Subject: Re quilts v art: see commentary in Quilt Treasures From: Marsha MacDowell <macdowelmsu.edu> Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2011 04:40:24 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

We made it a point to ask several individuals who we interviewed for the Quilt Treasures portraits the question "What is your feeling about quilts as art of craft?" Some of their responses to this question are posted in the online Quilt Treasures.

See what individuals like Bets Ramsey and Thomas Woodard and Blanche Greenstein had to say.

Go to Quilt Treasures http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/treasures/.

The program is a partnership of the Michigan State University Museum, The Alliance for American Quilts, and MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online.

-- Marsha MacDowell, Michigan State University Museum


Subject: Re: Re quilts v art: see commentary in Quilt Treasures From: pollymellocomcast.net Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2011 16:22:49 +0000 (UTC) X-Message-Number: 2

I think that Julie Silber said it best. "Not all quilts are art but some quilts achieve art". I am quoting you correctly Julie? I have said and keep saying that anyone that is still asking this question hasnot been to one of the major quilt shows in the last several decades. There are quilts that rival or surpass many works of art on canvas.Many were never intended to be displayed on a bed but hung on a wall. Only the medium is different: fabric, thread and dye vs acrylics, oils and charcoal.

Polly Mello

Elkridge, Maryland


Subject: Method of Printing Fabric From: "Leah Zieber" <leah.zieberverizon.net> Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2011 09:27:28 -0700 X-Message-Number: 3

Hi to List Members

 I was doing a little poking around in a book loaned by a friend and wanted to ask a question. (Living on the West Coast and having oodles of kids limits my travels and thus my exposure to Textile Printing Mills.) First the ref and quote:

 "English and American Textiles 1790 to present" by M. Schoeser and C. Rufey

 Pg. 103 image 3 quote:

 "This English glazed cotton of about 1860 has been roller-printed in the dark purple, providing the outlines, shading and 'pinning', and subsequently block-printed in two shades of red and a dark blue-green. With the pattern completely protected by a block-printed paste, the cloth was returned to a machine and roller-printed with a vermicelli-patterned fancy ground."


My question & comments: 

I never imagine that the fancy ground was put on AFTER the entire piece was printed with the other designs. I had always thought (and think I read in other references but now am questioning myself) that the fancy ground was printed first with open areas left for the designs.


Q1: Can you please comment as to this practice - was the printing done both ways (i.e. ground before and ground after design)? Or have I been incorrectly thinking that the fancy ground was the first design element to be printed. 


Q2: Was there some difference between the continents? Did England do it one way and America do it the other?


This method had never occurred to me and even now it seems a bit baffling and a lot more labor intensive to do the fancy ground after the other designs have been printed. 


Appreciate your comments and help to clarify my thought process.



Leah Zieber




Subject: Re: Beds at Colonial Williamsburg From: Julia Zgliniec <rzglini1san.rr.com> Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2011 13:18:23 -0700 X-Message-Number: 4

Good Afternoon Sally and All, In 2007, the AQSG seminar was in Lowell MA. I decided to use this east coast visit ( I live in CA) to visit Rhode Island and Slater's Mill, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in this country. It is a wonderful living history museum and tours are available. The docent was terrific. The house tour took us into a bedroom where I was invited to rest on a rope bed with a tick mattress and linen sheets. It was surprisingly comfortable, although a little lumpy. I have some nice pictures that show the construction of the bed under the mattress and I was invited to turn the crank( as in "sleep tight") to tighten the ropes. Hemp was widely grown and was used for making rope - I don't know if the bed I saw actually had hemp rope or not but it was certainly cultivated and processed into rope, hemp bags, and other utility cloth during the late 18th century. If you are interested I can send you some of the pictures of the bed and/or post them to the eboard.

This museum is a "must see" and a real New England gem. There is a working mill wheel and great examples of early fiber processing equipment.

If you don't find the information from Colonial Williamsburg - check out http://www.slatermill.org/museum/about Good Luck, Julia Zgliniec, Poway, CA


Subject: art From: "Julie Silber" <quiltcomplexhughes.net> Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 07:43:30 -0700 X-Message-Number: 1

I think that Julie Silber said it best. "Not all quilts are art but some quilts achieve art".

I am quoting you correctly Julie?

Yep, Polly - that is what I said, and I am so impressed that you remembered.

I am interested in this discussion and will enjoy what others have to say.



Subject: re: Art or Craft From: Gaye Ingram <gingramsuddenlink.net> Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:02:55 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

Ahh, the subjects of "art quilts" and "the art of quilting" again present themselves on this list in the form of Art v Craft.

I personally find that contrast to be a faulty dilemma. It offers an "either" "or" possibility when actually "both" is a possible choice.

The so-called "Art Quilts" seem to me to present a special problem that is more than semantic. Our shaky vocabulary in this case probably suggests anunsettled idea of exactly how to consider them, how to evaluate, appreciate them. And if they are art, then what are the brilliant quilts of the 1900's? Are they "merely" craft?

To say this is not to deny the merit of either. It is simply to raise a question of form and format that ongoing discussions indicate already exists.

A quilter friend recently remarked, "If it's a quilt, it ought to be able to go on a bed." While this view is at variance with many--perhaps most-- expressed on this list, I think my friend is right. Such a basic distinctionclarifies our understandings and generally recasts the question Art? or Craft?

Using function or purpose to distinguish bed quilts from quilted objects designed to be used and judged as "public" art seems a more accurate way to distinguish between the two, one that would make it easier to explain and appreciate the special qualities of each and to develop standards for judgingeach category fairly.

If the so-called "art quilt" is intended for the same purposes as watercolor, oil, or acrylic paintings, for instance, it should be susceptible to thegeneral principles of public art, art that is intended for traditional places of display. It seems to me it would be more at home in a gallery, than in a quilt show with traditional bed quilts.

This division would then permit more fruitful discussion of the art of the bed quilt. Bed quilts might be hung on walls and appreciated for their graphic qualities. Yet their form, which grew out of their function as covers, would help establish terms for artistic judgment. (e.g., use of borders, available prints or solids, etc) And all those conversations I so resent ("NoHelen, that's not a quilt. It's art") would go away----or should go away.

The bedrock of the Arts & Crafts movement was the assumption that everyday objects of use among ordinary people should be beautiful as well as functional. Art and craft should merge.

From William Morris' earliest writings on Ruskin onward, members of the Arts & Crafts movement essentially contended that crafts were artistic enterprises. People like Eglantyne Jebb sought to define and preserve the high artistic standards employed in the venacular crafts still found in villages and remote areas at the time. In an era when mass manufacturing was flooding Victorian markets with quantities of gee-gaws and factory-made ornamentation ( "conspicuous consumption,"), members of the Arts & Crafts movement werevigorously asserting the importance of integrity of design and quality in the domestic arts, the high artistic value of the individually created object. Morris' wallpapers, the woven carpets and other textiles, the metal work and glass work that came out of this movement assumed the status of art.The movement anticipated people like Frank Lloyd Wright, whose principles of architecture were rooted in similar assumptions about form and function within the domestic realm and about the democratic possibilities of artistic beauty.

This morning I glanced at a stunning display of quilts at the InternationalCenter. The ones I saw were bedcover size and might well be used as such. However, their qualities were more amenable to the vertical position paintings and other non-plastic art generally demand. They were remarkable, clearly rooted in 20th-century visual art forms. I think they would best be understood as public art, the distinction being the materials used in their composition. Grouped together in the spare museum spaces, they were stunning. None I saw would look as good on a bed as it looked hanging vertically.

A lot of the discussion of whether quilting is an art or a craft is really about whether traditional quilts can attain to the values of art objects. Ifail to see how anyone who sees even the photographs of the NYC Armory show could deny they can. It would be a lot easier to discuss that, however, if we first distinguished between what we presently call art quilts and traditional bedcovers.

I've often thought it would be interesting to compare the personalities of the makers of some of those dynamic, inventive bedcovers with the personalities of the makers of "art quilts." I think both personalities and motives would be similar.

Wish everyone could be in Louisiana and my garden, where sweeps of early-blooming azaleas float beneath white dogwoods and the spring colors of Japanese maples and redbuds. The fish are jumping in freshly cleaned ponds and the peony and rose buds are getting fat. All of this and a light southern wind.

Gaye Ingram


Subject: sleep tight From: Jan Drechsler <quiltdocgmail.com> Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 21:19:26 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

I love the tighten the ropes theory. Since this has been a saying used by my 92 year old mother, who never slept in a rope bed, I had visions of this maternal trail passing this down through the centuries. But when I Googled it, there is not agreement on the bed rope version.

The Oxford English Dictionary says tight(ly) means soundly, so sleep soundly or well.

And I then remembered:

Lennon and McCartney using it in the lyrics of a song at the height of Beatlemania. That's where it found itself, in Good Night on the White Album in 1968:

Now it's time to say good night, Good night. Sleep tight.

So, tighten the ropes and sleep well...Jan

Jan Drechsler Guilford, VT


Subject: Celebrating the River Thames using thread and fiber From: Karen Alexander <karenquiltrockisland.com> Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:14:13 -0700 X-Message-Number: 4

What a great way to get a threaded needle in the classroom Here are some details from their website:

As part of the project every school will received a resource pack. We take a great deal of care in choosing and sourcing the highest quality yarns, materials and implements to go in the resource packs we send schools, and to match them as far as we can to the briefs you have.

We=B9ve also tried to write clear and helpful instructions about making a square metre of textural embroidery and to inspire schools to think about the tapestry=B9s subject matter.

A schools arts project celebrating the River Thames. View the wonderful canvases that make up the Thames Heritage Tapestry online. Find a school and tapestry on the map. Then zoom in and find a school along the length of the Thames. Each school has a marker, click the marker and then click the name of the school to see their tapestry.


Karen in the Islands

PS: Do you think the tapestry from Rosendale Primary School could be a bunch of quilters waiting to get in to see a quilt show? They seemed to be lined up outside the Royal Festival Hall. Is that a quilt exhibit venue in the UK? Check it out:



Subject: re: Art or Craft From: Gloria Hanrahan <gloriaak.net> Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 19:17:22 -0800 (AKDT) X-Message-Number: 5

I always enjoy the art or craft discussions, just because I believe quilting is so new to the discussion. I'm also not sure that any meaningful distinction will be made in my lifetime, but at least the discussions bring many quilts of years ago into a different level of recognition.

To know that a quilt like this: http://woodardandgreenstein.1stdibs.com/itemdetails.php?id=198629&memo=1 is no longer being lumped into the same category as this: http://ny-image1.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.65425921.jpg is worthwhile for traditional quilts.

I think it is time for the word quilt to move to just the technique, rather than the name of fabric bedcovers, wall hangings, etc. A painting is done with paint. Simple. Large or small. On a wall or ceiling, it is still a painting. Many of the art quilts are not quilts, yet are lumped into the category. If the layers are put in place with iron on glue, it's not quilted. I think it's just fabric art.

That definition of art is so broad and must remain broad. We might miss out on some great stuff otherwise.

Time will be the real test of what survives as "art" for quilts.

Gloria Hanrahan


Subject: Re: sleep tight From: Sally Ward <sallytattersfastmail.co.uk> Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 09:40:51 +0000 X-Message-Number: 1

The tight ropes theory is probably the right one, but as a child I always thought that ''sleep tight' was an instruction to curl up very tight with everything tucked in, because the next line was 'don't let the bed bugs bite'...

Sally Ward


Subject: Re: a quilt project for Japan? From: MargaretFaheyaol.com Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:58:47 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 2


Luana Rubin of equilter has directed folks to Mission of LOve. Here are her words: --part1_22462.7c284e38.3ab94e47_boundary--


Subject: Re: sleep tight From: Mitzioakesaol.com Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 09:10:08 EDT X-Message-Number: 3

I agree with Sally's interpretation of 'sleep tight'. Course now here in Burlington, VT telling people to 'don't let the bedbugs bite' is not funny! Most of our big hotels are fighting this old but new problem of bedbugs.....it is darn scary too. Mitzi from snowy Vermont


Subject: Quilts for Japan From: Carol's Quilt Closet <imaquilter2msn.com> Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:56:57 -0400 X-Message-Number: 4

Many areas of the U.S. contributed "Quilts for Kosovo" and "Quilts for Katrina". I was wondering if any member of QHL has heard of any projects on "Quilts for Japan". I was fortunate enough to have a good friend work with me on both of the above mentioned projects and we were contemplating a Japan project.  Erwin from P & B Textiles was such the philanthropist when it came to giving and sharing. He was always very generous to our groups in providing fabrics for these disasters. He also was mindful of shipping so for Kosovo he made provisions for us to get our quilts delivered.  This post is two-fold in that I would like to know if anyone knows of a Japan project that is underway and also to say how Erwins passing was very sadfor us to hear about. He will be missed.  Carol in CT


Subject: sleep tight From: "cjsp70" <cjsp70insightbb.com> Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:53:49 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

My family volunteers a week each summer at the National Lincoln Boyhood Memorial in Spencer county Indiana. We work at the farm which depicts life as it was in 1830 when Abraham was a boy growing up there. The trundle bed in the cabin has a rope support with a feather bed on it. The reenactment Rangers always tell the visitors that the origin of the expression "sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite" comes from taking the mattress off and shaking it out, probably to remove the bed bugs, and tightening the ropes before putting the mattress back on the bed. The bed has a handpieced and quilted 9-patch quilt on it. I spend the week quilting under the trees in the yard of the farm and don't intend to change the story of the saying. Hope some of you will take the time to visit where Lincoln grew up. Pat Sauer, Evansville IN ------


Subject: Art vs. craft From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <stephaniestephaniewhitson.com> Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 13:13:53 -0500 X-Message-Number: 6

If you're an artist, craft is what "they" do. If you're a crafter, "art" is what "they" call what they do, when they're really doing the same thing you do, although they are probably getting paid a lot more to do it..

Art is also expensive. At least after everyone agrees that it's art.

Steph Whitson (only partially serious)


Subject: Re: Quilts for Japan From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessenyahoo.com> Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:21:08 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 7

Our shop is working on a Sew-In day to make quilts for the Japanese people. I was able to verify that Quilters Newsletter Magazine is accepting donations, but there are at least two other organizations that are supposedly sending quilts to Japan but I was NOT able to verify their mission and/or their address.

If you are local to Esperance NY and would like to be part of the Sew-in, or would just like to send us donations, you can read more about it here: http://www.quiltbug.com/shop/shop-news.htm 



Subject: The world is ending! Run for your lives! From: Gaye Ingram <gingramsuddenlink.net> Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 21:17:23 -0500 X-Message-Number: 8

Well, maybe the world is not ending, but I think of a sign that someone sent me from Houston when Houston had snow. It read, "Is that snow? We're all going to die!" Snow is that uncommon there.

I say this with a cheerful heart: I thought of that sign when I looked at Julie Silber's quilt sale at the Quilt Complex. Ms. Silber has several items for which I lust and so I keep an eye on her website, thinking maybe one day she might do something drastic, like have a sale. And 'lo and behold, it's happened. A sale. At the Quilt Complex.

As I was going down the list, looking at the new additions and my old favorites, I looked at that Sixteen Point Lone Star and I have a question for list members. Julie observes in her description of the quilt that it is "rare." What I've often wondered is whether it is unique. Has anyone seen a Sixteen Point Lone Star quilt?

I assume one would have to intend to make the sixteen points, that it could not have resulted from bad math. Right?

I noted the lovely Jacobean Tree of Life Scottie Butterfly quilt had been marked down only slightly. I think a good psychologist could use that quilt to round up those in need of psychological help in a town or region. Maybe run an ad saying, "Do You Like This Quilt? Dial ......." Like the ambulance-chasing attorneys.

Sue Wildemuth, I noted an NRA block in the signature quilt.

Sixteen Points? Only "rare"?

Gaye Ingram


Subject: need black polished cotton From: "Julie Silber" <quiltcomplexhughes.net> Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 23:50:42 -0700 X-Message-Number: 1


I need about a yard of good quality deep black polished cotton.

Anyone have some I can buy, or know where I should buy it online?

Many thanks, Julie Silber

Direct: quiltcomplexhughes.net


Subject: 16 point Lone Star From: Debby Kratovil <kratovilhis.com> Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 05:21:00 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2

It would NOT be bad math. While I don't know about it's rarity, when I teach Lone Stars, Fans, or anything else based on a circle grid (360 degrees) with the radials coming out from the center, I show folding a circle (such as a coffee filter). I make my audience do a little math: how many degrees in a circle? 360. Fold the circle in half? 180. In half again? 90. Now we cut the circle into 4 equal parts. Time to fold the quarter circles. Half of 90? 45. Half of 25? 22-1/2.

It's dividing it that way that gives 16 units. 360 degrees divided by 16 is 22.5. You don't need a compass or protractor if you are beginning with a circle (like a dinner plate, which our grandmother's had). From there you can draw on paper and fold, etc.

Now that I've said all that, I must go look at the 16 point Lone Star. I'm sure it's beautiful, but I wouldn't think I'd enjoy sewing it!

Debby (with a "y" and not "ie") Kratovil www.quilterbydesign.com


Subject: "rare" 16 point star From: Barb Garrett <bgarrett421comcast.net> Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 07:37:17 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

Hi Gaye and All -

Wonderful as Julie's 16 point lone star quilt is, I can't say it's unique. I own a 16 point lone star made from 1930s fabrics. Just the star -- no setting fabric, so it's not even a "top". But it is 16 points. I describe it as being "less common", but "rare" works well also.

From a mathematical view, 16 points is a whole lot easier than those 7 point stars, which I've never figured out why they made. Now that's "icky math" as my students used to say.

If you study the center of the star, you will see that it begins construction as the "usual" 8 pointed star. When you get to the point where it would normally "taper into the 8 star points", it continues with 2 or 3 more rounds of the same diamonds. Then each "taper" gets cut in half and 2 new points are shaped -- all using the same original standard 45/135 degree diamond. The math is -- 8 points, each cut in half, equals 16 new points.

The trickier math comes in determining the size/shape of the setting triangle that goes between these 2 points. -- and perhaps that's why my star didn't make it to the "top" stage. If you study Julie's quilt, you will see that the "corner setting piece" is still a square, like in 8 point stars. The setting pieces at the center of each side is still a right isosceles (45-45-90) triangle. The "new" shape to determine is the triangle "between" the 2 points. As I'm sitting here looking at it, I just realized it's a 45-45-90 right triangle also, with a bit of "fiddling" needed where it joins the corner square setting piece.

Beautiful quilt.

Barb in rainy southeastern PA Thankful it's not snow


Subject: Re: need black polished cotton From: Donna Stickovich <donna.stickovichyahoo.com> Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 07:45:28 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 4

Old or new? Solid? CAn it be black on black?


Subject: Od Lone Stars From: Teddy Pruett <aprayzerhotmail.com> Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 11:31:03 -0400 X-Message-Number: 5

<<Sixteen Points?>> sez darling Gaye.   Rare? I dunno. Seems it would be easy enough to double the more usual 8 points.  HOWEVER - I have a NINE point Lone Star. Or is it eleven points? A most generous gift from a British friend Sharon Lascelles. After coming to the US hanging out with Xenia and meeting many quilters and quilt lovers Sharon thought I might be the "type" to most appreciate a star with 9 very misshapen points. And I do. But you know it causes me to wonder what exactly it is that I do when I meet people - all my gifts are odd unusual imperfect...........I would like to say misshapen but if they are a reflection of me I don't want to be known as misshapen.   I am also enamored with Julie's Scotty Dog oddball applique quilt - you maycall the white coats for me at any time. 

Teddy Pruett

"I no doubt deserved my enemies but I don't believe I deserved my friends." Walt Whitman  www.teddypruett.com



Subject: Re: need black polished cotton From: Mitzioakesaol.com Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 13:44:25 EDT X-Message-Number: 6

The last polished black fabric I bought was from Kook's in Intercourse, PA. But, it was not 100% cotton - it was polyester....(I really wanted cotton tho!). But it is all used up by now or I would have shipped some off to you. Mitzi from cold Vermont


Subject: Collectors' Forum: Quilts in New England - April 30 From: Anita Loscalzo <aloscalzyahoo.com> Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 11:23:18 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 7

Collectors' Forum: Quilts in in New England - April 30, 2011

The Collectors' Forum at Old Sturbridge Village brings together leading scholars and collectors around items from the Museum's extensive collection ofearly American artifacts.

The Spring 2011 Collectors' Forum, Quilts in New England, will highlight the Village's well-known and historically-important collection of over 250 quilts and coverlets and the current exhibit, More Beautiful Than Any Other: Quilts from the Old Sturbridge Village Collection, 1790-1850.

In addition to four formal presentations, a significant portion of the Old Sturbridge Village quilt collection will be on display and staffed for exploration.

A link to the full program and registration form is at:  http://www.osv.org/orders/listprograms.html?ID=3D60&G=3D  --0-1112172400-1300904598=:28061--


Subject: re: Od points From: Gaye Ingram <gingramsuddenlink.net> Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:09:44 -0500 X-Message-Number: 8

My Dear Miz Pruett,

Well, 9 or 11 points!

It seems it takes all numbers to make a starry night.

That many points takes away from the pointiness of a star, IMHO. And in stars, pointiness matters. I find myself wondering why the maker made so many---could she have wanted to outdo others? Or just thought a round star would be pretty?

OF COURSE, you like the Jacobean Tree of Life Scottie Dog Butterfly quilt. Had I not watched Suzi Ormond on PBS in between NCAA playoff games, I would be sorely tempted by that creation. But Suzi told us we must take pleasure in NOT spending money, in saving our pennies, even if they come from dwindling retirement funds. She said the minute we lusted after something that cost $$, we should banish the thought and think how good that amount would look invested. Suzi promised our reflexes would be trained very quickly and that we would find far more pleasure in saving $$ than in, say, buying quilts. Our lust for such things would vanish. Mine hasn't, and I open Julie's page with fear and trembling. When I grow up, I'm going to be "filthy rich" (but humble). And I'm going to buy up as many quilts from the late Sandra Mitchell's collection as I can. Never met one I didn't like. THEN I will be better prepared to behave the way Suzi told us to behave. Thinking like a teacher, I think Suzi would say I have a "bad attitude."

Re the Jacobean etcetcetc, I bet you like that barkcloth quilt, too. And the "I'm Turning My Back to You Because I'm Using the Bathroom on Your Rose Bush Overall Bill."

Why would I know these things, Teddy?!



Subject: Polished Cotton From: linda laird <clproductsgmail.com> Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 22:29:03 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

Prairie Flower Craft  205 Pioneer Street, Alden, KS (620) 534-2405

is the only place I've seen real polished cotton in the last five years. Give them a call. They Might have black.

Linda Laird, still in AZ where the desert is in bloom despite a deadly cold winter


Subject: 16 point star From: dsmetzgeraol.com Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 03:35:12 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 2

Oh Miz Wize Woman and Leader to Minions to like Me.....

Call me intellectually and mathematically challenged, but I think I could churn out a 9 or 11 point star for ya, and if I drink the ENTIRE frozen strawberry daquiri, I might even get ya 13 points! Hubby Dear calls my piecing style "By failing to plan, I'm planning to fail" but anytime I start rolling that rotary cutter around unchaperoned, there's no telling what's gonna come out of the creation mode machine (meaning me). So I'm thinking if this chica got her points to come out even and the right number, she's at least two steps ahead of me! Now. Do ya REALLY wanna know why people give you those whacky gifts???!!!??? I got a theory on that one too! <g :-) >



Subject: sports book review From: "Brenda & Roger Applegate" <rbappleg1comcast.net> Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 08:49:56 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

A little off of the topic - does anyone have the book Sew Into Sports: Quilts for the Fans in Your Life by Barbara Brackman. The one review on Amazon gave it very poor comments. A description mentions that there are past sports picture.

Brenda Applegate ------=_NextPart_000_001B_01CBEA00.731A15A0--


Subject: Red & Wt Quilt Exhibition From: DDBSTUFFaol.com Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 16:17:38 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 4

A lot of pictures of the Red & White Quilt exhibition are now on Flickr.

Here is the address:



Darwin D. Bearley


Subject: PQ Magazines From: Teddy Pruett <aprayzerhotmail.com> Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 21:03:35 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

HI all - I've just come in from photographing my 3 acre front yard of 12 foot tall 20 foot wide azaleas - mountains of azaleas waterfalls of azaleas. They are magnificent - it looks like a park here right now. SUch ashame these beauties can't last a while longer. After these babies die back it's back to shabby. I live in a fly-in neighborhood where everyone has their own plane (we don't) and they ride around in golf carts. (We don't have one of those either.) There are three separate fly-in goings-on this weekend and I see neighbors bringing the visitors around in the golf carts glasses of wine in hand to view the azaleas. FOr those who have just flown in from regions covered in snow it's a true visual feast.   But I digress. As usual.  The reason for the note is that I have packed up many boxes of goodies frommy studio and office for the dreaded "someday" gi-normous yard sale. One item that I daresay will not find an appreciative audience here is my stackof old Professional Quilter magazines. I think I have 56 of them - issues1 through 21 (minus #15 and #19) then issues 52 through 68 73-78 and80-88. In a perfect world I'd like to get 50 cents each for them. They fit nicely in a medium flat-rate box at $10.95 postage. If I add $1.05 in just for greed's sake it would be a flat $40.00. AN easy check for someone to write.  Also I have a stack of old newsletters from the Canadian Quilt Study Group. 1993 through 1998. They fit in a flat rate box that I believe is $4.95. If anyone really wants to be overly generous I'd take a check for $10 for the whole shebang.  ANd if no one bites - well the prices will drop rapidly. I've gotta getsome empty space around here!!

Teddy Pruett

"I no doubt deserved my enemies but I don't believe I deserved my friends." Walt Whitman  www.teddypruett.com



Subject: To DYE for! From: Teddy Pruett <aprayzerhotmail.com> Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 21:25:01 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2

ANother goodie for someone. I have some vintage packages of home fabric dye. Tintex (15 cent box) in light blue. The ad on the package looks 1920'sjudging by the hairdo. The sink she is using to dye her slip looks like something out of a new Veranda magazine! One box of Dytint (10 cent box) again in light blue. Four boxes of Sunset Soap Dyes=3B light green taupe light brown and orange. The Sunset dyes have patent dates of 1915. THE DYE STILL WORKS!!!!! I used to have these artfully arranged (ahem) in display over the washing machine. My son threw his laundry in the washer and accidentally knocked a pack of dye into the wash. All I can say is "OOOPS!" The whole load of wash was ruined. Seems like he wore orange tee shirts around the house for a long long time.  The dyes are really cool. ANd expensive!!! I'd like $20.00 for the 6 packs and that will include the shipping.   Teddy Pruett

"I no doubt deserved my enemies but I don't believe I deserved my friends." Walt Whitman  www.teddypruett.com


Subject: Great photos on the hanging of the NYC Red & White Quilt Exhibit From: Karen Alexander <karenquiltrockisland.com> Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 21:56:26 -0700 X-Message-Number: 1


Fun to see photos of this show go up!

Karen in the Islands


Subject: Feedsacks From: Carole G Crandall <carolecrcgmail.com> Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2011 08:57:42 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2

I have decided to part with my feedsack collection of approximately 400 full sacks. Many hard to find novelties among them. The dates range from the 30's to early 50's. Some are still stitched some open. Collected over many years, all washed and pressed. If anyone is interested contact me personally. I am hoping to sell the entire collection intact. Carole Crandall Charlottesville, VA 434-979-2401


Subject: Re: Feedsacks From: KJB139aol.com Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2011 09:30:51 EDT X-Message-Number: 3

You might think about contacting the feedsack lady. She most likely would be interested.



Subject: All gone From: Teddy Pruett <aprayzerhotmail.com> Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2011 13:07:00 -0400 X-Message-Number: 4

My goodness yall are quick. Two e-mails and as far as I know both the PQ magazines and the Canadian newsletters have been spoken for.  Okay - now I have a house and ten acres................

Teddy Pruett


Subject: Re: Great photos on the hanging of the NYC Red & White Quilt Exhibit From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <stephaniestephaniewhitson.com> Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2011 12:31:41 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

Someone asked me about the absence of white gloves among those handling and hanging those quilts. Anyone know the answer? Steph Whitson


Subject: Re: Great photos on the hanging of the NYC Red & White Quilt Exhibit From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessenyahoo.com> Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2011 11:27:05 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 6

I've never been convinced that white gloves are any better than clean hands.

Kris http://www.flickr.com/photos/americanfolkartmuseum/5556189660/in/pool-1587925N24/


Subject: RE: Cotton gloves/bare hands (was: Great photos on the hanging of the NYC Red & White Quilt Exhibit) From: "Margaret Geiss-Mooney" <mgmooneymoonware.net> Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2011 12:38:54 -0700 X-Message-Number: 7

Good afternoon, QHLers - Again I push the use of disposable nitrile gloves for handling quilts (actually, all fabric handling) instead of cotton gloves and certainly instead of bare hands. Cotton gloves must be washed frequently - who has the water quality and the time for that these days (matched pairs go in to the washing machine and come out with more right hand gloves than left ones?!)? Bare hands that are supposedly frequently washed? Where are the sinks/bathrooms in that huge place? Yeah, sure the quilt handlers went and found those sinks every couple of quilts..I don't think so! <g>

Nitrile gloves are very affordable these days and available even at the big warehouse-type stores and in the dishwashing supplies aisle of your local supermarket. Just stuff 'em in your pockets and change them between quilts (unused ones in the left pocket and used ones in the right pocket). You absolutely should wear nitrile gloves if you are handling anything that has been contaminated by mothball products, mould/mildew, and/or rodent activity in order to protect your own health.

Please feel free to contact me off-line if you have any questions or need further clarification. Regards, Meg . _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ___________ Margaret E. Geiss-Mooney Textile/Costume Conservator & Collections Management Consultant Professional Associate - AIC 707-763-8694 mgmooneymoonware.net

...I've never been convinced that white gloves are any better than clean hands. ...


Subject: Requesting help to download to itunes app for the red and White quilt show "Infinite Variety" From: suereichcharter.net Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 06:05:30 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 1

There is a great app for this event with all of the quilts featured. I can up-load it onto my itunes account but I can't get it onto my iphone to enable me to bring it along to the exhibit. Has anyone else tried? What step am I missing. Thanks in advance.

Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut www.suereichquilts.com http://coveringquilthistory.shutterfly.com/ http://www.majorreichaward.com/


Subject: Re: Requesting help to download to itunes app for the red and White quilt show "Infinite Variety" From: kathie holland <kathiehollandoptonline.net> Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 06:21:47 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2

Sue they have not released an app yet for the smart phones This app is just for I Pads Kathie


Subject: Re: Requesting help to download to itunes app for the red and White quilt show "Infinite Variety" From: "Judy Grow" <judy.growcomcast.net> Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 14:50:41 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

Is there a way to get that app on itunes on my computer? I have no way to use itunes except as the player on my computer and have never downloaded anything from ITunes. Yes, I am an OLD person. Judy Grow

> There is a great app for this event with all of the quilts featured. I > can up-load it onto my itunes account but I can't get it onto my iphone to > enable me to bring it along to the exhibit. Has anyone else tried? What > step am I missing. Thanks in advance.


Subject: Alzheimer's Quilts From: Jan Drechsler <quiltdocgmail.com> Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 16:32:35 -0400 X-Message-Number: 4

Yesterday, i had the privilege to view the exhibit Alzheimer's  Illustrated: =46rom Heartbreak to Hope. It was the first time it was

displayed anywhere and Ami Simms was there to give a short talk also  about her mother and also the quilts. It was like being punched in  the stomach and crying in public at a quilt show. Very sobering,  educational and emotionally touching.

In spite of the stomach punch adjective, see it if it comes near you.

I noticed that Barb Vlack made a quilt to honor her parents, and tell

part of the story. The names of more than 10,000 individuals are on a

variety of purple fabric and made into 6" wide and 7 ' tall hangings  that separate the quilts made by individuals. I also saw the first  exhibit. This continues the important story.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative raises money for research. One  of the research projects is a 'Priority Mail' size quilt, that one  can make to fit in the USPS mail envelop and send to them to be  auctioned. A very interesting concept and I understand info is on  their website.

No affiliation, just a viewer who was particularly disturbed by the  quilt with the printed ribbons reading things such as 'Where did I  put my keys?', 'Has anyone seen my glasses?', 'Why did I come in this

room?', etc.


Jan Drechsler Guilford, VT

"When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about  to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.=94



Subject: Re: Alzheimer's Quilts From: "Judy Grow" <judy.growcomcast.net> Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 17:19:01 -0400 X-Message-Number: 5

Courthouse Quilters of Hunterdon County NJ has taken that project as our yearly challenge. Quilts are due at the April meeting.

Judy Grow

>One of the research projects is a 'Priority Mail' size quilt, that one can >make to fit in the USPS mail envelop and send to them to be auctioned. A >very interesting concept and I understand info is on their website.


Subject: RE: Alzheimer's Quilts From: "pines" <pinesearthlink.net> Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 17:53:28 -0400 X-Message-Number: 6

This is a very worthwhile cause and Ami is doing a wonderful job. I would urge everyone who can to make a priority quilt, but at least of the exhibit travels near you, please go to see it. worthy cause. Each quilt makes a real difference. One of my friends is hosting a challenge for my quilting group. I think it is titled An Ugly Fabric for An Ugly Disease, where we each chose what we thought of as an ugly fabric and used it to make a priority quilt.

Please take time to visit the website for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative to understand how we as quilters can make a real difference, one stitch at a time. http://www.alzquilts.org/index.html

Jan - thanks for your comments. I have a quilt in the exhibit.


Yesterday, i had the privilege to view the exhibit Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope. It was the first time it was displayed anywhere and Ami Simms was there to give a short talk also about her mother and also the quilts. It was like being punched in the stomach and crying in public at a quilt show. Very sobering, educational and emotionally touching.


Subject: Re: Requesting help to download to itunes app for the red and White... From: Quilltraol.com Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 19:24:32 EDT X-Message-Number: 7

Judy, Just click on the "view in iTunes" button. It will open iTunes, and then click on the "free app" button and it will download it from iTunes. With 650 images, it takes quite a while to download!

Lisa ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Re: Requesting help to download to itunes app for the red and White qui... From: Quilltraol.com Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 19:30:19 EDT X-Message-Number: 8

Sue, I don't see it listed yet under iPhone apps, only iTunes and iPad. Maybe it isn't released yet. I see the iPad one was just released yesterday. When it's releases, you will have to download the iPhone app from your phone.

Lisa ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Jasmine Quilting Products From: Gaye Ingram <gingramsuddenlink.net> Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 22:40:56 -0500 X-Message-Number: 9

Does anyone know whether the Jasmine Heirlooms company, which produced floor quilting hoops and other quilting products, is still in business? I've been unsuccessful in contacting by telephone.

Please respond privately.

Thanks, Gaye Ingram


Subject: NYC red-white exhibition From: "Julie Silber" <quiltcomplexhughes.net> Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 21:17:31 -0700 X-Message-Number: 1

I have only five words:


Julie Silber


Subject: What do I download from itunes? From: "Audrey Cameron" <audreycameronmadasafish.com> Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 13:44:22 +0100 X-Message-Number: 2

Hi all, I am an old person too! I would like to download the ap of the red & white quilt program to my computer. What is it called? How do I find it? I do have itunes on my computer. Will it be obvious what to do to download when I find it? Sorry to be a pain?

Audrey Cameron in Lincolnshire, England audreycameronmadasafish.com ------=_NextPart_000_0029_01CBED4E.3E962390--


Subject: RE: Cotton gloves/bare hands (was: Great photos on the hanging of the NYC Red & White Quilt Exhibit) From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <stephaniestephaniewhitson.com> Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 16:52:43 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

Nitrile gloves make sense. NO gloves .... I'm not sure, especially in the environment where the quilts were hung. I don't have an axe to grand. In fact, I hadn't even paid attention when I saw the photos. But when the question was asked by another quilt history person offline, I didn't know the answer. Steph Whitson


Subject: cotton gloves From: Jo Morton <joquiltsmac.com> Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 06:03:46 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

This is just my thought on the matter of cotton gloves . . . . when you are in an antique quilt dealers booth, do you need to put on cotton glove to examine a antique quilt to purchase? How many people touch those quilts before you buy it? Doesn't matter does it. museums don't let you touch the valuable quilts in their collections on exhibit. quilt shows attendees do not touch the quilts on display, do the people hanging the guild quilt shows wear cotton gloves? Are they made to wash their hands before handling the quilts? What about the during the hurry of take down, are white gloves used? do you put on cotton gloves to show your quilts at a guild meeting? do you put on cotton gloves to refold your antique quilts at home? do you wash your hands every time you go into your sewing room?

Joanna Rose stated that she paid $5 to $10 for quite a few of her quilts, they the prices went to $10 and $20, when the price hit $150 she had to think a moment. Some of her quilt finds were because a piece of furniture was wrapped in a red and white quilt (that one is humorous in an odd way to me). Not all of Mrs. Rose's quilts are museum quality, but together they make a profound statement.

The Red and White Quilt Exhibit is the most memorable exhibit I've seen, due to the fact Joanna Rose hired a design firm to create the exhibit, actually it was a design challenge and Thinc Designs won the challenge and pulled it off dramatically! If these same 651 quilts were hung in the traditional manner, rows and rows of red and white quilts, there would not have been the WOW factor in my humble opinion. There was a light focused on each and every quilt, the room sparked with red and white quilts, none were in shadows.

I don't wear cotton gloves when I handle my quilts, when I give a lecture people 'paw' over them after the talk, and they are not wearing white gloves, but then my quilts are not museum quality either. Sometimes these same people have had coffee, juice, cookies, or cake and not washed their hands before touching my quilts, sometimes they have cookies in one hand and reach for one of my quilts with the other. Quilts scream to be touched and nothing lasts forever, perhaps maybe plastic will, time will tell. The quilts that need to be preserved are mostly in Museums, although I'm sure there are still some tucked away and not properly stored. We live in a less than perfect world. :-) Jo

Jo Morton joquiltsmac.com http://www.jomortonquilts.com http://web.me.com/jomorton/Jo_Blog Andover Fabrics Designer


Subject: itunes and r and w download From: Tracy Jamar <tjamaroptonline.net> Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 07:14:25 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2

I was at my local apple store and asked about downloading the red and white quilt app. I was told it is only for the ipad. I don't have an ipad.

Not wanting to hear that when I got home I downloaded it to my computer anyway. (went to itunes, along the top black bar clicked into App Store, entered red and white quilts in the search, clicked on the folk art museum listing, clicked on the app, signed in and down it loaded. If you don't have an itunes account you will be required to set up one, even though that app is free).

So there it is downloaded into my computer, but as the man said in the store, it's only for the ipad and not viewable on my computer!

So unless you have an ipad, don't bother. They are lending ipads out at the show, which makes it possible to get in close to the quilts hanging 55' in the air. I didn't get one, but saw many others using them.

Only 2 days left.

Tracy Jamar, NYC


Subject: wonderful PA quilt for sale From: "Candace Perry" <candaceschwenkfelder.com> Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 09:07:58 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3


Unfortunately out of our collecting scope, or I'd be on it in a minute. It's a signature quilt from Springfield Township, Bucks County, PA, and is illustrated in documented in Nancy and Abe Roan's Lest I Should Be Forgotten.

Candace Perry

Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center


Subject: Red and White Exhibit From: RBCochranaol.com Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:29:54 EDT X-Message-Number: 4

In case you haven't seen enough red and white quilts lately <g>, I've added a few photos from the Armory exhibit and from my day in NYC to my blog, _www.rachelcochran.blogspot.com_ (http://www.rachelcochran.blogspot.com/) . Enjoy!

--Rachel in NJ


Subject: Re: Gloves or not From: "Marilyn M. Withrow" <mmwmarilynquilts.com> Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:51:34 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

I just have to put in my "two cents" here. When I started appraising quilts 25-plus years ago, I wore white gloves. I soon discovered I could not feel the fabrics with gloves. I've tried them all over the years -- nitrile, rubber, cotton -- and don't see how one can properly appraise if one can't feel the fabrics. Eileen Trestain and other appraisers have told me they use the antibacterial hand cleaners, and I've done that since I learned about it. Obviously I wash my hands before I begin appraising, but when you're at a show and appraising all day, there is no time to leave and wash your hands before every quilt, so the antibacterial cleaner works just great. I always ask the quilt owner if it's all right with her (or him), explain why I use that instead of white gloves, and make sure my hands are air-dried before touching a quilt. I've never had anyone object. I use the hand cleaner before every quilt, after I get the owner's permission. The only issue I have is that it dries my hands out, so I just use lots of hand lotion when I'm through appraising for the day. At least I'm not getting germs or soil on myself from quilts, or transferring germs or soil from one quilt to another. Feeling fabrics in an older quilt gives me more information than I could get from just looking at it. Marilyn Maddalena Withrow in Checotah, Oklahoma.


Subject: Cinda Cawley From: Karen Alexander <karenquiltrockisland.com> Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:25:51 -0700 X-Message-Number: 6

Dear QHLers,

At the request of Cinda Cawley's son, I am trying to track down any possible audio or video recording made of Cinda during one of her quilt presentations (e.g. fraktur quilts, Presidential textiles, etc). Is anyone aware of any such recordings having been made or did anyone on their own happen to catch a few minutes of Cinda on their video camera or cell phone?

I will be cross-posting this request.


Karen Alexander

Quilt History Reports http://karenquilt.blogspot.com/


Subject: Red and White Show From: Judy Knorr <jknorroptonline.net> Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 08:04:53 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

I took my binoculars with me to the Red and White Show. I was able to study the quilts that were hanging high above my head and observe the quilting and other details. Lots of people stopped me to say what a great idea that was and it really did work out quite well. Judy Knorr


Subject: a bit more on gloves From: Andi <areynolds220comcast.net> Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 01:10:14 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

Jo asked if white cotton gloves are worn during the hurried take down of quilt shows. Yes, at AQS shows, with exceptions. At setup, staff open the shipping boxes ungloved but don't handle the quilts; these are the box cutter guys who make it possible for the gloved folks to handle and hang the quilts without wrestling dirty shipped boxes. Aside: It helps tremendously that we have gone to a fast and easy hanging system that requires much less handling of the quilts to get them hung straight. We can spend more time managing how we handle the quilts, and not just wrangling them and the boxes.

At take down, new, clean boxes are used for return shipping. Gloved folks handle both those and the quilts, with this exception: Quilts shipped to us in tubes are returned in those same tubes. These quilts are usually wallhangings, many of which are heavily quilted and/or embellished. For whatever reason, the quilter was most comfortable rolling the quilt to send to us, so we try to repack it as close to the original method as possible. Only three people handle these quilts, myself among them. We wash our hands before the evening begins and re-wash if we come across an especially dirty box. It takes the three of us as long to repack 50 quilts as it does the rest of the staff and volunteers to take down and box up 400 or more quilts and clear the rigging and drapes. This is to say, take down is not a hurried affair, but efficient; we have lots of practice in getting it down quickly, but it isn't a rush job. We "tubers" handle slippery plastic, pool noodles, rough canvas slings -- you name it, someone has thought how to use it in packaging a quilt, which probably has every embellishment thought of, too. It is, as Marilyn Withrow said about appraising, a most tactile experience. Very gratifying. What we have learned is that rolling the tubed quilts less with as-clean-as-we-can-keep-them bare hands is easier on the quilts than dropping them onto a definitely unclean exhibit hall floor and re-rolling them with gloved hands. Flat folding even very large quilts with as many as four people is easier and simple to accomplish wearing gloves. Note: You wouldn't believe the damage boxes receive during shipping, yet the quilts are OK because the quilter wrapped them appropriately in cloth, then plastic, and not too tightly in the container. We replace tubes that are too banged up to return.

While we handle all quilts in our possession, whether for shows, books, or magazines, with as much care as possible, these quilts are, for these purposes, what Rita Fishel and others call "working girls." They may be or become museum quality; they may receive "kid" glove treatment permanently at some point, but they were created and submitted to be used, while with us, for exhibition and/or close examination. We are respectful, but practical. Jo is right: hurry is not good for quilts.

And, when it comes to exhibits that are sent to us to hang in our shows, we have no idea what has happened to them before they got to us. For example, while quilting in Florida, I organized and assembled a 54-40-or-Fight quilt to celebrate the states sesquicentennial by acknowledging every living female legislator in Florida. Block kits were mailed to who-knows-where-with-who-knows-what sewing room conditions, pieced, and returned to me. A special signing day was held at the state capitol where legislators jumped up from busy desks with ink-stained hands to run in and sign blocks. I owned two dogs and have never been a pristine house keeper, even less so during assembly time. The top hit the floor more than once before it was quilted, and who knows what was going on in the quilter's house. We donated that quilt to the Museum of Florida History where it was promptly incarcerated in an acid-free box lined with acid-free tissue paper, carted around only on a gurney as though it were a corpse, and handled only by docents with white gloves. It has been shown only on very rare occasions. I'm sure that this level of care will make the quilt last longer, but it had quite humble origins. It may never have been washed, but it was made to encourage and enlighten, not rest in peace. I digress with this story, but I think it shows the competing, conflicting desires and aims we thrust upon items that are, in the end, textiles--degradable, impermanent, and all the more precious for their fleeting nature.

Andi in Paducah, who gives a thankful nod to all the guild volunteers who do wear gloves and assist at our shows for set up, take down, and hostessing. We couldn't do as well without them, and it wouldn't be as much fun.


Subject: App for Infinite Variety From: Senoperaaol.com Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 07:50:33 EDT X-Message-Number: 3

The app for the Red and Whites exhibit is now available on iTunes for the iPhone and iPod Touch.



Subject: Re: qhl digest: March 29, 2011 From: "Linda Heminway" <ibquiltncomcast.net> Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 09:56:31 -0400 X-Message-Number: 4

Hello to all my quilting friends! I'm running a challenge for my quilt guild and I have three judges for the entries. I was wondering if there happens to be anART quilt judging form that differs from a traditional quilt judging form? I have found samples of a traditional quilting judge form that I can use but I have different categories, one being art, and I want those quilts to be judged based on that. As a quilter who often creates art quilts, I have found the judging of my own quilts to be something that makes me rather puzzled. I get that the application of bindings in a straight way and the consistencing of quiting stitches are wonderful things, but maybe the inconsistency of quiting stiches could have been purposeful in a quilt that is done for the sake of art vs. just technique. I can recreate the wheel and do my own things if I have to, but I wonder if there is anything? Also, if any of you have a really great standard vs. art quilt judging form you like and want to email it to me, I would be thrilled. Thanks if you can help! Linda Heminway Plaistow, NH


Subject: The Red & WHite Show From: Teddy Pruett <aprayzerhotmail.com> Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:24:41 -0400 X-Message-Number: 5

Well at the risk of being repetitive I think this Red and WHite quiltshow has opened up a new can of worms. I think it will be pivotal seminaland have a profound effect on quilt shows in the future.  My mailbox has been flooded with links and photos to this show from friends in all places and from all viewpoints toward quilts. Friends appraisal clients the other AQS appraisers and die-hard art quilters from the SAQA group have all been raving about this show. I daresay the imaginative display has much to do with the successof the show among non-quilters. One can't help but be amazed at the spectacle of all these quilts hanging suspended in mid air. Certainly sets a new standard for display.

Teddy Pruett

"I no doubt deserved my enemies but I don't believe I deserved my friends." Walt Whitman  www.teddypruett.com



Subject: RE: The Red & WHite Show From: "Candace Perry" <candaceschwenkfelder.com> Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:30:55 -0400 X-Message-Number: 6

That's an interesting thought, Teddy, but I wonder...most museums can't achieve that! Candace Perry


Subject: Re: The Red & WHite Show From: Mitzioakesaol.com Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:53:30 EDT X-Message-Number: 8

My brother (Ohio) sent me the full page NYTimes picture of the R&W show......I was sure taken by the hanging of the quilts to say the least. I am sure it will open up some new cans, but it has got me thinking about the shows I am involved in - what a great way to utilize space - something our show(s) are always looking for. I can visualize special displays being hung rather than contest quilts - it would be unnerving to have to look UP to see if a quilt has a ribbon or not. But special displays etc. could help open up space. I am taking the pictures to my next show meeting to see what others think. Keep quilting Mitzi from Vermont where we are in for another snowstorm on Friday - enough already....

In a message dated 3/30/2011 11:24:59 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, aprayzerhotmail.com writes:

Well, at the risk of being repetitive, I think this Red and WHite quilt show has opened up a new can of worms. I think it will be pivotal, seminal,and have a profound effect on quilt shows in the future.

My mailbox has been flooded with links and photos to this show, from friends in all places and from all viewpoints toward quilts. Friends, appraisal clients, the other AQS appraisers, and die-hard art quilters from the SAQA group have all been raving about this show. I daresay the imaginative display has much to do with the success of the show among non-quilters. One can't help but be amazed at the spectacle of all these quilts hanging suspended in mid air. Certainly sets a new standard for display.

Teddy Pruett

"I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends." Walt Whitman ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Re: The Red & WHite Show From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <stephaniestephaniewhitson.com> Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 17:30:07 -0500 X-Message-Number: 9

I think Teddy is right. This will be viewed as ground-breaking. To me, the mode of exhibiting them was in and of itself also an artistic expression. I hope it helped many to "see" in a new way. I wasn't able to go, although I had hoped to do so, but I'll never forget it, even though I only viewed it in a virtual way. I'm so appreciate of everyone who posted and told us about links. Mounting full size quilts this way won't be feasible, but I wonder how many guilds and other museums will learn from this and branch out in the way they exhibit smaller pieces in the future. Exciting possibilities ... which will no doubt also cause all kind of discussion. And isn't it great when people speak of traditional quilts as Art....we know they are, they've been accepted as such, but exhibitions can take them to new eyes who've never considered them that way. Steph Whitson ----- Original Message ----- From: "Teddy Pruett" <aprayzerhotmail.com> To: "Quilt History List" <qhllyris.quiltropolis.com> Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 10:24 AM Subject: [qhl] The Red & WHite Show

Well, at the risk of being repetitive, I think this Red and WHite quilt show has opened up a new can of worms. I think it will be pivotal, seminal,and have a profound effect on quilt shows in the future.

My mailbox has been flooded with links and photos to this show, from friends in all places and from all viewpoints toward quilts. Friends, appraisal clients, the other AQS appraisers, and die-hard art quilters from the SAQA group have all been raving about this show. I daresay the imaginative display has much to do with the success of the show among non-quilters. One can't help but be amazed at the spectacle of all these quilts hanging suspended in mid air. Certainly sets a new standard for display.

Teddy Pruett


Subject: iPhone app: Red & White quilts! From: Arden Shelton <junkoramacomcast.net> Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 22:58:37 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 1

Hi there; On a whim, I checked the iTunes store for the app and sure enough, on March 28, the phone app was released! It took awhile to download, so go sew a few seams while you're waiting. It also took some time to sync and it takes time to open up on your phone. Each screen slooowly loads but you can zoom in on each quilt for close-ups after they arrive. There's so much to look at that you can be entertained for hours. There are audio (albeit tinny) tours of the quilts by Elizabeth Warren. It's definitely worth all the waits....gorgeous! (Does this make sense?)


(Ms) Arden Shelton Portland, OR


Subject: Red and White Exhibit From: "Lonnie" <lonnie8comcast.net> Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 10:19:14 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

Martha Stewart featured the exhibit on her show this week. She interviewed the show designer and showed clips of the hangings.

Don't know if it will be repeated on TV but it could be on her website.

Lonnie Schlough Woodlands, Tx...52 degrees and beautiful!! www.fixquilts.com


Subject: The Red and White Quilt Exhibit From: suereichcharter.net Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 11:33:32 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 3


I feel most honored to have viewed this show. I visited yesterday with Bonnie Dwyer and Mary Kerr. Everything about it was a sensation! I would love to know more about the back story. It is incredible to me that this woman amassed such a huge collection and remained virtually unknown. I overheard someone say she actually owns a total of 1,300 quilts. The Armory was a perfect venue. The designers did an incredible job presenting the quilts to be viewed at every angle possible. The lighting showcased each quilt - perfectly highlighting the quilting designs with raking lights. There is so much to be learned from this presentation besides Red and White quilts. Everything from designing an exhibit using computers to successful marketing was executed using the best and newest technology. I can't imagine the cost to provide the site, the photography, the marketing, etc. There were very deep pockets behind this exhibit. After the first hour and a half, we found ourselves totally overwhelmed, sitting in the refreshment area with strong coffee and trying to rejuvenate our senses. There were a ton of people there who had not a clue about quilts and their history. This show was well advertised with banners hung every few blocks throughout the city. Was this enough to resurrect the quilt market? Only time will tell. At some point yesterday, you could download the app to your iphone. We learned about this too late to use the technology during our visit. It is a big file with some learning curve. Each quilt can be viewed individually in accordance with its placement at the exhibit. I have the iphone and successfully downloaded the exhibit. I just may have to buy an ipad to view the quilts in a larger format. Has anyone had success uploading it to a Mac? I would love to know if it will work in that format.

Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut www.suereichquilts.com http://coveringquilthistory.shutterfly.com/ http://www.majorreichaward.com/



Subject: Red & White Quilt Videos From: DDBSTUFFaol.com Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 08:03:18 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 4

Here are links to 4 Youtube videos of the Joanna Rose red & white quilt exhibition.

_http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YebLSoi52Ho_ ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YebLSoi52Ho )

_http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBtoDVYnJQc&feature=related_  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBtoDVYnJQc&feature=related)

_http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty_XgIbH1hQ&feature=related_  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty_XgIbH1hQ&feature=related)

_http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XK99ct7o5s&feature=related_  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XK99ct7o5s&feature=related)




Subject: RE: The Red and White Quilt Exhibit From: "Avalon" <malthausidcnet.com> Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:24:50 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

In viewing the photos that many have shared, I noticed quite a few younger children among the viewers. I would think that the spectacular way they were exhibited would leave quite an impression on them.



Subject: Highest US price for quilt at auction? From: kyra hicks <kyra262yahoo.com> Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:45:57 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 6

Hello -

I recently heard that the highest U.S. price for a quilt sold at auction was in the $300k neighborhood. I wasn't able to get the details. Does anyone know what the current highest auction price of a quilt has been? Was it a historical quilt or contemporary quilt?

Thank you! Kyra

Kyra Hicks Arlington, VA


Subject: Re: [SPAM] Highest US price for quilt at auction? From: xenia cord <xenialegacyquilts.net> Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:06:09 -0400 X-Message-Number: 7

See this December, 2007 article: http://www.nysun.com/arts/ uncovering-the-quilt/67867/

<The most expensive quilt ever sold at auction is a Civil War-era quilt known as the Reconciliation Quilt, which the Jameses bought for $264,000 at Sotheby's in 1991, and which is now at the IQSC.>



Subject: Barns Across America - now Quilt sidewalks Across America! From: Karen Alexander <karenquiltrockisland.com> Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:32:41 -0700 X-Message-Number: 8


Here is a link a friend sent me about what Kalona, Iowa is doing.

Karen in the Islands


Subject: Re: i.d. help calla lilly quilt From: Sandra Starley <ginghamfrontiernet.net> Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 23:15:35 +0000 (UTC) X-Message-Number: 9

It looks like Calla Lily, Nancy Cabot, Chicago Tribune 1934 Brackman applique #32.61

It is a new pattern to me (what a great springtime quilt). Thanks for pointing it out. Mark always has great quilts.

Here's a link, wondering if anyone else has seen this pattern and if so, in what color(s)?


Sandra Starley AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser Moab, Utah my antique and vintage quilts http://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com

my art quilts and antique reproductions http://starleyquilts.blogspot.com


Subject: i.d. help I have not been able to i.d. the origin of the quilt #330545854595 on ebay.

Dee Dadik Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles 5689 Concord Hill Dr. Columbus, Ohio 43213


Subject: Re: Barns Across America - now Quilt sidewalks Across America! From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <stephaniestephaniewhitson.com> Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 18:20:42 -0500 X-Message-Number: 10

Quilts embedded in the sidewalk would be a wonderful memorial for a friend ... and a good way to raise funds for a stressed museum if appropriate space happened to be available. I hope that catches on! Steph Whitson