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Date: Sun, 29 Sep 2002 23:27:14 -0400 From: "Annette A." 

I found the Better Homes and Garden "A century of quilts" magazine today in my local grocery. There were several copies still there. If any of you haven't been able to find one, I would be happy to get one of them for you and mail it for cost, plus 7% sales tax and postage.



Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 07:52:44 -0400 From: Lesters <jeanlester@ntown.com> 

Please don't take his books to be historically correct!!! He was quite liberal with his portrayal of persons and things. How do I know? I'm in the book of quilts---with embellishments! He included some of my friends, also, with fact not being a particular factor and setting up some of the pictures to misrepresent conditions.



Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 08:44:52 EDT From: DDBSTUFF@aol.com To: 

Does anyone on the list know of someone in Maryland that does antique quilt cleaning?




Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 10:35:02 EDT From: Bunjorda@aol.com To: 

This is in my area of interest also (nurse working in psychiatric research and H of F researcher on Dr. Dunton). Dr. Dunton, a psychiatrist and founder of the profession of Occupational Therapy, was one of the first to recognize the benefits of creating and working with one's hands as a relief to anxiety and distraction from depressive thinking. He also encouraged the study of quilts ;>. In recent years, the American Sewing Association commissioned a study that showed women who sew experience a drop in heart rate, blood pressure, and perspiration rate when compared to women who particpated in other activities, like reading, painting, or playing cards. Another study by Dr. Lisa Barrett revealed that sewing ( 20 minutes a day) is an activity that helps reduce stress and can lead to overall better health of mind and body. These new studies are confirming old theories and what we quilters knew instinctively all along! We're quilting for our health! Bunnie Jordan


Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 10:40:38 -0400 From: "Pam Weeks Worthen" 

The kick-off party of the NH Quilt Documentation Project, Phase II (NHQDPII) was a great success this past Saturday. We had 40 supporters and future volunteers turn up to hear Martha McCarthy, leader of Phase I, and Richard Cleveland of the Vermont Quilt Search project, speak and show slides on their respective projects.

I was particularly thrilled to see the diversity, quality and number of "really cool quilts" that were documented in the first NH go-round (1985-1991) Of the 1050 documented in that period, Martha said that about 200 have NH provenance and she shared a couple of GREAT stories.

We already have a great base to start from thanks to the work of Martha and the original core group.

Richard Cleveland is also a wonderful speaker, and we saw slides of some amazing quilts from the Vermont search.

Our volunteer training day is sceduled for November 16 in Contoocook, NH and we have our first documentations scheduled for January. We are Launched!!!

A reminder to those on this list with collection, or connections to collections. We will be doing our best to document quilts with NH provenance held OUTSIDE the state. As a NE state that saw a decline in it's population in the mid nineteenth century, the Western migration is a part of our history. So knowing where some of those quilts went, and especially the story of how they went and where they landed, is part of our history.

Your helpful hints and comments are always welcome!

Pam Weeks Worthen in NH where the drought is over and the fall colour is just beginning.


Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 12:00:16 -0400 From: "Candace Perry" 

If for any reason someone out there is having trouble getting a copy of the reprinted Clues in the Calico, we have some here in our gift shop -- we take MC/VISA. Just a commercial break! Candace Perry Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center


Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 12:11:45 -0400 From: Palampore@aol.com To: 

Last week I purchased an 1851 red and white signature quilt which has on it several times ---Clinton, along with the signatures. I am not sure, but I think it was Clinton, NY. However, my husband did a little advance scouting for me with the names and he says that Penn. seems more appropriate, but I can't find a Clinton, PA. (And Clinton, NY is just over the border from PA.) Any idea? It had a multitude of turkey red fabrics in it. I wanted to count them and wasn't sure how to do it because they kept running together in my brain. Then that ol'light bulb went off. I numbered a sheet, and proceeded to draw each of the patterns found on the blocks. It made it an easy way to count them, and I now have a great image in my head of pre-1851 turkey red prints. (There were 20 total!!!) It will surely help me with identification later on. I thought I would share the process, for there are many blues, and browns that can also fit into that scenerio. So, if you have a dated quilt get out your pencils and draw the designs. Many are very similar, but still different. The quilt has on it names such as: Tompkins, Davis, Story, Erhart, and then 3 or 4 that I can't read. Will let you know when I have them figured out. It is a quilt top that was going to be thrown away.(NY) A lady was given the top, and she quilted it in the early 1980's. It is in remarkable shape. She did a great job quilting it, too. She didn't quilt it to death, so it should hold up very well for many many years. My 11 yr. old daughter came down with Bells Palsy 3 weeks ago. I want to report that she is about 90% back to her old face at present. If anyone gets it, know that most of the time it goes away 100%. But, get the person to an ENT doctor immediately. They seem to deal with it the best. I need a street address to send Kris a box. All I have is a PO BOX. Anyone got one??? Thanks, Lynn Lancaster Gorges, New Bern, NC (palampore@aol.com)


Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 12:12:56 EDT From: RPLQuilts@aol.com To: 

Hello All, Was reading up on the postings and got very excited reading about the Mosaics. This March I was fortunate enough to accompany my husband on a business trip to Rome. We toured the Vatican and purchased tickets to see the Sistine Chapel. I aways carry a journal and case of colored pencils when I travel. So while everyone elas is taking pictures of the saints I'm having jim hold my purse while I'm making colored sketches of the patterns on the floor. But the best were in the Sistine Chapel. It was Spring Break in Europe when we were there, so teens attached to backpacks were everywhere. I spent as much time looking at the ceiling as well as the floor. I suffered a few blows to get my sketches but I saw wonderful economy patches, half square triangles, and a great variation of a glorifed nine patch or mariners compass , could have gone either way. I've got batiks picked out and I'm drafting designs.. Paulette in Carmel by the corn Indiana



Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 11:36:10 -0500 From: "Susan Wildemuth" 

We live in a rural area and have to travel a distance to reach a larger metro area. For those of you, like me, or for those of you who have been searching and just can't find a copy, I did a little investigating this am and found how to obtain a copy using this telephone number and a c.card. CENTURY OF QUILTS 1-888-636-4478 This number was given to me via a call to AMERICAN PATCHWORK AND QUILTING. Cost is approximately $6.95 -- Newstand $5.99. It is suppose to arrive 5 to 7 working days after ordering. This should be a wonderful read, I can hardly wait. Hope this helps those interested in obtaining a copy.

Sue in Illinois


Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 16:13:16 -0400 From: "Cinda Cawley" 

Anyone who lives in reasonable proximity to Chester Co., PA (or like me is willing to drive a distance) should consider volunteering for the Chester County Quilt Documentation Project. There is no residency requirement (G). The information was posted on QHL, but I thought an update might be in order. I went to the training session on Sat. (there will be two more: Oct. 8 from 2 to 4:30 and Oct. 12 from 9:30 to noon). You must attend one session to volunteeer for the documentation. These people are really well organized. They have benefited from the experience of previous doc. projects. They seem to have anticipated a lot of questions and developed easy to use forms. They stuck to their timetable and communicated a lot of information. (A bit of quilt trivia: this will be the 29th county project in PA. Surely you know that the quilt heritage of the Keystone State is so rich that they do these projects by county). There will be 9 quilt days, all on Saturday, from Oct. 2002 to June 2003 and jobs for all levels of skill and interest. For more info call Ellen Endslow at the Chester Co. Hist. Soc. 610-692-4066 ext. 257. Cinda on the Eastern Shore (130 miles from Chester Co.)


Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 11:52:50 EDT From: DDBSTUFF@aol.com To: 

Suzanne Cawley and all;

Here is a good place to start: http://interiordec.about.com/cs/windowtinting/

There are several articles and lots of info.



Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 12:33:52 -0400 From: "judygrow" <judygrow@rcn.com> To: Darwin and all,

I don't know about you, but I will no longer follow links that take me to About.com. Getting rid of the stacked pop-up ads takes forever, puts me in an evil mood, and I am convinced that my address is glommed for spamming just by going to that site. It used to be a wonderful site, but they got greedy and ruined it.

Never again. I'd much rather Google my topic title (Google.com) and get my hits that way!

Judy in Ringoes, NJ judygrow@rcn.com


Date: Tue, 1 Oct 02 12:15:13 -0600 From: woodford <haq@galenalink.net> T

To JeanL and all members,

I thought that advertising was not what the QHL is about. Digest #270 contained a positive comment about a specific antique quilt website. If this is going to be allowed I think others who have such websites should be able to post theirs as well. Maybe there should be a special Digest List for Websites as we have done for books. Then everyone who wants to can be advertised to the antique quilt lovers.

And yes, I have a vested interest.

Barbara Woodford Historic American Quilts


Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2002 12:34:05 -0400 From: Palampore@aol.com To: 

Thanks to all of you who wrote to me. I am now going to research Clinton, NY, Clinton County, Penn., Clinton, NJ, and Clinton, Conn. One of those has to match. I was trying to do the names by memory and wrote one wrong. It is Eckert not Erhart. There are several names that I still can't read. I plan to place clear plastic over the names and trace them. I hope that will help me "feel" the name better. Any other suggestions for deciphering 19th century handwriting? I also failed to tell you the quilt pattern. It is the Album Block- Chimney Sweep. Three sides are adorned with green print swags with turkey red tassles. I still need a street address for Kris. Anyone have one? Off and running....Lynn Lancaster Gorges, New Bern, NC


Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2002 13:08:42 -0400 From: "Judy Kelius (judysue)" 

Judy and All . . . you don't have to live with popup ads! There is free software available that stops most of these (including the ones on about.com). Here is the program I use: http://www.panicware.com/product_pshelp.html

This DOES work. I have no affiliation with this program other than being a happy user.


Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2002 11:34:33 CST From: jocelynm@delphiforums.com To: 

> I don't know about you, but I will no longer follow links that take me to > About.com. Getting rid of the stacked pop-up ads takes forever, Judy, I go to About.com on a daily basis, and haven't seen a big influx of spam. The one benefit about having to get rid of 2 (concurrent) email addresses in the past year, is that my new ID hasn't gotten onto spammer lists yet. <G> I recommend Ad/Subtract for dealing with the popup situation. I use it on my home computer, and it takes care of both popups and banners.



Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 14:39:32 EDT From: Midnitelaptop@aol.com To: 

i feel the same way about ...about.com and similiarly about geocities...i avoid those two site prefixes.. jeanL


Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 15:23:31 -0400 From: "laurafisher" 

Get the newly updated Checklist of American Coverlets Weavers just out from from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg; also get Melinda Zongor's new book from ShifferPublishing on coverlets.

The term "summer winter "is mistakenly applied to these double weave jacquard coverlets. I suppose because one side typically is the lighter cream color and the reverse size is the darker (usually indigo or red) color, it suggests turning the coverlet over for seasonal use. Summer winter is actually a flatter weave than an overshot coverlet and usually looks the same on both sides.

The two names are likely the weaver, and the person for whom the coverlet was woven, not two weavers! Check the checklist for either name and historic info on whichever person you find.



Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 15:43:11 -0400 From: "laurafisher" 

Some jacquard coverlets in fact are quite valuable, depending upon the imagery, weaver, locale, etc. There are also some glorious early woven blankets and coverlets,with great combinations of colors and intricate weaves, beyond the traditional blue and white pieces.

. It's always good to know the range of material that was produced, so one can evaluate the merits of any one piece in context.



Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2002 16:40:13 -0400 From: Newbie Richardson 

Dear all, I am just back from installing an exhibit on the history of women in American business: "Enterprising Women: 250 years of American Business" at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Mass (the greater Boston area). It is sponsored by the Schlessinger Library at Radcliffe and the NHM, funding from ATT and Ford Motors. Among the 50 women highlighted are Marie Webster. Each of the 6 venues will feature one of her quilts - loaned by the family. Did you know that the 13 copies of the Declaration of Independence were printed by a woman? - Katherine Goddard. The concept of compound interest was perfected by a woman: Heddy Green after the Civil War. And a woman is responsible for pushing our breasts into all kinds of positions: Ida Rosenthal of Maidenform bras. (I now consider "bra" to be a 4 letter word - a real challenge to display!) The list goes on. So take your daughters and grand daughters, plan a trip to one of the venues to see this show, it will be well worth it. These gals should never be ignored again! Venues: National Heritage Museum, Oct. 4, 2002 - Feb.23, 2003 NY Historical Society, NYC March 25 - May 31, 2003 Atlanta History Center July1st - Sept. 21, 2003 Museum of Women in the Arts, DC Octr. 24, 2003 - Jan. 11, 2004 Exhibit available 2/04 - 5/04 LA Public Library June19th, - Sept.19th, 2004 Detroit Historical Society Oct. 18th - Jan 9th,2005 Newbie Richardson


Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2002 17:18:59 -0600 From: Xenia Cord 

For the past 13 years, many quilters have held the first Tuesday in October open for "Marguerite's party." Begun as her birthday celebration, the event - and it is an EVENT - has become a day of fun, food, quilt sharing and networking. The Annual Quilter's Show & Tell Luncheon is hosted by Marguerite Wiebusch at her country home in central Indiana, and by 9AM her driveway is packed with vehicles from all over the state, and from elsewhere as well. Marguerite is an early entrant into the world of American quiltmaking and quilt history, and she knows just everyone!

Each event is "themed," with invitees asked to make and bring a related quilt block; regardless of the theme, the individual interpretations have been widely diverse. The blocks are divided into usable groupings, and a drawing is held to see who will take them home (and be obligated to show a finished composition some time in the future!) This year, the 14th annual, we brought 12" Christmas Holiday blocks.

Following coffee and treats, the group eagerly awaits what can only be described as a form of dumpster-diving; contributed fabric remnants are dumped onto a sheet in the middle of the living room, and on the signal everyone dives in, flinging bits in the air, exclaiming over great finds, negotiating to share treasured pieces. Lest those treats not be enough, Marguerite also offers each guest a gift packet of quilt-related items.

Early in the tradition of this party (1992), attendees made blocks in secret for Marguerite, based on her love for barns. The finished quilt has been shown at AQS/Paducah and at MAQS, and was featured in the American Quilter, Vol. XII #2 (Summer 1996), p. 53. Everyone who participated received a clever write-up by Janet Myers on each barn, referring to the personalities of the block makers, and bound as a booklet with the finished quilt on the cover.

The main event of the day is "show and tell," with no holds barred. We are likely to be shown recent compositions, works in progress, wonderful vintage quilts from family and finds, specialty pieces from a number of guests who are known for a specific dedication. We have expert quiltmakers and beginners among us, and some who don't quilt at all - it doesn't matter.

At this year's gathering (today!), we were treated to a reprise of quilts from blocks won in previous years. We saw two quilts featuring "Fantasy Shoes," including one quilt made to resemble a shoe shop, and one block featuring "Blue Suede Tap (faucets!) Shoes" "Snow People" from 1997 included a block with a sign-carrying snowman - "Repent! El Niño is Coming!" "Sew It's October" included some delightful and quirky Halloween blocks, and the 2001 blocks featuring chickens (we're way ahead of Martha!) yielded three clever and funny compositions.

In addition, show and tell allowed us to comment with delight on two tops made by the daughter of a longtime quiltmaker, who herself is a beginner. The stunning tops in red, white, and blue included one with dramatically pieced diagonal stripe borders and mini-Nine Patch blocks in a zigzag arrangement. Another longtime quiltmaker showed a finished challenge quilt in which the challenge fabrics of purple and brick red had been worked into a terrific and complementary arrangement of fans and vining appliqué flowers. A machine artist showed a collage of hundreds of print animals, birds, reptiles, fish, and insects, in different scales. The quilts kept coming: large, small, richly detailed, full of clever tricks and techniques. And there were vintage pieces as well, including two redwork fleamarket finds and a 4th quarter 19th century top in madder prints and chrome orange, with a madder purple sashing, done in diamonds. And several attendees shared books or magazines in which they had works.

Following a pitch-in lunch of our best recipes, and a lot of friendship renewals, general chatter and a group photo, there was more show and tell, which ended only when the 40 or more guests exhausted the contents of their contributed repertoires. Throughout, cameras were flashing, and at least one attendee has documented on film every single offering from every one of the parties.

One day the chronicle of these parties will make a wonderful research project for someone in AQSG!



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