Subject: study group in VA
From: "Cinda Cawley" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Nov 2009 10:06:18 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

From 1 - 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 21st. Under the tutelage of Hazel
Carter, we will explore the color blue in quilts. Several quilts from the
museum's collection will be available for study and discussion. You are
invited to bring your quilts with blue to share. Your payment of $15
confirms your reservation. Contact VQM at 540.433.3818 or

Lucinda R. Cawley
104 Lakeview Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804


Subject: Mastai Flags
From: Teddy Pruett <>

One of my treasures is a copy of the book of the entire Mastai collection o=
f flags. It's out in the cottage studio=2C (I'm moving - will be leaving t=
his sweet place in 19 days) so I dont have the name at hand. I mentioned o=
nce before that had I not been mad about quilts=2C I would have been mad fo=
r flags and flag history=2C and would have loved to be a part of flag resto=
ration and preservation. Absolutely love them and everything they stand f=
or - pride and unity being foremost.

Teddy Pruett


Subject: computer programs
From: "Glenn Hardy" <>
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 11:00:44 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

I am planning to purchase a new pc which will be my dedicated quilt computer
and need to choose the programs to install. I have never had any of the
'creative application' programs so am unsure about which of them I might
want for quilt design and construction. I also need programs to help with
quilt study/research and cataloging.

What programs do you on the list find indispensible/most helpful for your
quilt-related endeavors? Hopefully, you can help me avoid mistakes.

Julianne Hardy,
on the eastern shore of Maryland, where the leaves are falling from all but
the willow oak


Subject: Re: Potholder quilts
From: "Marilyn Withrow" <>
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 09:34:01 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

I believe it's called a potholder quilt because each block is the size of a
potholder. You could bind one block and you'd have a potholder; you put
them together and you have a potholder quilt. If my understanding is
incorrect, I'll just bet someone on this list will correct me.

Marilyn Maddalena Withrow
"The Quilt Psychic"
Professional Quilt Appraiser, Judge,
Historian, Designer and Speaker
Look me up on
"The Quilted Rooster" Quilt Studio
now at Whispering Winds Ranch in Checotah, OK


Subject: Joan Kiplinger
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Sun, 1 Nov 2009 18:31:55 -0600
X-Message-Number: 5

Gaye -

It is with sadness that I give you the news that Joan lost her battle with cancer Saturday morning. I met her just over a year ago but recognized right away that she was special and I know she will be greatly missed by her loving and close family and all her many friends. Please send a post to QHL to let others know that we have lost a friend.

Carol Gebel

I apologize for late message. We've been flooded here and this is first time I've been able to access email.

Carol has been very kind to keep me posted on Joan, whose Vintage Fabric List I discovered before I discovered QHL even and who will always remain among the liveliest and brightest people I've known and certainly one of the bravest. Joan's reading knew no boundaries, and she has saved more than one of my own days with some piece of information that she almost always found a way to relate to "Nappy," Napoleon Bonaparte, one of her great interests. She understood textiles in a way I could not, and I understood quilts in a way she did not. I depended on her for definitions, explanations of processes and retailing of textiles, not to mention all the associations. After I met Joan, I never read a play, poem, or piece of fiction from the time of Chaucer to that of Yeats that I did not compile a long list of questions about fabrics that I submitted to her. She always gave me more than I hoped for.

I loved her sense of humor and play and her quick wit. She was one of three or four members of the Quilt Police, a little imaginary organization we dreamed up after 9/11 and a post by Hazel Carter and/or Cinda describing the intrepid FVF's maneuvering around a rocket spill that blocked most traffic in the D.C. area but did not deter the FVF-goers, who took to the back roads with their balck bags of quilts. Joan, who was an inveterate detective-story reader, and I immediately saw the possibilities open to folks like us. We imagined walking up to some holder of such a bag and in our most official voices saying, "Pardon me, m'am, I'm with the Quilt Police, and I will have to take that bag. You may call for it later at our headquarters."

Finally, I told her she really needed to make a quilt if she were going to hold such a job. And so the idea began that culminated in her first and, I think, only quilt, though she continued to learn about quiltmaking and to share her own knowledge with AQSG and the Indiana Quilt Study Group.

I cannot recall a question I ever put to Joan for which I did not get an answer. I cannot recall a time after she discovered her cancer that she was not occupied with both hope and realism. She organized her many notes and her research so that someone else might see them into print and might learn from them. And she kept reading and learning.

Joan Kiplinger was sui generis. I don't expect to encounter her combination of specialized knowledge, wit, and intelligence again.



Subject: Re: Joan Kiplinger
From: Jeanne Jabs <>

Thanks for letting us all know. I have known Joan for a few years, we have =
traded quips about horse racing, traded Indian Head Fabric, I would send he=
r samples of fabric that I didn't know what it was, she would send it back =
with a written note with a detailed description. I LEARNED TONS FROM HER AN=
D CONDSIDERED HER A GREAT FRIEND, I will truly miss her ALOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!=


Subject: Re: Joan Kiplinger
From: Dana Balsamo <>

Hi Gaye,
Thank you for letting us know. She has been on my mind for weeks now.=
I miss her already. She could live another lifetime and still would sti=
ll not have enough time to teach us all she knew. She was an amazing wom=
Joan was one of my first online contacts related to antique textiles. Im=
agine my surprise when I found the Vintage Fabrics list...there were other =
people in the world with a passion for antique textiles. And Joan was so=
eager to share. So friendly. So patient.
I will always regret not going to seminar in Ohio. I wanted so much to a=
ttend, just to meet her in person, to hug her, and thank her.
My prayers and deepest sympathies go to her family and friends.
My best,

Material Pleasures, LLC Antique and VintageTextiles - Wrap Yourself =
in History


Subject: Subject: crib quilts Brownies
From: Sandra Starley <>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009 12:59:18 +0000 (UTC)
X-Message-Number: 1

If any of you are curious about Brownies, you can go to my antique blog to see a picture of 4 redwork Brownies. Here is the direct link:


Cinda wrote:
The collection of embroidered quilts with motifs which appeal to children was amazing. Polly talked about the characters she refers to as "Imaginary Friends"
in her latest program, Brownies, Water Babies, Snow Babies, Campbell Soup Kids
and,of course, Sunbonnet Babies, all of whom appeared on quilts.

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

my art quilts


Subject: Feedsack printing block
From: Sandra Starley <>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009 13:09:19 +0000 (UTC)
X-Message-Number: 2

I was going to send this directly to Barb Garrett (the fabric sacking queen) but thought others might be interested in this block for printing/stamping labels on feed bags. It was for chicken mash sold by Statesville Flour Mills of North Carolina.

Sandra Starley
AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser
Moab, Utah

my antique and vintage quilts

my art quilts


Subject: RE: Feedsack printing block
From: "Sharron" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009 08:59:56 -0600
X-Message-Number: 3

That is too cool! I raise chickens and buy feed. Unfortunately, the =
sacks are now made of paper - but it's still interesting to see a stamp. =
I would think $30 is not a bad price for it either.

Best regards,
Sharron.......................... a cool but sunny and beautiful, Spring, =


Subject: Re: qhl digest: November 01, 2009
From: Beth Donaldson <>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009 08:55:31 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

Does anyone know when the term "pot holder quilt" was first used?

Beth Donaldson
Collections Assistant
Michigan State University Museum


Subject: potholders
From: Donald Beld <>

Pam Weeks, the Potholder expert, is travelling across the USA in an RV whic=
h has had problems in western Texas; so the actual dates of Potholder quilt=
s will be left to her to say; but I do know they were around in the 1850 an=
d 1860's and were very popular as Civil War community service quilts as the=
y were easy for a "Ladies Sewing Circle" to make.

best, Don


Subject: WQSG: WI Quilt Study Group
From: "Nancy Smith" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009 19:56:41 -0600
X-Message-Number: 2

Just wanted to extend an invitation to anyone in the Madison WI area on
November 14th. Details are listed on the website, Check the
website for information regarding upcoming events, discussions, ...

Everyone is welcome. If you can't make this one, please check the list of
future dates that you may be able to attend.

Happy quilting. :)

Nancy Kunst Smith
Stevens Point, WI 54481


Subject: Slave-made quilt on Antiques Road Show
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2009 13:07:00 -0800
X-Message-Number: 3

I meant to add in that last post that in addition, there are several other
quilt appraisals available for viewing on the Antiques Roadshow Video
Archive at Just type in the word <quilt> in the ENTER
KEYWORDS search box.

Does anyone recall which book the slave-made quilt on the website was
featured in? According to the interview, it ahs been exhibited twice and
appears on the cover of a book or maybe the exhibit catalogue? I think you
can go straight to that quilt here:

Colorwise, it looks very similar to the quilt on the cover of one version of
Stitched From the Soul by Gladys-Marie Fry or page 49 inside the book in
the version with a the pieced and embroidered quilt by Kissie Gary on the
cover. But the quilt on the ARS website and the quilt in Fry's book are not
the same pattern.

Anyone seen this quilt in person or know anything more about it?

Karen in the Islands


Subject: Seattle Crazy Quilt made by Chinese women ca 1890
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2009 13:02:28 -0800
X-Message-Number: 4

I=B9ve just learned that an upcoming episode of the PBS series Antiques
Roadshow. Titled =B3Relative Riches=B2 (airing Monday, November 23 at 8/7C PM o=
most PBS stations) features one of an exciting quilt discovery: a circa 189=
crazy quilt brought to the Seattle Antiques Roadshow event in 2002. The
quilt was an heirloom, brought for appraisal by the granddaughter of the
original maker.

Quoting the PR notice: =B3The back of the quilt was made with silk
handkerchiefs, presented to the grandmother by a group of homeless Chinese
immigrants in appreciation for her having taken them in after the Seattle
Great Fire in 1889. Other local historical materials were woven into the
quilt as well, including a ribbon from the Seattle Women=B9s Christian
Temperance Union. The wonderful condition of the quilt and it=B9s importance
as a piece of Seattle history led Roadshow appraiser Nancy Druckman to
estimate its value at $10,000.=B2

Karen Alexander in the Islands


Subject: Re: qhl digest: November 03, 2009
From: Beth Donaldson <>
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2009 09:39:18 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

Is the term "Potholder quilt" one which was used by the Civil War
ladies who made them? Do you know who first started using the term?

> Pam Weeks, the Potholder expert, is travelling across the USA in an RV whic=
> h has had problems in western Texas; so the actual dates of Potholder quilt=
> s will be left to her to say; but I do know they were around in the 1850 an=
> d 1860's and were very popular as Civil War community service quilts as the=
> y were easy for a "Ladies Sewing Circle" to make.
> best, Don

Beth Donaldson
Collections Assistant
Michigan State University Museum


Subject: another potholder
From: Donald Beld <>

In looking through my books for Civil War era patterns, I came across what =
I consider to be a remarkable Potholder quilt. It is dated 1865 and is w=
ool and cotton. It is in the collection of the New England Quilt Museum =
and can be found on pages 50-53 of the Mass. Quilts: Our Common Wealth. =
It is pieced, appliqued and embroidered. The photos show both the front =
and a close up of the back so you can see the Potholders.

It is a "summer" quilt. It is called the Monroe Family Quilt.

best, Don


Subject: cutting guide question
From: Judy Schwender <>
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2009 09:19:50 -0800 (PST)

Hello all,=0AThis is not really quilt history related, but I hope you will =
forgive me- you folks know so much!=0A=0AYearsago I purchased a rotary c=
utting guide. One sheet, laminated, printed on both sides. It showed =
the many different shapes (half-sqaure triangles, quarter-square triangles,=
parallelograms, etc) that can be cut with a rotary cutter, and gave the se=
am allowance you add tothe drawn block to get the right size to rotary c=
ut. It was EXTREMELY handy, and- due tobeing laminated- durable. I=
can't find mine and I know someone whois looking for one, and I can't r=
emember the name or who marketed it. I tried Pam Bono and Jodi Barrows, =
but it's not on their websites.=0A=0AIf you know the name of this or the ma=
ker, I would be ever so grateful if you emailed me off-list.=0A=0AThank you=
!=0A=0AJudy Schwender=0A=0A=0A


Subject: Re: cutting guide question
From: "Lonnie" <>
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2009 11:40:15 -0600
X-Message-Number: 4

you might try Fons&Porter.


Subject: roadshow appraisals
From: Laura Fisher <>
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2009 12:50:47 -0800 (PST)

Hi all, Well that was interesting to look at the quilt appraisals on the ro=
ad show site. Wonderabout the African American appraisal,is thatpa=
ttern and that quiltthat old -1830s, I wouldn't think so just looking at=
the pattern in a photo, isn't it a Carolina or southern design, chango Afr=
ican symbolism connection-really? And the Mormon Album quilt value, what=
about that? I have never looked at the road show site before, but will peru=
se it from time to time (instead of doing things I really should devote tim=
e to!!)

Laura Fisher.


Subject: RE: roadshow appraisals
From: "Kim Baird" <>
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2009 17:08:54 -0600
X-Message-Number: 6

I'm glad you expressed doubts about the slave quilt--I think the =
got that wrong. I wonder about the date for the Mormon quilt, too--hard =
tell in the photos, but I think it's even later than 1930's.



Subject: Running Horses Chintz Quilt--and more
From: <>

Thought you might enjoy browsing.

I just spent about 10 grand . . . in my dreams.

Stephanie Higgins


Subject: RE: roadshow appraisals
From: "Margaret Geiss-Mooney" <>
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2009 18:32:00 -0800
X-Message-Number: 8

Good evening, QHLers - My family won't let me watch it any more as I am
always screaming at the TV about the 'experts' handling all the objects
without a single nitrile glove being worn and the cavalier handling of =
textiles in particular.
. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ___________
Margaret E. Geiss-Mooney
Textile/Costume Conservator &
Collections Management Consultant
Professional Associate, AIC


Subject: Cutting guide
From: "Nancy Roberts" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 09:00:25 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

I believe the laminated rotary cutting guide you mention may be the one that
was published by Chitra Publications and based on Sharyn Craig's "Design
Challenge" feature in Traditional Quiltworks. Chitra once published Quilting
Today, Traditional Quiltworks, Miniature Quilts along with quilting books,
patterns, and guides like the one you want to find. But finding one now....
that may be the challenge. Nancy


Subject: RE: Running Horses Quilt
From: "Judy Anne" <>

I am so fascinated with the quilt Stephanie just told us about. I've =
been looking at the slide show. It looks like it's made up a =
rectangular panels printed on very narrow .fabric. I know so little =
about early print methods. Could someone tell me about how it was made?

Judy Breneman


Subject: potholders-betweens
From: Donald Beld <>
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 07:21:39 -0800 (PST)

I don't know when potholders were called potholders. 'Fraid we will have=
to wait for Pam on that one.

I have a question--Does anyone know when Betweens were invented and when th=
ey were named Betweens?

best, Don


Subject: RE: roadshow appraisals
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 10:48:35 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

I agree. And the just because the documentation said quilts, did it =
that quilt?
Too many holes in that story.
Candace Perry


Subject: potholder quilts - the name
From: "Robins-Morris, Laura A" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 07:39:44 -0800
X-Message-Number: 5

Excuse me if this has already been answered, but I think I've seen a
couple questions about whether or not the term "potholder" quilts was
used during the Civil War.
I looked up the word "potholder" (or "pot holder") in several online
dictionaries. Merriam Webster dates that term to 1945.,
based on Random House dictionary, says 1940-1945.
Given what little history I know about household life, I don't think
that what we call potholders today are the same as they would have used
in the mid-1800s. When much cooking was over a fire, they used hooks
and more sturdy implements. And I don't know when they started using
stoves and smaller pots and pans where a simple potholder of today would
I'm not sure the word existed when these older quilts were made, and
even so, the item itself might not have been the small bound pad of
Just my 2 cents worth on an interesting question.
Laura, in Seattle.


Subject: Cutting chart
From: louise-b <>
Date: Thu, 05 Nov 2009 09:14:06 -0600
X-Message-Number: 6

I have a gray laminated chart from Nancy Johnson-Srebro dated 1992 that
gives the rules for cutting the various shapes, and it refers to her
book, Timeless Treasures, the complete book on rotary cuttings, 1992. I
believe she did a book also for C&T later. And now that I have looked at
it I have found answers to some of my questions on cutting kits, prisms,
etc. Thanks for asking!

Louise - in mid-Missouri


Subject: Re: cutting guide question
From: Judy Schwender <>

Thank you to all who replied to my question about cutting guides. Now I =
just have to take a look at all the suggested charts!=0AJudy Schwender


Subject: RE: roadshow appraisals slave quilt
From: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 11:11:30 -0600
X-Message-Number: 8

Candace asked the question I had. How did they know from looking at the
estate inventory that the inventory was referring to that quilt? If they
knew, that bit of information would help so much with the topic of what
people named their quilts. But the fact is, even when someone calls a quilt
an "ocean waves" in a letter dated whenever, we can't know what that meant
to them. . .can we? So how would they know from an estate list what quilt
was referenced even if it DID have a pattern name? The linking of a
traditional quilt block design to an AFrican motif sounds too
Hidden-in-plain-view to me. But the Smithsonian believed it. . . right? What
does that mean?
Stephanie Higgins


Subject: RE: roadshow appraisals slave quilt
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 13:07:53 -0500
X-Message-Number: 9

Stephanie, you make an interesting point.
People misinterpret all the time what museums say to them, or put their own
spin on comments they've received.
We don't know what the Smithsonian said for sure, do we? They could have
said it COULD be such and such -- and people frequently take that crumb and
build on it. It's a way of avoiding falling into a trap of identifying
something for those of us who do this work. I have a friend who always adds
this caveat "I wasn't there, so how could I know?"
I am reminded of this odious comparison. I was watching some dreadful
tabloid show this week that aired part of Kate Gosselin's recent interview
(I know, I know, have mercy on me, they live in the small town next to one
where I grew up, so I watch with mortification that my home area is now
famous for this). In the interview, she said "A part of me still loves
Jon." As a twice divorced person, I understand that comment.
The reporters then screamed "She still loves Jon!!!" No, that is not what
she said at all. Come on.
Anyway, I apologize for bringing that up...
Candace Perry


Subject: copies of early LAC
From: "Kathy Moore" <>

BlankLadies, I am working on a project that could benefit from a good =
copy of an early Ladies Art Company catalog. Do any of you know of a =
source for one of these catalogs or do any of you have one available for =
purchase or loan?

Please email me directly.

Kathy Moore
Lincoln, NE


Subject: ARS quilt
From: Barbara Woodford <>
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 20:47:17 -0600
X-Message-Number: 11

"Slave Quilt"

Maybe I haven't learned any thing in the last ten years, but it
doesn't look 1830 to me either. The binding is too wide (could have
been replaced, I suppose), and isn't that elbow quilting I see? And
the pattern, hmmmm.

Now someone will want me to buy an 1890's quilt made by African
American slaves for $40,000. Fat chance!

Barbara Woodford