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Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 11:39:55 -0500 From: SadieRose@aol.com      I am so pleased that this list has been started!!  My name is Karan Flanscha, from Cedar Falls, Iowa (with 6" of new snow in the last 2 days).  I have been teaching quilting for 16+ years, probably quilting for around 25 years now.  I was one of the Regional Co-ordinators for the Iowa Quilts Research Project in 1988.  I wrote an article on IQRP for Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilts magazine, which appeared in the April 1996 issue.  I have been interested in old quilts, old fabrics and dating both, for as long as I can remember.  I was really thrilled when IQRP sponsored a weekend retreat with Barbara Brackman, as a training session for the Regional Co-ordinators.     I think Barbara's book, "Clues in the Calico" is the best resource for learning about quilt dating.  Her book, "Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns" contains over 3500 drawings, with names and references as to when and where they appeared in print.  We used this book as our source for pattern names for the IQRP.  This book is now available on a computer disk, called "Block Base"!!   If you are interested in more information on it, let me know.  (I am also a Rep for the Electric Quilt Company).  Another source on dating quilts is a pocket size book by Helen Kelley, called "Dating Quilts- from 1600 to the Present".  This is intended to be a workbook, so you can add your own notes to the pages.  It is small (about 4" x 5") and has a spiral binding, published by C & T Publishing.     I also belong to the Quilt Restoration Society.  Their newsletter contains excellent articles and information for quilt history buffs, even if you don't intend to repair or restore a quilt.  You can get more information on QRS at: ph 518-325-4502  or Fax 518-325-6625  or e-mail at  qrs@taconic.net   (e-mail address is from several months ago, so hope it is current).  Dues are $25 per year, for US & Canadian residents, $35 for overseas.     I subscribe to a newsletter called "Quiltiques"  published by Marianne Schweers, who also has a mail order fabric business called "Vintage & Vogue".   For more information, you can call 508-534-6542  or Fax 508-840-4013 (no e-mail at present).     My current areas of interest include Amish quilts and quilters, and Baltimore Album quilts.  I was in Baltimore last March, and one of my highlights was seeing 4 authentic Baltimore Album quilts.  One was at the DAR Museum, in Washington, D.C., which has a fabulous, but almost unknown, quilt collection.  Also got to spend a day in Lancaster County, PA, which was fabulous.     I am also a "FeatherWeight Fanatic", if any of you are sewing machine collectors, and don't know about the FWFs e-mail list, let me know.  It is great!!     In addition to my quilt interests, I have a great DH of 21 years, two sons ages 16 and almost 18, and a Siberian Husky "daughter", Casey Jo.  I also have a daylily garden and am on an e-mail Round Robin for daylily enthusiasts!  What did we do before e-mail??    Looking forward to hearing from other quilt history lovers!   

Karan Flanscha, from snowy Iowa!!    (Would like to suggest that you include your location in your signature line, this is done on several lists I am on).   ------------------------------   

Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 12:47:30 -0500 From: AJSNGS@aol.com   Debbie,   Thank you for the info. on beginner books.  I hope the book I ordered will work out, but if it doesn't, I'll think about getting the one from Leisure Arts.  I'm in the process of finding a good quilting class for beginners here where I live and hope to start that sometime next year.  Obviously a book can only do so much--a real live teacher answering questions is so much better!   ------------------------------   

Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 14:07:06 -0500 From: QRestore@aol.com   Dear Gretchen;        One of the best books you buy is "Clues in the Calico" (A Guide To Identifing And Dating Antique Quilts) by author Barbara Brackman.  This book is used at many colleges throughout the country.  Have a bookstore, such as Barnes & Noble, order it for you as it is out of print.  It's well worth the $39.95 cost.  There are many others out there but you'll find this one highly recommended.   Victoria Montgomery, Quilt Restorer QRestore@aol.com  

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Date: Thu, 05 Dec 1996 14:15:39 PST From: josiem@tekstar.com   

As a new member of this listserv, I have been asked for a bio.  I am a retired person, who has been doing patchwork and quilting since the early '80's.  My main interest in this area was wildly contemporary "art" pieces, had little time for the old-style quilt. That is, until the fairly recent (to me, anyway!) marketing of the 1800's reproduction fabrics.    My cousin had been working on our family genealogy and found that many of our female ancestors were "dressmakers" and I began to look at these repro fabrics as choices these long departed women might have made for "their" clothing or quilttops. And I just fell in love with the fabrics (many of them are quite funky!).  I joined an 1800s repro block swap on Quilt Bee, done by Sara Maxwell and now, I am in way over my head.! It  is my plan to read more about quilts of this era with a mind to reproducing them, in a limited way.    So I guess I am here, mostly to lurk and learn from the rest of you.  The era I am most interested in is from around 1850 to 1900.  If anyone shares this interest with me, I would love to hear from you.   

All best wishes,   Jo in Cold, Snowy Minnesota 

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Date: Thu, 05 Dec 1996 15:13:23 -0600 From: R D <holmr@execpc.com> To: QHL@cue.com   

Hi all!  I'm Donna Holmen from Kenosha, Wisconsin (on Lake Michigan between Milwaukee and Chicago).  I turned 40 this year - GASP!   I have been quilting for about 15 years.  I've done a little bit of every kind of quilting - hand, machine, applique, trapunto, etc.  I have taught basic quilting classes in the past.  Every year I try to learn some new technique or aspect.  This year I learned how to do silk ribbon embroidery, and I'm trying to better my machine quilting.   --- BTW, I have lots of UFO's.  Someday in the future, women, just like you all, will fondle my blocks and make them into something.  I make treasures for the next generation!!  --- (VBG)   I have been online with various groups for about 4 years now.  I started out with AOL quilters - did lots of block exchanges, round robins and such.  We had some Illinois quilters come to Wisconsin for a day.  I taught paper piecing, and then we hit the Milwaukee quilt stores.  A very nice time -- wouldn't that be fun to do with our new group?  We could hit different antique stores, museums and other places of interest.  I don't even know you all yet, but I'll help you spend your money and we'll have fun doing it!    :)   Anyway, some of the groups that I belong to are: Wisconsin Quilters, Southport Quilters Guild, American Quilters Society, Quilt Restoration Society and The Feedsack Club.  I go to the AQS show in Paducah every other year. Online I belong to: QuiltBee, Interquilt, FeatherWeight Fanatics ( I have 2 ) and the Bernina Digest.   I've been collecting antique fabrics, blocks and quilts for about 5 or 6 years now.  That's how I met Kris.  I wish I would have started sooner.  I do have a wonderful stash.  I would like to learn and do more with quilt restoration.  I have had DeQuervain's disease in my thumb and wrist on and off for the last couple of years.  It has definately slowed me down.  It is like a tendonitis and can be very painful at times.   I, too, highly recommend the book Clues in the Calico by Barbara Brackman for dating fabric.  She was teaching classes on dating fabrics and quilt restoration at a quilt shop in Seattle called In The Beginning. (No affiliation)  I ordered my book through them, and she autographed it. (Signed things are more valuable).  I like the book Quilts, Quilts, Quilts for beginning quilters.  I feel it is well written, and is a good basic reference book for most quilting techniques.   I've been married for 16 years.  We have an adopted son, Michael, who just turned 2. (SOB)  We also have 2 hairy cats that like quilts (they were even written up in a quilt magazine a couple of years ago!  Someday, I hope to make it in a quilt magazine  :P  )   I worked a few years at Ma Bell, and then I taught preschool for several years (Hi Nancy!)  Now I am a stay at home mom for a few years. (This does cut into my budget though for old or new fabrics, quilts, trips, etc.  :(     One other thing -- as you can see from this long posting, I spend way too much time on the computer.  I should be sewing more!   Nice to meet you all! 

Donna Don't ya love children's naptime!!!???!!!  

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Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 17:11:36 -0500 From: QRestore@aol.com        My name is Victoria Montgomery from Boise, Idaho.  I own my own business, called Quilt Restoration.   I've been been a quilter for 27 years prior to restoring quilts, with a large collection of vintage fabrics.  I receive many requests to do hand pieceing, applique' and hand quilting as well as restoration work.  I'm fond of 17th and 18th cenutry textiles, quilts and designs.  I'm a member of American Quilt Society, Quilt Resoration Society and an active Board Member of my local quilt guild.  I receive and study many publications from leading Textiles Conservation experts across the country.        I'm a firm believer in researching every available resource prior to working on any restoration project.  There is a clear distinction between conservation and restoration of textiles.  Best described by England's leading experts at the Textile Conservation Center, Karen Finch and Greta Putnam:  "Conservation requires that everything that is original on an object be retained, and nothing added.  Restoration, on the other hand, implies a degree of repair so that the piece not only looks as nearly as it did originally but it may even be made strong enough for further use."  There is a great controversy among the experts regarding conservation and restoration.  Not all quilts can be saved, and not all quilts in need of repair are of museum quality, therefore museum quidelines need not be followed by its owners.        Although this type of work can be very detailed and labor intensive, I find it extremely rewarding.  I've received many requests, recently, to restore Victorian silks (Crazy Quilts, Log Cabin, etc.).  (?)  I wonder, is this regional or is there a renewed interest in these quilts?  I'd be interested in other restorers comments on this issue.        I'm a mother of two sons, 22 and 19 and a daughter 13.  My husband and I have been married for 25 years.  I have a wonderful  English garden with bird houses, feeders, fountains and arches filled with antique roses and climbing vines of various sorts.  This is my favorite place to be when hand quilting.  I feel truly fortunate to spend every day emersed in quilts and textiles, and couldn't be happier!   Thank you Kris for the opportunity to network with other quilt enthusiasts.    

Victoria Montgomery Quilt Restoration Boise, ID  QRestore @aol.com 

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Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 17:20:17 -0500 From: AJSNGS@aol.com   Okay all you quilting experts...and you ARE experts compared to me!  Can any of you suggest an easy quilt pattern that would be a good "first" quilt?  I'd appreciate any and all suggestions!   

Thanks, Nancy (the rank beginner)   

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Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 18:57:11 -0500 From: QRestore@aol.com        In regards to your question about what quilt design would be easy for beginners.  I would encourage you to challenge yourself to try several different block designs, making one block each.  Which ones were you successful with and had fun piecing?         Many quilters may agree that the basic nine patch design is an easy design to begin with.  Besides being classic, there are dozens of ways to piece a nine patch, on the diagonal, on point, straight, with or without alternating solid blocks etc.  Personally I feel you shoud try what appeals to you and learn as much as you can by reading, taking a class or maybe joining a quilt quild in you area.  Most quilds regularly have workshops that are quite affordable and the relationships you develop there with others will be life long.        One of my favorite books to give as a gift to friends and acquaintances interested in learning to quilt is "Quilter's Complete Guide" by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter.  It's a large beautiful book filled with lots of colored photos and clear, visual instructions.  I  recommend the hard backed book which is a spiral bound copy and can be used over and over as a resource for making serveral block designs, choosing batting, binding techniques and much more.        Don't be afraid to try more difficult and challenging quilt designs, and don't be afraid to fail.  The most important thing is to enjoy the process.  Best of luck to you.   V

ictoria Montgomery QRestore@aol.com 

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Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 18:59:37 -0500 From: SadieRose@aol.com To: QHL@cue.com   Nancy,     I would recommend the classic Nine Patch as a good beginner block.  It was a very common block to teach young girls piecing in the 19th century.  I would make 6" blocks, which would require squares cut 2.5".  Or, you could rotary cut and strip piece, there are lots of good books to teach those methods.  Nine Patch is a fun block, because it can be set so many interesting ways.  And colors can be anything you want....blue and white, antique reproduction prints, Amish....etc.   Liz Porter does a great class and/or lecture called 'The Power of the Nine Patch' .  I have a book called "Nine Patch Wonders"  by Blanche Young and Helen Young Frost, pub.by First Star @1991.  Don't know if it is still available, but I really like it.  Another book is "Nifty Ninepatches" by Carolann M. Palmer, pub by That Patchwork Place, @ 1992.       A good beginner's book, or just all around good reference book, IMHO, is "The Quilter's Complete Guide" by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter.  This is available in hard cover and paperback now....pb is a little easier on the wallet.       For those of you interested in reproduction fabrics, the Vintage & Vogue mail order has had complete collections of the Smithsonian and now the new Shelburne Museum collections, as well as other repros.  You can get fat 1/8's up to yard pieces, one of EVERY print in the collection, and also documentation about each print in the line.  I do my best to support my local quilt shops, but I love to be able to get the entire collection like this.  Most local shops pick and choose the bolts they think will sell best in their area, and can't afford to order in whole collections.  So, I have "treated myself" to fat 1/4s of all of the Smithsonians, etc. then have purchased yardage for borders and backing from the bolts available locally.  V & V has a toll free number, which I didn't remember to give in my previous post: 1-888-My-Attic     (I don't have any affiliation with V & V, just a happy customer).        Must turn this computer off and get some quilting done.  I am half done quilting the "All American Eagle" quilt, from Mimi Dietrich's book "Quilts from the Smithsonian", for a Christmas gift.  Love that book, and also the sequel, "Quilts- An American Legacy".  If you don't have these, you might want to add them to your list!!   (Have to admit, Mimi is a friend of mine, and I have a block in one of the quilts in the Q-AAL book).       Happy Stitching to all,    

Karan   from snowy Iowa, nice cold night to stay in and quilt  

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Date: Fri,  6 Dec 96 00:35:00 GMT From: hooley@genie.com   Hi - My name is Cathy Hooley, I live in upstate NY. I've been quilting for about 6-7 years.  I've recently become interested in antique quilts, primarily from the ones I've seen while searching in books & magazines for quilt ideas.  I love the subtle colors & intricate handwork.  Unfortunately for me I only have one antique quilt that needs some restoration work. I'm anxious to get started on it - just need some fabric.  It was appraised or dated I should say as being made during the 1880's.  Some of the fabric has totally disintegrated, mostly browns & one or two purples & burgandy's.  How hard is it to find fabric from that era?  The restoration itself doesn't seem too bad since I can (I think) use an applique technique to replace the worn squares. I'm interested in learning more about quilt restoration, dating material & appraising antique quilts - so this sounds like the right place.  Thanks Kris for organizing this site. Look forward many interesting discussions. Cathy  

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Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 19:56:37 -0500 From: SadieRose@aol.com 

     Great minds think alike, I guess!!  :)   I sent my message to Nancy, and received Victoria's at the same time.  We had some similar suggestions.     One thing I did not say, which I should have, is that I encourage beginners to start with a smaller project than a bed size quilt.  I'm sure some would disagree with me, but my suggestion is to start with a doll, wall or baby quilt, or maybe "throw" quilt size.  This way, you can try all the techniques on a project that won't take as long to complete.  If you decide after doing a smaller project or two, that you enjoy say, machine piecing and hand quilting, then you can move on to a bed size quilt.      I have taught many new quilters, who took a beginner's class at a shop that started them on sampler blocks for a bed size quilt, then never taught them how to put the blocks together or quilt the top.  These ladies came to me with a ton of guilt...they had spent so much money and time on this pile of blocks, and still had little to show for it.  They only knew how to make more blocks.  The DH was making them miserable wanting to know when they would finish the quilt, etc.  None of this was fun for them!!      So, start with something smaller....try lots of different techniques, until you know which ones you enjoy.  (this could mean making a variety of blocks, and putting them together in a sampler, but on a smaller scale)  Then, make some informed choices when you start a large project.   There are aspects of quiltmaking that are tedious for all of us, but overall, we want to enjoy what we are doing!!   I think that many quilters enjoy the history and "connection" with the past that quilting can provide. Many also agree, that it is easier to start a new project, than to complete an "old" one! Especially if it is large, and drags on because you aren't enjoying it.  Get those little silver needles flying!!  Happy Quilting!!    Karan   (again) 

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Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 20:06:30 -0500 (EST) From: jane stapel <baglady@nauticom.net>   For Nancy..My first thought is a 9 patch.  In colonial days, little girls did not go to school.  Only boys received an education.  Little girls were taught to sew a fine seam..Mother's scrap bags held large pieces and small ones..Mother kept the bigger pieces for herself and the littl girl used what was left..and because they were small pieces and the only ones left..she had to be very exact..not only did she learn to sew a very fine seam, but it was also a lesson in arithmetic, and color combination..this was an easy pattern and would be mostlyu likely a utility quilt..(from one of my lectures HOW QUILT PATTERNS WERE NAMED)..Jane

 

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Excellent idea, Sadie Rose..a sampler class would allow several different and *uncomplicated patterns for an experience in different techniques..you will learn what you Like and  do not like, Nancy..and if it is too small for your liking, *border* it like crazy..good suggestion, Sadie Rose..sometime it would be fun to find out HOW we picked our code names..when we have our first retreat!!  Jane  

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 Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 21:58:41 -0500 From: AJSNGS@aol.com To: QHL@cue.com

Thank you, thank you! for all of the wonderful suggestions for beginners!  All of your information was so interesting and very informative.  I'll be sure to take it all into consideration when the first quilt is begun.  I'm sure I'll be picking your brains for good ideas again soon!   Nancy  

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Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 23:22:41 -0500 From: AJSNGS@aol.com To: QHL@cue.com   

Debby--Hi, thanks for the info. on the Leisure Arts book.  Please let me know the name and stuf

f.  I didn't see that book around town here.  Do you mail out books?  Thanks, Nancy   ------------------------------   

Date: Fri, 6 Dec 1996 06:40:34 -0500 From: AJSNGS@aol.com   Jane,  where in Virginia do you lecture about Blue Ridge Mountain quilts?  I'd love to come to one of your lectures.   Thanks, Nancy   ------------------------------   

Date: Fri, 6 Dec 1996 07:04:27 -0500 From: AJSNGS@aol.com To: QHL@cue.com   Good Morning,   In one of the notices posted, someone mentioned the book "Clues In The Calico" as being a wonderful book on dating quilts.  It is available from The Kirk Collection and their # is 1-800-398-2542.  It costs $39.95.   Also, is this book, "Quilt Restoration: A Practical Guide" by Camille Cognac a good book?  It sounded like it might be for people who have never restored a quilt.  Victoria, I thought you might be able to answer this one!   Thanks!  Nancy  

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Date: Fri, 6 Dec 1996 07:50:21 -0500 (EST) From: jane stapel <baglady@nauticom.net> To: QHL@cuenet.com  

 In reply to you, Nancy, my legal home is Floyd, Va. about 45 miles south of Roanoke and about 45 miles north of Mt Airy, NC.  I am originally from Pittsburgh and sitting there now.  We moved to VA 20 yrs ago, still have our farm there, but because I travel extensivly lecturing to guilds/historical societies/etc..I need a larger airport to work out of.  My lectures are abut quilt how quilt patterns were name.  Some is factual/some is folklore. One story is teh Turkey Track.  It was know before that as Wandering Foot, but did you know that BEFORE that it was a mourning quilt, always done in black and white, and was called TENTS OF KEDAR. Because it was a mourning quilt, it peeked my interest from Meg when she m,entioned HER interest in mourning quilts (a reason this forum is going to be so great!!)anyway, I hope to share more info on my programs with you as we move along. You asked about the Feedsack Club (of which Kris is a member along with 660+ others) so you can tell your friend to contact us and we will be msot happy to welcome her.  For info on joining, check my web site at http://www.his.com/~queenb/feedsack.html> let me know if you have any problem accessing it.  Teh Feedsack Club is a hobby for my publisher, Anna Eelman, and myself.  We take nothing from the club.  We are an informational group who buys/sells/trades/collects/exhibits/researches feedsacks and their history..I'd like to mention also that if in restoration you need feedsacks..they are available..Most of my lectures are for guilds, womens's groups, museums, historical societies, educational systems, etc..we are always looking for ways to let people know we exist.  We have a convention each April in Lancaster, Pa at the same time as QHC..where are you in VA? If close enough, come and see us..we have many members thru out the country and not all can get to Pa for one reason or another, so next year we will GO TO THEM..We will be in MI., Tn, Dillsburg, Pa, and MAYBE CA..if not in '97 for CA. definetly in '98.  I am so excited about Kris's forum because there will be so much info that my membership wioll be able to read about in our newsletter.  And this will be a good time to ask..if any of you post material of interest, do you prefer I email you or ask on the forum, if I have your permission to print it, giving FULL credit as to who and wher it came from? Or can I print it giving FULL credit as to who and where, without requesting permission..and YOU, the source, will receive THAT issue of our switches 'n swatches..thank you for asking, nancy..if it is acceptable, I can always post where I will be..incase I am in your back yard.  And I inturn will be hapy to know where any of YOU will be..since I pay my own airfare..I can go just about ANYWHERE..Jane  

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Date: Fri, 6 Dec 1996 08:22:57 -0500 From: AJSNGS@aol.com To: QHL@cue.com   

Jane, thanks for your answer!  I think you and I have a good chance of meeting up in person!  I live in Fredericksburg, VA, but I am married to a man who LOVES the Pennsylvania Railroad and collects their memorabilia.  He will drop everything to go to the Pittsburg area, and any other place that was on the PRR.  We usually go through Pittsburg at least once a year, and love to antique in that area.  Also, we go to Lancaster, PA at least once a year, although next year we are going in October--not April.  You can e-mail me directly at AJSNGS@aol.com anytime, especially if you are going to be lecturing anywhere in Virginia.    Thanks again!    

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Date: Fri, 6 Dec 1996 08:37:48 -0500 (EST) From: aardvark@ime.net (A.A. Harkavy) To: QHL@cue.com   

Good morning from Maine, where it's about to snow.   I've been quilting since the 70's and am fascinated by but not terribly knowledgable about antique quilts.  Have done a lot of reading on quilt history and am particularly interested in the history of quilted bed covers and garments as it pertains to all cultures in which such items are found.   Personal data:  Married to a man who understands about the fabric collection and never complains.  We share our home with two dogs -- Isaac, a 2-year-old Irish wolfhound who weighs about 200 pounds; and Boswell, a six-month-old briard.  Kids are 24 (daughter, doing grad work at Purdue), and 25 (son, economist who does statistical modeling and forecasting of Pacific rim economies).   Addy Harkavy   

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Date: Fri, 6 Dec 1996 09:06:56 -0500 (EST) From: jane stapel <baglady@nauticom.net> To: QHL@cuenet.com     I am happy to see Addy here.  Addy, your posts on other digests have been informative so another addition for sources.  Welcome, Jane  

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Date: Fri, 06 Dec 1996 08:41:48 -0500 From: "Perry C. Trimble" <trimblep@indy.net> To: QHL@cuenet.com  

   Hi!  I guess I'd better introduce myself.  My name is Marilyn Trimble and I live in Indianapolis, previously in Phoenix, previously in Atlanta, previously in Tampa, previously in Seoul, Korea, previously in Washington, DC, previously in London, England, previously in Long Beach, previously I wasn't married to a navy guy and lived in St. Louis!  I'm 47, we've been married 23 years and have a set of twin boys, now 18, who are absolutely dynamite kids.    I have absolutely no expertise in any of the topics here so I will probably never contribute anything worthwhile, but I had to write to tell you how fascinating I've found the various discussions, particularly with regards to the origination of quilt pattern names.  I love the old patterns and while everyone else I know is doing new and modern variations of old themes, I just keep choosing the straight old stuff (currently working on Rolling Stone and Wind Blown Square tops - in unbleached muslin and plaids, no less!).  So, many thanks to Kris for starting the list, and many thanks to all of you for my further willing education in a field that I love.   

Marilyn trimblep@indy.net

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 Date: Fri, 6 Dec 1996 07:28:49 PST From: janbrummond@juno.com To: QHL@cuenet.com     Hi all.. I'm Jan Brummond from Denver, CO, and have loved quilts for as long as I can remember.  I believe my first exposure to quilts was at about 5, when my mother was helping my sister make a Sunbonnet Sue block.  The block was to be made, and $$ put under the skirt.  Not sure which fasinated me the most, the block or the $$.  In  the mid 70's I began collecting quilt books and started a scrap quilt using a pinwheel block, and decided all the piecing should be hand sewn.  I completed about 20 blocks before they went into a box, and concentrated on rasing my two girls, now 19 & 20.  I did hand quilt a top my grandmother had made during this time.  Took me 10 years, but is now one of my prized possessions.  Maybe I can even get back to my pinwheel project.    I love all aspects of quilting, and want to learn more on history, etc. I have been buying quilt tops at antique stores and collectors fairs, but have no idea on how old they are.  I'm also interested in learning more about feedsacks.  Am excited to be in the group.      

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Date: Fri, 6 Dec 1996 09:18:11 -0500 (EST) From: jane stapel <baglady@nauticom.net> To: QHL@cuenet.com     

In reply to Julie about the exhibits of the Feedsack Club..as a member of the club, you can request items for setting up an exhibit for your guild/quilt show, etc..as long as you take the responsibility of the items, and their safe return, it is free except for postage and insurance.  Jane   ------------------------------   

Date: Fri, 6 Dec 1996 09:39:08 -0500 From: QRestore@aol.com To: QHL@cue.com     

Nancy;        Camille's book is very good, there will be a new one, called "Quilt & Textile Restoration" coming out soon, not sure when.  Camille suggests you take her book to the printer and have them cut the binding and have them hole punched it, this allows you to use it as a reference book.   Victoria   ------------------------------   

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Date: Fri, 6 Dec 1996 09:55:58 -0500 From: QuiltFixer@aol.com To: QHL@cuenet.com   May I introduce myself?  My name is Toni Baumgard and I am so happy to be a charter member of this group!  I repair and restore quilts, quilt my own, collect antique tops, vintage fabric, quilts, blocks, current fabric, the list is endless!   I am a happy Grandma who is married to a nice man named Charles.  I live with two cats whose names are Millie the Cat and Minnie the "little bit".  Millie and Minnie run the house.  I live in No. Calif. in a town called Scotts Valley.   I belong to a quilt guild, a small quilt group, a needlework guild, an on-line guild and am a member of the Quilt Restoration Society.  I am also a member and volunteer of the American Quilt Museum.  I do volunteer work on the museum's collection.    I am constantly striving to increase my knowledge of vintage quilts and to learn new and better ways to restore them.  I hope I may share some of my knowledge and, in turn, learn from the members.  I have always found the people involved with quilts make the most wonderful and loyal friends and I look forward to expanding my circle of friends here.   QuiltFixer@aol.com       Date: Fri, 6 Dec 1996 09:19:51 -0600 From: "Carol R. Walton" carol@lim.com >   Hello from Austin, Texas where today's temperature is supposed to hover in the mid-seventies.  (READ:Just a little snow envy, Addy)   I've been quilting for about seven years.  I'm a lurker by nature and will probably remain so unless I have something unique to contribute.  I have been married for over 23 years and have two wonderful children, a daughter 7, and a son 3.  I'm employed as a software engineer at a financial database company.   I joined this group after recently developing an interest in old quilts. Like many of you, I have seen many quilts and tops in antique shops and have wondered about their age and history.  I took a class from a member of the Boxes Under The Bed committee (Kathleen McCrady) on dating quilts and fabrics and came away with just enough knowledge to encourage me to learn more.  When I went to the International Quilt Festival in Houston this year, I was impressed with the huge number of old quilts and tops that were for sale.  I bought a red and green four block Princess Feather quilt top that is in excellent condition except for some water stains.  It's estimated to have been made in the 1870's. I am going to seek Kathleen's professional advice about preserving this heirloom and what steps I need to take so that I can display it in my home.   I'm interested in suggestions for good books on restoration and dating of quilts.   Carol Walton carol@lim.com  

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