed in B3MarieB9s StudioB2 in the
Webster House. In 2007 and 2008, BAS donated $1,000 to help with our
expenses. BAS members also had quilts on exhibit at TQHF from March-July
2008. We are excited and very grateful to the BAS members for their past
support and for undertaking this latest project for us. Special thanks to
Marylou McDonald for initiating this one-block quilt fund-raiser. I hope
many of you will be attendance at the auction in Marion, Indiana come July
and bid. If you have ever seen the quality of applique work that BAS member
produce, you will know why!

In addition, a Marie Webster May Tulips quilt believed to have been made in
the late 30s as seen on page 62 of A Joy Forever has been donated by anothe
donor and will be sold at that same auction.

Karen Alexander
The Quilters Hall of Fame
Past President


Subject: Anne Oliver

I just came across some notes I made when taking a class with Anne Oliver in
the early 90s - and I remember being so intimidated by her extraordinary
white on white quilts - ! I believe one of her quilts is included in the
publication "The Twentieth Century's Best American Quilts".

In any case, does anyone have any recent information about her? Is she
still in the Alexandria, Va area?

I'd appreciate any news.

Sue North


Subject: President/White House Quilts
From: "Susan Wildemuth" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 10:33:00 -0600
X-Message-Number: 3

Thank you to everyone who answered my question privately.

Someone shared this information about quilts in the White House.

Uncoverings 1981 - Vol. 2 p. 71
1/2 way down the page -- Begins with "The winning quilt..."

Sue in Illinois

Susan Wildemuth


Subject: Re: President/White House Quilts
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 12:41:04 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

Please tell us what you learned. Unless the subject is truly private it
defeats the point of the list if we don't share information.
Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: RE: Archival Storage Boxes Sources
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 13:54:07 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5

Huh, Gaylord used to be cheaper. I am going to have to comparison shop --
I've been buying from them from years simply because they were cheaper a few
years ago.
For quilt boxes I buy the DIY boxes. I've used them forever and no
Candace Perry


Subject: QHL; President/White House Quilt
From: "Susan Wildemuth" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 13:02:16 -0600
X-Message-Number: 6

I don't mind sharing what I found out with the list -- I think it is just
that some people feel more comfortable e-mailing the individual that asked
the question instead of the list.

Let me back pedal -- I received a phone call and a subsequent note from a
lady (history lover) who wanted the entire NEEDLECRAFT article for the
Hoover Quilt made by a Bloomington, Illinois lady which I sent to her for a
teaching project she was doing with adults. I have a newspaper article
(not the NEEDLECRAFT one) on my web site about the quilt and I believe that
how she found me.

That quilt is a story in itself, but she asked if that quilt had found a
home at the Hoover Museum in West Branch, Iowa. It did not. I checked
early on as I have been trying to track the whereabouts of that quilt --
long story for a different day.

That led to an e-mail discussion with another quilt friend about
Presidential quilts. So I decided to post to QHL to see if anyone had
walked this ground before because we both wondered about these "gift" quilts
to Presidents or their families.

The citation I posted to QHL earlier Uncoverings 1981 was sent to me a
couple of times. The other information I received is mostly research

Someone sent this

as a link to the Presidential Libraries "in case" I wanted to contact them
about quilts in their collections.

One person e-mailed about the NRA quilt at the FDR Museum.

Someone else suggested I write the White House with attention to the

Someone else suggested that there are at least two organizations that handle
"White House History." No links.

That is about all that I was sent, but this would make a interesting
research project for someone.

Sue in Illinois

Susan Wildemuth


Subject: presidents and quilts
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 13:58:40 -0500
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I doubt that this will be a satisfactory answer to your question about Presidents and quilts, but I can offer some information. As with most things in Washington, there is no simple answer and no one repository. I have been gathering information related to Presidents and the quilts related to them for some time. I was fortunate enough to be called to appraise gifts given to Presidents and Vice Presidents and also sought an answer to this question when trying to find quilts related to Presidents and First Ladies of Virginia for the documentation book. It's not an easy search.
?There is a White House Gift Office under the Office of Administration. Gifts to a President and/or First family are used while in office or stored, and eventually go to the Presidential Library or the National Archives. Current security safeguards since 9/11 can result in an extended time frame before the donor receives acknowledgment of a gift sent.
?There is a White House Collection of American Crafts with a few contemporary quilts under the Fiber heading. See: These remain under the collection of the White House.? Gifts given to the White House are stored under the direction of the National Park Service. Gifts to the US Government or government officials are stored by General Services Administration. Sometimes these are first cataloged by the Department of State.
After time, some of these gifts may end up being auctioned or donated to charities. Tracking down specific gifts would require real persistence and you may only find that it was given and acknowledged, but not it's eventual fate. I would love to know if anyone has any other information and hope this sheds some light on the subject.
Bunnie Jordan


Subject: Presidents and Quilts
From: Laurel Horton <>


This sounds like an engaging and worthwhile research project. From
half-remembered bits of info related to quilts made for/by/in honor of
presidents, I suspect that there have been a variety of trajectories. I'm
sure that if you, or someone else, decided to take this on, people on this
list would come forward to share what they know. Compiling these
half-remembered bits would provide a starting place. And contacting the
presidential libraries and museums would be another promising direction. See
Arlesa Shephard's article on "Quilts for McKinley" in *Uncoverings 2008 *to
see the range of quilts associated with one president. To keep the project
manageable, you might select a particular time period, such as the second
half of the twentieth-century, but keep notes on other leads for later

A lot of research projects start when someone asks the kinds of questions in
your list!

Laurel Horton



Subject: RE: Archival Storage Boxes Sources
From: "Margaret Geiss-Mooney" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 13:15:44 -0800
X-Message-Number: 9

Good day, QHLers - One must have a wider/longer view in considering if
archival storage boxes and/or which archival storage box to use in this
situation. First, does the museum have any/enough storage space for the
archival storage boxes that is clean and environmentally controlled
(temperature and relative humidity)? Obtaining storage boxes for quilts that
won't fit in to the available space safely at the museum only sets the scene
for boxes that are tilted or stored on end, endanger staff members (whether
paid or volunteer) trying to move the filled (read: heavy and bulky) boxes
thru doorways and up/down stairs (around landings, corners, etc.) and/or not
used (and so a waste of money too). Archival storage boxes made out of
paper-based products should not be used if the storage space does not have a
controlled humidity (and therefore temperature) environment. These
paper-based archival boxes will absorb a lot of moisture in an uncontrolled
environment which will then allow the mould/mildew spores on the quilts
(stored inside the box) to thrive. Also paper-based archival boxes can also
serve as food for those starch-lover bugs such as silverfish/firebrats.
Archival boxes that are shipped flat and then folded into shape must be
assessed for the number and placement of holes/voids. If these holes exist
along the bottom edge, this will allow access to bugs and dirt/dust. In a
disaster scenario that involves water (including fire fighting efforts), the
paper-based archival boxes become water-logged quickly, making them really
really heavy and tearing easily. Another reason to use cotton
fabric/sheeting instead of paper-based tissue for wrapping and padding out

Please do consider other storage possibilities too, such as rolled/hanging;
. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ______
Margaret (Meg) Geiss-Mooney
Textile/Costume Conservator & Consultant
Professional Associate, AIC


Subject: Presidents' Quilts
From: <>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 13:12:06 -0800
X-Message-Number: 10

About two years ago, I sent an initial inquiry to Presidential libraries and museum about quilts in their collections. Not every Presidential library and museum responded, however, a surprising number did. Many of the early Presidential libraries and museums do not have quilts. From about the mid-nineteenth century forward, there are quilts to be found. The twentieth century Presidents have significant quilt collections. I have developed an Excel database for the Presidents and their official libraries, museums and secondary sites, (birth places, etc).
My hope is to travel to all of the Presidential libraries and museums to document the collections for posting on the Quilt Index. Many are under the auspices of the National Park Administration. These quilts can be seen but are subject to a tremendous amount of bureaucracy when it comes to publication. The curators are very open to documentation and would like to know more about their collections. Inclusion on the Quilt Index does not seem to present a problem for them.
I have personally documented the quilts at two McKinley sites in Ohio using the Quilt Index form as my guide. (I contacted Mary Worrall, Justine Richardson and Marsha McDowell before I began using the Index Form.) The administrators at those two sites were very helpful.
Of course, life is what happens while making your plans. I am currently finishing a book on WWII quilts. (Attn: if you know of any, please pass them along.) My next big project is quilts in Presidential libraries and museums. I envision calling upon QHL and AQSG members across the U.S. to assist in the documentation process. Getting these quilts posted on the Quilt Index will provide an invaluable service to the entire quilt world.
Documenting the quilts in Presidential libraries and museums has been a dream of mine for some time. With retirement in my future and other quilt-related obligations coming to an end, I hope to continue this process in earnest. Those of you involved in state documentation projects understand this process is a labor of love.
Anyone out there interested in getting involved, please contact me.
Thanks, Sue Reich

Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: RE: Archival Storage Boxes Sources
From: "Newbie Richardson" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 21:49:26 -0500
X-Message-Number: 13

I have a source for archival box "seconds" sold by a colleague of mine.
They are designed for storing wedding gowns - so are white. Do you want the
price list? I can email it.
Newbie Richardosn


Subject: Presidential quilts
From: "Steve & Jean Loken" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 08:07:10 -0600
X-Message-Number: 1

Sue, You also might want to include Vice Presidents, and if that's the case,
Walter Mondale's wife is a potter, and as a craftsperson, was very aware of
American crafts and art, and they exhibited quilts at their residence. His
office might be able to tell you whose work was included. I'll try to
remember to ask next week when we visit the Carter Library and Museum in
Atlanta about quilts in the collection there.
Jean in MN (currently on the Gulf Coast)


Subject: Re: qhl digest: February 15, 2009
From: Beth Donaldson <>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 08:52:14 -0500

President/White House Quilts
In 1985 the Michigan Quilt Project documented 31 Bicentennial Quilts made
for President Gerald Ford. The quilts are part of the collection of the
Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Those quilts can be found
in the Quilt Index. The best way to find them is to go to the Search page.
The fourth box down is the ID number. If you enter the MQP numbers there,
one at a time, you will find the quilts. The MQP #s are: 85.1583 - 85.1613.
You do not enter MQP, just the number.

Beth Donaldson
Collections Assistant
Michigan State University Museum



Subject: Presidential Quilts
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 09:39:36 EST
X-Message-Number: 3

I know of two quilts made and given to Presidents.
Marge Murphy designed and a group in Mississippi made one for the Regans
Betty Boyink designed and made one for the BiCentennial. There is a picture
of her presenting it to the President.
**************You can't always choose


Subject: The Sears contest
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 09:01:32 -0600
X-Message-Number: 4

Good morning,
Not quite a president's quilt, but at the AQSG seminar in Charleston,
WV, it was mentioned that Eleanor Roosevelt gave a quilt to someone in
the postal department at the White House. Not sure who said it or found
it but was hoping that would be a lead to the winning quilt. Catherine


Subject: Re: Anne Oliver
From: Judy Schwender <>
Anne Oliver is currently residing in Washinton state.
She and Gene Ives will be presenting a lecture titled "Tips from Two Winnin
g Quilters: Two Grannies Pass the Torch" at the American Quilter's Society
Quilt Show and Contest in Paducah, KY on Friday,A0April 24.
Judy Schwender


Subject: Quilt Code -
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 10:02:35 -0700
X-Message-Number: 6

Please contact me off-list for further discussion. Jan


Subject: BuZz ~ Pat Ferrero's films now on DVD!
From: "Julie Silber" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 09:05:07 -0800
X-Message-Number: 7

Hi All,

I have recently had a number of inquiries about this little bit
of QUILT EXCITEMENT. People are so thrilled that two of them
asked me to post this info on QHL. Here goes:

Two Classic and VERY Loved QUILT FILMS made by Pat Ferrero ~


~ are now (FINALLY!) available on DVD, and for sale. $29.95 each.

We have them for sale here at The Quilt Complex. You can find
them on our website (below) or e-mail me directly at


Julie Silber


Subject: Re: Visit to the Local Museum - LONG
From: "Dale Drake" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 11:35:03 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1


I very much enjoyed your description of your visit to your local museum, and
you're right, there are undoubtedly MANY small museums throughout the
country with these types of collections and problems. Personally I'd like
to know how you got your guild so interested in old quilts! My guild
tolerates me when I show up with a new find ... I doubt if they would
actually volunteer time, much less funds, to rescue a collection. But then
again, they might surprise me!

Let us know how the search for boxes goes. Personally, I use Hollinger - at
the time I priced them, Hollinger was cheapest. And thanks for sharing ...

Dale Drake in central Indiana (close to a town with a courthouse square and
sheriff's residence/jail just like the one you described)


Subject: Quilt ID Day humor
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 14:15:56 -0600
X-Message-Number: 3

I am just now catching up on some of the longer posts describing fabulous
quilts. Honestly, Cinda, you know how to torture a midwesterner. . . . . and
to think of seeing two gowns worn to the Lincoln inauguration. . . I hope
the Indiana museum can capitalize on all the Lincoln-related celebrations by
publicizing what they have and perhaps luring some visitors and SUPPORT for
a preservation project for the quilts.

A couple of Saturday's ago I helped with a Quilt ID Day here in Lincoln
Nebraska. You never know what will turn up at these events, and my favorite
was probably the ugliest quilt there--a hodgepodge of cut-up blankets and
who-knows-what pieced into large squares and tied. It was random, worn-out,
filthy, and had hunks of batting falling out of it.

But the BACK---After looking for quite a while at what appeared to be random
black scraps, I finally realized I was looking at black stockings with holes
in the knees. The stockings had been cut to lay flat, the holes backed with
a supporting fabric and machine-patched, and voila----quilt back. It just
made me laugh to think of the determination someone had to "use it up, wear
it out, make it do, do without." Some of the knee-holes had been darned
before the owner gave up on the issue of "wearability" and assigned them to
the scrap pile that ended up supplying this utility quilt back. But not
after some determined and thorough patching.

The quilt was so filthy we had to wash down the table it was on before we
dare let another textile be evaluated.

But it was still worth it to see it. I told the owner she had a "green"
quilt that was the epitome of recycling (you gotta find SOMETHING nice to

Stephanie Higgins


Subject: President Quilts
From: "Susan Wildemuth" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 16:40:27 -0600
X-Message-Number: 4

Thanks to all who responded to my e-mail about the President Quilts.
Susan Wildemuth


Subject: Fun Finds
From: Teddy Pruett <>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 20:23:28 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5

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I hate to shop. I detest shopping and avoid it all costs. But when someth
ing just pops right into my path and screams "Take Me Home. I am Perfect.
I am Cheap!!" Well that often gets my attention because I didn't ha
ve to go out and find it. It found me. Now that as far as I am concern
ed is the perfect shopping expedition.

So I am going to meet my mom at the doctor today and on my way throug
h town (all four blocks of it) I spy something in the window of a shop and
hit the brakes - hard! When I left the little shop I owned a Pine Cone
Quilt!!!!!!! YEEEhaw! Probably one of the world's homeliest quilts and
I am overjoyed. These are made primarily in the rural deep south and p
robably 90% of them by African Americans. I love them. For those of you w
ho may wonder what they are there are two in the IQSC collection listed
as "Target" quilts. Oprah bought one for Maya ANgelou last year albeit
a new one. Not quite as primitive as most. I bought it as a candidate for
my book-that-may-be-someday-but most-likely-not.

Not only that but you may remember I asked a while back for some ugly Su
nbonnet Sue blocks. I received four or five great gifts and figured I w
ould pick up a couple of orphan Sues in Paducah in APril. No longer requir
ed as I found a top today for a mere $28. I would have paid nearly that
much for a block in Paducah. Now I have 18 blocks plus my gift blocks. M
ore than enough.

And I found this great 30's pre-tint pillow top of a really hot looking bab
e in a yellow sombrero - with a big ole' smoke hanging from her lips. I am
delighted with her.....I feel a quilt comin' on.....maybe something about
very bad girls!!! (If you are a smoker I do not equate you with bad gir
ls. But this gal - I'm tellin ya SHE is a bad bad girl!)

I bought a thimble. Not for looks but to use. I've worn holes into my
favorite sterling thimble and have been on a mad search for another good
thimble. I found one today in the same shop a beautiful silver thim
ble embedded with tiny aqua stones in the original aqua velvet box with
a silk tag inside that says "Made in Italy for Bloomingdale's." Now man
y of yall may shop at Bloomie's or have many items that came from there. B
ut those of us who live in the mud between the Suwannee River and the Okefe
nokee Swamp just don't own much from Bloomingdales. I priced silver thimbl
es last weekend and found one for $70. I left it. This one cost $20
and it fits and I grabbed it!

ANd I scooped up a REAL deal at a guild boutique this weekend - hold your b
reath now - Penny McMorris' Crazy Quilts book for five dollah bills. Ohyez
 ohyez a good week for shopping. Now I wont buy anything for months.
.....until the next great thing jumps into my hands. But no shopping. Not
for me. No way.

Teddy Pruett
Trying to live life from one "A-Ha!"
moment to the next.


Subject: Re: Fun Finds
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 21:05:32 -0600
X-Message-Number: 6

What a great shopping trip! Reminds me of a trip years ago when a girl
friend and I were driving down the main street in St. Charles, Mo, and I
nearly laid rubber to stop the car and get into a shop where we bought what
we called "sister quilts". . . two twin size quilts made of the same

So, Teddy, how much does your Target quilt WEIGH?
I didn't know about the African-American connection although I got to see
one of the IQSC examples at the Nebraska State Museum a while back when they
did a joint exhibition. Thinking about all those folds. . . whew.

Stephanie Higgins