Subject: UGRR myth- a small victory From: Judy Schwender <> Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 08:12:01 -0700 (PDT) X-


Subject: restoration question From: Judy Schwender <> Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 08:35:39 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 4

I am trying to locate a quilt restorer. If you do this type of work and   can restore a Crazy quilt, please reply to me off list. Thank you.Jud  y Schwender --1237217898-2106722211-1317396939 :98145--


Subject: Living witqualih Quilts From: Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 08:43:40 -0500 X-Message-Number: 7


Sue, Ive checked my copy of Living with Quilts page by page and I cannot find your quilt on any of its pages. Good luck with your search. Maybe someone has seen that lovely quilt and will point you in the right direction.

And, I must thank you for your post. In the process of looking in that book I was able to revisit the wide range and quality of quilts contained on its pages. Lovely. I'd forgotten what was there.

Best wishes, Kathy Moore


Subject: Re: UGRR myth- a small victory From: Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:08:45 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 8

Will it never end? VT Mitzi

In a message dated 9/30/2011 11:12:26 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes: nal-scrutiny-historical-inaccuracy


Subject: Newspaper article about potholder quilt. From: Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:27:52 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 10

Attn: Potholder Pam and others! Once again rain is keeping me from my gardening, so I'm reorganizing my research/sewing room. Just came across this article.

The Indianapolis Star Indianapolis, IN October 24, 1910 Novel Quilting Frames. In quilting a quilt alone it is difficult to roll and hold the frames in the usual way. A new way is to take four laths and make a frame, fastening at the corners with a nail, and holes in each lath at the sides to roll the quilt or block as quilted. This frame is made to quilt each block separately, or several blocks may be joined and quilted. Each block is stretched in the small frame, the same as a large quilt, and can be quilted on the lap at odd times. When a block is finished bind with wide tape. When all are finished whip together. The result is very pleasing.

Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: fabric widths From: Sally Ward <> Date: Sat, 1 Oct 2011 12:35:03 +0100 X-Message-Number: 1

Apologies for asking an obvious question, but can someone remind me when   36" width fabric became a standard? I'm temporarily detached from my   library and also, it appears, from my brain.

Sally Ward


Subject: Quilt Book From Westchester County, Penn From: Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2011 09:44:42 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 1

Hi all, I attended the in house quilt turning last Sunday and especially enjoyed the quilts from the Westcheser Quilt group. I understand they have published a book of their quilts, but I cannot locate it on Amazon, Bookfinder, or Powell's. Can anyone give me a source? Is it available from the Westchester Quilt Guild? Any help would be appreciated. Janet H in Fort Worth --part1_10733.63ed737a.3bb9c4ca_boundary--


Subject: article about City Quilter in NYTimes From: Laura Fisher <> Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2011 10:39:34 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 2

Hi all - it was so good to interact with all qhl'ers who attended the wonde  rful AQSG symposium. There was lots to learn and see, a terrific experience  skillfully organized byJudy Grow and abundant withinformation.  You may recall my discussions about my techological inadequacies, so since I have no idea how to 'link' to this article today in the NY Times about  the fabricquilting store The City Quilter, here is the title infoof   the article, which I hope you all can find yourselves.  Great publicity for them. And they have opened a gallery next door, so now   finally quilt lovers will have a chance to see quilts on display always (es  pecially after the Stars show comes down at AFAM) I have only shelf, not wa  ll space, so it is frustrating for visitors for whom things have to be unfo  lded, folks are shy about asking.  N.Y. / REGION  | October 02, 2011 Neighborhood Joint | Midtown Manhattan: Where Novices and Artists Indulg  e the Quilter Within By HUGH RYAN City Quilter, which stocks 4,000 bolts of fabrics, has been the heart of Ne  w York's quilting community for nearly 15 years.

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

212/838-2596 find us on facebook: Laura Fisher Quilts --1447482803-1788237378-1317577174 :1945--


Subject: Great entertaining sewing machine story plus Seminar From: Karen Alexander <> Date: Sun, 02 Oct 2011 15:25:49 -0700 X-Message-Number: 3

Just got back from 12 days on the road, including a week in New Jersey at the AQSG seminar. Seminar was absolutely outstanding! I gleaned a lot of new information from the Seminar papers and thoroughly enjoyed the "extra" speakers the Seminar's organizers made possible. QHL member Don Beld's very moving presentation Remembering With Honor: One Quilter Salutes Our Heroes is one I will long remember. Don told us this was the first time all of his quilts honoring the 9-11 heroes at the various sites of 9-11 destruction were all together in one room at the same time!

Plus, at the Sunday luncheon we were treated to an unexpected speaker, Stacy Hollander, curator of Joanna Rose's fabulous 80th birthday bash Red & White Quilt Exhibit that hung in New York at the Park Avenue Armory in March of this year.

I did not get to see the Red & White New York exhibit in person but enjoyed it so very much on the Internet. Stacy's story about the behind the scene's details about what it took to plan and hang that exhibit was FASCINATING! And, yes, there is a book in the works. Hope she includes the behind the scene's story as well! (More on both of those lectures later! )

My head is still reeling from all the early fabrics we saw as well as the number of fabulous Signature quilts and applique Sampler quilts that the museums pulled out for the many bed turnings. (I think we were permitted to take photographs everywhere but Winterthur.) The quilts and bed turnings we were treated to the first night alone in the halls of the hotel was astonishing, not to mention the quilts the vendors had on hand!

Plus there were a couple of extra small side tours that Dawn Heefner and Nancy Bavor thoughtfully arranged for a few of us who arrived early or who didn't make it into the regular AQSG Winterthur tour. Thank you Dawn and Nancy ---and to Alice Kinsler who drove us to Winterthur! (I could not have taken on that crazy traffic!! We would have wound up in the river for sure!) Now to upload all my photos and relive it all!

I also managed to tack on a visit to Salem, Oregon on my way home to see Bill Volkening's exhibit "Beauty Secrets", an exhibition of a selection of his New York Beauties, and Mary Cross's Treasures from the Trunk: Quilts and their Makers After the Oregon Trail Journey. Click on this link and you'll see many of the quilts. Mary does an outstanding job of documenting the stories behind the quilts. Some of the quilts were very well used but thankfully the families continued to cherish them so that today the Pacific Northwest can acknowledge and celebrate the lives of their women pioneers.

It was wonderful to see Bill's New York Beauties hanging side-by-side, in person, so that you good see similarities and differences at a glance. It's more impactful in person, though photos do help one study these differences and similarities in a more leisurely fashion.

It is astounding what a difference it makes in the visual impact of this pattern when the quilt maker made the effort (and had the skill) to make very sharp points. Those particular quilts radiate-zing-dance as you look at them. Thankfully, when you glance at one of the quilts where the quilt maker cut off her points, your eye has a moment to rest before you glance back at the dancing quilt!

Above is a great website worth exploring if you are at all curious about early sewing machines. I stumbled upon it because I was trying to learn more about the Willcox & Gibbs chain stitch machines, one of the most collected sewing machines of all time according to Alex I Askaroff, the author of this particular website.

I got interested in Gibbs because he hails from my family's home territory, the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Gibbs is very briefly mentioned on page 94 of the Virginia quilt doc project book, Quilts of Virginia 1607-1899.


Karen in the Islands


Subject: Chester County Quilt Book From: Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2011 20:58:14 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 4

Thanks to all for your correction of the county and information regarding the book. As always, I knew I could depend on all of you to know the answer. Janet H in Fort Worth -


Subject: Re: qhl digest: October 02, 2011 From: Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2011 03:18:46 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 1

Thanks for the great summary, Karen. So nice to meet you, and many other "online friends". I know that all of us enjoyed seminar very much, and want to thank those who contributed so much to making it successful.

Kay Triplett


Subject: gather information From: Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2011 10:03:50 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 3

Many of us share the same concern - how do we gather the important information about our collection and keep it in useful form.Some years ago I started looking at different methods of establishing a database for my collection, I wanted more than Excell (but that could work) and looked at Pro-file and Access. I decided I like the interconnection of Access, which is a software program. You also need to get a book to show you how to do the forms and operate it's features. I then started asking each group of items (each collection, for example feed sacks, or sewing chairs or books, etc) what I wanted each group to tell me. From myquestionnaire we ( I had a great computer assistant) developed a form or template for each different collection. I have been very pleased with what this program can do for me, when I query a key word or date or pattern, etc. Putting the data into each record is time consuming but well worth the effort.Pat L. Nickols1a.Record of collectionPosted by: "qwilts4ever"qwilts4everyahoo.comqwilts4everSat Oct1,2011 4:18pm (PDT)Hi,I'm looking to improve my record keeping on the quilts in my collection. Does anyone have a good Access database format that they would be willing to share?Sharon Waddell


Subject: Speaking of Fabric: fabric archive going back to the 1700's From: Kris Driessen <> Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 05:19:49 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 1

Original Cumbrian (UK) manufacturer remakes Titanic cloth from this archive. 

With the help of librarians at textile manufacturers, Stead McAlpin in Carlisle, a Prudhoe-based company is recreating historic fabrics that once hung in the Titanic's saloon and Queen Victoria's Yacht.


Subject: Databases and Sunbonnet Sue From: Teddy Pruett <> Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 10:40:06 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2

Back in Neanderthal times, when I began grabbing every quilt I saw (many   from the dumpster by my grandmother's house) I kept a plain, old-timey   notebook. PC??? What the heck was that???

My mom and I would get together every now and then, measure and   photograph the quilts, and I would enter the info into the notebook   along with everything else I knew about the quilt. Usually not much.   My first Sunbonnet Sue was identified as a "Dumpster Doll" due to her   place of origin. I still have her. SHe needs to go back to the   dumpster.

Across the years I would update and/or delete quilts; those were the   leisurely days when I still had a young child at home and the days were   mine, all mine, to do as I pleased. I even had a spotless house and a   rose garden! Alas, those days are long gone. My notebook hasn't been   touched in years. Now that I am sorta/kinda computer-able I know that I   should create a database for the collection. Although "collection"   makes the quilts seem much more important than they are.

But ya know what? I don't even want the things any more. I am   'quilt'ed out. Exhausted from taking care of them. We moved two years   ago, and I packed up things and staged my former home about three years ago. At the time, I got banana boxes from the   grocery and stuffed and smashed quilts into them. They are still packed   that way after three years. I'm not exactly a poster child for quilt   care. I use many of the quilts in lectures; the others can find new   homes. Any takers?

ALSO - speaking of Sunbonnet Sue (shudder) some of you may remember I   asked for ugly SS blocks a few years back. I actually received a few -   one from our beloved Cinda. I have just finished a commission that took   four months, and that rare, incredible, long-awaited day has arrived:   the day I get to begin a new quilt. Haven't made a "Teddy" quilt in   several years now.

Nan Moore, a listmember, brought me a crappy Sue and a crummy Sam block   last week, and it resparked my desire to make a Sue quilt. Last night I   began pulling bits and pieces for it, including the little box of old   Sue blocks that listmemembers sent. Among those blocks was one from   Cinda - a lovely block, very unusual and beautifully done. Far too nice   for my quilt. Her note was still attached - and, in essence, said that   she couldn't wait to see the finished product, and she hoped her block   would make it into the quilt. Now - I ax ya - how can I possibly leave   it out??

SO, with my glass of champagne (actually, it's a glass of Equate French   Vanilla Weight Loss Shake) raised in salute, I say "Cinda - here's to   you. Stay tuned." Bits and pieces that will become "The Salacious   Secrets of Sam and Sue" are being pinned to the design wall today.

Teddy Pruett Lake City, FL 


Subject: Re: Speaking of Fabric: fabric archive going back to the 1700's From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <> Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 11:19:50 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

Thanks so much, Kris, for sharing that. What an amazing archive they have ... wouldn't it be chintz heaven to have the privilege of turning some of those sample pages. Steph Whitson


Subject: Re: Databases and Sunbonnet Sue From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <> Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 11:22:30 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

Fabulous title for a wip.....I never thought of Sam and Sue having "salacious secrets." What a great title. Steph Whitson


Subject: Salacious Sue and Sam From: Stephen Schreurs <> Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 11:52:35 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 5

Teddy, that's just the best news, that you are starting a new "Teddy Pruett  " quilt!!!

Since my name IS Sue (well, Susan, really) I hearby give you carte blanche   to take it to the limit. You were going to, anyway, weren't you?



Subject: please minify your posts From: "Gale Slagle" <> Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 15:13:48 -0700 X-Message-Number: 6

There has been some discussion about starting a new email when you want to add to a discussion / post on the QHL. Then those of us that get a daily digest don't have to re - read or sort through previous posting. I don't have a smart phone, but I can see how trying to read though each post w/ a tag on of previous postings must be really frustrating.

A simple suggestion is that when you reply to a post - simply mark the text (left click and drag) below your comment and then hit the delete button. You can leave a bit of the email you are commenting to by not deleting that section or post.

And un related, but interesting?? My quilt guild just had a quilt show. We invited 4 H girls to help with the white glove positions. All the girls and their mothers that I spoke with really enjoyed the show and were fascinated by the different types of quilting. Inviting 4 H, girl scouts, girl's league, and other groups to help volunteer at our shows would be a great way to introduce the next generation to quilting. And it helps them obtain their service hours.  )

Thanks Gale Slagle


Subject: RE: Databases and Sunbonnet Sue From: Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 19:41:50 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 7

I do hope it is "salatious"!!! The only Sun Bonnet Sue I ever liked was the umpteen ways to kill her!

Can't wait to see it, Teddy!

Warm regards, Sharron..................from Spring, TX where the weather is as it should be........beautiful...........but the grass and trees are still dead............


Subject: Another evaluation of the 'Code' From: Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2011 17:56:17 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 1

This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset "us-ascii"

This popped up a few years ago while I was researching the connection betwe  en certain radical Quakers in the 19th century dress reform movement and the Universal  ist Church. I meant to share it with the list then but it filed itself in a rather larg  e pile that is just now being taken care of...I shall be more organized.

Please excuse the error if someone has already sent this or I've missed it   on one of the UGRR Code sites. Some of the names mentioned therein are list members and I kno  w the author only as 'Webmaster' and The author knew not what he  or she was getting into but it resulted in a humorous and well-researched article. 

Jan Thomas


Subject: AQSG Seminar, QHL From: Gaye Ingram <> Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2011 0:03:08 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

Karen Alexander wrote that she was still reliving the experiences of the 2011 AQSG Seminar, and I think she speaks for most there. It was a spectacular experience, almost (but not quite) overwhelming.

To Karen Dever and Judy Grow and all of you in the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Group and the Board, thank you for providing a splendid array of events. I can't think of a single option anyone could have chosen from those offered that would have been less than superb. And sitting in airports, I had plenty of time to think about it, too.

While it is true the region is rich in its holdings, arranging for tours like the state museum and Newark Museum could not have been easy. And seeing that all those quilts from personal and historical society collections came to Cherry Hill---what genius and what work! That alone would have made the trip worthwhile.

Sometimes, those who live in the lap of luxury condescend to others who stare in awe at their treasures. Sometimes, they do what we in the South call "show off," reminding us of our comparative poverty. The best sort of people do neither. They happily share their largesse----and that is what I think happened in this seminar. In the ante-bellum South, women from the Philadelphia area were often noted for their mix of intelligence, education and fine, unassuming manners and refined taste. The phrase, "She is a Philadelphia woman," used to characterize people like Varina Davis, was a high complement. The members of the hosting group deserve such a compliment.

This week I have thought repeatedly how blessed I've been to have discovered AQSG and Kris' Quilt Study List. My own life would have been almost unimaginably lesser without either. I would have been like the Old Testament prophet, "the voice of one crying in the wilderness." And so would a lot more who depend on these two organizations for communities of learning and support. Thanks to everyone who makes both possible.

From the dry, dry South, Gaye Ingram


Subject: Query about a quilt history book From: Stephen Schreurs <> Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2011 18:21:17 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 2

Doing some idle net-surfing, and following some of the usual leads, I've di  scovered 2 books on quilts of the Oregon Trail by Mary Bywater Cross. I   suspect that one is an updated version of the other, given different public  ation dates and different publishers....does anyone know if this is so???   Would the more recent (Schiffer edition) have more complete information  ?? Or are they entirely different, as in volumes 1 and 2? Thanks to a  ll, in advance, Susan


Subject: Databases for Collections From: "Leah Zieber" <> Date: Thu, 06 Oct 2011 19:55:37 -0700 X-Message-Number: 3

Hi All,

I personally use Microsoft Access not only for cataloging collections of textiles, but also for books, videos and just about anything else you   would like to cross reference. The nice thing about Access is that you can   have all the information relate via Keyword or any other field that you like. The searches are pretty easy to set up and the ability to have tons of information searched in a matter of moments is amazing. The program   does require some basic computer knowledge but for the most part it is pretty user friendly. Someone can have their collection information in a   spread sheet format and that information can then be imported into Access. It   can also be exported out of Access and into other programs like Filemaker   Pro. With a little bit of time and the Access user's guide it is possible to   set up the queries, input forms and reports to look any way you like.   Another way to go about using Access is to have someone who knows the program   set up the input forms for you with the fields you desire - or to use your   current Excell spread sheet or notebook to set up the Access tables and input   forms.


Leah Zieber


Subject: Re: Query about a quilt history book From: Karen Alexander <> Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2011 09:36:31 -0700 X-Message-Number: 1

I forwarded Stephen Schreurs' post to Mary Bywater Cross. Here is Mary's reply:

<<There are two editions of the book on Oregon Trail quilts. The first, Treasures in the Trunk:Quilts of the Oregon Trail, was published in 1993 by Rutledge Hill Press. The second, Quilts of the Oregon Trail, was published by Schiffer in 2006. The father, Peter Schiffer, changed the title without communicating with me. (One of the things I found difficult in working with them). Everyone, especially me, loved the title Treasures in the Trunk. I copyrighted the phase and use in several ways. Anyway, the second book has new quilts, new images, and new history on each of the quilters. I traced all the families back to the immigrant ancestor. I included a section of settlement and community development in Oregon after they arrived. This is the theme of the major new exhibit Treasures from the Trunk: Quilts and their Makers After the Trail Journey at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill in Salem, Oregon. This will be up until December 24th at 1313 SE Mill Street. is the website for more information and images from the show. The sub titles are: Preserving the Memories; Sharing their Lives; and Celebrating their Spirit.>>

Posted for Mary by Karen Alexander


Subject: Oregon quilt books From: Stephen Schreurs <> Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 11:16:46 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 2

Thanks to Barb, Karen, and Mary Bywater Cross who clarified the details!!   Susan


Subject: Amount of fabric in a wrapper dress From: Karen Alexander <> Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2011 11:42:21 -0700 X-Message-Number: 3

It still amazes me how much fabric was required for a simple wrapper in the late 19th century. You certainly couldn't do any housework in this dress, but then I am sure it wasn't meant for housework! abric-Study-dress-Pattern-NR-/130583407901?pt Folk_Art&hash item1e6760ad1d#h t_7046wt_1238


Karen Alexander


Subject: Re: Amount of fabric in a wrapper dress From: "Marcia's Mail" <> Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 14:18:18 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

Karen, when I hit the link, it said that the item had been removed.


Subject: Re: Amount of fabric in a wrapper dress From: Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 15:23:55 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 5

Whoa...those are not Civil War era sleeves...Marcia, did you try the tiny u  rl? Took me right there.

Jan Thomas

Karen, when I hit the link, it said that the item had been removed.



Subject: patriotic quilts From: Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 08:17:39 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 6


Patriotic quilts were made throughout the Colonial Revival period, which most say began with the 1876 Exposition. In 1926 Ruby Short McKim published her series, Colonial History, which was blocks for embroidery (or crayoning, or applique). Theblocks in this quilt are not McKim blocks but there were other series of embroidered blocks with colonial history or westward movement themes. My first thought was the similarity to Marion Cheever Whiteside's designs, but there's no documentation of her having designed a history set. There were also sets of presidents (Bicentennial?) and William Pinch'sstate bird and flower quilts included blocks for the liberty bell, the US Capital and the flag. (1930s). Most of the patriotic kits are from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, but Bucilla had one called America Forever that they sold in the 1930s. Hubert Ver Mehren's Mount Vernon quilt (1932) on the back cover of hisColonial Quilts catalogis one that I call the ultimate Colonial Revival quilt. As far as I know, no one has ever seen a finished quilt of this design. (Wonder if he sold any of those kits.) So I don't think we can say that patriotic quilts began with the Bicentennial in the 1970s, or even with the Bicentennial of Washington's birthday in 1932. They've always been there, but taking different forms in various time periods. Just my two cents.Rosie


Subject: Is this a kit quilt? From: Judy Schwender <> Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 13:18:15 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 7

Hi all,I posted an image of a quilt to the eboard under the name "weddin  g quilt". I am thinking it might be a kit quilt. Or possibly a series  from an outfit like Aunt Martha's. What do you think?Thank you in ad  vance-Judy Schwender ---2053401547-823793328-1318018695 :75318--


Subject: Colonial/patriotic quilt From: Stephen Schreurs <> Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 13:33:21 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 8

The first thing I thought of when I looked at the pictures was "Williamsbur  g". Might there have been a design/souvenir sort of thing? Susan



Subject: Call for Artists -- could be quilt related From: "Candace Perry" <> Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 16:43:44 -0400 X-Message-Number: 9

This came across the museum listserv - I think it would be great for quilters. I'm just the messenger. Candace Perry

Call for Artists for MAMA SAID: The Artworks and Artifacts of Wise Women

Whether your mama, like the Shirelles' moms, warned you that there'd be days like this, or whether she, like LL Cool J's mom, advised you to knock out your competition, we're sure that she had some wise words for you. During Women's History Month 2012, we invite you to help us celebrate the wisdom that your mama (or other woman you admire) shared with you. Tell us her story and send us a visual representation (artwork - hers or yours; an object, piece of clothing or other possession of hers; etc.) that we can display.

The Women's History Month (WHM) Committee at Idaho State University (ISU) is calling for submissions for MAMA SAID: The Artworks and Artifacts of Wise Women to be on exhibit at the Transition Gallery on the ISU campus, February 27 - March 10, 2012, in recognition of National Women's History Month.

A formal call for artists can be found on our website at <>


For further information, please contact the Anderson Center via phone (208-282-2805) or email <>

Best regards,

Rebecca Morrow, Ph.D.

Director, Anderson Gender Resource Center

Idaho State University

Pocatello, ID


Subject: Re: Is this a kit quilt? From: Barb Garrett <> Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2011 19:03:19 -0400 X-Message-Number: 10

Hi Judy -

This is a Marion Cheever Whiteside Storybook quilt.

There is one just like yours listed on the Quilt Index -- 51-8C-344

This is the information they list about the designer, and they indicate this was a pattern --

Information about the quilt pattern designer, Marion Cheever Whiteside of New York City who copyrighted and published applique quilt patterns from 1940 to 1960. At least 50 quilt patterns by her are known, many published in Ladies' Home Journal, as was this one, the Bridal Quilt, in 1949. Although her married name was Marion Newton (spouse Roger Hale Newton), her patterns were published under her maiden name of Whiteside.

Barb in southeastern PA


Subject: Re: Is this a kit quilt? From: Rose Werner <> Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 15:20:13 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 1

Judy, That's Marion Cheever Whiteside's Bridal Quilt which appeared in Ladies Home Journal in Feb. 1949. You could buy a pattern for 25 cents. Marion did sell kits for some of her designs, but it is not known which ones. Rosie Werner


Subject: Crazy quilt reference From: Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2011 17:13:28 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 1


This is funny article that came up while doing some Crazy Quilt research. So much for the author's opinion of Crazy Quilts.

Lima Times Democrat Lima, Ohio July 4, 1895 Page 4

EGGED HIM OUT OF TOWN. ---------------------------- Fort Jennings Citizens Make a Doc- tor Look Like a Crazy Quilt. ------------------------- About three weeks ago an old In- dian doctor appeared in the little town of Fort Jennings, near Van Wert. He had long flowing hair and a Wild West mustache. He came to heal the sick by use of his herb treat- ment. His presence soon became a nuis- ance among the good people of the lit- tle hamlet, and a committee of citi- zens was selected to wait upon him and notify him to leave town. He refused to go and pestered the people worse than before. His actions became unbearable, and late Monday night six masked men seized him and shaved the hair off the left side of his head and the whiskers off the right side of his face, and then clipped his mustache with a pair of sheep shears. He was then rotten egged and taken to the river and scrubbed with a stiff broom and driven out of town.

Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut



Subject: UGR quilt code-Hobo quilt code-donated quilts-Patchwork Parables From: Karen Alexander <> Date: Sun, 09 Oct 2011 15:24:19 -0700 X-Message-Number: 2

Story 1 - Another city withdraws from supporting a public display based on UGR quilt code  l e-tennessee-project/

Story 2-Another code book out - but not UGR. No affiliation.

 B3Hobo Quilts: 55-plus Original Blocks Based on the Secret Language of Ridin  g the Rails, B2 features symbols used by hobos to communicate with each other i  n addition to step-by-step instructions for over 20 quilt projects with theme  s including Mulligan Stew, Ridin B9 the Rails, and Hobo Jungle, along with historical stories and photos featured throughout the book that provide a glimpse into the hobo culture.

Story 3- Quilts donated during times of natural disaster  c ially-after-a-storm

Would anyone like to offer a guess-timate as to how many quilts have been made in the 21st century for victims of disasters, much less since the late  r 20th century quilt revival began? Above is one town's experience and how they figured out how to handle the inundation of quilts following a tornado  !

Story 4 - Patchwork Parable

The 2nd link is another social phenomena (to me), how one pastor has quilts hanging throughout the church and uses quilts in his series of Patchwork Parable sermons. Anyone ever hear of this being done before?


Karen in the Islands


Subject: Re: UGR quilt code-Hobo quilt code-donated quilts-Patchwork Parables From: Jocelyn Martin <> Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2011 15:30:38 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 3

I've always heard about the hobo codes- marks that would be chalked on a bu  ilding or drawn in the dirt, to alert other hobos to danger or resources. S  upposedly, a picture of a smiling cat meant that a kindly woman (who would   give out handouts) lived in the house.My mother has long said that cats   have chalked the sign of the smiling hobo on my house.Jocelyn  ________________________________ ---1952832855-896977502-1318199438 :70512--


Subject: Re: UGR quilt code-Hobo quilt code-donated quilts-Patchwork Parables From: Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2011 18:57:03 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 4

Someone just posted photos from this quilt on a group I am on. This is an interesting idea. I don't know much about the code other than the smiling cat.


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In a message dated 10/9/2011 6:24:49 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

Story 2-Another code book out - but not UGR. No affiliation.


Subject: Re: UGR quilt code-Hobo quilt code-donated quilts-Patchwork Parables From: Karan Flanscha <> Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2011 20:29:29 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

Debra Henninger, the author/designer of the Hobo Quilt blocks, spoke at my local quilt guild. She is the owner of 3 quilt shops in Illinois, She said that the idea for the Hobo symbol blocks came to her when she was looking for original ideas for BOM blocks for her shops. She said her mother had told stories of her great-grandmother feeding the hobos, and of the markings the hobos made to inform others of free food and danger as they hopped off the trains in an unfamiliar town. I was fascinated with her talk, as my paternal Grandfather worked for the Illinois Central Railroad, as did my husband's grandfather. Her book includes first hand accounts from letters from the Uys Family Collection of Teenage Hobo materials from the National Heritage Museum and photographs from the Library of Congress and National Archives and Records Administration (see page 252 of the book for details). The quilt motifs are adapted from Hobo symbols, which Debra said are readily available from many sites. I found her stories of the people who 'road the rails' from the 1880s to the 1940s to be well researched and very interesting. I felt the book was worth purchasing for the letter excerpts and photographs, with the block patterns an interesting addition. Thought it might help to have a little background on this new book. Happy Stitching! Karan


Subject: Re: UGR quilt code- From: Gaye Ingram <> Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 6:43:25 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

Re > e-tennessee-project/

Thanks, Karen, for posting this.

First, the article itself reveals the effectiveness of the persistence shown by many in AQSG and on QHL re the bogus UGRR tale. Clearly the city had been bombarded with informed complaints. And the writer had been able to locate much accurate information re the history of the creative fiction. So it proves all the small efforts are paying off.

Second, it proves that it is helpful to have an authoritative book readily available on the subject. Once again, Brackman's response has proven an effective anti-dote to free-form creative history.

Finally, I smiled at the response to the article:

"This is insulting on so many levels. The Southern portion of the United States has produced some of the highest quality quilters of all time. But once again. Tennessee dollars are going out of state, because it has to be from somewhere else to be any good. Second, historically quilting has been an art form developed and created by women. Yet the Tennessee arts commission finds a man from Iowa! And third, the whole "change history to a more palatable form" is not only repulsive, it's dangerous. And it shows incompetence on the part of the Arts Commission and the so-called artist to even propose this project. Neither have any respect for the people of Tennessee."


Good for Nashvillians and Tennesseans!



Subject: Re: Is this a kit quilt? From: Judy Schwender <> Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 08:30:23 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 2


Thank you to all who replied to my query. Wow, that was fast! And ver  y informative!Judy Schwender________________________________


Subject: Blog Giveaway with a Twist From: Karen Musgrave <> Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 13:59:54 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

I've decided it's time to clean out and give some things away so I'll be doing some blog giveaways over the next couple of months. The twist is I'm going to pose a question that you will have to answer in order to be eligible for the prize. This time I'm giving away a copy of Spike Gillespie's book Quilts Around the World. The question deals with quilt history.

Thanks, Karen Musgrave --Apple-Mail-15-663578759--


Subject: re opening of K Bresenhan's museum & more From: Gaye Ingram <> Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:23:17 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

I encountered several discussions regarding the Texas Quilt Museum while I was at the recent AQSG seminar. There was some confusion about the opening date. I suggested to Ms. Bresenhan that she post a clarification to these lists. Unfortunately she is confined to the world of Outer Darkness and her posts to these all bounce right back to her.

So here is the information:

"The Grand Opening of the Texas Quilt Museum will be on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 1-4. The reason people are possibly confused is because we are running tours to the Museum during Market and Festival, BEFORE the Grand Opening. But the Museum is not open regular hours during those days--it is just open for the tours. So the first day the public can enjoy the Museum and its opening exhibit is Nov. 13. The ribbon-cutting with the Mayor and the County Judge will be at 1:00."

For more info see



Subject: Dolores aA. Hinson From: Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 20:19:57 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 5

Can anyone tell me where the archives of Dolores A. Hinson are located? Many thanks,

Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: A sweet poem from 1890 From: Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 21:36:36 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 6

The Salem Daily News Salem, Ohio April 12, 1890 Page 6 A CRAZY QUILT. ------------ This, from her Paris dress of '87, Is still the dainty hue It was when she to me seemed dropped from Heaven Beside the ocean blue.

There is the crimson gown, all dream-invented, In which she poured the tea, And made the drawing-room, all flower-scented, A Paradise to me.

On this pink bit the languid daffodilly Trembled in happy rest-- Rising and falling like the creamy lily Upon the lakelet's breast.

A calm moonlight effect her white silk renders By her dark tennis dress; And here's a fragment of my green suspenders, I really must confess.

Here my blue necktie, broidered with a daisy, Or with a silken rose, Brings back sweet thoughts of whirling in the the "mazy"--- The "Siren," I suppose.

I wore you, mauve scarf, when with aching sinews, I rowed her near the mill, On that bright day, whose sunshine still con- tinues My soul with light to fill.

Here are these queer-shaped pieces joined to- gether, Firm as our hearts and hands, When we in soft empurpled halcyon weather Wandered in lotus lands;

Wandered in listless joy through fields Elysian, And under peaceful skies-- The future all a rosy-posy vision, Sweet with love melodies.

From under it now, louder than all Babel-- Causing my dream to break-- Issues a most appalling squalling--Mabel, The baby is awake! - Puck.

Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut