Subject: Textile History Forum Call for Papers From: Kris Driessen <> Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 06:35:05 -0800 (PST) X-Message-Number: 1

I just received an interesting E-mail from Rabbit Goody. The URL Is 

I will never present a paper at something like this, but I wouldn't mind going to learn:-))



Subject: Brit Version UGRR?

From: Gaye Ingram <>


I believe I spotted a British version of the UGRR on the British Antiques Road Show. I was working in the kitchen, paying little attention, and so I am a little fuzzy about the precise details, but I snapped to immediately enough to conclude it was in the same genre as our beloved fib.

The site for the day's filming was a castle_country house that had, as older castles tend have, false doors, secret passages, and such. The family who lived there had been Roman Catholic, and, of course, for most of the the time from the reign of Henry VIII through 1688, being Catholic was a dicey affair in England. The Monarch was not merely the defender of the physical security of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, but also the Defender of the Faith of all who lived there. And the Faith was the Church of England.

With a few exceptions (Mary, Chas I, James II, e.g.) Catholics lived under constant suspicion of treachery and treason. They were not permitted to own land within the city limits of London even in the time of the Catholic Alexander Pope, who died in 1744. Catholic Priests were particularly persona non grata in the land.

The custodian of this house showed a nook which she said had been called "the priest hole," a nice spot to stash a priest in case the King's men came looking for one. At this point i'm a little hazy about who did the hanging out of linens, but possibly the servants. But someone (s), acc. to the custodian, hung linens either out the window or over the shrubbery to alert Catholics the King's men were in the neighborhood. The Roadshow man "aha_ed."

That struck me as dubious, given that the "neighborhood" had long, long stretches between residences and one was unlikely to have a view of the neighbor's shrubbery even 5_10 miles away.

The tale might have been that some perfidious servant hung the linens to announce a priest was in the neighborhood. I was only barely paying attention until linens popped up.

Did anyone else see that installment of the program?

Gaye Ingram



Subject: Sweetheart Pillows From: Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:20:52 +0000 (UTC) X-Message-Number: 2


For those among us who are interested in sweetheart pillows and military history, I recommend the just-r eleased "Sweetheart & Mother Pillows, 1917-1945" published by Schiffer. It is well-researched bookby Pat Cummings. The text features thumbnail sketches about each of the military installations featured on pillows shown with separate chapters featuring each branch of service. There is also a chapter about Civilian Conservation Corps Camps pillows. The foreword is by Lyell D Henry, PhD, a long time collector and authority. A chapter on the care and storage is included for owners of sweetheart pillows. As soon as Isaw the book, it trapped me - and my USAF vet husband. I may need to hide my copy when my daughter visits, a retired Lt. Colonel and quilter. No affiliation, just a book addict. Sandra on Cape Cod



Subject: sweetheart pillow quilts From: Laura Fisher <> Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:47:51 -0800 (PST) X-Message-Number: 3


Hi all - I have a sweetheart pillow quilt top on my site under 'patriotic' - it is bordered in pale green rayon satin with mitred corners ,a nice touch, wish everyone did borders with mitred corners, it looks crisp. Thepillows are from several different bases for different women, a fun and interesting piece to have..  Interstingly I have a collection of hooked rug stair steps military bases from several different forts, probably WWII. I didnt realize people served in several different places.  As for WWI, I;ve got a crochet bedspread with amazing motifs and writing--all military slogans from WWI regarding the flag and freedom, and figuresof doughboys. It is hard to photo , I thinkI may have it on my site too. I am astonished at the dexterity it took to fashion the various elements of it, don't know if this wasa published pattern or motifs, or if the maker imagined the composition herself, Ihave never seen another like it.  Laura. Laura Fisher at FISHER HERITAGE 305 East 61st Street 5th floor New York, NY 10065


Subject: Re: sweetheart pillows from WWII From: Barbara Woodford <> Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 11:50:07 -0600 X-Message-Number: 1

This is Barbara Woodford, dealer.

Once I bought about 10 different silk sweetheart pillow cases from all different bases during WWII. I thought, oh boy, quilters are going to buy these up like crazy to put in quilts. NOT. They were sold one at a time, and I don't think any were intended for a quilt. They seemed to just bring back memories and then what, I don't know. If anyone remembers buying one from me and put it in a quilt, I sure would like to know. Thanks, Barbara


Subject: The Kewpies and Rosie O'Neill From: Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 13:45:11 -0500 (EST) X-Message-Number: 2


In honor of February, the month of Valentine's Day and Love, I added some photos and research about Kewpies and quilts. Most of us spent our formative years in the last half of the 20th Century. During our childhood, the Kewpie was the largest selling doll. Available from 1 inch to 3 feet in height, who could resist wanting the impish, naked baby doll. There were Kewpie cutouts, tobacco flannels, embroideries and quilts. Rosie O'Neill, the mother of Kewpie, was one of the most successful early 20th Century women.

My web provider has just decided to block sending any links, apparently it is read as spam. Got to coveringquilthistory, then to The Kewpies and Rosie O'Neill. Thanks, Sue Reich


Subject: Quilting News -Whitework quilts From: Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 11:27:02 -0500 (EST) X-Message-Number: 1


Many on this list are studying whitework quilts. As a documenter, I know just how hard these are to date and identify. Here is an interesting news article.

Evening Post Frederick, Maryland September 9, 1911 The first bed covering I remember was a resplendant affair of gorgeous coloring. As a little girl I wondered why that particular quilt pattern was called the rising sun. I would be still wondering if there weren't so many new things to wonder about. We have all become too busy to cut up little bits of calico and sew them together again. Grandmother's pink sprigged sunbonnet and auntie's purple morn- ing wrapper are now consigned to the rag bag. The stately white Marseilles spread covers most of our beds, and certainly looks in keeping with our brass bed-steads. I saw beautiful white Marseilles spreads in a local shop. The prices were cut to fit any pocketbook. They were from $2.50 to $6. They had the cut out corners that fit over the bed and some were scal- loped while others wore fringe. They look snowy and restful, and I think my "rising sun" quilt has set forever.

Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut www.suereichquilts www.coveringquilthistory www.majorreichaward



Subject: Re: qhl digest: January 31, 2012 From: Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 18:41:33 -0500 (EST) X-Message-Number: 2


It is an excellent forum. If your paper were to be selected, you should be pleased and would be among some very well informed and sharing individuals. Trish Herr

The Herrs 2363 Henbird Lane Lancaster, PA 17601 717.569.2268 -


Subject: one-step green From: "Roberta (Bobbe) Benvin" <> Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 22:17:12 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

Does anyone know of a source where I can learn more about the one-step dyeing process for green in the early 19th century? Much appreciated.

Roberta Benvin


Subject: More on Whitework quilts From: BunJordan <> Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2012 07:33:30 -0500 (EST) X-Message-Number: 1


More for those interested in whitework; Feb 1 through May 12, 2012 at the Virginia Quilt Museum, guest curators Beverley and Jeff Evans examine white-work bedcovers produced in the Shenandoah Valley during the first half of the 19th century. These historic textilesare from private and institutional collections and most have never been publicly displayed. More information is available at: 

Bunnie Jordan


Subject: white work From: Neva Hart <> Date: Fri, 03 Feb 2012 07:48:44 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

Everyone interested in whitework should plan to visit the Virginia Quilt Museum's current exhibit of some special antique spreads made in the western part of the state.

For more info, please see:

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


Subject: Re: one-step green From: Xenia Cord <> Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2012 08:21:05 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

Some early attempts at fast green are documented: This from  J.N.Lyles, a dye historian, in The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing,  1990: Scheele's green (blue-stone sage, green arsenic sage, or  arsenic sage) appeared about 1770, and while it was lightfast on  cotton, linen, and paper, it was extremely poisonous. One hundred  years later the dye was still being used; it poisoned the maker, the  winders of yarn dyed with it, and the person using the dyed article.  Arsenic was a common additive in the 19th century for medicines, dyes,

cosmetics, and other uses; arsenic trisulfide (a yellow pigment also

called orpiment) had been used earlier in the century to reduce indigo

to lighter shades for pencilling, and those who painted the colored  paste onto fabric often suffered arsenic poisoning because they  pointed their brushes with their lips.



Subject: RE: More on Whitework quilts From: "Candace Perry" <> Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2012 09:38:19 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

Who produced these quilts? Do they have provenance? It's very intriguing but I can't get to the museum -- and I am always interested in what our Germans in that neck of the woods might have been doing. Candace Perry


Subject: A Chronology of Cotton from an 1838 newspaper. From: Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2012 10:00:49 -0500 (EST) X-Message-Number: 5

I just placed an 1838 Chronology of Cotton reported in The Ohio Repository. It was too large for the list. It's an interesting read. Reminder my email site won't let me paste the link so go to

coveringquilthistory then to bed turning.

Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: RE: More on Whitework quilts From: Maureen A Ose <> Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2012 09:02:41 -0600 X-Message-Number: 6

Regarding the whitework discussion, you may find these resources of interest:

Podcasts recorded at the 2011 IQSCM Symposium:

"Mischief Stitched in White Thread: The Evolution of 'Marseille' Quilting" | Kathryn Berenson, author of Marseille: The Cradle of White Corded Quilting, exhibition monograph and guest curator of the exhibition | April 1, 2011

"Early American White Bedcovers: The Invention of Necessity" | Laurel Horton, Independent Scholar | April 2, 2011

The online exhibition "Marseille:White Corded Quilting" guest curated by Kathryn Berenson:

Maureen Ose, Communications Coordinator International Quilt Study Center & Museum Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design PO Box 830838 1523 N. 33rd Street Lincoln, NE 68583-0838


Subject: have time to help a kid? From: Julie Silber <> Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2012 10:16:17 -0800 X-Message-Number: 1

Hello Friends,

Julie Silber here. I received this message the other day, and wonder if anyone has the time and inclination to help this very cute kid with her project.

I would, were I not on deadline for two projects now. 

I answered by suggesting that she look to two books on quilt history --- Bob Shaw's and Rod Kiracofe's.  (I think she must be 11 or 12). Since she is in Houston, I recommended checking out the Big Quilt Show, but it is n November. (Hopefully,she will still be interested then!)

Being a non-quilter, I could not answer the first five questions, but maybe one of you wants to help and encourage this eager, bright, enthusiastic girl!

E-mail me directly to get her contact information: I am at

Question: Introduction: Hello! I=92m,a 6th Grader from a Blue Ribbon School, T.H. Rogers. I=92m very happy that I can interview you today! Details: I=92m doing a TPSP project in quilting. My goal is to gather as much information (history), Style, and techniques on quilting. My final product will be to make a quilt with its story on it or just make several quilts of different styles. Questions: 1. When did you start quilting? 2. Why did you start quilting? 3. How did you learn to quilt? 4. Is quilting related to you from your family (inheriting a quilt and a technique)? 5. Can you demonstrate how to me how to make a quilt (or tell)? 6. What is some information on quilt history? 7. What are some well know quilt artist that you know ( If I can also interview them)? 8. What are some place you know which show antique quilts? 9. What are some good tools to use while quilting? 10. What are some of the easiest techniques/ patterns of quilting?

Thank you,



Subject: Rock River Cotton quilt pattern question From: "Gloria Nixon" <> Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2012 17:24:13 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

Does anyone know when Rock River Cotton Co. sold single quilt patterns? I have one on a pinkish sheet that measures about 10.5" x 12" and is a thicker paper than the tissue sheets with multiple patterns. It's similar to waxed paper. In the 1995 Uncoverings, page 99, Merikay Waldvogel mentions that Rock River Cotton sold a set of quilt patterns in 1919, so I'm wondering if this pink sheet was part of a set? The pattern is a Carlie Sexton one although her name doesn't appear on it. Does anyone have information to share? Thank you!

Gloria in Kansas


Subject: AQSG 2011 Seminar and NJ State Museum Excel Sheet From: Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2012 21:25:57 -0500 (EST) X-Message-Number: 3


As requested by Judy Grow, I was able to upload the NJ State Museum Excel Sheet on my web site:

Google coveringquilthistory and on the left side, scroll down to the AQSG 2011 Seminar. There is a page devoted to the Seminar and the Excel sheet can be downloaded from there.

Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: Have Time to Help A Kid From: Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2012 09:57:32 -0500 (EST) X-Message-Number: 1

Julie: I have received this kind of inquiry. I wrote back and ask what research they had done, that I might be able to add some info. I did this with the inquiry I received and told the person that I couldn't do their paper for them. I never got a response. You might write the person and suggest she contact the Greater Houston Quilt Guild. If I were inclined to help, then I would first contact the school and see if this is really a school project.