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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

> Help, I have been all over the web and all the books I can find and
> find mention of a drunkards path quilt before 1870. Does anyone
know if
> is the best date for this block? Solomons puzzle seems to go back

Sally W in Yorkshire


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



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

Teddy Pruett wrote:

> 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

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

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

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



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!!!)

A member of my quilt guild made an all-yellow quilt that won a ribbon
the local fair. When I went to see it, I heard much the same
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
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
one really listens in church. No matter how bad the 'special music'
someone ALWAYS comes up to the musicians and tells them how wonderful
was! <EG>


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?

If I were being paid by the quilt (as I suspect they are) and knew
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. :)


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
made quilts has been extremely interesting and has given me a lot to
about. Since I posted we have had great interest from a large
organization in partnering on this. This would also provide a
outlet for the quilts. It's amazing how things work out!

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

Jodie Davis


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
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
guide to the quilt treasures of Golden. She not only showed me the
and storage area, she introduced me to the people who make the museum
took me to visit Quilter's Newsletter and let me linger in the
(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
as a tribute to her husband's ancestor who died from wounds received
Gettysburg. check it out in the book; it's wonderful!
One of the exhibits at the museum is called Eugenia's Dream: A
Obsession. It is composed of quilts made by or from the collection
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
She was a prolific quiltmaker and collector. Her dream was for her
collection to be seen and preserved. The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
opened in 1990 is the fulfillment of that dream.
Eugenia's own quilts in the exhibit are charmingly original.
called Domino, has large appliqued dominoes as the sole motif. A
called Hiwan Homestead has a pictorial representation of a log house
complete with weathervane surrounded by pieced pine trees, sampler
form the outer border; another pictorial quilt is a sampler called
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
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
"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
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
perfection. One quilt showed glorious blocks of color (traditional
innovative, I guess) that absolutely blew me away when I took my
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
traveling with a hero!
At QNM the exhibit is of quilts made by members of the Colorado
Council which have been recent winners at major shows. Another of
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
provincial enough to think that the East Coast has a lock of great
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
It's not the Cyril Nelson calendar we know and love, but it has
pictures of antique quilts (only 26 in all, one for every two weeks,
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
pillar print.
I'm think hard about the pillar print. Judy has raised the bar
impossible height with the chuppa, but my youngest child just got
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
Cinda back on the Eastern Shore


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
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
Gala Dinner and Auction

If you're coming to the show - don't miss the Gala dinner and
It's a wonderful evening : elegant dinner, fabulous quilts and prizes
bid on. (The special discount price for the Gala has been extended
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
-- they accept sealed bids ahead of time (contact the APNQ office
on the web site, or contact me).

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


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

Check out the show website at:

See the Basic Necessities quilts at:

Samples of the Bed and Breakfast robes at:


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
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
Great Pacific Northwest Quiltfest in Seattle. Some of these have
made by nationally known quilt instructors, writers and
such as Lorraine Torrence, Joan Colvin, Erika Carter, Barbara
Maureen Noble and more. And even if you haven't heard all the
names before, the quilts are nonetheless spectacular.
You can see those gorgeous quilts at
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

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


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

"Rave" is certainly appropriate.


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
Forum. I attended last year for the first time. For my money, it is
worth it. Granted not every presentation is about quilts, however,
textiles are so inter-related. I find that the knowledge shared was
helpful in my overall understanding of the whole material culture
One presentation was given by a young lady from the Metropolitan
Museum in NY. She gave a presentation fabulous art deco scarves and
relationship to the latest NY architecture of the time. In my mind's
they were quilt design's.
Another presenter discussed research on spinning wheel makers.
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
Museum and Monticello and the collections and activities of those
time-honored institutions.
Virginia Gunn discussed her research on woven coverlets in Ohio,
makers and specific designs.
I would have to dig out my manuscript to list all of the
and to give a "Cinda" quality account. I am trying to pack for the
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
night 6-8 and most of Friday working as a volunteer. Hope the all
QHLers stop to say HI! sue reich, Connecticut


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,
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


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