Subject: Re: Quilt beads From: "Judy Grow" <> Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2010 00:47:51 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1 _CodeJ-IB-M&Category_CodeNE

Sorry -- this is a two line url.. You have to copy and paste both lines to get to the image. These are necklaces where the beads are made of Indian dowry quilts, cut up.

The rest of the site has gorgeous stuff. No actual quilts though.

Judy Grow


Subject: facebook From: Laura Fisher <> Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 22:15:16 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 2

So with all this talk of facebook viruses, now I am getting nervous about being on there any more, though I just started, Boo hoo, I was actually getting to kind of enjoy a wee part of it. One could spend hours, especially on a pouring down rainy day, looking for old names and such. I was even beginning to plan what news and photos to post, but now I am anxious, what to do?

I recently got an email from a guy whose name I recalled (because it was so distinctive, but 'fraid I can't share) asking me "Is it you?" So I emailed back, yes, it's me; your name sounds familiar, do I know you? And he emailed me back with info that he'd been to a quilt show in Seattle, saw my name there (thank you whoever was responsible for that) and got in touch wondering if it was the same Laura he had dated...........(OMG) 40 years ago. And in fact, I am. Hmmm, I wondered, maybe there is something to this facebook thing....

I conjured way distant memories of someone who had actually fit the definition of tall dark and handsome, truly a lovely but brief gift from a friend who had fixed us up. In truth, besides his name, the only thing I remembered about him was how he had arranged things around his bed so he could reach them all with just his foot -- the TV, the radio, the phone, books.(this was the pre-remote control era). I had no recollection about anything else.

In his response, he said I could look him up on facebook, and that despite the passage of time, he hadn't changed a bit (since I didn't remember anything about him but that particular foot quirk, what did I know?!)

So, I looked him up, found several men with his name, but only one in Seattle. And I looked and looked and looked at that picture, and.......all I can say is, the old description no longer fits, at all! (and besides, he's married, so why is he contacting me?! So much for my facebook experience!

Laura Laura Fisher at


305 East 61st Street,5th floor

New York, NY 10065



Subject: RE: Quilt beads From: " Barb Vlack" <> Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2010 05:19:57 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

Is it heartbreaking that vintage fabric was used to create these beads?  The text reads: <<Description: Handmade in India, these colorful necklaces  are created from vintage cotton dowry quilts that have been cut into tiny pieces, formed into beads and strung.>>

Shades of Ralph Lauren in the 80s, when he cut up quilts to make  garments. I'll never forget the quilt made by someone in my guild that she named,  Tit for Tat, Ralph Lauren!" She cut up Ralph Lauren shirts to make a  patchwork quilt.

I went shopping on this julieartisans site and found some lovely  (albeit $$$) felted wool jewelry. Eye candy.

Barb Vlack I have fulfilled a $1000 fund raising promise for Alzheimer's research  and am working on a second $1000 pledge. Cheer me on at: For lectures and workshops, see 


Subject: Re: facebook From: SoldierGrrrl <> Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2010 07:00:43 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

Seriously, FB isn't that much more dangerous than any other site out there. There are some simple precautions to take to reduce your chances of a virus.

Use a password that's a pain in the butt to break. Don't use your birthdate, your husband's name, or anything that's easy to remember. Switching it up with random capitalization, numbers and punctuation. $3Ewht!M3n? (I have something that would involve knowing me, my husband, our pets, and my favorite alphanumeric symbol. It's not hack-proof, but it took longer to break into my FB than it did most of my friends.)

Keep your AV protection updated. Ensure your program runs automated scans and updates frequently. (I use Avast and scan regularly with MalwareBytes.)

Don't click on links from people you don't know, or, if you get a link in a chat, and it seems weird, don't click on it. (If your friends don't usually send you chats about free ringtones or winning an iPad, don't click on the links.)

Lock your privacy settings down as hard as you feel they need to be. (Everything on my FB is set to friends only.)

As for why people are on it? I've run into a few old boyfrriends, and it's been fun seeing if we remember the same things. I'm happily married (as are most of them) so it's no threat to my husband to say hi, catch up on 430-character long snippets of their lives and move on. A lot of businesses also find that Facebook allows them to reach out to customers they might not otherwise reach. Younger quilters are probably on there pretty regularly.

Jen Atkinson -- I've asked forgiveness from the Lord, now take my soul, and bring my sword.


Subject: Need a roommate for Benberry Symposium From: linda laird <> Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2010 19:29:15 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

I'll be coming from the Detroit area and could pick someone up and take  them back to the Detroit Airport. I'd like to be there Thurs evening,  Oct 7 til Sun. morning. Please contact me off line. Linda Laird


Subject: RE: facebook From: " Barb Vlack" <> Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2010 23:44:55 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

I have a fabulous Facebook story about a previously unknown relative in Norway who found my family via my sister on Facebook. He was doing genealogy research and told us information he had gathered about my grandfather and father. My sister and I laughed as he sent more and more, saying, "If this is a scam, he's really good." He had family names that matched what we knew. He accounted for his grandmother being a sister of my father's grandmother, from Sweden. Then he sent some family pictures. In one picture of a family of father, mother, and four sons, I immediately recognized the father, because I had a headshot photograph of him that looked very similar to this family portrait. Turns out, none of my family around here had ever seen this family picture, yet the headshot detail I had was _from_ this picture and was used to create an oil painting portrait of my great-grandfather that used to hang in my parents' house. The discovery was very exciting.

A couple months later Ingvar came to the US with his daughter and two young granddaughters to do more genealogy research and see Chicago, and we had a wonderful visit.

So there are some good things about Facebook --- IF you are careful.

I agree with the warning to ignore links from unknown sources, and even then be careful. It's not really Facebook, but rather the embedded links people put there that cause the problems. Know what you are opening and its source.

It's OK to ignore a lot of stuff. Don't let your curiosity get the better of you unless you know you can trust the source. It's often safer to retype a URL rather than click on a link.

You do not have to accept everyone who wants to be your friend. It's OK to ignore requests and accept only those you do really know or want to have access to your personal posts.

There have been various newspaper articles lately about lawsuits involving libel suits from Facebook and emails and other networking internet activities. Don't put anything in print on a website that could come back to bite you now or ever. Mistakes made in judgment today will never be erased if they are captured on the internet.

But I'm sure that would never happen to any of us, talking about quilt history (unless we slam some quilt historian)! VBG


Barb Vlack I have fulfilled a $1000 fund raising promise for Alzheimer's research and am working on a second $1000 pledge. Cheer me on at:

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Subject: Two great workshops this Fall From: <> Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 18:46:46 -0700 X-Message-Number: 2

I would like to share with you two great workshops planned in Connecticut this Fall. They are textile related. 1. Unlocking the Vault: Keys to Use and Access of Historical Collections Monday October 25, 2010 Litchfield History Museum Litchfield, CT This workshop seeks to provide participants with real world examples of how institutions and individual researchers can go from selecting a collection to research to amassing historical information and creating a finished project. Speakers: Derin Bray - Tales of Fakery, Frenzy, and Family Heirlooms: Discovering Object History through Documentary Research. Ann Smith - Letters from the Heart: The Whittemores of Naugatuck and the French Impressionists. Dr. Shirley Wajda & Anne Farrow - Journeys with Primary Materials and a New Media Encyclopedia. Kate Steinway - Stitching a Project Together: Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art, and Family, 1740-1840. Julie Frey, Linda Hocking & Jessica Jenkins - The Ledger: A Nineteenth Century Social Network.

2. Storage Solutions for Historic Collections sponsored by the The Connecticut League of History Organizations Alex Allardt, ArtCare Resources Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield, CT September 27, 2010 This multi-part program provides in-depth training on caring, handling, and storing historic collections focusing on best practices and low-tech solutions. There is an initial workshop followed by a series of specially focused workshops throughout the upcoming year. - Care and Storage of Books and Papers - Tara Kennedy, Yale University Library at Lyme Public Hall, November 8, 2010 - Care and Storage of Paintings - Thomas Branchick, Williamstown Art Conservation Center at Connecticut Historical Society, January 10, 2011 - Care and Storage of Furniture - Hugh Glover, Williamstown Art Conservation Center at Connecticut Historical Society, July 18, 2011 - Care and Storage of Textiles & Costumes - Kate Barker, Textile Conservation Workshop, New Canaan Historical Society, July 18, 2011 - Care and Storage of Decorative Arts - Barbara Appelbaum, Appelbaum & Himmelstein at Greenwich Historical Society, August 15, 2011 - Care and Storage of Photographs - Leslie Paisley, Williamstown Art Conservation Center at Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, September 19, 2011 - Care and Storage of Metal & Tools - Helen Gillette-Woodard, Williamstown Art Conservation Center at Windsor Historical Society, November 7, 2011.

Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: facebook etc. From: Pepper Cory <> Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2010 11:51:48 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1


Hello all-I use facebook in two ways: to keep myself in the average quilter's eye (marketing) and to touch base with a flock of ten nieces and nephews who exist more online than in person. I take advantage of the filters to send messages privately and I never do a thumbs-up or down 'like' or 'don't like' as it's of little use plus it opens my friends to more unnecessary info. I gladly friend those requests that are quilt-related and always inspect the person's profile (as much as is available) before clicking OK. I also take advantage of the Hide button and thus delete anyone's Farmville, Mafia Wars requests etc. I also hide obnoxious people, especially those that go on and on about religion and politics. While they're welcome to their opinion. I don't have to read about it. So far I have not un-friended anyone. Facebook is linked to my blogs and Twitter though I confess until I get a smart phone (I can feel it coming in 2011) the texting thing is not important to me and thus my Twitter account is fairly dormant. Facebook is rapidly overtaking the web in place of whole-scale searching internet surfing and directed email. It is building a new communications model. People are growing their own online entity (with aps) since they instinctively want/need to filter out the clutter. Don't be scared of facebook--it's the next thing after email-- but certainly don't be stupid or take risks. On to braver new worlds! Pepper

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

Website: and look me up on



Subject: photos, info about Quilt Study Day Ohio Aug. 14, 2010 From: Sharon Pinka <> Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2010 09:28:18 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 2

Hello everyone - for those of you who attended, or those who are interested , please check out new MFSG member Lisa Ruetz' blog and pictures of our won derful day at  Lisa took some great pictures and her running commentary of the day (and th e previous night's show and tell) will help us all remember what treasures  we saw (and fondled.) Thanks to Lisa for such great work!  Thanks to everyone who sent kind words and praise, and especially to Ginny  Gunn and Xenia Cord for donating their time and expertise. We were able  to raise $1630 for the AQSG Endowment Fund and $875 for the Quilters Hall o f Fame 3D over $2500! Not bad for a group of less than 50 participants!  By the way, I would love to receive any pictures taken that day, but am esp ecially looking for the 1855 quilt that Xenia and I showed during the short program. It was a four block navy/orange starburst, with flying geese b orders, and was local to my area. If you have some good shots, please se nd them my way!  Enjoy Lisa's blog - Sharon

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


Subject: Help researching a 19th century quilt block source From: "Stephanie Whitson" <> Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010 20:57:27 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

I tried posting a line drawing and a photograph of the quilt block on  the eBoard, but it rejected my password. Hopefully the attached  combination photo/line drawing from Brackman will come through.

I am researching a 19th century photograph of a woman seated at a  quilting frame. I located the pieced quilt block in Brackman. It is  #2687 called "Elisie's Favorite."

The block was published in a 1910 booklet attributed to Clara Stone  titled Practical Needlework: Quilt Patterns. If you have this booklet in  your possession, would you be willing to scan the cover and the page on  which this block pattern appears so that I can have it as part of my  research file on this 19th century quilt maker?

The block pattern may also have appeared in an earlier (prior to 1910)  Hearth and Home, since Stone apparently also submitted quilt block  designs for that publication. Hearth and Home was published 1868-1933.

I tried to cut and paste the quilt block photo into this e-mail and  couldn't make it work. Hopefully you can see it or look it up in your  own Brackman. If not, and if you think you can help me, please e-mail me at and I'll individually answer with the  photograph and the line drawing attached. Thanks for any help you can give.

Stephanie Whitson


Subject: Uzbek suzani design influences From: Karen Alexander <> Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2010 22:58:01 -0700 X-Message-Number: 1

I love stumbling across potential design influences for quilts in other cultures. Naturally Asia, being far older than the U.S. or even Europe, has a far longer design history from which to draw upon. Today I stumbled across suzani quilts/duvets.

Here is a commercial website I found today with Uzbek quilts and duvets. If you browse thru this commercial website you will see some stunning black background quilts.

Can someone tell me when black as a background fabric in applique quilts started to appear? Was in in the late 1980s or mid 1990s? Who in the quilt world do you first associate this trend with?

Karen in the Islands


Subject: Black background in applique quilts From: "Stephanie Whitson" <> Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2010 10:43:19 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

A Treasury of Mennonite Quilts by Rachel & Kenneth Pellman has a  stunning Whig Rose applique quilt on p. 61 that is on a dark navy blue  background. I thought "newer" when I saw the photograph because of the  dark background. Nope. Circa 1870.

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Subject: Black as a background in quilts From: JAN MASENTHIN

I'm not an expert, but I have seen a lot of crazy quilts which I would defi ne as having a black background.

Jan Masenthin  --0-1880548441-1283230878:96880--


Subject: Re: Black background in applique quilts From: Karen Alexander <> Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2010 22:50:15 -0700 X-Message-Number: 2

Thanks, Stephanie. Yes, I am aware of that quilt. I guess I am thinking of when it began to reappear as a so-called new trend sometime after 1980. Did some write a how-to applique book just about this type of quilt or am I remembering incorrectly?

Karen in the Islands


Subject: Indian Head Fabric From: michele mclaughlin <> Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 05:34:15 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 3

Does anyone know the status of Joan's book on Indian Head Fabric? I have an embroidered sunbonnet (dancing with a an animal) and underneath it is s tamped, "A Spread of Indian Head for Dolly's Bed." I know that in the arti cle "Indian Head Remembered", Joan cited that the company offered free doll dresses in 1915 and just wondered if there was anyone that I could show a  photograph to and get their thoughts. Thanks in advance, Michele McLaughlin Allentown PA

blogging at: "Teach us delight in simple things and mirth that has no bitter springs."-- -Kipling


Subject: Black backqround quilts From: linda laird <> Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:34:33 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

I once saw a black background double wedding ring in an Amish book and  promptly made one.

Linda Laird


Subject: Re: Black background in applique quilts From: "Stephanie Whitson" <> Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 12:06:59 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

Good question. I don't know if one particular writer wrote a "how-to" that highlighted black backgrounds and it caught on from there. . . interesting point.



Subject: Applique quilts with black backgrounds From: <> Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 10:48:37 -0700 X-Message-Number: 6

In the mid 1930s, Ruth Finley designed a quilt for Eleanor Roosevelt called "Roosevelt Rose." The original was featured appliqued on a black background. I was fortunate to find an original newspaper article about Ruth, the quilt, and the presentation. It can be seen in the "World War II Quilts" book. A woman from Bristol, CT made the quilt on a white ground. It can be seen there also. -- Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: Robert Shaw's last book From: Karen Alexander <> Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 15:40:53 -0700 X-Message-Number: 7

American Quilts: The Democratic Art, 1780-2007 by Robert Shaw

Can someone who has this book give me their impression of it. Does it include a lot of repeat quilts that have been published elsewhere? What is the source of most of the quilts in this book.... one or two museums or private collections?


Karen in the Islands