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Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 01:37:24 -0500 From: Jennifer Perkins <qltrstore@harlannet.com> To: Have been waiting for the details on the Quilt Heritage Conference in Omaha, and I see that they have been added to the website tonight. Hope to see lots of old friends there! http://www.quiltheritage.com/ Jennifer in Iowa -


Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 10:17:45 -0400 From: "Jo Williams"

I'm new to this e-mail list and am hoping you can help me with 2 things.  I've just started an antique business and a nice collection of vintage  quilts. Along with my booth at an antique mall, I am doing some antique  shows and I'm looking for a portable quilt rack to display lots of  quilts. I'm currently using a portable garment rack, which works OK,  but doesn't really show off the quilts. Anyone find something that  works really well? Also, my homeowner's insurance will not cover my quilts away from my  house. Can you tell me where I can get insurance to cover my quilts  while they are displayed at shows??? Thanks for any advice -- Jo Williams ------


Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 20:21:16 -0400 From: Palampore@aol.com To: QHL@cuenet.com Subject: news 

If you take Newsweek look at the May 27, 2002 issue. Go to pages 56-57 to see an incredible graphic of "computer experiments called 'cellular automata'. It says it "can generate complicated and unpredictable patterns begininning with simple rules...." It is a fascinating article, and I love the "quilt" this man has created! This would be a great pattern to transfer into a quilt since it is considered a ground breaking concept. Wish I had time.... Moving furniture to our beach house, going to eye doc, working on a leather bomber jacket lining, etc. but will try to get pics of the quilts from NY on the Internet by tomorrow. Take care, Lynn Lancaster Gorges, New Bern, NC -


Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 21:10:30 -0400 From: Pilar Donoso <

I was looking for informaion about Sunbonnet Sue, and I found your page.  I am a History teacher in Chile (6 years University), but I went to  live in California and dedicated my life to Quiltmaking. I came back to  Chile after 20 years in USA, and oppened my Quilting store in Santiago  Chile, 4 years ago. I am teaching Quiltmaking, selling fabrics and  notions, with the big responsibility to start developing the knwoledge  of this art in my country.  I did a couple speeches at the Sheraton Hotel here in Chile,about the  History of Quiltmaking, but I dontB4t think I know enough, and I would  like to learn more. What a better way to mix both passions!!. Two  weeks ago I was challenge to start teaching Quiltmaking in Cable TV,  alive, (nerve recking experience) and my next class is a Sunbonnet Sue.  I read a very good article about the history of Sunbonnet Sue in a  QuilterB4s Newsletter Magazine, but of course I cannot find it now. I appreciate if you could tell me where to go. I sign this morning about 6 A.M. and I hope I sign to received all  mesages at once. If I make a mistake, please tell me what to do Thanks a lot. Pilar Pilar Donoso I. Santiago, CHILE quiltpd@entelchile.net --

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Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 20:48:48 -0700 From: "Laurie Magee & Tom 

There is a book called "The Sunbonnet Family of Quilt Patterns" by Delores Hinson. It is probably not in print any more but I happen to have two copies. If you send me an address, I will send a copy to you. Laurie 



Date: Sat, 25 May 2002 07:29:20 -0400 From: Angela Moller

Hi All,

I am a newbie both to this list and to quilt restoration. I got the "bug" for old quilts when I purchased a few on ebay and decided I would love to restore some of them. BUT although I am a pretty good quilter, I know nothing about old quilts, dating fabrics, restoration techniques.

I would love to attend this conference and i'm looking for some advice from you pros on whether this conference is appropriate for me and which classes I should attend. Also, is there scholarship money available to partially finance this adventure/education?

Thanks for your advice.



Date: Sat, 25 May 2002 10:55:08 -0400 From: "Dee Stark"

Sally asked:

> When is an ethnic symbol an ethnic symbol and not just a 'traditional > pattern'?

I think the difference is when it is meaningful primarily to one ethnic group, before it is incorporated/adopted by society at large.

I've been fascinated the last 4 years studying the signs and symbols used on crazy quilts - and yes, one of these days I WILL actually publish. <vbg>

The evolution of meaning, and the cultural differences of meaning, are striking in some cases. If you think of symbols (which differ from signs in that a symbol tends to encompass a larger or ambiguous concept) as visual shorthand, you can understand how interpretation changes over time as the society out of its creation changes too.

You can't really look at signs & symbols without looking deeply at the culture utilizing them.....and that has been what has been sucking me deeper and deeper into my research. Specifically, with the crazy quilts typically produced from 1875 - 1900, not only do I need to understand American middle class culture, but the Asian influence that was affecting every area of the decorative arts at the time. Not only do I need to understand from my perspective - looking back - but I need to try to get in the heads of the women of the time and think about what they knew and when they knew it.

The cool thing about any item of material culture is that although it may stand on its own as a work of art - pleasing aesthetically and significant for other reasons - it is always a unique object that fixes the culmatination of the maker's experience at a specific point in time.

I'm looking forward to reading the book on the African American Signs & Symbols - but it is going to have to wait for a month or so ;-)

dee www.deestark.com


Date: Sat, 25 May 2002 09:23:43 -0700 From: "Leah Zeiber"

Hi to all, I am interested in taking a look a book that was mentioned on  QHL - "The Employments of Women: A Cyclopaedia of Woman's Work," by  Virginia Penny and printed in Boston in 1863." If anyone knows where I  can get my hands on a copy, please post.

Thanks (PS - I have tried many of the out of print book searches on the  internet with no success.)


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