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Date: Sat, 6 Apr 2002 02:27:53 -0500 From: seater@mindspring.com To: <louisejburford@hotmail.com> 

Dear Louise, Thank you very much for your info on washing, or I should say, not washing kimonos. The first thing I said to my husband when our daughter's email request came in was, "I have a feeling one is never supposed to wash a kimono. I think you unsew them or something..." So I'm glad I asked and you responded so quickly! I love this group.

But to avoid embarrassing my daughter I should have made clear that these kimonos are not part of the wonderful Far Eastern collections at the museum founded by the first sea captains to trade with Japan. These in question are costume/props for interpretation classes and re-enactments for visitors.

Susan in Raleigh NC where the pine and oak pollen make all the outside world yellow.

Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2002 13:13:03 -0700 From: Judy Knorr <jknorr@optonline.net> To: QHL@cuenet.com Subject: 

I just returned from the Quilter's Heritage Show in Lancaster, PA yesterday. We made a special side trip on our way home to visit the quilt display at the Schwenkfelder Museum in Pennsburg, PA. A special thanks for posting information about this show on this list. It was well worth the trip. A lovely display of 25 quilts in a beautiful museum. I loved the little doll quilt and the crib quilts, but was amazed at the variety of bed size quilts owned by this small museum. The quilts are displayed so that you can examine them (with your eyes, of course) very closely. Pictures are allowed to be taken. What a treat to see these quilts "up close"! This display is open until the end of August and a variety of activities are scheduled around it. It would be a great destination for anyone who loves exploring the backroads and seeing the beautiful countryside in southeastern PA. Thanks again for an hour well spent! Judy Knorr (who drove there through a late spring snow shower!!)


Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2002 14:43:10 -0700 From: Pat Crook <dc.paga@gte.net> To: QHL@cuenet.com Subject: QHL - 

Hi Everyone! I'm new to the group and also a novice quilter. I am curious about the origin (if any) for basic blocks like the Rail Fence? I'm writing a column about the historical roots of traditional blocks. Can anyone help me with more info -- or -- suggest other blocks for beginners that have historical origins or other names? (That is the theme of this article.) Many thanks in advance! Hugs, Pat


Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2002 16:51:26 CST From: jocelynm@delphiforums.com To: dc.paga@gte.net Cc: 

On Sun, 07 Apr 2002 14:43:10 -0700 Pat Crook wrote:

> Hi Everyone! > I'm new to the group and also a novice quilter. I am curious about the > origin (if any) for basic blocks like the Rail Fence?

Pat, Apparently, a lot of the basic blocks were 'discovered' by quilters all over the place, and named by the quilter(s) in that area. When my mother was a girl, there was an elderly lady in the neighborhood who was known as being the expert on gardening. One day, someone asked her the name of a particular bush, and she had a lapse of memory. Instead of saying so, she playfully said, 'That's a Johnny Bush.' Well, her listener took her seriously, and started calling it a Johnny Bush, because after all, Miss Whomever had said it was, and she knew everything about gardening! <G> So locally, lantana bushes are called Johnny Bushes. Quilt blocks were probably named after the were made (that is, rather than saying, 'I want to make a quilt called Rail Fence. Now, what should it look like?') so it depended upon the maker and her friends- What do you call it, Susan?; Well, I don't know, I was thinking Zigzag, maybe.' 'Looks more like a rail fence to me.'

Brackman's Encyclopedia of quilt patterns (don't remember the precise name) lists several blocks that had different names in different parts of the country. Political names especially had regional differences; a Southern woman would NEVER have made a Lincoln's Platform block. :) But she might have made that design and called it something else, possibly unaware that in the North, it honored Mr. Lincoln. The late 19th century, with women's magazines, did a lot for making standardized names, as of course did the Mountain Mist quilt batting with a pattern attached and a catalog you could send for.



Date: Sun, 7 Apr 2002 21:52:31 EDT From: Palampore@aol.com 

I am still researching the paper lined quilt. I lost the emails from the 2 people who sent me info. on the family tree of these folks. I need you to email me again and identify yourself. I apologize for any inconvenience. I need to know where this info. came from to help the person in TX who has been tracing this family. I found her on the Genforum. She is very excited to find something from this family. Still no idea why they lined the quilt with batting and newspapers from Rochester, NY. One paper is from 1869 and another 1868. Haven't the heart to take it all apart to see if there are more.

good night, Lynn in New Bern, NC


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