Subject: broderie perse quilt at auction
From: Judy Schwender <sister3603yahoo.com>

Hi all,
I have no affiliation, but thought this was interesting.
Judy Schwender


Subject: Bird appliques
From: Jean Lester <jeantomlestercomcast.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2010 20:59:13 -0400
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Those birdies look more '70s, to me!



Subject: Fun Quilt Quiz on PBS
From: Karen Alexander <karenquiltrockisland.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2010 09:08:21 -0700
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Karen in the Islands


Subject: Basket Quilts in the 1860s
From: Karen Alexander <karenquiltrockisland.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:10:03 -0700
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I finally purchased a copy of Gathered In Time: Utah Quilts and Their
Makers, Settlement to 1950 and began reading it last night.

On page 17 are photos of a pieced basket Quilt said to be from 1861. It
startled me. I have never seen a Basket Quilt that early with appliqued and
embroidered flowers sort of filling each basket. Almost always the baskets
are empty. Plus this quilt flowers appliqued and embroidered in the blank
half triangles around the edge of the quilt. It reminds me more of the
Basket Quilt patterns that the syndicated newspaper quilt columns made
popular in the late 20s-30s. The notation on the page says the quilt was
made in England and New York and brought to Utah. Unfortunately there is no
over-all photo of the quilt just photos of sections of the quilt showing
three individual blocks and two triangles.

How many others have seen a pieced Basket Quilt in block format with
appliqued flowers in the basket prior to 1899 that resembles the McKim
series....other than possibly on a Baltimore Album quilt or Album/Sampler
quilt? (But neither of those would fit the criteria of over-all pieced
Basket blocks.)

I was just curious so decided to use the Quilt Index and the IQSC data base
to quench my curiosity. This is all I found. Of course there is always the
possibility of pulling each of my state doc books off the shelf and going
thru them one by one.

From the Quilt Index

Quilt Index Record 1E-3D-BA3 from the MSU collection from the late 1800s
with one flower standing straight up in the basket

Quilt Index Record 4A-7F-A75 from the Rutgers Special Collections and
University Archives/New Jersey Project (ca 1890)

Quilt Index Record 4A-7F-702 with one diagonal row of baskets with one fat
bud and two fat leaves in each basket (1880-90)

Quilt Index Record: 50-8A-7F8 from West Virginia (1885) has three stalks of
appliqued flowers, the middle one straight up, the outer two slightly
turning out.

From the IQSC Data Base

IQSC Object Number: 1997.007.0693 Circa 1840-1860 - looks like a little
pine tree growing in the basket

IQSC Object Number: 1997.007.0694 Circa 1860-1880 - has three little
leaves poking up

IQSC Object Number: 1997.007.0708 Circa 1880-90 - has no handle on the
basket- ahs one big fat open flower with what appears to be a rose bud with
a single leaf poking straight up and a rose bud straight out on each side.

IQSC Object Number: 2008.040.0172 dated 1866 - Has a single small tulip
with stem and two leaves.

None of these comes close to the the look of the Basket Quilt with the
appliqued on page 17 of the Utah book. I'll try to post a photo.

Karen in the Islands


Subject: 1861 Basket Quilt - photo link
From: Karen Alexander <karenquiltrockisland.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:25:07 -0700
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You can see the Basket Quilt under discussion in the QHL Gallery here:

Karen in the Islands


Subject: Basket quilts
From: Karan Flanscha <sadierosecfu.net>

During the Iowa Quilt Research Project in 1988, I documented an early basket
quilt with appliques filling the area between the pieced basket and
handles. As we poured over the unique appliques, we noticed that some of
the blocks did not have any applique. Closer inspection showed evidence of
stitch holes, where applique pieces had been removed. Then we learned the
story of the quilt... which came to be known as "The Jealous Wife Quilt".
Lucy Ferry Desmond married a widower with 2 young children, shortly after
the Civil War. The quilt was made by his first wife, Eliza Hicks. Lucy was
jealous of the attention the quilt got, and began to remove the applique
pieces, saying she needed the muslin for a bed sheet (!) When she had
removed the applique from 7 of the blocks, the family stopped her & put the
quilt away for safekeeping!

You can see this quilt at:
I wrote an article about the Iowa Quilts Research Project for the
April/May 1996 issue of Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilts, and a photo of this
quilt was featured on the cover, and a full size photo on pg. 5. We dated
this quilt circa 1850.
Karan from Iowa


Subject: Re: Basket quilts
From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <stephaniestephaniewhitson.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2010 23:03:23 -0500
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I don't understand how cutting floral applique off a basket block was going
to help her get muslin for a bed sheet.

what am I missing ????

Stephanie Whitson


Subject: Where jazz and quilts meet
From: Karen Alexander <karenquiltrockisland.com>
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2010 15:18:41 -0700
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Jazz pianist Jason Moran, who recently won one of the $500,000 MacArthur
grants, has a number of projects in mind for the money. One of them has to
do with Gees Bend quilters.

<<To begin, he taking an existing song cycle about the quilts of Gee
Bend, Ala., directly to the place that inspired him. I want something
really low tech: just setting up some amps and a piano and some microphones=
and playing next to this house where they sell their quilts. I don=B9t get a
chance to do that very often. >>

See complete article here:


Karen Alexander


Subject: early basket quilts
From: "Roberta (Bobbe) Benvin" <quiltsndogsaol.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2010 18:26:06 -0500
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I own a quilt, circa 1860s, that has pieced baskets and very folk
art-style flowers and birds in each block (please see pg 60 of the York
County, Pa. documentation book, "Quilts: The Fabric of Friendship"). Since
coming into possession of this quilt, I take particular notice when I see
another of similar type. They have all originated in the 1860s.

It is my personal feeling that these were made during what might have been
a mini-fad. I consider them transitional pieces -- between the very
elaborate appliqued quilts of the 1840-50s and the veritable absence of
applique post-Civil War.

The shirting fabric in the baskets might put the quilt more into the
1870s. I wish I could have a closer look at the poison green print and the
cheddar triangles, but it's possible that they are from the 1860s.

Is there any chance that the baskets could have been made by one quilter,
and the flowers added at a later time? They look more stylized than the
typical flowers of the Civil War era.

Roberta Benvin

Subject: Basket quilt
From: Stephen Schreurs <schreurs_ssyahoo.com>

Funny you should think that, Roberta. When I looked at that picture of the basket quilt, that was what popped in to my mind - someone who could not=
leave well enough alone had improved on that quilt! The flowers and leaves did seem stylized - even early 20th century, to me. Susan


Subject: Harriet Powers Day proclaimation
From: Kyra <kyra262yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2010 11:27:27 -0400
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Hello - wonderful program in Athens, GA honoring Harriet Powers over past weekend. The Mayor proclaimed Harriet Powers Day. Lovely declaration. Happy to=
send photocopy if interested. Please send email with your mailing address offline.

Best, Kyra Hicks

Sent from my iPod=


Subject: OT - Research downloads until Dec. 15

For other textile info junkies. This was in a costume email I received=
Download, at no charge, volumes 41, 42 and 43 of "Costume", the Journal
of the Costume Society of Great Britain. Just click on here under - View
Free Content on the right of the page to go to the download page. Some
interesting material.


Jan Thomas

Excuse the cross-posting


Subject: Re: OT - Research downloads until Dec. 15
From: Kittencat3aol.com
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2010 21:09:52 -0400 (EDT)

They have an article by legendary costume historian Janet Arnold. That
alone is worth the download to me.

Lisa Evanslyris.quiltropolis.com


Subject: Re: OT - Research downloads until Dec. 15
From: SoldierGrrrl <soldier.grrrlgmail.com>

On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 8:09 PM, <Kittencat3aol.com> wrote:
> They have an article by legendary costume historian Janet Arnold.  Tha=
> alone is worth the download to me.

Can someone please resend the link?


Subject: Re: OT - Research downloads until Dec. 15
From: Judy Schwender <sister3603yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2010 13:13:37 -0700 (PDT)
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

You might also find something free from Textile History that isalso onli=
ne:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/maney/tex/2009/00000040/00000001 Judy Schwender


Subject: Textile related - Norwegian tapestry
From: Karen Alexander <karenquiltrockisland.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2010 18:09:38 -0800
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A friend just sent me this link to a newsletter that contains an interesting
story about half way thru it.

It's about a recently made Norwegian tapestry. It's about 40 meter long or
132 feet. There is a link within the story where you can see one section of
the tapestry. Here is an excerpt from the newsletter.

<<In 1995, officials of the Hunting & Fishing Museum of Northern Varmland
commissioned six Swedish and four Norwegian unemployed women to embroider
the pilgrim history onto a linen cloth, just as the women of Bayeux did in
1077. The resulting work is called the Pilgrim Tapestry and is about 44
yards long. It is embroidered mainly using the chain stitch on linen cloth.
It took the ladies two years, but they finished in time for the 1000th
anniversary celebration of Trondheim, Norway, the site of Olav the Holy's

They are bringing the tapestry to MN for exhibit next year and are looking
for other venues as well.

Karen in the Islands


Subject: Southern CA quilt exh. & event next Saturday
From: "Julie Silber" <quiltcomplexhughes.net>

Julie Silber here.

I will be gassing on, uh, speaking . next Saturday, November 13 at the
Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA.

My talk starts at 1:30 on Saturday ~ and is just one feature in a two-day
Quilt Faire held at the Museum.

Saturday & Sunday, November 13 & 14, 2010, 10 AM - 3:30 PM

The Quilt Faire includes quilt sales, demonstrations, and hands-on projects,
courtesy of local quilters and textile artists.

The Faire is held in conjunction with the exhibit "Quilts: Two Centuries of
American Tradition and Technique" guest-curated by our own Julia Zgliniec.

Come on by!

Julie Silber


Subject: abolitionist fair quilts
From: palamporeaol.com
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 19:57:01 -0500

Are there any Abolitionist Fair fundraising quilts documented? (Was the quilt with the drawing of the kneeling slave one of these?) I was told seve=
ral years ago that some of these quilts were signature quilts and often small baby size quilts. Does anyone have any knowledge of this?
Thanks, Lynn in New Bern, NC


Subject: Re: Quilt History Blog
From: SandyNRHBaol.com

Hi all,

Thought this was an interesting blog from Cathy Miller about quilt


In southern Illinois where the weather is absolutely beautiful today ,...
Sandy Bartelsmeyer

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Subject: Another Harriet Powers Smithsonian reproduction quilt
From: Karen Alexander <karenquiltrockisland.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 20:51:05 -0800
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Karen in the Islands