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Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 09:34:38 EDT
From: Midnitelaptop@aol.com

if you go to
you will find illustrations and directions for this block


Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 09:43:00 EDT
From: Midnitelaptop@aol.com

there is also a connotation that whole cloth means.. the truth


Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 10:03:06 EDT
From: Edwaquilt@aol.com

I received this today. Can anyone on the list help her.


Hollis. I am a Special Projects editor for Quilt Magazine and I have
permission to reproduce a variety of the applique and redwork embroidery
patterns of the Kansas City Star. I am almost finished with the Memory
Bouquet series (1930). I have 15 of the applique flower patterns up on this
web page. There aren't many color suggestions in the patterns, so I welcome
any suggestions you may have. I am also hunting for an old quilt that would
have been made from these patterns (there are 20 in all, with a border
pattern included). These are going to be included in a future pattern CD
(hopefully done by Houston Quilt Market). Would you know of anyone who
might have a quilt made from this series and would be willing to lend it to
me for photography or perhaps own a GOOD photo I could use (will even pay
for the right to a one time use).

I have an internal web page at my personal quilt site where you can see the
15 patterns so far. Many thanks for any referrals or suggestions.

Memory Bouquet patterns:

Debby (with a "y" and not "ie") Kratovil Quilter by Design


Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 13:18:27 -0500
From: Laura Hobby Syler <texas_quilt.co@airmail.net>

I assume that they are out of business. It was manufactured years ago in
Taylor Texas (Central Texas) and I bought it a few times when I first
opened my shop in the early 80's, then discovered Fairfield and (cringe)
polyester batting...but then so did everyone else. I don't think they
were large enough to withstand the shift to polyester batting by the
quilters at that time. I'll see if I can find out more information.


Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 23:29:33 +0100
From: "Sally Ward" <Sally.D.Ward@btinternet.com>

Thanks to a generous list member who mailed me privately, I have my
(and a new place to look things up <G>)
For anyone else still curious its at

Sally W


Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 21:45:27 -0400
From: "Pam Weeks Worthen" <pamworthen@hotmail.com>

Hi all,

Here's a mini report on what's up in my little state this week:

This past week, ending Sunday, Aug 11, is Antiques Week in NH. Last year I
had gone to the preview of a major league auction and vowed never to miss
these events again. That preview was filled with the who's who of
Antiques Road show (yes, I nearly bumped into one of "the twins") and the
inventory was eye-popping. Check out www.northeastauctions.com.

At this preview last year, I hate to admit it to this crowd, but I TOUCHED
the two quilts in Kiracofe, pages 94 and 95 (Quilts in America) They had
them dumped on tables in the back of the room so I just picked em up and
looked at em CAREFULLY with my hands, one block at a time. I have the hammer
prices in my notes if they are no longer posted on his website.

I actually got out to two of the shows this week, (could have done 9 days in
a row if I had the time off) and saw some way-cool stuff, from an $8,500
(WAY overpriced) whole cloth quilt made of the 18?? Garfield cheater cloth
print, to some very reasonably priced, early wool glazed quilts. ($800) Took
lots of notes. Saw an incredible (poor condition) appliqued Mariners
compass--HUGE at 104X104, NH or MAss provenance, chintz and other early
prints. Excellent condition on the 16 large blocks, but the borders were in

Saw some wonderful album quilts and whole cloth chintz and all kinds of
applique. I bought only one thing and that was 9 blocks done potholder style
(finished individually and whipstitched together) blocks signed and dated
1859, Lowell Mass, from an Indiana dealer.

Next year I plan to do 4 of the shows (There are 7 over the 9-10 days of the
first week in August) Only about one fifth of the dealers have quilts, but
when they are good, they are very very good.

Pam in NH


Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 21:49:56 -0400
From: "Pam Weeks Worthen" <pamworthen@hotmail.com>

Time for an update on the NHQDPII. We have nearly a full board, we are
meeting regularly, training is planned for the volunteers starting in
November, and on September 28, we are having a formal "Kick-off

All are invited, and for the $10 donation you'll get snack, a presentation
by Martha McCarthy, NHQDP phase 1 chairperson about the best of the first
1050 quilts that were documented between 1985 and 1997. Richard Cleveland
will follow with a slide show on the Vermont Quilt Project and at the end,
we will attempt a humorous skit on how NOT to do a documentation.

Please e-mail me privately for more details. We hope that all of you in New
England will try to come, and for those of you around the country, this is
the best time to see the foliage! Come one and come all!

Pam Weeks Worthen

Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 22:41:00 -0400
From: "Sylvia Adair" <adair@execpc.com>

Eleanor Burns also has a book with this pattern from several years ago,
if you like her books. (some do, some don't).

> Greetings, all! A friend of mine is interested in finding
instructions on
> the pattern "Burgoyne Surrounded".

Sylvia L. Adair, K-8 Library Media Specialist,
Lomira, Wisconsin
"Do, or do not. There is no try." Yoda


Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002 00:07:47 EDT
From: SaraLMcN@aol.com

I have been reading all the questions and comments about how to insure
your quilts and fabrics with interest. Three years ago a water pipe broke in
my apartment while I was away for three weeks. (Yes, the water ran for 3
weeks, the water bill was over 500.00 that month!).
I was fortunate to have a very good inventory, thanks to the suggestion of my insurance agent on video tape and an inventory form they
provided when I updated my policy. Unlike with a fire, a flood usually
leaves items to be reviewed but I was surprised at how many things are ruined
beyond identification and the horrible mess it was. I was also fortunate
that my agent checks in with me every so often to update my policy, so my
valuation had been updated recently. I also had help from Shelly Zegart in
getting appraisals quickly of my damaged quilts, that allowed for rapid
settlement of my claim.
Although I have a limit on my replacement costs, they are high enough
to cover my quilts and fabric stores. I also have a rider that was very
inexpensive less than 100.00 year to raise the replacement cost of a single
item above the standard limit, which is usually $2000.00.
In my case each quilt was covered for damage repair and/or
replacement individually. I did not need to insure my quilts and fabric as a
collection because quilts have an individual value that is not based on an
intact grouping, like a toy train or a group of antique toy soldiers are.
Both of those items required a special rider, again I was surprised at how
inexpensive it is to get a rider.
The best lesson I learned after this experience was to call a loss
recovery specialist, they were paid for by my policy and the difference in
resolution was remarkable. In my case, the recovery specialist is paid a
flat fee by the insurance company and they in essence became my agent. They
waded through the water, sorted all the ruined items, removed the ruined
furniture, got most of the appraisals, and arbitrated with the insurance
adjuster for me. They were there to take delivery of replacement items, and
monitor the clean up crew. He even got the insurance company to pay to wash,
iron and fold all my fabrics. (My antique fabric was hand washed in quilt
soap of my choice by a restoration specialist.)
It takes a long time to recover, my hat is off to Kris for getting
back to business so soon. I admire her fortitude, you never realize how
vulnerable or fragile you are until your security is challenged.


Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002 11:03:40 -0400
From: Newbie Richardson <pastcrafts@starpower.net>

Dear all,
I have been in contact with some of my conservation mentors about what
can be done to rescue fire damaged quilts - if anything. Bottom line, soot/smoke/fire really ratches up the acidity oftextiles, so that has to counteracted. The quilts need to be both
dry and wet cleaned..which presents lots of problems vis a vis the dyes and
mordants in the various fabrics. The other difficulty is that the EPA
has imposed very strict regulations on the dry cleaning industry. These
rules effectively forbid "gentle" cleaning with no heat and no agitation. The cleaners hav\no control over their machinery. The quilts
are compelled to be tumbled in the fluid and then "cooked" to cause the
total evaporation of the fluid.
I have a dress from 1873 that must be cleaned with solvents, as it was
in an attic for 125 years, exposed to the blow back of a coal and then
oil burning furnace. It is a wildly important piece though and the museum really wants to exhibit it...
I have an appointment with a 40 year member of the Fabricare Institute
(the pre-eminent school for cleaners) when she gets back from vaccation
in 10 days. This gal was an instructor there. She is a maverick and is
pissed at "big brother" for telling her what she can and cannot do! My
kind of gal! I told her both of Kris' quilts and this dress. She
said she can help.
One of the biggest problems is that the chemicals used are now considered "hazardous waste" - and cannot be disposed of in the sewer /septic systems. You have to capture them and dispose of them properly. Used occasionally and one on one, they are not a health
hazard - but used as part of a national industry then they did
present a real problem. Thus the imposition of strict regulations.
So, yes, theoretically we can still pour the right petro chemical
in a tub in the back yard and gently soak the textile in the solvent..but
it has to have the oportunity to totally evaporate out (goes to which
chemical is used) and then has to be properly disposed of.
There are some WONDERFUL drycleaners out there, true professionals,
but "big brother" has tied their hands as to the judious use of their
knowledge to save some of textile heritage. Sigh
I'll keep you all posted.
Newbie Richardson


Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002 11:12:05 -0400
From: Newbie Richardson <pastcrafts@starpower.net>
To: QHL@cuenet.com

If anyone decides to use the Rubber Maid bins for long term storage,
then may I suggest the following safe guards:
Line the inside with aluminum foil as a barrier to the off gassing of
the plastic, then use clean washed muslin (or a tripple washed bed
sheet - they really need to be thoroughly washed as human body oils are
VERY difficult to get out). Then place your textiles with the folds
well padded with acid free tissue. Cover with the muslin and a layer of
aluminum foil. Unpack, air out, and repack every 6 months - the days we
change our clocks for daylight savings/standard time for instance.
These containers are airtight - textiles need to breath, and they are
made of a petroleum derivitive material which off gasses. However, for
those reasons they are useful as protection as long as you counteract
their negative effects as above.
Newbie Richardson


Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002 14:58:32 EDT
From: DDBSTUFF@aol.com

Barbara wrote:
I was the one who asked how to clean a smoke damaged quilt, and
Bearley responded that he has used Coleman stove fuel to get the grease
out before cleaning as usual.

That sort of substance was what I thought would work, so I soaked most of
the quilt in the fuel and blotted. Only a little grease was blotted out,
a bit on the binding. The rest remained untouched, and I think the reason
was, that the firees had sent the quilts to a cleaners before the auction. The cleaning fluid probably got any loose grease out and set the
brown carbon into the fibers.

I then washed the quilt using enzyme cleaners. Nothing.

I am now on my third or fourth application of dilute hydrogen peroxide
and sun and am making at least a 50% difference. Whether I can get it all
out before the quilt disintegrates is an interesting problem.

And to think I was angry at my husband for not buying a second fire
damaged quilt at that auction. Smart man!

So that's my story.

Barbara Woodford

Gee, Barbara, I'm sorry that my idea didn't work for you. I don't believe
that you had mentioned that it was smoked damaged or if you did, I didn't
realize it.
Please note:
I would be very, very careful with that hydrogen peroxide. Once, many years
ago, I picked up a fabulous all white quilt that had unbelievable quilting
and that had never been washed. It dated from the 1840s and over the years,
it had turned a light brown. I paid a huge price for it at the time but was
sure I could get it white again. Well, after a good soaking and washing, it
had only gotten a little better and I wasn't satisfied. I started applying
diluted hydrogen peroxide using a spray bottle. I had spread the quilt out
in the yard and would spray it with the mixture every half hour until it was
pure white, I was quite pleased with myself but than I discovered the
negative aspect of hydrogen peroxide. I decided to rinse the quilt in the
machine and it came out in shreds. It seems that the peroxide had rotted the
fabric. It was a very expensive lesson so I advise you to go easy with the
bleach. However, it is imperative that you do rinse out the peroxide or it
will continue to bleach the areas where you used it. This will leave a
"burn"which cannot be removed. I no longer use peroxide but I do get equally
good results using Polident denture cleaner and it is not detrimental to the
fabric. At least it hasn't been so far. Good Luck,



Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002 15:03:39 EDT
From: Trishherr@aol.com

I noticed your mention of the article in Maine Antiques Digest about
Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster, Pa. purchase of the Esprit
collection of
Lancaster Amish quilts.
We are so excited about having the opportunity to bring them back
home to
Lancaster County. This is a major commitment for our small museum.
But we
feel it is of the utmost importance to this area of Southeastern
Pennsylvania, and to quilt lovers everywhere who will eventually be
able to
come see the collection and learn more about these wonderful quilts.

We are working on grants to support further research and publication
on these
particular quilts and the families from which they came. We are
working on
plans for their permanent home in downtown Lancaster. Lots of
exciting things
to be done! We are anxiously awaiting their arrival so we can start

Right now we need to continue to raise the money for this purchase.
$1,000,000 is a big goal. We will do it and many more things with
collection. Please, if you can help us E-mail me, Trish Herr. I can
mail, or
send an attached file with pledge forms. Any donation will be
appreciated. My
e-mail address is <trishherr@aol.com>.

Thank you all who have E-mailed, called, written, for you interest
support. I anyone has any questions I will try to answer them.

Trish Herr


Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002 17:24:29 -0400
From: mreich@attglobal.net

The Meetinghouse Quilters of Washington, CT. held their 5th quilt
show in
the Meetinghouse on Saturday. One of my favorite very positive
comments was
the large numbers of bed quilts that were on display. Of the more than 110
quilts, about 90 were bed quilts. This is a contrast was some of the larger
quilt show that occur these days, where the largest percentage of quilts
displayed are wall quilts.
In the Meetinghouse, quilts hung from the balcony and in the
sanctuary and
were placed over the pews. Another special touch was the sewing
and of course vases of garden flowers that embellished the show.
If anyone is interested in seeing some digital photos, I will be
happy to
share and can email me privately. Thanks, sue reich



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