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Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2002 07:47:29 EDT From: KareQuilt@aol.com To: 
What other quilt related Boards do members of this group either actively participate in or at least "read." I am not referring to H-Quilt (the AQSG) Board, the ArtQuilt Board or the British Quilt Study Group, but other Boards that may have a more "general" quilting interest. I am curious about how much "intramural" sharing is going on back and forth between all the Boards. <g> 
Where are you finding "pockets" of information that you check regularly? Do you have other quilt-related Internet archives that you check regularly? Do you find yourself sharing with us what you find at these other sites? Do many here participate in or read the AOL quilt postings? etc. Another question somewhat along that same line: How many of you have a Quilt Guild related on-line newsletter that gives you more info than just what your next program is about like we have here in Northern Virginia via Quilters Unlimited? Karen Alexander
Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2002 10:28:44 -0500 From: "Steve and Jean Loken" 
Sorry, guys, I had the book (actually more of a catalog) deep in my unpacked box. It should have occured to me that the info was on the book itself. The title is Palette, Pieces and Patterns: A Comparison of Indiana and Ohio Amish Quilts. Kathleen McLary, forward by Henry Adams; Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St. Indianapolis IN 46204. Phone: 317-232-1637. E-mail: www.indianamuseum.org I'm not sure if that is the new addy, but they surely kept their phone # and will probably forward mail. Jean in MN
Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 23:39:47 EDT From: RPLQuilts@aol.com

I saw your question about what makes us buy a quilt. For me the quilt does seem to talk to me. Color and design strikes me first. I am drawn to the jewel tones, Then I am drawn to the fabric and I must touch it. I'm sure it goes without saying quilters are tactile people. I love the history of quiltmaking almost as much as I love the quilts.

 So if I've been studing a certain time period I will notice those quilts first. One thing I'm sure that has happened to many quilters who are collectors is you purchase a quilt because the color or colors have made you do that spontaneous OOOhhhh. Soon you realize you've collected several quilts that have the same color or colors. It can be a bit surprizing to notice those quilts have colors in them that you would have sworn weren't your favorites.

 Colors I believe can really tell alot about a persons personality. I tell my friends when asked why i bought a certain quilt is that it sang to me. Singing is producing a vibration that feels good. That is exactly what seeing some quilts do to me. Kris this is a good question for a lot of contemplation. Paulette in Indy


Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2002 23:42:02 -0400 From: Pat and Jim 

So I thought I would pose the question to the group: do quilts talk to you? If so, what do they say? Do you buy a quilt because of the colors or the style, because it fits into your collection, because of its history (or mystery) or all of the above?

In response to Kris' question, I would say that there are probably as many different reasons for buying a quilt, as there are buyers! What an interesting topic of conversation!

I can only speak for myself. I like to buy old quilts that have one or more unusual elements. I also enjoy buying quilts of the scrap bag variety in order to appreciate the assorted styles of fabrics, and sometimes, the way in which they were printed. When the quiltmaker has been innovative by giving a twist to a traditional pattern, my heart sings. Also, old quilts are clear evidence of what materials were available. Being a quilt detective in discovering all of these many facets of an old quilt can provide hours of entertainment.

When I was antique hunting recently, I came across a quilt that was a bit mysterious in several ways. The tied comforter is a Lone Star block configuration, repeated 8 times, no sashings, no borders. The quilt is square. It is also quite heavy. The reason for it feeling as though there is a ton of bricks inside, is that it has a wool batting. The short staples of the fleece have been contained within a cloth unit inside. The only reason I know this is that there was a small area along the edge which was not quite caught in by the topstitching of the self-binding, and I peeked! (I also carefully fixed the edge afterwards).

When I looked inside, I was also very surprised to see that all of those little diamonds had been hand pieced with black thread. That edge was the only area of the whole quilt that had come unsewn.

The colors are what really had me fascinated. Most of the fabrics are definitely 1880s/1890s. Some of the cloth is home woven at 48 epis (ends per inch). The two pieces that are definitely home loomed are a black and white striped fabric, and a solid orange. That orange fabric and also the pink and white gingham would roll the quilt over into the late 1920s, I suspect. All of the other colors and fabrics would indicate a late 19th century date. It is hard to imagine someone hanging onto fabric for 40 years and then cutting it up to make a quilt, but I have seen this in other quilts.

The most intriguing thing about the quilt is that while it was scrappy, it was a planned scrap quilt. The same fabric danced around in circles in the star formation, much like "Trip Around the World". The quiltmaker did not miss a beat in her plan for color uniformity in each "run".

This quilt photographs terrifically. One can really see the dynamic use of colors, even more so in a photo. Surprisingly, the quilter also used a lot of plaids. Every block has some plaid fabric and this gives the quilt a more contemporary or "country charm" look.

Bringing home a quilt and doing a thorough fabric analysis and documentation is what affords me the most joy in studying these old pieces. I would never think of using an old quilt for personal use (God forbid!).

Usually, I just know when I have to purchase one of these treasures, and if it is not beyond my pocketbook, I do. There is something to that idea of a quilt "singing". That makes perfect sense to me. If you haven't heard a quilt sing lately, tune up your ear and listen a little more closely.

Patricia L. Cummings www.thequiltersmuse.com


Date: Sat, 8 Jun 2002 14:11:31 -0400 From: "pepper cory" text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

Hello QHL friends-With Kris' permission--this is a good news/bad news post. My friend Susan McKelvey and I wrote The Signature Quilt in 1995. The book is an opus, 144 full-color pages with everything we know about signature quilts: history, the how-to of tools and signing, and 50-count 'em-patterns for applique and pieced signature blocks. We put our hearts and souls into this book. But time passes and now The Signature Quilt is going out of print. If any QHL members want to purchase a copy, we're offering it to you at a 30% discount ($21) plus $3.50 for Priority Mailing, or $24.50 total. Interested? Here's Susan's website: www.susanmckelvey.com

Email her at susan@susanmckelvey.com and by the way, she takes MC and VISA. Or you can email me at pepcory@mail.clis.com . I'll take a check or money order. It doesn't matter which of us gets the order. As Susan and I purchase the remaining inventory of our beloved book, we're grateful we had the experience of working together and we urge you all to continue signing and making signature quilts. Peace, Pepper Cory



Date: Sat, 08 Jun 2002 19:32:26 -0400 From: Pilar Donoso <quiltpd@entelchile.net> To: QHL@cuenet.com Subject: Other 

I know this question was asked a couple days ago, but just get to it. I am a member of the Info EQ Digest, a great support group for the people who use EQ 4, now EQ 5. People are very knowledgeable and a great group to belong if you use that program for quiltmaking.

I was thinking that in a few years, quilts design by a computer will be part of the history of quilts. Somethig to think about it.

Pilar Santiago, Chile


Date: Sat, 8 Jun 2002 19:08:34 -0500 From: "Karan Flanscha" <sadierose@cfu.net> To: "QHL" <QHL@cuenet.com> Subject: 

I helped with documenting some of the quilts from the private collection at our local museum today, what fun!! They wanted to have their records updated, as the information with some of the quilts was obviously wrong (a 30's prints Dresden Plate dated 1850 for example.) There were 2 quilts that were very different from anything I have seen before. They were made by the same person. The pattern was half square triangles, in diagonal rows of colors. The fabric was silk, and much of it was deteriorating. The silk had been cut in a 4" square, folded in half diagonally, and then wads of cotton were put in the triangle, which was then whipstitched to another triangle/puff to make a square. These were then whipstitched to another square, etc. 

The whipstitching showed on the back of the quilt. The triangle puffs were more flat than poufy. The borders were made of black velvet, which was sewn around the edges, mitered at the corners, and then feather stitched along the seam with bright yellow/gold thread. The edge of the velvet was finished, so it must have been a velvet ribbon. We estimated the age of the 2 quilts as 1875 - 1890. Has anyone seen quilts like this before (sort of reminded us of the square "puff" quilts, but these did not have a pleat in them, and were reversible). Would this technique have been described in a lady's magazine?? The museum might look into conservation of the smaller of the two (it was throw size, and in better condition) if this is "unique" enough. So we are hoping someone might have seen something like these quilts before. 

Also saw a wonderful "Whig Rose" type 4 block applique quilt, which is really in poor condition. The solid red fabric in the applique flowers is almost gone...on some flowers the only red left is caught by the diagonal quilting lines!! But, the over-dyed green and chromium orange fabrics look great!! Our Vintage group is going to "adopt" this quilt, take the pattern off of it & reproduce at least one block, so they can show what it originally looked like. Always fun to spend a day with old quilts!! Thanks in advance for any help... Karan from sunny Iowa


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