Subject: Creepy Nazi WW2 Quilt
From: Sue Wildemuth <>
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2010 14:33:25 -0700 (PDT)
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I was wondering around the internet looking at quilts when I came across a creepy WW2 quilt at Cowan's Auction web site - click on upcoming auctions t hen click on The World at War June 22, 2010, and then type quilt into the s earch engine. It is in pretty bad shape with lots of stains and it featu res the Nazi symbol - WW2 German Political Quilt. I can't tell by lookin g at the photo if it is a "true" quilt or a stamped piece.I'm not pla nning on bidding on it -- just too creepy for my blood.Sue in Illi nois


Subject: Re: Creepy Nazi WW2 Quilt

My initial impression:

Probably not quilted in Germany; a German of the Nazi Era would be about as
likely to cut up a flag for a quilt as an American would to turn Old Glory
into a bedspread. Also, Germany doesn't have a very strong quilting
tradition AFAIK. Perhaps it's a war trophy? Or was made by a Nazi sympathizer
in the United States, like a member of the Bund?

Lisa Evans

P.S. I agree that it's creepy. *ew*


Subject: Re: Creepy Nazi WW2 Quilt
From: Kris Driessen <>
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2010 18:06:50 -0700 (PDT)
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It looks like a packing blanket to me. Any very remote chance it's not a Nazi symbol, but an older quilt featuring the good luck symbol? It' really hard to tell age from the picture.

You know, that website really lets you blow up the picture so you can examine the item quite closely. This quilt is all hand quilted, apparently by more than one person as the diagonal lines don't match up. And I could be wrong, but I think what we are seeing as gray is actually a very faded purple. The batting seems to be cotton wad, too.

I am wondering if this really isn't an earlier quilt. Could the Nazi symbol have been appliqued on an existing quilt? I am not at all tempted to bid on this but I would love to know the story.


Nazi quilt?

Subject: Re: Creepy Nazi WW2 Quilt, second thoughts
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2010 20:07:50 -0600
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Cowans is a highly respected auction house for militariana...sort of the
got to place for all military collectors. C. Wesley Cowan has been on
the Antique's Roadshow many times. They are one of a nice group of
dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others who pass me information
about Ohio schoolgirl samplers. I'll write them with y'all's questions.

Jan Thomas
Colorado Springs


Subject: Can't judge a book by it's cover.....
From: Paul and Nancy Hahn <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 02:14:23 +0000 (UTC)
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I'm just back from a very fruitful week of antique hunting and wanted to share part of my adventure with the list. At a large outdoor Antique Market this weekend I paused at a booth with extremely interesting items. A very bedraggled vendor approached me and began to go on in great detail about a number of his items. He was so interesting to listen to, with his deep, resounding voice, his depth of knowledge; he reminded me of a long-tenured academian (is there such a word?). But he was so scraggly, I kept taking a step backwards to put a wee bit of more comfortable distance between us. He then asked me my interest and I mentioned historic textiles.

With a glisten in his eye, he said he had something to show me, he would have to get it out of his car. Now, I held my giggles in as he motioned to his vehicle, stuffed to the gills with broken boxes and a bunched up sleeping bags and more duct tape holding pieces onto the vehicle's framework than found in my local Home Depot. Sorting through his collection of "stuff" he finally found what he was looking for and then began to snort and wheeze while trying to pull it out. Lo and behold he handed me a very poorly framed toile of William Penn's Treaty with the Indians. Yes, it was stained and slightly tattered, part of a bedhanging so the 2 narrow panels were not quite matched. It was squeezed between 2 pieces of glass so you could see the stitching on the backside of the center seam and hemmed edge. Judy Grow, I'm sure you could do wonders with it! He said he needed rent money so he would "give me a good deal" but it was still more than I was able to pay.

But never would I have thought such a treasure would have come out into the light of day. And not necessarily from someone who desperately needed rent money. But, he really did know what he had-he told me about the original painting by Benjamin West and about the French toiles at Jouy. He was sure this particular one was American, and how it compared to pieces held by Winterthur. I checked my books when I got home and he was spot on with most of his facts. What a surprise that this wonderful piece of textile history came out of such a car held together with duct tape. And what a great ending to a wonderful week of antiquing.

But, I did find some other treasures that I can't wait to show my Study Groups when we next meet. However,
none came from as colorful a character as the vendor with the William Penn toile!

Nancy Hahn


Subject: Re: Can't judge a book by it's cover.....
From: "Judy Grow" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 00:47:18 -0400
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Thanks for remembering me -- however, for exactly 1 year and 3 days I have
been a retired woman!!!! No more picture framing, employees, salesmen,
inventory, landlords or customers for me-- EVER!
I can walk into the back of any Michaels and not feel a pang. Well I
never felt any pangs in the back of Michaels. I only ever stop at the
beading department.

Judy Grow
Flemington NJ

> It was squeezed between 2 pieces of glass so you could see the stitching
> on the backside of the center seam and hemmed edge. Judy Grow, I'm sure
> you could do wonders with it! .
> Nancy Hahn


Subject: QHL: sharing my happy dance

After numerous unexpected delays, my new book, A Quilt Block Challenge:
Vintage Revisited has arrived! It is everything we hoped it would be and I
so very blessed to work with such an amazing group of ladies. Many are
from our group and I am thrilled to see their work in print.

The project has been discussed before on QHL.... I worked with 19 artists
to create a collection of 117 quilts. The challenge involved 6 different
sets of vintage blocks. Each artist was given an identical block and asked to
create a small quilt incorporating the vintage textile. The range of
voices, techniques and talent is inspiring!

All of the advance orders have been shipped so watch your mailbox for
copy if you preordered one! I have books for sale if you are
interested..... Retail price is $24.99.
Details are on the web site. Copies will hopefully be in your local quilt
shop in the coming weeks.

Thanks to all for your encouragement and support!

Mary Kerr
AQS Certified Appraiser, author, teacher and historian
Woodbridge, Virginia



Subject: FW: Can't judge a book by it's cover.....
From: Cindy Claycamp <>

Hey Nancy I'd love to go on an antique-hunting adventure day with you! W hat a story!
I do an antique market the first Sunday of the monthsomedayI might be that scraggly 'ol
person. I do sleep in my van the night before as the early birds are up and shopping at 6 A.M. It is so much funthe vendors around me are world travelersteachers and nursesall with great stories. I do find many of my best treasures at this market. Have a great summerwill you be at ASQ G in October? Cindy Claycamp


Subject: Nazi quilt
From: Pepper Cory <>
I've looked at that piece and wondered: did some soldier come home with a
Nazi flag and his mama or sweetheart, in a fit of perhaps unwise patriotic
enthusiasm, stitch up a war souvenir quilt for her boy?

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

Website: and look me up on


Subject: Great new museum quilt exhibition!
From: "Judy Grow" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 12:17:11 -0400
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In Allentown Pa. -- How about a July field trip for MAQSG!

"Beginning June 20, the museum will feature the 34 quilt treasures from the
museum's textile collection that were enthusiastically received by the
public in a major quilt exhibition in Tokyo, Japan, earlier this year. These
quilts represent nearly two centuries of the rich design tradition that is
found in American quilts. They carry within their stitches the stories of
ordinary women who, without any special training, used their needlework
skills to turn functional bedcovers into beautiful and intricate works of
decorative art that warmed and protected family members at night and gave
color and charm to homes by day. The exhibition runs through September 5,

Judy Grow
Flemington NJ


Subject: RE: Nazi quilt
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 11:57:37 -0400
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That's my thought...or it was used in the barn or for the dogs.
Candace Perry


Subject: Re: QHL: sharing my happy dance
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 12:34:25 -0500
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Congratulations!!! What a wonderful achievement.

Stephanie Whitson


Subject: RE: Nazi quilt
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 14:31:07 -0500
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My two cents: I think this quilt was created purposefully.

It appears not to have been finely constructed (note the right "bar"), but the quilting of the central swastika outlines the motif and that central design just dominates the piece. Even if the motif were applied to a quilted top and then quilted, which seems a big stretch since the batting seems pretty thick already, it appears "of a piece" to me. Purposeful.

And American.

In it, I sense a general design sense developed by the American-Palatinate German groups to which is added a decided determination to scream "Nazi."

And consider this: who among us could comfortably use that quilt as a packing blanket? For most, it would simply be too repulsive. If it did not repulse one on its own merits, it would be hard to live in middle-class America and not be aware of the stigma attached to that swastika that pulses at its center. If we cared about our reputations in the community or about the feelings of our neighbors, we would not want to be displaying that quilt even in the back of a pickup truck.

When I look at it, I cannot imagine it on a bed of a house that also has Stars of Bethlehem or bar inventions on other beds. It speaks too boldly to be casual and innocent.

We've talked before about the fairly recent history of the KKK in America. And Timothy McVey did not emerge sui generis in rural Michigan: that we know. In the thirties when intellectuals and some union organizers became communists, there were people who saw in the German Socialist state a solution to the current chaos of an economy run amok. We have to look no further than Charles Lindberg, the poet Ezra Pound, or numerous radio program hosts for examples. Surely most recent German-Americans chaffed at the repressions they experienced in WW I. And in a nation that has grown increasingly urban and technological, we know that marginalized groups often transfer the source of their problems and ally themselves with older views of power. We have too many examples of alliance with Nazi Socialism to ignore.

It would be interesting to show this piece to some group away from the maddening crowd that was innocent of 20th-century history and see whether they sensed anything ominous or frightening about it. It gives me chills.

It would help to know where the quilt was purchased.

Just my guess. But I cannot imagine it the gift of some mama to a son who captured a German flag in WW II. It's one thing to bring a sword or other weapon home for display, but this focuses on everything the nation fought against. Soldiers always remember lives and deaths of lost buddies, and surely this quilt would quicken such memories.

Maybe my imagination is too limited.

This is a piece that I hope Miss Jan of Colorado Springs can help us understand.

Gaye Ingram

---- Candace Perry <> wrote:
> That's my thought...or it was used in the barn or for the dogs.
> Candace Perry


Subject: Re: Great new museum quilt exhibition!
From: <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 13:39:55 -0700
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I tried to see if I could contact the museum directly but couldn't find an email address. Do you know if there will be a catalog that can be purchased of the exhibit?

Thanks and best regards,
Sharron Evans sunny and hot Spring, TX...........

---- Judy Grow <> wrote:


Subject: RE: Nazi quilt
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 20:48:14 EDT
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Maybe it was made by a member of the German-American Bund?

Lisa EVans


Subject: how quilts inspire....
From: Laura Fisher <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 22:16:35 -0700 (PDT)
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So OK, I admit it, I scroll down through ebay from time to time to see what 's happening out in the world, to see howprices for some quilttypes a re plunging even further, to see whether any of my quilts that have gone mi ssing from my shop over the yearsmay appear on ebay, and of course to se e if a real treasure emerges that no one else in computerlandregards as highlyas I might (biiiiiig fantasy!)

Some times things other than quilts appear on screen in whatseemsto m ethewrong category, like Tiffany lamps, guitars, statues, books, bran d new quilts, etc., even though it isantique quilts I have clicked. A nd so this afternoon, there appeared in 'antique quilts ending within 24 ho urs' a jersey dress from a brand called RILLER AND FOUNT.

Riller and Fount, Riller and Fount, I thought, I know those names. They wer e two names out of many family names on a quirkyone- of- a kindgeneol ogy quilt withrustic appique letters thatI once owned. It is publishe d in the Jennifer Regan book 'American Quilts andTheirStories (or the Stories theyTold/Tell',my mindis aging as I type here). Made in T exas in the 1920sby Susa Hunt Hale (or Hale Hunt I never remember which) it has narrow blocks which seem to replicate entries in the front of a f amily Bible---Mama born, Papa died, so and so married, Riller born, etc.

I had a bright young assistant Susie Crippen who just adored that quilt, she so loved the southern names on it. Having never heard Riller and Fount before, she several times remarked that when she had children, she was defi nitely going to namethem Riller and Fount.

So I googled Riller and Fount, and discovered that my Susie Crippen, who mo ved to LA to continue her singing and acting career, is now a majorfashi on person, having great success with her J Brand Jeans (don't ask, $150 on up, ever 20-ish year old adores them)She now has launched....Riller a nd Fount, a line of sexy jersey dresses (not for a mature figure)!!

In the littlecompany 'about' bio on the site,Susie says she took the names from an antique quilt!! I have been smiling about this all day, remem bering Susie and her quirky clever smarts. I don't know if there are any li ttle Crippens named Riller and Fount yet, but the brand looks like a great success already (you should see all the photos of celebrities --young, who knows who the hell they are) wearing different items fromthis brand.

As I don't have children, I think - for being the source of what inspire d Susie,and also the person from whom she first learned retailing I migh t add!!- thatin gratitude, she definitelywill have to support me in m y dol age, don't you agree?!!

I think I sold Riller and Fount et al to IQSC, but on a quick look couldn't find it in the data base.

Laura Fisher

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



Subject: pre-WWII German influence in this country
From: Pepper Cory <>
Date: Sat, 5 Jun 2010 11:56:03 -0400
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My father told of being approached, as a kid in Memphis TX in the
1930s, about becoming a member of the Silver Shirts. He said they were an
Aryan nationalist group in rural Texas (lots of Germn immigrants there).
They wanted him since he was the only Gold Star child in town (father a
Canadian RAF pilot who helped train Americans in WWI but died in the
influenza epidemic). Fortunately he refused. Later, when being interviewed
for West Point, he was told that if he had become a Silver Shirt, he would
never have won the appointment. On the other hand, Dad married Mom in 41 and
her last name was Wetzel. My grandfather and great-uncle both fought in WWI
as Yanks and their bi-lingual talent was handy in intelligence work.
Truth is always stranger than fiction.

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


Subject: Re: how quilts inspire....
From: Madeleine Roberg <>

I believe the quilt Laura Fisher is talking about is in the International
Quilt Study
Center and Museum collection and is numbered 2006.054.0001. I am going to
print this story out and add it to the quilts file at the museum. Thank you
for sharing.

Madeleine Roberg

Research Graduate Assistant
International Quilt Study Center & Museum
1523 N. 33rd Street, Quilt House
Dept. of Textiles, Clothing & Design
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0838
Phone: 402-472-6549


Subject: Re: pre-WWII German influence in this country

Great story, Pepper. Where is Memphis, TX. It doesn't ring a bell and I
am a lifelong Texan. Smart man he was. Janet H in Fort Worth


Subject: New Orleans Quilts
From: Lynn <>

Will be in New Orleans June 14, anything quilt related I should see in th e area ?
After that off to Savannah, South Carolina and on north to Williamsburg.
Any suggestions for museums, exhibits, events would be greatly appreciated .
First time to this area, want to see everything.

Lynn Miller
Gilbert, AZ


Subject: Trip to England

On Tues. I head out to join many of our QHL friends who will be also trave ling to England that day or those who are already there. We will be part of Deb Roberts Textile Tours......or many of us will. There are others wh o are heading out on their own. I want Deb and others to lead me around an d tell me what to do for days. I have to make too many decisions at home! Just want to oooh and ahhhh for days and have someone suggest where I sho uld go to eat.

Have any other QHL folks already gone to the exhibit? What are your though ts?

Part of me feels that I should be going to Louisiana, Ala. or Florida to clean pelicans & beaches next week.(My heart aches for those of you in th at area and the many animals, people, earth, etc. that are being touched.) Intstead I will go enjoy the textiles of England and hope that when I ge t home I will not be needed to clean pelicans, beaches, etc. in NC on our coast. This is a frightening event that will go on for years..........

I will get to meet Sally Ward (Sally Tatters) who is a QHL person in Engla nd. I bet I will get to meet others who are QHLers.

I will not have a computer with me, but I promise to give you a report whe n I get back. Our group heads home June 19. Please say prayers for us as we travel.

Off to revel in the glory of the quilts at the V&A. (That is......after I do a million more things here at home!!) You can see the V&A symposium sc hedule on the V&A site. Then we will be on to Durham, York and Manchester to see even more wonderful textiles and learn about their textile heritag e.

Enjoy this wonderful summer day...............Lynn in New Bern, NC


Subject: Re: Trip to England
From: Sarah Hough <>

Lynn, go with clear conscience. I live near the beaches of north Florida
(Panama City Beach) and am ready, willing and able to help with wildlife,
etc. They will only let "certified wildlife handlers" help clean the animals
and do not have anything for the rest of us to do -- yet. We do not have any
oil on our beaches now but, according to the TV, it is headed our way. I
won't go into the confusion as to who can do what.

We live on a bayou and hopefully it won't spread this far. I get a sick
feeling in my stomach every time I look out at the water.




Subject: Re: New Orleans Quilts

Hi Lynn - our daughter lives in NO and I will send you her phone # here.
She would love to direct you to things to see in NO (WW2 Museum is our
favorite along woth Bourbon Street). Quilt shops I am not sure of, but Deb
(her name is Deborah Oakes) would be able to help there. Here phone is
(504)822-4166 - she works during the day but can be found most evenings home (or
Ted her husband might be there all the time - hard saying as he has been
working with BP to try to solve (or at least shut the barn door now that the
cows are out) the oil mess........
Enjoy your t rip - come to Vermont sometime and I will be MOST happy to
shop each and every quilt shop in the state (even NH)..
Mitzi Oakes
Where it is pouring rain today...not good BBQ weather that's for sure.


Subject: Re: Allentown museum exhibit
From: "Marlene Royse" <>

Oh, oh, oh, Judy, you just made my day! What perfect timing.

My mom lives in Allentown and I will be there the week of June 20 to visit.
She has been a prolific quilter, but sadly is no longer able to quilt. What
a wonderful treat for us to explore while we visit.

For Sharron, at the bottom on the linked page is a "Send us an email"
message. Their email is

Marlene Royse
Raleigh, NC

Judy Grow wrote:

Beginning June 20, the museum will feature the 34 quilt treasures from the
museum's textile collection


Subject: location of Memphis TX
From: Pepper Cory <>

Hello all-Re: Dad's hometown--Memphis is in the panhandle of Texas and is
the county seat of Hall County--which boasts a whopping 3,000 in the last
census. Lots of cows!,_Texas<,_Texas>


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

Website: and look me up on



Subject: Re: location of Memphis TX
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2010 22:01:27 EDT

Dear Pepper,
I haven't looked at my Texas map, but the Panhandle is a BIG , empty
place unless you count all the cows. Memphis must be in the company of
Amarillo, Dumas, etc. Now a big area for Wind Power production. Janet H in
Fort Worth



Subject: Re: location of Memphis TX

Oops, Pepper, I should have said Lubbock and Dumas. Still empty county.
It is best know for cattle raising, wheat, cotton, and onion cultivation.
Oh, yes the Texas Tech Red Raiders. And the previously mentioned wind
farms. Glad to be living in Fort Worth where the West begins. Janet H


Subject: Re: location of Memphis TX
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2010 0:33:19 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

---- wrote:
> Oops, Pepper, I should have said Lubbock and Dumas. Still empty county.
> It is best know for cattle raising, wheat, cotton, and onion cultivation.
> Oh, yes the Texas Tech Red Raiders. And the previously mentioned wind
farms. Glad to be living in Fort Worth where the West begins. Janet H

Janet, I'm glad you pursued this. I had wondered about the name, not being able
to think of any river delta in the area where I thought Memphis might be.

Well, just shows what thinking will do.

Several tributaries of the Little Red River are located nearby, though the only
possible delta would be down at the Ethyline, located south of Memphis where
three streams join.

Hall County is known as "The Cotton Capitol of the Panhandle" and is located "in
the South eastern Panhandle in the region known as The Rolling Hills." It
encompasses part of the JA Ranch of C. Goodnight.

Memphis was built because a railroad ran through it. Alas, however, it did not
stop in it. Thus, enterprising citizens (oh, you Texans!) took matters into
their own hands. "To remedy this situation, the locals greased the tracks with
lye soap which forced the locomotives to slow to a stop as they were not able to
go uphill." Thus was a whistle stop born. And soon, a rr station.

Hall County is named for the Secretary of War of the Republic of Texas. (Y'all
had a Secretary of War?!!).

Every Memphis I've ever heard of is named because of its resemblance in
geography to Memphis in classical Egypt. Something less reasonable seems to have
been the source of THIS Memphis' name. I leave this for you, a native Texan, to
figure out: "For a time the new town was without a name. Several suggestions
were submitted to federal postal authorities but with negative results. Finally,
as the story goes, Reverend Brice, while in Austin, happened to see a letter
addressed by accident to Memphis, Texas, rather than Tennessee, with the
notation "no such town in Texas." The name was submitted and accepted, and a
post office was established on September 12, 1890, with Robertson as postmaster.
" So there goes logic.

This information, gratis: "Memphis Texas is located southeast of Amarillo
between Clarendon and Childress along US 287 near the Prairie Dog Town Fork of
the Red River. Memphis has a cotton compress, gins, a grain elevator, two banks,
eight churches, four public schools, a modern medical complex, two motels, and
several mercantile storeswith a population of approximately 2,465."

The oldest and most nearly monumental church in town is/was the Presbyterian
Church which was said to have been modeled on St. Paul's in London, though
finding the resemblance is a tad tricky. Its organ was huge and notable. The
only other church to receive notice in the places I looked was the Methodist
church. But, of course, Episcopalians are a generally a quiet lot.

For pics and more info of this general sort, please see

I simply had never thought of the Republic of Texas as a REAL republic, with
Secretaries of War and such---an entire cabinet. I'd imagined it thought of
itself as a soon-to-be-state but just talked big in order to hasten the reality
of statehood. But no.

I'm sitting here thinking of Shreve McCaslin's response to Quinton Compson's extraordinary
stories about Mississippi in "Absalom, Absalom! (Wm Faulkner). "The South!"
Shreve cried. "How do people live there?" To his orderly Canadian mind, life in the South seemed almost bigger and more extraordinary than life could bear. Looking at pages about Texas, I know how he felt.

From Louisiana, where tempers are Texas size these days,


Subject: Susie Crippen and quilts cont'd
From: Laura Fisher <>

Well all, learning that my former assistant Susie Crippen has named her clo thing company after Riller and Fount, names of children on a Texas geneolog y quilt I once owned, has caused me to recollect other droll experiences in volving Susie.

The most memorabletook place on theday Susie came in wearing over-the -knee cavalier boots and a tunic and tights. New York Magazine had arranged tofeature my store in an antiques themed issue, and sent overa photo grapher. In comes a very self important lensman with his assistant, his hug e tall ladder, major camera bags,equipment, etc. He proceeds to turn my store upside down as heplans setting uphis shots.

Then, in walks a yong gorgeous model type sylph, looking for quilts for her boss. Susie takes care of her.

This photographer was busting and practicallyswiveling his head around on h is neck trying to attract the attention of these two slender stylish young lovelies. They were chatting and laughing in the back of the shop looking a t quilts, oblivious to him, as he was trying every which way to get their a ttention. He barked orders at his young assistant and it was all high drama ; at one point pullinga roll of filmout ofthe cameraclaiming th e assistant midloaded it, and flinging it across my shop in disgust.

Soneeding of attention by these gals was he that he did something to him selfbecause he yelped in pain, leapt from the ladder, literally crawled to the phone on my desk to call......his doctor! Evidently the doctortol d him it sounded like he had pulled a muscle in his groin! The sylphs and I tried our hardest not to l.o.l. at this most ironic turn of events.

At one point I was able to break from my photo shoot to chat with the model myself, and of course inquired who her boss was. It was....Norma Kamali!!! ! AsI still have every pair of Kamali shoulder pads I ever owned, and all my sweatshirt dresses, I was thrilled to be selling pieces to such a s tyle setter and expressed my appreciation for her boss' artistry. She then invitedme and Susie to the forthcoming runway show! Susie couldn't go, b ut I did.

Quite an event but.....I nearly choked and screamed'oh no" when do wn that runway came models wearing hot pants, bell bottoms andjackets al l made from the quilts Kamali had bought from me!!!

And they were glorious 19th century quilts, a pristine superlative chartreu se and black silk crazy quilt with abundant needlework, an intricate log ca bin variation with three sided blocksin 1870s browns and orangesthat I had publishedin Quilts ofIllusion when it had been in someone else' s collection and thathad miraculously come into my hands later on;an intricate postage stamp scale TumblingBlocks in 1870s cottons, and ac lassic Log Cabin wool challis.I still feel the pain. No one from Kamali ever came in again, sic transit fashion trends (in this case, thank goodnes s).


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



Subject: Re: Susie Crippen and quilts cont'd
From: <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2010 15:18:50 -0700
X-Message-Number: 3

You poor thing!!!! I'm proud that you didn't pitch a fit - I'm sure you wa nted to.

Best regards,
Sharron rainy Spring, TX............


Subject: Amish exhibit
From: deedadik <>

Anyone who is traveling to Ohio this summer won't want to miss this exhibit .

Curated by: Dee Dadik and Molly Butler
The Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, Ohio
Memorial Day until Labor Day, 2010

How do bed coverings end up on the walls of an art gallery?

The mission of this exhibit is to provide insight into the utilitarian Amis h quilts as art objects. Amish women, many whose names we may never k now, created quilts to keep warm and to commemorate important events in the ir families. They worked their quilts to comply with the Ordnung =E2 =80=93 Amish law and customs both written and unwritten. The rules of Ordnung guided the use of color and choice of fabric in their garments as well as their quilts. The quilts were considered useful therefore the cauti on against decorative items was not applied to these simple but lovely piec es in an Amish home. The women took liberties when making their quilts =E2 =80=93 fabrics and colors not allowed in their public garments are found in their quilts. One example from the French collection is a red pettic oat that would not have been worn as an outer garment. But, it is a c olor found in some of the quilts presented in this exhibit. For their quilts they used fabric scraps
from their children=E2=80=99s clothing which were not governed as strictly as to color along with scraps left from their dress and suit making. They bought other fabrics to compliment these existing scraps. The Amish women w ho were governed by a structured society with strict rules bent those rules to express their creativity in quilt making.

Amish women came to quilt making later than many of their English friends a nd neighbors. Their earliest known quilts are dated to the 1860=E2=80=99s. As all quilters do, they shared patterns and ideas but in order to stay tru e to their values, they chose to perfect traditional designs often repeatin g the same pattern for generations. Choices for pattern, color, style and q uilting designs were naturally repeated among families and those living in the same community. Growth of the communities meant that many members migrated. The influence of English neighbors, the availability of new reso urces, and a desire for some diversity allowed certain elements in quilts t o become noteworthy distinctions of a newly formed Amish group=E2=80=99s qu ilts. Each quilt is unique in some way. Look for the similariti es but notice the individual twists with fabric, color, and placement of in tricate quilting designs. Just about the time you decide that there is a de finite set of
rules, you will see a quilt that =E2=80=9Cpushes=E2=80=9D the envelope.

The quilts in this exhibit are from Pennsylvania , Ohio and Indiana . Many of the elements show a regional similarity and the influence of that element on another region in a new way. Pennsylvania quilts made use of lar ge pieces, bold saturated colors and elaborate quilting. Ohio quilts show a preference for a pieced block with smaller pieces, a format with the blocks set on point and much use of the color black as a background color.  Indiana quilts use more white and light green in a block format with small pieces.

In this exhibit you will experience the =E2=80=9CArt of the Amish=E2=80=9D up close and personal. Artifacts of other pieces of Amish life will s how how intertwined their resources and sensibilities were. These quilts ar e dated before 1950. After 1950 quilts were made for sale to the =E2 =80=9CEnglish=E2=80=9D and their style choices. Many of the quilts yo u will see were Sunday quilts saved just for special occasions and thus hav e remained in good condition. The older quilts were made for their families and were intended for use in a horizontal position. By transferring these quilts to a vertical position, the elements of art composition are am azing.

In the early 1970s quilts were exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Amish quilts=E2=80=99 graphic qualities were discovered. A move to buy up the =E2=80=9Cold=E2=80=9D quilts sent pickers and collecto rs to the Amish countryside. The Amish, however, now had a struggle w ith knowing how valuable and desirable their quilts were. They had be come objects with a status inappropriate for an Amish home. Because it was becoming increasingly difficult for them to financially maintain an Amish l ifestyle, offers to buy these quilts were repeatedly met with quick agreeme nt. Today we are able to enjoy them as pieces of history and art.

However you choose to view the quilts, it can be agreed that these quilt ma kers had an inner sense of color, proportion, design, and balance that is p leasing to the eye. How similar are these works to those of modern ar t masters?

The Dairy Barn Art Center has an outstanding reputation for its Quilt Natio nal biennial exhibit of art quilts. This exhibit expands on this repu tation to include traditional quilts. The quilts are part of the Amis h collection of Tom and Marsha French.