Subject: Quilts and Charity Causes
From: <>
Date: Sun, 9 May 2010 11:24:24 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1


Our Guild exhibits quilts in March each year at the public library. This year we did all log cabin quilts. I loaned my great log cabin that I bought from Xenia a few years ago! We book the large meeting room and do a "Library Quilt Demo Day," where we have guild members showing everytthing that's involved in making a quilt from selecting fabrics to cutting out pieces, to sewing them together, pieceing, applique, quilting, binding...the whole nine yards. We have a "greeter" out in the hall to draw people in. It's not a fund-raiser, but it is an awareness raiser. If it happens to be a quilt show year, there's a raffle quilt too. It's been so successful that after the first year, we decided it had to be an annual event. Any quilts made that day are donated. And it's lots of fun!

Donna Skvarla


Subject: Re: El Dorado calico party
From: Laurel Horton <>

The key to this question is in the location. Placerville was in the center
of the gold rush activity in the 1850s. For more about the context, check
out Sally Garoutte's article on California's first quilting party, in

Laurel Horton


Subject: RE: qhl digest: May 08, 2010
From: "Penni Pitre" <>
Date: Sun, 9 May 2010 19:04:49 -0700
X-Message-Number: 3


I haven't post on this site in a long time so I hope this turns out okay and
proper. I have 15 quilting books that I would like to sell. Please e-mail me
and I will send you the list and prices.

Thank you,

Cave Creek, AZ


Subject: Quilting News - in honor of this weekend's commemoration of V-E
From: <>
Date: Sun, 9 May 2010 21:34:39 -0700
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Recently, I found this amazing WWII newspaper article from the Canadian home
front. It seems appropriate to share it after the ceremonies of this past
weekend to honor the ending of the war in Europe. So, I am interrupting the
articles about Calico Parties to take time to remember the WWII years.
Thanks, sue

The Lethbridge Herald
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
November 17, 1941
Page 12.
(From the Peace River Record)
"Monday, October 6, the Women's
Pioneer Club met at the Commun-
ity hall with 10 women present,
which was considered very good,
owing to such bad roads. Only two
women came in a wagon, the rest
having walked or ridden horseback."
The above is an extract from the
local news of Worsley, reporting a
Red Cross meeting held there.
When the meeting was held the
roads were axle-deep in mud, im-
passable, almost for the wagons.
The crops were rotting in the sod-
den stooks after weeks of rain. But
the women of Worsley met to sew
on a quilt and to plan for their fu-
ture meetings. It is this spirit, this
desire to make some sacrificial ef-
fort that will beat Hitler. At thous-
ands of such settlements, not only
in Canada, but throughout the Em-
pire, similar groups of women are
meeting. In the back-blocks of Aus-
tralia, on the burnt velat of South
Africa, the women are working with
one object and one aim in view.
The war will not be won by knit-
ting socks and making quilts, but
the war will be won by that same
spirit of self-sacrifice that drives,
not only the men, but the women
too to greater and greater efforts
as the war clouds thicken and the
news grows worse.
Worsley is not a wealthy settle-
ment and life at the best of times,
is hard enough there, but the wo-
men of Worsley have one priceless
possession-freedom that has been
lost to so much of Europe freedom
that the Russian women are fight-
ing for today.

Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: Workshop in Kansas City ,MO
From: "Newbie Richardson" <>
Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 10:03:06 -0400

Dear List members,
For those of you within reach of Kansas City, MO, the Costume Society of
America is offering a day long workshop on May 26, 2010: Preserving Our
Costume and Textile Heritage (because your collection cannot preserve

Taught by nationally recognized conservation professionals, this workshop
offers an invaluable amount of information, handouts, and practical cost
saving ways to enhance your costume and textile conservation and
stabilization needs.

For more information please contact:Workshop Registrar, 1-800-CSA-9447 for
an emailed brochure. Cost is $60.

Newbie Richardson


Subject: seeking Jean Ray Laury
From: "Peg Bingham" <>

Dear List -

I would like to ask Jean Ray Laury a question about her book, Quilts & Cove
rlets for my thesis. If anyone knows how to reach her, could you please as
k her to contact me?

I would really appreciate it!


Subject: quilt as you go
From: Donald Beld <>
Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 09:01:27 -0700 (PDT)

Hi everyone, calling on all quilt historians. QUILT AS YOU GO: it's a
reality new(?) technique? Can folks share the earliest examples of Quil
t As You Go quilts that they have seen for me.

Does anyone have an accurate date for when it started? References?

Were late 19th Century Log Cabins--where they had the old four layer method
of making them--top, batting,first backing, then final backing, a Quilt
As You Go in which they "hid" the back whip stitching of the Log Cabin blo
cks together with the final wholecloth backing--an example of a Quilt As Yo
u Go method?

Thanks, Don Beld


Subject: Re: quilt as you go
From: Kris Driessen <>
Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 09:10:27 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 4


I have two 19th century log cabin quilts that were made exactly as you described. Yes, I would call that Quilt-as-you-go.

How about potholder quilts? Don't they fall into that category?



Subject: Re: quilt as you go
From: Pam Weeks <>

Hi Don,

What are you up to now? ;-)

I've been collecting data for a while now, as potholder quilts are a
sub-category of quilt as you go. (QAYG) I have seen several QAYG from the
1840's, bought one that dates 1860-something, and am headed to a museum
tomorrow to see a quilt, that if it isn't a potholder, is QAYG and dated

Many log cabins, courthouse steps and pineapple quilts are QAYG, though it
can be debated as to whether they are QAYG or not, as many of these styles
sewn by laying strips on a foundation have no middle layer.

As you compile examples, remember (as Lori Stubbs taught me), to distinguish
between QAYG, which are finished in sections, then joined in one of several
methods that usually tries to hide the section work from the top;
potholders, which are constructed of individually finished blocks; and
quilted-as-constructed, in which the patchwork or laid-on work is done over
the batting and the backing, thus being truly quilt as you go.

That's all I'm admitting to today!



Subject: Quilts and Charity Causes
From: Sue Wildemuth <>

Thanks to everyone who shared on and offlist aboutthe service workthe
y and their quilt groups are doing with quilts andcharity causes.S
uein Illinois


Subject: Re: quilt as you go
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 20:13:36 -0500
X-Message-Number: 7

I should add that the green and red cross-hatched quilt was, according to
oral history, created on a hand-crank machine. That was what got me looking
at it more closely, because I didn't think that would be possible. But when
I realized that the women "only" quilted one block at a time, it seemed more
possible. And of course she may hve had ten kids and twelve servants, each
one assigned "crank-duty". . . . ha.
Steph Whitson


Subject: Re: quilt as you go
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 20:09:07 -0500
X-Message-Number: 8

I have two nineteenth century applique quilts constructed "quilt as you go"
(verified by people who know more than Me :-)). One, from New York State, is
green and red applique on white with touches of double pink and is machine
appliqued AND machine quilted with a very close cross-hatch. The other (the
dealer purchased it in Missouri but had no provenance) used to be green and
red and cheddar with crewel stems and embellishments on flowers, but has
faded to mud and gold and red :-). I believe it has Pennysylvania Dutch
ancestry because of floral shapes that echo Penn. Dutch paint/stencil
motifs. This one is hand appliqued but machine quilted in an "echo" pattern.

And I wish they could talk! I bought them both from the same dealer long ago
because of the construction technique which was very unique to me for the
era. And the floral border on the one in the worst shape is just so cool.

Of course I'm going to make a copy of it. Soon. Really.

Steph Whitson


Subject: Re: quilt as you go
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 20:13:36 -0500
X-Message-Number: 7

I should add that the green and red cross-hatched quilt was, according to
oral history, created on a hand-crank machine. That was what got me looking
at it more closely, because I didn't think that would be possible. But
when I realized that the women "only" quilted one block at a time, it seemed
more possible. And of course she may hve had ten kids and twelve servants,
one assigned "crank-duty". . . . ha.
Steph Whitson

Stephanie, now you've got me wondering where the term "cranky" originated!
I know that "crank-duty" would make me cranky!

Bright blessings!




Subject: Re: qhl digest: May 11, 2010
From: Jane Hall <>
Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 08:06:53 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

Hi---great question about quilt-as-you-go. To me, "quilt" implies a batting,
and the vast majority of early Log Cabins/Pineapples were foundation pieced,
and did not have batting in that process. They were flip-and-sewn on a
fabric base, to keep the strips stable and straight. Then the batting was
added, together with a backing. These were very often tied, because it would
be difficult to hand-quilt through all the layers. Not a problem these days
of course, with our machine quilting prowess. Jane Hall


Subject: Regional Colors in antique quilts 1850s through 1920s
From: Sue Wildemuth <>

I'm more involvedin Midwestern quilts than those on the east coastso
I need your help.What colors do you associate with antique quilts
fromPennslyvania, New Jersey, New York - east coat quiltsusing the
1850s through 1920s time frame? Let's talk about non-Amish quilts - I l
ove Amish quilts and thanks to the Kalona Quilt and Textile Museum in Kalon
a, IowaI have gotten to see many excellent examples of them. Ri
ght now though, for this thread,lets talk about color choices in other q
uilts - applique and pieced.If you saw fuschia, chrome orange, and gr
een would that "scream" PA or NJ or NY?It seems like color would be a
"clue"for the region it came in the 1850-1920s time frame; not so much
later on. Have I got that right?Thanks --Sue in IllinoisT
hanks --Sue in Illinois


Subject: RE: Regional Colors in antique quilts 1850s through 1920s
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 12:50:14 -0400
X-Message-Number: 4

Sue -- look at this page from my institution's website --

I want to draw your attention in particular to the yellow/oxblood
feather quilt in the center. To me, that is the most traditionally
quilt in the collection. The others are pretty vivid and that's why they
made it into this particular exhibit.

(this small exhibit was meant to feature the wild color combinations
that PA
Dutch seem to be known for, and I asked for loans from the community.
However, what happened is that people didn't quite understand, even with
criteria, so I ended up with a group of colonial-revival early to mid
century quilts with white backgrounds. That's what our audience
"Dutchy" so I went with it -- in order to explain the other quilts on
Candace Perry
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center


Subject: RE: Regional Colors in antique quilts 1850s through 1920s
From: Gaye Ingram <>

Candace, is there a museum booklet/brochure/etc that accompanies this exhibit? If so, how to obtain a copy?

Shrewd of you just to ignore your original guidelines and go with what came in.



Subject: QN - Calico Balls and the New York elite
From: <>
Date: Thu, 13 May 2010 6:23:18 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

The Petersburg Index
Petersburg, Virginia
February 18, 1868
Page 2
Scandal in high Life.--A New York
paper gives the following account of a sharp
game recently practiced by a fashionable lady
of that city:
A lady of high respectability, living in one
of those street which in this city are appro-
priated by the equestrian or aristocratic orders,
has long been distinguished for an admirable
philanthropic consideration for her less favor-
ed fellow creatures. She was the manager-
ess of various excellent institutions, all hav-
ing for their object the relief of legitimate
distress. Her name was at the head and tail
of all charities, and last season, during the
rage for calico balls she distinguished herself
by combining canvas-back suppers with cha-
rity. The clergymen eulogized her. Even
"Young New York" respected her, and at
her parties did not get drunk before supper.
"The charitable Mrs. X." was a pass-word
at the door of every benevolent institution in
the city. This year Mrs. X., no doubt with
the intention of improving on the rather
worn-out idea of the "calico-ball," suggest-
ed a new form of that benevolent divertisse-
ment in the shape of a "brocade ball," or, as
Young New York sacreligiously called it, a
"heavy swell hop." At this entertainment
the programme of the calico ball was revers-
ed. Instead of the ladies coming in cheap
dresses to be afterwards removed for the be-
nefit of the poor, and the evening terminat-
ing en grande tenue, the female portion of the
guests were expected to come attired in their
very best, and at 12 o'clock retire to their
dressing-rooms, where they were to doff all
their silks, brocades and jewelry, and assume
some inexpensive attire provided beforehand.
The cast off attire was to be sold for the be-
nefit of a benevolent institution which Mrs.
X., was about starting and so realize a much
more considerable sum than even the most
liberal of calico balls.

Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: Re: QN - Calico Balls and the New York elite
From: Sally Ward <>
Date: Thu, 13 May 2010 12:17:17 +0100
X-Message-Number: 2

I've obviously been watching too many 'caper' movies Sue. I was
waiting for a punchline where Mrs X took all the brocades and
jewellery and ran off into the night with them laughing <G>

Sally Ward


Subject: RE: Regional Colors in antique quilts 1850s through 1920s
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Thu, 13 May 2010 09:57:54 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

No -- this was an on the cheap exhibit! But thanks for asking Gaye.
I kinda thought maybe it was my lack of ability to articulate what I wanted
from the public, so when these types of quilts started to appear, I thought,
oh the heck with it. People like those quilts also, and there are some nice
variations in the group that make them a little more interesting.
What you can't see in those images is an unfinished Autumn Leaves top from
the 1950s-70s, which is a cruel object because it retains its original pins,
and as a result very difficult to install in a case...I suffered repeatedly
until I gave up and just let it do what it wanted to do.
This top is interesting specifically because there seemed to be a fad in
Montgomery County, PA during that time. There were expert Autumn Leaves
ladies who specialized in laying them out.
Candace Perry
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center


Subject: info on Elsa Brown?
From: "Peg Bingham" <>
Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 09:57:22 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Thanks to all who helped connect me with Jean Ray Laury. She very
graciously answered my questions and clarified an area of her book.

Now, I am another hunt - info on Elsa Brown, author of Creative Quilting
1975. She lived in Ridgefield, CT, was an instructor at Brooklyn Museum Art
School. Her work was exhibited extensively in the 70s. Did she also
publish "Tumbling Alley"?

Any help would be appreciated.



Subject: Quilting News - Calico Ball Dresses
From: <>
Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 10:59:48 -0700
X-Message-Number: 2

Richland County Observer
Richland Center, Wisconsin
December 23, 1856
Page 2
Calico ball dresses are becoming fash-
ionable at the East; a reaction against
the prevailing extravagance of silks, sat-
ins, velvets, and Honiton lace. The ob-
ject is a good one.
Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: LeeWard Mills and LeeWards Research
From: Sue Wildemuth <>

I just put my LeeWard Mills and LeeWards research up on my web site this mo
rning- http://www.illinoisquilthistory.comType in theIllinois Q
uilt HistoryURL - Go to Illinois Community by Community - Scroll down to
Elgin - Scroll the Elgin List andClick on Quilt HistoryStories Link
forLeeWard Mills and LeeWards and it will take you to the LeeWard Mills
and LeeWards Table of Contents Page.Rosie Werner -- Rosie would you e
-mail me off-list when you get a chance - I don't have your e-mail address
on this computer. Thanks to all who contacted me on and offlist ab
out the Regional Quilt Colors Thread -- I thank you.Sue in Illinois



Subject: Quilting News - Calico, an institution...
From: <>
Date: Sat, 15 May 2010 6:03:57 -0700
X-Message-Number: 1

Richland County Observer
Richland Center, Wisconsin
November 4, 1856
Page 4
If you want to gain a woman's affec-
tions don't appeal to her head, but to her
feelings. One squeeze of the hand or
press of the lip is worth a dozen speech-
es. Calico is an institution of touch, not
of logic.
Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: Tumbling Alley

Tumbling Alley was published in Gainsville Fla by Evelyn L Brown.


Subject: looking for Mary Mashuta
From: "Newbie Richardson" <>

Appologies to the list,
My friend and fellow textile historian, Susan Bowman, is looking for Mary
Mashuta and Roberta Horton's snail mail address. Please email her directly:

many thanks

Newbie Richardson


Subject: Information on the Tristan quilt exhibition in Florence

In English, without pictures but with information in case anyone on this
list has the money or time to get to the Bargello between now and July
Click the "Web Site" link at the bottom for much more information in

In Italian, with pictures:

This page has links to information about the quilt itself, the conservation process, and the future storage and access to the original.
A local quilter, Silvana Vannini, has made an exact replica of the
quilt for permanent display at Palazzo Davanzati. Another artisan has
made a replica of the portion of the Tristan quilt at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, which will also be displayed at Palazzo

Makes me want to max out the credit cards and get a ticket, believe me....

Lisa Evans


Subject: Quilting News - Calico Dress poem
From: <>
Date: Thu, 20 May 2010 0:50:13 -0700
X-Message-Number: 1

The Adams Sentinel
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
August 3, 1857
Page 1

The Girl with the Calico Dress.
A fig for your upper-ten girls,
With their velvets and satins and laces,
Their diamonds and rubies and pearls,
And their milliner figures and faces;
They may shine at a party or ball.
Emblazoned with half they possess,
But give me, in place of them all,
My girl with the calico dress.

She is plump as a partridge, and fair
As the rose in its earliest bloom;
Her teeth will with ivory compare,
And her breath with the clover perfume
Her step is as free and as light
As the fawn's whom the hunters hard press;
And her eye is as soft and as bright--
My girl with the calico dress.

You dandies and foplings may sneer
At her simple and modest attire.
But the charms she permits to appear
Would set a whole iceberg on fire!
She can dance, but she never allows
The hugging, the squeeze and caress;
She is saving all these for her spouse--
My girl with the calico dress.

She is cheerful, warm-hearted and true,
And kind to her father and mother;
She studies how much she can do
For her sweet little sisters and brothers.
If you want a companion for life,
To comfort, enliven and bless.
She is just the right sort for a wife--
My girl with the calico dress.

Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: plea for political quilts, women's issues, etc.
From: ikwlt <>
Date: Thu, 20 May 2010 10:40:02 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 1

this came to my mailbox today so i'm passing it along to those who might be
interested. no affiliation here, i'm not even sure how it came to me.p
attiFrom: Patricia Cosgrove []Sent
: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 3:35 PMSubject: Quilt Request Email.doc
We are seeking quilts that comemmorate political issues for an upcoming
exhibit, especially any that have to do with women's suffrage. Can you plea
se share this flyer and/or its content with your quilting friends and quilt
lovers? Thank you!0AHistoric Quilts Celebrating WomenE28099s
Political IssuesSought for an Upcoming Exhibit at theWhite Riv
er Valley Museum, August 11 through November 7, 2010.0AWe are a
fully professional cultural heritage museum: we can provide transportation;
insurance; quilts will be displayed out of reach of visitors & under the w
atchful eye of a guard. Our gallery is maintained at a constant 70 degrees;
lights are off most of the time and as low as possible during viewing hour
s; borrowed quilts are never in daylight.0APlease let us know if
you have a quilt that celebrates womenE28099s political life, for examp
le:C2A7 SuffrageC2A7 WomenE28099s Political Organizati
onsC2A7 WomenE28099s Christian Temperance UnionC2A7 An
ti-war messagesC2A7 Clubs, unions or other sisterhoodsC2A7
Patriotism, or other causes0A1. Email an image of your quilt(
s) to by May 31. 2. Anita Sheneberger, Guest
Curator will select up to 45 quilts for display.3. Emailed notified
of her selections will be sent by June 8.0AQuestions? Call Patri
cia Cosgrove at 253 288-7437. We will photograph your quilt in the exhibit
and return it to you with that image and label. Please share this request
with other quilt collectors and quilt lovers!


From: Karen Alexander <>
 I have posted some research on a new addition of "orphans" to my
collection on my blog. The quilt is dated "1909 Mary" in ink on a back
corner but Ii think many fabrics are earlier. I still have another 20 some
photos of close-ups of fabric to add but there are about 10 up now. I also
posted a few photos of a wonderful moveable work table that my FIL built for
my MIL years ago that I still use. It was such a clever idea! Hope you


Subject: Signature quilt event at NEQM
From: Anita Loscalzo <>
Date: Fri, 21 May 2010 05:13:03 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 3

The New England Quilt Museum is offering a workshop by Lorie Chase on getting started doing research on signature quilts on June 5 from 10am to 1pm called "Quilt Quest: How to Explore the Story of Your Quilt & Its Meaning."

Call the museum at 978-452-4207 X16 for fees and registration.