Subject: Quilting news - Young ladies and Calico.
From: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2010 0:07:48 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

The Mountain Democrat
Placerville, California
August 26, 1854
Page 1
Don't trifle with the affections of young
ladies. They are institutions that never
were established for any such purpose.
If you don't contemplate marriage certi-
ficates and the parson, French bedsteads,
a five hundred dollar house rent, and a
prospective home for the old folks, just
take your hat and leave. You have no
mere right to go on trifling with confi-
ding calico, than a hollyhock has to pass
itself off for a rose.
Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: nice selection of textiles coming up at auction
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2010 13:30:08 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

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In Downingtown, PA.

Candace Perry



Subject: Martha Howard Quilt - 1786
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2010 18:56:42 -0600
X-Message-Number: 3

Sorry for the cross post but this is stunning and I'd love to get
close-up pictures. 1st link has better
pictures and 2nd link has better story. Jan


Subject: quilting DVD's from McCall's Quilting, Quilter's Newsletter, Quiltmaker

Have any of you received a DVD called : Inspire, Design, Create: Quilting D
VD Collection from McCall's Quilting/Quilter's Newsletter/Quiltmaker magazi
nes? I recently renewed my magazine subscription to these 3 magazines an
d started to receive quilting DVD's. This is the first one I received an
d it had no sound on it, no instructions for use, etc. And, although I d
id not request that this item be sent to me, a bill accompanied the product
. Have any of you received this DVD or had problems playing it?
Connie Ark
QHL Member
Urbana, Ohio0A0A0A


Subject: Re: quilting DVD's from McCall's Quilting, Quilter's
Newsletter, Quiltmaker
From: Sarah Hough <>
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 08:04:31 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

No, but after renewing my subscription to Love of Quilting, I received
an invoice from a company that, at first glance, looks like it is from
Love of Quilting. Ignore this invoice. According to Love of Quilting's
website, they are aware of this problem and have no connection to the
company. There are people out there who are not nice.

Sarah Hough
Lynn Haven, FL


Subject: Re: quilting DVD's from McCall's Quilting, Quilter's Newsletter, Quiltmaker
From: "Susan Mardock" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 07:45:40 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

I received a DVD, also, and it worked fine. The initial cost for this DVD
is $12.95. You can return it if you like with no charge, or pay the $12.95
and you'll receive others every two to three months and be billed the
"regular" price. I'm not sure what those charges are. You can stop at any
time. No obligation for a minimum purchase. I was skeptical at first, but
the information, although elementary, was useful.

in Iowa, getting ready for the Iowa Illinois Quilt Study Group meeting in


Subject: New York Beauty Quilt Block
From: "deb" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 07:56:39 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Can anyone point me in the right direction to get a basic history of this
quilt block?

Debbie in NJ


Subject: Magazine subscription problems
From: Judy Knorr <>

I have had difficulty with both my quilting magazines and my husband's model railroad magazines. I renewed the subscriptions and it turns out to be a totally different company. I'm to the point that I am afraid to renew any subscription without checking with the magazine. DH was persistent and got his money back from one of the RR subscriptions. The magazines are aware of the problem, but are having problems stopping these "companies"! I bet the DVD mailings are part of this whole scheme.
Judy Knorr


Subject: An Article about the Greenwich Historical Society exhibit
From: <>
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 10:37:26 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3
Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: Quilting news - Calico and the Virtuous Woman
From: <>
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 7:41:43 -0700
X-Message-Number: 4

This has to be one of favorite descriptives with the use of the word calico.

The Mountain Democrat
Placerville, California
October 13, 1855
Page 1
A pretty woman is one of the institutions of our country--an angel in dry goods and glory. She makes sunshine, blue sky, Fourth of July and happiness
wherever she goes. Her path is one of delicious roses, perfume and beauty. She
is a sweet poem, written in rare curls and choice calico and good principles.--
Men stand up before her as so many admiration points, to melt into cream and
then butter. Her words float around the ear like music birds of paradise, or the
charms of Sabbath bells. Without her society would lose its truest and purest
attraction, the church its firmest reliance, and young men the very best of
company. Her influence and generosity
restrain the vicious strengthen the faint
hearted. Wherever you find virtuous
women, you also find pleasant firesides,
bouquets, clean clothes, order, good living, gentle hearts, piety, music and mod-
el institutions generally. She is the
flower of humanity, a very Venus in dimity, and her aspiration is the very breath
of Heaven.
Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: RE: Quilting news - Calico and the Virtuous Woman
From: "Sharron" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 12:17:59 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5

Sue, this is a great article. Do you think it was written by a man in
love? :)

Sharron Evans.............................. Spring, TX where the corn is up 4" in my corn


Subject: Oregon Quilt Project kick-off event, April 28, 2010
From: "Martha Spark" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 22:00:50 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6

An Evening with Karen Alexander and friends: “Why Document Our Quilts?”
The kick-off event for the Oregon Quilt Project -- Sisters, Oregon, April
28, 2010

The former president of The Quilter’s Hall of Fame in Marion, IN will
give a fun and entertaining presentation on the importance of documenting
quilts in our lives. With quilt examples from the Shenandoah Valley, VA
and from her late mother-in-law (Wini Alexander of Lopez Island, WA),
Karen will share how she became hooked on quilting, the thrill she has
experienced ferreting out the stories hidden within quilts and why she
feels passionate about the importance of documenting quilts today! In
addition she will share an overview of the ‘Quilt Index’, and the debut of
the ‘Signature Quilt Pilot Project’, both of which are vital online
research tools for quilt historians today. The Quilt Index is a
collaboration of The Alliance for American Quilts, Michigan State
University Museum, and MATRIX: The Center for Humane, Arts, Letters and
Social Sciences Online. Karen has served as a Team member of the SQPP
since 2005 and has been a member of the American Quilt Study Group since

The final part of the program will be an introduction to the Oregon Quilt
Project, with its co-chairs, Martha Spark from Roseburg, and Bill
Volckening from Portland. They will share the vision for this state-wide
project and its impact on the world of quilt scholarship. The first
documentation day will be held the next day on April 29, 2010 in Sisters,
Oregon. Note – this day is now full!!

However, if you live in the Sisters, Bend, Redmond, Sun River and
surrounding areas, and would like to have your quilt documented, please
contact Martha Spark for an appointment at the next session, which will be
on June 25, 26 & 27 in Sisters, OR. Our documentation team will also be
available for a select group of documentations to occur on the day of the
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, July 10, 2010. A pioneering “Mobile Quilt
Documentation Unit” will be conducting documentations on quilts hanging
throughout the town. Quilt makers are requested to be present for their

For more information, please visit the Oregon Quilt Project’s website:
or email the Co-coordinators :
Martha Spark at: or Bill Volckening at


Subject: Re: $3 million [???] quilt on ebay
From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 00:20:41 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

I think the Reconciliation quilt holds the current record. . . it was about
a quarter million if I recall correctly.
Stephanie Whitson


Subject: DVD
From: Debby Kratovil <>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 05:57:49 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

Received one. Am not returning it because I didn't order it. I wrote a
note that I do not want to receive an invoice for it and if I do, and
they persist in billing me for it, I will contact my lawyer (I don't
want something to affect my credit rating, ie, to be put in
collections). But I know that the law does not require me to return
something I didn't order. This is one of the weirdest things I've seen
in the quilting world so far. Now if all those charities would just
stop sending me those mailing labels, greeting cards and even dog
blankets, I would be happy. Especially since I will never use them all.

Debby (with a "y" and not "ie" Kratovil
Quilting Programs & Workshops


Subject: unsolicited DVD
From: Ark Quilts <>

Thanks to those who contacted me about the DVD sent by McCall's Quilting.
 Their customer service promptly replied to my inquiry about it, offered
to remove me from their "promotional" & unsolicited mailing list, verif
ied that I was under not obligation to pay for it, and generally apologized
. I guess I was upset because an invoice came with the DVD--if it was pr
omotional, unsolicited, without obligation to buy, then why wasan invoic
esent? What would happen if all businesses did that?
Connie Ark
Urbana, Ohio0A0A0A


Subject: Oregon quilt project
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2010 10:49:23 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

Congratulations on the kick-off of your project. You'll find it both exhilarating and exhausting. Be sure to keep your records organized as
you go. Are you documenting straight to laptops? I wish we had and were doing so now in our ongoing documentations. Data entry is boring and
handwriting varies a lot in readability.
Enjoy. The rewards of getting on QI is worth it all.
Jean Loken, Minnesota Quilt Project

Subject: Unwanted DVD
From: "Candy St. Lawrence" <>

Today I received a bill for renewal from Quilters Newletter. I told them in
two telephone solicitation calls that I will not renew. But the bill
arrived looking as though I had reordered it.

I also received the DVD referred on the list before. and it also is from
Quilters Newletter. I assume all of this is McCalls now. Didn't they buy
Quilters Newsletter? Instructions are included for returning the DVD if I
don't want it. A "reply form" where you can check off that you
are enclosing payment of $12.95 is included. It very carefully says in tiny
print that "this is not an invoice". It does say in the literature printed
above that you do not have to return the DVD or reply. That indeed is the
law. Otherwise, we would all spend enormous amounts of time returning
unwanted merchandise. Let's see if we are sent further requests for payment
for these DVDs. By the way, I won't put this thing in my computer. This is
one agressive marketing bunch--I don't know what's on this thing.



Subject: Quilt Help - initials PHT on 1934 quilt
From: Sue Wildemuth <>

Does anyone have any ideas on what thelettersPHT stands for on a quil
t dated February 14, 1934? Also on the quilt is a name and the initials
NRA. Now NRA could stand for National Rifleman's Association or National
Recovery Act. 0A0AAny ideas?0A0ASue in Illinois0A0A0A


Subject: 1934 and NRA on a quilt
From: <>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 17:39:06 -0700
X-Message-Number: 7

This most likely stands for National Recovery Act. I have a States block quilt in red, white and blue dated 1933 with NRA embroidered on it.
sue reich

Subject: Re: Quilting news - Calico and the Virtuous Woman
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 21:59:49 -0500
X-Message-Number: 8

Wow. The Cult of Domesticity. . . . before it got the name.

Steph Whitson


Subject: Re: Quilt Help - initials PHT on 1934 quilt
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 22:04:17 -0500
X-Message-Number: 9

---- Sue Wildemuth <> wrote:
> Does anyone have any ideas on what the letters PHT stands for on a quilt dated February 14, 1934? Also on the quilt is a name and the initials NRA. Now NRA could stand for National Rifleman's Association or National Recovery Act.

Sue, NRA almost certainly stands for the National Recovery Administration, created as part of FDR's "New Deal" legislation in 1933. Described as a "fair practices/fair wages" measure by its supporters, the NRA was advertised widely by the government. Products made in subscribing firms were labeled with the iconic blue eagle---everything from match boxes to ammunition crates, often including the slogan "We do our part." Shop owners received banners to display in their windows. Probably the most loudly advertised element in the '33 program.

The National Recovery Agency went into effect in '34 and was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1935, so '34 would be reasonable date.

I've seen several of these quilts and wonder whether there was some sort of national competition or movement to encourage them. Most feature the eagle and are in red, white, and blue, mostly blue. At least one I've seen had the full name of the maker, along with the maker's home state on the back. I think others had this, too. The identifications make me wonder whether quilts were parts of the entire hoop-la used to promote this agency. It encountered legislative opposition from the outset, was seen as radical, and perhaps the particularly enthusiastic advertising was meant to quell that opposition.

In any case, the Supreme Court ruling quelled the agency within 11 months, but all the NRA paraphenalia was already everywhere. Look for the eagle or the iconic initials on wooden packing boxes in junk and "antique" shops.

Gaye Ingram


Subject: Quilting news- Calico, an institution.
From: <>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 20:17:05 -0700
X-Message-Number: 10

The Mountain Democrat
Placerville, California
November 18, 1854
Page 2
If you want to gain a woman's
affection, don't appeal to her head,
but to her feelings. One squeeze of
the hand, or press of the lip, is
worth more than all the speeches
you can make from 6 to 11. Calico
is an institution of touch and not of
logic; order a sample and try.
Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: Re: Quilt Help - initials PHT on 1934 quilt
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 22:40:48 -0500
X-Message-Number: 11

---- Sue Wildemuth <> wrote:
Does anyone have any ideas on what the letters PHT stands for on a quilt dated February 14, 1934? Also on the quilt is a name and the initials NRA. Now NRA could stand for National Rifleman's Association or National Recovery Act.

Any ideas?


Sue, upon reflection, I must ask you to describe the quilt in question. I wish it had an applied female figure sitting in a rocking chair piecing a quilt top---with a gun across her lap. In that case, I think we could safely bet on the Nat'l Rifle Assn. While the image strikes me as odd, I once knew a mild-mannered librarian who told me she would not think of driving on the streets of our little town without a '38 in the glove compartment of her car. I reminded her it was against the law to have a gun in an auto parked in a school or university parking lot in the state of Louisiana and Parish of Lincoln, but she said she was willing to go to jail to protect her right to bear arms. She quoted Thoreau at me. I made a mental note to be a more defensive driver. She was a needlewoman.



Subject: P.H.T. and Thanks for Information about NRA
From: Sue Wildemuth <>

Thanks so much to everyone who responded to my question. Ifelt the NR
A was either the National Rifle Association or the National Recovery Admini
stration -- it was the P.H.T. that has me stumped and scratching my head.
 I'm trying to figure out what that means and then maybe I can track dow
n the name on the quilt, but they signed it with the initialsfor the fir
st name - C.J. Johnson.0A0AI have studied the NRA Eagle quilts and have w
ritten a piece about them -- this quilt his different look thanthen the
others - no blue eagle. It is a lone star quilt and in each of the four
large squares of the lone star there is something written (actuallyem
broidered) in the center of the square- one has NRA,the nexthas P.
H.T., the third has the date February 14, 1934, and the last has the name C
.J. Johnson - which is interesting considering Hugh Samuel Johnson (or actu
ally Johnston, he dropped the t, but his son Kilbourne put it back in) was
the NRA fellow. 0A0AI was hoping to get some ideas on what the P.H.T.
means to narrow down the search a little.0A0ALove your story Gaye about t
he lady shootist - reminds me of my mom.My dadtaught my mom, four
brothers,and mehow to usea rifle and bow/arrowat a range (mom a
nd Iare animal lovers and sowe do not hunt) Mom is almost 80 and u
p until about 2006 she was still going to the range withher shotgun.0A
0AIprefer a bow and arrow -- I got started on that back at the catholic
high school I attended. They don't teach archery in HS anymore -- that
is too bad - like quilting it is a wonderful hobby.0A0ASue in Illinois0A


Subject: The Million Dollar Quilt
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 22:53:37 -0700
X-Message-Number: 2

This is being posted by Karen Alexander for Donna Vitale because Donna is
experiencing problems with posting.

Donna's response to the million dollar quilt on eBay:

From: vitale <>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 12:15:30 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
To: karen alexander <>

Subject: Hi

It would be awesome to see the quilt in person.

Sorry to change the subject, but it made me think about the quilt I have.

I have a very early quilt myself that appraisers couldn't give me a value

It's a printed block quilt with birds. I had it unofficially appraised by a
quilt friend dating it between the late 1700s and early 1800s. I would love
to get an expert opinion on the quilt. I once posted it on Ebay for sale and
did receive information on it. I found the quilt in Northampton county
Pennsylvania. It was supposed to have been made by the Moravian School in
Bethlehem. One person who looked at it said they have seen this type of
work before, but only as a pillow sham and never as a whole quilt that is
also pieced.

If anyone on the list would be interested in seeing it, please contact me

Donna Vitale


Subject: Unsolicited DVD
From: "Greta VanDenBerg" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 06:32:34 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

" invoice came with the DVD--if it was promotional, unsolicited,
without obligation to buy, then why was an invoice sent? What would happen
if all businesses did that?" Thanks--Connie Ark

Some people pay the invoices assuming they are obligated because they
received the item. It is a gamble on the company's part. The cost of DVDs
these days in minimal especially when mass produced so including the first
one in the advertising mailer didn't cost them a great deal more than just
sending information about the DVD quilt series. And it puts the first item
in the hands of the consumer which can produce far better results than just
advertising junk mail that is easy for most of us to toss in the trash.
Remember when AOL used to send disks out weekly?

Greta VanDenBerg-Nestle
Enjoying our crazy spring weather in Lancaster County, PA


Subject: Re: 1934 and NRA on a quilt

Other NRA symbols: a blue eagle, or the words "We Do Our Part." The NRA
was a key part of the New Deal, and very popular.

Lisa Evans


Subject: Unwanted DVD

I'm beginning to feel neglected as I havn't received my FREE DVD. Guess
I'm no longer on the Quilter's "A" List.



Subject: RE: The Million Dollar Quilt
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 09:59:24 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6

Karen -- would you let Donna know I am interested -- I am working on a
survey/overview of PA German textiles at the moment and this is of great
interest to me.
Candace Perry


Subject: Re: Unwanted DVD
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 12:1

I too haven't received the DVD and have subscribed for many, many years.


In a message dated 4/13/2010 8:45:23 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

I'm beginning to feel neglected as I haven't received my FREE DVD.
I'm no longer on the Quilter's "A" List.



Subject: guns on quilts
From: "Julie Silber" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 09:55:16 -0700
X-Message-Number: 8

Hello Friends,

I have been traveling and have not checked into QHL for several weeks.

Today I had a bit of time and looked at last night's Digest. I noticed a
thread about NRA (whatever that actually stands for) and guns on quilts.

Check out what I just posted on the eBoard. I hope you'll laugh -- and I
will explain the image a bit later on QHL. Promise.

Julie Silber


Subject: Guns on Quilts
From: Sue Wildemuth <>

Julie -- that's a hoot. How did you get a picture of my mom? LOL0A0ASu


Subject: RE: 1934 and NRA on a quilt
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 14:26:04 -0400
X-Message-Number: 10

I wanted to post this in regard to the National Rifle Association --

My son was recently working on a paper on the NRA, so we've been talking
about it.
I think real political/legislative involvement, and hence perhaps the use of
logos or even the initials, is a very recent thing. The history notes a
legislative arm in 1934 but not much action occurred at that time. Another
thought I had -- and it's probably irrelevant-- is the makeup of the
organization until the late 20th century. I'm thinking it may have been a
rather upper middle class thing -- the founder being Ambrose Burnside -- you
get my drift. It is not until fairly recent that the face seems to have
changed, become more democratic, "patriotic", can see it
reflected in the change of the name of their publication.
Anyway, what I'm saying is that perhaps the average quiltmaker may not have
even necessarily known an NRA member, whereas she certainly would have known
about the National Recovery Act.
My son noted that the NRA claims to be the oldest Civil Rights organization
in America. Upon research he found that the NAACP is actually older -- I
have not checked on that, so I am taking his word for it!
Candace Perry


Subject: Re: P.H.T. and Thanks for Information about NRA
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:11:49 -0500
X-Message-Number: 11

Sue, have you explored local businesses or banks with name "pioneer" in them? (Pioneer Home Trust, etc)? A number of banks that had failed in Depression re-opened and used names like "pioneer" when they reopened, to suggest new beginnings.

Or some local firm that came under the NRA unbrella or a union maybe, since the NRA gave strong support to unionization, suspended anti-trust rules.

I'm sure you googled the date and saw there was a solar eclipse that day. Anything big happen in the owner's family?

Did you also note that it was the date the big firearms bill was passed that was base of bill in 1968, when riots were everywhere and politicians were being assassinated? (National Firearms Act, I think). I think this 1934 bill was in response to the widespread gangster use of sawed-off shotguns, silencers, and "tommy guns." It was aimed at gun sellers, especially in cities and mail-order sellers. (I learned this from the Bonnie & Clyde museum near here, please note, not from formal study of history, so read the bill/act)and increased the cost of such items dramatically. It had been a big cause of the day. In any case, I note that the NRA opened a Legislative Branch that year to support Second Amendment constitutional rights.

I did not realize there was no eagle on your quilt. That eagle was so iconic, so emblematic of patriotism that I cannot imagine it would have been omitted if the Nat'l Recovery Administration was the reference. Good bet the "r" refers to rifle.

More than I knew: the NRA was founded by Union generals in 1871 to improve marksmanship in U.S. because they had observed the lack of same in CW; that it had long association with groups like Boy Scouts; that PETA is seeking to get the already beleagured Boy Scouts to eliminate their fishing badge.

Let us know if you locate something. You've whetted my curiosity now, and I suspect you've done the same for others.

Gaye Ingram


Subject: RE: guns on quilts
From: "Sharron" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 12:55:48 -0500
X-Message-Number: 12

Gotta love her!!!

Sharron Evans........................ Spring, TX where I didn't plant carrots this


Subject: RE: guns on quilts
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:55:26 -0500
X-Message-Number: 13

Julie, I'm pleased to note that the lady has her apron on. How wonderful!

This appears to be but one block. What's on the others?

As I've thought of the NRA materials, I've also thought I should not be so nonchalant about the matter: it might come to a showdown between me and the deer that I battle as a gardener. Clearly they are not afraid of the unarmed me: I walked within 3-4 feet of a doe last night, and she just stood there looking at me. Didn't move. If I pulled a snub-nosed pistol on her, she might be more respectful of property rights. (Naturally, I would conceal same pistol in my apron pocket and use a silencer) At that distance, I think I could hit my target. Any deer on the quilt? Squirrels lying spread-eagle on a porch or deck?



Subject: initials PHT on 1934 quilt
From: "Robin Brisson" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 14:57:32 -0400
X-Message-Number: 14

I think you were the one that asked about the possible meaning of PHT. I
think it might have an association to the grange or agriculture movement.
The grange official title/motto is Pilgrims of Horticulture (POH). But
depending on the area there was also the "junior" grange or Pilgrims of
Horticulture for/of Tomorrow (PHT). Depending on how active the extension
service was or how much agriculture and what kind of agriculture played a
part, there was also a Future Farmers of America (FFA). Usually youth
belonged to both groups if they were active groups.

Happy Quilting,
Quilter Studio


Subject: McCall's DVDq
From: "Kathy Moore" <>

BlankI also received a DVD...returned it per instructions and some weeks
later was dunned for payment. I wrote a note on the bill that I had
returned their DVD and the date returned, then mailed it in their
envelope. I hope that takes care of the matter, but I'm waiting to see.

My advice...don't keep it unless you intend to receive more and pay
their price each time they send you one.

Kathy Moore
Lincoln, NE


Subject: truckers quilting
From: "Candace Perry" <>

I am unsure if anyone caught this - just in case, I wanted to post.

Candace Perry


Subject: Re: PHT/NRA
From: "Munsey" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 15:32:18 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

Actually, the official National Grange title --- to quote directly from
their website ---

"The Grange is also a fraternal order known as the Order of Patrons of
Husbandry, hence the "P of H" on the organization's logo. Founding members
determined that a fraternal organization would be best able to combine
loyalty and democratic ideals to provide service to others. The National
Grange was one of the first formal groups to admit women to membership on
the basis of equality with men. It remains so today."

Sandra on sunny Cape Cod


Subject: Quilting news - Calico continued.
From: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 19:05:53 -0700
X-Message-Number: 3

The Mountain Democrat
Placerville, California
December 2, 1854
Page 2
When you see a young lady dis-
posed to shuffle all the housework
upon her mother's shoulders, for the
purpose of sitting down and 'having
a talk,' or going into the neighbors,
just make up your mind that she
isn't much of an establishment any
way. Young men who have a pas-
sion for calico should pass that house.
Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: gun totin' mama...
From: "Julie Silber" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 21:38:26 -0700
X-Message-Number: 1

If you went to the eBoard and saw the square I posted -- with the shotgun
totin' mama... here is the story of it:

The late Sara Dillow was a great gal. She was a quilt maker, quilt
collector, and all around terrific person.

She served as president of AQSG during a very difficult period - when they
were struggling with whether to move the operation from Northern CA to

Sara lived near Omaha in a town called Fremont. She lived in a suburb, but
had lots of land and loved to garden.

She and I were pals - and our friendship deepened when she became the
"Acquisitions Coordinator" for the collections at IQSC in Lincoln, NE.

Once she came into that position, Sara became, essentially, a customer of
ours. We sold some things to the collection through her, and we discussed
many, many others.

During the last year or so of her life (she died in early 2008), we were
sharing daily life stuff in our e-mails, and she began to complain
(bitterly) about rabbits eating her vegetable garden.

Sara joked about getting out her shotgun and "taking them out." I believe
she really had such a gun - and I KNOW she was truly frustrated with the
poor little bunnies (who were ONLY trying to live, I offered.)

We had a (cool) 1930s quilt containing a square with this sweet lady and ...
rabbits eating carrots!

I asked my partner, Jean, if she could "Photo-Shop" a shotgun into the photo
of the block.

Voila! As you might imagine -- Sara LOVED it!!!

We kept the image - so when I read the thread on AQHL, I remembered it, and
sent it to the e-Board (QUILTS).

End of story!

Julie Silber


Subject: IA/IL Quilt Study Group
From: "Catherine Litwinow" <>

The Iowa, Illinois, Quilt Study Group met on April 10th at the Kalona

Historical Village, with 70 women attending. Women from Iowa and

Illinois, as well as Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and

Colorado met to study, the makers and making, of the "Depression Era"


Study leaders were Sandy Schweitzer, AQS appraiser, from Illinois, and

Catherine Litwinow, of Bettendorf, moderator of the group. All women

were encouraged to bring quilts from the 1920-1940 period and over 50

quilts were shown and discussed, at the meeting. The group was also

inspired by the Depression quilts being shown in the "English" gallery

of the museum, as well as a side display in Grout Church of Catherine

Litwinow's private collection. Photographing the quilts was Kris Lyle

of Keota.

The group was encouraged to go to the outside buildings and most of

them took the informal tour seeing the new displays and listening to

the new system of the recorded voices, relating the history of the

small building's on the Village grounds. The changes at Wahl House

and Wahl Museum were very much appreciated by the group.

This group is an "attendee" group and everyone pays for the day, and

lunch is served and included in the fee. Rich Miller and his staff

served from the Parlor.

Iowa, Illinois, Quilt Study Group, or IIQSG publishes "Pieces of Time"
magazine of

historical data of fabric and quilts seen at each meeting. The

meeting is now subscribed to from coast to coast.

The next meeting is the first Saturday in August at the museum The

study subject will be Crazy Quilts. There will be an annual silent

auction at that time, as this is the group's usual activity at the

Fall meeting. Fee for the day, with lunch, is $25.00 and all persons

interested in textile, or quilt history is welcome.

Reservations are needed and will be accepted by Juanita Seward, PO

105, Wellman, Iowa, IA 52356

A more complete review of the day will be posted on the<> in the next couple of
weeks. I'm not near as efficient as Cinda getting reports completed.
(only 3 more weeks of school 3 major papers and a test. Next May a sheep

Catherine Noll Litwinow


Subject: Re: gun totin' mama...Sara Dillow?!
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 08:05:55 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

Thanks, Julie, for giving me a smile this morning with a memory of a
wonderful woman. Sara was especially kind to me when my husband died back in
2001. I didn't know her well, but always wished I did. Whenever our paths
crossed, I considered it a very good day, and I miss her influence and
presence in the quilt history world here in Nebraska.

Stephanie Whitson


Subject: bunny feast
From: Andi <>
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 04:43:01 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

I spent time in Sara's garden and those rabbits ate very well. I miss her.

Andi in Paducah


Subject: T. Buettner and Co., Inc. Chicago, Illinois
From: Sue Wildemuth <>

On my web site is a verybriefhistoryoutline with photosabout T.
Buettner & Co., Inc. of Chicago, Illinois and you will also find another
brief articlelisting "only a few" of the covers of theart needlewo
rk catalogs and instruction books Buettner produced- I am hoping to add
to that list over time as obtain additional books/covers until the list is
complete.0A0AGo to my web site: C
lick on Illinois quilt history Community by Community. Scroll down to Chica
go -- there are two listings -- T. Buettner & Co., Inc. and T. Buettner & C
o., Inc. Catalogs and Instruction Book List. 0A0AThanks to all ofyo
u whoe-mailed to the list and off-list about the P.H.T. information.0A
0ASue in Illinois0A0A0A