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The Yellow~Ribbons Project - Quilters who care

Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 10:36:19 +0100
From: "Sally Ward" <Sally.D.Ward@btinternet.com>
To: <QHL@cuenet.com>

This question just cropped up on BQHL (yes, we talk about quilts
other than
British <G>) and I thought, well if anybody knows its someone on
QHL....

> Help, I have been all over the web and all the books I can find and
I
can't
> find mention of a drunkards path quilt before 1870. Does anyone
know if
this
> is the best date for this block? Solomons puzzle seems to go back
further.

Sally W in Yorkshire

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Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 06:55:55 -0400
From: "KYRA E HICKS" <KHICKS1@prodigy.net>

Hello -

Wanted to ask about an exhibit in November 1885 at the Masonic Temple
=
(23rd Street and Sixth Avenue) in New York. It was an exhibit on
crazy =
work "curious handiwork executed by old and young men and women in
all =
parts of the country," according to the headline from a Novemeber
1885 =
NY Times article.

One of the featured items was a silk autograph quilt by Mrs. Emma F.
=
Wright. Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales, President Grover =
Cleveland, Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, Susan B. Anthony, and numerous
other =
well-known folks of the day signed the quilt.

Are there photographs of this quilt published? Is the quilt still in
=
existence? Where?

Thanks for any insights - the article made it seem as if the entire =
exhibit was a highlight of the season!

Kyra Hicks
Khicks1@prodigy.net

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Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 07:00:29 -0400
From: Pat and Jim <jimpat@attbi.com>

Teddy Pruett wrote:

My
> husband reminds me, consistently, that the general
> population has no idea what they are looking at when
> they see quilts.

That statement cannot be more true. It is scary. Teddy, your entire
just confirmed my greatest fears that many import quilts are
currently being offered as vintage quilts. Who in the general public is to
know?

It is one thing if a consumer consciously buys an import because that
the price is right, or for any other reason. It is another issue
altogether when a secondary party or dealer is sold a "bill of goods" as
to a quilt's origin.

I kick myself in the pants every time I think of the Harriet Powers
reproduction quilt that was offered at Sam's Club. I passed it up
because of shotty workmanship, but later realized that an example of
this, in itself, would be a piece of history (as an example of the
Smithsonian controversy). When I went back to the store, they had no more
left.

To continue the discussion of the general public not knowing what
they are looking at when they see quilts, Teddy's example of the quilt
show viewers rang a bell. The lady who said that an art quilt would
not go on her bed was absolutely clueless, but herein lies an answer.
The general public has not caught up to the fact that many quilters
are not making quilts for utilitarian purposes. Numerous quilts with
their ultrasuede, fancy gold trims, specialty threads, and
embellishments would not stand the rigors of even one washing and furthermore,
were never intended to be washed or to be used, other than visually
enjoyed.

I agree that it is sometimes comical to listen to the comments of
people at quilt shows. Many times I have heard someone loudly spout off
some negative remark, not realizing that the "white glove lady"
standing nearby, willing to turn a quilt for the pleasure of all, is the
one who actually made the quilt. Duh. In other instances, I have
heard someone trying to explain to their companion, either how to do a
certain technique, or the history of a style, and getting it all wrong.
I have to resist the urge to "educate", and just move on.

The feeling of revulsion is overwhelming at times. For anyone seeing
an import to translate that information into any kind of a concept of
what I do and what I love, is so far off the mark, it's
unbelieveable. Having chosen to be a full-time quilt professional, I am offended
by the trivializing of the art by some of these poorly done pieces of
trash, presented to the uninformed public as "heirlooms".

Now that I'm fighting mad, it must be time for breakfast, and time to
figure out what other windmills I can assail today (shades of Don
Quijote).

Pat

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Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 13:23:59 CST
From: jocelynm@delphiforums.com

>
> > "People won't know." He says. "People have no idea
> > what they are looking at." He repeats. And I have
> > found that he is correct in most instances. One
> > has only to listen to the comments from the
> > attending public at any quilt show to realize the
> > degree of ignorance/innocence regarding quilts.
> > Typical example: I was standing near one of Libby
> > Lehman's great pieces one time, heavily thread
> > painted on a basically black ground -- a couple of
> > ladies were studying it intently, and one said" I
> > don't like this one at all. It wouldn't go on my
> > bed." I was absolutely stunned - I wanted to roll
> > on the floor, but couldn't decide whether to roll in
> > hysterical laughter or agony. (Lady, this quilt
> > ain't about YOUR bed!!!)

Teddy,
A member of my quilt guild made an all-yellow quilt that won a ribbon
at
the local fair. When I went to see it, I heard much the same
comments.
People always took a second look when I told them that it was yellow
because her husband was colorblind, and the only color he saw that
wasn't
a dull shade of grey was yellow. Knowing the story behind a quilt
goes a
long way towards seeing it in its proper context.
As for your husband- he is right. By extrapolation, I've learned that
no
one really listens in church. No matter how bad the 'special music'
is,
someone ALWAYS comes up to the musicians and tells them how wonderful
it
was! <EG>
Jocelyn

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Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 13:27:22 CST
From: jocelynm@delphiforums.com

> desired. One wonders how anyone could make quilting stitches that
> large, that crooked, or that poorly done, on a consistent basis.
> Even a child with minimal instruction could do better. Are the
> stitches a silent protest by low paid or unpaid workers?

Pat,
If I were being paid by the quilt (as I suspect they are) and knew
that
when I 'finished' one there'd be another, identical one to finish, I
figure I'd be quilting about 2 stitches to the inch, too. :)

Jocelyn

Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 23:54:21 -0400
From: "Jodie" <jodie@ga.prestige.net>

The discussion resulting from my original post regarding the future
African
made quilts has been extremely interesting and has given me a lot to
think
about. Since I posted we have had great interest from a large
conservation
organization in partnering on this. This would also provide a
specialized
outlet for the quilts. It's amazing how things work out!

Thanks so much for the input. I'll keep you updated.

Jodie Davis
http://www.iejodie.com

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Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 20:52:10 -0400
From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com>

I can't give a report on the FVF picnic (sob) because I wasn't
there.
Can't somebody else pick up the torch? Fran?
I wasn't there because I was in Colorado having a splendid time
in spite
of the smoke. Pat Moore at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum was a
wonderful
guide to the quilt treasures of Golden. She not only showed me the
galleries
and storage area, she introduced me to the people who make the museum
go,
took me to visit Quilter's Newsletter and let me linger in the
QuiltMarket
(the museum shop) long after closing time.
Janet Finley, the Museum's director, showed me her eagle quilt
which is
included in Barbara Brackman's Civil War Women book. Janet made the
quilt
as a tribute to her husband's ancestor who died from wounds received
at
Gettysburg. check it out in the book; it's wonderful!
One of the exhibits at the museum is called Eugenia's Dream: A
Quilter's
Obsession. It is composed of quilts made by or from the collection
of
Eugenia Mitchell who wanted a quilt museum. Now 99 years old and
living in
a nursing home, Eugenia was "The Queen of Quilts" in Golden for many
years.
She was a prolific quiltmaker and collector. Her dream was for her
collection to be seen and preserved. The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
which
opened in 1990 is the fulfillment of that dream.
Eugenia's own quilts in the exhibit are charmingly original.
One,
called Domino, has large appliqued dominoes as the sole motif. A
quilt
called Hiwan Homestead has a pictorial representation of a log house
complete with weathervane surrounded by pieced pine trees, sampler
blocks
form the outer border; another pictorial quilt is a sampler called
Colorado
History depicting important events. Haleys Comet is a four-patch set
into a
starry tail (there had to be several easier ways of doing it.
Eugenia made
one of the more attractive Tobacco Flannel quilts I've seen. Pat
told me
that Eugenia bought fabric at thrift stores and yard sales and often
found
quilts at the same places. She owned hundreds of quilts, a few of
which are
included in the exhibit.
A traveling show of wall quilts from the Association of Pacific
Northwest Quilters is in the other gallery. The theme of the exhibit
is
"What is essential in your life?" The quilted answers to that
question are
amazing. I spent a long time trying to choose a favorite without
success.
One quilt shows the unmistakable spire of New York's Chrysler
Building (my
choice for world's most beautiful skyscraper) against a dark blue
background. A beige wholecloth with fabulous stuffed work is
minimalist
perfection. One quilt showed glorious blocks of color (traditional
innovative, I guess) that absolutely blew me away when I took my
glasses
off.
We then jumped into Pat's car for the short trip to Prime Media
hqs. and
the Quilters' Newsletter Gallery. A couple from California joined
us. The
wife is a quilter who had come to Colorado to see her husband who is
a pilot
of one of the planes that drop fire retardant on the wild fires. We
were
traveling with a hero!
At QNM the exhibit is of quilts made by members of the Colorado
Quilting
Council which have been recent winners at major shows. Another of
Janet
Finley's quilts is included. She can really machine quilt! I was
overwhelmed by the quality and variety of what I saw. I'm afraid I
was
provincial enough to think that the East Coast has a lock of great
quilting.
It is certainly flourishing in Colorado. It's great that QNM always
has a
quilt show going.
I got this wonderful treat because of my plea to QHL about what
to do
while I was in Denver!
What else did I do? I found an engagement calendar called Quilts
2003.
It's not the Cyril Nelson calendar we know and love, but it has
lovely
pictures of antique quilts (only 26 in all, one for every two weeks,
but
beggars can't be choosers!). I bought it at Barnes and Noble. The
publisher is teNeues in Germany. By the way, the quilt on the cover
of the
AQS engagement calendar 2003 was made by my friend Lorraine
Ezbiansky. I
bought some lovely toile and almost a full bolt of Brackman and
Thompson's
pillar print.
I'm think hard about the pillar print. Judy has raised the bar
to
impossible height with the chuppa, but my youngest child just got
engaged
and I need to do something special.
I can't tell you what else I did or bought because it is NQR, but
I had
fun.
Cinda back on the Eastern Shore

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Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 21:40:55 -0400
From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com>

In the first of four quilt shops I visited in Colorado (none of
them in
Denver) I found a copy of Australian Quilt Heritage by Margaret
Rolfe. On
sale!
Cinda on the Eastern Shore

Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 07:52:53 -0700
From: Laura Robins-Morris <lrobins@fhcrc.org>

It's back! The biennial Great Pacific Northwest Quiltfest.
August 16-18 at the Seattle Center (Seattle, WA, of course)

This is a juried and judged show with 225+ quilts from quiltmakers in
the Pacific Northwest US and Canada. You'll see:
Fabulous Quilts
Huge Merchant Mall
Lectures A La Carte
Special Exhibits: Basic Necessities
Hawaiian Quilts
Bed and Breakfast (quilted designer
bathrobes)
Gala Dinner and Auction

If you're coming to the show - don't miss the Gala dinner and
auction.
It's a wonderful evening : elegant dinner, fabulous quilts and prizes
to
bid on. (The special discount price for the Gala has been extended
to
July 15. It sounds like a lot but it's worth every penny!)

The Basic Necessities quilts and the Bed and Breakfast robes will be
auctioned at the Gala Dinner. But you can bid too from wherever you
are
-- they accept sealed bids ahead of time (contact the APNQ office
listed
on the web site, or contact me).

(If you want to hostess, you get free admission, and more time up
close
and personal with the quilts. Contact the office.)

IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT SHOW --- DON'T MISS IT !

For further info, check out the web sites listed below or contact me.
Laura in Seattle
lrobins@fhcrc.org

Check out the show website at:
http://www.apnq.org/Quiltfest2002/ShoBro2002.html

See the Basic Necessities quilts at:
http://www.apnq.org/BasicNecessities/BasicNecessities.html

Samples of the Bed and Breakfast robes at:
http://www.apnq.org/BedBreakfast/BedBreakfast.html

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Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 08:10:42 -0700
From: Laura Robins-Morris <lrobins@fhcrc.org>

Cinda raved about a travelling exhibit from the Association of
Northwest
Quilters (well, "rave" is my word, but her review was certainly
enthusiastic <g>. Cinda's comments are excerpted at the bottom.)

Those very same quilts will be shown and auctioned off in August at
the
Great Pacific Northwest Quiltfest in Seattle. Some of these have
been
made by nationally known quilt instructors, writers and
award-winners,
such as Lorraine Torrence, Joan Colvin, Erika Carter, Barbara
Olson,
Maureen Noble and more. And even if you haven't heard all the
artists'
names before, the quilts are nonetheless spectacular.
You can see those gorgeous quilts at
http://www.apnq.org/BasicNecessities/BasicNecessities.html
Click the thumbnails for enlargements and info.

You can attend the show and the auction in person OR you can submit a
sealed bid before the auction. Check them out! Own one yourself!

Further details at www.apnq.org, or contact me.
Laura in Seattle
lrobins@fhcrc.org

Cinda wrote:
> A traveling show of wall quilts from the Association of Pacific
>Northwest Quilters is in the other gallery. The theme of the
exhibit
is
>"What is essential in your life?" The quilted answers to that
question
are
>amazing. I spent a long time trying to choose a favorite without
success.
>One quilt shows the unmistakable spire of New York's Chrysler
Building
(my
>choice for world's most beautiful skyscraper) against a dark blue
>background. A beige wholecloth with fabulous stuffed work is
minimalist
>perfection. One quilt showed glorious blocks of color (traditional
>innovative, I guess) that absolutely blew me away when I took my
glasses
>off.

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Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 11:35:05 -0400
From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com>

"Rave" is certainly appropriate.
Cinda

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Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 15:29:09 -0400
From: mreich@attglobal.net

Sorry for this belated response to Robin's inquiry about the Textile
History
Forum. I attended last year for the first time. For my money, it is
well
worth it. Granted not every presentation is about quilts, however,
all
textiles are so inter-related. I find that the knowledge shared was
most
helpful in my overall understanding of the whole material culture
scene.
One presentation was given by a young lady from the Metropolitan
Art
Museum in NY. She gave a presentation fabulous art deco scarves and
their
relationship to the latest NY architecture of the time. In my mind's
eye,
they were quilt design's.
Another presenter discussed research on spinning wheel makers.
One
famous maker from Stratford, CT. was the father of Sally Plant
Judson, a
quilter we documented in Connecticut.
There were fabulous presentation from representatives from the
Shelburne
Museum and Monticello and the collections and activities of those
time-honored institutions.
Virginia Gunn discussed her research on woven coverlets in Ohio,
their
makers and specific designs.
I would have to dig out my manuscript to list all of the
presentations
and to give a "Cinda" quality account. I am trying to pack for the
Vermont
Quilt Festival so if you all have any further questions, email me.
By the
way, I'll be at the Vermont Quilt Festival table in Shapiro on
Thursday
night 6-8 and most of Friday working as a volunteer. Hope the all
you
QHLers stop to say HI! sue reich, Connecticut

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Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 17:39:45 -0500
From: Marcia Kaylakie <marciark@ev1.net>

HI All, I would like to buy Charlotte Warr Anderson's book Faces and
Places but it is out of print. I have tried the usual places, Amazon,
B&N,
abe, etc. but no luck. Is there anyone out there who would like to
sell me
this book or knows where I might find one? Thanks, Marcia
Marcia Kaylakie, AQS Certified Appraiser
www.TexasQuiltAppraiser.com

 
 
 

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