Subject: new appraiser From: Andi <> Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 03:34:24 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

Congratulations, Jennifer! Those of us who "knew you back when" knew you could do this!

I know the IIQSG is proud of you, too.

Andi in Paducah


Subject: Re: Appraiser From: Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 16:40:37 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

Congratulations, Jennifer!!! ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Alliance for American Quilts announces summer events in NYC From: Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 09:00:39 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3


Dear QHL friends:

To celebrate and support its projects to document, preserve and share the stories of quilts and their makers, the nonprofit Alliance for American Quilts is running three linked fundraising events in New York City this August. The proceeds from ticket sales will help fund such projects as the Quilt Index and the oral history project Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories, which is archived at the Library of Congress. Events within the "Quilters Take Manhattan" weekend include a panel discussion about the Modern Quilt Guild movement, held in the Garment District loft of Victoria Findlay Wolfe, co-founder of the Manhattan branch of the Modern Quilt Guild. An afternoon program on Saturday,, August 6 at F.I.T., includes a lecture by Marianne Fons, co-host of the "Fons and Porter Love of Quilting" TV show and magazine, and remarks by her daughter Mary Fons, a new quilter. Also, Jay McCarroll, winner of the first season of Project Runway, currently designing fabric for quilters, will be interviewed for the Q.S.O.S. oral history project.  The final event, Saturday evening, will be a cocktail party at the City Quilter shop in Manhattan. Thanks to funding by generous sponsors, the tickets are very affordable, and anyone who buys a ticket to at least one of the three events can book a discounted room at the official "Quilters Take Manhattan" hotel. You'll find all the details at the AAQ website, www.AllianceforAmerica Hope some of you can join us! grateful for your support, Meg Cox, President, Alliance for American Quilts


Subject: appraising and judging value From: Laura Fisher <> Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 21:03:03 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 4

Seeing all the postings about appraisal studies makes me wonder if there is consideration of prior ownership as a factor in valuation anywhere in the training program.That is, if the item was in an important collection or in a museum, is that something that adds value, and if so, how much, what percentage, how to determine it?  Does appraisal training cover this provenance issue? I don't mean if, say, you know Aunt Tillie made it and one has along with the quilther name address, birth and death dates, etc, even what clothing scraps she put in it,because unless Aunt Tillie was a significant person in her community or in history, that stuff is simplypleasantly anecdotal to know, but not ultimately a determinant of value,I think.  Laura Fisher at FISHER HERITAGE 305 East 61st Street 5th floor New York, NY 10065


Subject: provenance and value From: Neva Hart <> Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 10:03:23 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

I'm on digest version for QHL, so this may have been addressed by the time you read my post. Re Laura's post on provenance and valuations, her upcoming session at the American Quilt Study Group Seminar in New Jersey will discuss this exact topic.

Neva Hart in Virginia President, Professional Assn. of Appraisers-Quilted Textiles


Subject: Re: appraising and judging value From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <> Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 10:26:45 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

Please be sure to answer to the loop, because I think Laura asks a fascinating question and one I'd like to know the answer to.

Having looked at kazillions of old quilts that don't have provenance, and I tend to think that even knowing Aunt Tillie made it adds a little something....and knowing that Great-Aunt-Tillie the town milliner made it a bit more ... and that Great-Aunt Mary Todd Lincoln made it still more.

HOWEVER...........any provenance is pretty much oral history unless there are documents that verify the maker, and we all know those oral histories that say "My Great-Aunt Tillie the town milliner made this during the Civil War" ... as we look down at a Grandmother's Flower Garden made with feedsacks.

Of course signed and dated is the best provenance of all.

So I'm seeing an ascending scale of value .... or am I nuts?

Stephanie Whitson (who actually has taken several appraisal courses but isn't certified, never will be smart enough to be certified, and admires all of you who are VERY MUCH!)


Subject: Re: appraising and judging value From: Kris Driessen <> Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 12:32:56 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 3

In every single solitary class or lecture that I do, I recommend that people sign their work. If they own a quilt that they know was made by a specific relative (they saw it being made or someone said "I remember her working on that"), they need to put a label on it. Otherwise, it is unproven oral history - and people's memories do change. While sorting through my closet about a year ago, I found a hideous quilt that I was going to donate - until I looked at the label I had attached to it. I had no memory of the history of that quilt. And I am Not That Old!

I use the joke, "You would be surprised how many quilts I buy from the ex-daughter-in-law." Which is actually true, and helps reinforce the value of a label.

Yes, I do appraise a quilt higher if there is known provenance.



Subject: another new appraiser From: "Julie Silber" <> Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 15:45:25 -0700 X-Message-Number: 4

Another new appraiser!

Candace St. Lawrence of Butler, TN.

Congrats to those of you who are now, as Candy put it, "certifiable" !

Julie Silber

Julie Silber


Subject: Laminated fabric From: Karen Alexander <> Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 18:17:12 -0700 X-Message-Number: 5

Has anyone tried using this product yet? 

Would it make a good picnic table cover? Wonder if you could piece it by butting two pieces side by side and the using the zig-zag stitch on your machine? Wonder what crafters will try to do with it? Just endlessly curious about new products and what quilters will glom onto....though I would hardly call this a quilting fabric line.

No affiliation.

Karen in the Islands


Subject: Co-opting the word QUILT From: Karen Alexander <> Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 18:44:28 -0700 X-Message-Number: 6

It's been very interesting to track the use of the word "quilt" in the news since the late 20th century quilt renaissance.

Then came

Quilt Barns

Quilt Trails

And now "paths" --- referring to community networked by paths as the "iQuilt".

Karen in the Islands


Subject: appraisal values From: Laura Fisher <> Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 22:05:12 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 1

Thank you Neva for giving a plug to the roundtable I have been asked to conduct at AQSG. Seeing all the appraiser talk, I realized I knew nothing about how this topic might be handled, if at all, in appraisal studies, so I put it out there to get the thinking started.   The appraisal certification talk herefollowed on an experience I had last week when I was offered an unusual quilt, for a good hefty price in a dirt field in thecountry in the rain, by adealer whosort of substantiated the priceby saying the quilt came from L......... B..........., a name Irecognized faintly from the Americana world years ago. So I askedthe dealer who this man was, andwhy his former ownership supported ahigh value than it seemed the dealer would have asked otherwise. The dealer explained that L...B...., I think now deceased, was known to have bought 'really good things in good condition' therefore one could have confidence in buying anything he had owned.  That got me to wondering. Sometimes at auctions, merch for sale islistedwith provenance asthe name of the dealer who sold it, not a family maker. Usually these are americana deale rnames I recognize from years in the biz, but I wonder if they have any meaningto the lay person, and should they pump up the value of the item? Just wondering, and welcoming any thoughts on the subject. (p.s. I am still thinking about that quilt, would have bought it is less costly!)  Laura Fisher at FISHER HERITAGE 305 East 61st Street 5th floor New York, NY 10065

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Subject: Provenance and value From: "Judy Grow" <> Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 09:07:43 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2

Laura, 4 years ago we took an important Painted Baltimore Center Table to one of the big, big auction houses in NYC after we moved. They put it in their big mid-winter auction, toward the end of the catalog, but still, photoed full page in full color. We told the folks there that we had bought it at the flea market in Lambertville NJ for $325.00. Printed bold as you please in the catalog is written, "Descended in the family."

So much for Provenance claims. But it did sell for 15 times what we paid for it. I wonder what they told the person who bought it when they asked for the name of the family.

Judy Grow


Subject: appraising values From: Neva Hart <> Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 09:11:00 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

Continuing the thread on valuations, Kris and Stephanie make good points =85. their answers to the question does provenance affect value, are "it depends." That's an appraiser's job to know. (I am biased, of course.) An appraiser knows what is happening in the market arena, if you want monetary value. What really is the issue is the definition of "worth." A quilt could have more "value" historically than monetarily. To an historical society, the provenance might be invaluable! 

There are some helpful items on the appraisers' web site for your review. At any given time or place, a quilt's value could be different "depending on =85.."

Hope this is helpful. If you contact a certified appraiser for more information, you'll probably get more information than you wanted (smile).

Neva Hart President Professional Assn. of Appraisers-Quilted Textiles


Subject: Re: appraisal values From: Mary Anne R <> Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 06:29:53 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 4

Laura Fisher wrote:The dealer explained that L...B...., I think now deceased, was known to have  bought 'really good things in good condition' therefore one could have  confidence in buying anything he had owned.  What if L....B..... (or any dealer) purchased the item, thinking it was a  "really good thing" but later found out that it wasn't and subsequently sold it?  Even museum acquisitions can be deaccessioned after further scholarly research  is done onthem. So, to me,saying a piece is fromthe collection of XYZMuseum  doesn't necessarily mean it's a "really good thing."    Playing devil's advocate here way too early in the AM. :) :) :)  Mary Anne


Subject: Re: appraisal values From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <> Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 10:14:54 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

Laura, are you saying that value could be affected by who OWNED the quilt ... as in a known dealer/collector? Rather than who MADE the quilt. That's interesting. I hadn't thought about it in those terms.

Seems to me that that would be knowledge that would impress a somewhat narrow field of buyers. I don't know how many people out there know enough about the world of quilt collecting to add perceived value because of ownership by known collectors.

What a challenge for the world of appraisers! My hat's off to you all. Again.

Steph Whitson


Subject: Re: Laminated fabric From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <> Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 10:35:13 -0500 X-Message-Number: 6

Our local shop carries some rolls of lovely laminated fabric. It would make GREAT shopping bags. What I want is a way to laminate ANY fabric. Is there a product out there that makes that possible? I'm in the season of grand-babies and just thought the other day it would have been fun to make a little diaper bag carry-all to match the baby quilts ....

Steph Whitson


Subject: Re: appraisal values From: Dana Balsamo <> Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 08:52:12 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 7

Hi Laura, Back in 2007 I brought a quilt to Paducah when I took the appraisal classes taught by Bobbie Aug and Gerald Roy. On the second day I opened the quilt and Mr. Roy came over asking where I got...and if I had the other one...apparently, he had consigned the pair of quilts (made by PA sisters) to the auction house I purchased it from...but only one...never saw the other half of the pair. It was a beautiful trip around the world with prairie point edges and a bars back in pastel colors. Looked 1930s but came to find it was actually 1970s...a really nice 1970s quilt. There was a lot of talk about how it was made in PA to a ME dealer, who consigned it to a NY auction and bought by a NJ dealer, to go to KY, to reunite with ME dealer. It was a well traveled quilt. The point of the story is, I asked Mr Roy if the quilt was worth more since it had passed through his hands and he just gave a little chuckle. I wound up selling that quilt to another class participant before the week was over. She was eager to own it, not just because it was a beautiful quilt, but also because it had once belonged to Mr. Roy.

My best, Dana

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Subject: Re: Laminated fabric From: "Lonnie" <> Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 15:28:45 -0500 X-Message-Number: 8

yes, I have used it for years as a table cloth for my kitchen table (an oak art deco antique that I don't want messed up).

Wipes clean!!

I have it in Christmas fabrics by 3 Sisters (Moda), several fall Moda fabrics, prints for Spring and Summer and I change them out every month or two. I just purchased two bright prints from the Amy Butler collection.

I have never tried to sew it. I just cut the salvage off and it's ready.

Lonnie Schlough


Subject: Provenance From: Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 03:55:22 EDT X-Message-Number: 1

Hi Laura:

I'll chime in on the discussion about provenance. As Neva pointed out, don't ask appraisers these kind of questions because we are long winded. I also drank too much coffee today. Hopefully some of what I write will be helpful. Like everyone on this list, we are all learning. That's what makes quilt history and appraising so intriguing. The following is my understanding of provenance and how it effects value.

When I write an insurance appraisal for an antique quilt or a newly made quilt, I like to put as much information about the quilt as possible in the provenance section of the appraisal. I do this mainly so that as this quilt is handed down in the family or sold, or donated to a museum, that information won't be lost over the years. This section can include information about the quilt maker, how the current owner got the quilt, if it has been published in books or magazines, won awards, was it made by a famous quilt maker etc. My main job is to appraise, not to be writing historical documents about a quilt but sometimes, the appraisal may be the only time any information is written down about a quilt. Like you, I hear wonderful family history stories. If a quilt's story is only from oral history, it may not be totally accurate and is often embellished through the generations. I still write it down with sentences that say the information was handed down orally in the family and there are no letters, diaries or other documents to prove the information.

The information about a quilt is its history and we've all seem how quickly information can be lost or distorted in a short period of time. For example, If I don't put a quilt label on a quilt I make with the date and reason I made it or if I didn't put the name, age and date on the back of photos of my children when they were growing up, that information gets lost over time. I am amazed when I look at a photo of one of my kids and I can't for the life of me remember how old they were in that photo. Fortunately I can still tell them apart. I've also made a lot of cross stitch samplers and projects. From the beginning, I always finished them by cross stitching my name, city, state and year made on a bottom corner of the design. That's been a good thing except when I look at some of them and think, "Oh my, the years are flying by way too fast."

But, in the appraisal world we have to decide if a proven provenance will affect the value of the quilt. It's always tough to figure out how much value (if any) should be added because of the provenance. There is no magic formula or a percentage to figure that. The replacement value we assign a quilt is based on what a similar quilt has recently sold for between a willing seller and willing buyer or what similar quilts are currently available for sale from reputable dealers in today's market.

If there is a loss, the insurance company should pay that appraised value so that quilt can be replaced with one of "like and kind." Like and kind can include not only the age, workmanship, condition and style factors but can also include provenance factors. If we find that for example, quilts that were in a certain collection or museum are selling for a higher price than the same type of quilt that was not, then the provenance did effect the value. Think about the Gee's Bend Quilts. Do they have a higher record of sales because they were in that special group of quilts that were exhibited and in books? Yes.

What about a quilt made by a current quilt maker who is well known and has a record of sales. Do collectors pay more money for quilts made by Ricky Tims or Caryl Fallert or Hollis Chaterlain? Yes, because of their talent, originality, awards and fame in the quilt world. What about a quilt made by a student who took a class from one of these famous quilt makers. They made a quilt in class with the same colors, fabrics, techniques and style. What if the student's workmanship was excellent. Would the student quilt sell for as much as a quilt by the famous maker? No. Just like in the art world, collectors put a lot of stock in the name on the piece. They don't buy or pay the same money for a knock-off. Original paintings by Monet sell for more money than paintings in that style. So, just like paintings, fame of maker provenance counts and effects a selling price of a new quilt.

As a dealer, what if you have two log cabin quilts to sell. Let's pretend that they were both made c. 1870. They both have similar fabrics, workmanship, quilting and condition. For one, you know nothing about its history. You have no idea who the maker was or in what state it was made. You bought it at a flea market to re-sell it, make money and give it a good home. For the other quilt, you have an old photo, showing that quilt in the Lincoln bedroom in the White House with Abraham Lincoln standing next to it. You have an authenticated diary with an entry from Mary Todd Lincoln that she bought a log cabin quilt for his birthday, put it on the bed and had a picture taken of him standing by the quilt. Will the known provenance of the second quilt make a difference to your clients or collectors as to which of the two log cabin quilts they will pay more money? How much more money will it bring?

As a dealer, you will set the asking price based on what you think you can sell it for in today's market. You will look in your previous sales records and talk to other dealers and base the price on other historically significant quilts that have sold. If I'm appraising a quilt, I have to research and find similar historically significant quilts and learn what they recently sold for or what it would cost to buy one as a replacement. I will determine the value in a similar way to how you determine a selling price. The value I place on it must be able to be proven. It can't be something I just guess at. I need to back up the value with comparable sales and prices. It's based on what it will cost to replace the quilt.

I'm still pondering Laura and Stephanie's posts about a value being affected based on previous owners. It's too late to figure that out.

Sorry to be so long-winded, Kathy Kansier Teacher, Judge & AQS Certified Appraiser Ozark, Missouri


Subject: Re: Provenance From: "Lonnie" <> Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 10:11:12 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

I think the provenance is so important for a quilt that I offer a label to all my restoration customers for free.

I almost insist on one, even if it just says 'Log Cabin-Purchased at Joe's Antique Shop in Houston' and the date. Customers are always happy to get something free.

I give them a flyer with an example and explanation of the importance of a label, future generations,etc. While I'm restoring it they do the research with family members and email me the results.

This can be a delicate situation...such as when they insist the qlt was made by Gndma in 1920 because she was born in 1920...huh? but with explanation I can always make them happy.

I explain that I am not an appraiser but I am pretty good at dating fabrics. A future appraiser may need to tweak my dates abit but the 'circa' usually takes care of it.

Lonnie Schlough


Subject: Dallas area quiltmaker From: Laura Fisher <> Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 09:23:53 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 3

Hi all - can anyone in or near Dallas TxXrecommend a quilt maker,or restorer, or skilled sewing person who would be willing to undertake the project of adding a border to an old quilt my client wants enlarged? She will email me with dimensions for the border, likely the client will provide theyardage, unless someone an put me in touch with a source for late 19th c wool challis yardage in enough length to border a quilt about 82" square!  Kindly email me privately with names so I can get in touch.   My interior decorator client is eager to get the project underway, does notwant to keep shipping the quilt in question back and forth top NYC, so local down thereis best.. Laura Fisher at FISHER HERITAGE 305 East 61st Street 5th floor New York, NY 10065

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Subject: valuation and provenance, cont'd From: Laura Fisher <> Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 09:43:38 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 4

Thank you all for the input on the qiestion of provenance and value, and what role who owned something plays in appraisals. In the world of high contemporary art, prior ownership is often listed in auction catalogs, as well as exhibition history, and presumably those factors escalate the inherent value of the object being sold.  I recall seeing a well published quilt hanging at a major antiques show with, at that time, away-out-of-the-marketplace price of $175,000, waaaaaaaaay more than any quilt auction record than just the one, the Reconciliation quilt.   When I inquired about it of the dealer, not someone known for selling quilts, I received a recitation of the books in which it had been published. There was no information about the quilt, what it represented, who made it,etc. (I think such info must have appeared somewhere in one of the publications, but...never followed up to check) Instead, it was 'credentialled because of its extensive publication history.   This gets me to wondering, what is anything's value, really. Of course the answer always is at any given moment what the buyer is willing to pay and what the seller is willing to accept, so, maybe aside from the value of gold, which goes by the ounce, and is published dailyperhaps forno other itemcan a 'real' value beset for anything; it's the market forces alone on any given day that affect the price.  Laura.

Laura Fisher at FISHER HERITAGE 305 East 61st Street 5th floor New York, NY 10065

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Subject: Re: valuation and provenance, cont'd From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <> Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 12:22:56 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

Good thoughts on "value," Laura. Fascinating to think of a quilt's value being enhanced by it's having been published. HHHMMMM.

Value is so dependent on perception ... a constantly moving target.

Think how many of us have paid hundreds, even thousands of dollars for objects that others stashed in an attic because it was "just old stuff" ... stuff others threw away .... so ... someone's "stuff" becomes someone else's "treasure."

The human condition ... endlessly fascinating. Steph Whitson


Subject: Re: Laminated fabric From: "The Motls" <> Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 19:12:09 -0500 X-Message-Number: 6

I have laminated cotton fabrics with iron on vinyl by Therm o Web. It works well. Chris Re: What I want is a way to laminate ANY fabric.


Subject: insurance and provenance From: ikwlt <> Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 12:28:54 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 1

i thot i would respond with a "personal" experience about the insurance aspect.

> If there is a loss, the insurance company should pay that > appraised value so that quilt can be replaced with one of "like and kind." Kathy Kansier

> I recall seeing a well published quilt hanging at a major > antiques show with,at that time,away-out-of-the-marketplace price of $175,000, <snip> When I inquired about it of the dealer, not someone known for selling quilts I received a recitation of the books in which it had been published. <snip> Instead, it was 'credentialled because of its extensive publication history.Laura.

> Good thoughts on "value," Laura. > Fascinating to think of a quilt's value being enhanced by > it's having been published. HHHMMMM. Steph Whitson

probably close to 10 years ago, our area was hit with a firestorm in which many, many homes were destroyed. insurance companies had to send representatives from across the country to the area because of the sheer numbers of claims involved.

my friend was one who lost her home and (with the exception of a couple of quilts) everything in it. the fast moving fire began at night while people were sleeping, and people literally had to jump out of bed and leave everything behind. she was very fortunate that the man who eventually became her insurance rep was the husband of a quilter. he didn't question the amount nor cost of her stash, sewing machines, quilts, etc. because he knew how we are ;0)

but one thing that stuck out in my mind and this topic -- since she is a good friend of a nationally known quilt author and often made quilts that were included in books and magazines, the insurance rep valued those quilts substantially higher than her other quilts. fortunately it was easy for her to document those quilts. she also asked all of us who had pictures of her other quilts that had been shared in classes, hung in local shows, etc. to provide her with copies because obviously her pictures were also destroyed. i can't remember an exact amount now, but it seems it was 2-3 times higher for the published quilts.

i don't know if it would have been any different if someone other than a quilter's husband had showed up at her door. he definitely understood time, talent, and cost of materials involved in a quilt.



Subject: Re: insurance and provenance From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <> Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 10:33:20 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

I think I'm going to spend some time creating a digital record of my quilts and possessions for the safe deposit box at the bank in case of fire. I hadn't thought of that. I'd lose my quilts and my records of ownership.

I bet y'all have done that ... I'm slow sometimes. STeph Whitson


Subject: Value, Provenance & Insurance From: linda laird <> Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 13:02:35 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

I have photos of all my quilts and everything else of value in our KS house since the tornadoes are getting bigger. I keep a second copy in my daughter's safe in AZ. No tornadoes there. I also recognize that I can't afford enough insurance to cover the appraised value of everything I own. My agent has assured me that I will get the flat amount of contents insurance that I've paid for if the house is wiped out and an appraisal will only help if an individual quilt or item is stolen or ruined. You might check your policy if you have a really valuable collection.

Linda Laird Back in KS and trembling.


Subject: Re: qhl digest: May 22, 2011 From: "barbara" <> Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 10:26:45 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

I follow this group regularly but seldom post as I don't know much about quilt history. However, I am a longarm quilter who takes pictures of every quilt I quilt and have had two of my customers request pictures of their quilts for insurance purposes. One due to a burglary and one due to a house fire. Just a little tidbit of information.



Subject: origin of block names From: Donald Beld <> Date: Thu, 26 May 2011 15:23:32 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 1

Hi everyone, I am interesting in delving into how quilting blocks got theirnames; i.e., Martha Washington's Star, Job's Tear; Churn Dash, etc.  I know that most early blocks either had no names; or had regional names; and that late in the 19th Century names started to become more formalized asthey were published in magazines, etc.  But I would like to know if there is literature: books or articles, researching these beginnings.  Thanks for your help. best, Don Beld



Subject: Re: qhl digest: May 26, 2011 From: <> Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 01:04:35 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 1

What a great question!!! I'd like to know too. It would be interesting reading to find out the different whys and wherefores of the names of the blocks. Janis


Subject: Re: origin of block names From: "Lonnie" <> Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 10:18:32 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

there are Barbara Brackman's books on the subject...Encyclopedia of Pieced Qlt Patterns and Encyclopedia of Appliqué. These books document the names of blocks from old publications but HOW they got their names is a tuffy....Barbara might still be your best bet.


Hi everyone, I am interesting in delving into how quilting blocks got their names; i.e., Martha Washington's Star, Job's Tear; Churn Dash, etc.


Subject: Endowment fabric From: xenia cord <> Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 16:48:40 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

The American Quilt Study Group has just launched its first limited edition quilt fabric, purchase of which is a donation to the Endowment Fund. You can see the fabrics (2) and learn about ordering by going to:

Xenia Cord, Endowment Co-Chair


Subject: Need to get in touch with Rosalind Perry From: "Karen Musgrave" <> Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 16:44:27 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

If anyone has an email for Rosalind that is not her address, I would be greatly appreciative.

Thanks! Karen Musgrave - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  The most basic and powerful way to connect to  another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the  most important thing we ever give each other is our  attention...A loving silence often has far more power  to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.  --Rachel Naomi Remen   


Subject: Nice Article About Sue Reich From: "Carol Berry" <> Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 06:50:57 -0700 X-Message-Number: 5

This article was on my Google Alerts this morning.

Carol Berry Merced, CA


Subject: RE: origin of block names From: "Janet O'Dell" <> Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 08:44:56 +1000 X-Message-Number: 6

I gave a presentation at the February Quilt Study Group Victoria (Australia) meeting on Stars. I concentrated on star blocks named for famous women (Martha Washington, Barbara Frietchie and Dolly Madison in the US, Elizabeth Sanderson in the UK). It was claimed in several online sources that many of the US blocks were named/renamed during the Colonial Revival period as a tribute to those women. I never discovered why a specific design was attributed to any of them other than the Elizabeth Sanderson star quilts in the UK.

Janet O'Dell Melbourne Australia


Subject: Re: Endowment fabric From: Jocelyn Martin <> Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 15:46:37 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 7

Oh my goodness, surely they don't mean they chose the coordinating fabric 'at random'! Surely they mean that they selected a set of coordinating fabrics, then chose one of them randomly. Although that might make an interesting quilt challenge...having people draw fabrics at random, and see how they combine them into a project.

________________________________ From: xenia cord <> To: Quilt History List <> Sent: Fri, May 27, 2011 3:48:40 PM Subject: [qhl] Endowment fabric

The American Quilt Study Group has just launched its first limited edition quilt fabric, purchase of which is a donation to the Endowment Fund. You can see the fabrics (2) and learn about ordering by going to:

Xenia Cord, Endowment Co-Chair


Subject: domestic counter-terrorism at work From: Laurel Horton <> Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 23:23:04 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

> > AUSTIN, Tex.     A fat sheaf of F.B.I. reports meticulously detailsthe > surveillance that counterterrorism agents directed at the one-story housein > East Austin. For at least three years, they traced the license plates of > cars parked out front, recorded the comings and goings of residents and > guests and, in one case, speculated about a suspicious flat object spread > out across the driveway.

>    The content could not be determined from the street,    anagent observing > from his car reported one day in 2005.    It had a large number of > multi-colored blocks, with figures and/or lettering,    the report said, and >    may be a sign that is to be used in an upcoming protest.   

Actually, the item in question was more mundane.

>    It was a quilt,    said Scott Crow, marveling over the papers at the dining > table of his ramshackle home, where he lives with his wife, a housemate and > a backyard menagerie that includes two goats, a dozen chickens and a turkey. >    For a kids  =99 after-school program.   


Subject: RE: domestic counter-terrorism at work From: Date: Sun, 29 May 2011 12:39:31 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 2

Dangerous stuff, those quilts!


Subject: Memorial Day From: Gaye Ingram <> Date: Mon, 30 May 2011 18:08:39 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

I know that today is set aside to remember those who have fallen in military service for our nation. And I have remembered them.

Yet all day long I've thought of Cinda Cawley and Jean Rae Laurie. Jean wasa "name" to me, but one that reminded me that somewhere quilting was aliveand being reinvigorated, even though that was not happening where I lived.

Cinda was among those who awakened me to the presence and accessibility of quilts from the past. She was very real. Her long QHL recounts of quilts she had seen confirmed the infinite variety within the American quilt tradition. They reminded me how much there was to learn, how much remained to be discovered. Her enthusiasm invigorated me.

When I first met Cinda in person at an AQSG seminar, she seemed so small: in my mind she had assumed the proportions of a giant. But when she began totalk about quilts, my imagination proved correct. She was a formidable presence.

Cinda and I agreed about few things beyond our gratefulness for the Celtic blood running in our veins and our love of history and quilts. And yet evenour differences had beneficent effects for me. Had Cinda not looked at me in astonishment and asked, "ARE there Southern quilts   =93 I mean, real quilts?" I might not have determined to answer that question. And that determination has focused my learning path and my life since that seminar in Dallas. Thanks to Cinda, there have been conferences devoted to exploring that question with others and to exploring the qualities of Southern quilts. And thanks to Cinda, I at last need depend on no historian for my understanding of ante-bellum Southern history.  

No Southerner encouraged me in my study so much as Cinda. She too was a questioner. She was always willing to answer questions. She was generous with her knowledge, and I could count on her to question the questionable.  

Last week I filed something she had written for "Blanket Statements," something we had discussed privately, and suddenly I was overcome by the desire to ask her about the matter. I wanted to tell her something I'd just discovered about political quilts. I wanted to discuss our president's laying claim to his Irish heritage, after a lifetime of quietly, steadily creating a persona that effectively denied that heritage. For I knew that while we would disagree about his politics, we would agree that ignoring one's Celtic blood was simply beyond our ability to conceive. We would laugh and laugh and laugh about that.

I know that my experience is far from isolated, that Cinda touched all our lives in a remarkable way. In one of his sermons the British poet John Donne observed that no man is an island, that each of us is a part of the main,the whole, and that the demise of any one of us diminishes us all. I am terribly conscious of that today because of Cinda Cawley. 

I'm also grateful to Kris, our list mom, who created the community where such different people could come to love and help one another.

Gaye Ingram


Subject: basting glue stain From: Rose Werner <> Date: Mon, 30 May 2011 18:48:48 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 1

A friend of mine has a basting glue (I'm assuming the spray adhesive) stain on one of her blocks and asked what might remove it. I don't use this product, so I have no clue. Any suggestions? Rosie Werner --0-1525482024-1306806528=:57760--


Subject: Voting for Quilt Awareness From: xenia cord <> Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 18:38:53 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2

The only Quilt Museum in the United Kingdom needs our help.

Dedicated to quilts and the quilter's art, the privately operated Quilt Museum is located in St. Anthony's Hall, York. Currently its "Unfolding the Quilts" is competing for the position of "Best Heritage Project" among British Lottery-funded projects. Selection as the finalist will bring much-needed attention to the museum and its parent, The Quilters Guild of the British Isles, in part through a brief program on the BBC. The museum's income is derived only from admissions, museum shop sales, donations, and grants from entities such as the Lottery Heritage Fund. Increasing attendance by increasing awareness would do much to support the museum in today's economy.

Your vote for the "Unfolding the Quilts" at will help the Museum toward its goal. Anyone may vote between May 31 and June 20.

You may also reach the voting site through on its home page. While there, why not check out the links to some of the collections, and museum activities