Subject: Quilting News - Calico printing in New York
From: <>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2010 8:20:45 -0800
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Torch Light & Public Advertiser
Hagers-town, Maryland
July 2, 1829
Page 2
A writer in the New York Morning Herald
says--"How singular and how strong are our
prejudices in favor of English goods, when
such as are made at home of equal or supe-
rior quality, must sell for English in order to
command a ready market and full price. The
twelve thousand pieces of calico manufactu-
red near Hudson every month, find a market
at New York, and the southern merchant
sends home trunks and bales of them, to
clothe the fair of the south, without the most
distant thought that he is infringing on the
celebrated resolution to "buy nothing manu-
factured north of the Potomac." So with
American carpeting, not a yard of it can be
found in any store in New York; it is all Eng-
Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: on the subject of books
From: Kris Driessen <>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2010 12:52:44 -0800 (PST)
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I have been asked to sell a couple of boxes of quilt books for someone else . I separated out the quilt history books so I could give y'all first crac k. Although I am salivating at some of them, I haven't purchased any for m yself:-((==Most of them look like they were purchased new and just put on the shelf without even being opened. The older ones appear to have been purchased at a used book store. Some of the used books are a little shelf worn.==I made a list, put it in PDF form and uploaded it to http://qui The prices shown is the amount she hopes to sell these for on Ebay. I can sell these for 75% of the price shown unti l Saturday, March 13 (because there won't be any Ebay fees.) If there is n o price, make an offer. I may not be able to get back to you immediately a s she doesn=E2=80=99t have E-mail.==I can accept credit cards and paypa l through the shop. Books will be shipped by priority mail, with insurance on the more valuable pieces. All books subject to prior sale. ==If you have any questions, please contact me directly at a nd not through the list. I hesitated at posting this because I didn't want to seem commercial, but really, how often do you find these books at a suc h a savings?==Kris


Subject: Kris' list
From: Jean Lester <>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 07:37:26 -0500
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I can't find how to open the list. Anybody give an ignorant computer
person a clue?



Subject: Re: Kris' list
From: Kris Driessen <>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 05:04:48 -0800 (PST)
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Sorry, Jean, it's in PDF form. Most computers have that already installed but if you don't, you can download it here:

It's not a wasted download - a lot of the "free" stuff you find around the internet is in PDF form. It's a pretty universal way of presenting text across platforms.



Subject: Free Access for Women's History Month
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 19:24:05 -0700
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FYI: Good Site!

To celebrate Women's History Month,Women and Social Movements in the United
States 1600-2000,Scholar's Edition, will be freely accessible for the month
of March so that all librarians, students, instructors, and scholars can
explore the site's rich collection of primary materials and teaching tools
without passwords or fees. The URL is If
your library doesn't subscribe, do take advantage of its accessibility this
month to take a look at the resource and remind yourself about what it


Subject: Jan Thomas
From: Barbara Woodford <>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 21:54:40 -0600
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> Jan,

Much to my surprise I own a woven coverlet that looks like a quilt.
The seller thought it came from Minneapolis. I would like to learn
more about this kind of antithetical item and who made them. Any

Barbara Woodford
Historic American Quilts


Subject: Re: Jan Thomas
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 22:12:58 -0700
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Oh, the ages old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg...or
the tile design on the floors and walls of the Alhambra. There are many
types of woven
coverlets so if you can post a pic for us, I can narrow down the
sources. Trish Herr can probably give you more than I since she was
born understanding glorious woven coverlets.

My days are running together here but I think it was two days ago that I
was writing Gaye that I'm convinced the two-color applique designs, red
on white and blue on white, of the late 19th century were inspired by
the revival of the earlier 19th century woven coverlets of the same
colors during the centennial. I've thought about exploring that and
cross-over designs too. There are lots of questions still and and
that's the fun part of research but I can't do it right now.


> Much to my surprise I own a woven coverlet that looks like a quilt.
> The seller thought it came from Minneapolis. I would like to learn
> more about this kind of antithetical item and who made them. Any sources?
> Barbara Woodford
> Historic American Quilts


Subject: Thanks
From: <>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 10:46:05 -0500
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Thanks to all of you who responded to my question about conservators. I found just what I needed!

Donna Skvarla


Subject: Boag Ribboncraft Company, Boag, Inc., and Boag Studios
From: Sue Wildemuth <>

I just put up my research information about Boag Ribboncraft Company, Boag, Inc., and Boag Studios of River Forest and Elgin, Illinoison my web sit e.==This link should get you in if you are interested in the informatio n:== that link does not work go to and click onIlli nois Community by Community, scroll down to Elgin, click on the Boag Ribbon craft Company, Boag, Inc. and Boag Studios and that should get you in to th e Table of Contents page. ==Sue in Illinois== --0-849430923-1268456048=:49050--


Subject: Quilting News - Calico in Cranston, RI
From: <>
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 6:02:07 -0800
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Republican Compiler
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
May 14, 1828
Page 3
We have seen some specimens of
calico of three and four colours, from
the Factory of Mr. William Sprague
in Cranston. They will bear a com-
parison with the best English Calico.
A little encouragement from Govern-
ment will enable our calico printers
successfully to vie with the English
Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: New Documentation Source - Way OT
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 10:45:29 -0700
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News Flash: Bill Cosby Predicted This! For those of us who regularly
trample through grave
yards in the pursuit of family history and truth, you cannot imagine how
hysterical this is. Just
the thought of someone talking to me at 7pm as I walk by in search of

A heads up for researchers that we will now have a new source for family
information. I can
imagine first person stories about one's favorite quilt, how it was
passed down in the family or
even the story of what made it important in a person's life. In my
case, I'll finally get the last word
in an argument with my husband. Priceless. LOL! or


Subject: Talking gravestones
From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 12:49:07 -0600
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That is SO bizarre. In thinking of ways to help our local historic cemetery
(where I will also be buried someday) educate readers about local history,
I've honestly wished we could embed chips to enable the self-guided walking
tours to be more intereactive. Now there's a way to do it. Amazing.

Stephanie Whitson


Subject: Re: Quilting News - Calico in Cranston, RI

This was the beginning of Cranston Print Works, one of the last textile
firms to stay in RI.



Subject: Quilting news- American Calicoes
From: <>
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 10:40:35 -0700
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Republican Compiler
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
August 24, 1830
Page 1
From the Syracuse, N. Y. Gazette,
It is gratifying to witness the rapid
improvement of American manufac-
tures, since the establishment of every
new one must be considered as anoth-
er proof that we are becoming less de-
pendent on foreigners for the necessa-
ries or luxuries of life. It is but a
few years since it was deemed impos-
sible that a decent piece of calico should
ever be manufactured in this country.
The experiment was tried--the "two
blues" were the first specimen, and
their weight and excellence soon ob-
tained entire possession of the market.
Fancy calicoes succeeded, and are now
produced in such perfection and quan-
tity as materially to lessen the impor-
tations of that article. The following
will show the number of pieces turned
out of a few of the principal factories,
and exceeds what we had supposed the
actual amount.
Merrimack, Marshall's &
Taunton, per week, 2,500 each--7,500
Dover and Robertson's 2,000 do 4,000
Comely and Buchanan 1,250 do 2,500
Eagle print and Sprague, 800 do 1,600
Tresslers and others, 2,500 do 2,500
Eighteen thousand one hundred pieces
of calico per week make 941,200 pieces
per year--a number considerably less
than the whole amount. At 28 yds.
per piece, the number of yards is 26,-
353,600, which, at 15 cts. per yard,
the average price of the lowest qualities,
amounts to more than four millions of
dollars. To appreciate the worth of
this manufacture to the country, we
must remember that not only is that
amount of cost saved to the country,
but that the farmer is benefited to the
quantity of provisions, &c. consumed
by the manufacturers and machine
builders, to the number of six or eight
thousand in the whole--that the cot-
ton grower has an additional market
for that quantity of cotton as the Euro-
pean markets are kept glutted--and
that the profit, labor and raw mate-
rial are wholly American, and divi-
ded amongst the American public.--
Commerce is not injured, since one
British vessel of three hundred tons,
at four voyages, would bring the whole
of this calico from England, and the
amount of tonnage employed in impor-
ting the raw material, and in the coas-
ting transportation, will not fall short
of the mentioned above, besides being
wholly American.
Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Privy Bag exhibit
From: Paul and Nancy Hahn <>
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 20:32:43 +0000 (UTC)
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I was finally able to view the Lancaster County Privy Bag exhibit at the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley in Ephrata, Pennsylvania this week and for anyone traveling soon to the Lancaster Quilt Festival, it is truly an amazing exhibit. You will be thrilled that you took the time to visit. In Clarke Hess' clearly illustrated catalogue, the first sentence says it all-"Privy bags are Lancaster County's most humble contribution to the genre of Pennsylvania German folk art."

I keep forgetting that not everyone is "from here," so I must remember to explain what the privy bag is. It is a regional textile form sometimes referred to as outhouse bags. They were storage bags designed to hold scrap paper (often pages from Sears catalogues I had been told) in the outhouses. We know the scrap paper today by the term "toilet paper." Everyday privy bags may have been made of simple yardage in the shape of a square or rectangle with an opening either across the top or along a partial side and hung from the outhouse or privy wall by attached loops hooked over nails.

In my mind, the Pennsylvania Germans decorated anything that didn't move. Around 1820 more elaborate privy bags, surfaced, either pieced or appliqued, often using left over blocks or scraps from quilt projects. It makes sense that after a quilt was finished the extra pieces could be transformed into a matching pillow or bolster cover or simply a privy bag.

The one room exhibit has approximately 3 dozen examples of surviving bags from the 1820-1920 time frame. The most elaborate bags are thought to have not been used, or used much. Some never had hanging loops attached. Some are thought to have only seen use when company was expected, like the "good" quilts of the time. Some are thought to have been done as a learning piece of needlework by a youngster. Others bear embroidered names or dates like the other household linens.

The bags in this display run the gamut from 1820 chintz blocks and pieced patchwork with the glazes still intact. Appliqued bags are done in both recognized patterns as oak leaf and reel and floral wreathes and also original designs of tulips and pomegranates. Turkey red abounds! Pieced bags mirror the styles of the quilts of the times, with pineapple, Lone Star, crazy patch and baskets with sawtooth borders. Lots of cheddar and orange to make you smile. There is no mistaking that you are anywhere but southeastern Pennsylvania.

There is also a display of sewing pockets, pincushions, hand loomed tape and hot pads. Plus, the rest of the museum to go through. Be sure to make the time to see this exhibit. It runs until May 15th.

I must have done something right in my former life. When I got to the Historical Society, it was closed. Driving away I noticed the Historical Library next door was open to I turned around and reparked. The Historical Society Library did have copies of the Privy Bag catalogue for me to purchase for my shop and when they realized I had come a distance to see the exhibit, they offered to open the Museum for me. What kindness!

Nancy Hahn


Subject: privy Bags
From: "Marcia's Mail" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 17:00:14 -0500
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Well, to my mind, there is absolutely "nothing" I cannot learn on this list!!! You know, I just never thought about that aspect of outhouses before! But I guess it makes sense. Decorating humble objects and making them more esthetic is one way to soften the harshness of everyday necessities! Thanks for an enjoyable email, Marcia Kaylakie in glorious spring-like Austin, TX


Subject: VQM Quilt Study Roundtable
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 06:50:50 EDT
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The Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, VA will host the next VQM Quilt
Study Roundtable on Saturday, May 15 from 1--4 PM. The guest speaker will
be Polly Mello. Polly will present a trunk show of antique quilts from
1800-1930. Please contact the Museum at _infovaquiltmuseum.org_
( or 540-433-3818 for more information.

Donna Bensey
VQM Administrative Assistant



Subject: Re: qhl digest: March 14, 2010
From: Beth Donaldson <>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 09:12:57 -0400
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The privy bags remind me of a family story. My mother was born in a small
Pennsylvania coal mining town. After she married, had children and lived in
suburban Detroit, my parents took us all for a visit in Pennsylvania. My
father bought toilet paper, knowing that my great-grandmother stocked old
catalogs in the out house (this was in the late 1950s). (My father described
how to crumple the catalog page to make it nice and soft.) My father was on
the way to the out house with his roll of toilet paper when my
great-grandmother, took the toilet paper from him, gave him a catalog and
told him toilet paper was only for Sundays!

Beth Donaldson
Collections Assistant
Michigan State University Museum



Subject: TP
From: Stephen Schreurs <>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 07:44:30 -0700 (PDT)
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OK, here's my story.....

My mother used to tell of living at home during the very lean years of the depression. Her mother's mother lived with them. She had emigrated fr om Norway with her children, in 1994, following her husband, who had later died. She never spoke very good English, and spoke with a heavy Norsk ac cent.

So one day, she confronted her daughter (my grandmother Jennye) about the t hrifty measures taken in the household.

"Yenny", she declared. I understand we should use the old sewing pattern s in the toilet. But WOULD you PLEASE. FIRST REMOVE the PINS!!!"

Wincing no words,




Subject: argh.
From: Stephen Schreurs <>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 09:18:22 -0700 (PDT)
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1894. I have a copy of the ship's manifest. Given the tale, let's jus t say I am a c***** typist.

Fondly, Susan



Subject: re quilts and coverlets and even Beacon blankets
From: Laura Fisher <>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:03:11 -0700 (PDT)
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Hi all -- I wish I had everything I ever owned on computer picture files, b ut,,,,I don't, so I will have to share verbally that I have owned several p ieced quilts in red and white, and in indigo and white, that look just like an overshot woven coverlet --i.e., a geometric weave -- not a curvaline ar jacquard weave.

These usually show a cluster of little squares like a nine patch, often lin ked with a single squares for a chain effect. And they are usually in rever se coloration, that is the white is used for the little squares presente d=Against a red or a blue 'background'. These are few and far between. Th ere are one or two in old quilt engagement calendars.

On my website, there are three that resemble overshot weaves: #10428, in wh ite on soldier blue, making diamonds and chains of squares; #10632, in whit e chambray on grey chambrey with a wide blue border, and # 10579 a Burgoyne 's Surround variation in blue and yellow from the 1930s that really resembl es the optical illusion that appears insome overshotweaves when the geometric patterningproduces larger scale curvalinear elements.

As for jacquard coverlets resembling quilts, I guess you could make the cas e for the big elementflorals being done also in red and green applique q uilts, but many coverlets the big rose-like petalled flowerheads, or thelilies,=Are woven in a medallion element in which four arecluste red together; this elementrepeats across the coverlet field. I don't rec alltoo many red and green applique quiltsthatput four flowerheads together in one block; that's certainly infrequent.I suppose one could a rgue that repeat medallions in a centralfieldis a concept shared by q uilt makers=And coverlet designers, but as to specificmotifs, I don't really seethe resemblance,but I willkeep that thought in mind a s i look through pictures of quilts and coverlets nowto see if that link emerges.

I did once own a pieced inch-squares quilt top that replicated the lion bor der of a jacquard coverlet (but in brown and ochre, not indigo)it is pic tured in an old quilt calendar, probably in the later 1980s.

At some point I have to look through them ALL to find images of things I ha d published that will work in a folk art book I am contributing to. I will send another email asking for historic info!

Laura Fisher

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

212/838-2596 --0-1637961482-1268676191=:30428--


Subject: p.s. Beacon blankets and coverlets
From: Laura Fisher <>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:04:54 -0700 (PDT)
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I forgot, I have had plenty of Beacon blankets-- those 1930s-40s 'camp' bla nkets in wool-nap cotton from Beacon and other manufacturers--that absolute ly copy geometric overshot coverlet designs. I can send individual photos, and will try to post some on board, but.........


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

212/838-2596 --0-1564369684-1268676294=:90967--


Subject: bird quilt patterns
From: Laura Fisher <>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:17:58 -0700 (PDT)
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HI - I hope you historians can help. I am looking for the publishedsourc e for several quilt patterns that featurebirds:

1) two birds perched facing each other on the rim of a flower pot, c. 1930s ;

2/ the48 States birds embroidered quilt pattern. I bet there were severa l, some are just the birds with the state name, others are the birds AND th e state flowers. Which companies offered them

3/ chickadees on branches. Iowned one, andsaw another, so I presume t his was an available pattern too

4/ Bluebirds, Ihave seen several versions, was there a pattern

5/Four Eagles, there are soooooo many examples available, has anyone eve r identified who created the first one, and when? I have always found them in southeastern PA. Is this where did the design comes from and the only ar ea it was made in? What do those d...m eagles hold in their beaks anyway--a cigar, an olive branch symbol, afirecracker???!!! I just missed buying =A stunningexample last year--four eagles in red and cheddar on a c harcoal brown/black background, now THAT was a sight, it has since passed t hrough too many hands for my meager pocketbook to afford, but it is best of kind.

6/ who created the eagle that is the American symbol, with the ribbon banne r E Pluribus Unum held in its beak? it appears everywhere, on coverlets, pr inted textiles, etc. Is there one primary design source? Does the eagle alw ays look the same for American textiles? Inquiring minds are asking me, and I would love to help find out. While I love to look through my hundreds of reference books, I needcryptic answers now to begin the research.

Thanks in advance for your help.


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

212/838-2596 --0-146381376-1268677078=:89303--


Subject: toilet articles
From: Laura Fisher <>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:27:45 -0700 (PDT)
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OK, I can't stand up from the computer to unpack all my bags from the antiq ues show I did this weekend, too achey and tired, and this is more fun..... ...

about privy bags, I love this subject. First time I heard of them. And here I thought thatthe hand crocheted toilet paper roll covers I bought this summer in Maine from a sweet lady at an outdoor show were a hoot, and now I learn oftheir antecedants. Actually, this could be the subjectfor a new how-to book for quilted 'smalls'- transform the 'bag' idea into a toil et paper roll cover, and everyone will start quiltingone. This is not so mething in stock at Bed Bath and Beyond......


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

212/838-2596 --0-1118946220-1268677665=:17515--


Subject: Re: bird quilt patterns
From: Dana Balsamo <>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:44:01 -0700 (PDT)
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Hi Laura,
I just sold a quilt like #1 but with some variation.
It was based on 2 Nancy Page patterns, Garden Bouquet c1930s, with a differ ent flower and urn in each block...but instead of the 2 brown birds facing each other, she took the birds from Bird's Life, also Nancy Page c1930s, an d had a different pair of birds on each urn. I can email pics to you pri vately if you like.
My best,

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


Subject: Re: p.s. Beacon blankets and coverlets
From: "Shari Spires" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 18:11:51 -0400
X-Message-Number: 10

laura, Beacon blankets were made right here where I live in the Swannanoa
Valley of NC. The old factory burned down a few years ago. I have a quilt
in progress about that fire.
Pieces of the factory landed in my front yard, carried 5 miles by the
wind. It was a spectacular fire and turned out to be arson. The only
person who was ever caught was the son of a quilter. he is still in jail.
but he wasn't the brains behind the act. hat guy got the money and took
off. He even faked his death and put an obit in the newspaper. one day he
will get caught. I would just like to know who paid hikm.
Shari in N


Subject: Quilting News- Calico in New Jersey
From: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 16:39:48 -0700
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The Frederick Town Herald
Frederick, Maryland
November 6, 1830
The manufacture of calico is now a mighty
business in the United States. Large quanti-
ties are already exported!--and our stores are
chiefly supplied with the products of our own
factories, except of the very superior quali-
ties. Let not the anti-tariff ladies be alarmed
at this. They are better than the imported,
as graded by the price paid for them. The
superior kinds are beginning to be made--
they are of fine yarn, with fast and lively co-
lors. A piece of which goods may be seen
at this office, from the Eagle works in New
Jersey, that it would not disgrace the finest
lady in the land to wear--provided always,
that calicoes are fashionable: an affair about
which we have no right or pretension to a just
judgment! But it is a beautiful article, and
thousands of the ladies of N. York called it so.
I shall take an opportunity to run over the
list of premiums and make some remarks on
certain articles mentioned--when lei-
sure will admit of it; remarking however,
were not those which most interested me, in
every instance. The committees may have
had more regard to the superior quality of
the articles presented, than to their real utili-
ty, compared with their price--for indeed,
the money-value of them came not into cons-
deration at all. I admire, as every patriot
should, the perfection of his countrymen in
-----------But the whole piece would not have
sold at that rate-divisions of it being desired.

Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: crocheted toilet paper covers
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 21:03:53 -0400
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The privy bags made me think of the crocheted poodles that covered toilet tissue in the 1960's! And of course wide brimmed hats crocheted in pink, etc.
I never knew about privy bags. Great to have something new to add to the trivia in my brain.
Lynn in New Bern, NC


Subject: tp in France
From: Andi <>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 04:00:53 -0500
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I spent part of a year in college in Lyon, France. Before I left, my
boyfriend's mother said (in a whisper) she would send me toilet paper
from - get this - the department store in Atlanta. I had no idea why she
would say that and we were each too demure to discuss this. I got used
to the smallish waxy paper rectangles on offer, which was good, as no
package from her ever came. My time in Lyon was cut short and about two
days before I left to come home, an enormous carton of American t.p.
arrived. As I left for the airport, I went through a receiving line of
my American friends, dispensing rolls like some kind of Santa.

Andi in Paducah


Subject: Re: crocheted toilet paper covers
From: Sally Ward <>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 09:46:55 +0000
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Surely you must have had the crochet/knit crinoline lady toilet roll
covers, with the truncated torso of a doll in the top? They still turn
up, newly minted, on charity sales tables.

> The privy bags made me think of the crocheted poodles


Subject: Re: crocheted toilet paper covers
From: "Janet O'Dell" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:21:46 +1100
X-Message-Number: 3

I was once asked by a manufacturer of the nylon ribbon used for those items
to think up and produce samples of other uses for the stuff. Not only that
but to write the patterns. I was given a huge boxful of rolls in BRIGHT
A customer saw what I was doing and said, 'My aunt used to make those but
hers were tasteful.'

It is no wonder that I took up patchwork instead.

Janet O'Dell
Melbourne Australia


Subject: Re: crocheted toilet paper covers
From: "Leah Zieber" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 07:14:05 -0700
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Funny you mention those little ladies - my friend purchased a house lock,
stock and barrel and there was one in the bathroom - vintage from 50s and
the little lady has sleepy eyes - But she has legs... her outfit is crochet
mint green... going up for sale on ebay in the next few weeks... Think she
will sell?

Cheers from
Leah Z in the Shake and Bake Capital - California.


Subject: AO apologies and Beacon blankets
From: Laura Fisher <>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 08:43:06 -0700 (PDT)
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I type in 'plain text' to no avail, my emails on qhl are filled with =AO and impossible to read no matter whether I prepare them on the shop computer or the home laptop. Think it has to do with my yahoo email server? I would love to be able to clear this up at last; anyone have other ideas? i just clicked plain text, and now it has switched to rich text, so let's see what emerges on the other end of the string....

Anyway, about Beacon Manuacturing Co, when was that fire? Within the last 10 years? Sad. Sons of the founder, who moved operations to Swananoa, came in and bought a few old Beacons to copy and reissue, as they had no archives. When the company relocated from NYC, the contents of the office files were simply discarded, literally on the street in the garment center, and nothing informing about the design history was saved. Company folks didn't even appreciate the renewed interest in the old product enough to recreate more, instead mfrs. like Ralph Lauren and others made their own versions of Beacons and sold them like hotcakes. Is it in business again, after the fire??


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



Subject: FW: speaker on Maryland quilts sought
From: "Newbie Richardson" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:47:01 -0400
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Dear Maryland List members,
If anyone knows who might be right for this assignment, please contact
Marie directly. I am already booked, or would do this happily - the food is

Newbie Richardson


Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 10:33 AM
Subject: Needed advice

Hi Newbie,

A question for you. The St. Michaels Museum is having a very small exhibit
of quilts in our collection. We have a quilt guild in Easton that will do a
workshop in June but would like to have a speaker at the annual
meeting/community supper on April 10th. D o you know any knowledgeable
quilt person close enough that could give a 20 minute talk on quilts -
particularly Maryland - from the 1840s? We could pay a small honorarium.
Does the MD Historical Society have anyone?


Marie Martin
19th and 20th Century and Contemporary Photography
PO Box 448, St. Michaels, Maryland 21663
410 745 5411



Subject: Re: AO apologies and Beacon blankets
From: "Shari Spires" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 13:00:05 -0400
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Beacon went out of business several years before the fire, which i think was
about 5 years ago.
A really nice book was published containing all the beacon patterns. our
local museum sold the book and may still have it available if you are
Shari in NC


Subject: RE: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Privy Bag exhibit
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 16:09:03 -0400
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Nancy -- this is a weird question, but you could you provide bibliographic
info on the catalog? I am writing an article (a horrible massive undertaking
which may kill me yet!) on Pennsylvania German textiles and I think I'd be
remiss not to include something specialized like this.
Candace Perry


Subject: state birds/flowers patterns

Hello all - in response to Laura Fisher's question about state bird/flower patterns, Rose Werner did a wonderful comparison study in the Spring 2009 B lanket Statements newsletter from AQSG identifying various patterns and companies. Several of these are Rainbow Quilt Block Company patterns, but t hey were produced by many others, too.

Please email me off list if you do not have a PDF copy of this magazine article or have a photo you can send me to see if they are Rainbows. Sharon

Sharon Pinka
Rainbow Quilt Blocks, Quilt Study & Research
6323 Possum Run Rd.
Bellville, OH 44813 USA
419.938.8040 --0-1139539612-1268744437=:4595--


Subject: V&A Museum story


Tracy Chevalier was invited to write a story about one of the V&A Museum
quilts. Interesting video and look behind the scenes at the museum.

Nan in FL



Subject: princess feather/prince's feather
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:46:12 -0400
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I need to clear up the name of this design. I thought it was "prince's
feather" given my knowledge of the HRH Prince of Wales insignia and the use
of the imagery in other decoration; however, a quick google led me to a
museum that was using "princess feather." There is also apparently an
heirloom plant named "prince's feather" .or sometimes "princess feather."
I'm beginning to think this is an eats shoots and leaves problem. Can
anyone clarify?


Candace Perry



Subject: Re: princess feather/prince's feather
From: Sally Ward <>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 23:14:08 +0000
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I always assumed that in the UK we were thinking of the Prince's
insignia, and in the US it recalled the native American Princess's
headdress. Who thought of it first? Perhaps less a case of eats shoots
and leaves, and more one of chicken and egg?

Sally Ward


Subject: Re: princess feather/prince's feather
From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:23:34 -0500
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It's my understanding that most people think it was inspired by the
"Prince's Feather" as in the Prince of Wales's insignia, but that over time
it evolved into sometimes being called "Princess Feather." It's easy to see
how that could happen (2 women talking about it, one hears "princess" when
what was actually said was "prince's", misspelling, etc.) but I don't know
if anyone has documented the evolution.

Stephanie Whitson Higgins