Subject: quilt sighting on TV ad
From: "Steve & Jean Loken" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 09 22:26:44 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

I was watching a Papa Murphy's pizza commercial on TV tonight. It's one of
those obnoxious ones with the grungy guy appearing after many hours with a
delivery pizza. When they showed the woman at the door, there appeared to be
a fabulous album quilt on the wall behind her. It was only a view at a sharp
angle, but it looked like a beauty. It starts with her seeing him through a
window, drinking from a hose outside, so keep an eye out for it.
Jean Loken


Subject: this sometimes happens, but not recently
From: Laura Fisher <>

In days of yore, there were finds galore. No one knew anything, except peop
le interested generally in antiques.

But I think that's not the case any more, asinformation about the value
of everything is so pervasive.Books scholarly and otherwise, websites, j
ournals, Antiques Roadshow and collecting shows, ebay, google....noone
needs to be uninformed -- it's probably possible to find a picture of so
mething comparable somewheregiven all the resources available with which
to educate one's eye.

I used to have a shop in a formal NYC antiques center, and it was both wond
erful and awful to have other shops around with every kind of specialty ant
ique for sale, I learned a huge amount from the neighborswho had admi
rable stuff (but hated all the vocal rivalry among those selling pretty muc
h the same type of goods andwishing for the same few clients to walk in
their door!).

Re 'finds' I think I shared this once on here, but if not, in honor of Flor
a's upcoming 22nd birthday, just days after she was born, I went to the 26t
h Street flea market in NYC and there was a floral album applique crib quil
t dated in big numbers 1874 with the name FLORA in appliqued letters, just
the name my friend had given her new daughter. Now what was the chance of t

It was pricier than I could afford as a present forAvis - a dear friend
- and her new baby, so I negotiated and was able to buy it for less.

Before gifting it, upon further study, I had the feeling itmight actuall
y bequite valuable, and took it to Sotheby's where the Americana directo
r estimated it would bring about $10,000 in the January sale and asked to h
ave it for auction.

Well, Avis is a dear friend, but that kind of score would have beenmight
y beneficial for my business, so I had a beautiful professionalphotograp
h madefor Flora's room, and up it went to Sotheby's.

Sadly, the stock market crashed a few days before the sale; two quilt profe
ssionals were competing on the sales floor and one didn't want to appear to
be running up the bid of the other, so she dropped out, and Flora sold f
or only $4,400 (still a nice increment up from the few hundred I paid). The
winning bidder America Hurrah then took it to the Winter Antiques Show and
sold it therefor $11,000.

Now Iwear my strongest eyeglasses and try to peruse slowlywhen I go t
o a market or show!

The velvet Fans quilt on the cover of Bob Shaw's new book is something in t
hat category too, I saw it at a show,examined it, liked it a lot, but th
ought at the time "who needs velvet, who needs th century velvet, and
though it's thinnish, who needs a tied quilt?!"

I kept going around the show and it compelled me back, especially those col
ors and the intricacy of the composition which I had seen only once before
in a book.

So, on my last go round I said to myself if it's still there it is meant fo
r me....and it was, so I bought it It has given me much pleasure in myho
me, and now----it's a cover girl with a provenance (so I think I'll bring
it to the shop)So, themoral is-- trust your first instincts.

Laura Fisher

p.s. if's a lovely day and nice to sit outside and write though the sun mak
es it hard to see the screen, is there a solution for this?, This is a new
concept for me. I used a computer only in the shop before. This is like wri
ting letters all afternoon. Hmmmm, pleasant.



Subject: re: This never really happens or does it?
From: "Stan/Lenna Singer/DeMarco" <>

I'm on the digest so I'm a bit behind. I love stories about fabulous
finds. I'm always on the look out for something unsual. A few years ago
I bought a ca. 1840s patchwork quilt, cut for a four poster. As I
looked at it I noticed that there was a lot more quilting on the back
than on the top of the quilt. The spacer blocks are pillar prints that
still have the original calendering and consequently are splitting in
places. Peeking thru, I've discovered that under the top is a whole
cloth brown toile quilt. Checking thru the different breaks in the
fabric I can't see any damage to the toile quilt underneath. Looks as
if fashion changed and the quilter just a put a new top and binding on
top of an old quilt. I just about died when a friend's young
granddaughter lurched at the quilt with the offer to rip off the old

Lenna (in Phoenix where it's finally raining!!)

Subject: - history & suggestions, long
From: "Jean&#39;s Hand Sewing - Repair, Finish & Design using Family Textiles" <>
Date: Sun, 6 Sep 09 05:01:43 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 1

Hi. I could tell from the kind responses I got that my post was a bit uncle
ar so I will try to hriefly clarify & make suggestions.

First, I am not a quilter or an appraiser. I've been sewing by hand with ne
edle & thread since about age ten & I started a business repairing clothes
about ten years ago. Clothing customers brought old quilts & eventually tha
t became a specialty. I got so many inquiries from the public for things I
don't offer that I appealled to the newspaper to do an article on quilt app

The did articles on me & said I'm not an appraiser & I got inundated with p
eople selling old quilts. I kind of feel like people with alien abduction s
tories. If somebody else didn't see the UFO then you're the crack pot.

After the articles in the paper - you can do a search for my name JEAN GONZ
ALEZ at - I started offering QUILT REPAIR DROP IN DAYS mo
nthly inviting the public for a FREE CONSULTATION for DAMAGED & UNFINISHED

whelmed with people with old quilts who had zero interest in repair. I know
other people repair & don't get all this & I suspect now the difference is
that my business has always been marketed to the general public so I reach
ed people who were never looking for repair but had old quilts.

I continued this monthly for a couple of years with a monthly listing in th
e paper & we changed the wording & added NO APPRAISALS & then the public ca
me & pretended to be interested in repair to see what they could find out a
bout their quilts.

The reason I am telling you all this is that people have a lot of old quilt
s & don't know what to do with them & it's not hard to reach out to them. I
suggest a FAMILY QUILT SHOW & TELL event hosted by churches & schools beca
use that's how a potential buyer can see a range of options in person.

The more the public gets what they want - a quick sale - the farther it get
s from a community of people who care about old quilts.

What the public doesn't understand is how many other people have old quilts
& hope they are valuable so the mistake I made was having a drop in day th
at was all day Saturday so no one else but me got all the phone calls & saw
all the quilts people brought. This is why I say it feels like no one else
saw the UFO & now I seem like the crackpot.

Now I offer a free talk so everyone comes at the same time & can see who el
se is there but I get a few people per talk even at a downtown art gallery,
nothing like the revolving door of people who come when i said QUILT REPAI

I conclude that people have a lot of old quilts & have not been specificall
y reached out to much in the media so they lept at the chance I offered eve

I have been circulating a quilt care resource list for a few years & it's b
een online for several months & I'm not sure it's getting the public to the
resource best for them since most people don't follow up & call an apprais
er even though they are asking appraisal questions - usually how old is it,
what's the pattern & how much is it worth ?

People who do nothing will probably leave the quilts for the next generatio
n & whoever survives them will probably be more confused which is why I am
reaching out to people who care about old quilts with the following suggest
ions -

- if you have a retail operation please offer the quilt appraisal & fabric
& quilt dating dvd's so the public knows they exist

- please prominently display business cards & a poster about quilt apprais
als as that's what most people are asking for ( but they are asking the wro
ng people, like me )

- if you have a newsletter or blog or website please explain how appraisal
works. does this but most people who I refer don't
seem to follow up

 - if you are a non profit please do an education campaign or press rele
ase about old quilts offering whatever you can even if it's just online inf
o. because I have a private business people assume whatever I say is a comm

- if you have a blog or website that can welcome content from the
public invite people to post photos & stories of their old quilts

- if you have any media outlet, a newspaper or newsletter please do a st
ory on appraisal & show examples of typical & unusual quilts & prices & lis
t a range of values. i have begged my local paper to do this & so far, no l

In conclusion I think we, the people who care about old quilts, need to rea
ch out to the larger community because 1.) that's where many old quilts are
& 2.) that's where potential new owners are, unless we want to have an orp
hanage for all the old quilts in the world people won't want once they find
out they are not valuable.

If you are rolling your eyes saying "Her again ?" and wondering why we have
to educate the public about caring about their family quilts part of the a
nswer is that they have so many, in varying stages of disrepair & incomplet
ion & they are overwhelmed & they are confused about how much they are wort

I never felt pressure to give the public an appraisal just because they ask
ed but I do think it's ridiculous that the public assumes they have somethi
ng valuable that nobody else has & everybody wants. I think it's time we te
ll them not every old quilt is a priceless heirloom.

I wish they would hire an appraiser but they don't seem to be doing that. M
ost of the people I refer don't seem to follow up. Many people have inherit
ed the contents of the home of a relative, sometimes someone they never kne
w who was not their contemporary & they have so much stuff they don't know
where to start. They seem to be afraid of dealers & in the early years peop
le hoped I was a dealer connected to a network of dealers who could dispose
of the contents of a home.

This is not what I do & this is what I mean when I say the closer the publi
c gets to what they want - someone to sell everything - the farther it gets
from people who know & care about old quilts which is why I'm asking each
of us to consider what kind of outreach & public education we can do to hel

If you are still disgusted that they are ungrateful for the gift of the qui
lt consider that some people have inherited 40 years of personal effects in
cluding broken christmas decorations from 1972 & they are truly overwhelmed

I think this is a message to us, too, that the people who survive us have a
hard time figuring out what we made, finished, got as a gift & what we car
ed about if we are survived by a niece in a different state who never knew
us or lived with us & doesn't even like traditional quilts.

It's typical for people to have more than one item. Most people have severa
l quilts, some quilt tops or blocks & an assortment of vintage textiles. If
a person dies & they are in assisted living & have a few clothes, papers &
some jewelry & a treasured quilt prominently displayed where everyone coul
d see it that is very different from people who leave things in trunks & at
tics that are sometimes found years after their death by people who don't k
now what to make of it all. Often people do not know who made the quilt.

I have repaired hundreds of old quilts in the last several years & 3 to 4 t
imes that many people have called looking for appraisal or sales informatio
n so I think there are a lot of old quilts in the world.

This is what I've seen - the typical old quilts is a cotton pieced quilt in
fair to poor condition with cotton or polyester batting. Some have another
quilt inside. Some have an old blanket inside but most have batting. I've
seen one that was made by a congregation for a minister & I've seen several
crazy quilts from the 1880's. These tend to be in poor shape especially th
e silks.

I have recommended formal appraisal 3 times to people who had something unu
sual & mostly my customers are not interested since it will stay in the fam

I have started telling the public I charge $ 100 if they come looking for s
omething I don't do - usually appraisal - but the info on all their options
is available free at

This gives my business relief from all the people with old quilts looking t
o sell them but it doesn't entirely solve the problem. What will happen to
the old quilts if the owners are not willing to hire an appraiser & can we
do some outreach to try to address this ?

In conclusion, it seems the public assumed I would fudge or finesse the app
raisal to get their business & I never did. I'd like the public to know how
many other people have old quilts & how similar they are but my business i
s not a short cut to appraisal & I deeply regret that this hasn't gotten th
e old quilts to a new home & I ask everyone to inquire as to what you can d
o to reach out to people who have old quilts & don't know what to do with t
hem. I think there are thousands of old quilts out there & first the owners
want to know how much they are worth.

We want to know who can take care of the quilts & if we don't invite the pu
blic I suspect many people will do nothing & pass them on to the next gener
ation. I'm asking everyone on this list if there is anything you can do to
help ? If there is anyone I can cooperate with I'm glad to do so.

Otherwise, I regret having to stop offering free consultations on quilt rep
air to the public but it just opened a can of worms & I need a break.

Jean Gonzalez, Owner/Designer

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


Subject: nonglare computer screens
From: Andi <>
Date: Sun, 06 Sep 09 11:28:52 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

Off topic, but to respond to Laura's comment:

if's a lovely day and nice to sit outside and write though the sun mak
es it hard to see the screen, is there a solution for this?, This is a new
concept for me. I used a computer only in the shop before. This is like wri
ting letters all afternoon. Hmmmm, pleasant.

I mentioned this to my DH, a computer geek kind of guy, as I have also
had this problem. He did a fast Google and came up with this site:

No involvement or recommendations.

Andi in Paducah, KY


Subject: Fun find
From: " Barb Vlack" <>
Date: Sun, 6 Sep 09 11:35:07 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

My story about a serendipitous find is about a rather plain Double Wedding
Ring quilt from the 30s. It was offered on eBay. It was and is not a
valuable quilt. As per most DWRs from the 30s, it was a scrapbag quilt and
was pieced and quilted by hand. It was used, but in good shape. The selling
point was the embroidered date, which the seller kindly offered in the
description and a detail photo: 4-24-34. At first glance I thought the date
was rather alliterative, but second glance made me jump at the chance to bid
on this quilt. My anniversary date is 4-24. And I won.

For another find, my aunt was helping to restore some banners at her church
several years ago. One banner in poor shape needed to be taken apart and
inside, used as an interfacing, was a Dresden Plate quilt, hand pieced and
quilted, from the 30s.

I have a Trip Around the World quilt I made in the 80s. It is machine pieced
and hand quilted. Whisker friction has taken its toll on edge of the quilt
that usually is on my husband's side of the bed. I didn't rotate the quilt
often enough. So maybe I should use it inside another quilt. BUT I would
leave a label on the outside to let anyone know that there are two
quilts-in-one here. Or I'm thinking of adding a new border to that edge of
the quilt to cover up the fabric "rot."

Most unusual finds of hidden quilts won't qualify for the Antiques Road
Show, but the stories are just as fascinating. If only the quilts could talk

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


Subject: Paris
From: Judy Roche <>
Date: Mon, 07 Sep 09 09:05:39 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

A good friend is going to Paris for a week later this month . She
asked me where she could find some hints as to where some 'quilty
'things would be . I know someone on this list knows the answer! and a
fabric shop, too?
I might make it to Paris ,Maine this year ......ah , well , I have the
new Montana book to console me.....
Judy Roche


Subject: nonglare computer screens

Thanks for the info. I have always wanted to work outdoors in good weather on my laptop, but have not been able to see the sreen. Let us know how it works for you. Sounds like it will be worth trying.

Caryl Schuetz
Woodhaven Studio
Professional Association of Appraisers -

Subject: nonglare computer screens
From: Andi < >
Date: Sun, 06 Sep 09 11:28:52 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

Off topic, but to respond to Laura's comment:

if's a lovely day and nice to sit outside and write though the sun mak
es it hard to see the screen, is there a solution for this?, This is a new
concept for me. I used a computer only in the shop before. This is like wri
ting letters all afternoon. Hmmmm, pleasant.

I mentioned this to my DH, a computer geek kind of guy, as I have also
had this problem. He did a fast Google and came up with this site:

No involvement or recommendations.

Andi in Paducah, KY



Subject: An American in Paris
From: Sally Ward <>

There is a quilt shop in a lovely side street near Notre Dame, called
Le Rouvray. It has French staff, but the owner is from Michigan and
you will find mostly American fabrics, and American quilts. Some nice
Provencal stuff too when I was there. If
your friend is lucky enough to call when the owner is in then for sure
she will be able to ask about quilty sights.

Does it have to be quilty? If she is there at the right time the
Musee Galliera is a super little museum of costume and fashion. They
only open to the public when they have exhibitions.

The Musee de la Mode et du Textile
was closed for renovation when I was last there, but should be a
feast for the eyes.

Sally Ward


Subject: Re: Paris
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 09 15:00:19 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

Le Rouvray is near Notre Dame on the left bank. It's a delightful little
shop (little by American standards) and easy to find. Have her check their
web site for exact location. I could walk her there if she'd care to include
me as a tour guide--tee hee. And I speak French. . . un tout petit peu.

There's a street going up towards Montmartre that has a long stretch of
textile stores dedicated to home furnishing fabrics. I bought several meters
of wonderful toiles in one a few years ago. Inquire at Le Rouvray as I don't
remember the name of the street but I imagine they will know where to send a
quilt lover.

If she wants to go to my web site I have all kinds of suggestions for
Americans visiting Paris if she clicks on the photo of the Eiffel Tower by
night at the bottom of my home page. As far as I know the information
remains current except for the suggestion about going to the Samaritaine for
the fabulous nighttime view. The Samaritaine is being remodeled and I don't
know if it's reopened.

The Cluny Museum may have wonderful tapestries up. Also on the Left Bank.
Worth a look.

Author Siri Mitchell used to live in Paris and her site also has helpful

Steph Whitson


Subject: Paris tips
From: Judy Roche <>
Date: Mon, 07 Sep 09 :55:54 -0400
X-Message-Number: 5

Thank you Stephanie,Dawn and Sally ...... for your tips to
clean the drool off of my keyboard.........
My friend , Pat has had a terrible summer , and this trip to Paris is
exactly what she needs! And after reading your delightful
descriptions , I sure would like to tag along .......
But I cannot complain , am on my way over to the Shelburne
tomorrow ,so I will have a textile experience of my own . Not as
exotic an experience, but surely a good one. Will come home by way of
Paris , Maine .....somehow , not the same!
Thanks so much means a lot to her .....and knowing Pat , she
might find a few textile adventures herself .......


Subject: facebook
From: Laura Fisher <>

Hi all- Nearly everyday I get requests from Facebook to be 'friends' with s

I would say I know personally perhaps half, and the other half are names I
know, but have never met the person and have no personal relationship with;
we are connected by professional shared interests only.

Would appreciate advice about anybenefits there would be to participatin
g ina volume of sites, when what interests us would likely be the profes
sional, not personal stuff about grandkids and the like.

I don't want my name to be on dozens of peoples' lists, but from time to ti
meI probably might like to communicate about mutual interests. Would
love to hear from those who use it,. Thanks.

and thankso, about thecomputer sunshades have been forwarde
d to 4 people already!

Laura Fisher


Subject: When in Paris...
From: Sally Ward <>
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 09 09:08:15 +0100
X-Message-Number: 2

Probably not necessary to warn you, but there's a line in an old
English song, a warning to young girls ,that they should 'keep their
hand on their ha'penny'. In Montmartre particularly the pickpockets
are super skilled. I walked all the way up the street warning DH and
DD to be careful, and on the way back I was the one who was jostled (I
actually apologised to the people 'I' bumped into!) and lost the
entire contents of my purse.

Sally Ward


Subject: Re: qhl digest: September 07, 09

Re: anti-glare computer screens
Autumn is a pleasant season to sit outside and work or surf. If you plan to
do some alfresco computing, the screen for your computer is almost as
important as your own sunglasses. It will keep you from straining and
stretching your neck all around trying to avoid the sun's reflection in your screen.

Most stores that sell computers will also sell anti-glare screens-- Best
Buy, Staples, Office Depot. Non-glare is usually the description for the
monitor that comes with the computer, and non-glare is the usual description of
the film or clip-on shield that goes over a monitor screen to cut down on
glare. 3M makes non-glare film in many sizes and Staples carries most of
them, from Palm sized to huge.

Bright blessings!

_ (



Subject: Re: facebook
From: Kris Driessen <>
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 09 05:21:05 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 4

Laura (et al)

You can establish a page just for your business - I did it at  Then you ask people to sign up as fans. You don't get involved in this process, other than to advertise the fact your page exists and possibly invite people to become a fan.

Once the page is there, you post short little items about what is going on - special sales, or things you have learned, that sort of thing. Little tidbits for your fans. This does not automatically show up in their E-mail. They have to visit facebook to see your updates.

There are a surprising number of businesses, groups and clubs on facebook! Do a search for quilt museums or quilt appraising or perhaps your favorite teacher or publisher. Chances are they have a page.



Subject: magazines
From: "Brenda & Roger Applegate" <>

Would anyone suggest a magazine that focuses more quilt history?

Brenda Applegate


Subject: Re: magazines
From: Gaye Ingram <>

Brenda, the Iowa-Illinois (or Illinois-Iowa) Quilt Study Group publishes "Pieces in Time," devoted entirely to quilt history. Wonderful color photographs. substantial articles. I confess that I had always intended to include it in my subscriptions, but I felt I couldn't justify yet one more magazine subscription, when I was systematically cleaning out my files and "saved stuff." I imagined a small black-and-white periodical. Not so! You can contact Marilyn Woodin, Sue Wildemuth, or Catherine Litwinow or go to

"Piecework" also publishes articles on quilt history, and fine related articles appear in "Samplers and Antique Needlework."

I assume, of course, you know AQSG's "Blanket Statements" and "Uncoverings."

Gaye Ingram


Subject: Le Rouveray and Paris
From: "Kathy Moore" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 09 15:28:50 -0500
X-Message-Number: 7

Apologies if I'm late responding, but I am on digest and I just read
yesterday's postings.

I've been to Paris and Le Rouveray. It's delightful and worth the visit. I
hope your friend won't miss it.

Also, I believe the Cluny is also known as the Museum de (or du) "Moyen
Age", so if she can't find it in the travel book under the one name tell her
to try the other name. It's where the "mille fleurs" tapestries are...the
woman with the unicorns and all the flowers, etc. Just to be able to see
them is worth a trip to Paris...just beautiful. That museum is full of lots
of other artifacts and, if I remember correctly, some old roman ruins that
are well worth seeing, so tell her to plan to spend a good part of an
afternoon there. Interestingly enough, and a big surprise to me, it was my
husband's favorite museum.

Just one more person's experience!!! Wish I could go...

Kathy Moore
Lincoln , NE