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Subject: Re: FW: RE: more washing cleaning questions From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <stephaniestephaniewhitson.com> Date: Wed, 27 Jul 11 07:48:54 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

My wringer washer story involves my hand. Still remember Mom rushing in and hitting that release button. Glad it had one!

My "how to kill a quilt" story is about once gorgeous madder & shirting "T" blocks with TINY pieces that I was rinsing (in standing water) in the washer. And then my son put his jeans in to wash them without looking. End of quilt blocks.

He heard me crying as I took out the pieces ....

Steph Whitson

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Subject: Re: Another Civil War quilt From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <stephaniestephaniewhitson.com> Date: Wed, 27 Jul 11 08:00:36 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

Mattie Oblinger writers about wanting to make an Ocean Waves quilt in a letter home from Nebraska. Mattie died in 1880, but of course it's impossible to know if what she called an Ocean Waves was what WE call an Ocean Waves. If you want the exact date I can find it. Most of her letters date 1873 and 1874, so that would be an early mention, at least of the pattern name. I'm headed out the door to speaking gig but will check back to see if anyone wants the exact reference. Her letters are on the Library of Congress web site (although I slogged through the originals here in the Nebraska archives...yikes)

Steph Whitson

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Subject: Re: qhl digest: July 26, 11 From: Merrily Tuohey <merrilymckim2estudio.com> Date: Wed, 27 Jul 11 10:34:53 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

Would anyone be interested in giving a presentation in Kansas City, MO on Civil War Quilts next year? It's for a small study group in Independence, MO (hometown of Ruby Short McKim) but only pays $50...

I know it's not much, maybe if someone was going to be in the area on other business, or someone who resides nearby.

I would appreciate any leads you could give me!

Merrily McKim Tuohey

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McKIM STUDIOS http://www.mckimstudios.com

McKIM TUOHEY STUDIO http://www.mckim2Estudio.com

(816) 741-0623 PO Box 12161 Kansas City, MO 64152

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Subject: Saudi arabia? From: "Marcia's Mail" <marciarkearthlink.net> Date: Wed, 27 Jul 11 21:58:02 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

So...who else got the invite from Saudi Arabia for Aug, Sept or October to lecture on quilting and women's groups? Just wanted to know if the offer was real or not? Marcia Kaylakie

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Subject: Re: Saudi arabia? From: Julia Zgliniec <rzglini1san.rr.com> Date: Thu, 28 Jul 11 08:22:55 -0700 X-Message-Number: 1

Dear Marcia and All, I too received this email, which after a good chuckle, I deleted.

Julia Zgliniec, Poway, CA

On 7/27/11 7:58 PM, Marcia's Mail wrote: > So...who else got the invite from Saudi Arabia for Aug, Sept or October to lecture on quilting and women's groups? Just wanted to know if the offer was real or not? Marcia Kaylakie > > --- > You are currently subscribed to qhl as: rzglini1san.rr.com. > To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-qhl-1442694Klyris.quiltropolis.com >

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Subject: Ocean Wave From: laurelmhortongmail.com Date: Thu, 28 Jul 11 08:52:24 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

In the early th century in Eastern Kentucky, my great-grandmother, Cyrene Cockerham McCoun made a special quilt she called "Waves over the Ocean." (Same familiar pattern we call Ocean Waves.) We know it was special because she specified that it be handed down through eldest daughters. As it turned out, however, her eldest daughter was something of a black sheep, so she gave the quilt to my grandmother (my father's mother), one of the younger daughters. When I was growing up, my grandmother was estranged from her elder daughter, with whom we had little contact. When my grandmother died, I suggested that the quilt go to the younger daughter, who with a brother, had been placed in an orphanage during the Great Depression so that her widowed mother could accept a job as a live-in housekeeper. This aunt has two daughters; I don't know which one will end up with the quilt, but they are thrilled to have a family keepsake. I already had a utilitarian quilt made by my great-grandmother, and that one suits me just fine.

Laurel Horton

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Subject: Re: Saudi arabia? From: "Kim Baird" <kbairdcableone.net> Date: Thu, 28 Jul 11 22:57:00 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

What's the chuckle for? It looks perfectly legitimate to me. The agency is real, and I'd like to do it myself, but it's at the wrong time for me.

Kim

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Subject: FW: [clothandchocolate] Karen Schulz Upcoming Solo Show - Germantown MD From: "Anne Datko" <datkoaverizon.net> Date: Fri, 29 Jul 11 10:39:46 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

Karen Schulz Thread Work

Black Rock Center for the Arts

www.blackrockcenter.org <http://www.blackrockcenter.org/>

July 27-Aug 

artist reception: July 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

gallery hours: Mondy-Friday, 1.m.-5p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, variable

for additional information call 301-528-2260 http://www.karen-schulz.com

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Subject: Fair quilts - It's that time of year. From: suereichcharter.net Date: Fri, 29 Jul 11 21:29:58 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 2

There has been some discussion on this list about Fair Quilts. Throughout the summer and autumn months, the Nineteenth Century newspapers of our country have thousands of reports of the quilts on display at local town, county and state fairs. The information is usually very scant with just the categories of quilts addressed. A few of the articles give us more information. Over the next few weeks, I hope you enjoy these bits of information about Fair Quilts.

Morning Oregonian Portland, Oregon October , 1866 . ..LADIES DEPARTMENT--EAST SIDE. I hope the ladies will pardon me if I occasion- ally fail to use exactly the right name for their articles on exhibition, or if I fail to notice flatter- ingly every article I saw, as persons of the male persuasion are expected to do in whatever per- tains to femininity. My only plea can be that while I admired everything for its beauty, I admired some more, for their beauty and usefulness. Be- longing somewhat to the old school, I am inclined moreover, to give a preference to grandmothers nice, thick and warm knit socks rather than to Miss Blank's fancy crocheting or embroidery. Grandmother will appreciate my practical turn of mind, but I am not so sure of the approving smiles of the amicable and fashionably educated Miss Blank. Well, what do I care? Turning upon my track the first article which attracted any attention was a roll of heavy home- woven flannel, by Mrs. R. Davidson, worth, for wear and tear of romping boys and girls, about four times the average of factory made stuff. It was just the thing for this country during these times when ideas of economy ought to displace those of fashionable display. I was next attracted by a bed-quilt--now I am not certain whether it was a bed-quilt or a count- erpane--made by Zilphia S. Rigdon, mostly of scraps brought across the plains in 1816. A card on a white counterpane, cotton fabric, informed me that the counterpane was made by Mrs. L. Shelton, who carded and spun the mate- rial and did all the work herself. As a piece of house manufacture, I thought it very superior...

Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut

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Subject: On the road (again) From: Sarah Hough <dougandsarah1gmail.com> Date: Sat, 30 Jul 11 06:34:45 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

Planning a fast trip from north Florida to North Carolina in mid-August, 8-12 thru 8-16 and again from 10-18 thru 10-24 and have flexibility as to route. Have tried to find "quilt-related" exhibits, etc. but haven't had much luck. any ideas?

The trip to Ireland was great but didn't have much luck finding "patchwork". Thanks to Pat Lyons telling me to google "Patchwork Ireland" I did find some shops, etc. but nothing in the areas we went to. There was a very small shop in Dublin and, of course, it had all US fabric. No local patterns. We also asked for magazines on Patchwork but didn't come up with any. Did find some UK magazines tho. When we got back home, my travel buddy was in our local JoAnns and found a copy of "Irish Quilting" magazine! Who would have thought?

Thanks

Sarah in North Florida Panhandle where it is HOT and WET.

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Subject: #2 - Fair quilts From: suereichcharter.net Date: Sat, 30 Jul 11 15:38:12 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 2

This is a typical article about Fair quilts. There are thousands of these reports in historic newspapers.

Indiana Messenger Indiana, Pennsylvania September 22, 1869 From the report of the 12th Annual Exhibition of the Indiana County Agricultural Society. Class 14.--HOUSEHOLD ARTICLES. Judges--Mrs. Adam Row, Mrs. Levi Young, Mrs John Wolf, Mrs Samuel McCartney, Mrs. G.W. Simpson. Best 15 yards woolen carpet...............$2.00 Best 15 yards rag carpet......................2.00 Best hearth rug...................................1.00 Best double coverlet............................1.00 Best pair woolen knit stockings, best pair half hose (woolen), best pair linen stockings, best pair linen hose, best pair cotton stockings, best pair half hose, best pair wool en mittens, each ..............................50c Best table cover..................................1.00 Second best table cover.........................50c Best patch work quilt............................2.00 Second best patch work quilt.................1.00 Third best patch work quilt......................50c Best silk quilt........................................2.00 Second best silk quilt, best delaine quilt, and best counterpane, each...................1.00 Best pair woolen blankets.......................2.00 Second best woolen blankets...................50c Best 10 yards home made linen, 10 yards linen diaper, 10 yards tow linen, shirt made by hand, and shirt made by machine, each...............................1.00 Best pound sewing thread.......................50c Best plain flannel and best bar'd flannel, each................................1.00

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

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Subject: Another outcome of the Red and White Quilt exhibit From: Karen Alexander <karenquiltrockisland.com> Date: Thu, 28 Jul 11 22:09:00 -0700 X-Message-Number: 3

I think I missed a couple of days of the Digest so I am not sure if this post ever got thru.

Anyone heard of anything else like this happening? Very touching story about what one husband encouraged his wife to do!

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Quilts-light-up-Loveland-Road-T uesday-1601405.php

Or

http://tinyurl.com/3gh6nfl

Karen in the Islands

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Subject: Re: white counterpane From: laurelmhortongmail.com Date: Sat, 30 Jul 11 09:15:32 -0400 X-Message-Number: 4

The following item in Sue's transcription of the Oregon fair report might be worth following up by someone interested in a research project:

"A card on a white counterpane, cotton fabric, informed me that the counterpane was made by Mrs. L. Shelton, who carded and spun the mate- rial and did all the work herself. As a piece of house manufacture, I thought it very superior..."

These early white bedcovers were so highly valued that many of them were donated to museums, typically accompanied by the name of the maker and and comments that she participated in the preparation of the fiber and/or cloth. I had assumed that some of these pieces were carried west, and this published report offers confirmation. Many of these elegant quilts and counterpanes languish in storage in large and small museums across the country because curators simply don't know how to interpret them. I've located a number of makers in online genealogical sources. If anyone, whether an experienced researcher or a novice, is interested in locating and studying these neglected textile treasures in your backyard, please contact me. I'm coordinating a supportive, collaborative research effort to raise this important body of women's expressive culture from obscurity.

Laurel Horton

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Subject: Zilphia S. Rigdon From: joysbeesyahoo.com Date: Sat, 30 Jul 11 09:37:19 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 5

http://www.lanecountyhistoricalsociety.org/resources-museums.html I hope this link works. There is a picture of Zilphia Rigdon (as mentioned in the Oregonian article posted by Sue Reich) in front of her log cabin with her family c. 1890.

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Subject: Re: #2 - Fair quilts From: Sally Ward <sallytattersfastmail.co.uk> Date: Sun, 31 Jul 11 00:16:54 +0100 X-Message-Number: 6

I'm really enjoying these snippets Sue, thank you.

Out of interest, what sort of entries make it to State Fairs in 11, if any, and what sort of prize money is given?

I was delighted last year to find a local show where there was still a 'handwriting' section for local schoolchildren, in three age groups, and a 'miniature garden' section also. I thought that had disappeared years ago. 

Sally Ward

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Subject: nautical UGRR story From: Andi <areynolds2comcast.net> Date: Sun, 31 Jul 11 05:42:35 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

The current (August 11) issue of /Our State Magazine: Down Home in North Carolina/ has an article by Philip Gerard on how slaves used waterways to escape to freedom. Good information on how slaves and those who helped them operated. Not one word about quilts. Sources used by the author are available. He's credible, so I recommend this article to anyone researching UGRR issues. Go to www.ourstate.com. Search for Philip Gerard and one of the choices will be the article on River Runaways.

Andi in Paducah

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Subject: Re: #2 - Fair quilts From: michele mclaughlin <mickiemclaug58yahoo.com> Date: Sun, 31 Jul 11 04:58:41 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 2

Hi Sally, Here in Allentown, Pennsylvania we have the Greater Allentown Fair. Although we are a small city, we are bordered by farmland and competitions are still held for livestock, produce, baking, sewing and crafts, displays madeby the children (usually of 4-H). There are even entries for antiques. It is a fun fair to attend during the day and Ialways entered sewingwhen my son was young (you also get free tickets to the fair if you do entries).  There is a web page with information if you want to review the contests andpremiums: http://www.allentownfairpa.org/index.php/contests  Best wishes, Michele McLaughlin Allentown PA

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Subject: Re: #2 - Fair quilts From: Sally Ward <sallytattersfastmail.co.uk> Date: Sun, 31 Jul 11 14:26:15 +0100 X-Message-Number: 3

Wow! Thank you Michele. I'm going to spend a few happy hours reading through that.

Looks like times, and premiums, haven't changed that much!

Sally Ward West Yorkshire

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Subject: Whitework quilts/counterpanes/bed covers - Quilt Index From: suereichcharter.net Date: Sun, 31 Jul 11 16:25: -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 4

Hard to know exactly what to call this genre of bed coverings. I can tell you that there are oodles of whitework pieces in museums and historical societies in Connecticut. Our project did not document them unless they were actually quilted. One of the most exquisite whitework quilts was made by Sarah Edmond Booth of Newtown, CT It can be viewed on the Quilt Index. Here is the link. There are three views. It is also featured in the Connecticut book. Briefly perusing the Quilt Index, there are plenty of examples of whitework featured. Further research about these bedcoverings would be a lifetime journey. Quilt Index #2927 Connecticut

http://www.quiltindex.org/search_results.php?pattern_name=&quilter=booth&quilting_group=&quilt_id=&overall_loc=&city_made=&state_made=Any+State&province_made=&country_made=&period=Any&start_year=&end_year=&qproject=Any&collection=Any&predom_color=&spec_color=&overall_color=&FiberTypesF035=&FabricTypeF036=&FabPrintF037=&publications=&religious=&Search=Search

I can tell you also that historic newspapers list ads for whitework bedcoverings. Attempting to determine the homespun bed coverings from the mass produced would be a challenge. In 07 or 08, there was an article in Magazine Antiques. I believe it was called "Lady in White." Specific painters of the 1830s who rendered beautiful women in white were the focus. These paintings are contemporary to the onset of the popularity of the whitework bedcovering. Might be a connection here.

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

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Subject: Re: #2 - Fair quilts From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <stephaniestephaniewhitson.com> Date: Sun, 31 Jul 11 15:26:11 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

The Nebraska State Fair book is available online with classes and premiums stated in the booklet for anyone wanting to research that ... there are many many divisions for needlework and quilts ... I believe our memorial award was one of the best cash prizes ($30) when it was still being awarded (we're considering something new in memory of our friend). Most premiums paid by the fair itself were quite low.

I imagine many states have online booklets available, although I haven't checked any but NEbraska, where I live.

Steph Whitson

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Subject: #3 Fair quilts - on the light side. From: suereichcharter.net Date: Sun, 31 Jul 11 16:47:40 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 6

Grand Traverse Herald Traverse City, Michigan October 8, 1873 For the Grand Traverse Herald FARMER ROBIN AT THE FAIR. ------------- FIRST DAY Come, harness up the horses, John. And bring the wagon round; Load up the stuff: I like to be Quite early on the ground,

A bag of wheat, the very best, Stands just beside the bin; A don't forget the oats and corn, And--put a pumpkin in.

That mammoth squash--you may as well Take that along, I 'spose; 'Tis just as well to make a show Of all a farmer grows.

Those peach blows and those early rose, I think, are hard to beat; Lula, your quilt's a pretty one; That tidy's very neat.

John, put in a cabbage head-- There'll be a thousand there, But people can not see their own When looking at the fair.

And don't forget the apples, John-- The Judge's grapes, they say, Are number one, but I will bet Ours bear the prize away.

Peaches are scarce, and plums--say, John, How 'bout the brindle cow? I hope you'll have her there in time; I guess we're ready now.

Wife, is your bread all right? You made A splendid loaf one day, When I, a bashful lover, came, My humble court to pay.

Some silver threads are shining now Among your soft brown hair; How great the change since first we went Together to a fair.

Second Day to be continued.........

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

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Subject: thanks to Meg From: Andi <areynolds2comcast.net> Date: Sun, 31 Jul 11 16:21:27 -0500 X-Message-Number: 7

Recently, Meg Geiss-Mooney assisted me with a pro bono assessment of a quilt repair situation. She was patient and thorough and worked with less-than-the-best information. She definitely helped the person I represented. Many thanks, Meg.

Andi in Paducah

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Subject: Re: Fair quilts From: "Janet O'Dell" <janettechinfo.com.au> Date: Mon, 1 Aug 11 08:40:36 +1000 X-Message-Number: 8

Here in Australia we have what are called 'Agricultural Shows' that sound to be similar to State Fairs in the US. Sydney has the Royal Easter Show and Melbourne has the Royal Melbourne Show in September. There are many smaller Shows throughout all states. Here is a link to the competition pages for the Royal Melbourne Show: http://www.royalshow.com.au/exhibitors.asp#alpacas

This year I will be judging the hand knitting once more and 'judgment day' gives me the chance to see other craft entries including the quilts. At one time there were very few quilts entered but I believe there are more entries in recent years.

Show Day used to be a public holiday here in Victoria when the whole family would spend a day at the Show 'bringing the country to the city'. My husband provided a demonstration milk packaging system in the Dairy Pavilion for some years.

Janet O'Dell Melbourne Australia

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Subject: RE: three interlinked rings From: "Leah Zieber" <leah.zieberverizon.net> Date: Sun, 31 Jul 11 :54:51 -0700 X-Message-Number: 9

 

I picked up a nice four block appliqu quilt today at a local antique shop (at a smoking deal I might add).

In the hand quilting there is a repeated motif and I wondered if anyone could enlighten me to its meaning (if it has one).

The repeated motif is three interlinked circles with the center circle slightly higher than the two outer circles (it creates a slight arc to the motif)

 

The quilt may be Pennsylvania (not positive) and dates to what I believe is first half th century =96 all solids of red, green, yellow and white with a pink solid backing and back to front binding of the pink backing.

 

I can post a picture to the e-board if you would like to see it.

 

Appreciate any comments or books you can point me to regarding the three interlocking rings motif

 

Sincerely, Leah Zieber

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Subject: More on rings From: "Leah Zieber" <leah.zieberverizon.net> Date: Sun, 31 Jul 11 21:18:14 -0700 X-Message-Number: 1

Let me clarify by saying that the rings are NOT "all three interlocking" like you would see in the Bonham's symbol -

The left ring links to the center and the center links to the right - the right and left rings do not touch.

Hope that helps to clarify

Sincerely,

Leah Zieber

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Subject: Rings From: "Leah Zieber" <leah.zieberverizon.net> Date: Sun, 31 Jul 11 21:32:50 -0700 X-Message-Number: 2

Ok, so, five minutes on the internet can answer a lot of questions.

 

"Symbol of the Independent Order of Oddfellows. Primarily known for the three links of a chain which represent their motto-friendship, love and truth. Often called the poor man's Freemasonry as they share many symbols."

 

If anyone has anything different to add to the meaning of the symbol - or if you know of a different meaning, I would love to hear or read about it. A book reference would be lovely.

 

Thanks

Leah Zieber

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Subject: RE: three interlinked rings From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <stephaniestephaniewhitson.com> Date: Mon, 1 Aug 11 08:48:44 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

I believe that's an Oddfellows symbol. It's seen on tombstones as well. Steph Whitson

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Subject: Quilts at fairs From: "Virginia Berger" <cifbanetins.net> Date: Mon, 01 Aug 11 11:54:06 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

Here in Iowa, we have 99 counties and 100 County Fairs! (One of the large counties has separate fairs for the east and west parts of the county). These are mostly youth events for 4-H members. I do want you to know that some of the youth are becoming quilters and some are even interested in quilt history. I recently saw a quilt made by a 4-Her from blocks her great-grandmother had made. The 4-H member had done a great job of putting together a binder with information about the blocks and her family to go along with the quilt.

Some of the County Fairs have "open" classes where the adults can compete. The largest county fair in Iowa is the Clay County Fair held in the northwest part of the state. When I have attended this fair they have always had a good selection of quilts and quilted items. Their premium book can be seen here:

http://tinyurl.com/3rkn9ns

Our state fair has a wonderful display of quilts every year along with other needlework items. You can find the premium book here:

http://tinyurl.com/3lf3zkl

Last year I went on Deb Robert's England tour and I stayed a few extra days to attend the Cheshire County Show, Knutsford, Cheshire (near Manchester). This is mostly a livestock show but they did have a great floral show and some needlework including quilts. I had a great time attending an English county fair!

Virginia Berger

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Subject: Farmer Robbin at the Fair - Second day From: suereichcharter.net Date: Mon, 1 Aug 11 13:31:23 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 5

Grand Traverse Herald Traverse City, Michigan October 8, 1873 For the Grand Traverse Herald FARMER ROBIN AT THE FAIR. ------------- SECOND DAY Well, well, who ever saw the like? I didn't think 'twould grow Ever to be so big a fair, Right here at home, you know.

From every humble cabin round, From every village home, People of every name and trade, The rich, the poor, have come.

Such piles of garden truck, such pigs, Such fancy fowls, I ween, Such bed-quilts, pickle jars, and pots Of posies, ne'er were seen.

Why, folks have come more'n fifty miles To show their fruit and corn; I wonder where they'll sleep to-night, Get beat? Yes--in a horn.

No, no, my boy, that wheat's the best That e'er was in a bag; The Judge has spread himself on grapes, But ours will take the rag.

Whew! Don't the girls and boys have fun? Lula, I think I saw You flirt a little with that prig, Conceited Willie Law.

You needn't blush, he's not so bad; I 'spose 'tis nothing more Than all the girls delight to do, As their mothers did before.

You never flirted, wife? I know You never flirted much, Except with Smith, and Brown, and Jones, And half a dozen such.

There are scribblers for the press, they say, A writing up the fair; They'll surely earn diplomas all, If they wrote it true and square.

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

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Subject: Whitework quilts From: "J Perkins" <qltrstoreharlannet.com> Date: Mon, 1 Aug 11 13:47:37 -0500 X-Message-Number: 6

I have been reading the book "Betsy Ross and the Making of America" by Marla Miller. It is a great book, and really gives a good idea of how people lived then.

One chapter talked about how they made and stuffed the mattresses in the upholstery shop, and how big of a problem they had with bed bugs. It listed the chemicals and things they treated the mattresses and bedding with. I wonder what these chemicals did to quilts of the time? Could this be the reason we see so many white quilts? Would they have stood up to chemicals and, of course, not faded? Has anyone read anything on this topic?

Jennifer Perkins

AQS Certified Appraiser

NQA Certified Judge

Harlan, IA

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Subject: Third Day at the Fair From: suereichcharter.net Date: Tue, 2 Aug 11 09:25:32 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 1

Grand Traverse Herald Traverse City, Michigan October 8, 1873 For the Grand Traverse Herald

FARMER ROBIN AT THE FAIR. THIRD DAY

Come, John, and bring the wagon round, And tumble in the truck; We may as well be going home; Confound the evil luck.

Smith's wheat was smutty, but it took The premium over mine; Brown's corn was damp and musty, too. They called it very fine;

And Jones' oats were good enough, They weighed them o'er and o'er, They said that mine were full of weight, But his two ounces more.

The Judge's grapes--well, 'nough's been said, I'll own that they were good; He beat us all, he always does, I might have known he would.

Sorry I came? Not much. You bet I'll come again next year. Wife, you're ahead, that home-made loaf Stood number one, I hear.

And Lula's quilt stood first, but then, If John had had his say, Another dark-eyed girl, I guess, Would have borne the prize away.

'Tis strange how queer a boy will be; The glamour o'er him thrown By some fair witch robs him of wit, And makes him all her own.

Well, well, John, never mind, I own I once was young as you, And if you say I acted like A boy, I own it true.

Got best, hey? Well, the Union Fair's A great success, I say, And if they hold another fair, Be sure I'll come to stay.

Traverse City, Oct. 10, 1873.

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

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Subject: Were fussy-cut pieces available in kits or as die-cuts? From: "Mary Waller" <mwallervyn.midco.net> Date: Tue, 2 Aug 11 10:11:29 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

A friend is currently quilting a Grandmother's Flower Garden that looks like it might be a kit or die-cut pieces. It's 1930s and maybe some 40s fabrics; good-quality broadcloth, not feedsacks. The flower centers are all the same solid yellow, the inner rings are all solids in various pastels and the outer rings are prints of the same color as their inner ring; i.e., a blue solid ring is surrounded by a blue print. The garden path is solid white. The overall impression is that the fabrics were chosen very deliberately; the solids are very close in value and the prints are closely coordinated with their solids. A number of the prints have been expertly fussy cut to highlight one particular flower in the print. Our question is were fussy-cut hexagons ever available in kits or as die-cuts?

Mary Waller Vermillion, South Dakota, USA

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Subject: Re: Were fussy-cut pieces available in kits or as die-cuts? From: Dale Drake <ddrakeccrtc.com> Date: Tue, 02 Aug 11 11:36:35 -0400 X-Message-Number: 3

Thanks for asking this, Mary - I've seen a nearly identical quilt and wondered exactly the same thing.

Inquiring minds are wondering - did those die cutters line up the fabrics perfectly and cut out individual flowers? Seems to me the waste fabric would cut into profit.

Dale Drake in HOT, MUGGY and DRY Indiana

On 8/2/11 11:11 AM, Mary Waller wrote:

A number of the prints have been expertly fussy cut to highlight one particular flower in the print. Our question is were fussy-cut hexagons ever available in kits or as die-cuts?

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Subject: sort of a quilt story.... From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquiltsyahoo.com> Date: Tue, 2 Aug 11 18:52:33 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 4

This was posted onmediabistro.comand since it mentions 'quilted' I pass it along to give us all a laugh in these stressful times......   675,000 Pages, a Dozen Witnesses, and Two Months Later, a Decision on Toilet Paper Design Lawsuit

By Steve Delahoyde on August 1, 11 11:01 AM

Toilet paper. This case is about toilet paper. Are there many other things most people use every day but think very little about? We doubt it. Such was the introduction to 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Terence Evans ruling (pdf) in a design-based intellectual property lawsuit filed by Georgia-Pacific (owner of the Quilted Northern brand) against Kimberly-Clark (owner of Cottonelle and Scott) over alleged toilet paper design theft. The former accused the later of stealing its trademarked diamond quilted design, which launched a suit wherein, as Leagle reports, some 675,000 pages of documents were produced and more than a dozen witnesses were deposed. In termsof court rulings, which in our experience as generally as bland as they sound, reading the whole 17 page document (pdf) is honestly a bit fun, given a subject that will make those more juvenile among us a bit giggly, and howbizarre and detailed the whole thing is. However, if your time is short, we refer back to Leagle, who provides a great review of the whole case (and far more brief, coming in at just four pages). And of course, because youre wondering, Georgia-Pacific wound up losing the suit, with Judge Evans deciding that the Quilted Diamond Design is functional and therefore cannot be trademarked.

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