Subject: Matching Turkey Red Fabric with Floss
From: Barbara Burnham
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 06:40:01 -0800 (PST)
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Newbie Richardson wrote: I found that DMC embroidery floss was the most convenient way to match. It comes in a huge assortment of tints, is cheap and portable...

Thanks Newbie, a great idea! I like Newbie's idea better than paint chips. And Newbie is so right about different lighting! Check under different lighting to see what blends best, and from a distance to see which disappears. Also colors can look very different depending on what they are next to.
So I had a fun afternoon experimenting with this!
Compared to unwashed antique turkey red fabric, and a turkey red heart on an antique quilt top, the closest were:
DMC 817 (my preference, matches the fabric, a rich red).
DMC 349 (matches an appliqued heart on my antique top--minimal fading).
DMC 321 (also close, a brighter red).
Held alone in hand together or apart, in different lighting, or with different companions, all 3 look quite different.
Learning so much here, I even learned how to post a photo on QHL eboard! See under Fabrics at
Hope this helps, and thanks again to Newbie!
P.S. Google search on redwork embroidery found these suggestions: DMC 321, 817, 304, & 498.
Barbara Burnham


Subject: Turkey reds photo, questions, and new blog
From: "Nancy Roberts" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 09:13:36 -0500
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Barbara, this photo was very helpful and instructional. And Newbie, great
tip. Thanks.

A question on your posting skills... is there a tutorial for posting? I have
some photos of some Michigan quilts that were shown to me recently and I'd
like to share them, plus get some input on them.

Is the password for post/edit mode unique to each person who posts, or is
there one used by all for the QHL list? Thanks for any help on this. Nancy

PS- I began a blog called Quilting Potpourri. It will include vintage quilts
from time to time. Right now it has a bit about a recent visit to a screen
print fabric shop in Nassau, Bahamas. We were treated to a demo while
visiting there on a cruise. Stop by...


Subject: DMC colors
From: "Steve & Jean Loken" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 09:11:35 -0600

I'd always been told that 498 was the turkey red color that should be
used in redwork. I think it was from EGA (Embroiderer's Guild of
Jean Loken


Subject: quilters at the Texas State Fair
From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <>

Hi All, I am appealing to any quilters who might have attended the Texas
State fair this past fall and seen or know of a group of women doing a
quilting demo using men's neckties. I have been asked by a visitor from
Kansas to see if I might find these women and/or the pattern and
materials they were using. She would like to make a quilt from her late
father's ties. I'd like to be able to help her if I could. If anyone was
there or knows of this, would you email me off list privately? Thanks,
Marcia Kaylakie
AQS Certified Appraiser
Austin, TX

Subject: if you will be at the Paducah quilt show in April
From: Judy Schwender <>

Friday  April 23Alicestyne Turley-Adams presents "M
yths & Mysteries: Quilt Codes of the Underground Railroad"Engaging lectu
re by Assistant Professor of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louis
ville who grew up hearing stories about her family's involvement with the U
nderground Railroad.5 PM. Maiden Alley Cinema, 112 Maiden Alley. $122


Subject: Re: hanging an ols quilt
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 16:17:32 EST

A friend of my husbands asked how he can hang his grandmother's 80 year
old crazy quilt which has a velvet border. Other fabrics are silk, cotton,

I told him not to hang it!

He will anyway but doesn't want to use a sleeve. He says that he wants it
hung since he believes it was made to be enjoyed, especially by the
grandson. He knows not to hang it in direct sunlight.

I told him not to hang it and to display it flat!

He will anyway. So, any suggestions about the least damaging method?

Thank you for any suggestions.

Margaret, in a slowly melting snowscape



Subject: RE: hanging an old quilt
From: "Margaret Geiss-Mooney" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 15:39:08 -0800
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Good afternoon, QHLers - Probably draping it over a 1" diameter (or larger
diameter would be better) tube made out of acrylic (i.e. PlexiglasR) would
be the least invasive way - I call the method the "towel bar" method of
display. To keep the quilt from slipping, make a sleeve to slide over the
tube itself out of a cotton fabric with nap (i.e. velveteen, flannel). A
metal closet rod (with at least 1" diameter) would also be a relatively
light (in weight) alternative. Avoid wood (such as a wood closet rod/dowel)
as it is not possible to completely stop the transfer of wood acids to the
quilt easily and visually (polyurethane varnish, paint and mylar do not
provide enough of a vapor barrier). The tube/rod can be suspended using
monofilament fishing line (acrylic tube can have holes drilled at both ends)
or using curtain brackets.
. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ___________
Margaret E. Geiss-Mooney
Textile/Costume Conservator &
Collections Management Consultant
Professional Associate, AIC

Subject: re: Hanging an old quilt
From: Jean Lester <>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 03:45:39 -0500
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If he is so determined, he should get it "mounted" to a piece of
upholstery fabric, tied, inconspicuously, in many places and attach
whatever hang apparatus to that.



Subject: re: Hanging an old quilt
From: Sally Ward <>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 10:57:51 +0000
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> he should get it "mounted" to a piece of upholstery fabric,

And when that is done, how about having someone make a frame
incorporating a full size backing board set at a slight angle
(actually as steep as space will allow) covered with something to
provide friction (flannel?) so that at least some of the
weight is reduced slightly. The upholstery fabric mount could have
velcro round all sides to match velcro on the backing board. If
square he could rotate the piece regularly, or if rectangular at least
turn top to tail. And tell him to give it a rest somewhere flat for a
couple of months a year and put something else in the frame. Half the
year, if he can bear it.

Sally Ward


Subject: Who manufactured Harriet Powers upholstery fabric?
From: kyra hicks <>

Hello -

A wonderful quilter recently sent me a swatch of upholstery fabric featurin
g the blocks of Harriet Powers' Bible Quilt. She recalls purchasing the
fabric about 20 years ago. Does anyone remember who might have manufactu
red this fabric?

I have a photo of the swatch at

Thank you!



Subject: hanging an old quilt
From: "Natalie Cadenhead" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 08:07:58 +1300
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I suggest he does not try to do this himself but takes it to a textile
conservator to do for him - they can use the best "reversible" and least
damaging method to support and display it. From a museum perspective we
would ideally only display textiles for a maximum of three months per
year and rest them for the remainder to protect them. Perhaps he could
have it supported and then displayed for special occasions.


Natalie Cadenhead
Curator of Antarctic and Canterbury Social History
Canterbury Museum