Subject: RE: PDF file for the Howe Sewing Machine booklet From: "Larry Wohlgemuth" <> Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 07:48:17 -0500 X-Message-Number: 1

Yes, thank you! My favorite is X of course she would not be mad or depressed if she had a new machine! Maybe I should share that wisdom with my husband? Hmmmm.... Sherrie Wohlgemuth Missouri


Subject: RE: Sewing machine as therapy From: "Jean Carlton" <> Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:22:03 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

And machine has provided stress relief more than once. I can't be sure it hasn't kept me from going 'mad'.! :) Jean

My favorite is X of course she would not be mad or > depressed if she had a new machine


Subject: Erma Kirkpatrick's Quilt Books From: Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:43:38 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 3

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As many of you know, quilt historian Erma Kirkpatrick died in June at the age of 92. Her family has asked me to dispose of her quilt library which includes many classic quilt history catalogs, books and periodicals. I have compiled a list of some of them which include many out of print volumes. I have tried to price things reasonably.

If you are interested in receiving the book list, please email me at OFF LIST PLEASE. Just put Book List on the subject line. Instructions for ordering will be included.

All funds will go directly to her heirs. Many thanks.

Kathy Sullivan Off list


Subject: RE: Erma Kirkpatrick's Quilt Books From: "Kim Baird" <> Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:56:03 -0500 X-Message-Number: 4

Kathy- I hope you have sent the list to the IQSC and other museums/libraries that collect quilts?



Subject: RE: Sewing machine as therapy From: "Larry Wohlgemuth" <> Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 20:50:19 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

Even my husband has said to me, "Don't you need to go sew something?" so I totally know it is my therapy. Especially our semi-annual quilt retreats.



Subject: RE: Sewing machine as therapy From: "Peg Bingham" <> Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:10:03 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

One of my students actually said to me, 'OMG, Mrs. B, go sew a seam!'


Subject: Rothermel fabric line From: "Jean Carlton" <> Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 08:36:33 -0500 X-Message-Number: 2

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Hi all,

I just (and finally!) finished making a top from the Regency line by Judy Rothermel. I bought the kit at the New England Quilt Museum in 2007 but didn't use the included pattern. I did my own thing. I have a 2.5 yards of the main print that I did not end up using. Just thought I'd post in case anyone else is working with that group of fabrics and needs more.

You can see the print on our Eboard. Access that by going to the Quilt History List homepage,

clicking Gallery and then 'vintage' for the password. I have it under the Fabrics tab and titled Rothermel 'Recengcy' Print.

Email me privately if interested in the fabric.

If you want to see my top visit my Blog

Jean Carlton



Subject: Re: qhl digest: September 16, 2012 From: Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:03:51 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 3

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Thanks, Sue--fascinating, as usual! I loved the bits of archaic language (troublous?)

Judy in PA, packing to leave for London


Subject: Presidents Andrews Jackson and Martin Van Buren From: Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 19:22:56 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 4

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Two new quilty images of the 7th and 8th President have been uploaded to my web site.

Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: Lacemaking in America From: Sue Reich <> Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2012 20:13:56 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

About ten years ago, I was treated to a tour of the lace collection in the archives of The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. The laces were exquisite. The information provided by the docents was very interesting. They also provided a beautiful display featuring samples of the larger collection and the different types of lacemaking techniques. Sue Reich

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Subject: RE: Lacemaking in America? From: Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2012 19:43:41 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 2

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I'm not at the level of knowledge of the others on here, so I don't talk much, but I might be able to contribute to this. I have been making lace for about 25 years. I've made Bobbin Lace, Carrickmacross, and am currently learning Dresden Lace, which I can say without reservation is making me tear my hair out. When I started in the 80's lacing was quite big here, with an International Group, and the Great Lakes Lace Group. There are now several local lace groups that meet here in town.

In 1987, our own Mary McPeek finally achieved her dream of getting the US Post Office to issue Lacemaking stamps, and my friend Leslie made one of the four designs used. She was the first certified Lace teacher here,and I think she knows almost every type of bobbin lace. as well as Carrickmacross.

Although the rust proof pin idea makes sense, I have seen lace pillows in France with some very rusty pins, so I'm not sure that's the main reason. I find it interesting how lace traveled from country to country, each devising their own techniques to imitate the "look" of another countries lace, so surely it didn't have to "come" to America. Couldn't we have done as other countries did, and devised our own methods? I wonder if, since commerce drove the lace market, there simply wasn't the commercial market for it here as there was in the royalty of European countries. I'm finding it hard to imagine how anyone could make this Dresden lace fast enough to make money at it, although by looking at Embroidered With White, by Heather Toomer, I can see that they did! And much more intricate than what I'm doing. I can't imagine how they managed to count the threads in fine cloth without an Ott Lite. I think this is the only type of stitching I've ripped out more than I've put in!

I love this discussion. Thanks Sally.



Subject: Weighted Silks From: Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2012 20:02:37 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 3

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The West Michigan Quilt History Study Group is doing an exhibit of Victorian Quilts for our Biennial Quilts On the Grand show coming up in October. I am doing all the materials for it. I always though that the silks were weighted to make them weigh more, and therefore command more money, but I recently attended a lecture that put forth the theory that they were actually treated to prevent insect infestation. Does anyone on here have any information on this topic, or know where I could obtain some? Thanks,



Subject: Quilting news from 1912 From: Sue Reich <> Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 21:42:04 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

Are any of you making quilted hot pads as Christmas presents? Here is an interesting article from 1912 about the same activity. Now we know the dangers of using the material in these instructions intended for the dinner tableno less. 

Sheboygan Press Sheboygan, Wisconsin November 30, 1912 Page 7

To Make an Asbestos Mat. An asbestos pad for the table may be made in this way: Get enough asbestos paper to cover the table with double thickness. =46rom a couple of old sheets cut two pieces the size of the table. Baste the asbestos paper between them and quilt it on the sew- ing machine, using a long stitch. This is necessary, as the paper tears and pulls apart easily. Put this pad on the table under your silence cloth and there will be no marks mad on the polished surface by hot dishes.

Ugh! Sue Reich


Subject: Quilting News - "Cutting out the pieces for a quilt." From: Sue Reich <> Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 18:02:41 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

This is suppose to be timesaver.

Evening Telegram Elyria, Ohio January 10, 1912 Page 8

Pieces or Quilt. I have found the following method of cutting pieces for a quilt to be a saving of time and labor, says a con- tributor to Needlecraft. Have the pat- tern cut from the cardboard and a piece of beeswax pressed on each corner; then press the bit of cloth to the pat- tern, cut it out, remove it, and you are ready for the next without the trouble of putting in and taking out pins.

Sue Reich

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Subject: Correction: Exhibit at California State University From: Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:41:26 -0700 X-Message-Number: 1

Hi, exhibit is at California State University, Sacramento not University of California, which does not have a campus in Sacramento.

> The link to the gallery guide of the exhibit in the Department of Special > Collections and University Archives is below;

> > > > Hope you enjoy. > > Carol W. Gebel


Subject: quilt exhibit guide From: <> Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:28:01 -0700 X-Message-Number: 2

A gallery guide to one of the exhibits of antique quilts showing at the Library of the University of California, Sacramento, is now available online.

Go to

Hope you enjoy.

Carol W. Gebel


Subject: RE: qhl digest: September 20, 2012 From: "Peggy Derrick" <> Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2012 19:22:56 -0500 X-Message-Number: 3

Sue: I found a home made "silence cloth" for a dining room table in the collection of quilts at the La Crosse County Historical Society. Two heavy cotton cloths hand-quilted together in straight lines. Very utilitarian and plain and STIFF. Now I am wondering what the heck is inside--maybe asbestos!

It's quite intact, so I will probably just leave it alone, with a little warning in the catalog record. Thanks for sharing this. Peggy



Subject: Quilting News - "Good for Indians" From: Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 08:51:44 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 1

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Perusing the old newspapers, I found this interesting article: The Stevens Point Journal Stevens Point, Wisconsin October 27, 1883 Page 6

Good for Indians The annual issue of goods to the In- dians at Shoeshone Agency took place a few days ago, under the supervision of Lieutenant Guy Howard. The In- dians are well satisfied with their gifts. Each buck and boy received one suit of clothes, one flannel shirt, one hickory shirt, one hat, one pair of shoes, two pairs of stockings, one scarf, one hand- kerchief and one blanket. Each wo- man and girl received one pair of shoes, two pairs of stockings, one hand- kerchief, six yards of denim, eight yards of drilling, eleven yards of cali- co, one blanket or quilt, one shawl, five yards of flannel and eight yards of linsey-woolsey. Each family received one ax, one coffee-pot, one coffee mill, one knife, one paper of pins, one paper of needles, one ounce of thread, seven yards of sheeting, nine yards of ticking, twelve yards of ducking and one tin cup.--Cor. Chicago Times.

Sue Reich


Subject: Re: Shelburne Exhibit From: Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:33:01 -0400 (EDT) X-Message-Number: 1

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Hi! - Mitzi Oakes former volunteer at the Shelburne, and I often thought the same thing! With the reputation that place has, there should be NO FOREIGN MADE ITEMS FOR SALE - not with the many reputable craftspeople working in Vermont! Maybe if enough people start to complain, they will get the hint. I have not been able to volunteer this year due to my husband's illness and death on Aug. 1st, but maybe next year even tho I can not drive anymore - old age of 80 years I guess it is time, huh? The Shelburne is a wonderful place - this year's special exhibit - Sleighs to Sleds in the Round Barn was dedicated to Bill and I as the founders of the state snowmobile association (VAST) and features a lot of his sleds and accessories. So sad to not have had him able to see this as he would be very proud of it. Again, I share your concern and so do others - I will make sure I pass on your concerns. Mitzi I remember the year the Museum had a display of Gee's Bends Quilts - boy, did I have a hard time explaining them to many visitors who had never heard of them - they did not like them at all, specially when the museum has over 600 wonderfully made quilts (Like this year;s) that people recognized at once.

In a message dated 9/5/2012 2:43:41 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

Was fortunate to see the glorious exhibit of Man Made Quilts: Civil War to the Present. Oh my! What a wonderful gathering of great quilts from so many places. The book by the same name is well worth buying at a very reasonable price if you don''t get to the exhibit. They must have the best curator in the quilt world to pull those really important quilts together for us.

I was totally dismayed by the "Amish" quilts the gift shops were selling. They looked to me like some of the worst Asian ever made. I filled out a complaint form asking that the buyer email me. I'd really like to send her some of the news articles on the Amish/Cambodian controversy. These were really shoddy. One of the sellers in the Artisan shop assured me that they have dealt with the same reputable Amish man for years. Does anyone know why this is? It just doesn't make sense to have such a good reputation for exhibits and collections and then sell trash. I also noticed that the other foreign handmade offerings in the gift shop were not fair traded. Wonder why they can't sell American Crafts that are so accessible in New England. I thought that's what they were all about.

Linda Laird


From: Shelly Zegart <> Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2012 12:11:42 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

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We're excited to announce that the =93Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics Discussion Guide=94 is a reality thanks to the financial support provided by sales of the series on DVD. (Yes, you helped make this happen!)

We have created a comprehensive, group-friendly guide to help =93continue the conversation" about the landmark nine-part documentary series that has aired so far on more than 200 PBS stations. Available in full-color, this fabulous 56-page resource includes thought-provoking questions geared to each episode that are sure to stimulate animated post-viewing discussion.

We designed the Guide to be flexible enough to adapt to the needs of various groups, while comprehensive enough to provide days, weeks, and months of things to talk about. To ensure that we covered all the bases, we asked a wide range of people=97including quilt makers, artists, academics, and collectors=97to help us craft the questions.

Perfect for quilt and fiber-arts groups, libraries, classrooms, and museums, the Guide includes episode-by-episode questions specially tailored for: General audiences The quilting community Artists and arts organizations Academics and college students Middle and high school students Museums

The Guide also features a special =93How to Host" section to help you organize and launch your own viewing and discussion group.

The first copies just arrived from the printer and they are now available on our website<>in both a softcover printed version for $12.95 or an electronic download version that is available for free. We want more and more people to learn about the centrality of quilts in American culture. Get your friends and colleagues to help spread the word.

Note: Funding and production of this guide was accomplished through profits from sales of the DVD documentary, =93Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics,=94 and through the generosity of many supporters and volunteers.

I hope to see some of you in Nebraska! this weekend. Shelly

-- Shelly Zegart 300 Penruth Avenue Louisville, Kentucky 40207 502-897-3819 Executive Producer and Host President, The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc.

*Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics* documentary

ps. Below is the series trailer for you to see