Subject: RE: resources on dyes
From: "Kathy Moore" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 09:08:18 -0500
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Marcia, where did you see it and in what context? Maybe that will help us
identify the book .

Kathy Moore


Subject: Another Article on Barn Quilts
From: Mary Persyn <>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:15:51 -0500

In case you are interested. This time in Iowa. And no mention of the UGRR.


Mary G. Persyn
Associate Professor of Law Emerita
Valparaiso University Law School
Valparaiso, IN 46383


Subject: Information about Quilt Estate Administrators
From: Mary Persyn <>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:47:38 -0500
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Do any of you remember an article or articles, possibly in QNM, about have
an estate administrator to handle your quilt and quilt related items

Now that I'm retired I'm getting serious about what happens to the quilts
and quilt books that I have collected over the years. I don't want them to
go into a yard sale for example. My attorney isn't familiar with quilt
collections in particular although he has done some special collections in
estate planning before.

Googling isn't finding much except articles about the crazy quilt of estate

Thanks for any suggestions,


Mary G. Persyn
Associate Professor of Law Emerita
Valparaiso University Law School
Valparaiso, IN 46383



Subject: Re: looking for information
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Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 08:08:18 -0800
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Kathy Moore stated " I'm too busy for that and for blogs. How d=
o people manage to get all that done and everything else?Maybe they d=
on't sleep?"Many of us find social media to be very useful.=
Much quicker thandigging through all of the spam in email, or even l=
istserves, since wecan quickly tell if something is of interest rathe=
r than readingdigests with numerous threads. The visuals availa=
ble throughFacebook and blogs has added a real dimension to our knowl=
edge andsharing of quilts (or any other subject.)We all have ti=
me for what we value. I, for one, rarely watch TV. Idon't=
enjoy churning out quilt after quilt once I've made a pattern.=
My kids all pick up after themselves, and while I was working I found=
I was the most organized and had the most time for what I valued.G=



Subject: Need help with a name
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Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:12:58 -0400
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For the Tri-centennial of Hunterdon County NJ I am curating a major =
quilt exhibition, bringing together at least 50 quilts from private =
but mainly from the 4 historic societies in the county. We=E2=80=99ve =
had a working title of


and another suggestion of


Quilts in Hunterdon County, NJ=E2=80=9D

I am not thrilled with either name. Any suggestions? No prizes to be =
given, just my gratitude.

By the way, we are planning a 50 =E2=80=93 60 page full color catalog! =
A local photography studio is donating his services.

How much would you pay for this catalog =E2=80=93 6=E2=80=9D x =
9=E2=80=9D, one quilt to a page?

Many thanks

Judy Grow

Quilt and Textile Curator, Hunterdon county Historic Society



Subject: Re: Need help with a name
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:55:55 -0500
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If you gave prizes, you might stimulate more imaginations. Mine, for instance, is absolutely stuck.


Subject: RE: Information about Quilt Estate Administrators
From: "Kathy Moore" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:59:11 -0500
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Wow, what a concept. Thanks Mary for bring this question to our attention. I
hadn't thought of it in this way before, but I sure have been wondering what
to do about all my books and quilts.

Maybe this could be considered as a sideline for appraisers or other
interested people, sort of like guardians, only in this case the "guardians"
would be specialized executors or estate liquidators charged with disposing
of the books and quilts, etc.

With your background in law can you think of issues such a specialist would
need to the licensed for?

Issues and questions!!

Kathy Moore


Subject: RE: Information about Quilt Estate Administrators
From: "Marcia's Mail" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 17:58:31 -0500
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As an appraiser, I am often asked to cooperate with an estate administrator
on the quilting portions of an estate. Marcia Kaylakie, AQS Certified


Subject: Another question about our 2014 exhibition
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Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:08:20 -0400
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Knowing that all of you could pattern any quilt you saw, but that you =
enjoy time-savers,
and that you also like helping out historic quilt collections......

Would you buy a printout with directions from The Electric Quilt with
A. the quilt in full color,
B. cutting directions for the pieces
C. Amount of yardage needed?
D. Templates for complicated blocks.

How much would you pay for a 3-4 sheet print-out?

Would you prefer selecting them singly?

Or would you prefer a bundle with
6 quilts patterned?
12 quilts patterned?

Many thanks for your continued input. Al this has to be written in =
stone within a week, even though the exhibition is a year away =E2=80=93 =
scheduled for 9 days at the beginning of April 2014.

Getting funding, dealing with county committees, etc. I didn=E2=80=99t =
know all this other stuff would be involved.

Silly me =E2=80=93 I thought I=E2=80=99d pick the quilts, sew on hanging =
sleeves, get the pipe and drape man, hang the quilts, get someone to =
corral the docents, and then take all the credit.
I=E2=80=99ve got a huge learning curve ahead of me. I=E2=80=99ve =
already got my model of the room built thanks to a Hist. Soc. member who =
has done 10 or more exhibitions of his American Parade Flag collection =
=E2=80=93 items just slightly smaller than our quilts. Printing quilts =
and doors to scale is such fun. Did you know that Scotch makes a =
removable tape? But it is only removable on one side. Ask me how I =
know that!

Judy Grow


Subject: Re: Quilt Estate Administrators - long
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:56:01 -0700
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Mary, I don't really know anything about such an article but here is my
personal "dream" plan.

This may be an "impossible dream" but it's mine. Meanwhile, I hope I get to
continue to use, share and enjoy both my quilts and books for a long time
yet! LOL

I hope to get my whole collection documented into a database the next two
years with multiple photos of each quilt and any history I have on the quil=
as well as when I acquired it and what I paid for it. (I have about 20%
entered so far, including blocks, remnants, unfinished quilts, patterns,
etc.) I am writing up what ever documentation I have as I enter each quilt=
(In some cases, I even search for additional info via the Internet, but not
often bc that slows the process down too much. I can go back and do that
later for "entertainment" if I want to. <grin>

A paper print out of the quilt in the database will accompany each quilt
that is specifically mentioned in these instructions so that they can
readily indentify the quilt. <HA!> If they are lucky, I will also have
penned an ID number on each quilt before I kick the bucket that matches the
record in the database. <grin>

What I have not disposed of myself before I die, my children will be
instructed to use the following guidelines to assist them in dispersing my

Here is how I have broken down my =B3dream=B2 categories so far:

1) These specific quilts are to be offered to these specific museums in
this order, along with $-XX for its care. (Very few will be in this categor=
but there are a few.)

2) These specific quilts are to be given to specific people listed in thi=

3) My doll quilt collection is to be offered to this _____museum along
with $-XX.

4) These quilts are to be distributed to immediate family members.

5) These quilts are to be offered as you see fit to extended family

6) These quilts may be donated as fund raisers to the following
organizations but no more than 10 quilts to each organization in one given
year so as not to overwhelm them -- unless they want more than 10 : AQSG,
TQHF, The Virginia Quilt Museum, LaConner Quilt & Textile Museum, etc

7) After all the above has been executed, you may sell, donate or give
away as you see fit. One suggestion. You could simply hang onto the rest an=
continue to donate 10 quilts a year to the various quilt history
organizations for their annual auctions.

8) BOOKS: I don't have many "A" much less "A+" quilts, but I do have a lo=
of A+ books. I hope to set up a donation agreement with a specific museum i=
the PNW or research facility for my quilt/textile history books which numbe=
over 500, along with a monetary donation. If they are unable to accept this
proposed donation for whatever reason, then I will leave my executor a list
of other possible organizations they may contact. My books are already in =
Database. (I have kept up with as I have acquired my books, thank goodness!=

9) If I don=B9t reach an agreement with a specific organization before I die,
then I will suggest to my kids that they may (A) offer my Book List to AQSG
so that they can select which they would like for the Silent Auction; (B)
sell directly on eBay if they need some money or (C) submit my book list to
XX institution and give them first dibs at selecting which of my books they
might individually like to select to add to their own research library,
followed by the next institution on the list, etc. I'll leave it up to the
daughter to decide what is easiest for her to handle.

This may all seem onerous to some, but I feel it is worth it to make the
attempt. I know my kids will make a good faith effort to follow these
wishes, because I know my kids. But I already accept the fact that I have n=
control over what happens to my collections after I am gone. But I know I
will have at least made an effort to see it distributed in a manner that
might prove useful to others interested in this field of study.

Karen in the Islands

On 4/12/13 10:47 AM, "Mary Persyn" <> wrote:

> Do any of you remember an article or articles, possibly in QNM, about hav=
> an estate administrator to handle your quilt and quilt related items
> collection?
> Now that I'm retired I'm getting serious about what happens to the quilts
> and quilt books that I have collected over the years. I don't want them =
> go into a yard sale for example. My attorney isn't familiar with quilt
> collections in particular although he has done some special collections i=
> estate planning before.
> Googling isn't finding much except articles about the crazy quilt of esta=
> laws.
> Thanks for any suggestions,
> Mary


Subject: RE: Information about Quilt Estate Administrators
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 17:23:14 -0700
X-Message-Number: 12


Here is what I posted in 2009 on the AQSG list:

From: karen alexander
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2009 12:47:07 -0800
To: AQSG Disc Group
Conversation: The future of our cutter quilts and other stuff-long
Subject: The future of our cutter quilts and other stuff-long

Bill's last question also stirred up another question for me: what
contingencies are we making for the <cutters> we have collected? Will our
kids know what to do with these or will they just all go back into the =B3yar=
sale=B2 stream and be purchased by another generation who will finally make
them into other objects anyway?

Also curious how many of us have written into our estate plans what we want
our kids to do with all of our quilt ephemera and our quilt collections?
Have many of you actually written down guidelines for your quilt estate or
talked to whomever will handle your Stuff after you are gone? At this poin=
my kids all know that they get first choice of everything quilt-related and
then they are to divide the rest between the two annual auctions of the two
quilt history groups that I have been so involved with: TQHF and AQSG.

It would be an interesting business proposition for a member of QHL or AQSG
to form a Quilt History Clearing House, so to speak, of all the future
quilt-stuff that is going to enter the market place as this first generatio=
of late 20th century quilt historians and collectors go to that great
quilting research center in the sky. The donor could designate to which
organization the money is to go once the items are sold, with the Clearing
House keeping a certain % for business expenses. Of course all this would b=
spelled out contractually before the family donated the Stuff to the Quilt
History Clearing House.

You realize I am dreaming out loud here, right?

But it could be a great opportunity for someone in the quilt world to start
a business and sell such Stuff via e-Bay or other similar on-line auction
house. How many of our family members would take on the job of finding the
right buyers for all our Quilt Stuff once we are gone? I fear much of the
ephemera might once again wind up in a land fill. Remember some of the
stories we have heard of people burning piles of Stuff....including old
quilts....once an elderly family member dies?

In an ideal world, of course, we would all carefully list and label
everything in all our <boxes under the bed> so that we could simply submit =
list of sale items to this Quilt History Clearing House so that those who
really understand what this Stuff is might have a chance to purchase it.
Otherwise, if we just donate it outright to AQSG or TQHF, I fear they would
be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of Stuff in such collections/donations.
(In the words of W. C. Fields, Oh death, where is they sting?)

Karen Alexander (Signature Quilt Project)


Subject: Re: Another question about our 2014 exhibition
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 03:41:15 +0000 (UTC)
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I have EQ on my own computer, so I would be unlikely to buy a block. I also=
know that EQ does not furnish sewing directions, which most quilters would=
want. But I'm sure many who attend your exhibit will be interested in this=
offering, so don't let me be a wet blanket. Be sure to pattern test before=
you print--usually they are generous, but very rarely the yardage doesn't =
account for the fact that a 2" x WOF piece (80 square inches) can't be cut =
into three 5x5 squares. Ask me how I know that! Full commercial patterns ar=
e running around $10 now, but you could do well at half that cost. I like t=
he idea of bundling, but no more than three or four (I'd never get six done=
, and twelve would be overwhelming to me.) Just my thoughts. Good luck, and=
keep us posted as show time gets closer.
Still thinking of a show name in rainy, cold Illinois,
Anna Harkins


Subject: Re: Quilt Estate Administrators - long

Karen Alexander is the ideal; I'm the opposite. Since I have no kids, my pl=
an is that my husband, if he survives me (otherwise my executor), is instru=
cted to get out my quilt guild directory and call my Bee buddies and let th=
em do as they see fit. Of course, I don't have the wonderful collections th=
at some of you show here, so that's probably more than sufficient planning =
for me.


Subject: Re: Another question about our 2014 exhibition
From: Donald Beld <>

For many years, I printed patterns for quilts I have made and sold them when I give my talks. I usually charge $5.00. This includes photo of finished quilt, the pattern, the yardage requirements, and any special hints they might need. Never gave sewing or cutting instructions as I do everything by hand and most folks use,


Subject: Re: Another question about our 2014 exhibition
From: Jan Masenthin <>
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 08:57:17 -0500
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I would buy a print-out as described. I've made quilts from just
pictures, but I really like it when someone else does the math.

Bundles v. individual sheets -- that would depend on the price. I'm not
familiar with East Coast pricing. I think $8 - $12 for an individual
pattern. I'm always willing to pay a little more if it's for a cause I
support. However, a bundle would have to be a bargain.

Did you know 3M makes removable hooks? But don't know hang them less
than 6 inches above a doorway or window with trim. Ask me how I know?

Good luck.

Jan Masenthin


Subject: Re: Another question about our 2014 exhibition
From: <>
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 02:41:22 -0400
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Thanks Anna -- All advice is most welcome.


Subject: RE: resources on dyes
From: "M Battistella" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 13:53:28 -0700
X-Message-Number: 6

The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens published Dyes From Nature in 1990 as vol 46,
no 2 of their Garden Record. It's a good read! Maureen in Southern Oregon


Subject: RE: resources on dyes
From: "Kathy Moore" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 09:08:18 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

Marcia, where did you see it and in what context? Maybe that will help us
identify the book .

Kathy Moore


Subject: A modest proposal
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 08:09:19 -0700
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It would still be helpful if we could persuade the educators among us to develop a quilt study lesson to be used during Feb. that is accurate. The misrepresentation of history will continue. Read Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen. When you search for the book on Amazon more books on how to revise curricula come up. Just recognizing the problem is not enough. We need to develop a strategy that will draw ignorant teachers into the truth. It is not their fault that they did not receive an adequate education. It is our fault if we just complain a bit in March and don't provide material that would correct the situation. If we made a concerted effort now to get materials to teachers in the appropriate grades in public schools, maybe next March historical truths would begin to overcome in this small segment of history and our own organizations could be involved in a positive effort. Perhaps eventually we would see sales for the Burns book drop and it would go out of print. It already has pretty poor reviews on Amazon. I really believe that her disregard for accurate history has done terrible damage. We could also begin a campaign to ridicule her avarice which apparently is what drives her to consistently ignore history.


Subject: Re: A Modest Proposal
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2013 10:11:10 -0500
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The curriculum ideas are great and I applaud them all.
The thing is our schools can't make time for any of this because they are too worried about their students testing well in English and Math. When the children in my local school district don't test well in those 2 subjects guess which class they miss so they can receive extra help? Yep. History. Social Studies. Some of the elementary school teachers that I know get exactly twenty minutes a WEEK to teach this subject. The very studies that create citizens who know what it means to be an American in all its multi-cultural/messy/sad/happy diverse glory.
I finished by Masters in history at a local university last April and most of my fellow students were public school teachers. Their laments in regards to what they want to do and what they CAN do (because of time constraints) truly made me think that we are about to lose our country because the children we are schooling today won't know why it's worth saving. I'm not talking some political agenda that's liberal or conservative. Political beliefs evolve. I get that. I'm not saying what I believe is the only way to make America work. I'm saying our kids need to understand what makes the United States unique in world history and why that uniqueness --- which of course includes some shameful cruelty and bad stuff --- should be celebrated and kept as healthy as possible.
Stephanie Whitson



Subject: Re: looking for information
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:02:49 -0500
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Kathy Moore stated " I'm too busy for that and for
blogs. How do people manage to get all that done and everything else?
Maybe they don't sleep?"

Stephanie thinks aloud:I imagine that those who don't have time for social media do things I don't. I don't do things others do because I'm expected to be on social media as a novelist. It's like anything else ... time management decisions based on the value to us personally or professionally. I don't get many quilts made these days. I don't cook like I used to. I don't read as much for pleasure ... I don't see much television ... do much shopping ... do nearly the research I'd like to for quilt history ... (fill in the blank) ... but I do some social media, although not nearly as much as many other novelists/historians/scholars.
It's just another time management decision and none of us should feel pressured to add anything that we don't find valuable. I say "no" to a lot of things that are GOOD uses of time as I seek to find the BEST use of my time for this part of my journey. And honestly the "best" is constantly evolving ... life in 2013 is never boring, is it.
Stephanie Whitson



Subject: Turkey red podcast
From: Lynne Bassett <>
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 08:21:57 -0400
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More Turkey red information from my friend at the University of Edinburgh!

Dear all,

We are busy putting together the online exhibition for Colouring the
Nation (more news to follow very soon!) but in the meantime we are
pleased to say that a Turkey red podcast is now freely available on

As part of a series of podcasts organised by the Scottish Centre for
Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh, it looks at the
global networks of the Turkey red industry and some of the ways in
which Turkey red dyed and printed fabrics were used. There is a link
on the Colouring the Nation website
( or you can access it via the
link below.

Best wishes

Sally Tuckett


Subject: RE: Need help with a name
From: Stephanie Higgins <>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:17:31 -0500
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Patches of TimeCounty QuiltsHunterdon County Quilts RoadshowHunterdon Count
y LegaciesPieces of TimeThreads of HistoryHistory in StitchesThe County of
Just brainstorming ... don't know that I really like any of these2C either
3B-)Disclaimer: I was just typing without thinking ... there's a name for
that but there's a holein my brain where it lives.
Stephanie Whitson



Subject: RE: Turkey red podcast
From: "Leah Zieber" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2013 10:17:56 -0700
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Spent a lovely, relaxing half hour listening to the Turkey Red podcast - Let
me just say, I wish there was video to accompany the very interesting and
informative information! I was able to visualize the many patterns talked
about. Thank you Lynn for sharing the link. I have subscribed to future
podcasts from the organization.
I love the internet for this very reason!
Leah A. Zieber
Zieber Quilts


Subject: Re: Quilt Estate Administrators - long
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 11:30:04 -0500

Would it possible for some well known quilt group (AQSG?) or quilt collection to write a grant that would establish something like a Quilt History Estate Management (i can't remember what the e-mail called it) ... ? That's a very intriguing idea and it seems to me a natural outgrowth of the discipline of quilt studies. I don't know who could take it on, but I agree that it would be a valuable service. The biggest challenge would be to make its existence KNOWN so that people would know to use it.
I've appreciated this discussion and its been a reminder that I need to go back and do some pretty specific addendum writing in regards to my various research "stuff." I have some rare books and some other things that, as e all have said, should NOT end up at a garage sale because that would be poor stewardship of my tiny little estate. I don't have "important" quilts like many AQSG members, but I have quilts that deserve more that a garage sale ... and I'm the one with the knowledge of where to look for new homes. I need to make sure that that knowledge is accessible to whoever gets stuck with my stuff.
I've always been very big on pre-planning funerals (mine is all taken care of and has been for years) but I need to be more intentional about my quilts, my research materials, what I would call my personal archives.
Thanks for raising the issue and to those who have shared their approach.
Stephanie Whitson



Subject: RE: Another question about our 2014 exhibition
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 10:31:41 -0400
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Judy -- I think this would be a good candidate for a crowd funding site --
Kickstarter...haven't used it yet, but I keep trying to cook up something.
I wanted to offer "Quilted Hunterdon."


Subject: RE: qhl digest: April 13, 2013
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2013 05:57:20 -0500
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I feel like Scrooge or a nag--but those of you who are not on the digest version of this list don't seem to be aware or remember that if you just reply to a message without deleting all but the pertinant part of that message--all of that message, assorted junk attached to the message etc, gets sent to the digest. And if a couple of you do it in a row, ie repsond to a response, to a response the amount of stuff seems to grow exponentially!!!! Please be kind, and when you reply go down the page on your screen and delete all but a sentence or two--at most a paragraph. I happen to be reading my emails on my computer this morning so am only mildly frustrated with this--you should hear me when I'm checking emails on my phone!! I'm sorry if I'm sounding especially cranky this morning--it is the day before tax deadline and I'm a little frazzled! (I do taxes to support my quilt habit!) Thanks in advance for your thoughtfulness on this matter!Virginia Berger



Subject: RE: A modest proposal
From: "Kathy Moore" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:42:26 -0500
X-Message-Number: 11

Linda's proposal seems reasonable.

It strikes me the best way to make such a packaged lesson or set of lessons
appealing to the most people would be to engage a group of teachers in
developing the lesson plan(s) themselves based on input from a panel of
experts...or some such process.

What do we have to do to make this happen?

Kathy Moore


Subject: Re: Quilt Estate Administrators/"My Treasure" form
From: "Margaret Geiss-Mooney" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2013 18:33:42 -0700
X-Message-Number: 12

Good afternoon, QHLers - If anyone is interested, just email a request to me
off-list and I'll send the "My Treasure" form to you. It's a great place to
start noting down what "things" are important to you and why (where you got
it, condition, story behind it, attach the photograph, etc., etc.). I
suggest to folks that they get one of those binders/notebooks made out of
polypropylene plastic from the local stationary/office supply stores to put
the form(s) in, either with the Form with punched holes or the Form put in a
polyethylene sleeve (NOT a PVC sleeve), sometimes called a sleeve protector.
An individual sleeve makes it easier to keep items like photos, CD/DVDs of
images and receipts together with the Form. And of course to mention the
binder/notebook to those who would care (i.e. heirs, guild members,
designated estate trustee, etc.) and need to know.

Of course, the "treasure" might not even be a quilt or even something made
from fabric. I have a couple of lumpy clay pinch pot-like things that my
children made when they were very small (they don't even remember making
them any more) that are very precious to me, for example.
. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ___________
Margaret E. Geiss-Mooney
Textile/Costume Conservator &
Collections Management Consultant
Professional Associate - AIC


Subject: RE: qhl digest: August 04, 2013
From: "Linda Heminway" <>
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 09:15:04 -0400
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Good morning and I'm glad I brought up the topic of machine sewn bindings as
well as yard sales. : )

Next time, if a quilt like the one I saw is a reasonable price, I'll pick it
up and post photos and offer it here or at my quilt guild.

Also, no insult intended towards anyone who sews down their bindings by
machine. One friend of mine always says that the best thing you can say
about a quilt is "done" and if that is what helps you accomplish the end
result, and then you must do whatever you would like. I think we all have a
little of the quilt police inside us. But, I don't look at a quilt with
sewn down bindings and make remarks in front of that quilter for sure. It
is his or her choice to use whatever techniques the quilter is comfortable
with. I'm glad there are no rules. I do admit it being a pet peeve,
though. We all have them, I guess? I am also obsessed with stray thread
popping out of seams on quilts hanging in quit shows. I so want to snip
them or pull them, but I obey the rules and never ever touch.

I'll share a story about a friend of mine who worked with me on The Home of
the Brave Quilt Project. Perhaps you will find it amusing. Many volunteers
make quilts for the families of those who have lost their lives in service
to our country. (Thank you to Don Beld for being the person to start this
project so many years back. I'm proud to know you, Don.) There have been
times when the workmanship was less than what I would have done myself, but
I have to add that there are more times when the workmanship far exceeded
what I am capable of and I was grateful for all. A few years back this
friend volunteered to do some deliveries for me when I was coordinator for
the state of NH and I was very happy to have her help. (I have since
stepped down after 7 years as state coordinator, but I still work on the
quilts and help) I gave this woman the quilts and supporting paperwork and
she was going to get to work. She looked at two beautiful quilts and was
shocked that someone would machine sew the binding down on them. She went
as far as to take a seam ripper (I wouldn't have as I learned I just had to
let things go when I had so many quilts that needed to be made and sometimes
volunteers were sparse) to these two quilts and she ripped out the machine
stitching and hand sewed down those bindings. Ah, but she is obsessed with
bindings and is probably the best quilt binder I have ever seen in my days
as a quilter. Her work is superb and even on corners (my downfall), better
than my own. She was so upset that anyone would sew a binding by machine on
a quilt of great importance, as these quilts are to those who dedicate a
great deal of time to the making of them, that she just couldn't give them
to the families without "fixing" them. I guess I get some of my pet peeves
from her when it comes to this? : ) I hear about it all the time.
The moral of the story is that some of us take quilt police work to another
level, I guess? : ) I would have let those quilts go as they were. They
were presentable and odds are that the recipient appreciates what was done,
no matter what.
I personally do use a machine to stitch the binding onto my quilts, but turn
and hand stitch the binding down on the under-side of the quilt in a way
that does not show. I do not like to show stitches on the surface of a
quilt other than deliberate quilting stitches. But that is me and whatever
you do is OK as the quilt is yours to create and do as you wish with, which
includes letting cats lay on it (at my house). By the way, I do both hand
and machine quilting and also pay long arm quilters to quilt for me. I do
it all and it all depends on the quilt and what its purpose is and the time
frame I have to work on it.

This is a great discussion; I've really enjoyed what you all have had to
Linda Heminway
Plaistow, NH


Subject: RE: yard sales and quilts
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 06:20:20 +0000 (UTC)
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Don, I thought I was the only quilter alive who didn't own a sewing machine. <g> And I have no plans to EVER get one. I don't get much done, but I enjoy every minute of doing it.

Sue Johnson
Estero, FL


Subject: changing the subject just a little bit
From: Kris Driessen <>
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:24:04 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 4

Last month we were talking about putting a tracking device on our quilts.
For once, the ads on Facebook had something good! Take a look at this
device: It is not out y
et, but I preordered a bunch. Not for my quilts, for my keys! (phone,
dog, purse, etc...)Kris


Subject: Re: yard sales and quilts
From: Jan Masenthin <>
Date: Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:51:04 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5

I think it's awesome that Donald and Sue don't own sewing machines but
love sewing and quilting. I've always treasured the hand sewing skills I
learned from my grandmother, but she also allowed me to treadle for her
on her machine. She was an expert needlewoman whose embroidery was
exquisite. Her much older sister was a granny woman, a/k/a midwife, who
also made fur coats, and I think she had a sewing machine. Although I
never met her, I have a crazy quilt she made from coat lining scraps.
Without my sewing machine, my five children would have not had custom
made Halloween costumes every year, nor my daughters prom dresses and
other special occasion garments such as a wedding dress. However,
nothing surpasses the joy of sewing with a needle and thread. In fact,
it's even more fun than being on the computer so I'm signing off now and
heading to my sewing chair. Have a great day, everyone!

Jan Masenthin


Subject: quilt police
From: "Gloria Hanrahan" <>
Date: Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:51:34 -0800
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Just a quick change of topic.For the woman Linda describes a
s changing out a binding because shewas offended, I would like to pre
sent the concept of being kind andpolite as much more important than
someone's arbitrary belief thatthere is only one way to do a binding
I come from a family of quilters, as far back as my great-grandmo
ther,great aunts, etc. You get the picture.The best thing
to help the world of quilts and continued interest inquilts, is to a
ppreciate the work everyone does and to recognize thatone's opinion i
s just opinion. I am not offended by any binding.
I AM offended that someone wouldtake a seam ripper and undo work on
a quilt which doesn't belong tothem. If someone did that to my
work, it would be the last time Iwould ever donate my time and energ
y to a project.Gloria Hanrahan



Subject: Re: quilt police
From: Sarah Hough <>
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 15:57:29 -0500
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Regarding the "correction" of a binding .. Amen, Gloria. You said it much
better than I could. I wanted to reply in the same vein. I think that is
about the tackiest thing anyone could do.

Sarah Hough



Subject: Singer Instructions
From: Jan Drechsler <>
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 17:24:40 -0400
X-Message-Number: 8

Sherrie wrote: I just
received a treadle as a gift and would love to get a booklet to go with
It has a long bobbin. I am not sure how to use it.

Sherrie, find the model number imprinted somewhere on the back of the
machine or inside. Go to the Singer website and you should be able to
find an online manual to print out. If not, search on Google.

Jan Drechsler
Guilford, VT


Subject: Re: quilt police
From: Donald Beld <>
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 15:52:53 -0700 (PDT)

I believe Linda agreed with your comments--at Home of the Brave Quilt Pr
oject, we accept ALL quilts and are not judging the workmanship. Our goa
l is to honor the fallen heroes from our recent conflicts in Iraq and Afgha
nistan. There are no quilt police at HOTBQP in positions of responsibili
ty. best, Don