Subject: Re: Marion Cheever Whiteside Storybook quilt on eBay
From: Arden Shelton <junkoramacomcast.net>

It probably is a cut down but it can't be only 20.5 inches wide.
The blocks are at least 10" in size. I have a couple of her kits
and patterns and they are not that small. Weird size....(Ms) Arden
SheltonPortland, OR

Subject: Am looking for a source for this block
From: Debby Kratovil <kratovilhis.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:52:56 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Hi. I know Barbara Brackman is on this list, but I don't have her email
or I would have emailed the Queen of Blocks off list. I have her two
block books (encyclopedias of pieced and applique block) and I can't
find any reference to a block I call Twisted Hexagon. It has a center
hexagon and is surrounded by half-hexagons (6) and they "twist" around
like a log cabin treatment.

You can see it in a variety of pages on my blog.
This one is very clear in showing the block:

I am teaching classes and also writing patterns and would like to know
if ANY of you historians have come across this. I have an old link to an
Australian web site that references this with English Paper Piecing as
the technique. Of course, I quick sew this beginning with a partial

Thanks for any and all help. Please answer off list unless you think the
info would help others.

Debby (with a "y" and not "ie") Kratovil
Blog: http://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/
Quilting Programs & Workshops


Subject: Western PA and Eastern Ohio quilt sites
From: Barb Garrett <bgarrett421comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 09:34:52 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Good Morning All -

I am seeking quilt viewing opportunities that anyone knows about in
western PA and eastern Ohio that would be available Wednesday or
Thursday Aug 7 and 8, or Sunday August 11. I'm interested in
Historical Society exhibits, museums, antique malls. I don't have an
exact route, so can drive wherever.

Thanks for your help.

Barb Garrett in southeastern PA


Subject: estate quilt
From: Judy Schwender <sister3603yahoo.com>

Hi all,I just posted an image of a quilt to the quilt tab on the eboard.
It's a quilt that is part of an estate here in Paducah. I thought it
looked maybe like a Mountain Mist or other such design, but can't locate i
t anywhere. Does anyone have any other ideas?Thank you for any
help in advance!BTW, I think the pink ruffle edging was added late
r.Judy Schwender


Subject: 4 quilt blocks at a garage sale
From: Stephanie Higgins <authorsgwmsn.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2013 13:51:52 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

My daughter has these out at her garage sale today. Thought I'd tell QHL fo
lks. She said $10 for all 4 and she'll pay the postage. They are hand piece
d if that makes any difference.
I'm to text if anyone here wants them and she'll get them on their way. Pay
pal me at authorsgwmsn.com and give us a mailing address.Stephanie Whitson


Subject: Re: estate quilt
From: "Marcia's Mail" <marciarkearthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2013 18:16:26 -0500
X-Message-Number: 8

Judy, I had a look through my MM catalogs and books and this is not a MM
pattern. It certainly "could" look like one, though. Maybe an Ann Orr?
Marcia Kaylakie in Austin, TX


Subject: Re: estate quilt
From: Judy Schwender <sister3603yahoo.com>

Hi Marcia,Florence McConnell let me know that it is pictured on page 36
of Soft Covers for Hard Times. Not an Ann Orr, but an Ann Orr wanna be.
Thank you!judy Schwender

Subject: LaConner Quilt & Textile Museum looking for new Exec. Dir.
From: Karen Alexander <karenquiltrockisland.com>
Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:19:28 -0700
X-Message-Number: 3

Looking for a job in the quilt/textile/museum world? Here's your chance!


Learn more about the Museum here: http://www.laconnerquilts.com/

Karen Alexander -

....who is only a 40 minute ferry ride and 15 minute drive away from the
museum but has no wish to work on the mainland!

Subject: Re: estate quilt
From: Julie Silber <silber.julieellengmail.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2013 11:12:19 -0700
X-Message-Number: 2

Judy Schwender:

Someone will be more specific, but I would think
this is an Ann Orr design.



Subject: Vacation Travels
From: patricialyonscableone.net

is taking us along the New England coast later this month. Is there
anything quilty or textilian Not To Be Missed in any of our Ports of Call?
Warren & Newport RI
Salem, Plymouth & New Bedford MA
Portsmouth NH
Portland, Rockland, Bar Harbor & Eastport ME
St. Andrews NB

We won't have a car, but desire to see something can be a tremendous

Pat Lyons


Subject: Posting Pictures to the List
From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessenyahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Aug 2013 19:11:32 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 4

You can't:-(( You can post them in the Gallery, though. http://quilth
istory.com, Gallery tab on the left.To post photos toeboard: Click
on the post/edit link in the upper right hand corner underneath Vintage Pi
ctures. The password isvintage. Then click on the tab where you wa
nt to put your picture and click on the add a note link again in the upper
right hand corner under Vintage Pictures. Add your explanatory note with
the picture as an attachment. To delete or edit the photo, just do the
same thing and click on the delete or edit button as appropriate.K


Subject: yard sales and quilts
From: "Linda Heminway" <ibquiltncomcast.net>
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2013 08:17:32 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

Yesterday I stopped in at a yard sale. I was very pleased that I got three
nice pairs of white gloves really cheap for my quilt guild to use for white
gloving, I note that ours are a bit shabby and worn lately. One pair still
had its original tags on them.
There was this quilt there and I was somewhat "taken" by it, but I left it
there as I didn't really want or need it. I didn't really "love" it enough
to want to take restoration of it on. Yet, I kept thinking about it. We
drove by the sale later in the day on our errands and I noted the quilt
remained. Again, I was tempted, but I did not.
It was obviously some very old blocks that someone in modern times had
decided to put together. The workmanship of sashing it was done adequately
but they chose what I would call "Chinese Red" that was really bright to
sash, bind and back it. The binding (horrors!) was sewn down by machine,
which is a pet peeve of mine. You might choose to machine sew down your own
bindings, but in my opinion it is just something the quilt police inside of
me will not condone. : )
At any rate, these blocks had several fabrics in extremely good condition
and a predominant pink one that I recognized from the Jane Stickle 1860s
quilt (yes, I am making a Dear Jane quilt that has been in the works for at
least a dozen or more years) was there as well as several other late 1800s
fabrics. I found I was really bothered to see those blocks that were
obviously so old put together with that garish red shade (it was definitely
nowhere close to Turkey Red for sure which would have looked "right" this
was orange-red and might have had some polyester in it, ugh). But, it was
something a person put together and did whatever they felt with, there are
no rules. A break in the seam allowed me to see that the blocks were hand
pieced and meticulously sewn with teeny tiny stitches. The quilt was tied,
not quilted, it would have been easy to take apart and do something with.
I thought carefully about this quilt, it was in very good condition overall
yet I walked away. All the unfinished projects in my sewing room call to me
and the idea of taking yet another project on was just not in the cards. I
always seem to want to give them all a home, yet this home is bulging at the
seams (to coin a phrase) with stuff that I am not doing all that much with.
But, today, I wonder. If I had purchased this quilt for the whopping sum of
$25.00 (all they were asking), would someone on this list have wanted it?
Did I do a dis-service to all of you in this group by not grabbing it and
offering it here? I wouldn't have attempted a profit from it, just would
have offered it for the price I paid, plus shipping. I hate to see
something another would value, especially with those fabrics in it that
could even be used to restore another "more important" quilt. Considering
the quilt was still there at the end of the day when we drove by, I might be
able to stop in and ask about it if I dare and if someone here thought it
was worth "saving".
I just thought I would share this and see what kind of discussion comes of
it. Also curious to know if any of you are equally offended by sewn down
bindings or is it my own pet peeve?
Linda Heminway
In beautiful Plaistow NH where the sun shines

Subject: Re: yard sales and quilts
From: Mary Anne R <sewmuch63yahoo.com>

My daughter keeps an eye out for quilts for me. She lives in Colorado, I'm
in Florida. She called me one day to say there was a quilt for sale near he
r, did I want it? She is not a quilter, but described an apparently scrappy
c.1880-1900 quilt. I said yes as I figured I could use the fabrics to rest
ore other quilts. While visiting not long after that, I found it was a foun
dation-pieced tied quilt and thought I'd just take the top back with me and
toss the rest. As I was taking it apart, her two golden retrievers were ve
ry, very interested in the quilt. As I could slowly see more and more of th
e inside, I couldn't figure out why anyone would use what I first though
t was burlap for batting. And the 'burlap' was quilted! Long story short, i
nside was a New England whole cloth quilt, c. 1800, homespun, hand woven fr
ont and back with black curly sheeps' wool for batting, which is why the do
gs couldn't get enough of it, even after all this time. The seller
told my daughter it was from her family's home in Vermont. It was quilted
in black thread in a geometric pattern of nine-patches with sashing. Needle
ss to say I didn't just keep the top and toss the rest. As I recall, my dau
ghter paid around $10 to $15 for it.So I am now hesitant to leave beh
ind a quilt with any age to it, to possibly be used as a drop cloth or cut
up for teddy bears or pillows. If it was still in decent shape and cheap, b
ut not my period of interest, I would pass it along to another quilter who
would take care of it, even redoing it if necessary. I've taken such quilts
to my study group meetings and marked them 'free to a good home.'
Mary Anne>________________________________>


Subject: Re: yard sales and quilts
From: Jan Masenthin <quiltsrmeicloud.com>
Date: Sun, 04 Aug 2013 09:48:45 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5

I have a split opinion on bindings. If it is initially sewn down by
machine to the front side of the quilt, but turned over to the back side
and then hand stitched, I'm okay with that. I don't want any machine
stitching visible on a binding. I recently bound an apple core quilt
without a border, so an entirely curved edge, and I did both the front
and back stitching by hand. It was a very slow process so I will, when
working on straight edges, continue to machine stitch on the front since
the stitching won't show. For my hexagon quilt, I did a knife edge -
another slow process but I think the quilt police would approve.

Linda, your house sounds like mine but you bring up a good point about
perhaps someone out there wanting to rescue those we can no longer take
on. I'll be watching for the replies.

Jan Masenthin
Topeka, KS


Subject: RE: yard sales and quilts
From: "Larry Wohlgemuth" <larrywgreenhills.net>
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2013 10:34:06 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6

I would like to talk about the binding issue. Almost all of my quilts are
bound on the machine. They are meant to be used. Only those that I intend
to have light use are bound by hand. I Do not understand the "pet peeve".
Do you have the same feelings toward machine quilting? I have taught
numerous folks to quilt and I always give them the option of machine or hand
bindings. I would not use a technique on antique blocks that would not be
appropriate for the time period, though. Please help me understand your

Sherrie Wohlgemuth


Subject: Binding issue
From: Jan Masenthin <quiltsrmeicloud.com>
Date: Sun, 04 Aug 2013 11:09:13 -0500
X-Message-Number: 7

I previously posted my opinion -- basically I agree with Linda. However,
as my daughter is fond of saying, "That's not the hill I want to die
on." In other words, it's not worth getting upset about. We all have our
standards, our preferences, our methods, our opinions, and yes, our
weaknesses. Quilting is not rocket science so what does it matter if not
everyone sees a quilt through my eyes, expecting perfect points, hidden
appliquE9 stitches, hand quilting or hand stitched binding, etc. It's
still a quilt, most probably loved and seen as beautiful by the maker
and the owner. Even though I would love to be Chief of the Quilt Police,
much more important than perfection is that a quilt be loved.

Jan Masenthin
Topeka, Kansas


Subject: RE: yard sales and quilts
From: aharkins5216comcast.net
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2013 16:13:09 +0000 (UTC)

My two cnts on the binding peeve: the quilts I make are finished with my machine binder attachment. It uses one inch WOF strips, gives a nice, regular 1/4 inch edge, takes about 30 minutes to do a queen size quilt. These quilts are not meant to be heirlooms, and I use them, wash them in the washer and dryer, let the dogs sleep on them. It's not that I don't value my work, but this is how I can best enjoy it. However, I agree that a quilt that has historic significance or value should have period-appropriate treatment: hand-finished binding, proper storage and display, etc. As to the rescue of old quilts: I love the idea of taking "finds" to a study group if you can't/don't want to keep it yourself. Anna Harkins



Subject: RE: Binding issue
From: "Verla Geinert" <geinertsrt.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2013 13:02:05 -0500
X-Message-Number: 10

Arthritic fingers make any hand sewing for more than a few moments
to consider. Machine binding for me if I want to complete a quilt by
myself from start to finish
Verla Geinert
Minot ND

Subject: Re: yard sales and quilts
From: Marlene <marleneroysenc.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2013 13:58:40 -0400
X-Message-Number: 11

If I had been there, I would have paid $25 to accomplish a quilt rescue! I
enjoy revitalizing vintage quilts and I still have room in the "quilt close
t"! Of course, having room doesn't always mean having time.
Marlene Royse in NC

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 4, 2013, at 8:17 AM, "Linda Heminway" <ibquiltncomcast.net> wrote:

> If I had purchased this quilt for the whopping sum of
> $25.00 (all they were asking), would someone on this list have wanted it?


Subject: RE: yard sales and quilts and bindings oh my
From: vaughn8047msn.com
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2013 08:30:50 -0600
X-Message-Number: 12

I personally do not like machine sewn bindings.....even on tablerunners and
quilts for children.

Jessica M. Smith-Vaughn
JMV Quilts


Subject: RE: yard sales and quilts
From: Barb Garrett <bgarrett421comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 04 Aug 2013 15:29:09 -0400
X-Message-Number: 14

Someone wrote -

.....should have period-appropriate treatment: hand-finished binding, proper storage ......

I just have a comment about the thought that period-appropriate treatment means hand-finished binding. Quilts in my area of PA that were made between 1860 and 1950 include a variety of binding methods, including --

1. Applied binding with one row of machine and one row of hand stitching
2. Applied binding with two rows of machine stitching and no hand stitching
3. Self bound with front turned to back and one row of machine stitching
4. Self bound with back turned to front and one row of machine stitching
5. Applied or self bound by hand

It is my experience and belief that when talking about antique quilts, there is no "always", and both hand and machine binding are appropriate. I have seen well done machine binding and poorly done hand binding. It's all in the preference of the maker, and his/her skill level.

I do not believe one method/technique is better/preferable to another -- and all are period appropriate for any quilt made after 1850.

Just my thoughts from sunny southeastern PA



Subject: RE: yard sales and quilts
From: Donald Beld <donbeldpacbell.net>

Hey, everyone--on a lighter side regarding bindings, etc. Do as I do-I d
on't even OWN a sewing machine, so BOTH sides of my bindings are done by ha
nd! I like to think of myself as a poor Kentucky hillbilly from the 1840
's who couldn't afford that modern gadget--the sewing machine. Nice disc
ussion, best, Don BeldPlaistow NH where the sun shines

Subject: RE: yard sales and quilts
From: Xenia Cord <xenialegacyquilts.net>
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2013 15:44:55 -0400
X-Message-Number: 16

I was at an outdoor antique show yesterday and picked up an 1885
booklet put out by Singer, showing their existing factories and their
"Improved Family Singer" - treadle model. Included were 10
attachments, including 5 hemmers and a binder foot.

The illustrated instructions for the binder show an attachment
resembling the rolled hemmers - it's sort of a flattened "ice cream
cone" with the machine needle engaging the binding at the narrow end
of the tube. The instructions say in part: "Binding should be about
one inch wide, cut on the bias, if convenient; pass it through the
scrolls of the binder and place the material to be bound between.
Draw the whole about 1/2 inch under the presser-foot; lower the
presser-foot and commence to sew, guiding the cloth with the left
hand, allowing the binding to pass through the fingers of the right."

The illustration shows a deeply scalloped edge with completed binding,
and the machine engaging binding on an adjacent straight edge, binding
both sides of the material at once.

So at least by 1885 machine binding was possible with a Singer, and
there was also a quilting foot and spacing guide.



Subject: RE: yard sales and quilts
From: aharkins5216comcast.net

I'm withdrawing my "period-appropriate" characterization. Always learning. thanks, Xenia.


Subject: RE: Binding issue
From: "Gloria Hanrahan" <gloriaak.net>

Verla said, " Arthritic fingers make any hand sewing for more than af
ew moments painful to consider."At 57, I am finding hand
work difficult and painful. Also need amajor magnifying glass.



Subject: RE: yard sales and quilts
From: "Larry Wohlgemuth" <larrywgreenhills.net>
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2013 19:14:11 -0500
X-Message-Number: 19

I teach 4_H kids and most of them really do not want to do the hand work. I
figure they need to be able to do a nice job on the machine then instead of
expecting someone else to do it for them. After all, I want this to be a
skill they take into adulthood. I also teach adults that would not finish
their own quilts if they had to hand stitch them down. But they will bind
for themselves if they can use the machine. Besides, If they try they can
make a very nice even binding by machine.
Personally, I have done both ways. Thanks for the information. I just
received a treadle as a gift and would love to get a booklet to go with it.
It has a long bobbin. I am not sure how to use it. It is in excellent
condition. Has a new belt and is not bound up in any way. I have not had
the chance to clean it and look all through it yet.
Sherrie Wohlgemuth