SSubject: Re: [SPAM] South Carolina quilt documentation?
From: xenia cord <>
Date: Sun, 22 Mar 2009 09:54:13 -0400

The McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina (Columbia)
published two small museum catalogues: Social Fabric, South
Carolina's Traditional Quilts (Laurel Horton and Lynn Robertson
Myers) circa 1985 (undated), and Glorified Patchwork: South Carolina
Crazy Quilts (also Laurel Horton), for an exhibit 21 May - 6 August
1989. And there is Lacy Folmar Bullard and Betty Jo Shiell's Chintz
Quilts: Unfading Glory (1983), based in part on quits at the
Charleston Museum, Charleston, South Carolina.

These may be the only extensive publications of South Carolina
quilts, so unless something is in the works there has not been a SC

Xenia (hoping for contradiction!)


Subject: Re: History of Quilting
From: "Martha Spark" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Mar 2009 11:40:10 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

Hi Lynn and All,

There is a nice quilt history timeline from Caroline Ducey, IQSC at:
Quilt History Timeline, Pre-History – 1800
Compiled by Carolyn Ducey, IQSC Curator

Sorry, I know it’s 9 pages, but you could glean info. from it to condense
into a one page layout….. I usually use about 3-4 other timelines,
including dye history and textile production formats, in order to get a
more well-rounded picture in my head of what’s going in a particular era.
Hard to do when you only have an hour to present the synopsis!

BTW – our study group will be meeting this year in its new format on March
28, 2009. The Columbia-Willamette Quilt Study Group is having their first
meeting at the Salem Public Library from 10 AM to 2 PM. I will be kicking
off the event with a PPT slide lecture on the BAQ’s from the Baltimore
Museum of Art, when I saw the show in 2004 and took some great photos
(museum approved ). BIG thanks to Polly Mello for her assistance in
identifying some of the quilts from my list of pics.

If anyone in the Portland / Salem/ Eugene, Oregon area is interested,
please email me offlist and I will be happy to email you a copy of our
first meeting flyer.

Martha Spark
Salem, OR

Subject: history of quilting
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2009 00:44:10 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

If you have on your site or any where the History of Quilts or the History
of Quilting in a?ONE?PAGE?summary. I would love to read it and maybe use
it. I will give full credits. I am trying to help someone put this on a
website. I am not doing a good job with it. Too much to say! I am not good
at being a concise minimalist.
You can send directly to me if you like ----
Thanks, Lynn

Lynn Lancaster Gorges
Historic Textiles Studio
New Bern, NC



Subject: re: South Carolina Quilts
From: "Gloria Nixon" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 00:48:40 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

In case this hasn't been mentioned yet and my apologies if it has--

Another book on South Carolina quilts is Mosaic Quilts: Paper Template
Piecing in the South Carolina Lowcountry by The Charleston Museum, 2002.
The rear cover states the publication is, "an introduction to the variety
of paper template pieced textiles created by Charleston-area needleworkers
from about the second decade of the nineteenth century through the early
twentieth. Most of the thirty quilts, coverlets, and fragments
illustrated in this catalog are in the collection of The Charleston

Authors are Jan Heister, Laurel Horton and Nan Tournier. It's a 68-page

Gloria Nixon

Subject: Re: South Carolina quilt documentation
From: Sandra Starley <>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 13:05:34 +0000 (UTC)
X-Message-Number: 2

Yes, a state quilt documentation was conducted and over 1300 quilts were documented. And there was a show of selected quilts with an accompanying small catalog, Social Fabric, South Carolina's Traditional Quilts (Horton). The records are housed at the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina and you can contact them for information.

Sandra Starley
AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser
Moab, Utah
my antique and vintage quilts

my art quilts

guest blogger on quilt history, appraising, etc.


Subject: Help! Please!
From: Patricia Cummings <>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 09:27:02 -0400

This morning, I received the following note with a plea for help, as you can
see. Does anyone have experience in removing cooked-on, beeswax that has
left a stain?

She wrote:

I am a novice, and working on my first large double-bed sized coverlet.
Because I can only get to it on the rare weekends when my job and family
allow me the time, it spends a lot of time rolled up in a large plastic bag,
so I decided to iron it before doing some quilting, the other day. I was
resting it on an old, polished, table that is just the right height for me
to work on, so I just took the iron along to the quilt and ironed it lightly
then and there. DISASTER! The stained beeswax soiled the back of my
cream-coloured quilt, and I do not know how to remove the brown-coloured
marks without damaging the quilt. Do you have any suggestions at all? Over
here (I live in Turkey) the dry cleaners are not the cleaning specialists
that are are at home (I am British) - they simply bung everything in cleaning
machines, willy nilly. So they won't help. The quilt is 100% cotton with
a semi- or wholly synthetic (I think) batting, and I do not want to immerse
it in water because the blocks are mainly in cream and navy - I fear the
navy would run.

Patricia Lynne Grace Cummings

Life is a quilt made up of many shapes, colors, and threads that together
tell one story.

Subject: More timelines
From: xenia cord <>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 13:25:39 -0400

Maureen Ose of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum asked me
to forward this information to the list (she says the university
computers don't speak nicely with lists <g>):

Quilt Explorer with the interactive Quilt History Timeline:

The other is to a document on our website:

and then there are numerous podcasts with some indepth discussions of
quilt history:

Xenia (acting as general secretary)


Subject: RE: More timelines
From: "Sharron" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 23:08:18 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

Xenia, I love the timeline! Thank you for sharing the address with us. I
feel like I have all this information just tumbling around in my head with
no semblance of order. This is great!

Best regards,
............on a warm 70 deg. night in Spring, TX..................


Subject: vintage quilt repair
From: "sewsewsarah" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 06:53:14 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

Is there anyone living in West Virginia who does vintage quilt repairs? A
local longarmer was asked if she knew anyone who could repair several old
quilts. I told her I would ask here.


Sarah in WV


Subject: Quilted Bras ...
From: Joan Kiplinger <>

A friend sent this to me so thought it might be of interest to you
quilters. I don't recall seeing this posted to the list before.
Apologies if it is a repeat. But kudos to the Quilters of South Carolina._


Subject: Deb Grana
From: Pam Weeks <>

Dearest Deb,

If you are a member of this list, will you please contact me privately, or
if any of you other dear members are in touch with Deb, her e-mail bounced
back and i guess I have an old address.


Pam Weeks

Quilt Historian, Teacher, Lecturer
Durham, NH USA


Subject: Quilts in Movies
From: "Greta VanDenBerg" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 13:31:14 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

I'm taking a few minutes to report a 'Quilt in a Movie' sighting:

We watched the movie 'Songcatcher' (1999) last evening, with Jane McTeer and
Aiden Quinn - about Lily Penleric's experiences as a musicologist visiting
Appalachia. The story takes place in 1907 and is a fictional tale loosely
based on Olive Dame Campbell's work. Lily discovers the area is rich with
Scots Irish/English Ballads long lost to outsiders but handed down in
Appalachia for generations and works to document her discovery.

There were two quilts that stood out in the movie: the first appeared to be
a scrappy LeMoyne star draped over Lily's recording equipment; the second
was a Sunflower or Blazing Sun variation that appeared to be made of wools
which appeared in the movie a few times first as a picnic blanket and later
keeping young Deladis warm.

What more can one ask of a movie than interesting entertainment filled with
folk music and a couple of quilts?

Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle
(Quilting my way through a chilly PA spring . . .)


Subject: Re: Quilts in Movies
From: "Shari Spires" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 17:13:27 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

We used to have a cabin near the John C. Campbell Folk School, which OLive's
husband founded. She carried on his work after his deathe.
We went there all the time for classes for ourselves and for our
grandaughter, and also on Friday nights when they had free entertainment..
What a wonderful place that is to visit and their classes are first rate.
If you ever get in western NC be sure and visit.
Shari in NC


Subject: Lancaster PA Textile Opportunity
From: Barb Garrett <>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 20:26:16 -0400
X-Message-Number: 4

Southeastern PA is such a wonderful place to see textiles. I know I'm
truly blessed with all my opportunities. Today was no exception as I
got a sneak peek at the new exhibit at the Lancaster Quilt and Textile
Museum, which is reopening on Friday, March 27. The exhibit is --
Rainbow Yarn: Navajo Weavings, Germantown Yarns and the Pennsylvania

March 27-December 31, 2009

These weavings are exquisite. We would probably call most of them
rugs, but they actually began as an article of clothing, before traders
started bringing them back east for the department store owners to sell,
and were dubbed rugs. Most were made between 1880 and 1930 and are
bright and beautiful. There is also a catalog available, but we only
saw the cover -- I therefore know nothing about it except it's price --
$39.95. The training today was to give us a quick overview of the
weavings and to learn how they connect to Lancaster County. The
bright synthetic yarns were produced in Germantown, a hilly section of
Philadelphia County with good water power, thus making it ideal for
textile production. These yarns are the same yarns used by PA German
weavers to make their woven coverlets (the connection) during the 1800s.

We were told this is a "one time happening". There are approximately
35-40 pieces (I wasn't able to count and study them), and 3 are from a
museum. The rest are from private collections -- meaning, this is
their public viewing -- perhaps the only one. This is the link to the
website description of the exhibit.

The museum is open 9 to 5, Monday through Saturday, beginning this
Friday. On "first Friday" (April 3), they remain open until 9 If you
are coming to Quilters Heritage Celebration, I highly recommend saving
time for the museum, even if you've been there before to see the Amish
quilts. These weavings are worth the trip.

Barb in southeastern PA

PS - The gift shop also has Trish Herr's book about last year's exhibit
-- Rags to Rugs. A quick "flip-through" told me it looks very
interesting. Not quilts, but textile related, with Schiffer quality
pictures and Trish's wonderful knowledge and research..


Subject: quilt challenge
From: Kris Driessen <>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 18:21:42 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 5

I need some opinions on a quilt I put in the Gallery. I have never seen anything like it before - but then, I have lived a cloistered life:-)) Seriously, it looks like embroidered toweling sewin in strips and then backed. Maybe.

Please take a look at the three Red Quilt pictures and let me know your opinion. To get there, just go to and click on Gallery. The pictures are at the bottom of the first page.




Subject: Rose O'Neill and kewpie doll patterns
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 20:16:06 -0700
X-Message-Number: 6

Found this while browsing the Internet tonight. It's about the home of Rose
O'Neill, the creator of the kewpie doll that we had been discussing

Karen in the Islands


Subject: Re: Lancaster PA Textile Opportunity
From: Barb Garrett <>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 08:33:13 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Good Morning All -

When I sent my post last evening about the Navajo weavings at the
Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum, my mind and fingers were running at
different speeds. When I wrote "The bright synthetic yarns", my brain
knew that I was referring to the dyes that made the vivid colors as
being synthetic. The fiber is wool yarn. I'm sorry for any confusion
or misunderstanding I may have caused.

Barb in southeastern PA


Subject: A World War II Home Front Story
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 09:27:17 -0700
X-Message-Number: 2

Submit A World War II Home Front Story

It's very easy to submit a World War II Civilian Home Front story for
yourself or someone else. The biography form will take just five minutes of
your time. Please click here for instructions and forms

I bet some of you could come up with a story about quilts for a Home Front

Karen in the Islands


Subject: Funeral Ribbon Quilts
From: Judy Schwender <>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 13:48:32 -0700 (PDT)

Hello all,
I received the below email and know nothing about "Funeral Ribbon Quilts".=
 Do any of you have any ideas about this? If so, would you mind reply=
ing directly to this lady? (And, of course, reply to the list!)

At first I thought this was a puff quilt but it doesn't quite fit the descr=
iption in my head.

Judy Schwender

Subject: Funeral Ribbon Quilts

I am trying to find out if anyone knows anything about Quilts made from Fun=
eral Ribbons.=20
My grandmother made quilts in the 1950's made of ribbons that were made int=
o squares about 3"x3" then stuffed with cotten and put on a quilt back.=
 My quilt was lost in a house fire the last part of last year and I cann=
ot find anyone who knows anything about a quilt made like this so I cannot =
get a value. I also had a quilt made the same way for a crib that she ma=
de in the late sixties. Is there a book or someone I could contact to fi=
nd out about this kind of Quilt.

Thank you for any help you can give me.
Diane Waters


Subject: A 'Possum Speaks Up
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 18:16:27 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

As a member in good standing of the Arcadia, Louisiana chapter of the temporarily inactive 'Possums Unlimited, I feel obliged to call attention to an error I have often noticed in one of my favorite quilt books, "Cats on Quilts."

On the cover, upper right quadrant is a detail from one of my all-time favorite quilts, made by one Ms. Pochantas Virginia Gay of Fluvanna County, VA icirca 1900 and now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institute.

Naturally, coming as it does right above the title and on a page with three other certifiable cats, the reader is led to believe the critter up the tree is a cat. In a larger view on page 96, a citation from a poem titled "The Rubaiyat of a Persian Kitten," suggests the same notion.

That critter is not a cat, but a 'possum.

I've always wanted to cry that from the rooftops, but maybe qhl will do. Ms. Sandi Fox, the author of this happy happy book, whose other work continues to enlarge my understanding and direct my mind, is from Los Angeles where, for all I know, 'possums might not live.

But they lived abundant lives in Fluvanna County, Virginia, in circa 1900 and are seen occasionally there even now that the county is part of NOVA. Particularly in spring when critter thoughts turn to thoughts of love and regeneration, the less fortunate members of the group will be found dead along the roadsides of that county.

This particular possum is treed by a hound at night ( note the background), night being when 'possums are most active and where both they and 'coons were hunted.

Note its "paws" and tail: it's a 'possum, all right.

Why did I choose now to make this announcement? I am in the process of rearranging some of my bookshelves, and I happened to have the computer open to email at the same time I was handling the book.

I hope everyone owns a copy of this book. It is a joy.

But that is a 'possum.

Gaye Ingram


Subject: RE: Help! Please!
From: "Newbie Richardson" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 21:53:32 -0400
X-Message-Number: 5

The stain can be from two different sources: the actual wax and/or the
stain/polish used on the table. If the former, then a localized solvent -
such as one of the Cabonera (sp?) solutions might do the trick to remove the
wax and its color. If the stain is from the stain used on the wood - there
is nothing that will take it out - not even color remover.
I have had to cope with discolorations caused by furniture stain. It got on
my daughters favorite (smocked) cotton muslin nightgown. I tried everything
I could think of -even chlorine - it "dyed" the fabric.

Hope this helps

Newbie Richardson


Subject: RE: A 'Possum Speaks Up
From: " Barb Vlack" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 06:05:55 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

Gaye, I had to smile as I read your post and, of course, I had to look up
the book and its cover.

You made a very convincing argument for the appearance of a 'possum in the
upper right corner. That 'possum was not just peeking out but rather one
full size on a branch! Funny looking cat, possibly thought to be "folk art."

Maybe he was considered a "polecat," though I know a polecat is a weasel,
not a 'possum. VBG

Cute book from the cover.


Barb Vlack
I have made a $1000 fund raising promise for Alzheimer's research. Cheer me
on at:


Subject: A 'Possum Speaks Up
From: "Munsey" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 10:19:35 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

Aw come on, Gaye, whoever saw a 'possum with a tail so large? All our New
England 'possums have giant length rat tails. On the other hand, you do
have a point with those front toes.

Sandra on Cape Cod


Subject: RE: Fw: request for quilt information
From: "Kim Baird" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 08:59:55 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4


Please check the item number and repost. This number turned up nothing.


Subject: Re: A 'Possum Speaks Up
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 10:30:31 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5

---- Munsey <> wrote:
> Aw come on, Gaye, whoever saw a 'possum with a tail so large? All our New
> England 'possums have giant length rat tails. On the other hand, you do
> have a point with those front toes.

I grant you the tail problem, S. But that narrowed rat-like face, those beady eyes, and those toes say 'possum. So does the color. So does its position in the tree. So does the hound below.

Plus, it's night, the time for 'possum and 'coon hunting.

It is possible that Miss Pochanhontas Virginia Gay of Fluvanna County, Virginia, had never really noticed a 'possum's tail, even that she confused 'coon and 'possum, tailwise. And even toewise.

I once lived in an area of Georgia where 'possums were sold as a food. i believe law required that one foot be left on the dressed animal---to distinguish it from a cat. Nothing at all required about the tail.

Or, perchance, either the 'possum or her rendering of same was a regional variation. To understand the niceties of the tail issue, we will need to see more 'possums on quilts. See the quilt included in Georgia Quilt Project's book, e.g.

At 'Possums Unlimited, our survivors report falling onto the ground and feigning death as a more viable strategem than staring down a a hunter's gun, but in this case, the 'possum has a dog as an opponent. And dogs are smarter than people.

Seen within the context of the entire quilt, the 'possomness of the critter depicted becomes even clearer.

Gaye Ingram, Member
Arcadia, Louisiana Chapter
'Possums Unlimited


Subject: A 'Possum Speaks Up
From: "Munsey" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 15:18:16 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6


It's been a long week, and my wit is run down.
Nary some good news all 'round the town.
So thanks for the laughter, it's the most I have found
In a week full of bad news and confusion around.

Sandra on Cape Cod


Subject: AQSG in San Jose
From: "Lucinda Cawley" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 20:23:52 -0400
X-Message-Number: 7

Everyone on this list ought to be a member of AQSG. Its mission is to
promote the highest standards for quilt- related studies. Membership allows
you to support this laudable goal. It will also allow you to join us in San
Jose, October 1-4.
The AQSG board met last weekend at the San Jose Marriott, site of
Seminar 2009. You really do not want to miss this one. In addition to a
lineup of great study centers and exciting tours, the location itself is a
big attraction. The recently remodeled hotel is right downtown (I had a
view of palm trees and red tile roofs), close to everything you'll want to
do and see. There are about 40 restaurants (including a marvelous French
bakery) within a couple of blocks and a number of inexpensive choices of
transportation from the airport to the hotel. Start planning now! You will
have a wonderful time and meet many kindred spirits.
Cinda on the Eastern Shore