Subject: blue lines From: Jan Drechsler <> Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 18:32:19 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

Regarding the blue lines on the kit blocks she just completed...

It is unclear to me whether she has blocks that are not sewn together in a top or whether she has completed the top and tried to wash it because she didn't want to quilt it.

However, if she hand quilts over the lines, as it was meant to be, it helps hide the blue lines. I just takes somewhat longer to finish the project :)

Jan Drechsler Guilford, VT



Subject: E-board Aid From: Kris Driessen <> Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 17:46:14 -0800 (PST) X-Message-Number: 2

Barbara (et al),

I never remember how to upload pictures either. Fortunately, all that info (including changing your subscription) is on the subscribe page, .

Hope that helps!



Subject: Fw: Quilt humor for a Sunday From: "Marcia's Mail" <> Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2011 09:55:33 -0600 X-Message-Number: 1

Oh, I loved this one! Marcia Kaylakie ----- Original Message ----- From: S Heron To: QUILTNET@LSV.UKY.EDU Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2011 11:48 AM Subject: Quilt humor for a Sunday

A friend sent me this humorous story:

Sunday after church, a Mom asked her very young daughter what the  lesson was about. The daughter answered, "Don't be scared, you'll get your quilt." Needless to say, the Mom was perplexed. Later in the day, the pastor  stopped by for tea and the Mom asked him what that morning's Sunday  school lesson was about. He said "Be not afraid, thy comforter is coming." ------


Subject: "Fabric of Our Lives" Quilts - McCall's 1991 From: "Marlene O'Bryant-Seabrook" <> Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2011 11:57:14 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

Does anyone on the list remember the McCall's magazine request in 1991 for readers to submit a square/brief written dedication honoring women who had made a difference in their lives? They received hundreds and, from them, chose squares to make one "grand" quilt and 12 themed quilts (Memorials To Mother, Teachers, Friends Forever, etc.)which were exhibited in ten public libraries across the country Jan - Oct, 1992 (Dallas, Long Beach, San Francisco, Seattle, Kansas City (MO),Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, Washington (DC), Atlanta). My square was part of the "A Tribute To Teachers" quilt.

I recently looked at my November 1991 "115th Anniversary Collector's Edition ("Caroline Kennedy at 34" on cover) which includes all of the dedications and a few selected squares. My square with a photo transfer of my maternal grandmother and her dedication, "To Fannie Greenwood Quarles, my grandmother. An educator for 48 years, she set the intellectual pace for her descendents", are included.

I saw the wonderful exhibition in Atlanta and am curious about what happened to the 13 quilts. There is no "McCall's" to ask. Rosie O'Donnell became editor of the magazine, changed the name to "Rosie", and ended publication shortly thereafter. Help, anyone? Marlene

Marlene L. O'Bryant-Seabrook, Ph.D. Educator, Lecturer, Fiber Artist E-Mail: URL:


Subject: Re: qhl digest: January 30, 2011 From: Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:37:25 EST X-Message-Number: 3

Since Dawn is a good friend, do you think it might be a nasty, scary thing to give you her contact info? Hmmm, here it is:

Dawn Heefner: phone-610.971.0901, 600 Mallard Terrace, Wayne, PA 19087, e-mail: _d.heefner@gte.net_ ( .

If only you lived nearby, then I could give you a hard time in person! Trish

The Herrs 2363 Henbird Lane Lancaster, PA 17601 717.569.2268

Subject: 65 THOUSAND DOLLAR QUILT From: Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 14:27:13 -0500 (EST) X-Message-Number: 1

I just added a picture to eboards of a quilt that just sold in the neighborhood of $65,000 at the American Antique Show.




Subject: Alexander Street Press Collection Access From: Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:29:19 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

For those of you who do not have access to these fabulous records, they are free through the month of Feb. with the password and login at the fol lowing link. 

Jan Thomas


Subject: March quilt spectacular in NYC From: Laura Fisher <> Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2011 18:53:34 -0800 (PST) X-Message-Number: 2

 For those of you who are planning a trip into NYC and have asked questions  about the exhibition of red and white quilts by the American Folk Art Mu seum, here's info...  There will be a book availableafter the show, but there will be a brochu re at the show, which is free.  People will be able to get close-ish to the quilts. Photographs are like ly to bepermitted.  The collector isnot available for interviews. It is hoped that portions  of the show will travel throughout the U.S. and the world.  The American Folk Art Museum is having a gala opening fund raiser on March  24th at 7pm.  Don't forget the two exhibitions at the Museum's two locations,  And, you will get to see the huge roses and bugs in the center gardens up P ark Avenue, great fun, written up in the NYTimes last week,  And, little correction, the early quilt at the TAAS show was priced at $62, 000 and sold for a bit less, I was told (not $65,000, so please don't conve y the wrong information around).  Laura --0-1468368939-1296701614:70880--


Subject: very thin batting From: Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:08:48 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3


I am making a reproduction of a quilt that has only a tiny amount of batti ng. NEW cotton battings are thicker than I need and they don't separate in to layers. They are pressed together. Or at least traditional cotton batti ngs found at JoAnn's and Hancocks, don't separate. Any suggestions?


Lynn Lancaster Gorges New Bern, NC


Subject: RE: very thin batting From: "Kim Baird" <> Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2011 21:11:39 -0600 X-Message-Number: 4

I would use Hobb's Thermore. It's polyester, but it's the thinnest. Kim


Subject: Re: very thin batting From: "Judy Grow" <> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 00:33:24 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

I only use these battings, usually "Request." But they have a full line at Quilter's Dream, all fully explained and described at the web site above. I think our list mom sells the line. Not connected at all, but a very satisfied user.

Judy Grow

>I am making a reproduction of a quilt that has only a tiny amount of >batting. NEW cotton battings are thicker than I >need and they don't >separate into layers. They are pressed together.


Subject: Thin batt From: "Kathy Moore" <> Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2011 22:02:02 -0600 X-Message-Number: 2

Lynn, I can recommend Thermore. It's very thin and soft and wonderful to hand or machine quilt through. You will barely know it's there. It's kind of expensive but if you have a discount coupon you can get it a little cheaper than full price. I find it at Hobby Lobby and Hancock.

It is polyester, though, so you will want to think about that. I can send you a smallish sample if you'd like.

Kathy Moore

Lincoln, NE


Subject: Thin batting From: "Roberta (Bobbe) Benvin" <> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 00:56:25 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

Dear Lynn, I, too, love using Thermore (also check out for excellent prices) in my reproduction quilts. But if you want to go super-thin, I would suggest using white flannel which I believe is what may have been used in many antique quilts to achieve upwards of 20 stitches to the inch.

Roberta Benvin


Subject: Re: Thin batting From: "Judy Grow" <> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 01:35:21 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

But if you want to go super-thin, I > would suggest using white flannel which I believe is what may have been > used in many antique quilts to achieve upwards of 20 stitches to the inch. > > Roberta Benvin

Barb Garrett has taught me that the very cheapest flannel is the best to use. The higher the thread count the harder to quilt through. Ask me how I know!



Subject: Re: very thin batting From: Barb Garrett <> Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2011 06:58:52 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

Hi Lynn -

I was just recently introduced to the "new" Mt. Mist cotton batting -- and it's terrible (in my opinion). For the doll quilts I make, I've been using Mt. Mist Blue Ribbon cotton, split in half. I'm very upset that the "new" Mt. Mist doesn't split. Hope my supply lasts a while.

My only 2 suggestions -- hope you get lucky at a thrift store or flea market and find an old MM batt, or use cheap flannel, washed and dried in hot water and hot dryer to soften. Don't buy "name" brand like Thimbleberries or Marcus, etc -- you will find it very hard to needle. I go to Sauders and test the "cheap" flannels for the thinnest one.

Those are the 2 things I use in my little repros. I've never done a full quilt that way though. Thinnest "new" cotton I've found is Quilters dream Request -- I like it in large quilts, but didn't like it in a 24" x 24" wall hanging I did -- it was too "stiff". I don't find it to be "thin" like some fine old quilts.

Barb Garrett Who's grateful to have electricity back today


Subject: Re: very thin batting From: Barbara Burnham <> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 04:03:18 -0800 (PST) X-Message-Number: 6

I am making a reproduction of a quilt that has only a tiny amount of battin g... Lynn Lancaster GorgesNew Bern, NCLynn,Jeana Kimball's " Hand Quilting" bookrecommends Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon Cotton, separ atedcarefully intotwo layers. Unfortunately, Mountain Mist brand i s now made by anothercompanythat uses different equipment andMMBRC can no longer be separated.Hand quilters who want very thin battin g for an antique look should let thebatting companies know. I have! M ake your voices heard.Meanwhile, I've enjoyed handquilting with Quilt er's Dream Request; however,I look forward to trying Roberta and Barb 's suggested cheap flannel.Barbara in Ellicott City MD


Subject: Re: very thin batting From: Xenia Cord <> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 07:12:49 -0500 X-Message-Number: 7

Has anyone tried wool batting? I find that Hobbs drapes well, is very pliable, needles like a dream and quilts down nicely, giving a good definition to quilting stitches. It's my batting of choice for antique-look quilts.

Xenia (currently finishing a king pieced quilt, in a hoop, with wool batting)


Subject: More Details Re: the March Exhibit of Red & White Quilts in NYC From: Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2011 09:06:46 -0500 X-Message-Number: 8

Dear QHL List:

I just wanted to add on to what Laura Fisher has shared about the late March "Infinite Variety" show in Manhattan. The American Folk Art Museum is still creating educational programming, but just this week listed some ticketed events on the website. Although the huge exhibit of 650 quilts is FREE to all comers at the Park Avenue Armory, these programs require a ticket. On Friday night, March 24, there will be a program headlined by the design team at Thinc that put together this unusual show. On Saturday afternoon, at 4 pm, I will be moderating a conversation between two prominent quiltmakers about quilting in the 21st century. The tw o women are art quilter Paula Nadelstern, the only contemporary quilter to have a solo show at the Folk Art Museum (one of her kaleidoscope quilts is in the current exhibit at AFAM), and Alex Anderson, a more traditional quilter who hosted Simply Quilts on HGTV for more than a decade. She curr ently co-hosts an online quilt TV show, and helps produce a lifestyle magazine called The Quilt Life. After the conversation and questions from the audience, there will be a book signing and reception. On Sunday afternoon, Elizabeth V. Warren, who curated the Masterworks show at the Folk Art Museum and selected the quilts for the companion boo k, will talk about the historical importance of red and white quilts. I should add that the room holding these ticketed events only holds about 100 people: there is info on the museum's website about ordering ticke ts in advance. There will also be activities on Saturday at the Folk Art Museum's Lincoln Center branch, including live quilting demos. And anyone who is going to be in the city that weekend will probably also want to take in the bi-annual show of the Empire Quilters guild. Tha t show will run both Saturday and Sunday at the Fashion Institute of Technology (Seventh Ave. at 28th Street.) Check the guild's website for more in formation.

One final note: Collector Joanna Rose, owner of the red and white quilts and patron of this exhibit, is indeed press-shy. However, I did get to ask her some questions via e-mail, and wrote about her intentions and collection in my column "The Skinny" in Quilter's Home magazine. That is in the Feb. issue of the magazine, which you should be able to find at Barnes & Nobles, quilt shops and some newsstands. Meg Cox, author/journalist and president, Alliance for American Quilts


Subject: Re: very thin batting From: Laurel Horton <> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 08:43:42 -0500 X-Message-Number: 9

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When I put my very first quilt on the frame, almost exactly 35 years ago, the cotton batting I bought was too small. I laid it out on the backing and gently stretched it out, working from the center to the edges. (I was a poor graduate student at the time, so it didn't occur to me to buy another package of batting. As I remember, the batting choices were either cotton or polyester, both from Mountain Mist, and I think they only came in one size.

So my first quilt has a very thin batting, and very little quilting. I don't dare wash it.

I recently opened a package of Hobbs 100% organic cotton. It felt a lot like what I remember using back in 1976. I didn't use it, because it didn't feel right for the intended project, but it might be an option.




Subject: Thin Batting & signature quilts From: Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2011 10:17:51 -0500 X-Message-Number: 10

I got several emails about the "thin batting". The suggestions were....... ....... Mountain Mist - poly low loft, Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon - split in half, Quilters Dream Request, Hobbs Organic Cotton or Thermore, silk batt. A non-batt suggestion was flannel fabric. They said that it should be washed in hot water to shrink it before putting in the quilt. This is apparently used often in doll quilts.  Thanks to ALL of you who sent me emails. Since I need the batt this weeken d I might just go with the flannel fabric., since batts are hard to find in New Bern. I am pretty sure I have some flannel on hand. I have certai nly seen flannel in lots of quilts over the years. The reproduction quilt will not have a great deal of quilting done on it.

An aside............The quilt I am reproducing was probably a signature qu ilt (1850's) that the signatures washed out of. It has very little quiltin g. I photographed my 12 signature quilts yesterday for a presentation. I have noticed that signature quilts don't seem to have as much quilting do ne on them as traditional quilts. This is seen in all time periods of my quilts. I am assuming that this is because they were intended more for "s how" than for heavy use. What is your opinion on this? Or is it just coinc idental that I have seen this.

I will share photos when this project is done. Thanks! Lynn

Lynn Lancaster Gorges Historic Textiles Studio The Creative Caregiver New Bern, NC


Subject: Thin batting From: Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 10:42:48 -0500 (EST) X-Message-Number: 11

Several years ago when I did a Fairfield Fashion Show I split their 80%poly 20% cotton for the hood of the cape.. It gave just the right amount of batting. You might try it.


Subject: Re: very thin batting From: "Kim Baird" <> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 09:53:02 -0600 X-Message-Number: 12

Xenia- I loved stitching with wool batting, the one time I used it. But years later, it has retained it springy loft, so it doesn't resemble an old cotton quilt with thin batting. Kim


Subject: Re: Thin batting From: Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2011 12:16:16 -0500 X-Message-Number: 13


I 'modeled' a few caped outfits in a couple of those shows - years ago, po unds added, figure gone, yada, yada.

Which outfit was it?

Jan Thomas


Subject: getting around to the quilt exhibits From: Laura Fisher <> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 11:54:07 -0800 (PST) X-Message-Number: 14

Here's how you get around to the quilt exhibits in NYC, for those of you 'd aunted' by navigating the city.  American Folk Art Museum main buildingis at 53rd St just off Sixth Ave,  considered the West Side..  Satellite branch where Stars quilts are is at 65th and Amsterdam/Broadway,  on the West SideYou can walk or busuptown or downtown between these t wo - on travelling on SixthAve andonBroadway, passing Columbus Cir cleand the Museum of Art and Design.  The Armory is across town on the East Side, there's a crosstown bus at 66th andAmsterdam going east ( ya know, I'm gonna check this, I just walk by rote anywhere, never really notice the street signs)that will let you off  near enough to the Armory which is at 67th and Park Avenue.  It's a lot of standing and walking for one day, so maybe do some quilt view ing and add in some other sights and events in the city to enjoy. Check the closing times for each exhibit so you can plan your outing accordingly.  Laura Fisher at FISHER HERITAGE 305 East 61st Street,5th floor New York, NY 10065

212/838-2596 --0-142139253-1296762847:92572--


Subject: FW: Thin Batting & signature quilts From: Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 09:39:56 -0700 X-Message-Number: 15

Opps - replied before I saw your last post, Lynn....if you're going with flannel how about tying it? That is authentic, too! jean


Subject: Re: very thin batting From: "Jean Carlton" <> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 08:54:14 -0700 X-Message-Number: 16

Just a comment on flannel. It doesn't give any loft - I used an old, thin flannel sheet blanket on a project thinking it would be 'authentic' which maybe it is - but - it's flat and the relief that makes quilting beautiful (and noticeable) just isn't there even after washing/fluffing. Perhaps yardage would be somewhat different but I think the woven fibers don't allow any fluff and it is heavier, too. I like the wool idea. Xenia, can it be split? jean


Subject: Re: very thin batting From: Xenia Cord <> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 16:14:24 -0500 X-Message-Number: 17

I have never tried to split a wool batt; I guess I quilt closely enough that the "fluff" quilts down, leaving only definition in the stitching lines. And I like the fact that there is still a bit of loft to the wool, even when the quilt has been folded away, or when it has been in use for a time.

And wool creates less of a crease in folding, too. I know this because I packed a queen quilt into the plastic that a queen wool bat came from (I needed as small a package as possible), sent it to a competition in Scotland, and when it was removed from that compression bandage <g> it had no creases in it!



Subject: sparse quilting on signature quilts From: "Jean Carlton" <> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 09:01:49 -0700 X-Message-Number: 18

I am currently quilting a crib quilt made of reassembled vintage embroidered squares ripped out of a top that was never finished. (pooh bear) It does present a challenge for quilting....I think many quilters try to avoid quilting over the embroidery - thinking they will interfere with it. Maybe the quilters of signature quilts left the signature areas sparse so as to be able to read them. Another thought is that time was a factor either to give the quilt to someone leaving or to be ready for a raffle. Jean

> . I have noticed that signature quilts don't seem to have as > much quilting done on them as traditional quilts. This is seen in all time periods of my quilts.


Subject: Wool batting From: Sally Ward <> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 22:28:30 +0000 X-Message-Number: 19

I've used Hobbs wool batting. A batt I used about 15 years ago  flattened down quite quickly and nicely. But more recent ones seem  thicker and have resolutely retained their original bounce. Something  changed at some point. I did notice a strong smell of some chemical  when the new ones were fresh out of the bag. I'm sure it had been  'improved'.

I have tried splitting these newer batts and it is not easy. It is like  trying to split sandstone into slabs. You think you are going along  really well and then it suddenly veers off into another dimension and  you end up with a thin half and a thick half, and the thin half will be  right where you don't want it. Probably okay to do on a smaller piece,  but I wouldn't be confident of consistency on a bed size. I think also  you would lose some of the finish that keeps the batt from moving or  migrating, and would have to quilt closer to compensate.

Sally Ward


Subject: Thin Batting From: "Cyndi Black" <> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 18:03:39 -0500 X-Message-Number: 20

Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon cotton batting can be separated into two very thin layers. I've done it several times....tho it was for small quilts. Might be a harder job to separate a piece for a larger quilt but it will be very thin like some of the antique quilts were.

Cyndi in Maine > I am making a reproduction of a quilt that has only a tiny amount of > batti > ng. > Thanks...............Lynn >


Subject: Re: Thin Batting From: "Judy Grow" <> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 18:50:55 -0500 X-Message-Number: 21

I've just used a Quilter's Dream Request Crib Size bat, 48 x 60. I was able to stretch that batt out to at least 10" bigger in each dimension, making it even thinner I think.. I stretch my smaller quilts by pinning everything straight down into a mattress, backing first face down, then batting, then top, each with their own safety pins stuck straignt down into the mattress. It is a high bed and easy on my back. Then, one by one I pull the safety pins and pin the sandwich together.

I'm at an age now that if it won't fit on that bed for making the sandwich I send it out to a long-armer just for basting!

Judy Grow


Subject: thin batts From: Andi <> Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2011 05:55:49 -0600 X-Message-Number: 1

I've used Thermore and loved it for hand quilting and giving good definition without too much loft. I'd love to try silk. Has anyone worked with bamboo batts?

As for creasing, hand quilting doesn't create near the problems heavy machine quilting does when we unpack show quilts, but we have seen heavily hand-quilted wall pieces terribly creased when cotton batts are used.

Andi in Paducah


Subject: very thin batting From: "Greta VanDenBerg" <> Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 08:12:48 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

In my experience Hobbs' Wool batting retains its loft similar to antique quilts in my collection with wool batting. I experimented with one project having quilted it with wool I then rinsed it in cold water and placed it in a hot dryer basically felting the batting inside the piece. It compresses and puckers nicely to look very old, but it is still not like the very thin cotton found in antique quilts.

If you want control of your batting thicknesses in a way we will never be able to get from mass-manufacturers, there is always the option of combing it out and laying it on the backing. If that seems like a lot of work (which it is) consider sending it to a mill that will turn your loose fibers into batting for you. I salvaged cotton and wool from badly damaged antique quilts for just that purpose and I am looking forward to working with it.

Greta VanDenBerg - combing, spinning, dyeing, and weaving my little heart out in snow-covered PA!


Subject: found a batt From: Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2011 08:44:35 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

Kathi Reyes from Long Beach, CA is being a dear and sending me a 1980's Mt n. Mist cotton batting. Kathi said she has had luck making batts thinner by ironing them and sort of spreading. This quilt I am "mirroring" is sup er thin. I think I will go with "pretty thin". Thanks for all of your help! Now off to work on the PowerPoint showing my signature quilts. That should be such fun to talk with a gung ho genealogy group about them! Later, Lynn in rainy New Bern, NC (Thank goodness it isn't ICE like many of you are probably getting.)


Subject: RE: poly ctton From: Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 09:18:16 -0500 (EST) X-Message-Number: 4

I much prefer the poly cotton blends. I have quilts made several yeqrs ago where the cotton has comletely diasppeared but the blend is just as bright and intact as the day I made it.


Subject: Re: found a batt From: ag32040 <> Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2011 10:02:41 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

From: Subject: [qhl] found a batt Date: February 4, 2011 8:44:35 AM EST To: "Quilt History List" <>

Kathi Reyes from Long Beach, CA is being a dear and sending me a 1980's  Mtn. Mist cotton batting. Kathi said she has had luck making batts thinn er by ironing them and sort of spreading. This quilt I am "mirroring" is super thin. I think I will go with "pretty thin". Thanks for all of your help! Now off to work on the PowerPoint showing my signature quilts. That shou ld be such fun to talk with a gung ho genealogy group about them! Later, Lynn in rainy New Bern, NC (Thank goodness it isn't ICE like many of you are probably getting.)


Subject: Airport Quilt Exhibit - Which? Who? From: "Maureen" <> Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 07:13:13 -0800 X-Message-Number: 6

Racing through too many airports last week and late for a flight, I was able to get only the briefest glance at a wonderful exhibit featuring small to medium sized quilts - lovely works in bright colors and fractured patterns. Does anyone know where I was and the artist who's work I missed?

Thanks for your help!

Maureen in Southern Oregon


Subject: Re: [SPAM] Airport Quilt Exhibit - Which? Who? From: Xenia Cord <> Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 10:38:15 -0500 X-Message-Number: 7

Maureen, can you say which airport you were flying through <g> when you saw the quilts?



Subject: Re: found a batt From: Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 10:56:42 EST X-Message-Number: 8

Has anyone tried Mt Mist Cream Rose or White Rose? It is thinner than Quilter's Dream Request and I have used is for a few years. Beautiful drape and great to work with but I have NOT used it for hand quilting, just machine.



Subject: Fairfield Fashion Show From: Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 11:40:40 -0500 (EST) X-Message-Number: 9

It was the whole cloth full length cape with hood, Beige silk quilted in beige thread Had pants same color with top of a shwll blouse of woven gold silk ribbon



Subject: RE: very thin batting From: "Jean Carlton" <> Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 09:45:51 -0700 X-Message-Number: 10

Thanks, Lynn, for posing your question about thin batting!! I know you are on a deadline for the project and have made your decision for this piece but the interesting discussion continues and I love all the suggestions. I was just thinking about another method I've heard of.....and then Greta mentioned it She said: >there is always the option of combing it out and laying it on the backing. ............I salvaged cotton and wool from >badly damaged antique quilts for just that purpose and I am looking forward to working with it.

I have heard of women gathering the floating bits of cotton from the floor of the carding room and just patting it into place - the results end up being thin to non-existent depending on their skill, patience and the amount they had to work with! I've never thought of salvaging the batting from old quilts! Why not? Especially possible for a doll quilt. In fact, years ago someone brought me a ratty thing - a quilt pretty much falling apart - and wondered if I had any use for it or the stuffing that was coming out. It appeared to be a big ball of mess and I said, 'not really'. Now I'm wondering if it may even have been wool. ....which I could have used somehow even easier than cotton. Jean


Subject: Found a batt From: Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 14:01:19 -0500 (EST) X-Message-Number: 11

Funny this thread should come up on QHL at this time. I am quilting a 1930s top and decided to use a 1930s batt from Mountain Mist. The batt lived in my Ohio neighbor's attic for its first 60 years. It has been stored in my closet since then. It was wrapped in the Mountain Mist Dogwood pattern but never placed in plastic. Over the years, it became dingy and soiled looking. Dry it seemed sturdy and intact. So, I decided to give it a dunk in some warm water to get the accumulation pf 75 years of whatever out before I spent countless hours imbedding it in a quilt. As soon as I immersed it, it behaved like a cheap roll of toilet tissue and dissolved in clumps. Perhaps this is the reason we look twice at some of those 30s quilts for batting. The batting dissolved! (I am not disparaging Mountain Mist.) Last winter, I quilted with wool batt. It was wonderful to work. The finished product is light, slightly puffed, with no fold lines. On close inspection, it could have been separated and halved for an even thinner quilt. A secondary gain was the lanolin in the batt. Working with it every day, all winter, my finger tips stayed soft and did not crack for the first time in years. I have used a flannel sheet. It does finish thin with no loft but it is very heavy. This info has been very helpful. I am always so confused about batts vendors tell you one thing but until you actually used it, you never know. sue


Subject: Re: Found a batt From: Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 15:27:59 EST X-Message-Number: 12

Funny about the old batting just falling apart - my daughter in New Orleans had many of my quilts that were on a 1st floor when Katrina hit there. Of all the quilts that were under water for those long days, only one survived - a baby quilt that had polyester batting - all the rest were just mush when the waters went down.... and as for thin batting, I have been using baby flannel for a lot of my wall hangings lately - it works beautiful and is very thin which is what I like.....a lot of different ideas out there on thin battings I am learning.... Mitzi from snowy Vermont


Subject: new exhibit open From: BunJordan <> Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2011 17:12:01 -0500 X-Message-Number: 13

A new exhibit opened this week at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonbu rg, Va. The Magic of Mirrors: The Beauty of Kaleidoscope Quilts, curated by Paula Golden and Bunnie Jordan, will be up until May 14. The exhibit includes quilts by Jinny Beyer, Marti Michell, Paula Nadelstern, Jane Sas saman, and Ricky Tims. Other artists include Jane Allingham , Bonnie Campb ell, Nancy Fallone, Paula Golden, Barbara Hollinger, Nancy Johnson, Bunnie Jordan, Elaine Kelly,Ellen Lott, Karen Luman,Kaye Rhodes, Gayle Ropp,and Ricky Selva. Antique quilts are on loan from Debby Cooney, Elaine Kopf, and Polly Mello. The exhibit is sponsored in part by Kaleidoscope Collec tions, From Marti Michell Products, Vintage Fabric and Quilt Dating Club, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Open Tues -Sat. 10-4. I hope you can make plans to visit Virginia and see this exciting exhibit. Bunnie Jordan


Subject: Quilt Index App Press Release From: Date: Sat, 05 Feb 2011 00:22:26 -0500 X-Message-Number: 14


This is really cool! I've got to get an ipad. Jan Thomas

Press Release

QUILT INDEX TO GO: A New App for Quilt Lovers ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA and EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN -February 3, 2011. The largest online database of quilts in the world is now easier to access and share. The Quilt Index team has released Quilt Index To Go, a fun app that delivers a new Quilt Index quilt to the palm of your hand each day. The app is now available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad on the Apple App Store for 99 cents. All revenue will support Quilt Index expansion and su stainability. The Quilt Index website ( provides centralized access to nearly 50,000 records, including quilts from state or regional documen tation projects, museum and private collections. The Quilt Index, launched online in 2003, is a joint project of Michigan State University Museum; MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Mi chigan State University; and the nonprofit Alliance for American Quilts. 9CQuilt Index To Go brings resources where people really need them  where they work and play, says Dean Rehberger, directo r of MATRIX. The Quilt Index To Go app is a great example of MAT RIX99s dual focus on outreach and research. Working with nonprofits we99re bringing new access to the online Quilt Index repository th rough mobile devices. In this way we help them provide new services to exi sting users and connections to new users. Through this development, we als o advance research on ways mobile devices can access digital libraries acr oss the humanities. Lee Nakamoto, Consumer Intelligence Orchestrator for AccuQuilt in Freemont , Nebraska, served as an early reviewer for Quilt Index To Go. 9CI saw quilts and learned snippets of their history that I would never have known without the app. I was amazed with the diversity of techniques, fab rics, styles displayed, says Nakamoto. 9CMy quilt IQ has indeed been significantly increased. The app truly gives exposure to a se gment of the population that would not otherwise make it to quilt museums or galleries. The Quilt Index To Go app draws from the full Quilt Index database so user s will see quilts from 28 contributors including museums with quilt collec tions like the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum and the Nation al Quilt Museum, documentation projects from states such as Kentucky, Hawa ii and Iowa, private collections like the Mary Gasperik Quilts, and most recently an international partner, the South Africa Quilt History Project . Daily quilts display on Quilt Index To Go will showcase more than 200 tr aditional quilt patterns cataloged in the Quilt Index as well as original contemporary designs. For questions about the Quilt Index To Go app or the Quilt Index, please contact us at