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Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2002 18:44:43 -0500
From: Marcia Kaylakie <marciark@ev1.net>

This question came to me over Quiltnet and I asked permission of the 
to send it on in hopes you might give her some good guidance. 

>A question has come up regarding our guild's challenge this year 
which I 
>thought I would present to my Quiltnet "authorities" for some 
>For our challenge this year, we are able to purchase a printed 
fabric flag 
>(one of the Daisy Kingdom fabrics with 6 flags/yard, being sold to 
>individually) with instructions to create an item for display at our 
>September meeting with 3 winners chosen and all quilts shown at the 
>quilt show. Although these flags are printed to resemble Old Glory, 
>are not to scale, the stars being out of proportion and the stripes 
to the 
>right of the flag not as long as the official flag.
>The question is whether or not it is o.k. to cut this flag to use in 
>item for entry into the challenge (for example, one person would 
like to 
>make a shield shape for placement on an eagle, etc.). The debate is 
>whether or not a "flag like" piece of fabric is o.k. to cut or 
because it 
>resembles the flag it should not be.
>I seem to remember a similar debate when Willie Nelson wore a "flag" 
>which was quieted when pictures appeared of Roy Rogers and Dale 
>wearing similar ones! Presumably, all entries will be respectful 
>the flag, but before we proceed further I'd be interested to know 
>proper etiquette.
>Thanks for your input!
>Donna, in Sonora, CA

Marcia Kaylakie, AQS Certified Appraiser


Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2002 15:13:29 -0400
From: Kittencat3@aol.com

I don't remember the author, but "The Feminization of American 
Culture" was a pioneering look at the women's magazines and their 
contribution to 19th century domestic culture.

Lisa Evans


Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002 22:51:10 -0400
From: Mary Beth Goodman <mgoodman@quiltr.com>

>Hi Everyone--
>Has anyone noticed if there is a category developing for restored
>quilts yet in quilt shows? I have not seen this locally. I've 
>on two 30s quilts intensively now, and a 60s kit, and am now working 
>a duplication, and have others in the wings. I realize these quilts
>cannot be compared to "new" quilts in judging, yet they aren't 
>strictly "antique" when restored. I think they might deserve a 
>category. Any thoughts? We seem to have a few more people 
>interest in restorations each quilt show season.
>Nancy (in rainy Michigan)

Hi Nancy

I don't think we'd have a problem judging this sort of quilt at our 
show. You would enter it as a group quilt since you and someone else 
worked on it.

You've given me an opportunity to say that the entry deadline for 
NYQuilts! quilt show is fast upon us - April 15th. We welcome all 
kinds of quilts and use a point system which rewards each quilt on an 
individual basis. You can get complete information and the forms you 
need to enter quilts and take classes at our web site. (questions or 
problems, please contact me off list)

Also as an aside, we'll be hosting the "AMERICA: From the Heart" 
touring quilts. These 125 quilts debuted at Houston last November, 
being made in the period between September 11th and the end of 
October. I'm quite honored to be displaying them at NYQuilts! and 
feel they represent the best of what quilts have always been - a way 
to express our emotions and thoughts. I hope you'll be able to take 
this opportunity to see them.

Mary Beth Goodman, Coordinator
Quilts, vendors, lectures, classes!
June 8-9, 2002
Russell Sage College, Troy NY


Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 00:44:00 EDT
From: KareQuilt@aol.com

Dear QHLers,

Someone on our list shared our discussion concerning the painted 
quilt currently on eBay with the owner/seller of the quilt. The owner 
contacted me, I suppose because I had shown some interest in the 
quilt on 
this List. He asked if I would share this additional information 
about the 
quilt with the whole List. In the interest of clarification on the 
of the quilt, I pass his note on to the rest of you. I have not bid 
on this 
quilt nor do I plan to. It is already well out of my price range. 
However, I 
am definitely very interested in its provenance. The seller's email 
Karen Alexander

Date: 4/9/02 8:07:23 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Anthers
To: KareQuilt

Hello. My name is Steve McKinney. I have been a dealer in quilts 
antique textiles for over twenty years. A member of your quilt 
discussion List emailed me yesterday to tell me that the New York 
quilt that I have up for auction on Ebay has been "challenged" by a 
member of 
your List and I would like to this opportunity to tell the real 

This quilt has never been repaired or restored by anyone. It is just 
as I 
found it when I purchased it during the set up of an antiques show in 
York. The "picker" that I purchased it from had just found it in the 
of a prominent New York family. 

Another dealer saw the quilt just before I did, and in an attempt to 
get a 
better price from the seller, temporarily walked away from it. When 
walked away I rushed in and purchased the quilt immediately. I 
folded it up 
and put it under my table. Needless to say, when the dealer returned 
to buy 
the quilt, it had already been sold. I have not exhibited this 
quilt at 
any antiques or quilt show, and I have not offered it for sale 
privately to 
any individual collector or dealer.

I do not know why this person would claim that the faces in the quilt 
"gone". They are in very good condition considering the medium 
(silk) used 
for their applique. A few of the faces have some splits and two have 
minor flakes, but I feel that the quilt is in remarkable condition 
for its 

The only thing that I have done to the quilt is to have it 
mounted on acid free cotton which has been stretched over a wooden 
frame. Nothing more.

I wish I knew more about the history of the quilt. The "picker" 
would not 
tell me the name of the family from which it descended. I imagine 
there were 
more things in the estate and he did not want to reveal a valuable 
But, perhaps, two years later, I could persuade him to provide more 
information. I will see.

If any of you have questions or comments on the quilt I would be more 
happy to hear from you. My email address is: antikers@aol.com.



<<end of Steve's email to me>>

Karen Alexander


Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002 23:50:01 -0500
From: "Carol Butzke" <butzke@nconnect.net>

For many years the National Quilting Association Show has sponsored a
category called Capitol Hill at their yearly national show. It is 
for "tops
or blocks begun prior to 1950 by someone other than the entrant and
completed by the entrant within the last five years; shortest side 
must be
at least 60". This is an exhibit category only and not judged in the

If you are interested in entering this year's show in Charlotte, NC 
entries will be taken until May 1st. Information can be found at the 
website at: www.NQAQuilts.org/charlotte

Carol Butzke
NQA Show Judging Coordinator


Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 09:42:08 -0400
From: Angela Kryhul <angelakryhul@sympatico.ca>
Hello to all of you.

I'm new to this list, so please let me introduce myself.

My name is Angela Kryhul and I am so pleased to have found this forum
and so many resources associated with quilt history.

My interest in quilts goes back almost 20 years. While I enjoy making
projects (my average is one quilt every 2 or 3 years), I'm more of a
"quilt groupie" meaning I like to hang around with quilters, read
quilting books, attend shows and spend hours on the Internet at quilt

I live in Toronto and my background is as a business journalist. I'm 
a point in my life where I want to transition my skills into the 
areas I
love-quilt history, textiles and women's domestic history.

My goal is to make a career out of studying quilts and domestic 
and I'd like your help. How have you managed to make a career in this
area? Did you take any special courses? If so, which ones and where?
(Are any available by correspondence, including the Internet?) Did 
cobble together a career for yourself or is there a college or
university that can offer me some guidance in this area? Are you
associated with a corporation that makes quilting supplies? Which 
or historical associations did you join? Which shows are a "must" to

Thanks so much for any help you can provide.

Angela (in sunny Toronto)


Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 10:04:50 EDT
From: KareQuilt@aol.com

This question would be an excellent way for many on this List to give 
us a 
thumb nail history of their own endeavors! These thumb nail sketches 
then become important snippets of history themselves for future 
historians as 
they research and write the history of quilting of the later part of 
the 20th 
century! Come on guys and gals. Add to history and share your 
stories! I 
don't make a living at it. It's simply my avocation and passion, 
though I am 
now (as of 2002) paid for speaking, ....but it will never support 
even my 
book habit!....let alone by quilt collecting habit! 

<<is there a college or university that can offer me some guidance in 
area? >>

Angela, you need to get in touch with the International Quilt Study 
They offer an excellent graduate program. Patricia Crews is the 

Patricia Cox Crews, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
International Quilt Study Center
Dept. of Textiles, Clothing & Design
P. O. Box 830838
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0802
Phone: 402-472-6342
Fax: 402-472-0640

Good luck!

Karen Alexander


Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 11:42:42 -0500
From: "Jennifer Van Haaften" <jasvanhaaften@hotmail.com>

>The new issue of VICTORIA magazine (May 2002)has an
>articled titled "Could you be a pioneer?" by
>Elizabeth Clair Flood, which tells about a PBS show
>THE FRONTIER HOUSE which is to air April 29 to May 1.
>This series took three families and set them up to
>live from May to October as Montana pioneers
>circa 1883 would have. Quoting Adrienne Clune,
>the mother of one of the families "My expectations
>were so far from the reality, I dreamed about having
>all this time to do quilting and enjoy the
> "For Adrienne, work was unceasing. Just doing
>the laundry took 2 days a week. An accomplished
>seamstress and a fine gourmet cook, she struggled
>to prepare two full meals a day."
> "I love to cook, but when you have to make
>three hundred meals without a break, that is tough."
> I am sure that our romanticized version of what it
>was like to live in the 1800s is very different from
>the realities of the times. Isn't it amazing that
>these women (and men) found time/ made time to create
>functional beauty in the form of quilts, to keep
>their families warm, to keep their hopes alive, and
>to leave for us to know a little bit about them.
>Hope this is on Iowa's public station!!

Yes, all that work should give a us a renewed respect for women 
living in 
the past. However, we need to also remember that they didn't know 
what we 
know now. They didn't know any different and didn't grow up any 
Imagine if you'd been helping your mother with various chores around 
household since you were four, five or six in the 19th century. You'd 
increasing responsibility as you got older and would be expected to 
know how 
to cook from scratch, though you could probably use recipes. You 
would have 
learned how to butcher and dress poultry, along with other young 
women in 
your family. You'd learn from your mother, grandmother and aunts how 
manage your house using what you had. If Adrienne and her family had 
grown up in that environment, they would have probably had a better 
grasp on 
things and the ability to find more time to make things work and not 
be so 
exhausted. Being more familiar with that way of life could have made 
easier for them to find time to quilt, read, or sew clothes.

Cooking on gas or electric ranges is not like hearth or woodstove 
Using cast iron reguarly for pots and pans is a physical strain. I 
would say 
our female ancestors were much more fit than we are. So for Adrienne, 
considered a good cook, she would need to relearn the whole process, 
have to keep it up for the months they were out there. I am sure it 
is not 
easy. I have worked at a few different living history sites and have 
the "knack" to cooking in these different methods as well as using 
recipes. But I would say I didn't feel confident until a few months 
working at those places. It was kind of like being the daughter, 
from the experienced interpreters how to manage the kitchen.

I think getting right in there and doing is an interesting way to 
about history. I would suggest any of you "would be pioneers" try 
volunteering at a living history site. It gives you the "experience" 
and an 
idea of what our ancestors dealt with and you can have a lot of fun 
share your historical knowledge with others. It also could give you 
opportunity to share quilting lore, facts, and techniques form the 
Though it is never really a true picture of life in the past in my 
Because at the end of the day, you get to go home to cold showers, 
conditioning and can microwave your supper if you feel like it.

I would have loved to try the Frontier House to get a more complete 
day in, 
day out idea of living the 19th century way, but I know, at the end 
of the 
day, I am glad to have the technology I have to use to make my own 
life the 
way I want it to be. I have a greater access to information and new 
that I may never have had in the past. Like the toughness of life in 
19th century, there are some good and some bad things about life now. 
someday our granddaughters and great-granddaughters will exclaim 
about how 
hard our life was and wasn't it too bad that we didn't have all the 
conveniences they have.

:) I have the Frontier House air time on my calendar. The most 
thing to me is, those families spent 6 months out there in Montana 
and they 
condensed it down into 6 hours of television. Life in a nutshell--the 

Jennifer Van Haaften
In Chicago Suburbia


Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 15:17:32 -0700
From: donbeld <donbeld@pacbell.net>

Hi Gaye, One the most interesting and delightful series I have read 
relates to quilts and frontier women is a a collections of diary 
entries of
women who settle the prairie states in the 1830-60's written by Linda 
Hubalek. They ae titled: Thimble of Soil, A women's quest for land; 
of Thread, a women's westward journey; and Stitch of Courage, a 
fight for freedom. These diary entries tell of the times and 
problems of
frontier life and the quilting that goes with them. Many of the 
blocks are
named with "early" names which means that they are often called 
things like
"Grandmother's Favorite, Sister's Choice", etc.

An example of the writing: "I shivered when Deborah told me how Ann 
died of
consumption on a cold winter day. They buried her in a quilt she had 
finished. My first thought was that it was a waste of needed 
bedding, since
a dead person doesn't need a blanket. Deborah explained that it was 
wedding quilt that she labored on before she died, and she could bear 
two to be apart. I understood because I tucked special items in my
children's caskets. Even when the person is dead, we still want to 
them." Thimble of Soil, page 56.

A quilt store in Littleton, Colorado (is it okay to give their name? 
Expressions! puts out a block of the month every year that I have
participated in since 1996, and these books were the bases for the 
quilt. For those of you who have seen it, they are the originators 
"Women's Voices" quilt.

Either way, the books are great reading. Don Beld


Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 17:31:19 -0700
From: donbeld <donbeld@pacbell.net>

Hi, I just had to share that I have seen the five pre-Civil War 
quilts that
we are going to be able to show in our quilt show next month. These 
are the
quilts that were allegedly set on fire by Sherman in his March to the 
during the Civil War in South Carolina.

The family story (they have owned this plantation since it was given 
to them
by George III in 1755) is that there were 27 other quilts that 
Sherman took
with him for "horse blankets". What a loss!

As best I can tell--remember I am not certified or an expert, just a
fascinated amateur-three of the quilts are 1830-40 and two are 
There two that are identical that the family says are called Fig 
haven't found the pattern in a book yet. One of them is the quilt 
that is
burnt from the Sherman incident. They are appliqued with green and 
fabrics (large prints). There is one nine patch 1850's, one that 
they call
Drunkard's Path, but isn't--it looks like a different version of 
Peter to Pay Paul, and one they call Sun Burst that is a pieced 
Plate kind of design with a round center and eight pedals. I think t 
Sunflower. Anyway three are in excellent condition and are wonderful 
see. Don Beld

Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 09:55:25 -0400
From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com>

George and Henry Landis were brothers who collected the artifacts 
Lancaster Co., PA. In 1925 they opened a museum on their home farm 
exhibited the thousands of items they collected. This was the 
beginning of
the Landis Valley Museum now administered by the PA Historical and 
Commission. For the first time the museum's quilts are being 
exhibited, but
you have to be quick. The exhibition ends on April 21.
I went to Landis Valley last Friday expecting to see typical PA 
quilts. I did and much more. In addition to 30 quilts there is a 
array of sewing notions, but the quilts... It was like a ticket to 
Baba's cave!
Lots of PA German of the highest quality: a Sawtooth Diamond in 
yellow set against Lancaster blue, a red and green Double Irish Chain 
on a
cheddar background, dark green Fleur de Lis on red, lots of the 
backs I always hope to find on PA German quilts (some constructed of 
strips, others whole cloth of fabulous prints), a four block Coxcomb 
turkey red and poison green with reverse applique and a vine border 
stuffed grapes.
The surprises were even more exciting: Rob Peter to Pay Paul in 
green and chrome yellow with a wide border of a sophisticated indigo 
white large-scale floral print, repeat block quilts with wide chintz
borders, a Friendship Album from New Jersey dated 1842-45 with 
applique and chintz applique blocks.
For once I can do more than just tantalize you. There is a 40 
catalogue of the exhibit with full page photos of all the quilts and
captions by Patricia Herr. It is available for $13.95 from the 
store, www.landisvalleymuseum.org. . The store manager is Shelby 
Chunko and
the assistant manager is Linda Siems. Phone (717) 569-9312. Email:
weathervane@supernet.com. If you're interested don't wait. This is 
to sell out.
The Quilters Heritage Show was at its usual standard of 
excellence. For
the first time in ages I stayed until it closed on Sunday and decided 
is the day to see the show. The crowds were gone!
Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 14:27:03 -0500
From: "Steve and Jean Loken" <sandjloken@worldnet.att.net>

Marcia and group,
I have read that the only item that must be respected according to 
the flag
etiquette rules are actual flags that fly on poles. Representations 
flags, ie. fabrics, shirts, and even the tiny flags held at parades, 
may be
treated in any way you wish, and may be discarded in the trash. The 
are made or kept by veteran's organizations, mainly American Legion, 
their web sites often have the rules written out. But, of course, 
they don't
think about sewing when they print the rules.
Jean in rainy Minnesota


Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 15:58:40 -0400
From: "Gibson, Nancy" <ngibson@dar.org>

For the Fag code go to the DAR website at www.dar.org. Click on the 
side of the page "President General Salutes Patriotism." go to the 
Code. Everything you need to know will be there.

Nancy Gibson
Curator of Textiles/Public Affairs specialist
DAR Museum

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve and Jean Loken [SMTP:sandjloken@worldnet.att.net]
> Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2002 3:27 PM
> To: marciark@ev1.net; qhL@cuenet.com
> Subject: QHL: flag etiquette

> Marcia and group,
> I have read that the only item that must be respected according to 
> flag
> etiquette rules are actual flags that fly on poles. Representations 
> flags, ie. fabrics, shirts, and even the tiny flags held at 
parades, may
> be
> treated in any way you wish, and may be discarded in the trash. The 
> are made or kept by veteran's organizations, mainly American 
Legion, and
> their web sites often have the rules written out. But, of course, 
> don't
> think about sewing when they print the rules.
> Jean in rainy Minnesota


Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002 21:12:57 -0400 From: "Cinda Cawley" 

Yes, Aunt Jane is a fictional character (and I make that clear when I quote from the book), but she says, in a memorable fashion, exactly what I want to get across. On p. 147 of The Age of Homespun Laurel Thatcher Ulrich ends the chapter called "A Bed Rug and a Silk Embroidery" with these words, "Prudence and Betty were both strong women. Their memories survive because they had ego enough to sign their work and because their descendants cherished the fragmetary writing and the stitchery they produced in their youth." GO Prudence and Betty!!!!!!! Cinda on the Eastern Shore


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