Subject: getting on eBoard
From: Laura Fisher <>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 21:30:08 -0700 (PDT)

Hi-- anybody got the secret to posting on eBaord. I tried again, but as I a=
m not registered/listed/recommended/approved or somethin',they won't let=
me in, despite my QHL link. So, how does one get to participate??

Then I could post photos of my quilt and its sibling! To the questioner who=
wanted to see, there is one in the IQSC collections (check redwork) and th=
e Keota Iowa one mentioned in an email yesterday by Marilyn Woodin. They ar=
e all the same family of quilt.Wonder if wee laid transparencies of all one=
atop the other, would the block patterns all line up?

Laura Fisher


Subject: Display Conundrum
From: Sally Ward <>

The 2010 exhibit will include a fantastic complete set of 1713 bed
hangings which have previously been on display behind glass. Is the
joy of seeing them hanging on a replica bed worth the downside of not
being able to see them flat and close-up? Comments are invited on the

A word of warning: several of us who have left comments have ended up
with egg-on-face multiple postings because when you have left your
comment it is not clear that it has been posted. Try once, and give
it a little while to see if it appears.

Sally Ward


Subject: Looking for an Alabama restorer
From: "Dale Drake" <>


I'm looking for someone in the Alabama area who does restoration. I =
didn't find anyone on our QHL restorationist list, but some folks =
haven't put their locations on their listings. If you know of someone =
could you please contact me off-list? Thanks!

Dale Drake in Indiana

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. - Jorge =
Luis Borges


Subject: Sanitary Commission quilts
From: Donald Beld <>

Two interesting things about the surviving Sanitary Commission quilts and t=
he other soldiers' quilts from the Civil War.

1. All the survivors were made in New England states--interesting. As=
Ohio was so active in the SC (as was many other midwest states) wonder why=
there aren't any in the museums, attics, etc. there. Or was the New Eng=
landers notorious thrifty ways at work here. Any thoughts out there.

2. Also, of the seven surviving quilts that I know of four are potholder=
quilts--it would seem that it was easier in that era to make and finish th=
e block before assembling the quilt.

best, Don


Subject: IA/IL QSG
From: "Catherine Litwinow" <>

Good morning from cool Iowa.
The minutes of our Aug. 1, 2009 can be found at =<> IA/IL Quilt Study =
Group. We are so fortunate to meet at the Kalona Quilt and Textiles =
Museums! Curator, Marilyn Woodin treated us with 3 quilt displays. =
Embroidery in the English Gallery, wonderful Amish (I think this was the =
best Amish exhibit ever), and Red and Green filled the sanctuary at the =
Grout Church.

A CD will be available in April '10. For "Pieces of Time, A Quilt and =
Textile History Magazine" subscriptions were passed out. The Aug 2009, =
Volume 4, #2 contains articles on the Civil War Quilts studied April =
'09, Linda Carlson wrote about 4- block quilts and Gaye Ingram =
contributed "studying in a Women's Culture: The Importance of Context" =
plus more.
We were so honored that Joan Kiplinger wrote "Fiber Savvy: The =
Backbone of your quilt" in Volume 4, Number 1. She was going to do it in =
three parts but she finished the whole series for us.
For information about the CD and "Pieces of Time" contact: Susan =
Mardock at
For information about writing for "Pieces of Time" contact Marilyn =

The April 10, 2010 the study topic is "Depression Era Quilts." Sandy =
Schweitzer will present her "Feedsack Quilts. To attend Registrar =
Juanita Seward: =<>

Catherine Noll Litwinow


Subject: Re: Sanitary Commission quilts
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2009 11:54:04 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6

Perhaps this is just wishful thinking on my part, but I continue to believe
there are many quilted treasures still lurking in family attics that have
yet to be appreciated by someone with quilt knowledge. The Civil War was the
defining moment in so many lives and continued to be remembered with
encampments, etc., for so long after, I find it hard to believe that there
aren't more Sanitary Commission quilts "out there." It would be interesting
to get huge ads in small town newspapers looking specifically for these and
see what would happen.
Steph Whitson


Subject: Redwork fundraisers
From: Andi <>
Date: Wed, 02 Sep 2009 04:14:54 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

Hi Laura and all,

When I found the Keota quilt, I looked through the IQSC collection
records for similar quilts (this was five or so years ago). At the time,
there were three Redwork fundraiser quilts shown online. Of them, the
Beatrice, NE quilt was very, very similar, and, as you suggest, Laura,
might have been laid atop the Keota quilt and been a close match for
block size and overall look. The differences were significant, though,
because of how specific to a given town/church/business the art work for
the advertising blocks was. In the Beatrice quilt, as I recall, some
blocks were left blank. There were paid-for signatures in every block of
the Keota quilt. Unique to the Keota quilt at that time (again, I
haven't continued to study this/these quilts) was a block directly below
the central block worked in black thread. What appears to be a monument
of an angel holding a wreath in outstretched arms is surrounded by
names. A search of area cemeteries did not locate this exact monument,
but we found several that could have inspired the artwork (which was
done by a 16-year old area boy, so this made sense to me and the Keota
librarian). We recognized most of the monument block surnames and
surmised that people paid to have their deceased loved ones memorialized
in this way, but this has to remain conjecture, as we didn't locate
primary source records. Because we know that the Keota quilt was created
for the M.E. church in Keota, we were surprised not to be able to
directly connect the town's cemetery art and the block's names, but
Keota was much more of a dominant "urban" center in the late 19th
century and church-goers may have come from a wider area than we know.

Really, it's difficult to acknowledge how un-academic our research into
the Keota quilt has been among the experts on this list, but I am happy
to have rescued three quilts from one damp, crumbling cardboard box and
know they are being much better cared for these days. I have suggested
more than once that the library send photos and information to the Quilt
Index, and I'm sure they will, one day. This leads me to Stephanie's
idea that newspaper ads searching for quilts might yield some treasures
from attics. They really might, but don't the Index and the Alliance
send out occasional PR messages in this regard?

Andi in Paducah, KY


Subject: Attic finds in New England
From: Teddy Pruett <>

Many years ago=2C when dirt was new=2C I spent a week in New York with Rabb=
it Goody. She said many things in the course of a week=2C but one of the t=
hings that really stayed with me addresses Don's question about New ENgland=
being a source of great old stuff. We were talking about SPNEA among othe=
r things=2C and Rabbit mentioned the habit of New ENglanders to stay put=2C=
to hand homes down through the generations=2C and the practice of Yankee T=
hrift whereby nothing is discarded. She said that is why there are so many=
magnificent antiques and textiles still extant in New England. Many are s=
till in the original homes.

Quite possibly a valid theory=2C no?? When people move/migrate=2C there i=
s not only a limit to what they can carry=2C but they would be wont to disc=
ard items considered old or out of date. SOrta like now - if one had to mo=
ve=2C one would not be likely to take the huge gold flocked velvet lampshad=
es from the 60's. Ick ick ick. Folks who stay put keep stuff. Period. S=
omething to think about=2C anyway.

Teddy Pruett

I want to die with a needle in my hand.
Not stuck in the meat and bleeding=2C you understand=2C
just held between my thumb and finger.


Subject: stenciling on fabric

I am doing some research on stenciled lettering on fabric during the Civil War. I have found an item that seems to have had a "paste" of some sort applied to the fabric. The ink is black on the bunting, but the "paste"/unidentified flaky off-white "stuff" is sort of a shadow around the letters. Was this possibly done so that the black ink wouldn't migrate and form fuzzy edges? It doesn't appear to have been put on and then the ink put on top of it. I looked at it under a bioscope and you can only see the "substance" around the inked lettering. The substance doesn't appear to be easily water soluable. It appears to be?flaky under the microscope.?

Any ideas on this?

I am being a busy worker bee now that I am an "empty nester". Working on lots of neglected projects!



Lynn Lancaster Gorges

New Bern, NC

Historic Textiles Studio


Subject: have mercy!
From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <>

OK, all you upper Midwesterners and Coloradans and wherever else it =
might be getting cooler....knock it off, please! We here in central =
Texas and other Southern spots are suffering mighily under the heat wave =
and drought that has lasted all summer in epic proportions. Today will =
be a "balmy" 98 degrees F, and we expect to break the all time heat =
record by this weekend. We are at stage 2 water restrictions and our =
water supplies are dangerously low. A pretty scary prospect. Unless you =
want us migrating en masse to YOUR neck of the woods....... Oh, just to =
make this quilt I am working on hand quilting my 98" =
x 98" Blooming NIne-Patch and perhaps making more blocks for the =
upstairs guest bedroom quilt. ( A quick wink to let you all know I am =
not serious)

Marcia Kaylakie
AQS Certified Appraiser
Austin, TX


Subject: Re: Redwork fundraisers
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 11:07:14 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5

Could the Keota quilt have been made at one of the ME church's annual
events? Conferences? Where people came from far and wide? Just a thought.

Steph Whitson


Subject: RE: Attic finds in New England
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 12:59:29 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6

I agree Teddy, as it was the same way here in southeastern PA -- but I
believe that it is coming to an end, and I think that in New England it
might be also. I have noticed that with the WWII generation reaching the
end of their lives, that homes with these family objects are more and more
being broken up. The children often aren't interested (I know, the same old
song and dance, yada yada, but I believe it is true) and would prefer to
have the cash if the things have value -- or perhaps it is simply easier to
divide up the cash than the family dutch cupboard. And then there is the
frequent concern of long term care. Of course this is a generalization, as I
know that things are still held dear in some families, but I think we'll see
much less of this in the future.
Candace Perry


Subject: RE: have mercy!
From: "Cinda Cawley" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 12:56:05 -0400
X-Message-Number: 7

I once read that the continental US has the most extreme weather in
the world. How often the lead story on the evening news is weather =
Think about it: wildfires in CA, heat and drought in Texas, lake effect
snows in NY, hurricanes on the Atlantic coast.
Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Re: have mercy!
From: "Jeanne Henry" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 12:24:13 -0500
X-Message-Number: 8

From Jeanne in Austin: I'm with Marcia! We have had 68 days of 100+
weather. We are ready to run nekkid through the streets.



Subject: RE: have mercy!
From: "Kim Baird" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 12:22:08 -0500
X-Message-Number: 9


It's called a continental climate, and I think central Asia is just as bad,
if not worse.

I know a man in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, and we like to compare our weather.
It's usually the same. (I live in Fargo, ND).


Subject: Re: stenciling on fabric
From: "Judy Grow" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 16:43:30 -0400
X-Message-Number: 10

Lynn, I don't know but I've been told (catchy phrase -- maybe I'll
incorporate it into a song) that the bloom around old signatures is from an
egg white wash, used to stiffen the fabric and keep the ink from spreading.
I can't remember where I read that, or who told me.

If only that block that I sent to you for deciphering had had an egg wash!

Judy Grow


Subject: success- i'm on eboard
From: Laura Fisher <>

Eureka, it is done, "Watson come here,"...and other epiphanies......

Icannot believe I finally got something up on eBoard, thanks to Kris' in=
structions. But only one so far, need to change pixels on other to post I t=
hink. What's viewable is the redwork star-like squares signature quilt f=
rom M.E. church somewhere, signed with Ohio and Pa towns, other is from Ft.=
Scott Kansas

Laura Fisher



Subject: RE: have mercy!
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 16:43:31 -0500
X-Message-Number: 12

---- Cinda Cawley <> wrote:
9I once read that the continental US has the most extreme weather in
the world. How often the lead story on the evening news is weather related=
Think about it: wildfires in CA, heat and drought in Texas, lake effect
snows in NY, hurricanes on the Atlantic coast.


'Lest the God that sent COOL to Louisiana think everyone in America is less=
than happy with Him, I want to make clear that all of us here in the Pelic=
an state are reveling in our 56F nights and 83-85F days and (I'm knocking w=
ood here) so far, the absence of twin hurricanes for first time in several =
seasons. We are rising early, taking our freshly dripped coffee into our ga=
rdens and wondering if we've missed something and have been transported in =
time to some other season. We are sowing fall and winter greens, airing qui=
lts, cleaning up perennial borders, washing crystal, and polishing silver. =
In all this newfound energy, we might have forgotten to tell Him we are ser=
iously grateful that for once, we have space in our prayers to remember oth=
ers who are suffering in the late summer rains, fires, and winds. We would =
be even more seriously grateful if we could keep it that way. Some have onl=
y now gotten all the downed trees from last September off their properties =
and the temporary roof patches replaced with new roofs.

Reading Ms. Kaylakie's post, I shivered, knowing what comes to Austin event=
ually finds its way to Louisiana. But it's been a grand two weeks here! Mar=
cia K, how is your harp holding up, given the weather?

Quilt question: I've had my copy of "Pioneer Quiltmaker: The Story of Dorin=
da Moody Slade, 1808-1895" by Carolyn O'Bagy Davis on the copy stand next t=
o my computer so that my gaze falls often on the quilt depicted on the cov=
er. The stripping is made up of double rows, each comprised of alternating =
blue-green and gold rhombuses (rhombi?). It makes me wonder whether the gen=
eral "stack-and-whack" technique was part of quilt construction in the late=
19th century. Or was it a child of the rotary cutter?

Gaye Ingram


Subject: RE: have mercy!
From: "Gloria Nixon" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 00:50:32 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Dorinda Moody Slade was eighty-four years old when she created that
masterpiece! Of all the 1800s quilters, she makes my top five favorites

Subject: RE: have mercy!
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 0:34:20 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

---- Gloria Nixon <> wrote:
> Dorinda Moody Slade was eighty-four years old when she created that
> masterpiece! Of all the 1800s quilters, she makes my top five favorites

Mine too, Gloria.

I also think her life is iconic in its arc. An Ulser Scot whose family moved west through Alabama to Texas and then, as a result of her conversion to Mormonism, the move to Utah and Little Dixie's cotton mission----DMS's life makes concrete what pioneering as a way of life means.

I am always frustrated, though, by the lack of documentation of her early life in Davis' book. Footnotes! I need more footnotes.<g>

Looking at that cover quilt and in light of her other quilts, don't you wonder where that border came from?

Gaye Ingram


Subject: RE: have mercy!
From: "Gloria Nixon" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 01:48:10 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

Yes, I surely do, Gaye. The book mentions her designs became more complex
as the years passed, and she'd keep a notebook beside the bed in case
inspiration visited in the night. She'd light the old lamp and sketch new
designs. Oh my, can't you picture her during a restless night, getting
out of bed and sketching the border? It boggles this mind to imagine such
creativity in anyone after years of extreme hardship and grief. I've
often wondered if her genius was born from the grief.


Subject: Prayers for a Quilt Friend
From: "Greta VanDenBerg" <>

I'm not good at these things but I thought it would be appropriate to share
with friends that Barb Garrett's mother, Ruth Yeager, passed away yesterday.
She would have been 91 today. She's face some health problems these last
few months but this was a somewhat sudden change. Her father, Harry Yeager,
is still living but will be without the woman he started dating in 1938 and
later married in 1943 while on furlough from military service. The family
was with her in the hospital at the time and she went peacefully.

I know that Barb can use the support of the many friends she has in the
quilt world.

Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle


Subject: attic finds in New England
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 15:17:24 +0000 (UTC)

I do believe you have something there! I hadn't thought about it.
I grew up in Massachusetts and now live in Indiana. My whole family saved. I have that strong tendency, as does my husband and both my sons. My husband's parents, too.
My grandparents lived in one home. My in-laws also, and my husband and I, too.....
We are all pack rats. My sons are worse than my husband and I are...I was thinking that it's genetic.
Never know what one might find in our attics and barns.

That's part of what got me quilting: my mother-in-law found a set of 1930's dresden plate blocks in her attic and gave half to me and half to her daughter.

Caryl Schuetz
Woodhaven Studio
Professional Association of Appraisers -
Quilted Textiles
Certified by The American Quilter's Society
Author of "Fabulous Tee Shirt Quilts"


Subject: Syrophoenician woman quilt block
From: Judy Schwender <>

Hello all,
I have had an inquiry about a quilt block named 'Syrophoenician woman' or '=
Syrophoenician women'. I could not find any in Brackman or in Dorothy Bo=
nd's 1992 book of biblical blocks titled 'Blest be the Quilts...'.I g=
oogled the name and found thiswomen of the bible quilthttp://home-and= there is no men=
tion of where this person got the pattern.
Do any of you have any more information about such a block?
Thank you-
Judy Schwender


Subject: Re: Syrophoenician woman quilt block
From: Judy Schwender <>

If you can't get the link to work that I included in the previous post, google 'Syrophoenician woman quilt block' and access one of the results that shows a home-and-garden-Webshots url.
My apologies for the problem.
Judy Schwender


Subject: RE: Syrophoenician woman quilt block
From: "Cinda Cawley" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 12:41:35 -0400
X-Message-Number: 8

Looks to me as if they are arbitrarily assigning biblical names to
traditional blocks.
Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: RE: have mercy!
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 11:46:37 -0500
X-Message-Number: 9

I didn't receive the original post mentioning the book you are discussing. .
.could someone re-post that please or send it to me at This sounds like a book I simply must read!
About the woman who kept a notebook by her bed and her designs got more
complex as she got older. . . . Thank you.
Steph Whitson


Subject: Just a thought re: eboard
From: "Sharon Stark" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 12:40:12 -0400
X-Message-Number: 10

First, welcome a-board Laura. The redwork quilt is intriguing, can't wait
to see the other.

Second, while browsing the various pictures on the eboard, some of which
have no doubt been there for a very long time, I was struck by how many
questions were asked without identification of the questioner.
I sometimes do not see all my QHL email, and may miss the question being
asked on the list that corresponds with the picture, or may find something
on the subject a bit later, long after the email is gone. It would be
very helpful if those asking for feedback would tell us where to send

On a related note, if the question has been answered to your satisfaction,
or if the picture has been seen by all who wished to see it, you might
consider deleting it?

Though I really enjoy checking out even the ancient postings....

Sharon Stark

Subject: RE: Syrophoenician woman quilt block
From: "Sharron" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 11:37:42 -0500
X-Message-Number: 11

Hi Judy. Everytime I have problems finding a block, I go to Judy Rehmel's
"The Quilt I.D. Book". I find it everytime. It's like magic. She calls
the block "Beggar Block". It's number 1539 on page 131.

Best regards,
in humid Spring, TX where it was nice yesterday but back to normal


Subject: This never really happens or does it

I was recently contacted to look at a couple of "Museum Quality" quilts.
I thought oh sure, everyone thinks their quilt should be in the
Smithsonian. Curiosity got the best of me and I drove the 40 miles to have a look.
When I got there I was told the story of how this couple came to own these
quilts. They had gone to a local Friday night auction. In an old musty
trunk wrapped in an old stained up bedding were two quilts. The couple
rewrapped the items and were able to buy the trunk for a song. They didn't tell
me the exact price but I got the idea it was extremely inexpensive.
The quilts the bought were two all white Trapunto pieces. the one was a
full size quilt full of intricate stuffed work including a name and the date
1818. The second quilt was crib size also with intricate stuffed work and
also with a name and dated 1820. Both need cleaned but don't appear to
have ever been used or washed.

Also in the trunk was an equally early "Candlewick" piece also with a
name. There was also several attached notes with bits of family history.

I have never had such luck but was wondering if any of you have had
similar or other interesting "scores"



Subject: Re: Syrophoenician woman quilt block
From: Karan Flanscha <>

Carol Honderich created a "Women of the Bible" quilt to go along with a
Bible study she was participating in, based on the book "Women of the Bible"
by Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda. She now has done several more patterns,
which are shown at her website:
Carol chose traditional quilt blocks that have Biblical names, or the name
of the block fit with the woman being studied. For the Syrophoenician woman,
she chose "Beggar Block" (BlockBase # 1758b, 1758c). Carol has run a
number of these studies on a Yahoo list, combining the Bible study with a
block to match each week. Carol's quilt was shown in Paducah a few years
ago. There are quite a few of these quilts being made now... some with
different settings & block sizes, some with the lovely grapevine border, and
some just set as blocks.
Karan from Iowa (who needs to quilt her Women of the Bible quilt :)


Subject: Re: Syrophoenician woman quilt block
From: Judy Schwender <>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 11:03:31 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 14

Thank you to Karen, Cinda, and Sharron. I found three blocks of the same=
construction in Brackman, 1758 a & b and 1759. The most common name see=
ms to be Beggar's Block. I am not familiar with Judy Rehmel's "The Quilt=
I.D. Book". Does it have the publishingreferences like Brackman does=
The Carol Honderich "Women of the Bible" quilt does have this block: third =
row from the bottom, second block from the left.
Judy Schwender


Subject: Re: Syrophoenician woman quilt block
From: "Sharron" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 13:21:57 -0500
X-Message-Number: 15

Judy, Rehmel doesn't give references but Yvonne Khin's book "The Collector's
Dictionary of Quilt Names and Patterns" says of Beggar's Blocks as follows:
"Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them, page 84.
The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America, page 82, No.3"

Happy hunting.


Subject: Re: This never really happens or does it
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 14:45:39 -0500
X-Message-Number: 16

A few years ago my sister, who lives in Southern Illinois, told me of some
"old mattress pads" she'd seen sell at an auction and she couldn't believe
what the dealers were paying for them. I think the price she mentioned being
horrified by was a few hundred dollars for both. A few more questions
revealed that those "old mattress pads" were whitework quilts. Two
twin-sized, matching, whitework quilts. Sigh.

My "deal" wasn't a quilt. It was an ivory barrel-shaped measuring tape with
a stanhope viewer. $10 in a basket of sewing gadgets. I was an antique
sewing gadget dealer then and I passed it on and I have regretted it ever

The best quilt deal I have ever gotten is a lovely nine-patch-on-point top
from the 30's, all hand-pieced and in superb shape that I paid $35 for at an
auction up the street from my house just a few years ago. I treasure it and
keep telling myself that someday I will quilt it. I also have a gorgeous set
of Carolina Lily blocks in red/green/orange that cost me $24 (for the set,
not each).

Last deal: A beaded pin cushion with a fabulous lion -- these are the
antique ones created by the Iroquois (I believe that's right). Any way, I
got it at a flea market for a steal, although I can't remember the exact
price. Maybe $30.

But I haven't gotten a real deal like these in a very very long time. Even
here in Nebraska they're getting harder to find.

Steph Whitson


Subject: RE: This never really happens or does it
From: "Sharon's" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 16:09:46 -0400
X-Message-Number: 17

I have never had such luck but was wondering if any of you have had
similar or other interesting "scores"


The only trapunto quilt that I own is undated, and signed with only the
initials PC. Centered is a cornucopia with a tree of life growing from it;
surrounded by vines with a multiplicity of fruit and flowers. In the
corners are willows with three hovering birds each, and there's a cotton

I and others who have seen the quilt concur that it's probably 1830 or
before - but when I bought it, I didn't know it. I merely bought 4 large
piles of linens and bedding at an auction for $2 per pile. It wasn't until
I sorted through the piles at home that I found the quilt.

On the other hand, I paid a whole dollar at auction for my blue resist....



Subject: RE: This never really happens or does it

Once in a great while the Antique Fairy Does Arrive.........

Years back my husband working in Washington DC at the time would go to
"estate sales" every week. He hit the jackpot at one. He was one of the first
20 folks left in and he did a quick tour around the house. Getting into a
very small bedroom he saw a grain painted 1830ish blanket chest turned with
the back facing out from the wall....there was lots of stuff piled on top
he opened the lid as best he could and saw it was full. So he sat on it till
one of the attendants came around and asked them to help him take it
downstairs. Once downstairs they opened the lid and said all the contents go
with the chest......he quickly closed it so no one else could see......he paid
his 100 bucks and asked for help to his truck. Then he really got to see
what was in there. There were all kinds of hanky's, collars, gloves all
early 1900's and then at the bottom were 2 crazy quilts which have never seen
the light of day and the best was a Pineapple quilt dated sometime around
the civil war made from wool and a french cotton backing is the pretties
part of the quilt. Also stuck in the chest was an iron bank and lots of
ribbons and all kinds of goodies. Yes once in a while the Antique Fairy Does

So I always say Happy Hunting, Lori

Lori Hudlow
Antietam Controls, Inc.
5404 Porterstown Road
Keedysville, MD 21756
301.432.3931 fax


Subject: Re: ***SPAM*** Syrophoenician woman quilt block
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 11:44:34 -0500
X-Message-Number: 19

These look like fairly well known (by other names) traditional blocks
someone renamed for their purposes.

Steph Whitson


Subject: Re: This never really happens or does it?
From: Mary Anne R <>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 12:50:17 +0000 (GMT)
X-Message-Number: 1

On Thu, 9/3/09, wrote:
I have never had such luck but was wondering if any of you have had simi=
lar or other interesting "scores"

This happened to me only once. My daughter, who lives in Boulder, CO, sent =
me a Craigs List post for an antique quilt for $15. The photo showed a scra=
ppy, tied c.1900 quilt, nothing special but I figured I could use the fabri=
c in the repair of other quilts. The seller said she brought it to CO from =
Vermont. When visiting there for the holidays, I found the top to be in wor=
se shape than the photo showed so I decided to take it apart and just bring=
the top home in my suitcase.

While removing the foundation-pieced top, the 'batting' at first glance app=
eared to be burlap but I soon realized it was homespun. It had a solid dark=
brown fabric on the front, yellow mustard color on the back with knife edg=
es and, it was quilted!

Closer inspection revealed quilting with double-ply thread in a geometric p=
attern of a 9-patch on-point with 3 vertical bars of sashing on either side=
and 3 horizontal bars on top with cornerstones. Both the top and the back =
are made up of three narrow lengths of fabric with long vertical seams. The=
batting, showing through some holes, is curly black wool.

Teddy said Lynne Bassett is the expert on wholecloth quilts so I pulled her=
book, Northern Comfort, off the shelf. The book solved the mystery and gav=
e me info about the batting and home-dyed colors as well. This poor thing =
has seen some hard use but I cherish it. I'm glad it didn't get used as a d=
og bed or thrown away. Who knew what treasure lurked inside?

Mary Anne
(in north-central FL)


Subject: Re: This never really happens or does it?
From: Mitzioakes <>

I too, have had some interesting 'finds'. Having inherited a few quilts from my husband's grandmother, they sat on a shelf for years until I became a 'quilter'. One day, while taking one out of its pillowcase storage bag, I discovered that the top was tied, but there were quilting stitches on the back of the quilt! I carefully opened one corner of the quilt only to find another pieced quilt - of a very old vintage - underneath. I have since been told that the back of the original quilt was dyed with butternuts (told to me a leading appraiser in VT). I show this quilt a lot as it is something that shows the past so well.
So things do happen!
Mitzi from Vermont


Subject: unbelievable finds.
From: Donald Beld <>

One of the surviving Sanitary Commission quilts was bought by its owner at =
a Thrift Shop--yes, it's true--and she only paided $20.00 for it. Wis=
h that would happen to me.

best, Don


Subject: Re: ***SPAM*** Re: This never really happens or does it?
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 10:26:43 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

Mary Anne I LOVE this story! I found a blue and white pieced quilt inside a
tied comforter made of 1930's cheater cloth once. . . . oh if these beauties
could talk to us, eh? Which, now that I think of it. . . is the topic of the
novel of my heart. . . talking quilts. HHHMMMMM.....
Steph Whitson


Subject: Re: This never really happens or does it?
From: "Lynne Z. Bassett" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 09:13:20 -0400
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>Teddy said Lynne Bassett is the expert on wholecloth quilts so I pulled her
>book, Northern Comfort, off the shelf. The book solved the mystery and gave
>me info about the batting and home-dyed colors as well.

Dear Mary Anne,

Congratulations on such an excellent find! (Wish that would happen to me
someday!) As I was reading your post, I realized that you had one of my
favorite types of quilts--and it's significant that it originated in
Vermont, as the design you describe shows up by far the most commonly in
northern New England.

Just so's you know--my understanding of whole cloth wool quilts has improved
considerably since I wrote Northern Comfort eleven years ago. If you're
interested in looking into the subject further, please see my essay in
"What's New England About New England Quilts?" (Old Sturbridge Village,
1999), or my article in The Magazine Antiques, "Inspired Fantasy: Design
Sources for New England's Whole-Cloth Wool Quilts," (September 2005).

All best,
(Procrastinating on writing her lace exhibition labels...)


Subject: renaming traditional quilt blocks
From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 10:56:19 -0500
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I know it has been done since the beginning of time (so to speak) but I find
the renaming of established traditional quilt blocks to be unnecessary. It
is not as though there are no clear lines of publication or communication as
in earlier times when people traveled about and blocks got renamed. I was
recently at a new quilter's house and came upon one of her books with new
names for traditional quilt patterns and no acknowledgement of the
tradtional name. When I offered to tell her the traditonal names, she said,
" Do you mean that there are other names for these?" Some of the blocks'
histories and identities are being lost this way. I am always encouraging
quilters to research their quilt patterns.

Marcia Kaylakie
AQS Certified Appraiser
Austin, TX


Subject: about that trapunto quilt of Sharon's
From: Pepper Cory <>

Sharon.....that's mine! PC (stands for Pepper Cory). Send to etc etc

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

Website: and look me up on


Subject: Re: qhl digest: September 03, 2009
From: Pat Kyser <>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 20:28:59 -0500
X-Message-Number: 9

A local (Huntsville, AL) church thrift store has turned up an
embroidered table cloth made from a 200 pound grain sack, with the
marking still on the sack and fruit embroidered in the corners.
Are any of you collectors that might like to have it? The thrift shop
lady would want postage and a small gift for the church's coffers.
Contact me privately and I'll put you in touch with her.
Pat Kyser