Subject: Re: This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers' Bible Quilt and Other Pieces
From: "Gloria Nixon" <rgnixon'>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 00:24:07 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Bless you, Kyra! I'm so very anxious to see your research.
Congratulations and heartfelt thanks for all the hard work you've done for

Subject: Baltimore quilt exhibits
From: kathie holland <kathieholland'>
Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2009 08:02:52 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

I will be in Baltimore, Md the 1st weekend in August Friday thru Sunday.

Can anyone tell me if there are any quilt shops in the area that carry
reproduction fabrics?
I plan on seeing the Baltimore Album quilts on exhibit at the BMA
And I will also see the quilts on exhibit
The Maryland Historical Society
Fabric of Memories: Baltimore Album Quilts
Opening March 25
Doesn't say when it will close, hope it is still going on.

Do you know of any place else to see antique quilts on exhibit?

Anything else I need to see?



Subject: kantha - India
From: palampore'

Last night while in the grocery store I saw an item in Oprah's magazine that caught my eye. There was an article about some "free trade" bags that were made from vintage quilts. Well, they didn't look like any vintage quilts I had ever seen so I had to come home and do some research. They are made from "kanthas", which are quilts made in India. I saw references that they have been made since the early 1700's or earlier. I wonder who influenced whom???? Did the Europeans introduce quilting to the people when they were in the early days of trading for textiles or vice versa? I have studied Indian Textiles for over 15 years and I don't remember ever seeing this name or a reference to Indian made quilts.
Below are 2 sites that will open the door for you.
I look forward to hearing from those of you who have known about this forever. What is your opinion? Any research ever done on this?
Off to work on a T-shirt quilt for my daughter who is going off to college in 5 weeks. This was one way to get her to clean out some of her drawers and begin the process of packing a little at a time!
Lynn Lancaster Gorges
New Bern, NC


Subject: Baltimore quilt exhibits
From: Barbara Burnham <barbaraburnham'>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 06:28:35 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 4

kathie holland wrote: I will be in Baltimore, MD the 1st weekend in August ... quilt shops in the area that carry reproduction fabrics? ... Baltimore Album quilts on exhibit at the BMA ... quilts on exhibit at The Maryland Historical Society ...

I've heard through the grapevine that due to continuing interest in textiles, both BMA and MHS hope to have rotating exhibits of quilts, so there are always at least a few quilts for visitors to see (hope it's true!). Do be sure to let them know what the public wants!
Baltimore Museum of Art's current exhibit is up through August 23.
MHS's current exhibit is up through ???.
You will enjoy the quilts, of course. But if you love history, plan to spend some more time at both museums. (When I visited MHS with friends recently, we saw the original manuscript of Key's Star Spangled Banner, which could only be viewed in dim light and for short intervals. I wished for more time to see the maritime exhibit and others.)
And at the BMA, as always, I wished I had several more days to see the other exhibits. There is always so much more to see and learn. (We did see the original Woodlawn Vase(s) and other fabulous Triple Crown trophies of years past.) Have lunch at Gertrude's at the BMA for fabulous local Chesapeake Bay cuisine.
Seminole Sampler in Catonsville, MD (about 20-30 minutes away) has a nice selection of reproductions fabrics, including Baltimore Album repro fabrics. This IS Baltimore, after all! You will not be disappointed.
If you can get to Rockville (~45 min-1 hour South of Baltimore): G Street Fabrics: but prepare yourself for sensory overload.
Enjoy your visit to the Monument City. You might want to drive by Baltimore's Washington Monument right around the corner from MHS, and the Battle Monument on Calvert St., both of which are represented on Baltimore Album quilts.
You did not say where you are coming from or how you are travelling, or how much time you have, but if I can help further, feel free to contact me.
Barbara Burnham, Ellicott City, MD


Subject: Re: kantha - India
From: Patricia Cummings <quiltersmuse'>

Hi Lynn,

Kantha quilts are briefly mentioned in a book called, Ralli Quilts:
Traditional Textiles from Pakistan and India by Patricia Ormsby Stoddard.
There is just one long paragraph. (page 91)

A short time ago, either The Quilter magazine or Fabric Trends featured
Kantha quilts.

Patricia Cummings


Subject: Curved seams---yet once more
From: Gaye Ingram <gingram'>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 13:29:54 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6

Earlier in week I mentioned a passage in a book by Rose Wilder Lane in which author claims that the Dutch and German women were first to use curved seams extensively in constructing quilt blocks, that others used straight lines longer.

I know Lane romanticizes everything about quilt making, and the remark makes no sense to me.

What I wonder is from what she was generalizing. What possibly could have led to such a conclusion? Is there another legend out there on which this one is based? Except when she gets to political history, Lane is never too keen on dates.

Went to Amazon to order Kyra Hicks' book and was reminded of all the fine books on quilt history that have come out within recent months, ranging from the International Center's, Mass. Quilts, Mary Robare's on Quaker quilts, and others. How much the situation has changed since Lane wrote her sweet paean to America. We are fortunate.

Gaye Ingram


Subject: Re: kantha - India
From: Sally Ward <sallytatters'>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 20:09:02 +0100
X-Message-Number: 7

There is a chapter on Indian textile history and traditions in Celia
Eddy's book 'Quilted Planet'. Rallis, Kantha and Sujuni in both
traditional and modern incarnations are described and illustrated.

Sally Ward


Subject: Perfectly curving bias seams
From: Judy Knorr <jknorr'>

As an Ohioan (born and raised) who is currently living on Long Island I'm thinking my curved bias sems are looking better and better! <BG> Thanks to Rose Wilder Lane for those kind words.
Judy Knorr


Subject: curved seams, Ohio
From: Crm793'

For those of you going to Marion next week for the Quilter's Hall of Fame
celebration you can see for yourself a nice Drunkard's Path with an Ohio
provenance, c.1870. It will be in the exhibit representing the antiques in
Marie Webster's book.

I hope many of you will be on hand to help celebrate as Merikay Waldvogel
is inducted into the QHF.

Carolyn Miller


Subject: Susan Greene lecture at Genesee Country Village Museum
From: "Beth Davis" <bethdan533'>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 18:38:00 -0400
X-Message-Number: 10

Good evening,
For anyone who is thinking about coming to listen to Susan Greene on July
19th, the lecture is scheduled for 3 pm. There will be a reception with
tea/lemonade and cookies following in the lobby for attendees.

Beth Davis

RE: Hello everyone,
On July 19th at the Genesee Country Village Museum, special guest Susan
Greene will give a lecture on Civil War period fabrics. This will be at
noon in the John L. Wehle Art Gallery. Susan is an expert on period
costumes and about the material culture of the 19th century and has served
as a consultant Smithsonian for their costume collection. Several of you
may know Susan for the work that she has done with the Rochester
Historical Society.

Note that the lecture will coincide with the special event “Civil War
Reenactment” held that weekend at the Genesee Country Village Museum,
where through musical and theatrical presentations, several hundred
costumed re-enactors bring history to life.

Details for the lecture will be available on the website:

Subject: Re: kantha - India
From: Kittencat3'

I don't know if kanthas per se are old, but quilts from India go back at
least to the late 15th century. There are some wonderful Bengali quilts in
the Museu de Arte Antiga in Lisbon.

Lisa Evans


Subject: Re: pants cuffs quilts, typos
From: Mary Waller <mwaller'>
Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2009 22:03:01 -0500
X-Message-Number: 12

Maybe some of the quilts we see as "saleman's samples" quilts were made
from the cut-offs from men's pants for hemming. Those cut-offs could
have been cut to uniformly sized rectangles. The side seams may have
been opened or trimmed away. It would be interesting to see if patches
of the same fabric are present in mutliples of four, and if there are
any visible seam lines that would indicate they had been pants legs.

I recently wrote a paper for a class on statements of resistance in
quilts. I wrote a footnote to define Euro-Americans as, "Americans of
European dissent." My professor caught it and commented, "Freudian
slip?". It took me about six readings of his comment to realize I
should have written "Americans of European descent." I laugh every time
I think about it.

Mary Waller
Vermillion, South Dakota, USA


Subject: Kantha
From: Kay Sorensen <Kay'>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 21:45:52 -0700
X-Message-Number: 1

I purchased quite a few Nakshi Kantha's from a shop in South Padre Island T=
exas 15-20 years ago. They were not quilts per se but a type of needlework.
They look like several layers of very cheap muslin with decorative stitchin=
g. I have them stored in my studio and I'm too tired out to make one more t=
rip upstairs tonight!
If anyone is interested in more information about them I can get them out t=
omorrow. I think I also have a sheet with some information she gave me.

Kay Sorensen
My blog:


Subject: Re: Pants Legs Quilts
From: "Elaine Kelly" <elainekelly63'>
Date: Thu, 09 Jul 2009 08:38:56 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

I've got an old wool log cabin quilt top (with split center squares) made
with what sure looks like men's suiting fabrics. Many, many of the strips
include seams with overcast seam allowance edges; I've always assumed they
were trimmings from hems. (No provenance of course; that's the trade-off
with most eBAY purchases . . . .) I suspect that my quilt top is far from
unique, that if we took the back off many of these wool quilts made with
narrow strips we'd seem the same.

Elaine Kelly
Reston, VA


Subject: quilt documentation
From: "Brenda & Roger Applegate" <rbappleg1'>

I am involved with the beginnings of a quilt documentation in western =
Pa. We have had great success in the 2 "getting our feet" wet sessions =
and have documented over 70 quilts. We are using Barbara Brackman's =
encyclopedia of blocks and appliqu=E9, Ginny Beyers book of borders and =
blocks and Carrie Hall's book for block references. Are there any other =
books that might be a good source for block identification?

Also the main question is, has anyone used a computer program to =
identify blocks and what one(s) do they recommend.

We have had a great team in that each individual seems to have found =
their niche (e.i. measuring, sewing on labels, intake information, =
fabric identification and of course block identification). Being in the =
computer age, I was wondering about the use of it during this process. =
I am technologically challenged and thought this might be a great way to =
make me use my computer for something other than work.

Brenda Applegate


Subject: Hotel room discount for Volunteering
From: textique'

For those who volunteer and those who?use volunteers.??? Jan


Subject: V&A quilt exhibit blog
From: Barb Robson <robsonbh'>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 08:26:54 -0300
X-Message-Number: 1

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England has just launched a
new blog which will follow along the progress of the big quilt show
that is opening there in March 2010. Here is the link

Is anyone else planning a trip around this exhibition? I can't wait!

Barbara Robson
Fox Point, Nova Scotia


Subject: kantha--India
From: <pcrews'>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 23:15:38 +0000
X-Message-Number: 2

Related to the discussion of kanthas and quilts from India, I wanted to men=
tion that the International Quilt Study Center & Museum will be featuring s=
ome of the distinctive quilts of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in an exhib=
ition next May to November 2010 entitled "South Asian Seams: Quilts from I=
ndia, Pakistan & Bangladesh." It will feature more than 30 examples of ral=
lis and kanthas. Kanthas are made in the eastern Indian states of Bihar an=
d West Bengal and across the border into Bangladesh. They are typically co=
nstructed from layers of old cotton saris and provide a way for women to gi=
ve new life to old cloth. Quilting stitches are used as the primary decora=
tive element. By contrast, patchwork, embroidery, and applique all figure =
prominently in rallis. Patricia Stoddard, author of "Ralli Quilts: Tradit=
ional Textiles of Pakistan and India" will serve as exhibition curator. Sh=
e will be conducting a workshop and giving a public lecture in conjunction =
with the exhibition.(Dates will be posted on as soon as =
they are set.)

Patricia Crews
Willa Cather Professor of Textiles & Director
International Quilt Study Center & Museum
University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Subject: mourning/coffin quit book
From: sharonpinka'
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 15:11:28 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 3

Hi - there is a good book concerning mourning or coffin quilts - Quiltin=
g to Soothe the Soul by Linda Carlson.' She covers the history of burial =
and memorial quilts, as well as celebratory quilts, and includes some conte=
mporary quilts.' It was published in 2003 so you may still be able to fin=
d a copy, maybe used on Amazon or Ebay.
If memory serves me, Anne Hazelwood featured several coffin quilts in a lec=
ture in Paducah in 2008.' She is the author of 100 Things to Know if You =
Own a Quilt.''(On the other hand, it may have been Gerald Roy.' I jus=
t remember seeing the quilts in'the darkened ballroom at the hotel.)'

'Hope this helps - Sharon Pinka (in sunny Ohio where the weather is perfe=
ct for once this summer)




Subject: Re: [SPAM] V&A quilt exhibit blog
From: xenia cord <xenia'>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 08:35:37 -0400
X-Message-Number: 4

A group of us are planning to go on Deb Roberts' tour in June,
coinciding with the proposed symposium at the V&A. Can't wait!



Subject: RE: quilt documentation
From: "Vivien Sayre" <vsayre'>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 08:50:31 -0400
X-Message-Number: 5

Yes Brenda, we have. The Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project =
(MassQuilts) uses The Electric Quilt Co. BLOCKBASE, in addition to =
Brackman's book, and The Collector's Dictionary of Quilt Names & =
Patterns by Yvonne M. Khin.'

Vivien Sayre


Subject: Re: [SPAM] V&A quilt exhibit blog
From: "Vivien Sayre" <vsayre'>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 08:56:32 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6

Amen to that. I'm one of them.



Subject: Valuable quilt
From: Pat Kyser <patkyser'>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 10:27:12 -0500
X-Message-Number: 7

Thank all of you who replied so generously with your advice to my
friend on shipping her valuable antique quilt. I printed out all your
answers and she went over them carefully. She said when she left the
quilt with Fed Ex, she was VERY fearful, but that all your advice
worked because she got a call the next morning at 9 that it had
arrived safely at New England Quilt Museum. She is indebted to you, as
am I. MANY THANKS. You women are wonderful!


Subject: Re: Quilts, curved seams, myth
From: jocelynm'

>This is what she says (p.79): "The seams [of patchwork] are almost alway=
s straight, for only th Dutch women of Manhattan and Long Island and the =
German women in Pennsylvania and Ohio had the superb skill to sew a perfe=
ctly curving bias seam."
This just cries out for an adoption study. Would Dutch and German girls, =
adopted into English homes, retain their hereditary quilting skills? Or w=
ould English girls, adopted into Dutch and German homes, fail to learn to=
quilt as well as their adoptive sisters?
My mother always said I took after her side of the family (assorted Briti=
sh) in the textile skills, until my paternal cousin traced the family tre=
e back to a great grandmother who was a Frau Professor of needlework at a=
German girls' school. So maybe there's something in genetics? <G>
Jocelyn, who is proctoring a final exam and reading her email on the clas=
sroom teaching computer...


Subject: Harriet Powers
From: Donald Beld <donbeld'>

Hi, I am sorry to say that I have lost the piece of paper I wrote the autho=
r's name and book title for the new Harriet Powers book.' Could someone s=
end it to me please.' thanks, Don


Subject: Re: Harriet Powers
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 12:49:25 EDT

This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers' Bible Quilt and Other Pieces by _Kyra E. Hicks 


Subject: Free talk NYC Options for Old Quilts July 19-27
From: "Jean&#39;s Hand Sewing - Repair, Finish & Design using Family Textiles" <richmondseamstress'>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 10:23:51 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 12

Hi. I've posted about this before with very little interest. I have a home based business in Richmond, Virginia & repair old quilts. I'm not a traditional quilter. I'd say I'm not a quilter at all, more of a designer using fabric, yarn & beads. I repair old textiles & make beaded wall hangings. In the years I have been offering quilt repair to the public I've gotten massive inquiries for things I don't do & don't offer & I've written a Frequently Asked Questions List or Quilt Care Resource List available free at

I've gotten so many inquiries for things I don't offer that I no longer offer free repair consultations to the public & I have started offering free talks to groups on OPTIONS FOR DAMAGED QUILTS. I average 2 people per free talk even at a downtown art gallery & there were way more than that looking for cleaning, appraisal & do it yourself info when i offered repair.

I'll be in NYC July 19 - 27 & am offering a free talk to groups, any location I can get to on subway is welcome. If you come to me it will be at the Starbucks on Broadway near 88th St.

Thanks for caring, Jean Gonzalez, JEAN'S HAND SEWING - Repair, Finish & Design with Family Textiles

804 304 3345

JEAN's HAND SEWING - Repair, Finish & Design with family textiles. SAY ANYTHING on clothing & wall hangings, $ 50 - $ 350, any theme or message. Materials included - your ideas & materials welcome ! Planning sessions are FREE. Carytown & NYC. FAQ 804 304 3345


Subject: Harriet Powers -- Kyra E. Hicks Book
From: "Susan Wildemuth" <ksandbcw'>
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2009 11:27:26 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

I went out to my mailbox and there it was - Kyra's book about Harriet Powers
from Amazon.

Research is a wonderful thing!

It is going right by my bed where I can enjoy reading it every night until
it is done.

Thank you Kyra for all your work.

Susan Wildemuth


Subject: Weeping willows & Nancy Page's "French Bouquet"
From: Karan Flanscha <sadierose'>

I have been looking for 2 different patterns... one is a Weeping Willow
applique motif, like the one
often seen on quilt borders. I have found one quilt motif, but not having
any luck finding a pattern
or even photos with the Weeping Willow borders. Would appreciate
suggestions such as books
to check or websites. I also am interested in the Nancy Page pattern set
"French Bouquet"...
have these been reprinted??
Karan from Iowa


Subject: Re: Weeping willows & Nancy Page's "French Bouquet"
From: Donna Stickovich <donna.stickovich'>''' Scroll =
down to the blue and white quilt. Let me know if you find a pattern!! Donna


Subject: V&A Exhibition next year
From: Sally Ward <sallytatters'>

There have been rumours recently about the V&A having to reduce the
planned exhibition next year because of funding cuts. Earlier in the
process there was talk of it having expanded from the original remit,
so it is hard to know what a reduction means, how serious (or not) it
will be. I hope it doesn't deter any one who is planning a trip to
coincide with it, I am sure it will be a unique experience either way.

However, a friend sent me a report of her visit this week to the
Quilters Guild Museum and Gallery in York, at which the Museum
director publicly mentioned the implications for them. It seems that
anyone coming over next year may do well to build York into their
itinerary. It is only 2 1/2 hours by train from the centre of London,
a rewarding day trip. I don't know what the 'finest pieces' are, but
if it includes the 1718 silk quilt it is worth the trip on its own.

< Next year, to more or less co-incide with the big show at the V&A,
QMG will have a number of The Guild's best pieces on show. I gather
there was a cut in the V&A's funding which meant that they did not
have the money to bring some precious items from York to London, as
originally planned but QMG will now have a magnificent display of some
of our best items to offer to visitors to the V&A prepared to travel.
Every cloud has its silver lining. >>

I don't know what 'more or less' means, anyone organising a trip could
check with the Guild for dates and exhibits.

The 'silver lining' for me is of course living on the doorstep <G>

Sally Ward


Subject: More on the V&A and York
From: Sally Ward <sallytatters'>

This just in from my Guild advisor....

<< V&A give their dates as now 20 March - 4th July and QMG have 27th
March to 3rd July for their effort 'Inspired by the Past' of old and
new work in the Great Hall and Contemporary Quilt's Breakthrough in
the Bailey Gallery.

The people who come for the V&A opening should not begin their visit
too early - it will give them more chance of fitting York in a week

Sally Ward


Subject: Re: Weeping willows & Nancy Page's "French Bouquet"
From: Arden Shelton <junkorama'>

Hi there
There's several sellers of (probably copyrighted) old patterns on ebay. Here's your French Bouquet:

I wonder how they get away with selling patterns, some of which are not 70 years old!....arden

(Ms) Arden Shelton
Portland, OR

From: Karan Flanscha <sadierose'>
To: Quilt History List <qhl'>
Sent: Sunday, July 12, 2009 11:10:17 AM
Subject: [qhl] Weeping willows & Nancy Page's "French Bouquet"

I have been looking for 2 different patterns... one is a Weeping Willow
applique motif, like the one
often seen on quilt borders. I have found one quilt motif, but not having
any luck finding a pattern
or even photos with the Weeping Willow borders. Would appreciate
suggestions such as books
to check or websites. I also am interested in the Nancy Page pattern set
"French Bouquet"...
have these been reprinted??
Karan from Iowa