Subject: RE: "quilt scholar" defined
From: "Leah Zieber" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 22:50:52 -0700
X-Message-Number: 1

Julie -
Can you include in this question -
What makes someone a quilt Historian??



Subject: Cotton Warp "Quilts"
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 21:45:39 -0700 (PDT)

Being a kindred spirit, and having read and reread the Anne series, I alway
s figured that Mrs. Rachel Lynde was knitting a cotton warp counterpane.
Chapter X.Anne's apology". . .they were in the very presence of Mrs.
Lynde, who was sitting knitting by her kitchen window."The use of
cotton warp as the material used in this kind of knitting is
referenced in Knitting Counterpanes by Mary Walker Phillips, 1989, The
Taunton Press.

I have a knitted counterpane that I have not been able to return to
white, someone having blued it excessively in the past. I have
tried "grassi
ng" it, but nothing else. Any ideas?

Jackie Joy

Subject: light filter question
From: Andi <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 06:58:43 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

Does anyone have advice on how to properly filter florescent and compact
florescent lights in a home environment to reduce light damage to quilts?

Andi in Paducah


Subject: Quilts only a historian or mam would love -- Ghost Quilts
From: Sue Wildemuth <>

I like the term Ghost quilts to describe quilts only a historian or a mama
would love. Thanks to everyone who contributed on and off list with
stories aboutthese quilts. I would be glad to post any photos o
f Ghost quilts and their information to my blog. Just e-mail me offli
st.Thanks --Sue in Illinois


Subject: Re: Cotton Warp "Quilts"
From: "Marcia's Mail" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 08:32:50 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5

Would someone be kind to me and post a knitted counterpane on eBoard? I am
needing a point of reference on this one. Marcia Kaylakie


Subject: England trip
From: Cindy Claycamp <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 09:38:28 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6

Last Saturday eveningthose of us in the Midwest Fabric Study Group were
treated to a wonderful power point presentation by Xenia Cord and Jean Odom
about the VNA trip . They are both still glowing. The rest of us have skin
s in varing shades of GREEN!
Cindy Claycamp P.S. Thanks for the web site references.


Subject: Upcoming exhibit
From: xenia cord <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 09:52:45 -0400
X-Message-Number: 7

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln (NE) has
asked me to post this message. Hope it is of interest. -Xenia

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum will present the first
US exhibition exclusively devoted to the French needlework tradition
broderie de Marseille, from November 13, 2010 through May 8, 2011.
93Marseille: White Corded Quilting will demonstrate the qualities

that make French whole cloth quilted and corded needlework unique,
review the origins and development of the tradition, and describe its

influence on quilted needlework traditions over three centuries on
five continents.The exhibition is guest curated by Kathryn Berenson,
author of Quilts of Provence and the forthcoming Marseille: The
Cradle of White Corded Quilting, available from the Nebraska Press in

November 2010.

The center92s biennial symposium will feature this art. 93Quilted and

Corded Needlework: A Closer Look is scheduled for April 1, 2011.
Featured speakers, sponsored in part by the Dillow Excellence Fund,
include Kathryn Berenson and Linda Baumgarten of Colonial Williamsburg.

For more info visit



Subject: Adirondack Quilts
From: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 9:58:32 -0400
X-Message-Number: 8

Blue Mountain Lake and the Adirondack Museum are not on the way to
anywhere. John with his kayak and I made a special trip so that I
could see "Common Thread: 150 Years of Adirondack Quilts and
Comforters" (thanks Greta for telling me about this). I didn't have
high expectations figuring that the Adirondack tradition would be
heavy on utility quilts. There were quite a few of those, many of
them tied. There were also several quite wonderful and exciting
pieces. A whitework quilt signed and dated in the quilting was made
by Sarah M. Gelman in 1853 when she was 15 years old. Edna Ober
Burpee, a milliner, made a Lily in orange and green on white about
1870. The samll (8") blocks made it especially delicate. A Double
Irish Chain by Martha Jane Maxim in 1862 contained a huge variety of
1840-1860 fabrics (buff and blue,orange on indigo, plaids).

One of my favorites combined two characteristics that I associate with
Central and northern NY, idiosyncratic sampler and pieced letters. It
combines Album blocks with Chimney Sweep, Baskets, Geese in Flight
with a central Feathered Star and a single row of small Evening Stars.
The best part is the maker's (Huldah Harrington) monogram and the
date 1868 pieced at the top. I think the prize for interest must go
to an Album Sampler summer spread made for Joseph Bruno when he
retired as cook at one of the mountain resorts in 1894. His
co-workers presented him with a unique gift. The blocks are such fun!
A string of fish, a whiskey jug, a soup tureen, croquet mallet,
wicket and ball, a fishing rod and gun, tennis raquet. Most
interesting is a block with the figures of two African American women
labeled the "Heavenly Twins." The label said that this was the title
of a novel published in 1893. Does anyone know anything about that?

Cinda in Central NY


Subject: Re: [BQTHL] Adirondack Quilts
From: "Mary Persyn" <>

Cinda wrote:

Most interesting is a block with the figures of two African American
women labeled the "Heavenly Twins." The label said that this was the title
of a novel published in 1893. Does anyone know anything about that?

From WorldCat

The Heavenly Twins, author Sarah Grand, New York: Cassell Pub. Co., 1893
format: book; fiction; English

Doesn't say anything about the subject of the novel.

Interesting, Notre Dame owns the book and it is in their rare book
collection of Irish Fiction.

The catalog entry at the Gary Public Library says the following:

From the high Cathedral tower the solemn assurance floated forth to be a
warning or a promise according to the mental state of those whose ears it
filled; and the mind familiar with the phrase continued it involuntarily
carrying the running accompaniment as well as the words and the melody on
to the end. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Publishers Weekly Review
Originally published in 1893, Grand's novel advances feminist views and
otherwise violates taboos of the Victorian age. (Feb.) From: Reed Elsevier
Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information (This discusses the 1992 reprint
by the University of Michigan Press).

Just ask a librarian!


Mary G. Persyn
Associate Dean for Library Services
School of Law
Valparaiso University
656 S. Greenwich St.
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 465-7830
FAX (219) 465-7917



Subject: RE: light filter question
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 10:31:23 -0400
X-Message-Number: 10

Andi -- there are UV shields you can purchase for standard tubes -- but I
have a feeling they haven't come up with a solution for compact yet!
Here's a link for the archival company Gaylord; others carry them too.
(scroll down the list to see the filters) Unfortunately, none of the
options are overwhelmingly effective, but this is much better than nothing
at all.
Candace Perry


Subject: More on Heavenly Twins
From: Mary Persyn <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 09:38:38 -0500
X-Message-Number: 11

It is available on google books


*(the URL was 76 characters long)

There are also some reviews at the google site.



Mary G. Persyn
Associate Dean for Library Services
School of Law Library
Valparaiso University
656 S. Greenwich St.
Valparaiso, IN 46383
219-465-7830 FAX 219-465-7917


Subject: This weekend, Northern VA/Washington DC area
From: Paul and Nancy Hahn <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 15:35:03 +0000 (UTC)
X-Message-Number: 12

For those of you to be in Northern Virginia/ Washington DC area this
weekend, I've decided at the last minute to be part of the Big Flea,
Dulles Expo Antique Market in Chantilly. For years I have shopped it
and found textile treasures. It is this Saturday and Sunday, July
24-25 at the Dulles Expo center in Chantilly, VA. Hours are Sat. 9-6,
Sun. 11-5. Stop by our booth, #501 and 502 in the South Building, to
say hi. I love putting faces with names I "know" online. Go to the
promoter's website, to get a discount entry

Nancy Hahn, Bowie, Maryland


Subject: Re: Cotton Warp "Quilts"
From: Judy Schwender <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 08:45:02 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 13

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Thank you, Jackie. Now I see the connection between "warp" and the knitt
ing.Judy Schwender

Subject: RE: light filter question
From: "Margaret Geiss-Mooney" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 10:39:47 -0700
X-Message-Number: 14

Good morning, QHLers - And do remember that ALL light exposure (duration and
intensity) causes damage, not just the UV portion. So turn down or off the
lights and pull those curtains whenever you can. If you will be away from
home, drape your displayed textiles with bed sheets to protect them while
you are gone.

Please feel free to contact me off-line for further clarification if needed.
. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ___________
Margaret E. Geiss-Mooney
Textile/Costume Conservator &
Collections Management Consultant
Professional Associate, AIC

Subject: re "quilt scholar" "quilt historian"
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 15:36:10 -0500
X-Message-Number: 15

Julie Silber posted asking for responses to the question of what constitute
s a "quilt scholar."

Leah Z added, " Can you include in this question - What makes someone a qui
lt Historian?? "

I submit that a quilt historian must by definition be a scholar. History is
an ancient discipline with long-established methods and standards that nec
essarily are scholarly, differing from other scholarly disciplines only ins
ofar as the demands of the subject require.

This is good old Wikipedia's definition of scholarship or the scholarly met
hod: "Scholarly method or scholarship  is the body of principles a
nd practices used by scholars to make their claims [about the world] as val
id and trustworthy as possible, and to make them known to the scholarly pub

In other words, a quilt scholar uses the tools of research----e.g., politic
al, textile, cultural history; material culture; logical analysis and synth
esis, previous discoveries and findings----to ask and answer questions abou
t quilts authoritatively. A scholar is obliged to use all the means require
d, both substantive and logical, to prove the validity of her claims. Her a
rguments must stand the tests of scholarship.

The collector, on the other hand, generally is not accountable to scholarly
standards. Only if she makes assertions does she need to "prove" anything
to anyone. The principles that guide her collection are nobody's concerns b
ut hers. I knew a man once who pointed to a field of Charolais cattle and t
old me he hoped someday to have his own herd of Charolais. I asked why Char
olais? He said, "I've always liked white cows." Not the kind of answer I'd
expected, but acceptable. If I'd wanted to know what made Charolais superio
r to other breeds, I should have asked that question. My friend was a sort
of "collector," and his collecting principle was "white in color." And it w
as a matter of personal preference alone.

I've always thought Chaucer (1340-1400) got it right re a true scholar. In
the the Prologue to his "Canterbury Tales" Chaucer describes the clerk of O
xford simply: "gladly would he learn, and gladly teach."

The scholar devotes himself to learning and to sharing with others what he
learns. That he must employ the intellectual and logical discipline needed
to discover and put forward truth in a convincing manner is clear in conte

Gaye Ingram


Subject: Adirondack Musem
From: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 20:25:08 -0400
X-Message-Number: 16

There is a small gallery guide available for two dollars which
includes color pictures of most of the quilts. On the back covr is a
short list of quilt history books and this note "Quiltscholars all
over the world are constantly adding to the corpus of our knowledge of
quilt history; the best place to find the latest in scholarship is in
Uncoverings, the journal of the American Quilt Study Group." To that
I was thrilled to read this is putting it mildly.

Cinda just back from Quilting by the Lake-


Subject: cotton warp quilts
From: Pam Weeks <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 07:35:25 -0400

Hi all,

In New England antiques shops we sometimes see what appear to be woven
cotton string warp/rag weft rugs. The cotton string warp is not as heavy as
garden twine, but almost, and the rags torn for the weft are only wide
enough to tell the cotton fabric might have been printed, but nothing beyond
a faint color can usually be detected. Lorie Chase tells me they are bed
coverings, not rugs, and most likely to come from Canada. They are large
enough to "top" a bed, and really too fine, with too little wear, to be

Although not a true quilt, I wonder if this fits the reference in *Ann of
Green Gables*?

Pam, from sunny NH where the gardens a booming with blooms.

Pam Weeks
Quilt Historian, Teacher
AQS Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles
PO Box 123
Durham, NH 03824


Subject: query
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 8:32:46 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

Was/Is there an accompanying booklet for the International Center's exhibit "Constructed Color: Amish Quilts"?

Gaye Ingram


Subject: cotton warp
From: Polly Greene <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 10:42:20 -0300
X-Message-Number: 3

The "cotton-warp" quilt was probably knit of cotton thread used for
warping a loom since it was very sturdy stuff. The bed covers woven
with thin strips of rag were "catalone" and mostly woven by Acadian
French weavers not only for bed coverings and rugs but skirts as well.
Polly in Nova Scotia


Subject: Re: More on Heavenly Twins
From: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 9:53:37 -0400
X-Message-Number: 4


You are a gem! Ask a librarian indeed. Thanks.



Subject: Amish Quilts at IQSC
From: xenia cord <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 12:41:48 -0400
X-Message-Number: 5

The answer to Gaye's question is: Yes, the gallery guide from the
exhibition, originally titled "The Collector's Eye: Amish Quilts from
the International Quilt Study Center Collections" is available as a
downloaded pdf file at this link:

The quilts featured in this exhibition and all of our past
exhibitions may be viewed by using our online database. To search the
collections go to this link; then scroll down
to the field "Exhibitions" and choose an exhibition from the drop-
down selections.



Subject: Sun Bonnet Sue top
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 12:01:37 -0700
X-Message-Number: 6

This eBay description explains that the fabrics for this SBS top were
"rotary cut". I found this very interesting that they would include this in
the description.

For anyone studying the history of this pattern, here is a unique variation
of the pattern that is dated 1930 on one of the blocks.

Karen in the Islands


Subject: blueing removal

If you research on the internet "How to remove blueing" there is an articl
e that says that ammonia will remove it. I have not tried this. I have tri
ed a VERY small amount of chlorine bleach and that did work even though I
had read that it wouldn't.(Only do this on your own item.) Blueing is a
form of "Prussian Blue dye" in most cases. Therefore it won't just wash
out with a regular soap or detergent.
Wonder how the "Blue Haired Ladies" got it out. My Aunt Lillie Mae and Aun
t Glenn went blue and never went back!
Good luck, Lynn Lancaster Gorges, New Bern, NC


Subject: Palatines in NY
From: <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 7:40:01 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Exploring my new home took me to the Herkimer House, home of General Nicholas Herkimer killed at the battle of Oriskany in 1777. The mid-18th century house is now a museum. There are two very interesting bedcoverings. Elizabeth Herkimer, a great niece of the general, made a candlewick spread dated 1816. According to the docent another candlewick made by Elizabeth is in the DAR collection (Debby? Virginia?). I learned a long time ago that I can often get past the velvet ropes for a close-up look at a quilt. This one echoed many of the PA German motifs found on fraktur and needlework. There is a central medallion of four fat vases with roses and tulips.

The most interesting piece was something I didn't see in the cloth but only in pictures and reading a detailed report from the Cooperstown Textile Conservation Studio (checkout their website for a nifty slidewhow). The following is taken from an info sheet available at the museum. The bedcover is made of white linen block printed in black with pink highlights. The pink may have been red. It measures 87"x78". The pattern was made by using different blocks to create linear patterns in black. Among the patterns are different standing birds, mounted figures, a group of dancers, Adam and Eve, a 6 pointed star, hearts, flying birds, flowers, a meandering branch. The motifs show a strong connection to Indian and European chintz patterns. Found in 1984 in a pine box nailed to the back of a stairway in a house in Little Falls, NY it is believed to have been made in Germany and passed down through the Petrie Family from Gertrude Petrie who immigrated to the Mohawk Valley in 1710.

Cinda in Central NY


Subject: RE: Palatines in NY
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 10:15:25 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

Our beloved Conrad Weiser here in PA was a member of one of the Palatine
families that originally settled in the Schoharie in NY, then re-settled in
the Tulpehocken in PA -- so there is absolutely a great Germanic influence
up there!
Candace Perry


Subject: Cotton Warp Quilt
From: Tracy Jamar <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 10:49:12 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

In the Mar/Apr 2010 issue of SELVEDGE there is an article,
"Bedmates: Do Modern Quilt Makers Need a Wake Up Call?" By Dr. Susan
B Marks,

"In the UK, we have a long quilting tradition which also encompasses
coverlets with pieced or appliquE9d tops, a backing but no filling.
And during the 19th century 'quilt' became a generic term in Britain

applied to all manner of bedcoverings, including knitted or
crocheted." (Marks 57)

Tracy Jamar on the south fork of the east end of Long Island


Subject: Re: light filter question
From: <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 10:55:31 -0400
X-Message-Number: 4

I am catching up on QHL posts, so perhaps this question has already been addressed. I think you can purchase UV filters that wrap around the long bulbs - don't know about compacts. Museum folks will know sources...
Bonnie Dwyer

---- Andi <> wrote:

Does anyone have advice on how to properly filter florescent and compact
florescent lights in a home environment to reduce light damage to quilts?

Andi in Paducah

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Subject: sampler "saying" or whatever
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 16:58:00 -0400

I am attempting to clean some in my sewing room. I am finding such crazy
stuff. One is a quote that I saw on a cross stitch sampler made in NY in
1817, but with no name on it.
The quote is ---------
Wad not the Lord made made us his car
and ye our friends had been
we still had a run out wild carier in wickedness and sin
This I had(oe?) done to let you see me
what care my friends has tooked

I just didn't have the heart to throw that away. But now I can!
I am determined that that "Hoarders" show doesn't show up and want to go
in my sewing room at my house!!!
I couldn't find 3 spools of yellow serger thread that I KNOW I OWN, so I
have now taken on the entire room. No yellow thread yet, but it is gettin
g better in there.
Bet many of you can identify!
Lynn in New Bern, NC (Too hot to be outside today.)


Subject: RE: Cotton Warp Quilt
From: "Janet O'Dell" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 07:43:14 +1000
X-Message-Number: 6

There is a distinction in terms of the word 'coverlet' when applied to
UK. A knitted bedcover would be known as a counterpane, traditionally
in white cotton yarn. Many patterns for squares were published by
Weldons in
the late 1800s and there has been at least one book on the subject in
years. I have it somewhere.

A coverlet could be a single appliquE9d and/or pieced fabric layer or
with backing and no batting. I have several examples. In the US I
the term is 'summer spread'.

In the US I believe the term 'coverlet' applies to a woven bedcover.

Janet O'Dell


Subject: Re: sampler "saying" or whatever
From: Sally Ward <>
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 09:46:07 +0100
X-Message-Number: 1

Lyn, as an experiment I read this out to myself in the geordie accent of
my Grandmother and it made perfect sense!

Had not the Lord taken care of me
and you been my friends
I would have had a wild career in wickedness and sin
This I made to let you see
What care my friends have taken of me.

Its lovely. Although a wild career in wickedness and sin sounds
tempting too <G>.

As for the yellow thread, it must be hunting season. You are the third
person this week who has mentioned sewing-room clearing.

Sally Ward
In Yorkshire - where the sun is smiling but the wind is already turning


Subject: RE: Palatines in NY

From: <>

Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 8:11:39 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

Thanks Candace. T don't know (yet) much about the Palatines in this area but their very presence makes me feel at home. Since I'm always asking questions about the "Germans" I get lots of curious looks when I tell people that both of grandfathers were born in County Sligo. You don't need blood ties to find kindred spirits.

Cinda whose birthday is St. Patrick's Day


Subject: Re: sampler "saying" or whatever
From: "Jean Carlton" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 10:03:27 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

Sally said
>>As for the yellow thread, it must be hunting season. You are the third
person this week who has mentioned sewing-room clearing."

Make that 4 - I know I prepared binding for a little doll quilt - it's now
quilted and ready for it but....where is that binding? In a 'safe' place, I
I'm too stubborn to just make another one and so am using the search as an
excuse to neaten up the whole mess but so far, no binding ....but I did
unearth a few projects I'd forgotten about....just what I need.


Subject: Sewing rooms, organization of
From: Stephen Schreurs <>
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 08:29:29 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 4

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Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

It has been so hot here in the Mid-Atlantic that I am developing cabin feve
r. I regret to say that I am holed up with the air-conditioning and occu
pying time with finishing projects. Even at 5 am, it was 81 degrees.
No better time than now to finish a quilt! The latest was started in the
early 1980s.

My workroom, however, is beyond further organizing. Well, not totally.
 But in the heat, and not wishing to over-exert, and faced with stacks o
f what seemed like great ideas, it seems the best strategy is to try and se
w my way out of there.

See you all at the next Millenium. Or the next study group. Fondly, Susa


Subject: Cartoons on quilts
From: "Kathy Moore" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 18:53:50 -0500

BlankLaura Fisher has sent an email to a list of "undisclosed
recipients" requesting help identifying a quilt containing a large
number of blocks with cartoon-like images and commentary. The quilt
contains "rare New Hampshire 1903 portraits..." I assume many of you
have received her email.

Serendipitously, I stumbled upon an article in my files that was written
by Shelly Zegart, first published in The Quilt Digest 4 in 1986, with
the title, Old Maid, New Woman. In that article there is an image from a
quilt made by friends in 1871 for Susan Elizabeth Daggett, born Dec. 9,
1841. The image is very much like the ones on Laura's email.

Does anyone else have similar references to help Laura with her search?

Good luck, Laura,

Best wishes,
Kathy Moore
Lincoln, NE


Subject: another question
From: "Kathy Moore" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 18:55:47 -0500
X-Message-Number: 7

BlankI am looking for information about the location of quilts and documents
once owned by Sharon Newman. Does anyone out there know where her
quilt-related collection went after her death? Who would I contact for
follow up?

Thanks for any help,

Kathy Moore
Lincoln, NE

Subject: Cleaning out the sewing room
From: Jean Lester <>
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2010 08:39:01 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Yep, I have been at it. too. I have give away 3 BIG bags of fabric
suitable for children's quilts. I must have bought them all when I
expected 25 grandchildren! Since I only got 10 and have given up on
any more, Ronald McDonald House and Children's Hospital will be better
off. This is a good thing--for them and for me!



Subject: New exhibition at New England Quilt Museum
From: Anita Loscalzo <>
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2010 08:33:55 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 2

Contemporary Broderie Perse: An Elegant Revival, features modern-day interp
retations of some of the most detailed, finely-wrought quilts in the Americ
an tradition.

Combining collage, fine appliquE9, and fine quilting, broderie perse, also
known as cut-out chintz appliquE9, presents a high point in the art of qu
ilting and deserves the admiration and attention of all who appreciate fine
needlework. The technique emerged in the late eighteenth century when chi
ntz fabrics were very expensive and only the very wealthy could afford whol
e cloth bed coverings made from large pieces of chintz. By cutting motifs
out of a small amount of fabric, the quilter could rearrange them onto a la
rge field of inexpensive plain cotton to imitate the designs on larger fabr
ics. Plain cream or white fields filled by fine quilting surround the tree
s, floral sprays, wreaths, urns, birds, and baskets appliquE9d with tiny w
hip, buttonhole, or reverse buttonhole stitches. The style, which was very
popular in the Middle Atlantic States and the South into the 1840s, largel
y disappeared after the 1850s. The exhibition, curated by Anita B.
Loscalzo, presents 30 contemporary broderie perse quilts and several antiq
ue examples in order to familiarize viewers with the style and its history.

During the Lowell Quilt Festival, Thursday August 12 through Saturday, Augu
st 14, Anita will give gallery talks every day at 2pm. In addition, noted
quilt artist Barbara W. Barber, whose work is featured in the exhibition, w
ill present a retrospective trunk show of her work, including many of her m
ost noted Broderie Perse pieces, on Sunday, September 12, at 1pm. Contempor
ary Broderie Perse: An Elegant Revival will run from July 15 through Octobe
r 17, 2010. The exhibition will travel to the National Quilt Museum in Pad
ucah, KY and be on display from November 19, 2010 to February 15, 2011.


Subject: thanks
From: Andi <>
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2010 16:56:45 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

Thanks to those who answered my question about light filtering in a home
environment. The consensus has been that filters for long florescent
tubes are available (at places like Gaylord's) but for compact f's,
probably not. I'm sure I saw a show on HGTV a couple of years back where
people with antiques put some kind of super-duper, new technology film
on their windows (it was a house with a lot of windows) to prevent
fading. So many times I wish the shows on that channel had gone back to
whatever -- makeover, repair, landscape -- six months or a year later to
see "the rest of the story."

Andi in Paducah

PS - I asked Bonnie Browning if we had an estimate of light exposure for
AQS quilt shows, which are four days long, and the answer was no.
Lighting is less than full during set up and take-down and when the show
is closed.


Subject: blogging
From: Laura Fisher <>
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2010 18:29:20 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 4

Content-Type: text/plain; charsetus-ascii

Hi all- alone upstairs in my little warehouse showroom in NYC, I have no computer literate person around to talk with about............blogging!!! I have now had several invitations to make a blog, but what exactly is involved???? I look at some blogs, and my, this consumes some time, doesn't it! One could spend a lot of hours just reading through all those musings, and I guess writing them too. I am trying to get more current about all of this, but confess I don't relish even more hours hunched over a computer with a hot lap and tired eyes. Advice, emailed privately, would be gratefully welcomed.


Laura Fisher at


305 East 61st Street,5th floor

New York, NY 10065


Subject: SIGNED "Hearts and Hands" books
From: "Julie Silber" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 08:43:24 -0700
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We are making some room on our book shelves, and have some NEW
from-the-publisher copies of our book, "Hearts and Hands" for sale.

The book is out of print and unavailable new elsewhere.

These copies are unused and signed by me (Julie Silber) and Pat Ferrero.
For a limited time, we are selling these at the original price of $19.95 +
shipping. (Sales tax in CA.)

Direct e-mail:

Julie Silber


Subject: Re: another question
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 14:47:17 EDT
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You might contact Bobbi Aug. She was a close friend and collaborative

Violet Vaughnes


Subject: if I had a blog, would I put this on it?
From: Laura Fisher <>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 17:10:34 -0700 (PDT)
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Ok, so I'm still contemplating whether to get into the 21st century, and thanks to all who advised about blogging, it's all very helpful, means yet another activity to engage in instead of straightening up the shelves in the shop.

It is so infrequent that something anecdotal occurs nowadays compared to eras past, but finally, something amusing to report. My rooms in this warehouse are along one of the two aisles on the floor. I am one of a handful of dealers who maintains an open shop here. Everyone else who has rooms here rarely opens them up, so it's pretty isolated; any human activity up here is noticeable.

Yesterday from the next aisle I could hear chatter chatter in a voice that sounded familiar. The building management and warehousemen were milling around. When I inquired about the activity, it turned out to be Liza Minelli they were working with, pulling everything out of her storerooms in search of her Andy Warhol silkscreens of her mother Judy Garland.

I was discreet and didn't poke my head around, only smiled at her when she awaited the elevator (yes she lost weight, but she has got to stop with the plastic surgery). Of course I wished I could have seen the silkscreens; imagine their value with that provenance.So, just another day in NYC...........If I had a blog, I wouldn't put this on it though, 'cause this is gossip, not erudition.


Laura Fisher at


305 East 61st Street,5th floor

New York, NY 10065



Subject: Re: if I had a blog, would I put this on it?
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 20:16:03 EDT
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In my opinion, that's exactly the kind of thing that makes a blog so much
fun to read. Just the everyday stuff of a persons life that makes us feel
we know them, and want to know more about them.

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Subject: Re: ***SPAM*** if I had a blog, would I put this on it?
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 19:58:15 -0500
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A writer named Randy Ingermanson has an excellent blog for novelists. I
believe he probably addresses the idea of how to start a blog and what to
put on it and how to measure success. He's actually a physicist so he is
very good at putting together statistics and analyzing data. I've learned a
lot from him in regards to marketing and blogs & such. Perhaps his site will
provide insights to help you think it through.

I recently began a blog with another historical novelist. We thought long
and hard about our approach and content. We didn't want to do a traditional
writer's blog about the craft of writing. We are both passionate about the
historical background for our books, and so we decided to create "Footnotes:
Novel Inspirations from History" which tells "the rest of the story." The
blog shares things we considered "cool" from history that we've learned as
we research. Quotes from women's diaries, historic photographs, etc.

It's too new to know whether it will be well received, but we're enjoying
the process of sharing what we're learning about history. We've agreed we'll
give it six months and then re-evaluate.

I would say that initially you should think carefully about the GOAL you
have for a blog so that you can measure your "success" and know whether it's
worth the time and effort.

The Dummies book for Google Blogger was an invaluable resource for me, but I
still ended up having my web site designer do the layout for us. I'm a big
believer in hiring the people to do the thing they are good at so I can do
the thing I'm good at (which is writing).

At any rate. . . .those are my thoughts on blogging.

Stephanie Whitson


Subject: Re: if I had a blog, would I put this on it?
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 20:46:36 -0500
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Of course I wished I could have seen the silkscreens; imagine their value with that provenance.So, just another day in NYC...........If I had a blog, I wouldn't put this on it though, 'cause this is gossip, not erudition.
> Laura.

Laura, this is merely my private opinion, but I think erudition is often over-rated.

Thinking of Warhol's silk screen of Judy G,


Subject: Re: if I had a blog, would I put this on it?
From: "Lorraine Olsson" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 12:10:27 +1000
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> I was discreet and didn't poke my head around, only smiled at her when she
> awaited the elevator (yes she lost weight, but she has got to stop with
> the plastic surgery). Of course I wished I could have seen the
> silkscreens; imagine their value with that provenance.So, just another day
> in NYC...........If I had a blog, I wouldn't put this on it though, 'cause
> this is gossip, not erudition.

Surely this is just a page from your book of life, nothing bad or malicious.
Celebrity spotting is always a legitimate pastime. If you do not have a
blog, make a note in your diary, even if it only you who will come back
across it in 10 years time.

Lorraine in wintry, wet and cold Blue Mountains Australia


Subject: Re: if I had a blog, would I put this on it?
From: Jeanne Jabs <>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 19:36:05 -0700 (PDT)

How Cool is that!!!!! I live here in PODUNK TOWN Wisconsin and the most fam
ous person we ever see is Bucky Badger (the mascot for the UW Madison) Unle
ss of course I count my boss, but only farmers would know him. :)