Subject: question: Mills in the 1800s, dye discharge
From: "Linda Heminway" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 06:35:55 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

I have become obsessed with watching the BBC Miniseries "North and South"
over the last few weeks. It's "on my list" as much as watching some of the
Jane Austen films. Well worth your time, if you haven't seen it.
The story is focused around a town in northern England where cotton mills
are the predominant business. Having been a person who has visited Lowell
MA and the Boot Mills and Textile Museums, I was very interested in the mill
aspects of this movie. Combine that will good old fashioned romance, period
clothing (another passion) and history and I am "glued".
At any rate, in one scene a cast off man who has gone mad as a result of
being left near-penniless due to a mill strike drowns himself in the local
river. When he is found, he is a purple color and an odd comment was made
about him being colored this way due to dye discharge in the river.
They show one scene where the man is sitting under a stone bridge despondent
and the water does look kind of purple. It made me wonder how many mills
were discharging dyes into bodies of water and when this practice was put to
a stop.

So, I've been thinking about this and wondered if anyone here who is quite
knowledgable about textiles would tell us a bit about dye discharge into
rivers. I'm sure that with our modern pollution controls and regulations
that nothing like this happens any longer. So, what does happen to dyes
after use? Are they being recycled somehow? What are proper means of
disposing of dyes?

I happen to be going to Lowel MA this afternoon, but only to the quilt
museum, but if I see some brochures on the mills and tours, I might pick
them up to see if there is some information I can read about Lowell and how
things were handled in this country. I'm sure there is information on line
as well. I am quite curious, but felt that people here might have some

What a fabulous sight it was to see the operating mill in the movie, it was
done on location at a working mill site in England, like the ones in Lowell
are today. I yearn to touch and feel the fabrics and see the process. I
felt the film was a learning experience about those times in addition to a
fine story about people, their hardships, and romance.

Linda Heminway
Plaistow, NH


Subject: RE: question: dye discharge
From: "Janet O'Dell" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 00:02:04 +1000
X-Message-Number: 2

I am not sure when this practice was discontinued but I can clearly remember
in my home town in the UK in the 1950s that the local river changed colour
regularly, depending on what was happening in the local dye works.

Janet O'Dell
Melbourne Australia


Subject: Need a reference for a famous quilt-quote
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>

In the old days before I knew better I was lax about keeping track of
where I got what. I co-curated an exhibit at our local state museum back
then and they would like the source for a wonderful quote we used in the
exhibit. I thought I could put my hand right on it, but I can't. Does
anyone happen to know who said this when? Or where it appeared it print?

"I made quilts as fast as I could to keep my family warm and as
beautiful as I could to keep my heart from breaking."

I seem to remember that the gift book where I got it simply said, "A
pioneer woman." But I don't seem to have that book anymore, either, to
contact the author. I think that little book was called A Quilters
Wisdom. . . .

That's all I have to go on. Thanks for any help you can give this
non-intellectual trying to get better about the details.
Stephanie Whitson


Subject: Virtual Gallery
From: linda laird <>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 09:39:48 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

They've got a long way to go before I'll be attracted to this type of
quilt display. Too fuzzy and the cute, young kid was a real
distraction, very video gamey. Wonder if they had permission from the
quilters. It looked like they'd pulled them from google the visual
quality was so bad.

Linda Laird


Subject: For Kris
From: "Catherine Litwinow" <>

Good Morning,
The Iowa/ Illinois Quilt Study Group met the first of Aug. Our minutes
are quite long. How do I get them posted at

Thank you for your assistance.
Catherine Litwinow
chair-IA/IL Quilt Study Group


Subject: Re: question: Mills in the 1800s, dye discharge
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 09:36:28 -0500
X-Message-Number: 7

Bells of Lowell is the first book in a series of historical fiction set in
Lowell. The women work in the mills. I don't know any more about it than
this, but it came to mind so thought I'd mention it for anyone interested in
a "flight of fancy" that's fabric related :-). I've wanted to read them but
so far haven't. At the moment I'm up to my ears in history books for my grad
school class. . . . at 57 I've gone back to school. Can you imagine.

And Linda, you have me salivating thinking about just driving to Lowell
today. I've wanted to see it all for so many years. . . . sigh.

Stephanie Whitson in Nebraska


Subject: Re: *possible spam* Movie quilt, continued
From: "Deborah Russell" <>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 12:40:51 -0500
X-Message-Number: 8

Laura she stood on a box most of the time or at least when she was doing the
cooking scense. Can't wait to see the movie
Debbie Hill-Russell
----- Original Message -----

Just a bit more about the movie "Julie and Julia"...can anyone tell me how
they made Meryl Streep look quite so tall?!


Subject: public view of quilts
From: Laura Fisher <>

HI all- Just about tohe publishedis Robert Shaw's latest book 'AMERIC
AN QUILTS The Democratic Art, 1780-2007. I am pleased to report that my mul
ti-layer- looking velvet FANS variation pieced quilt is the cover girl!
i think you can pre-order the book on, and probably the publishe
r will send notice to this list of its availability. if you want to see the
photo (as I still have eBoard posting difficulties!) go to amazon.

And, I just sold a pair of 1930s Dresden Plate quilts with nile green sashi
ng to a movie company remaking a violent 1970s film, Straw Dogs (why oh why
I don't understand this culture sometimes- all this blowing up stuff, kill
ings, horror; why can't people be happy with beauty and history like we are
!) Most of the action, the set designer says, takes place in the room with
these quilts, so they will have lot of screen time, but as I am not going t
o see the film.........if any of you do, let us know!

Laura Fisher


Subject: Re: question: Mills in the 1800s, dye discharge
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 12:40:25 -0500
X-Message-Number: 10

>At the moment I'm up to my ears in history books for my grad
> school class. . . . at 57 I've gone back to school. Can you imagine.
Stephanie Whitson in Nebraska

Good for you, Stephanie! You will bring more to the study of quilts for the study and discipline of history.

What history course(s) are you taking?

I'd studied the literature and culture of the American South since I was 18 years old, had taught aspects of the subject throughout my career. I'd always been keenly conscious of the need to deepen my knowledge of the political and quasi-political history in which the literature was rooted. I read history, but sporadically and often to address specific questions I encountered in the writing. And just when I'd get on a roll, there would be new books in my field, papers to be read and marked.

A quilt, its pattern, a trip to Kansas and Nebraska, and Patricia Limerick's writings about frontiers drove me to a systematic historical study of the period between 1780 and 1860 in America and particularly in the South. I cannot even begin to tell you how illuminating it has been--------so far. As I knew all along, it has both enriched and corrected my understanding of the books and the people who wrote them and, for good measure, of my own people. It gave me the means by which I might think about the women of the South, a subject to which Miss Scawlett had lent such a distracting mystique and, frankly, about which not a lot had been assimilated into standard historical studies.

This will happen to you. I know I speak for others on this list when I tell you that 57 is a good age to start something new. You have experience that will permit you to find meanings you never could have found at 17. Been there, still there.

Gaye Ingram


Subject: Going back to school. . .
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 16:50:29 -0500
X-Message-Number: 11

The program concentrates on North American History and should end in a
Master of Historical Studies degree. It's actually designed for high school
history teachers (which I am not and never have been), which means it's a
"hybrid" course designed for adults who have real lives to live. The first
course this summer was very hands on with classrooms in the field at various
architectural sites, virgin prairie here in Nebraska, and a pow-wow. This
semester is an introductory American history from colonial days through
1860. The list of books includes Frederick Douglass's Narrative, The
American Revolution by Wood, Forever Free Eric Foner's book on emancipation
& reconstruction, American Colonies by Taylor, and others.

I'm fascinated by the term a "systematic historical study." If you have
time, could you share how you developed a game plan? I'm already overwhelmed
and I only want to concentrate on the Great Plains. I have a fascination
with the sod house era that I cannot begin to understand but have decided to
stop questioning :-).

Thanks for your kind words. I've always wanted to go back to school and
pursue a higher degree, so this is sort of a dream coming true for me. By
the time I die, I'd like to be Dr. Whitson. Just for me.

Steph Whitson


Subject: critical comments
From: Kris Driessen <>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 07:30:12 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 1

I am going to guess that both critical comments referenced in the last E-mail were meant to go privately.

This list was founded for the very purpose of discussion, which means that we ARE going to disagree. Respectful disagreements gives the participants the chance to see the other side of the argument, and not dig in their heels convinced that only their viewpoint is correct.

We have talked about a number of controversial issues on this list in the past and I imagine we will do so in the future. Let's keep it professional, both on and off the list.

(list mom)


Subject: Quilt-related words used in other contexts
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 09:50:20 -0700
X-Message-Number: 2

Just look at the title of this email link! It is all about technical web
problems and their solutions and nothing to to do with fabric and quilts as
we know them. You can't help but want to email them and ask: is there a
quilter in your family?

I have no relationship with this company and have never done business with
them. Its their choice of words that caught my eye.

Karen in the Islands


Subject: quilts in Lewisburg, PA
From: "Cinda Cawley" <>

The Packwood House Museum in Lewisburg, PA is not (as are
of the quilt exhibits I comment on) in the heart of the Mid Atlantic
corridor, but if you make the effort to get there you will be blown away
the incredible array of Pennsylvania quilts (80 or more) displayed in
gallery and throughout the historic house. All of the quilts are from
Packwood House collection. Most came to the museum in the late 1980s
through the bequest of Robert Shoemaker, a local antiques dealer and
collector. The 19th century quilts which scream Pennsylvania are
heart of the collection. To say that I was in heaven is an
I was so entranced that I didnt take a single note so youre not
going to
get a terribly detailed account.

The title of the exhibit which runs until Oct. 24 is
Pennsylvania Quilts: Studies in Color. One gallery displays
quilts that
reflect classic English influences; another contrasts quilts from the
and English communities. Remember if youre not a PA German youre
no matter where your people came from. The large central gallery may
cardiac arrest (at least to people like me) with its array of PA German
quilts arranged by dominant color. On the back wall is a magnificent
Irish Chain in red, green and yellow on double pink with a unique swag
tulip border. A Sunshine and Shadows Log Cabin departs of the typical
scrappy vocabulary by using a single red print and a double blue around
bright yellow center. She couldnt resist introducing a dark green
print to
sandwich the red print in a triple border. Your definition of neutral
be greatly expanded when you see the colors these women used as
chrome yellow, double pink, double blue and, my favorite orange.

If you are familiar with Jeanette Lasanskys pioneering
with the Oral Traditions Project you know that there are some quirks
among the quilts of Central PA, for instance a penchant for making two
quilts in pink and green. One of these in the exhibit is a Tree
variation which was new to me with the bars going diagonally across the
quilt. Hanging next to it was the same pattern in blue and white.

A tour of the huge house shows quilts integrated into the
on beds, tables, settles, chairs. The objects displayed in the 27 rooms
were chosen to compliment the quilts. For instance, theres a silk
Crazy on
the dining room table with Tiffany luster pieces arranged on it. One
bed is covered with a Framed Medallion (circa 1815) with chintz
appliquE9 in
the center. Another bedroom is filled with fancy red and green quilts
combining piecing and appliquE9.

There is a fine gallery guide (no pictures) written by
Sherry Walter (who gave us our wonderful tour). Sherry is at the
on Wednesdays. Arrange your visit, if you can, to take advantage of her
familiarity with the collection. Theres also a small (6
square)color (28
pages, ) intro to the exhibit. It costs $9.95 at the museum shop and is
worth every penny for the glorious color photos and details of 16 of the

This exhibit is a great demonstration of what can be done
museum staff and knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers work together.
weekend the museum will host a series of special events. The mayor has
proclaimed Quilt Week in Lewisburg, the shops on the main street
all have
quilts in the windows and the parking meters are festooned with fabric
streamers. If you plan to go, email me for a tip on where to get the
lunch of your life. Lewisburg is the home of Bucknell University and
know that college towns always have a few great restaurants so that Mom
Dad can spend the last few dollars left from tuition taking Junior out
eat. Also if you go let them know that you heard about it online. I
talking up the power of our quilt history lists.

Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Cyclone Stencil
From: "Susan Wildemuth" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 18:45:24 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

I have a friend who is new to quilting and is making a Wizard of Oz quilt --
hand pieced/handquilted. She is looking for a "plastic" Cyclone Quilt
Stencil -- any ideas of where we could find one.

She also wants it for a quilt "down the road" as her son is an Iowa State
graduate (the cyclones). Ames, Iowa was searched and no cyclone quilt
stencil could be found. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Sue in Illinois

Susan Wildemuth


Subject: Re: qhl digest: August 19, 2009
From: Jan Drechsler <>

A tour during the AQSG Lowell Seminar took a group to the Cranford Print
Our tour leader was a retired mill worker, who worked in the Cranford
textile mills for 30 years. He told us this. 'In the 1970's, the river
next to the mill ran blue, or green or whatever color the mill was printing
that week. Our hands got stained in different colors too.'

I was left with the impression that it would have been into the mid 70's at
least. Perhaps different time frames in different countries.

Jan Drechsler in VT-


Subject: TQHF Blog update
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 23:04:20 -0700
X-Message-Number: 1

The first "chapter" of the 2009 Celebration report is now on the TQHF blog.
I have covered only Merikay's exhibit in Part I.

More will be coming for I still have to cover all the other exhibits

Karen Alexander


Subject: Re: qhl digest: August 19, 2009
From: "Linda Heminway" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 07:50:53 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

Thanks to all who answered my query about the discharge of dye, both
privately and here on the digest.
Linda Heminway


Subject: community response to old quilts ?, jean's hand sewing
From: "Jean&#39;s Hand Sewing - Repair, Finish & Design using Family Textiles" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 12:15:11 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 3

I got 2 great replies to my post & I feel like a million bucks, & I'd like to propose a community response to old quilts. In saying this I am not assuming anyone here is not already doing enough & I'm not saying anyone should offer free appraisals to get the public off my back.

I offer repair, people call for that & come fishing for a free appraisal. Since I'm not an appraiser I'm not comfortable giving an estimate of the value of their item. For my customers their quilt was not bought & will not be sold so there is no sale price.

Would it be fair to tell the public most old quilts are worth $ 100 - $ 200 or less, appraisals are about $ 25 & there is little to no market for typical old quilts because there are so many of them & people are selling, not buying ?

If that is not accurate, I'm open to suggestions. I had hoped having a resource list free onine would solve the problem but people don't read it, they still make a repair appt & come fishing for appraisal. I suspect they know the appraisal represents 25 % of the value of their item & that's why they don't want to do it.

May I say THANK YOU & ask for a community response - what would help ?

My public library, the main Richmond, Virginia library wanted to buy the appraisal DVD but they can't buy online with paypal. Can anyone here afford the $ 40 to donate it to the library ? You can watch it first & I will make sure they put it in their collection & don't sell it for 50 cents if you include me in the process.

To clarify, I never meant to imply that anyone should offer free appraisal. I want the public to hire appraisers & the problem is they are not doing that. Even after I have a free resource list online & do a careful screening they still come for repair appts & fish for appraisal.

I suspect even people who want to give away their old quilts would still want to ask before they leave "That's not a priceless heirloom, right ?"

What's the best way to get this into the mainstream so people can consider options for their old quilts ? If anyone here is in the media & can do a story they are tired of hearing from just me. If anyone can accept donations of old quilts once the public finds out they are not valuable that would be great.

I continue to hope that FAMILY QUILT SHOW & TELL events inviting the public to bring their old quilts & see what other people have would clear up the confusion & help people decide if they want appraisal or not.

Again, I'm not implying that anyone here isn't doing enough to save old quilts. I'm saying the public can't make decisions til they know how much it's worth & I'm asking can we just tell them an estimate, of $ 100 - $ 200 or less ?

I thank everyone for everything they do every day to support this lovely & fragile art form & I remain open to suggestions,

Jean Gonzalez

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: Lancaster Quilt Show
From: Barb Garrett <>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 18:38:44 -0400
X-Message-Number: 4

In the spirit of "always the last to know" -- just in case there are
others like me to whom this is "new news" -- there will be an AQS Quilt
Show in Lancaster, PA, in March 2010. This is the press release --

begin copy -

Press Release

Contact: Bonnie Browning, 270-898-7903, ext. 146 <>

Paducah, Kentucky - August 19, 2009: Today AQS President Meredith
Schroeder announced plans for the American Quilter's Society (AQS) to
hold a fourth quilt show in 2010.

AQS will produce a new show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, March 24 - 27,
2010, at the new Lancaster County Convention Center. The AQS Quilt Show
& Contest - Lancaster will feature a quilt contest with $44,000 in cash
awards. A special category in the contest is Grand Geometrics - Created
the Amish Way. "We are pleased to bring an AQS Quilt Show to Lancaster
and the southeastern Pennsylvania area, and to provide another
opportunity for quilters to enter our contests and be recognized for
their artistry," stated Schroeder. AQS has signed a three-year agreement
to hold this event in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

"We're thrilled at the prospect of welcoming the American Quilter's
Society (AQS) and one of this country's top quilting shows to the new
Lancaster County Convention Center (LCCC)," remarked Josh Nowak,
director of sales & marketing with the LCCC.

"We can't think of a better setting for the AQS Quilt Show & Contest
than Lancaster County - home to a rich quilting heritage within our
Amish community, and where this art form continues to thrive today,"
said Christopher Barrett, president and CEO of the PA Dutch Convention &
Visitors Bureau. "The 2010 AQS Quilt Show presents an undeniably
alluring opportunity for local and national quilters alike to share
their creative process and outcomes, in a setting recognized worldwide
for its beautifully manicured quilt of farms and fields."

AQS also holds events in Paducah, Kentucky (pending for 2010);
Knoxville, Tennessee (July 14 - 17, 2010); and Des Moines, Iowa (October
6 - 9, 2010).

Contest rules are available on the AQS Web site, Registration guides for each show will be
available online as soon as they are completed. To order a printed
registration guide, send $2.00 for each guide to: AQS, Attn: (name of
show) Registration Guide, PO Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290.

In addition to the AQS Web site and the AQS Blogs (AQS Quilt News, AQS
Publishing, and American Quilter magazine), quilters can now become a
fan of AQS on Facebook, and follow AQS on Twitter. The AQS quilting
community grows again!

For lodging and general information on American Quilter's Society shows,
go to, or call 270-898-7903.

end copy

Barb in very rainy southeastern PA


Subject: FYI - Stolen quilts
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 19:48:52 -0700
X-Message-Number: 5 

Yes, unfortunately it still does happen.

Karen in the Islands


Subject: AQS in Lancaster
From: Andi <>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2009 04:25:03 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

Barb wrote:

In the spirit of "always the last to know" -- just in case there are others like me to whom this is "new news" -- there will be an AQS Quilt
Show in Lancaster, PA, in March 2010.

I just wanted to reassure you that you are not the last to know about
AQS holding a show in Lancaster. This is the first announcement. To
answer a frequently asked question from Facebook today, yes, this show
is in place of Rita Barber's Quilt Heritage, and no, it does not
supplant Paducah. We are very excited about being in this part of the
country, where Cinda sightings are a regular event.

Andi in Paducah, KY


Subject: Re: community response to old quilts ?, jean's hand sewing
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>

Would it be fair to tell the public most old quilts are worth $ 100 - $
200 or less, appraisals are about $ 25 & there is little to no market
for typical old quilts because there are so many of them & people are
selling, not buying ?

I've taken the appraisal classes that AQS offers twice and help with
"Quilt ID day" at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln. I do
not do appraisals, but I think your statement is far too general and
could be misleading.

What I do (people ask me this a lot because they know I know a few
things about old quilts and their value,) is simply tell them I am not
qualified to assess value and for that they should contact a
professional appraiser. (It IS a profession and should be respected as
such). I offer a couple of names and numbers and refuse to discuss value
further. If people press me, I continue to say "I'm not qualified to
discuss value. I can tell you some interesting things about when it was
probably made, names of the pattern, etc., but assessing quilt value is
a complex issue. You need an appraiser."

I persist in my ignorance and people usually give up.

I don't think it is fair to imply that their quilt isn't worth very
much, no matter the condition or the common pattern, etc. Protect
yourself and stay away from that topic completely. And besides, value is
a very subjective thing for people who own a family quilt. A rag could
be priceless to them.

I have seen what I consider to be "common" quilts bring high prices at
auctions and online. I have seen what I consider to be fine and very
desirable quilts go for a song. The market is too volatile to make an
all-inclusive statement.

The two appraisers I know were charging more than $25 a few years ago. I
don't know what their rates are currently. In my opinion, none of them
charge nearly enough when you consider the time they've put into
learning the profession and building a reference library.

Hope this helps some.
Stephanie Whitson


Subject: Quilt appraisials
From: "Kim Baird" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2009 11:48:03 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

Stephanie wrote:
"I have seen what I consider to be "common" quilts bring high prices at
auctions and online. I have seen what I consider to be fine and very
desirable quilts go for a song. The market is too volatile to make an
all-inclusive statement."

Appraisers, no matter how knowledgeable, are making educated guesses. In the
end, anything is worth what someone will pay for it, and that depends on so
many variables that no one can give an exact figure.

Notice that I said, EDUCATED guesses.



Subject: Frostline NQR
From: "Kim Baird" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2009 12:37:37 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

I've just discovered a Frostline kit to make a sleeping bag in my
mother-in-law's collection, which we are clearing out. Is anyone still
looking for these? I know Frostline is no longer in business.



Subject: New Quilt Study Group Forming, Wilmington North Carolina
From: "joyce delucia" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2009 13:28:56 -0400

Hello to all, Hope this post might be of interest to someone, and you will
join us.

WHERE: Wilmington North Carolina

WHEN: September 15, 2009

WHERE: Fran's Sewing Circle, 5751 Oleander Drive, Wilmington NC

TIME: 1:00 PM

RSVP: only if coming to Joyce DeLucia

Lynn Gorges of Historic Textile Studio, and our area representative for the
American Quilt Study Group, has offered to come help us get organized.

This will be an organizational meeting. Your input is needed.

If you can't make the meeting, but wish to be included on our e mail list
for further information, please let Joyce DeLucia know. Please feel free to
spread the word.

Please bring an older quilt for "Show and Tell"

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Joyce DeLucia


Subject: Packwood House
From: "Judy Grow" <>

DH and I just returned from 2 days in Lewisburg and the exhibition of
quilts at the Packwood House Museum. Cinda is so correct. The quilts
and the manner of their display was exceptional. DH is a "wood man" and
found plenty to oohh and aahh about besides the quilts! I am so happy he
came with me, and he is happy he went.

All the volunteers at the PW were still excited about sharing the
quilts with us outsiders, and their enthusiams made our time there even
more exciting.

This is a must-see exhibition.

Lewisburg is a lovely old town. Up and down the main street, the side
streets, and the Bucknell campus is Victorian architecture that hasn't
been tampered with (much). There are also a number of antiques malls

Go if you can.

Judy Grow


Subject: Re: Frostline NQR
From: Arden Shelton <>

I made several Frostline kits back in the late 70's including a puffy down jacket I still use in the snow and 2 different pieces of soft luggage. I still have a kit for bicycle panniers I may never make. They were such cool kits if you followed the instructions exactly in order! It was a great company. Thanks for the memory!...arden

(Ms) Arden Shelton
Portland, OR

From: Kim Baird <>
To: Quilt History List <>
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2009 10:37:37 AM
Subject: [qhl] Frostline NQR

I've just discovered a Frostline kit to make a sleeping bag in my
mother-in-law's collection, which we are clearing out. Is anyone still
looking for these? I know Frostline is no longer in business.



Subject: Quilt Show Gregg Museum of Art & Design, NCSU, Raleigh NC

Graphic Quilts at the Gregg? now-Oct 4, 2009

Curator, Kathlyn Sullivan, and Textile Consultant, Janine LeBlanc have selected over 40 quilts from the Gregg Museum of Art & Design's permanent collection. Many of these quilts are recent acquisitions and focus on the graphic design elements in quiltmaking. The exhibit includes quilts with patriotic themes, exquisite silk and crazy quilts, antique North Carolina quilts and two Sas Colby art quilts, one of which will knock yours socks off! See what happens when quilts go from the bed to the wall. Be prepared for a visual and heartfelt treat.

The Gregg Museum of Art & Design is located on the campus of NC State University in the Talley Student Center, 2610 Cates Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7306. 919-515-3503 Hours: Wed-Fri: 12-8pm/ Sat-Sun: 2-8pm.

An on-line catalog, slide show, educational activities schedule and campus map?may be viewed at


Subject: New to me in Lancaster County, PA (long)

It never surprises me that even after 40 years of exploring Lancaster Count
y, PA there are still unexpected treasures to be found. This weekend
I spent another glorious weekend there where I got together with a British
quilter I "met" on the UK quilt history list, BQTHL . Then, local Old
Order Mennonite friends took Paul and I to the Muddy Creek Farm Library an
d Museum in Farmersville . This is a small but astounding library/arc
hives/museum that concentrates on Mennonite Life in Earl Township, Lancaste
r County during the 18th and 19th Centuries. We hadn't been awa
re of it until a few weeks ago when an elderly couple we were visiting told
us the incredible, locally madeDutch cupboard we were admiring was b
eing donated to "the museum" when they went into assisted living this month
. I assumed they meant the Heritage Center in Lancaster until they sa
id that they meant the Muddy Creek Museum. So, I had to check it out.

Visits are by appointment, and when they took us into their print archives,
we were blown away. Row after row of local Old Order Mennonite famil
y bibles, hymnals and Martyrs Mirrors. The oldest bible they owned
 was mid1500 and brought to the area by one of the earliest Mennonites.
 All were listed on the shelves by family surname. The fractur
work inside many was astounding and the brass ornamentation of the covers a
nd strappings were works of art. Then, I mentioned my passion for qui

The next small display room was basically The Life and Times of Elizabeth M
artin, 1813-1832. Elizabeth was a 19 year old Mennonite girl who, on
returning from submitting her application for Baptism into the Mennonite ch
urch, suffered a fatal accident when she fell off her horse. Her dist
raught Mother decided to create a memorial to Elizabeth's short life by put
ting the binding on a quilt she and Elizabeth has just completed quilting a
nd then putting the quilt away, never to be used. Passed down through
her family until it was recently donated to the Muddy Creek Museum, the ma
gnificent chintz quilt was hanging on the wall in a custom made case.
Also in the room were numerous artifacts of Old Order Mennonite life from
the early 1830's-Elizabeth's saddle, her family bible, her family tree and
a wonderful collection ofprayer books belonging to Elizabeth's
peers with wonderful Fractur nameplates.

But, oh that quilt. If you say "Mennonite quilt" I would not picture
that lovely and light chintz beauty of alternating light beige and deeper t
an floral squares set on point. Then there were soft red triangles, squaring up the diagonal blocks, done in 3 different prints. Then
a final border of the the tan chintz. The binding was of the beige chintz, but no one could tell me what the backing was or if the backing was
brought around to the front or the binding applied separately. The yardage of the chintz in the borders told me that the fabric was bought specifically for the quilt. Alan Keyser has carefully examined the quilt and its fabrics and has authenticated the provenance.

There was also a display of print blocks and how the printing of the Mennonite books and bibles evolved over time. This led to quite a discussion of how printing text and pictures ran parallel to fabric printing.
The people at the museum (who were definitely book historians) were quite t
aken back that any other discipline was interested in printing processes.

The basement of the Library houses a collection of house and farm implement
s from the local families and there are a few sewing related items including a c.1900 star quilt, some quilt marking stencils, a handmade linen shirt,
show towels and a lovely patchwork pocket.

To find such a hidden treasure was a highlight of the weekend for me.
They told me the display with Elizabeth's quilt should remain up for about
6 more months.

Nancy Hahn, back in Maryland


Subject: Re: Old Quilts - advising not advisable!
From: "Jean Carlton" <>

It sounds like your area of expertise is in repairing old quilts.
When clients question you about value I suggest you refer them to the
websites which list certified appraisers of quilts rather than make
generalizations. Do not feel compelled to come up with something! It's
better to be honest; this is not your area of expertise and refer them
to other resources.
One can't say 'most old quilts' - anything! You could be doing a great
disservice to someone with an amazing "old" quilt that assumes it's
worth nothing and tosses it or takes improper care of it. There are
always quilts being sold and bought so commenting on the market is
another generalization that may be misinterpreted and inaccurate.

AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser, MN

ps. Appraisal fees vary - I believe most currently fall between $40-$75
per quilt among my colleagues. Misinformation is worse than no
information. Someone coming to a qualitifed appraiser who has been told
it will be about $25 will not be happy.