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Date: Fri, 30 Aug 02 09::03 -0400
From: Beth Donaldson <quilts@museum.msu.edu>

The Michigan State University Museum also has a Mikado quilt. The top consists of large nine patch blocks, separated by sashes. It also is tied and the backing is Mikado fabric! We received it from a donor in 1983 who
had no information on it.

Beth Donaldson
Quilt Collections Assistant
Great Lakes Quilt Center at the Michigan State University Museum


Date: Fri, 30 Aug 02 09:25:39 EDT
From: Midnitelaptop@aol.com

it might help with the stolen quilt problem...if in future the right
or left
hand corner of the backing of a quilt was used for a label...and the
was quilted into the quilt(as is usually the case)...the thief would
have to
pretty much ruin the quilt in order to remove the maker/owner
information...where a separate label might be easier to remove.


Date: Fri, 30 Aug 02 12:23:12 -0400
From: Beth Donaldson <quilts@museum.msu.edu>
To: QHL@cuenet.com
Subject: Another Mikado quilt
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While researching a quilt from our collection, I stumbled across
Mikado quilt. See page 127 of American, Quilts & Coverlets, The
Metropolitan Museum of Art by Amelia Peck.

Beth (I love my job!) Donaldson
Beth Donaldson
Quilt Collections Assistant
Great Lakes Quilt Center at the Michigan State University Museum
1 Central Services
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1045
quilt line: 517-432-3800


Date: Fri, 30 Aug 02 21:22:21 -0400
From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com>

Anne Morrell-Robinson's quilt which was stolen from the NY State Fair has Anne's name incorporated into the design on the front of the quilt.
Cinda on the Eastern Shore

Date: Fri, 30 Aug 02 22:56:52 -0600
From: "Cindy Brick" <brickworks@att.net>

Hi all,
Add another Mikado quilt to your list -- I have a Crazy quilt, rich
border (sadly, weighted silk and in tatters) -- back of the quilt is
c.1886 Mikado print...no info on it, but front of quilt is consistent
back's dating. Got it via Ebay from a NY dealer.
I've seen the one Beth is mentioning at MSU, and mine's different
from hers. The textile museum in Lowell, MA also has a Mikado print sample from the same time period...and theirs is different from mine! So I believe there were several, at the very least. The Mikado was wildly popular in both the US and Europe.

My darling girlie is home. Although the Driessens took excellent
care of her, we're glad to have Angel back. She started high school almost  a month ago. I do NOT feel old enough for this.



Date: Sat, 31 Aug 02 08:32:34 -0500
From: "Karan Flanscha" <sadierose@cfu.net>

Quilting fans and organizations around the world are invited to
in the highlight of a special quilt creation and fundraising project
to aid
victims of the September 11, 01 tragedy. Help us share the
information with your members through newsletter stories, website
or word of mouth.

COUNTRY HOMEŽ Magazine Announces Display, eBay Auction of SHOW YOUR COLORS, AMERICA Quilts to Benefit The Uniformed Firefighters Association Widows’ and Children’s Fund 

To visit the eBay auction site, simply point your Internet browser to
http://www.countryhome.com/, then select the pop-up or click on the
YOUR COLORS, AMERICA banner at the top of this page. AOL subscribers
can go
to keyword country home quilts. You can also find the front page of
auction directly at
Items are divided into two lots and sale dates. Lot 1 on-sale dates
September 6-September 15, and Lot 2 on-sale dates are September 13
September 22.

COUNTRY HOMEŽ Magazine introduced the unique SHOW YOUR COLORS,
venture in the pages of its December, 01 issue, offering readers an
opportunity to express their feelings about the September 11 tragedy
submitting red-white-and blue quilting squares. “Our goal to raise
money for
the benefit of survivors has been very important to readers,” said
Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Carol Sheehan. “It is clear that all of
volunteers have appreciated the opportunity to show their sympathy
support.” Proceeds from the auction and from the sale of a
poster will be donated to the Uniformed Firefighters Association
Widows’ and
Children’s Fund in New York.

As the one-year anniversary of September 11 approaches, the Magazine
received and catalogued 1,325 squares from readers in all 50 states
and at
least 5 foreign countries. Volunteer quilters have worked to design
and sew
the squares into a unique collection of more than 50 folk art quilt
Organizations assisting in finishing the quilts are the Ankeny (Iowa)
Guild; the Des Moines (Iowa) Quilt Guild, and the Eastern Polk County
Quilt Guild and their volunteer colleagues in Iowa, Florida,
Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

Date: Sun, 01 Sep 02 13:46:43 -0400
From: "Jan Drechsler" <quiltdoc@sover.net>
To: QHL <QHL@cuenet.com>
Subject: Quilting in Public Places
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Just a few more days and life might become normal again. I put my
show up at the Vermont Welcome Center on I-91 last Tuesday. In
style, the welcome center is a new, soaring wood post and beam
with wide board wood floors, barn like lofts with horse carts and
displayed and an area with floor to ceiling windows, a wood stove and
rocking chairs for the weary.

Classy display cases hold artisan craft exhibits of blown glass,
wood turned vases and are booked a year in advance. I went to see
displays two days before I was due to put in my display and came home
quietly announced that I was having a major panic anxiety attack.
The displays of crafts and silver were presnted 'just so' with velvet
background, professional framed graphics a few wood shavings or
glass scattered in the bottom of the case... 'And all I have are
some dirty
quilt blocks, threads and 4 x 6 photographs of before and after
quilts that
I took and aren't all that great.'

Fortunately, my husband re-minded me that one of my many quilts would make an eye-catching back-ground for the case. He improved on my text explaining who I was & what I did, and worked hours on the graphics and resizing and reprinting the photos for the frames I bought at the nth hour. It is a pretty striking display, using a red & white quilt of mine that I restored.

Then I spent several hours hanging quilts for sale from the loft.

Friday and Saturday I spent a total of about 12 hours quilting at the
Visitors Center on a small wallhanging from old blocks. 10,000 people came into the center Each day.

I met many lovely people, many quilters, tons of kids, and a
few possible restoration clients. And one wacko who walked up and
told me he had spent 5 years in a maximum security prison in VT and three State Troopers broke his arm, his leg, and knocked out his tooth in prison and he was sueing Vermont and moving out of the state. I should have offered to help him find his medications and pack.  Anyway, his story was immediately suspicious since I am convinced that Vermont only has two State Troopers, one on the east side of the Green Mountains and one on the west side.

Today, Sunday, is the Brattleboro Dawn Dance where the dancing begins
at 3
p.m. today and ends at 7 a.m. on Monday morning. DH just left (at
to set up sound and he won't sleep or be home until close to 9 a.m.
Both of us are on the Board and I will be selling tickets and
questions from 7 p.m. tonight until 10:30. Usually I end up catching
up with
friends and sitting in the little cafe area eating cookies until
then I head home.

Monday, I grab my quilt frame and head out before 7:30 a.m. to the
Country Fairgrounds which is a two day well attended fair with many
of the
horse show folks coming from out-of-state. I get to sit under a tent
weavers, and spinners and soap makers and chat with folks again about
antique quilts and quilt restoration and care. Folks love to tell me
quilts and I like to think that perhaps they follow some of the basic
preservation tips I offer. Stop into the Vermont Welcome Center
September 25th to see my little exhibit and quilts.

Jan Drechsler in Vermont
Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher


Date: Mon, 2 Sep 02 21:31:41 -0400
From: "Teddy Pruett" <Aprayzer@hotmail.com>

I want to let you all know about a great new quilt show that will be

held in a beautiful facility on the white sugar sands of Panama CIty

Beach, FL. As if that weren't enticing enough -- it is in the middle
February! Think of us down here, enjoying the sun, watching the 
dolphins roll in the surf, palm fronds whispering in the ocean 
breeze....... while you are going out in the morning to frozen 
windshields, dead batteries, bitter cold .........better yet, come
us! Bring the entire family - there is something for everyone to

This will be the second year for the show; we learned a lot last year

and the show will be bigger and better. ( I am saying "we" here --
guy who is actually doing all the work is probably wondering if I
a mouse in my pocket). I will be curating an exhibit of antique 
quilts, among other things. You can

I pondered whether or not it was proper to let you know about the
and I remembered seeing news of other shows on the list, so I hope it
okay. We are a list for quilt information, and this is mine!

On a totally different note, I have spent the past few days cleaning
sorting and going through my stash. What a hoot! I have junk
in piles, folded in shelves, in baskets, boxes, and thrown in the
all over the studio. An enormous, jubilant, glorious mess!! But

what fun - stroking, petting, fondling, admiring it all. I am amazed at 
the goodies we can amass without even knowing it, and I keep unfolding 
glorious things I had forgotten. If I could just stop right now, and 
grab the pieces that inspired me most, and design and cut and sew -- 
oh, the thought boggles the mind!! ALas, the real world is right 
outside the door of the studio. No, I take that back - right outside 
the door of the studio are amazing drooping mossy oaks, and a pond full 
of turtles and fish, and windchimes and bird feeders and flowers and 
old farm implements as yard art -- it is quite wonderful, if I do say so 

But the real world starts again 68 steps away. ( I know that
the cottage doesn't have plumbing). SO, I am inspired but cant do 
anything about it at the moment. I am pleased to report, however --
the event any of you actually give a bug's butt one way or tuther --

that I am working on a quilt called "Cook is a Four Letter Word". 
Every quilting stitch I take and every seam that I run through the 
machine restores a piece of my soul, and believe me, my soul can use

bit of restoring right now! Can't yours? 
Teddy Pruett, in the woods of the Original FLorida 



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