Subject: Mabel and Porkbarrel
From: "J Perkins" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 02:34:26 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

Yes, the characters are together and facing each other. There is also a
staff with music, a Treble Clef and 6/8 time above it. I haven't played the

Subject: Re: Mabel and Porkbarrel
From: "Marcia's Mail" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 20:15:42 -0500
X-Message-Number: 8

May i ask if the characters are together in a single embroidery or are they
done on separate patches? I am looking to see if there might be another
reference than just Mabel. Marcia Kaylakie


Subject: Re: Vintage embroidery designs
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 13:29:13 EDT
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As I am known as a 'redwork-addict', I thank you for sharing this site
with me - I am sure to help the economy with the purchase of many of these
oldtyme patterns.
Thanks again,you made my day
Mitzi from Vermont

In a message dated 7/12/2010 9:16:51 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

Subject: Re: Vintage embroidery designs
From: Laurie Woodard <>
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 13:56:53 -1000
X-Message-Number: 1

Did you all know that the Michigan State University Museum book shop
is offering a facsimile copy of "Catalogue of Stamping Patterns
Embracing All of the Latest and Choicest Designs Used in Connection
with the Illustrated Catalogue 93Home Beautiful.94

A Treatise of Decorative Art Needlework and Embroidery Materials,
written by an author known only as Mrs. T.G. Farnham, was originally
published ca. 1886. The catalogue is a wonderful example of the
resources that became available to needleworkers during the late
nineteenth century and which helped to stimulate widespread interest
in Redwork and other forms of art needlework.

Author(s): Mrs. T.G. Farnham, Foreword by Marsha MacDowell and Mary
Published: East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University Museum,

Pages: 212
Extras: Over 2,500 illustrations
Format: Soft bound book: $45.00; DVD: $21.00
ISBN: 9780944311226

The original book is part of the Deborah H. Harding Redwork Collection

donation to MSU Museum. It was part of the research materials
referenced in her wonderful, two-volume work, RED & WHITE, on the
history of Redwork. The second volume is a collection of patterns
taken from quilts featured in volume one.

Laurie from Hawaii (where Hawaiians also did Redwork with a twist,
working in a wholecloth format rather than in blocks).

> As I am known as a 'redwork-addict', I thank you for sharing this
> site with me - I am sure to help the economy with the purchase of
> many of these oldtyme patterns.
> Thanks again,you made my day
> Mitzi from Vermont


Subject: Re: Vintage embroidery designs
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 19:31:18 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

Thank you, Laurie, for posting the information re the University of Michigan publication on embroidery. I was surprised to find the terrific sale prices on the quilt books from the UM press----e.g., "Great Lake Quilts" and "Michigan Quilts" for $10 each! And past issues of 'Michigan Folklife" for $2.

Gaye Ingram


Subject: Re: Vintage embroidery designs
From: Marsha MacDowell <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2010 06:55:27 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Hi Gaye and all

It is important that you know that it is the Michigan State
University Museum NOT the University of Michigan. Two different
places. I have seen others make that mistake on the list before.


Marsha MacDowell
Michigan State University


Subject: Re: Vintage embroidery designs
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2010 12:14:46 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

---- Marsha MacDowell <> wrote:
Hi Gaye and all

It is important that you know that it is the Michigan State
University Museum NOT the University of Michigan. Two different
places. I have seen others make that mistake on the list before.
Thanks for the reminder, Marsha. I know the difference, having the website bookmarked. I tend to do the same thing with the universities at Columbus and Athens, Ohio. Will endeavor to do better.<g>

The discounted prices on the folklife publications are special treats, incidentally.

For those on the list who might be thinking ahead to Christmas gifts, I do recommend taking a look at the discounted quilt books.

And I have absolutely no connection to the Museum, as Marsha's reminder should
make clear.

From North Louisiana, where adjusted temps are 110F today,
Gaye Ingram


Subject: Merry Silber birthday - THANKS!
From: "Julie Silber" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2010 16:33:49 -0700
X-Message-Number: 3

Oh, YOU!!

My Mom received about 25 cards from you wonderful people...

It made that 96 year old EXCEPTONALLY happy.

Thank you all so much!

And for you who still want to send ... she is celebrating ALL month, if not
all YEAR!

Mom says THANK YOU! Me, too ~ from the bottom of my toes.

Julie Silber

Subject: auction find
From: Kris Driessen <>
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2010 17:37:30 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 1

I am just back from a junque auction where I bought a box of linens that included some cigar flannels. I thought I would offer them to the list for $1 each plus a SASE. That way I can share the wealth and still break even:-))

If you are interested, please let me know which one you want before you send me anything. I have these in the 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" size: Italy; Costa Rica; USA; Russia; Belgium; Greece; Greece with water damage and butterfly with water damage. I have these in the 8 1/2" x 11 1/2" size: France with some sun fading; Great Britain; and USA.

Remember, you can't wash these!

Please contact me directly at


Subject: Lady with the Golden Ball
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2010 23:14:44 -0700
X-Message-Number: 1

Hi Gang,

I just got back from my first trip to Sisters Oregon to help launch the
Oregon Quilt Project. More about all that excitement in my next post.

Here is a link to a quilt that Mary Cross found while we were in Sisters.
She gave me permission to share it on my blog.

Has anyone ever seen this pattern before?

Karen in the Islands
(but not the Caribbean's less sunny and cooler in the PNW
islands, though summer did finally arrive here just as I left for Sisters!!)


Subject: Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2010 00:02:20 -0700
X-Message-Number: 2

Well, I have now experienced my first Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show! How many
of you have attended at least once? Has anyone been to all of them?

I must admit, I am already looking forward to next year!

I loved working the Oregon Quilt Project booth. Martha Spark has worked her
tail off getting the teams trained and pulling everything together.
Unfortunately illness kept me from driving to OR for any of the pre-training
meetings, but since I was already familiar with the Quilt Index, the
variation of its form that we are using made it easy for me to slip into a
team anyway.

It was such great fun meeting and talking with quilters! What great stories!
Helping document a couple of the quilts that were hanging about town gave me
a chance to get out and about town, too. Oh, so much fun and so much to see!
The OQP was located right next the to Children's Activity tent. I think
their most popular project was the large quilt that was drawn on the empty
parking lot pavement right in front of our booths. Any child that chose too
could design a block using chalk.

Here are a couple of news articles:

I'll be writing an article for The Quilters Hall of Fame blog this week,
plus sharing some goodies I found in Sisters on my own blog. Meanwhile,
Jean Wells Keenan is being inducted tomorrow in Marion, Indiana as the 40th
Honoree of The Quilters Hall of Fame! Congratulations, Jean!

Karen in the Islands


Subject: chipping your qilts
From: "Marcia's Mail" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2010 16:47:59 -0500
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Hi All, I am loaning out a large number of quilts to my quilt show and
wondered if there was anyone who had everydewn GPD or locating chips
into their quilts in case they were stolen. I am considering this option
due to the large number of quilts involved. Would love to hear form
anyone that has done this. Marcia Kaylakie

Subject: Chipping Quilts
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 07:22:53 EDT

I tried to find more info about the quilt chips. I found them for sale on a
few web sites and they were $35 each. When I tried to go to the actual
site that distributes these chips, it wouldn't come up. I'm wondering how they
hold up over time, what if the quilt is washed, do they have a battery
that needs to be replaced, how often do they malfunction etc.

Are the chips to locate the quilt or just to identify it if it is ever
found? If it's just to prove the quilt is yours, then it easier to quilt your
name on the quilt top during the quilt process, put on a difficult label
that can't be removed or hide your name along the edge, under the binding. For
antique quilts, you probably won't want to do these things to a quilt but
I'd still add a label with my name and info as the owner and make it a
difficult label to remove. If it was lost or stolen, I'd register it on
_www.lostquilt.com_ ( . That's an amazing site and they
have quilts that have actually been found listed on their site.

My thought is that I'd rather see people pay the money to have their quilts
appraised and insured before they pay the money to have them chipped. I
did like the ideas of having my keys, scissor and husband chipped. Those
items can be hard to locate when you need them for something!

Kathy Kansier
Teacher, Judge & AQS Appraiser
Ozark, Missouri



Subject: pattern i.d. help
From: Neva Hart <>
Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2010 11:13:08 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

I have posted two fotos on the eBoard for you to see. (at the very end
of the "quilt" gallery, with the titles W. Va. quilt 1, and W. Va. quilt
detail.) Can anyone help me identify this pattern -- or anything
similar? The quilt was made in Barbour County, West Va., last quarter
19th century. Reverse applique, and, of course, originally
red-and-green. Thank you for your help!

Neva Hart
AQS Appraiser in Virginia


Subject: unique quilt design
From: Neva Hart <>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 07:44:04 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

Hopefully, this post will not be redundant -- my first attempt didn't
come thru.

I have posted two photos on the eBoard. Please see "West Va" quilt under
the "quilt" tab.

Has anyone seen a design like this? The quilt is last quarter 19th cent.
with tan having been originally green.

Thanks for any insight.

Neva Hart
AQS Appraiser in Virginia


Subject: chipping quilts
From: "Marcia's Mail" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 08:59:17 -0500

HI All,
I want to clarify something that has arisen as a result of my question
on chipping quilts. I was merely curious about the process, and anxious
about loaning out so many from my collection. I do not, in any way,
believe that there is any sort of theft problem with my guild's quilt
show. We have never had a problem in the past.

Chipping quilts was something I had heard mentioned once or twice and
was curious about. I wanted to get a feel for what chipping might or
might not accomplish for me.
I have received many responses and gotten some terrific information and
agree with many of my fellow quilt lovers that a good identifying label,
good photos of the quilts in advance, my appraisals updated, and sending
a listing of the quilts with photos to the event organizers to initial,
are the best options that I have for keeping these quilts safe.

My guild show is wonderfully protected by day and we do hire security at
night so I think we are fine there. We all know that thefts occur in the
best of shows regardless of steps taken, so one must always know that
there is an inherent risk. Since these quilts are not being shipped, I
think I am safer. Thanks for everyone's opinion and questions. I think
it is wonderful that these groups are so willing to share knowledge and
their curiosity with everyone! Marcia Kaylakie


Subject: Jean Loken's quilts
From: Mary Waller <>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 09:04:52 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5

I never had the pleasure of meeting Jean Lokken, but I sure enjoyed
looking at her quilts on her website at It was great to be able to read
her descriptions about each one. And it's a great model for all of us
quiltmakers to consider doing with our own quilts.

Mary Waller
Vermillion, South Dakota, USA


Subject: Quilts only a historian or mama would love
From: Sue Wildemuth <>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 19:05:00 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 6

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Someone mentioned a "fair condition"quilt on one of the quilt lists so I
thought I'd bring the discussion here too. What do you do with quilt
s that you find that are in fair condition, but are just too good to pas
s up for one reason or another? I have two "fair" condition qui
lts amongmy eagles quilts. One has a large hole in it -- I'm serio
us, sooooo....what I did was create a reproduction quilt to save the pat
tern and then I keep the "holy" or is that "holey" quilt and the reprodu
ction togetherand I usually show them side by side. I have anot
her eagle quiltthat is "laid out" in a mannerI have NEVER seen bef
ore that is in similar condition - only fair, but I love it too.Does
anyone else keep"fair condition" quilts?Do you make reproductio
ns of them? Do you use them for teaching/lectures? Or do you harve
st fabric from them? Do you restore them?Sue in Illinois where it has
been a Long Hot Summer


Subject: Re: Quilts only a historian or mama would love
From: "Lorraine Olsson" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 12:37:35 +1000
X-Message-Number: 7

......Does anyone else keep "fair condition" quilts?

Do you make reproductions of them? Do you use them for teaching/lectures? Or
do you harvest fabric from them? Do you restore them?.......

The simple answer is Yes! Yes to all questions.
I have collected some really sad old things , sold as "cutters" and have
looked after them as though they were my best quilts.
In my collection I have possibly six that are holy... holey... but I would
not part with them.

I have been offered good money for a simple patch quilt that is made of the
best bright colours, with another much older quilt inside. I did not
realise the older quilt was there until I had a visit from Canadian quilter
Diane Shink. She called me out of the blue, saying she was visiting my area
and I picked her up from her hotel and we spent the evening in our library
flipping quilts.

Obviously Diane has a much better eye than I do, because I had never seen
the inside quilt before.

I have just brought the quilt in question out of storage as I write this,
and it is laying on my bed. At least every second patch is worn, the border
is worn but the quilting is strong throughout, and is fine and neat in a 1
inch crosshatch.

I will try to load a pic later today to the vintage board. Can't be sure it
will work, I haven't tried before.

Lorraine Olsson in wintry cold Blue Mountains .. Australia


Subject: Re: Quilts only a historian or mama would love
From: "Marcia's Mail" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 21:46:50 -0500
X-Message-Number: 8

Love 'em, display 'em, enjoy 'em and not worry about 'em! Actually, they are
fun to have about the place as not much more can happen to them at that
point. As long as the batting isn't falling out in great wads, everything is
Marcia Kaylakie in Austin, TX who even dreams about cooler weather at


Subject: Re: Quilts only a historian or mama would love
From: "Jean Carlton" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 22:12:57 -0500
X-Message-Number: 9

A number of quilts in my vintage collection are in Fair condition.... Some
I'd call 'poor'...Just makes me love 'em more...I bring a very beat up
bowtie to shows when I appraise and put it on a table display with my
brochures and business cards on it...that quilt gets more
attention....people love it - they gather round and study it, ask me about
the date, go get their friend to point it out.....As Marcia says, you don't
have to worry about them...easy to share them that way... It is so graphic
that they don't care about the batting sticking out...I wish the maker could
know how popular her quilt became in its later life.



From: Laura Fisher <>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 21:33:41 -0700 (PDT)
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hi all - here is a letter I am distributing to area and trade news publicat
ions seeking help to identify the source of a unique quilt with inked portr
aits of real people. Photos of the quilt are on eboard in a moment. Wonder
if anyone out there knows of its origins? All help much appreciated........


A droll personality-filled New Hampshire quilt with 49 caricatures is a mys
tery that NYC antiques dealer Laura Fisher asks your help to solve. Why are
these people together on this unique quilt; who created it, where, and why
? Anyone with information is asked to send it to

The caricatures are portraits of real men and women and cartoonish figures,
drawn in black ink on cotton. Classic Edwardian attire includes big hats a
nd up-do's on the women and suit coats and hats on the men. The portr
aits are so varied -- realistic with a comic twist -- that it is evident th
e artist knew the individual personalities. But did one artist create all o
f them, or are they self-portraits contributed to a group effort, perhaps a
gift? All are signed in some way, but most have only initials or first nam
es. One square is dated Dec. 1903. Most have a sentimental thought wr
itten below the drawing. Among then are: :

Randall, Harold E. at the opening in Dec. 1903

David Will of Streeter Hill

E2809CShe is worth a yearE28099s crop of hay, E28098GustusE280
9D Larkin D.

E2809CLaugh and the World Laughs With youE2809D Grover

E2809CLabor is Life, - E28098tis the still water pureth(?) Q.R.

E2809CBe always learningE2809D Clayton

E2809CBe not weary in all (well?) doingE2809D Mary A Cobleigh

E2809CI have got my eye on you. Connie E280A6(?)

E2809CFirst Portrait of Job (?)

E2809CMake the memory a storehouse not a E280A6..roomE2809D

Mrs. Augusta Cobleigh

Lord Chesterfield

Initial geneological research located those with surnames around Keene, New
Hampshire. There famed sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens operated a summer a
rt colony. Were these folks members? One square is inscribed "For 'gustus",
perhaps referring to a gift for him?

No provenance accompanied the quilt when it emerged at a local auction seve
ral years ago. The inked squares include men, women, cartoonish figures, an
d even one black woman whose portrait is inscribed (disturbing to us today)
E2809CI donE28099t know and care less nigger."

Joined with red print sashing and border, the three layers are tacked with
string ties rather than quilted so as not to intrude upon the drawing
s, which are set on point in a diamond shape.

If you know of this quilt or these folks, please contact Laura Fisher so a
more complete history can be united with it.

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



Subject: Re: Quilts only a historian or mama would love
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 0:22:46 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

Sue Wildemuth asked:
"Does anyone else keep "fair condition" quilts? "

Oh you funny girl! Are you trying to make us all feel good?<g>

The real question is do you think the propensity for seeing beauty in "fair condition" quilts intensifies as we ourselves attain fair condition status?

Sue, your innocence---or kindness---ended my day with a smile.

In right fair condition,


Subject: Re: Quilts only a historian or mama would love
From: Laura Syler <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 07:24:33 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

I agree with Marcia!!
Years ago at the Quilt Restoration conference, I believe we called
these treasurers "Ghost Quilts".
I have one that the edges is in tatters, but I bought because the
quilting is magnificent! I mounted it on a large piece of felt
yardage, and lo and behold, found hand prints quilted into the
tattered borders! Obviously the quilter and her family, one delicate,
one huge and one child! Gives me chills every time I think about the
piece! If only they could talk!!!

Laura Syler
Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles
Teacher, Lecturer, Judge
Richardson, TX


Subject: Re: Quilts only an historian would love
From: Mary Anne R <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 05:47:42 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 4

I have rescued a few of these,most even beyond 'fair' condition, if only
to honor the quilting. I have a very, very faded,washed out blue-and-wh
ite quilt with wonderful quilting, lots offeathered wreaths. I use it
in talks to my guild about how to care for quilts and it is an example
ofwhat not to do. I have a four-block grape vine quilt that onc
e looked like this one in the IQSC:
otos/quilt_database/large/1997_007_0378.jpgIf the link doesn't work, it
is #1997-007-0378. It is a mere shadow of it's former self but hope to r
eproduce it someday. Most of my quilts from the early to mid-1800s
are 'well loved.' I couldn't afford them if they were 'museum qualit
y.' And they continue to be loved, by me.Mary Anne


Subject: Re: Quilts only a historian or mama would love
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 09:05:33 EDT
X-Message-Number: 5

I also have some very 'holy' and/or 'holey' quilts inherited from my
husband's grandmother. For years I showed one at guild meetings etc. to show
the fabrics mostly - it was tied - then after many showings I noticed that
the back of the quilt (butternut died) had quilting stitches on it - I opened
up one edge of the quilt and by golly! There was another quilt - with
fabrics dating to the late 1700s!!!!!! This quilt is in less than fair
condition but it will never to tossed away - not with that history.
I keep them all - heck, I am old too and have some holes that weren't
there many years ago but no one has tossed me out yet.
Mitzi from hot Vermont.


Subject: FW: [PUBLORE] Embroidered Friendship Wheel
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 09:47:39 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6

Hi all -- please take a look at this textile and reply directly to Margaret
if you have any thoughts. It is very similar in my mind to a type of
friendship quilt I have here in the collection, but it's more of a small
table cover kind of thing. Very interesting! Just click through to the
facebook images (as Margaret says, you don't have to be on facebook).
Candace Perry
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
Pennsburg, PA


Subject: cotton warp quilt
From: Judy Schwender <>

Hello all,I received this query today and don't have an answer."I am
reading Anne of Green Gables. They reference a "cotton warp quilt". I ca
n't find any information on what type of quilt this is. Can you provide
more information?"Any help is greatly appreciated.Judy Schwende
rNational Quilt MuseumPaducah, KY


Subject: still openings for Quilt Study Day - Lexington Ohio (near Mansfield)
From: Sharon Pinka <>

Hello all - There are still several spots left, but the motel rate expires
July 27. Please let me know if you are interested and would like me to s
end the PDF information file - thanks, Sharon

Sharon Pinka
Rainbow Quilt Blocks, Quilt Study & Research
6323 Possum Run Rd.
Bellville, OH 44813 USA


Subject: Re: Quilts only a historian or mama would love

 Yes, I have several quilts that I refer to as "mercy buys". They are
the remains of a once great quilt that I can not stand to think of someone
cutting up for stockings and teddy bears etc. I have occasionally used one
in one of my trunk shows. But, like many I thought that I might one day re
produce them. I have since given up on the reality of that ever happening;
but, I have a new plan that seems to be working.

 Many quilt guilds need pattern ideas for thefund raising
quilts that they make. Some guilds have had some bad experiences of being s
ued after using a published pattern and now try to design their own. Soluti
on? I have been loaning some of my quilts that have great patterns bu
t are nearly gone toa guild that creates a pattern and then their mem
bers reproduce the quilt in anyway thet appeals to them. But, the design of
a great quilt lives on. The guild has a pattern to use for their fund rais
ing needs and the original design gets a chance to live on into the future
and is not lost.

 The first quilt that they made into a pattern was a fabulous c. 1850
Princess Feather variation where the "feathers" are large fern leaves Surr
ounded by flowers. The second is a giant c. 1850 strawberry patten with a t
riple color swag sashing . One member is making this pattern in purples, ve
ry pretty. There are not a lot of these strawberry quilts and many are uniq
ue patterns. The one they aredoing now is a Baltimore album quilt fro
m the collection of Laurene Senema ( I hope I did not mispell her name) tha
t I now own. The guild does "micro printings" of the pattern to sell so the
re are not many printed but at least these patterns get a chance to live on
. And I get to see the interpretations. A total win, win situation.

Polly Mello

Hot in Maryland


Subject: RE: cotton warp quilt
From: "Jean Carlton" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 12:21:39 -0500
X-Message-Number: 10

I'm wondering if the term quilt is used loosely and it refers to a woven


Subject: Re: Quilts only a historian or mama would love
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 12:24:19 -0500
X-Message-Number: 11

Polly, I love your way of using your faded beauties. IMHO it extends the
legacy of "anonymous."

Lucinda Cawley calls these quilts "Beautiful Ghosts." It's such a wonderful

I have an exquisite (formerly) blue and white appliqued wreath quilt like
this. The dealer looked at me like she thought I was INSANE when I asked if
it was for sale. It truly is a rag, but not in my eyes.

Stephanie Whitson


Subject: Re: Quilts only a historian or mama would love
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 18:06:53 +0000 (UTC)
Thank you Stephanie,

 I keep a list of the people that have reproduced one of my quilts. a
nd hope to put together a notebook of the different interpretations of each
one. My goal is that if the original quilts do not find safe harbor after
they leave me that they will have a chance to live on in some way.

Polly Mello





Subject: Re: Beautiful Ghosts
From: Mary Anne R <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 11:08:12 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 13

It sounds to me like weneed tohave an online exhibit entitled "Beauti
ful Ghosts." We could submit a picture or two of our ghost quilt alon
g with a picture of what it used to look like, or the closest thing to i
t. Now I don't know the first thing about how to put one of these
together but I sure would like to see it. :) :) :)Mary Anne
----- Original Message ----From: Stephanie Whitson <stephaniestephan>Polly, I love your way of using your faded beauties. IMHO
it extends the legacy of "anonymous." Lucinda Cawley calls these q
uilts "Beautiful Ghosts." It's such a wonderful term. I have an ex
quisite (formerly) blue and white appliqued wreath quilt like this. The
dealer looked at me like she thought I was INSANE when I asked if it was fo
r sale. It truly is a rag, but not in my eyes.


Subject: RE: cotton warp quilt
From: Sally Ward <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 20:22:34 +0100
X-Message-Number: 14

I googled around the question, which I found has exercised a lot of
Green Gables readers out there, and found several sites of the opinion
that it was a knitted 'quilt'. One suggested it was something akin to
knitting dishcloths.

I wonder if the ad man who designed that toilet paper ad was a Green
Gables reader?

Sally Ward


Subject: Fwd: cotton warp quilt
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 15:37:41 -0400 (EDT)
X-Message-Number: 15

? A nosy and disapproving neighbor of Marilla's used to crochet these
while sitting at the window watching people go by.



Subject: England Trip

I was hoping someone would review the V&A symposium Someone
with better writing skills and memory than I.
I will just briefly say the papers were very interesting and gave wonderfu
l insight to the fabulous exhibit. The presenters opened a new world to ME
regarding the quilts of the British Isles. The quilts were amazing! Buy
the book. It is on several sites. I can't do the quilts justice by writin
g about them. We also were able to see the Tristan Quilt. Go to this site
for details.
The V&A also has an incredible exhibit of Indian/Asian textiles that my ro
ommate, Lorie Stubbs, and I examined individually and talked at great leng
th about. We did this also in the textile samples room. I heard from Newbi
e Richardson that there were also some exceptional textiles on the 4th flo
or that most of us missed. Read Diane Vleim's article on the Changi Quilts
in the Winter 2009-2010 Blanket Statements. One of these quilts was in th
e exhibit at the V&A and then several us were fortunate enough to accompan
y Diane on a showing of the English Changi Quilt at the Red Cross Archives
. (Thanks Diane for including me!!!) This opened up a whole new area of qu
ilt history to me. I collect and LOVE signature quilts, but this one's mea
ning was way over the top! (Now to see Sue Reich's book on the quilts of
WWII. Sue was with our little group.)
Met Sally Ward of our list and had a grand time visiting with her. Also go
t to meet Mary Jenkins and Clare Claridge who wrote the book --- MAKING WE
LSH QUILTS. Great book. Easy to get on Amazon.
I did some fabric shopping, antique shopping, etc. but mostly spent my tim
e at the V&A. Well worth it.
We left London and headed to the charming town of Durham. I must mention
that I attended an incredible worship service at their cathedral on Monda
y (Even Song Service). The choir had the voices of angels that rang throug
h out the cathedral. We are accustomed to incredible acoustics, but imagin
e what that was like pre-boze speakers to people who knew nothing of recor
dings, electronics, etc. (Music is another part of my life.)
Our next "quilt Nervana" was The Bowes Museum. http://www.thebowesmuseum.o
We saw quilts and clothing that were from the North Country of England. Th
ey knocked my socks off! Just imagine the best quilting ever and you are
there. The clothing from the 19th century was also exquisite. The quilts
were on pulleys hanging up high and were lowered to show up each quilt.

The following day we went to the Bemish Museum.
ki/Beamish_Museum They too were gracious at the Bowes and showed us many
many fine North Country quilts. Think center medallions, framed quilts,
and whole cloth. The site is on 250 acres and covers many settings.......
village, farm, etc.(Williamsburg-ish) Lovely setting. Some quilts were use
d in the home exhibits.
On to York......... Quilt Museum of Britai
n. They had up a lovely exhibit that ranged from antique to art quilts. Di
dn't get to see the 1719 (?) silk quilt, but did see a spectacular reprodu
ction of it. Super gift shop! Many pounds spent by most. We viewed some of
their turkey red fabric quilted items, a couple of silk quilts and a patc
hwork pocket from the mid-1800's, cigarette silks, etc.
Next day on the way to Manchester we went to Gawthorpe Hall. Read the Unco
verings paper done in Lowell (I think.) The title is Rachel's Tat. http:// We were shown a large numbe
r of "to die for quilts" in a stone barn that looked like Charlotte and
Wilbur might have lived there. They have a CD of their quilts. Not great
quality photography but nice if you can't see the quilts in person. The
hall is lovely also and had an exhibit of lace, costume, etc. Would like
to return there for sure. Just too much to see in a short period of time.
Next we went to a mill that I can't think of the name of right this second
.(I have done all of this off the top of my head.) It was a co-op mill bu
ilt in the 1890's. They had sample books of fabric and dye recipes from th
e early 1800's that we all drooled over.
On to Manchester.......drove from there to the Arkwright Mill in Cromford.
It was a charming town and an interesting presentation. I now "hold" that
part of history better in my head.
This was a rather quick trip for you through an amazing amount of fabulous
quilts, laces, costumes, textile history and tranquil landscapes. It's ju
st a taste. Sure many of us are ready to head back to digest even more!
Was great being with many of you who are QHL'ers. Thanks to Deb Roberts fo
r getting this all put together!
Now some of you on the trip can throw in more comments on the tremendous
amount of information I left out.
I now want some time to make a center medallion or framed quilt as my "mem
ory" quilt. I am thinking of running away with my sewing machine. My dishw
asher, bill paying, laundry, and sewing for work keep getting in my way!

I didn't even mention the amazing food. Boy, did we eat! And we ate well..
Off to more hottttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt
ttttt NC, but better than hurricanes.

Lynn Lancaster Gorges, Historic Textiles Studio, New Bern, NC


Subject: "quilt scholar" defined
From: "Julie Silber" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 17:28:09 -0700
X-Message-Number: 17

Hi All,

I received an e-mail from a friend/colleague who reads (and occasionally
posts) to QHL.

She asked for my thoughts on what "makes" a quilt "scholar."

I found the question thought provoking and I wonder what you all think.

Care to share here?

Julie Silber