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Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 22:28:26 -0400 From: "Pam Weeks Worthen" 

Hi gang! I finally booked my flight for AQSG Seminar and decided to get into Chicago early enough to be able to spend the day before taking the shuttle out to Rockford. What shall I do? Anyone with suggestions for a very quilty day in Chicago would be considered for nomination to angel status. Isn't there a quilt exhibit of some kind at an art museum of some kind?


Pam in NH where I am obviously brain dead after an evening surfing the web in an attempt to get all of the university and conservatory application information for 12 institutions into one spread sheet while the Durham Town Council televised meeting drones on in the background AND I'D REALLY RATHER BE PICKING THE TREADS OUT OF THE ROTTEN OLD BROWN QUILT I JUST BOUGHT TO TAKE APART!!!! tantrum over.


Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 23:29:38 -0400 From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley@dmv.com> To: "

Hazel Carter, Bunnie Jordan and friends met yesterday in Northern Virginia. The theme of the meeting was "Your Ugliest Quilt." I said that was like asking me to nominate my ugliest child, but it turned out to be really interesting and absolutely hilarious. I'm not sure that we ever settled on an ugliest because new candidates kept popping up and some brought out as ugly by their owners were vociferously defended by the participants. Most of the uglies were tops; not hard to figure out why. 

Nobody stood up for the polyester double knit quilts, although we all agreed that their indestructibility might mean that they will be cited as representative of 20th century quiltmaking in the far distant future. We liked the collection of 1880s blocks (lots of a neat conversational print used as background) with hideous 1950s borders and a partially cannibalized Lone Star with a serious pucker-problem. We refused to call a crazy patch made of samples from a shirt factory and embellished with featherstitch ugly. 

We did groan loudly at the sight of a multicolor 1970s Star variation with chartreuse sashing (from Texas). There was a top made of signed blocks (containing fabrics so ugly the makers must have decided they were good enough for a block exchange) dated 1965 containing full names and addresses from all over the country (Vermont to California and points in between). . Hazel's ugly quilt was really special. Titled "So You Thought I Was Straight Laced," it features a corset as the central focus! 

Once the ugly round was over we saw a whole box full of tops found in a shed where they'd been undisturbed for at least 40 years. They dated from 1900 to 1940. There was a wonderful reversible cotton crazy circa 1890 with a Courthouse Steps on the back. It had fabulous fabrics: some of the iridescent blues in "Just New from the Mills," faux patchwork, printed lace. It was tied with string. We saw a very simple quilt from South Carolina made of large squares of a drab print alternating with fugitive purple. The owner had lots of family history tracing the fabrics to dresses worn by a several times great aunt around 1860. Lots of questions were raised by a quilt composed of 2" diamonds; the center circa 1830 is a very planned medallion finished haphazardly in the 1880s. The whole was then appliqued to wide red borders. 

An interesting quilt from the 1960s has brown flower pots blooming with embroidered signatures. The surnames are in green and give the effect of stems; the first names are in a variety of colors to represent flowers. It is very clever and most unusual. It was a real treat to see a scrappy Ohio Star, circa 1880, with chrome yellow setting blocks and a border with birds and flowers. If I could have taken one quilt home it would have been the 1830s top of diamonds put together into larger diamonds and set in strips. It's an incredible collection of fabulous fabrics: a miniature pillar print, fondue plaids, overdyed greens, butterscotch yellow. I'd never get tired of looking at it. 

We discussed the acquisition of the Esprit Collection by the Heritage Center of Lancaster County and the group decided to make a contribution. I hope everyone on QHL will encourage her guild to send a donation. Those of us who love quilts need to take care of them. Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 07:45:50 -0400 From: Judy White <jawhite@infi.net> To: Quilt History List <QHL@cuenet.com> Subject: textile book Message-ID: 

Lucky you Suzanne. I have the Meller/Elffers book in hard back, and I just love it. I use it as a swatch book and tape pieces of vintage over the photos of the same fabrics. My hardback copy is quite heavy, and I wish it had been available at the time in soft cover. I never get tired of looking at it.

Judy White


Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 13:14:38 +0000 From: "Karen Bush" <karenbush11@hotmail.com> To: QHL@cuenet.com Subject: Hi all-tumbling 

I'm trying to play catch up with 'life', and reading the digests, etc. I'm Finally able to work in the studio (a/k/a plain 'ole sewing room), I'd like to make another Tumbling block/baby block small quilt. What's the date/origin of this? I'd like to 'distress' it, but, don't want to date it toooo far back! haha...was it in the 30's or older? I have a book of Mennonite quilts, the Tumbling Block star was one of them, in 3 solids, it turned out great years ago. I'd like to make another one for a friend. And, I'll take this chance to thank you for all your emails and support during my surgery. I'm Finally able to quilt, clean (well, Can, but, haven't)...and NO pain in the arms or hands! My headaches have cleared up, and, like a New person! :) kb



Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 16:14:55 -0400 From: "Cinda Cawley" 

Is anyone interested in getting together for breakfast at AQSG? It's always fun to meet with QHLers. Cinda on the Eastern Shore

Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 21:29:24 -0600 From: "Mary Persyn" <Mary.Persyn@valpo.edu> To: <QHL@cuenet.com> Subject: AQSG Message-Id: <1033007364.smmsdV1.1.2@pluto.valpo.edu>

Cinda wrote: Is anyone interested in getting together for breakfast at AQSG? It's always fun to meet with QHLers. >Cinda on the Eastern Shore

Sounds good to me.

Mary in the Heartland who has only about a 2 hr. drive to Rockford

Mary G. Persyn Law Librarian School of Law Library Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN 46383 219-465-7830 FAX 219-465-7917


Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 19:31:37 -0700 From: donbeld <donbeld@pacbell.net> To: qhl@cuenet.com Subject: Tumbling Blocks 

Hi, I just got back from Italy. There is a church in Rome called Saint Mary's of the Snow build by a Pope in the Fourth Century. Imagine my surprise when I was looking at the Fourth Century mosaic tile floor in the nave when I saw a Tumbling Blocks, an Ohio Star, a Nine Patch and a Flying Geese patterns all individual set in the floor.

Oh, well, I guess there really is nothing new under the sun. Don Beld


Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 08:51:37 -0400 From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> To: Qhl list <QHL@cuenet.com> Subject: 4th century 

Don -- could you tell us more about the mosaics? They sound quite interesting, especially patterns from such an early century.

Laurette -- enjoyed both of your columns on quilts on fabrics.net. Very illuminating and great selection of photos. http://www.fabrics.net/laurette.asp

Joan How's your dye IQ? Read Kim Wulfert's Madder, Minerals and Indigo http://www.fabrics.net/joan.asp

donbeld wrote:


Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 08:36:23 -0500 From: "Susan Wildemuth" <ksandbcw@geneseo.net> To: <QHL@cuenet.com> Subject: OHL: 

I'm thinking of creating a quilt which would incorporate photos. There are a lot of new products/techniques to transfer photos to quilts. -- Many make the fabric almost hard to the touch ( I don't like the feel of that) and I can't help but wonder about the long term effects of some of these photo transfer methods on quilts -- e.g. are these fabric photos going to crack, attract critters, get washed away, or create holes in fabric like some reported from blue markers. -- My main question is which photo transfer technique do you feel would create the least amount of problems for a quilt "down the road?" Are these quilts going to age well? Which methods would you stay completely away from? Have we reached a level of technology in the area photo transfer to fabric where I should not be concerned about this?

Thanks-- Sue in Illinois


Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 08:58:44 -0700 From: "Laurette Carroll" 

Thanks, Joan, for mentioning the articles. This is all very new to me and so much fun. For those of you that don't know Joan, who is new to the list, she has a monthly column on the www.fabrics.net site and owns the vintage fabrics list which can be accessed through that same site. She is very knowledgeable on the more technical aspects of vintage fabrics, like weave types, combed or carded yarns, and 20th. century manufactured fabrics, etc.

Laurette Carroll Southern California

Look to the Future With Hope


Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 12:54:38 -0400 From: mreich@attglobal.net To: <QHL@cuenet.com> Subject: QHL:The Mosaic Floors of Italy Message-ID: 

Like Don, I had a similar experience when visiting Italy in 1982. I was fortunate enough to accompany my husband and two others on a business trip to Rome. Our small hotel was around the corner from Santa Maria Maggiore, also known as "Our Lady of the Snow." When we walked in the front door everyone's eyes look up at the main alter and the magnificent ceilings. I exclaimed "Look at all the quilts!" Immediately, I reached for my camera, and started taking photos of the mass of complete patchwork quilts in various shades of marble totally covering the floor and sometimes a section of wall. I caused a puzzled security guard to question me. It seems that he never observed anyone photographing the floors before. I searched the Roman bookstores for information about these designs. The best source was a book called "The Churches of Rome" by Roloff Beny, 1981. It talks about a school founded by Cosmati in the eleventh-century. 

I have not researched it thoroughly but the mosaics in the many of the cathedrals and churches in Italy were designed in the Cosmati or Cosmatesque style. The students were most famous for intricate mosaic-inlaid floors and walls. Each section of floor resembles a patckwork quilt but in marble. The designs includes just about everything we see in early nineteenth-century quilts, nine patch, album, flying geese, square in a square, variable stars, tumbling blocks, puss in the corner and more. There are fabulous rolling compasses that are used in medallions with other patterns surrounding them. Some of the medallions even intertwine. The overall effect is mind-boggling You can find these pavements in just about every church in Rome, however, San Giovanni Laterano is perhaps the finest.

 Shortly after our trip, Judy B. Dales made a quilt representing the mosaic floors of Rome. It was featured in a Quilters' Newsletter Magazine. I was thrilled to be able to share my own photos with her. Then in 1985, Helen Fairfield published "Patchwork from Mosaics." She translated the designs into patchwork quilts and clothing. She has some close-ups of floors in color. You can easily observe the shades of marble and the beautiful effect in the design. If you were to make a quilt resembling the work of the mosaicists of Rome, the Quilter's Suede fabrics of today would be your best bet to achieve the effect of marble. And don't get upset if your points don't match! You are creating your design with fabrics. These guys had to cut marble and fit it into place to get their points to match! Are the QHLers having breakfast on Saturday or Sunday morning? Sue Reich, Connecticut 


Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 12:42:37 -0600 From: Xenia Cord <xenia@legacyquilts.net> To: QHL@cuenet.com Subject: Re: QHL:The 

Sue's comments on the Cosmati style mosaic tile floors in Rome, and their resemblance to 19th century quilt designs, reminds me that many people, men and women alike, took the "Grand Tour" of Europe before settling down to whatever life had in store for them. Do you suppose it is possible that 19th century women copied the designs on paper, as Sue and others have done on film?

Just musing on quilt design origins... Xenia


Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 14:51:41 -0400 From: "pepper cory" <pepcory@mail.clis.com> To: "Quilt Heritage List" <QHL@cuenet.com> 

Hello all-The mosaics of church floors almost certainly were inspiration for quiltmakers. Used to be in Anglican services you knelt a long, long periods and thus had plenty of eyes-down contemplation time. But the mosaics and their Flying Geese, Nine Patches etc. are far older than Victorian or even Renaissance times. Check out the Roman mosaic floors at Fishbourne in England or the wonderful displays in the castle museum at Chichester. All of the above quilt blocks are represented plus Kansas Troubles, Pin Wheel, Mill Wheel, Tumbling Block, and others. In the 1700's archaeology, a gentlemen's pastime, was popular in Great Britain. Roman ruins (including mosaics) were sought after and uncovered. People (including quiltmakers) must have seen them and been inspired. Just my humble opinion, Pepper Cory

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Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 17:56:46 EDT From: Midnitelaptop@aol.com To: 

you gotta go to http://www.sussexpast.co.uk/fishbo/mosaics.htm to see a floor filled with square in a square and flying geese at the Fishbourn museum jeanL


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