Subject: silent no more - QUILT ADVENTURE!
From: "Julie Silber" <>
Ok, I can tell you something exciting!

Joe Cunningham and I are doing our second QUILT ADVENTURE, on Sunday,
January 31 at the San Jose (CA) Quilt & Textile Museum.

Space is limited ~ we have only a few places left.

All day, all fun, all quilts!

A detailed, guided tour of the museum's current exhibition, presentations by
Joe, and by me -- AND one by our very special guest, Barbara Brackman!

Check out this link:

Or e-mail me (Julie Silber) directly at

How's that?

Julie Silber

Subject: quilts in paintings
From: Laura Fisher <>

Hi all, happy new year.

Wellthough I was just planning to close the lid on the laptop (it's 1:13=
a.m)I got perked up by seeing the title Curator of Antarctic....Social =
History, which conjures up all sorts of images andgiggles relating to th=
e cold andfew people, you all can make up your own! New Zealand is suppo=
sed to be a glorious place to visit.

If anyone plans to be in NYC between now and January 24, you MUST see the A=
merican Stories exhibition of paintings before it ends. Superlative fine ar=
tworks, not primitive or folk art, but the real studied deal by master arti=
sts whose protrayals of people in all aspects of life are breathtakingly re=
ndered. Fascinating commentary on themeanings the varied artists present=
ed, and how the works reflected changes in American life as the nation grew=
. Artist Guy Seymour Joseph did two wonderful paintings of girls on the cus=
p of womanhood in which patchwork quilts are very well portrayed.

Laura Fisher at
305 East 61st Street,5th floor
New York, NY 10065


Subject: Re: hanging an old quilt
From: Barbara Burnham <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 04:10:37 -0800 (PST)
X-Message-Number: 3

... how he can hang his grandmother's 80 year old crazy quilt which has =
a velvet border. Other fabrics are silk, cotton, etc.I told him not to h=
ang it! ...

And maybe he will anyway.But since hanging may cause damage or fading, e=
tc. over time, suggest getting high-quality photographs and having one or m=
ore framed for hanging, maybe even poster size. With today's digital photog=
raphy, we can print our own photos, even closeups with fabulous detail; eve=
n display them on a screen saver. If he still decides to hang the quilt, at=
least he can preserve it in photos.
Also suggest that he document the quilt for his family, to preserve memorie=
s of the maker, he could even display a photo of the maker with the photo o=
f the quilt.
Barbara Burnham


Subject: Re: quilts in paintings
From: Hiranya Anderson <>

Laura NZ is definitely an absolutely glorious place to visit, as is
Australia. Oz and NZ are definitely another world all together. If ever you
come Down Under please contact me and I will gladly be your guide.

Kind Regards

Hiranya from Sydney, Australia : >

Subject: Re: qhl digest: January 18, 2010

Well, since the postings are so few, I thought I'd liven things up with
some quilt photos. I posted some pix of an old cotton quilt on the eboard.
It's a pattern I know as Chimneysweep.

The quilt has one small open seam, and it's faded unevenly. It was hand
sewn and hand quilted. Any idea about the age? And what would you call that

Many thanks. Bright blessings!
~Donna Laing


Subject: Re: quilts in paintings
From: Dana Balsamo <>
Hi Laura,
Where is the exhibition? MET? Or AM Folk Art Museum?
My best,

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


Subject: visiting NZ and Australia
From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 08:23:59 -0600

Don't forget Tasmania when you visit. I found it to be one of the most =
delightful places I have been in the world AND there is a quilt shop in =
Launceston!! Marcia Kaylakie
Marcia Kaylakie


Subject: Cape Fear Region Quilt History Study Group
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 10:38:48 -0500

The January meeting for the Cape Fear Region Quilt History Study Group had=
to be canceled due to another quilt related conflict. We will be meeting=
in February instead...................

The Cape Fear Region Quilt History Study Group will have it's 2nd meeting=
on Tuesday, February 16,2010 at 1 PM. We will be meeting at Fran's Sewing=
Circle at 5751-5 Oleander Drive (Phillips Azalea Plaza) across from Bert'=
s Surf Shop. The topic for the day will be how to conduct a "Quilt Documen=
tation Day". We will talk about some potential sites in the area. This mee=
ting will also be a continuation of the first to establish our future miss=
ions and interests.
You are encouraged to bring a couple of quilts for "show and tell".
Please get in touch with Joyce DeLucia ( or Lynn Lancast=
er Gorges ( ) if you plan to attend. We can then determin=
e if we need to meet in a larger place. If you don't let us know you are=
coming, we will STILL welcome you!!!
This is a regional group, but of course anyone is invited to join us.

Hope to see lots of you there! Wilmington is only 1 hour from Myrtle Beach=
, SC so we would love to see some SC folks join us.
Lynn in New Bern, NC


Subject: Cooperative Extension Agent
From: Judy Knorr <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 11:20:56 -0500

Hi Marcia,
I tried contacting you through your website but couldn't get the message to go through. I worked a a Coopertive Extension Agent forHome Economoics in Adams County, IL. I will be happy to help you in any way I can. You can email me at
Judy Knorr


Subject: toile on spoonflower

Look at the toile design contest on I am using their=
services to reproduce a small section of fabric I need for a quilt restor=
ation project. I suggest that you try their "swatches" for less than $10=
to adjust colors. I think I might get it in another swatch!
Lynn in New Bern, NC


Subject: quilts - neckties

Our past dear friend, Sharon Newman(TX), wrote a great book on making neck=
ties into quilts many years ago. It is no longer being published and is ra=
ther expensive unless you just "come across" a copy. Check your local libr=
ary or local quilt guilds for a copy of it. I fortunately got a copy years=
ago, but unfortunately someone borrowed it and didn't return! Hoping it=
will show up one day...........
Lots of other resources on the Internet for necktie quilts. Often used in=
the same way a crazy quilt would be made.
Moral of this story.........Look thru your books today. IF you have a copy=
of a friend's book..... RETURN IT. We are all guilty of that.
Lynn Gorges in New Bern, NC


Subject: Re: toile on spoonflower
From: "Dale Drake" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 12:43:09 -0500
X-Message-Number: 12


I've wondered if this service worked well for creating fabric for
restoration work. How did you do it? Did you scan the fabric and send them
the scanned image? How big a piece did you scan (i.e. a 6" square, larger,
smaller?)? How well were they able to match the color, and (perhaps most
important) did it look as worn as the fabric in the quilt? i.e. did it look

I've tried scanning/printing directly, but wasn't happy with the color
reproduction and saturation I got. At $5 a swatch, you could do some
adjusting to get exactly what you need.

Dale Drake, restoring quilts in Indiana


Subject: ingredients in cleaning products

In Oct. 2008 I did a workshop at the annual AQSG conference in Ohio on cle=
aning products used to clean textiles. One of the reasons I did this works=
hop was because of my frustration over the fact that cleaning products did=
NOT have to list the ingredients. Therefore, we as consumers were often=
left out in the dark regarding the products we wanted to use on our valua=
ble/treasured antique/vintage textiles. I was delighted to get an email to=
day that had the following article in it regarding the fact that we can no=
w FIND OUT what is in cleaning products. I thought that many of you on QHL=
would be interested in reading this.
Would someone please post to the AQSG site? I can't get on that site. For=
some reason it doesn't "like" my address so I am not on=
that site.
Thanks! Lynn
(Hope no one is tired of seeing my name today. Seems I have had lots to sa=
y! It's been a catch up day with emails.)


Subject: American Stories exhibit Metropolitan Museum
From: Laura Fisher <>

Hi all- sorry I forgot to include location of that fabulous American paintings exhibition-- the Metropolitan Museum of Art at Fifth Avenue and 82-83 Streets. Metropolitan Museum is open Fri and Sat evenings til like 8:45 which makes it a lovely NYC experience.

Laura Fisher at
305 East 61st Street,5th floor
New York, NY 10065


Subject: How many remember Judy Chicago?
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 22:24:38 -0800
X-Message-Number: 2

There was an exhibit of Judy Chicago's work in Toronto, Canada, last year
Feb-Sept 2009. I just stumbled across it today....a year later. Oh well....
I got a kick out of the "Related Programs and Events" they added on the

<<Thrift Tour led by Allyson Mitchell

Join Toronto artist and When Women Rule the World curator Allyson Mitchell
for a bus tour of Toronto's thrift stores. Discover hidden thrift locations
and find textile treasures on this intimate day-long excursion.>>

I wonder if they found any old quilts while on the tour!

Karen in the Islands


Subject: Porcelain painted china plate in Signature quilt pattern
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 23:26:44 -0800
X-Message-Number: 3

Hello QHLers,

Another very interesting find. Please take a peek.

Has anyone ever seen a signature plate like this one that I recently
purchased on eBay? The plate is dated 1894. I have juxtaposed the plate with
several 20th century quilt block variation examples on my blog. I have also
looked thru the Quilt Index and didn't find anything as early as 1894 in a
similar embroidered pattern.

I started pouring thru my quilt history books to see what the earliest date
for the all-embroidered wagon-wheel pattern in print might be. I am only
into the M's in the alphabet on my bookshelf and I haven't found anything
before 1896 yet.

However, since embroidered signature quilts don't often have a lot of color
to them, I am not surprised that more of them were not included in State
quilt documentation books. But I am guessing that the members of this list
have probably seen a lot of signature quilts due to all the State
documentation projects and study groups.

What is the earliest someone can confirm for this particular signature
pattern on a quilt?

Thanks for your help,

Karen Alexander


Subject: spoonflower

I am a "computer know nothing" so I can't give you tons of info. We scanne=
d it to get the proportions/scale. I even scanned it using very light fine=
weave muslin ironed onto wax paper. That was OK. This process could be us=
ed in some applications when stabilizing. For my project the colors were=
too dull. Then we photographed it with a ruler next to it so that we woul=
d KNOW the scale and Spoonflower would as well. (It is a good reference if=
we need to talk to them.) My husband then played with the photo in some=
easy photo program. He would try different %'s on the photos and then com=
pare to what we had scanned. Right now I can't remember what that % was.=

He sent it to them and it returned in about a week or 2. I got the quilt=
weight fabric and like it just fine. It is a plain weave cotton.

The fabric I am trying to reproduce is 1830/40's chintz. The primary fabri=
c is a rather dark prussian blue background with morning glories that are=
the tan. It has off white stripes running through it. You know the colors= early chintz with some plain white fabric as wel=
l. It came back a darker blue than I needed. Washed it, but it didn't run=
a drop. Was hoping at least some of the dye would "leave", but it didn't.=
Also the other problem is that the white/off white has a "blue shadow".=
That is OK in one way because I don't want to USE the white fabric, but=
the white/off white in the background of the chintz fabrics that I do wan=
t to use are muddy blue shadowed. Not acceptable! I am therefore going to=
do it again dropping it 1 or 2 levels in color. (It has written on it at=
the bottom of the photo I submitted ------ basic repeat, 150 dpi)

I have decided that this is not going to give me a PERFECT match, but I am=
shotting for an OK match. This quilt has a mouse chew right in the center=
of the quilt that is about the size of 2 silver dollars. The quilt is pri=
marily one fabric.......the blue/tan chintz. To fill that hole with a plai=
n blue fabric jumps out and screams at you each time you look at it. They=
plan to display it hanging at times so the eye can't jump first and forem=
ost to that hole. Have looked for the chintz for 3 years. This is my best=
Let me know if any of you have any suggestions.

Lynn Lancaster Gorges


Subject: Re: spoonflower
From: "Dale Drake" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 10:18:29 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5

Thanks, Lynn ... this is really helpful. I found that my fabric printing
experience was a definite trial and error process, and I never did get a
perfect match on the color I was shooting for - screen color had only
approximate relation to printed color. And I was matching a solid - I can
see the additional issues required for matching a print.

The good news is that we usually don't need yards and yards - a swatch size
piece can often be all that we need. I'm glad that you found a reasonably
workable solution for your chintz quilt.

Dale in grey Indiana


Subject: Re: ingredients in cleaning products
From: Judy Schwender <>

Hello all,Although it takes longer than reading the ingredients list on =
a bottle, you can go to the manufacturer's website or snail them and reques=
t a Material Safety Data Sheet about a particular product. OSHA requi=
res that manufacturers must have this information available. Bear in =
mind that formulations may change over time, so requesting an updated MSDS =
every so often is not a bad idea.Judy Schwender_=


Subject: Grow signature quilt at Amer Mus of Folk Art
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 14:39:48 -0800
X-Message-Number: 7

<<Each block bears the name of a friend who contributed to this =B3surprise=B2
for Mary A. Grow, as the quilt is inscribed in ink on the back. Mary Ann
Hackett (1817=AD1896) was born in England and moved with her family to New
York State, where she married William B. Grow, a minister. They moved to
Plymouth, Michigan, after 1839.>

Any relation to our Judy Grow?

Karen in the Islands


Subject: Re: Porcelain painted china plate in Signature quilt pattern
From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 18:21:28 -0600
X-Message-Number: 8

That's stunning. I've never seen one like it in all my years of antique
sleuthing. . . . . Thanks for sharing it.
Stephanie Whitson

Subject: Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party"
From: Tracy Jamar <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 07:36:05 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

After you've seen the American Landscapes at the Met Museum, go to
the Brooklyn Museum and see Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party".
It's there as a long term installation and is quite amazing!!

Tracy Jamar


Subject: plate signatures
From: Laura Fisher <>

China painting was all the rage among women of means in the late 19th c, so=
it seems logical someone might reinterpret the signature quilt concept on =
a plate, since the most traditional pattern for including signatures seems =
to be some version of a Dresden Plate. Blank forms were sold for every conc=
eivable tabletop item and classes were held instructing the technique. On a=
midwestern trip once, I encountered an entire set of completely handpainte=
d china emulating fine European porcelain, a labor of love, surely.

I just sold an unusual (to my experience anyway) red on white Dresden Pl=
ate signatures variation. It had multiple pieced blocks, each of which cont=
ained a 'plate' with eight names. For the 'plate' a large red circle was cu=
t out, probably folded in four, then cuts made toward the center, which was=
left as a small red circle. On thecenter dot was embroidered in white=
either the date or the name of the person responsible for accumulating t=
he signatures for that block,. All the 'spokes' remained attached to that c=
enter dot, rather than being pieced individually andjoined to the center=
. If I can, I will upload a photo to the eboard (promises, promises!!)

Laura Fisher

305 East 61st Street,5th floor
New York, NY 10065



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

Just an FYI..........The National Quilt Museum (Museum of the American Q=
uilter's Society) is not a sponsor of this event.

Subject: Quilt Exhibit Herbert Hoover Museum
From: Jan Thomas <>

No affiliation. This looks interesting with a quilt from the 1933
Chicago World's Fair.


Subject: American Stories
From: "Kimberly Wulfert, PhD" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 10:27:18 -0800
X-Message-Number: 3

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For those of us in southern CAL, American Stories is coming to LACMA,
opening Feb. 28 - May 23.

Even before this chat about it on QHL, the poster size announcement came in
the mail> it sounded so good, Copley's "Watson and the Shark" now grace my
fridge as a reminder. I'm very excited about it.

Now if only Judy's Dinner Party would travel this way..

If you'd like to se some pics of Welsh quilts shown at the Jen Jones Center,
they are on my Quilters Spirit current blog.


Subject: Liquid embroidery quilt
From: "Nancy Roberts" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 14:43:56 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

A friend from Michigan shared a quilt made using liquid embroidery or paint.
It has one block for each of the states in the US. Each state design is done
in the form of a shield, and each contains the state flower, state name. At
first glance, the quilt looks as if it were cross-stitched. But no, a closer
look shows paint applied to look like cross stitch. Do you remember the
liquid embroidery phase? I remember people held liquid embroidery parties,
and I recall aprons and tablecloths made with the method. And ads for the
products in Needlecraft magazine. Don't think I ever saw quilt blocks
though. What do you remember about this?

The family plans to move here, and, when they arrive, I hope to do a
documentation form for each of their quilts for the Michigan Quilt Project.

Later I'll post a couple of other photos of their quilts as well. One is a
vibrant and folk-y signature quilt. Later on that. But I'd like to know more
about this quilt, pattern, method.

Take a look at the quilt on the e-board under Quilts if you get a chance.
It's in a lime green box, and titled Liquid Embroidery or Michigan Quilt..



Subject: eboard photo pposting
From: Laura Fisher <>

OK now, I am less phobic about this than I used to be, so please, tell me again, I got partway into the system, but my photos don't post! I got an email from eboard saying my email address was not in the system, when I put it=
in, the one qhl writes me on, it says it's invalid. I am just not meant for all this technological stuff, I am a person to person person, but I do like to show and tell, (for the last time I promise)

Laura Fisher at
305 East 61st Street,5th floor
New York, NY 10065



Subject: Quilts in Paintings
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 14:40:36 -0700
X-Message-Number: 6

With our recent discussion of quilts in paintings, I have posted my own
to the e-board. She isn't as early
as the others but I love her nonetheless. See "Dorothy 1887" under
General. She has been cleaned and
had her frame retouched by a paintings conservator. I thought you might
enjoy seeing her. The signature
is in the frame on the wall in the scene.



Subject: "types" of quilts since 1976? Quilt fabric designers?
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 14:59:32 -0800
X-Message-Number: 7

If this topic has been discussed before, forgive me for raising it again
and let me know the approximate date we discussed it so I can look it up.

We all probably have a good sense of the general classification for quilts
prior to 1976. But I thought it would be fun to brainstorm how quilt
historians might classify quilts made since 1976. What new categories would
you create, if any? How about the remaking of the Sanitary Commission
Quilts? The Dear Jane quilts? Would both those simply be lumped into the
category of "reproduction" quilts? What do you think? What other styles or
genres would you add to the list? I have some more ideas but would like to
hear from you all first.

Another question: Has anyone created a comprehensive list of quilt fabric
designers that have appeared since 1980 and the names of the Fabric Lines
they have created? Is there a comprehensive list available anywhere on the
Internet? If not, how about we start one?


Karen Alexander


Subject: liquid embroidery quilt
From: "Rose Marie Werner" <>

I don't think that this quilt was a KIT sold for liquid embroidery, though
there were such things. This is a pattern that was sold in many magazines,
possibly a Kate Marchbanks pattern or a re-design of a Laura Wheeler
pattern. The pattern was sold as transfers, which you would iron onto the
quilt blocks. Then you could embroider with thread or paint with the liquid
embroidery. However, the ads I have for this design do not show
cross-stitching. Is the whole design cross-stitched?
Textile painting came into fashion in the 1950s. My mother tried it out in
the 50s, but went back to embroidering with thread. I remember her
Homemaker's Club having lessons on textile painting of various types. Some
of the companies that sold the tubes of paint also sold stamped projects for
using the paints. That included quilt blocks.
Rosie Werner (coming soon)

Nancy said:
>A friend from Michigan shared a quilt made using liquid embroidery or


Subject: Re: "types" of quilts since 1976? Quilt fabric designers?
From: Mitzioakes <>

I like your questions....the only new (?) name or classification I can think of since 1976 might be the 'Gee's Bends Quilts' ??? But, I will be thinking of your questions and keep in touch. As a volunteer at the Shelburne Museum (VT) I love to discuss these things.
As for fabric designers and/or manufacturers, I am almost at a loss there, but I bet you will get a lot of feedback from fabric store owners.
Cold in Vermont


Subject: Tree of Life 1777 Quilt on display in New Jersey
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 20:52:17 -0800
X-Message-Number: 10

<<It was completed in 1777, the summer in which General George Washington
used the Drake Farm House as his temporary headquarters. It was quilted by
the daughter of John Hart, the oldest signer of the Declaration of
Independence (one of five signers from New Jersey). >>

Karen in the Islands


Subject: Quilt categories since 1976
From: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 21:07:45 -0800
X-Message-Number: 1

Quilts made right around the Bicentennial are very specific. Just about ev=
ery town in the U.S. made a pictorial sampler quilt depicting the town's hi=
story. Even today, they are easily found displayed in town halls, librarie=
s, historical societies, etc. I have seen them made by school groups and e=
xpert quiltmakers, and range from crayon quilts to intricate appliqu=C3=A9 =

Later in the 20th century just a few that come to mind:
Quilt-as-you-go (potholder quilts).
Colorwash quilts
Art quilts
Reproduction quilts
The Millennium quilts of 2000
Batik quilts

sue reich


Subject: Re: Quilt categories since 1976
From: "Shari Spires" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 00:52:48 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

i would call the quilts of the 80's the Dusty Quilts - dusty pink, dusty
blue, dusty green, lots of peach.
Shari in NC


Subject: Re: Quilt categories since 1976
From: "Jean Carlton" <>

A few more:
'Blended' quilts (low contrast)
Paper Pieced - ie. Karen Stone type
Stack and Whacks
Computer digitized Embroidered quilts
Fused Applique



Subject: Re: Quilt categories since 1976
From: Sally Ward <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 10:44:16 +0000
X-Message-Number: 4

A trend I've seen at some of our local shows has been to have an
entire aisle of quilts made in the style of a particular teacher's
most recent book. Sometimes by a particular group who have worked
together. Full rows of variations on 'Ricky Tims Convergence Quilts',
a few years ago as one example. Before that there were rows of black
wrought iron gates in the style of a teacher whose name escapes me at
the moment. A few years ago at Birmingham I saw a whole aisle of
'African American style' quilts.

But the most marked thing for me in the UK has been the infiltration
of the 'American Country' look. Homespuns, plaids, checks, flannels,
angels, clapboard houses, bird houses, traditional American names for
quilt blocks..... nothing at all to do with the original UK tradition
of quilts, or indeed home decoration, but now somehow absorbed into
our lives as 'traditional quilts'. And of course the more recent
influence of 'African American' quilts has been huge.

Our quilting heritage was in a much weaker state than that of the US
when the great revival started, and for most average quilters (self
included) American influences have been quite overwhelming.

Sally Ward


Subject: Re: [SPAM] Re: Quilt categories since 1976
From: xenia cord <>

And who can forget Cathedral Window fabric manipulations, and double
knit fabrics used in bright and extremely durable quilts!



Subject: Re: Quilt categories since 1976
From: Mary Anne R <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 06:04:19 -0800 (PST)
X-Message-Number: 6

And who can forget those 'rag' quilts where 4-5 layers of squares were sewn together with the seam allowance on the top, then brushed and washed to fray the seam allowances.

T-shirt quilts, Photo-transfer quilts and 'Heirloom' quilts full of lace, ribbons and buttons.

Mary Anne


Subject: Re: Quilt categories since 1976
From: Karan Flanscha <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 08:33:55 -0600
X-Message-Number: 7

I would add Baltimore Album quilts, Sampler quilts, Amish style quilts (made
by non-Amish quilters), block of the month quilts (kitted by shops), "north
woods" or "lodge look" quilts, scrap quilts made with charm squares (nickel
squares), jelly rolls, layer cakes, turn overs, etc. (pre-cut fabrics from
full collections).
Embroidered quilts: redwork style hand stitched, digitized machine
embroidered types and Crazy quilts (often smaller pieces like wall quilts,
table toppers, pillows).


Subject: RE: Liquid Embroidery
From: "judy lyons" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 12:51:58 -0500
X-Message-Number: 8

Hi There
I don't normally participate in the chat, but I do follow. You are now into
a subject that I have been accumulating information about for a long time.
I have even talked to many girls in Ontario and from other areas of Canada
who were quite active in quilting using these products. I have a collection
of quilts using these products started. There are still artists today who
use them.
My other love is the Crimpolene/polyester quilts. That collection has
really grown. (very heavy to cart around)

Judy Lyons

Subject: CategoriesPost1970s
From: Laura Fisher <>

Just off the top of my head, not really knowing all that goes on in the wor=
ld of contempary quiltmaking, here are a few categories discovered or creat=
ed that are more recent parts of the quilt world I think...............

* African American quilts
 *Gee's Bend quilts as a subca=
tegory within that

* "Art" quilts

* reproductions of historicquilts

* Computer-Generated Design Quilts

* AIDS quilt and other fundraising/large concept quilt projects

* Imported Quilts - China, India

* School quilts made by children

* Mixed media and uncomon materials quilts

Laura Fisher at
305 East 61st Street,5th floor
New York, NY 10065



Subject: fabric designers/lines
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 13:03:24 EST
X-Message-Number: 10

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Going back to about 30 years ago when I started quilting, I would say one
of the biggest influences on quilting fabric design is Jinny Beyer. Many of
her fabric designs are reproductions also. Now there are so many fabric
designers I think it would fill a book (or maybe many books)!. What wonderful
books they would be-full of swatches with so many styles, patterns, and
colors. If one had collected the Hancocks of Paducah catalogs, they would be
a good source of designers and prints.
Nan in FL
_www.mooreandmoorequitls.com_ (


Subject: Re: fabric designers/lines

There's a reason my sister and I refer to the catalogs as "quilter's
porn", though they are both childsafe and worksafe. I read through with
posts-marking off fabrics I need or want.
Another category not yet mentioned would be reproduction fabric quilts
in several catagories from Civil War to 1930s feedsacks and Baltimore


In a message dated 1/23/2010 5:44:24 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:

If one had collected the Hancocks of Paducah catalogs, they would be
a good source of designers and prints.
Nan in FL
_www.mooreandmoorequitls.com_ (


Subject: Re: CategoriesPost1970s

Machine quilted quilts became respectable post 1980. In the past, many
claimed machine quilting wasn't real quilting; some people still do. I quilt
most things at home, but send out king-sized quilts to be done. Machine
quilting can be an craft in its own right.



Subject: Quilt Styles

Certainly the pictorial of the 1976 era goes to the top.
Hazel Carter described it this way, and I am not sure in what order.
Medallion Quilts which were prompted by Jinny Byers win in the Good
Housekeeping Contest
Sampler to learn quiltmaking
Then we had all the left over scraps so these introduced scrap quilts
Then came Applique - prompted by the Baltimore Album
And don't forget the reintroduction and popularity of whole cloth which I
believe was stimulated by the introduction of preprinted designs. This is
a story I hope to document.
There was a discussion some months ago about the introduction of
reproduction fabrics. Was a list ever put together. I thought Marty Michelle was
the first with her Richmond Hill line but she said it was not a tru
reproduction line.



Subject: Quilt categories since 1976
From: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2010 5:22:11 -0800
X-Message-Number: 4

How about adding these to the list:

Bicentennial Quilt
I Spy Quilt
Miniature Quilt
Row by Row Quilt
Stained Glass Quilt
Wall quilt
Watercolor Quilts

Pam Conklin


Subject: Re: Quilt categories since 1976
From: Kris Driessen <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2010 05:46:52 -0800 (PST)
X-Message-Number: 5

How about Y2K quilts (with 2000 pieces) or Internet block-swap quilts?



Subject: Re: Quilt categories since 1976
From: Sally Ward <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2010 14:14:58 +0000
X-Message-Number: 6

Have we mentioned Memorial quilts: Public ones like Aids, 9/11,
Northern Ireland, Military personnel in Iraq, and many thousands of
more local and personal ones....

Sally Ward


Subject: Quilt categories since 1976
From: Mary Waller <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2010 10:02:43 -0600
X-Message-Number: 7

The rotary cutter, strip-piecing methods, and quilting how-to shows on
public TV came on the heels of the American Bicentennial. There were
the string-pieced vests from Fons & Porter, Quilt in a Day with Elanore
Burns, and lap-quilted samplers with Georgia Bonesteel. Nancy Zieman
brought the latest and revied the basics of sewing through Sewing with
Nancy, including some quilting. There was an emphasis on books,
patterns, workshops, classes and quilts to learn and use strip piecing
and the rotary cutter for fast quiltmaking.

I remember searching for "three perfectly matching small calico prints"
or "four perfectly matching small calico prints" for my early 1980s
quilts. I occassionally show these quilts to illustrate how perfectly
matched fabrics can be supremely boring. These quilts were huge, too -
super king size and batted with one or two super puffy polyester
battings. Tieing these monsters was suggested for those who didn't want
to commit to hand quilting and then hiring a long-arm quilting
professional became more available. Machine quilting, machine piecing
and fusble machine applique were popularized. None of I knew I wouldn't
be a quilter today if I hadn't had rotary cutter tools, a sewing
machine(s!) and the how-to shows on public TV.

Other trends I remember from the late 20th Century quilt revival were
horizontal row quilts, hand-dyeing, and raw edge applique; a growing
acceptance and use of machine techniques, and a proliferation of cotton
fabric designed for quilters, and cotton and cotton blend battings.

Mary Waller
Vermillion, South Dakota, USA


Subject: quilt in painting
From: "Julie Silber" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2010 08:30:45 -0800
X-Message-Number: 8

Someone sent me a link to this interesting painting with a quilt -- and a
quilting bee!

Read the artist's statement, too.

Julie Silber


Subject: Re: Quilt categories since 1976
From: "Christine Thresh" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2010 08:57:18 -0800
X-Message-Number: 9

I hope someone is writing this all down. It has been fascinating.

I must have missed a mention of photo-on-fabric quilts.

Christine Thresh
on an island in the California Delta <-- my blog


Subject: Re: Quilt categories since 1976
From: "Sharron" <>

I think I got all the info. It's written in Word and attached.

Best regards,
Sharron Evans.................. Sunny Spring, I remember why I moved here!!!


Subject: Re: "types" of quilts since 1976? Quilt fabric designers?

I've enjoyed the discussion on quilt types since the 1976. I usually do
not post comments but this is an area of discussion close to my heart.

Most of the ones I came up with have been mentioned. There are a few I
have not seen in other posts...

In 1976, in Maryland, a group of quilters were making what they called
"State Quilts". One of my neighbors spent many months drawing out the 50
states on large sheets of brown paper and then piecing the different colored
states together by hand.

My aunt and her friends were making Yo-Yo quilts and trying to come up
with new ways to use the Yo-Yo, different colors and patterns, etc. They also
made a lot of "machine applique'" quilts that Thrilled them to no end since
they no longer had to spend months doing the hand applique".

In the 1980's lots of us quilters in the Florida Panhandle were going to
classes on "Quilt in a Day" the "Trip Around the World" was one of the
favorites in this category. Ms. Burns became a household name.

In the late 1990's-today the fad with most shops has been the "Block of
the Month" quilts.
We've also had runs of popularity with the "Round Robin" quilts. We have
Bees that have formed with themes such as "Thimbleberries" "Moda" "Dear
Jane" "Baltimore Album" and others. Memory quilts with poems and signatures is
another favorite. "Reproduction quilts" are popular and can mean 1930's or
Civil War reproductions. Now people are recognizing other time frames of
reproduction quilts. My personal favorites, at this time, are the 1840
Medallion quilts.

I look forward to see what the future brings. I love all quilts and could
not imagine life without them. They add a warmth to my home and life and I
have many great memories connected to quilts.

Alma Moates
Pensacola, Florida


Subject: quilt categories since 1976
From: "Nancy Roberts" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2010 17:19:16 -0500
X-Message-Number: 12

Wow... this list is fascinating. I would add Bargello quilts to the
groupings. I've seen many, esp. the ones that create a heart silhouette with
the contrast.



Subject: Re: Quilt categories since 1976, Fabric designers
From: Laura Syler <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2010 17:46:54 -0600
X-Message-Number: 13

Your attachment didn't come through, could you send it to me off list?

Also, someone mentioned rotary cutter quilts - Mary Ellen Hopkins and
"It's OK if you Sit on my quilts" really got that rolling,

As to the fabric designers, in 1978 when I started quilting the only
100% cotton manufacturers that you could find "good quality" goods
from were Ely *& Walker, Peter Pan, VIP and Concord. Joan Kessler
with Concord "designed" the mini-dot we often used for "solid prints"...

Laura Hobby Syler
Richardson, TX

Subject: Quilt Categories & Styles


It is fascinating to read all the posts on this subject. I would add
machine quilting to the list. Although it is not a specific category like the
others that have been mentioned, both home machine and long arm machine
quilting have definitely changed the quilts we are seeing today. When I judge
shows and appraise quilts, I don't see nearly as many hand quilted quilts as
machine quilted. Embellishments, dimensional flowers, beadwork, painted
surfaces, photo transfers, hand dyed fabrics and batiks in quilts are also
being used a lot. We sure live in an exciting time in quilt history. There are
so many new things, revived styles, classes, books and shows. I don't think
I will ever be able to finish all the quilts I've started!

Kathy Kansier
Teacher, Judge & AQS Appraiser
Ozark, Missouri



Subject: quilt types
From: Andi <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:39:49 -0600
X-Message-Number: 2

Great thread on quilt types. I'd add some mention of embellishment,
which has taken on a life of its own in some quilt circles. Also,
alternative materials, and the proliferation of written work-- fiction
and non-fiction, how-tos and coffee table books--on quilts.

Andi in Paducah


Subject: Re: Quilt categories since 1976, Fabric designers
From: Sarah Hough <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 08:37:15 -0600
X-Message-Number: 3


I did not get the attachment also. Please send it to me off list.



Subject: Ms. Burns etc
From: Pepper Cory <>

Alma said,
"In the 1980's lots of us quilters in the Florida Panhandle were going to
classes on "Quilt in a Day" the "Trip Around the World" was one of the
favorites in this category. Ms. Burns became a household name."

Sometime in the 1990s, Eleanor Burns and I were standing around, waiting for
a train in a Dutch station (surrounded by our mounds of huge luggage) and I
remember asking her, "Eleanor, how long did it take you to come up with that
copy-righted chestnut 'Quilt in a Day' "? She replied with a grin, "Four
years." And anyone who's ever made a quilt knows the 'in a day' phrase is
merely marketing!

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

Website: and look me up on


Subject: RE: quilt in painting
From: "Sharron" <>

Isn't that quilt from the 1900's? I'm assuming he's referring to the "Quilt
Bee" when he mentions the 19th century in the title, but then he mentions in
his artist statement that this is the same quilt his great-grandmother made
"as a little girl in the late 1800's". Hmmm?? Nice painting though.

Best regards,
Sharron Evans..........................
........where the sun is shining in Spring, TX..............


Subject: Re: qhl digest: January 24, 2010
From: Lori Harris <>

Quilt styles since 1976

I enjoy reading the QHL every day, but this is my first post, thatnk you
Julie S & Greta VDBN for your instructions!
Landscape quilts, to me they are very different than Art quilts and I
haven't seen them mentioned yet.


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Subject: How to join?
From: Pepper Cory <>

Hello all-This is a two-parter:
1) It's been a long time since I joined QHL so when asked by an interested
fellow quilter how to get on the list, I wasn't quite sure how to tell her.
Could someone (Kris?) write back on the list with instructions?
2) Can anyone find a visual online reference to the Mountain Mist pattern
called Scottish Plaid? Or am I hallucinating? Am gathering Scottish-theme
patterns for a stint teaching during Scots Week at JCC folk school. Many
thanks for any references. And yes, I've got all the Brit books and am
noting North Country, wool, strippies, and frame quilts...

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

Website: and look me up on


Subject: Re: Quilt categories since 1976
From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 09:30:50 -0600
X-Message-Number: 8

Has anyone mentioned the primitive figural applique that was popular (maybe
still is( in the 1980s-1990s. Bible story themes were among them. I mean the
applique where the figures are more "cookie cutter" than realistic.
Stephanie Whitson


Subject: Re: Quilt categories since 1976, Fabric designers
From: "Beth Davis" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 13:28:40 -0500
X-Message-Number: 9

I would appreciate a copy of your Word document also.

Another quilt category that I don't think was seen much before the 90's is
the Shadow quilts (translucent fabric quilted, then stuffed with brightly
colored yarn or quilted over bright appliqués, was introduced by Marjorie
Puckett). A twentieth century adaptation of trapunto style!

How about the influx of imported quilt tops in the recent years? We need
to worry because they are quilted here and future historians may not be
unable to determine that the tops are imported. Longarm quilters favor
them as quick and easy.

And I know that Hand dyed fabrics were mentioned, but there is also the
quilts made with the hand-painted fabrics, such as Skydyes.

Did anyone mention those intricate paper pieced landscapes? I can’t
recall the designer’s name. The patterns are like putting a puzzle

Beth Davis

Subject: Re: Quilt categories since 1976, Fabric designers
From: "Christine Thresh" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 10:59:32 -0800
X-Message-Number: 10

Isn't that Cynthia England?

Christine Thresh
on an island in the California Delta <-- my blog
and <-- website

Did anyone mention those intricate paper pieced landscapes? I can't
recall the designer's name. The patterns are like putting a puzzle
Beth Davis


Subject: Re: How to join?
From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 13:47:55 -0600
X-Message-Number: 11

Please share the Scots theme info. with the list . . . I just learned a
couple of years ago that my ancestry links me to Drum Castle and Robert the
Bruce and I'm becoming increasingly enthralled with learning more.

Stephanie Whitson (whose parents always claimed to be hatched under a rock
because they didn't know a thing about their lineage)


Subject: Re: Quilt categories since 1976, Fabric designers
From: Judy Schwender <>

"How about the influx of imported quilt tops in the recent years? We nee=
dto worry because they are quilted here"I am very curious about th=
is statement. Are you saying that the import quilts we are seeing for sa=
le in Dillards, JC Penney, and the like are assembled and quilted here in t=
he United States from imported quilt tops? Where did you learn that? =
I have never heard that before.Judy Schwender


Subject: (no subject)


I would appreciate a copy of your list also.

Thank you,
Alma Moates
_quiltsappraisedaol.com_ (


Subject: Re: Ms. Burns etc


You're so right, "in a day" was "in a week" for me but I had an over
achiever who never cooked or cleaned house and she would go to a class on
Saturday and show up on Monday morning for work with her "show and tell" top.
Problem is, I do not believe she quilted the tops! You have to admit Ms.
Burns is quite the business woman, and a sweet one too. I so enjoy seeing her
on my trips to Paducah.

Alma Moates
Pensacola, Florida


Subject: Re: Quilt categories since 1976, Fabric designers
From: "Beth Davis" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 19:19:31 -0500
X-Message-Number: 15

There are dealers (check it out on eBay) who sell only newly made pieced
tops (no batting/backing and unfinished). Look under "Patchwork Quilt
Top". The starting bid is $19.99 for queen size. One dealer does state
that the tops are made in China and are not quilt store quality. What we
see at JC Pennys, Dillards, Sears are completely assembled/quilted in
China, India and other countries.
But it is noticable that in the store ads in the Sunday newspaper and mail
order that there are very few quilts advertised. Other bedcoverings are
more popular for decorating? I have a collection of catalogs and ads that
date back to 1980's.
Beth Davis