quilthistorylogo.gif (6848 bytes)


Home Page


Join QHL  
Member Links  
Quilt Restoration  

Study Groups









Quilters Find a way to care

Subject: Woman's Day set From: louise-b <vlbequetmcmsys.com>

I bought my set from Book of the Month Club selections in the 60s probably. I lost the patterns at one part and let the book go later. Bad mistake.

I am still enjoying reading the new Uncoverings, particularly the one about sewing machines since I collect the old ones.

Louise -- in mid-Missouri


Subject: Re: American Needlework From: Judy Kelius <quiltsptd.net> 

The book was written by Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder of the "House on the Prairie" fame and the entire series had been published in Woman's Day. There was a lot of interest in American history because 1961 marked the Centennial of the beginning of the Civil War - I know that because I graduated from high school in 1961 and that was the theme of our commencement! (dating myself . . . oops!)

I agree that the patterns set and book are FABULOUS and a must-have for any lover of antique needlework. They are timeless and as far as I know, very accurate. Since so many of these were published, they are easy to find and usually very reasonable. The set of patterns is not as readily available as the book but there are still many around. If you didn't get the book with the patterns, you can find a copy on Amazon/eBay/ABE for a few dollars.

You would pay as much or more for one similar pattern today as you can buy this whole set for . . . a fantastic bargain. Most of the patterns are not for beginners - I guess that's why we don't see that many 2nd half 20th century quilts made from them. There is one crewel bedspread in the set that I think would be awesome as a quilt. - Judy, happily collecting Social Security in PA --_1968093.ALT--


Subject: Treasure in Laurel Horton's Ephemera and "American Needlework" From: Ann-Louise Beaumont <albeaumontcomcast.net> 

I have had so much fun with the bag of Laurel Horton's ephemera that I bought at the silent auction at the AQSG seminar in Denver. What caught my eye were the clippings from "The Magazine Antiques" on the tree of life pattern. However, there was so much more in it on varied topics. I became interested in quilts in the late l980's, quilt history in the mid 1990's, and so missed what was going on earlier. One article in this bag, "The Story of American Needlework #2: Patchwork" by Rose Wilder Lane (Woman's Day, April 1961), must be part of the series Lynn is mentioning. There is an order form for the patterns for Robbing Peter to Pay Paul,Sunburst, Delectable Mountains, and Star of Bethlehem, all for 75 cents. By happy chance, my guild was weeding out their library at a garage sale, so I snapped up the box of American Needlework patterns and instructions, not realizing the tie-in at the time. Lots of gorgeous patterns and helpful information. The editor's preface to the booklet in the box states "And so, when it was decided that the text of the story of American Needlework would be put into book form as the 'Woman's Day Book of American Needlework', by Rose Wilder Lane, it seemed natural to go one step further and make all the patterns and instructions available at the same time." So, it seems there is a book we could watch out for too. For those of us who came late to the quilt history party, background like this is exactly what we need for a better perspective. I can't contribute any information to Lynn's question about what was happening in 1961 to spark Rose Wilder Lane's articles and subsequent book and patterns, but I hope folks who know about this time will teach us. If Laurel Horton is reading this, thank you so very much for contributing your ephemera so that I could have so much fun with it. Best Wishes, Ann-Louise Beaumont in Greeley, CO


Subject: Re: American Needlework From: Sandra G Munsey <munseyjuno.com> 

Well, Lynn, I guess I can hazard a guess or two about the 1961 interest in needlework - and in so doing reveal quite a bit about my age and inclinations <G> since I not only own the book and boxed set - purchased when published, but I also have the original articles torn from Woman's Day!

The late 1950s and early 1960s magazines were full of needlework and stitchery articles. Considerable emphasis was on embroidery, not only traditional crewel wool and classic floss designs, but also on "modern" Scandinavian work. Woman's Day also did articles about Danish counted cross stitch and flower thread embroidery, thereby re-igniting an interest in counted cross stitch that had been dormant for probably a half century. Jean Ray Laury had early quilt designs published in Family Circle and in Woman's Day, too. At least I believe she was published in both. Attribution of designs and credit for the stitching rarely was given during those years, being before the impact of Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan, so it is a bit difficult to be sure who provided some of the featured projects other than guessing at style. To the credit of editors and publishers of Woman's Day, particularly, many articles over a period of years included serious, although usually condensed, histories of a given craft. I believe it was the influence of Rose Wilder Lane, in particular, and her relationship with the magazine, as I think she was an editor for them for a while. In addition to my collection of the American Needlework series that she wrote, I have articles about rug hooking, furniture, colchas, antiques, art, and who knows what else. There were "primers" on furniture styles, for example, and woodworking instructions. Woman's Day also published food features that included tear out sections a couple of times a year - Christmas cookies, Scandinavian cooking, Southwestern cooking and so on. These features eventually became the Woman's Day Encyclopedia of Cooking in twelve volumes, available at the local supermarket over a period of several weeks. (Before Julia Child.) And, yes, a well worn set is in my kitchen as I write. It was reprinted about 10 or 15 years later, too. McCall's Needlework Magazine was another contributor to the volume of information and augmented by other articles in McCall's Magazine, a general interest publication. (How many of your had Betsey McCall dolls a spin off from the magazine's paper doll?) Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, and Good Housekeeping had patterns available for the whole range of needleworks, but none of these featured history the way in which Women's Day did.

O.K., so why the 1960s? Actually, the interest in needlearts was a post WWII resurgence and the how-to-do articles were aimed at housewives not employed outside the home, kind of a morphing of Depression economizing and war rationing. Woman's Day and Family Circle could be purchased next to the register at the local - brand new - self service market for 10 or 15 cents. My mother bought them for ideas to make Christmas cards, gift tags and other holiday decorating ideas, recipes and home sewing fashions. Money wasn't as tight as in the Depression, but it certainly wasn't plentiful in the 1940s and 50s. As a Korean War vet graduate student's wife, the cheap price (maybe 20 or 25 cents by 1959) was the only magazine I could afford. The late Fifies brought the early "back to basics" movement. Remember the Beatniks before there were Hippies? Families of married students lived on the edges of college campuses, often rented a old house together to share expenses, child care, and juggled schedules so the married women could also enroll in classes or work. ($135 a month from the GI Bill for a man with a wife and 1 or more children.) Hand crafts of all kinds were part of that survival - even to sell for a few extra bucks. So, the magazines and the market place (when decent cotton yard goods could be purchased on sale for 33 cents a yard) found ready customers of women trying to make a home on the cheap as well as the financially better off woman who did not work outside the home but had time to fill. As the 1960s rolled on, the "flower children" created a political movement coupled with earlier necessity.

The popular Bicentennial revival of home crafts came later - not until around 1970 when county extension agents began adding the teaching of quilting, making "colonial" costumes et al to their classes and the "Bicentennial Industry" geared up to march toward 1976. The needlework magazines morphed once again. Today we find ourselves in the current iteration where Bicentennial inspired interest in quilting, researching and reenacting history has fostered - dare I say it by the "Bicentennial Industry"? - to continue to create markets. Or, who else besides the quilters have rescued the textile industry?

Fortunately, we find a genuine interest in history in the broadest sense has been created. Now, if only we learn something by it, to prevent the errors of the past. In that cause I try to remain optimistic, although on some days - - - - -

Sandra on snowy Cape Cod --- This is WAY too early!


Subject: Re: American Needlework From: Mitzioakesaol.com 

If you really want to know what was happening in 196i log onto GOOGLE and ask for 1961 Events - you will be surprised what you will come up with. Mitz


Subject: American Needlework history/patterns From: Jccullencrewaol.com 

In a message dated 12/4/2005 1:44:41 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, Jccullencrew writes:

Hi Sandra, Even though I was just a sweet young thing (lol) in the late 50's, reading your post brought back fond memories of the embroidery revival. During that time I found in either Woman's Day or Family Circle (probably the former) counted cross stitch patterns for the flowers of the 48 states. I did the states in which we lived (moved around a lot) and framed them in oval frames and they still make me happy looking at them today. Like you, I have files of great patterns, how to's, and things to do "sometime" down the road. I cut out a picture of a crazy quilt pillow years ago, and then found it again, knowing that I WAS going to make one for myself. Joined a crazy quilt group and I'm having a ball doing it. What's interesting now is that once again, the teenagers' jeans, jackets, etc. are being embellished with stitchery. I guess the manufacturers got tired of making everything look old and worn and torn, while charging outrageous prices at the same time. I'm waiting for DGD to ask me to "do" her jeans for her. Here's my chance to introduce her to stitching. I do believe in miracles!!! Thanks again for an informative post. Carol Grace


Subject: Re Sandra Munsey's post From: Gail Ingram <gingramtcainternet.com> 

How I enjoyed Sandra Munsey's post on mid-20th century needlework scene! So much came back.

Sandra, here is a subject that needs developing, and you are the one who should develop it: Woman's Day contribution to needlework of the time. A passion and familiarity with the subject, far from precluding a scholarly eye, informs it and and writing. Please go for it---snow on Cape Cod or not!

The prevailing view now is that there were the thirties; then came the Bi-Centennial. And that is false, as those of us who loved needlework in the intervening years know.

I went to my files and found one of those pull-out sections from WD on pressed and brilliant-cut glass, another on depression glass. I must have clipped these long before I was married. I think my mother bought this magazine primarily because of the level of attention and the quality of attention it gave to traditional crafts and furnishings.

Go examine your files, start taking notes about organization and research, and generally put your thinking cap on, young lady!



Subject: funny quilt From: alanalanrkelchner.com 

Bought a quilt last night. A wonderful 1870s flying geese top, tied in the forties with a neat passionflower fabric. But they didnt go together, so when I got home, I dismantled the thing. The work was easy, and the top is much happier. I've listed the backing on eBay, maybe make some of the purchase price back ($45). The backing fabric is way cool. Item #7372263346.



Subject: Colonial Revival From: Julie Silber <quiltcomplexdirecway.com> 

Hi, I have had some helpful responses to my inquiry about how our quilt (currently #7370421223 on eBay) "fits' into the category of Colonial Revival.

Sally Ambrose wrote to me:

"Emyl Jenkins has a good discussion of Colonial Revival in her book "Reproduction Furniture" pages 55-57. Even though this book is specicfic to furniture, the style discussion are applicable to the decorative arts found in American homes since (here it comes) Colonial times. A summary of Jenkin's discussion follows.

"This is a term that has been bandied about by antique dealers and decorators for years. The term really is a substitute for American reproduction furniture. Over the years the term "Colonial Revival" stuck. When you read about 1920 or 1930's furniture and interior design, the style the writers called Colonial or Colonial Revival was often Empire-style furniture made between 1820-1850. In a book published in 1907, The Quest of the Colonial the term 'Colonial' is attached to all furniture of early times and shapes. (You will love the next part of this quote) It has come to be so generally employed, and is a term in itself so suggestive and so sonorous that it would be invidous indeed to strivce to limit its use with chilly literalness." End quote.

Julie, style reproduction of style in America took off around 1910 when assembly line production of goods was in full swing. Faithful reproductions were being made before this circa 1880, but the assembly line made the styles of goods more cost effective so everyone could have a Chippendale chair. Magazines began to publish ads of items made that duplicated the 'colonial style'. Then it was necessary to write articles (see Dec. 1915 Arts and Decoration) showing the difference between good and bad reproductions. Colonial Revival has evolved the mind set is a 30 year period between 1895-1925. Going back into the early reproductions into the 20th century. According to Jenkins, the pivotal years were 19l0-1919. Colonial style was prevalent in the 1920-1930's to liven up the previous decades of dark Victorian style in homes. It is being reproduced today and quality of workmanship ranges from good to bad just as it always have.

So...you are both right. It was probably made in the early part of the 20th century, therefore, could be dubbed Colonial Revival." Sally

I answered her this: "I appreciate your ideas and the quote from Emyl Jenkins. Do I take this all to mean that there is nothing in particular about this quilt that makes if CR, only that it was made during that specific period time and that is not a "new" or innovative design, but rather a repeat of an earlier, traditional design? Julie"

She answered with this, which I found very helpful:

"Correct Julie. Colonial Revival has become a catch-all phrase. It is not a derogatory phrase and decorators, dealers, museum people know what is meant by CR. It is taught in the colleges and decorative arts courses. It does not have the connotation that 'museum quality' has acquired . CR does have meaning but the meaning stretches over several revival periods that this country has gone through. The most recent 'revivals' 1880's, 1915, 1920-30's (post WW I and pre-WW II), 1970's, a flurry in the 1990's. The earlier, pre-1880, periods had some revival items that were reproduction of Napoleonic, Queen Anne, Gothic and other styles. The active cabinet makers made what they thought the gentry wanted and recent arrivals to this country were attracted to the European styles. Good sources of available raw materials made it easier to reproduce items that were very, very close to original construction. Woe unto the appraiser that has to determine circa date!! :) I try to avoid using CR in my appraisal work because it is too obtuse a phrase."

Thanks to Sally and several others who wrote to me directly.

Julie Silber


Subject: Deadline changes, books, and wanderlust! From: QuiltEvalsaol.com 

I have received several emails from some participating QHL'ers suggesting that I "get the word out" so to speak about the NEW deadline for the Quilt and Textile Study tour to England and Scotland as it has been extended. So with permission of our list mom, I would like to mention that we have had a change of airlines and therefore the new registration deadline is now January 10. There are 4 openings left before reaching our max of 25 on this tour. For tour information go to _www.textiletour.com_ (http://www.textiletour.com/) .

As a side note: I had to smile at Gail's post regarding the "Andrinople" book from the textile museum in Mulhouse. When she first mentioned it, the title did not seem familiar, but later after thinking about it, it dawned on me that I had bought it in Mulhouse, along with just about everyone else who was on the French Textile Tour, yet, it was still in its cellophane wrapper at the bottom my "things to get to" pile. Shame on me!

Thanks Gail for the reminder!

It is a magnificent book, and when I did thumb through the pages, it truly gave me wanderlust to venture once again to similar museums that contain such treasures. If anyone ever has the chance to go to France, be sure to go to the Musee de l'Impression sur Etoffes in Mulhouse, where the fabrics depicted in the book are from. You will not regret the extra time it may take to get there.

To see the fabrics in the "Andrinople" book is breathtaking....but the experience of opening drawers and thumbing through sample books each full of 18th and 19th century fabrics to see, study, and fawn over, will actually take your breath away.

If anyone is interested in a few images from our tour there this past September, you may go to _http://quiltappraiser.com/frenchtour1.htm_ (http://quiltappraiser.com/frenchtour1.htm) .

Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Christmas season!

Deb Roberts


Subject: Betsy McCall dolls and new topic for thought From: "Marcia Kaylakie"

Well, I still have my Betsy McCall doll! She resides happily with my Barbie and my Chatty Cathy, whose voicebox still works! Someday I will pass them on to my granddaughters. I loved the Betsy McCall paper dolls and looked forward to them every month when the magazine arrived. Did I save them? No. Just played with them and then they "disappeared" when the next month's magazine arrived. You know, those outfits would have been wonderful sources of mid-twentieth clothing info! Now why didn't I think of that ? New topic to think about and discuss: was this generation of quiltmakers (us right now) the first generation to make more quilts from materials purchased exclusively for quilting vs. clothing cutaways and leftover materials from dressmaking? The operative word here is 'more' . Certainly we have wonderful examples of quilts made with fabrics purchased solely for the quilt, but did our ancestors more often than not use their fabrics from clothing? Certainly, I know that I have purchased materials for a quilt that I would not wear. And how will this affect our future perception of quiltmakers and their art? Will it be perceived as an activity of leisure and some disposable income vs. frugality and need? Yes, I know not all quilts were made from need in every time period. Just throwing out some grist for the brain mill, as it were. Marcia Kaylakie, who is loving this chill in the air in Austin tonight! Feels a little like the Christmas season now!


Subject: Re: Colonial Revival From: kathie holland <kathiehollandoptonline.net> 

Julie, thank you for sharing the respones to the list. I learned a lot by the responses.... I hope that others will be encouraged to do this (or respond to the list) so we can all learn by the questions asked on the list. thanks again, Kathie in NJ

I have had some helpful responses


Subject: Re: Colonial Revival From: Xenia Cord <xenialegacyquilts.net> 

Another part of the "Colonial Revival" involved the upholding "Colonial foremothers" for emulation. If one fully endorsed CR, one must also do handwork, especially quilting. Here is the prologue from a circa 1935 Boag catalog, "The Romantic Story of Quilts," which said in part:

"Quilting is one of the oldest and most fascinating fireside crafts. Hundreds of years ago, humble maids, austere nuns, grand dames, and stately queens, in cottages, convents, and castles made quilts through necessity or for their own pleasure. Generation after generation enriched and advanced the quilter's art of expressing in design the joys and sorrows, the thrills and heartaches, and the incidents of love and daring of the times. During pioneer days, quilting brought consolation to our great grandmothers through their long vigils in barren cabins. . . . Women of today intuitively cherish the beauty of an ancient quilt not only for itself, but for the enduring romance of men and women who lived and loved and, dying, left inanimate possessions to serve as witnesses of the spirit."

All right now, get out there and quilt <g>!



Subject: bought vs. worn fabrics From: "Andi" <andi0613iowatelecom.net> 

Marcia wrote:

New topic to think about and discuss: was this generation of quiltmakers (us

right now) the first generation to make more quilts from materials purchased

exclusively for quilting vs. clothing cutaways and leftover materials from

dressmaking? The operative word here is 'more' . Certainly we have wonderful

examples of quilts made with fabrics purchased solely for the quilt, but did

our ancestors more often than not use their fabrics from clothing?

The seven quilts I inherited all came from my maternal great-great grandmothers - women born in the 1880s in the TN or NC mountains. The quilts were made in the 1930s and are typical - GFG, hexagon, GM fan, etc. The way I can tell which side of my mother's family they came from is that one great-great grandmother's husband owned a dry goods store (I have his Coats & Clark spool cabinet). The fabrics in her six quilts "match" because she had access to new fabrics and plenty of it, although some of them contain fabrics she made into clothing, too. The other ggm was married to a dirt-poor farmer and the only quilt that survived hard use - a log cabin - is truly ugly, made of the most awful collection of scraps you ever saw. But it's my favorite. My ggm, gm and mom told this story repeatedly through my childhood - that there the "haves" and the "have nots," so I'd say that in my family, at least, I'm not the first batch of quilters to rely on purchased fabrics. (Besides, I gave up sewing clothes when I took up quilting - only so many hours in the day!)

Andi in Keota, Iowa


Subject: Rose Wilder Lane From: "Judy Anne" <anne_jworldnet.att.net> 

>> "The Story of American Needlework #2: Patchwork" by Rose Wilder Lane (Woman's Day, April 1961), must be part of the series Lynn is mentioning<<

In a delightful bit of synchronicity a quilting friend just gave me that exact issue of Women's Day! Lane's article has a bit of the romanticism that we see in early writers like Marie Webster. Not totally accurate but they didn't have the AQSG in the 1960s. ; )

Judy Anne


Subject: Rare and out-of-print books on eBay From: "Karen Musgrave" <KarenMusgravesbcglobal.net> 

This week's The Alliance auction is mostly out-of-print or rare books (most of them signed)!! This includes Penny McMorris' Crazy Quilt book, Always There: The African-American Presence in American Quilts by Cuesta Benberry and more! You can find children's books and a new cookbook- Matzoh Ball Gumbo.

Also included in this auction is a diorama of a quilting bee from 1930. This miniature Quilting Bee has six women dressed in vintage clothing with painted nuts for faces and twigs for arms. They are sitting in stools around a quilting frame. In the frame is a miniature patch quilt complete with needles and thread. Three of the women are blondes, three are brunettes, with different hairdos, glasses, and clothes. The base resembles a wood floor. This incredible collectible is protected by a plexiglass box 12" x 12" x 9" high. The miniature patch quilt measures about 6" x 9" and the women are about 5" tall. Just too cool!

The Alliance for American Quilts (www.centerforthequilt.org), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations 100% of the sales goes to the organization.

These can be found on eBay through the following link http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZalliancequiltsQQhtZ-1QQfrppZ50QQfsopZ1QQ fsooZ1QQrdZ0?. You can't beat the powerful combination of quilts, caring people and a good cause!

Thanks! Karen Musgrave who has volunteered for the organization since 1996


Subject: colonial revival From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquiltsyahoo.com>

re buying fabrics solely for quilt use, think back to the Broderie Perse era, all those chintzes to cut out to applique for quilts, and Baltimore Album quilts with those wonderful fondu prints. There is nothing new under the sun. How many were made, compared to today's quilt output per population, who knows, but thankfully many were saved and treasured.

re Colonial Revival, I think iformost of Wallace Nutting prints and books; the company reproduced many colonial era furniture pieces, and placed them in room settings with period-appropriate braided rugs and household accessories, stimulating an interest to recreate the period room ambiance in the early 20th century.

Laura Fisher


Subject: 60s revival From: "Steve & Jean Loken" <sandjlokenatt.net> 

I think, as a quilter coming of age in the 60s, I could add to this thread. My mother lived through the Depression, and wants everything new. She has no appreciation for antiques, but does enjoy walking through antique malls with me, as a nostalgia trip. So, as a hippie and "earth mother" type, I had to rebel and have only hand-made things in my house. We covered coffee cans to make canisters, embroidered our tops with pop flowers, and of course I bought the Women's Day magazines for home-made ideas. I started out in crewel, advanced to counted thread work, and when I discovered quilting, I dropped all the rest. To her credit, my mother does very fine embroidery, but still doesn't like to decorate with anything that looks "old", so when I make quilts for her they are the more modern designs, or pure nostalgia, now that she's a great-grandmother. Also, she gave me the Rose Wilder Lane set early in my needlecrafting years, and has borrowed back a few of the patterns. Jean in cold, snowy Minnesota, which is as it should be.


Subject: Alliance E-Bay Auction From: catzrockisland.com Date:

Most of you may already know about this auction- but I didn't. Thought some of you might be interested .. Marie Johansen

>>>>This week's The Alliance auction is mostly out-of-print or rare books >>>>(most of them signed)!! ..... The Alliance for American Quilts (www.centerforthequilt.org), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, which >>>>Karey Bresanhan is a founder, benefits 100% from these auctions. These >>>>can be found on eBay through the following link http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfrppZ50QQfsooZ1QQfsopZ1QQrdZ0QQsassZalliancequilts You can'tbeat the powerful combination of quilts, caring people and a goodcause. Thanks! Karen Musgrave who has volunteered for the organization since 1996


Subject: "Colonial" and fabrics printed specifically for quilts. 

A few years ago, we had this same discussion about colonial on QHL. A highly esteemed member of the quilt world emailed me privately, and reminded me that there have been multiple colonial revivals throughout our country's history, both in the nineteenth century and the twentieth century. Below is Webster's definition of colonial. It specifically relates to the colonies. Most of the quilts that we see post date that time period by almost two centuries. Webster Main Entry: 1co·lo·nial Pronunciation: k&-'lO-nE-&l, -ny&l Function: adjective 1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a colony 2 often capitalized : of or relating to the original 13 colonies forming the United States: as a : made or prevailing in America during the colonial period <colonial architecture> b : adapted from or reminiscent of an American colonial mode of design <colonial furniture> 3 : forming or existing in a colony <colonial organisms> 4 : possessing or composed of colonies <a colonial empire> - co·lo·nial·ize /-nE-&-"lIz, -ny&-"lIz/ transitive verb - co·lo·nial·ly adverb - co·lo·nial·ness noun

Regarding fabric bought, left-over or reused for quilts. I believe that fabric was made for quilts from the late eighteenth century. Remember Hewson. We have a quilt in "Quilts and Quiltmakers" on page 165 with a backing that also appears in Montgomery. She claims it was printed here in America. Unlike palampores, it is more crudely rendered but its purpose is the same. Also, from the center of the Quaker quilt world in Pennsylvania, I have this ad: Chester Daily Times Chester, PA November 5, 1881 John Wanamaker's Philadelphia "Turkey-red for quiltings, 8, 10, 12 1/2, 15, 20 cents." We all know Quaker dress was very different fabrics than their colorful quilts. One other source, (I just straightened my shelves, consequently I can't find the book.) "Forget-me-Not" has those wonderful examples of applique quilts from the huge floral motifs with the matching borders from the mid-nineteenth century. Many examples can be seen at the Shelburne Museum. They were supposedly printed specifically for quiltmaking. Oh, If we could only have those beauties reproduced today. Sue Reich, from Connecticut waiting for a nor-easter.


Subject: Re: 70s revival From: "ChrisA" <chrisajetlink.net> 

Since the list is on this more recent track, I have a question for you related to a Hallmark Cards promotion or something like that at the time of the Bicentennial. These are commemorative all fabric dolls, in boxes that look like 18th century houses. The dolls I have are Betsy Ross, Ben Franklin, and G. & M. Washington.

Betsy's dress could be made from Ely & Walker's pink fabric, Martha's dress fabric I don't recognize. Ben and George's clothes are pre-printed to look like a waistcoat. all of the faces are printed on, as are the socks and shoes, but they are three dimensional dolls about 7" tall. Betsy is holding a flag. They all have some lace embellishments. The packaging is really cute. You open the house box and they are behind a clear sheet of plastic. The roof of the house stands taller than the box behind it, and there is a chimney at the top too. M. Washington is in Mt. Vernon.

Can anyone tell me anything about these, like how many there were total, were they sold as a promo or bought separately? I can contact Hallmark, I know, but I thought the list would like to know about these little gems and others would know have the whole collection and could fill in the gaps in my knowledge. I bought these at an antique store this summer.

Kim Wulfert www.antiquequiltdating.com Email: quiltdatingjetlink.net


Subject: Re: 70s revival From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessenyahoo.com> 

Ah, Kim, nothing like telling me you bought something from 1976 at an antique shop to make me feel old...



Subject: Re: 70s revival From: "ChrisA" <chrisajetlink.net> 

I'm one with you on that concept Kris! What's more is, they were surprised when I wanted to buy them! They were seen as decoration in their ever delightfully arranged front windows, which were decorated for July 4th. Fortunately they know me and my textile proclivity, so they sold me their decorative touches.



Subject: book From: "Lucinda Cawley" <lrcawleycomcast.net> 

I saw the Civil War Diary Quilt at Barnes and Noble the other night. The diary entries look intriguing, but the pictures are a big disappointment. I expected real quilt blocks, but instead they are drawings in really dull solid colors. I guess if you only look at the right hand pages (the text) it would be okay (G). Cinda on the Eastern Shore where it is actually snowing (a very rare occurrence)


Subject: Christmas in southeastern PA From: Barb Garrett <bgarrett421comcast.net>

Saturday was one of those days when I'm really glad I live in southeastern PA. Three wonderful historical organizations joined together to celebrate a Pennsylvania German Christmas. Two of the groups will have their exhibits up through Christmas, so you can still visit, and see the quilts and other treasures.

I started with a visit to the Schwenkfelder Library and Museum -- always a delight. Their holiday exhibits include a traditional Christmas Putz, an exhibit of antique toys and games, and a collection of miniature rooms and scenes from the Miniatures Club in Bethelehem. Candace outdid herself with her current exhibit of A Star, A Star. As I entered the exhibit, I was delighted to see a beautiful Star of Bethlehem quilt with appliqued flowers in the setting spaces. Thinking it was great that Candace had included a quilt with all her fractur pieces, I was delighted to see 3 more large star quilts -- a total of 4 Star of Bethlehem quilts -- beautiful! One of them has nothing in the setting areas, 2 of them have pieced stars in those area, and the fourth is the one with appliqued flowers. Fortunately, these exhibits will be available for a bit longer if you should be coming to Pennsylvania. Check their website --


2. While the Goshenhoppen Historians didn't have any quilts, they did have wonderful trees decorated in various themes, vintage Christmas decorations for viewing and buying, and a vintage train layout. This was a one day exhibit.

3. The Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania in Harleysville completed the trio, with an exhibit and sale of high quality reproduction PA German folk art pieces, made by local craftspersons, and the traveling exhibit, Passing On The Comfort, featuring 18 quilts from the mid 1940s. These exhibits are still on, so check out their website --


Barb in southeastern PA where it's snowing, and I'm making a Christmas stocking that looks like it was made in 1977 -- the year I made my daughter's, and she wants one "just like it" for my granddaughter. So it's into my Ely & Walker box, which is really turning out to be alot of fun.


Subject: Re: 70s revival From: Barb Garrett <bgarrett421comcast.net> 

Hi Kim -

I know the dolls you are talking about -- I have just the Santa doll, because I've been collecting Santas longer than I've been accumulating textiles. I still remember seeing them in the store, but not being into dolls, I didn't think of the long term Bicentennial aspect. This is a link to a picture of them so everyone knows what they look like.

http://cgi.ebay.com/George-Martha-Washington-and-Ben-Franklin appears there is a Famous Americans series in the collection also --


If the links are too long, try these ebay item numbers 5548436285 and 5548439207

Barb in snowing southeastern PA

-- No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Free Edition. Version: 7.1.362 / Virus Database: 267.13.12/192 - Release Date: 12/5/2005


Subject: Children, Sewing and history From: "Leah Zieber" 

Hi all, I was hoping someone would be able to point me in the right direction - I am going to be teaching some children to sew in January, I would like to include some sewing history as it relates to children into my lesson. Was just wondering if there were any references that come to mind that are specific to children and sewing in history. I will do the standard web search, but was hoping someone could point out some good specific references. Appreciate your help. Leah - from sunny Wine Country Temecula


Subject: RE: Rare and out-of-print books on eBay From:

Hi Karen, Maybe I'm not the only one on the list who thinks it's a pity the Alliance only ships to the States and Canada. How about changing that policy - maybe you'd get more people bidding :-)? Margareta in Europe


Subject: RE: Rare and out-of-print books on eBay From: "Lorraine Olsson"

I am an Australian member of the Alliance. I asked if they would sell to Australia, and the immediate answer was yes. I am now in possession of a wonderful book from the library of Merikay Waldvogel.

So take my advice, choose the item you would like to bid on, and ask through the ebay message system, then they know exactly what you want.

Cheers, Lorraine in Oz


Subject: Re: Children, Sewing and history From: "Lynne Z. Bassett"

Dear Leah,

I wrote a little article on quilting and children in the early 19th century for PieceWork, appearing in the March/April 1999 issue. The proper title is: "Virtuous Habits of Perseverance: Quilting and the Education of Girls in the Nineteenth Century." I hope you can find a copy in a library if you're interested in reading this. If not, let me know and I'll mail you a photocopy.

Good luck with your research!

Best, Lynne

>Was just wondering if there were any references that come to mind that are >specific to children and sewing in history. I will do the standard web >search, but was hoping someone could point out some good specific >references.


Subject: Re: Children, Sewing and History From: Ann-Louise Beaumont <albeaumontcomcast.net> Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2005 08:31:23 -0700 X-Mes

Since I get the digest, Lynne Bassett may have responded already to this, so please forgive any duplication. In Lynne's "Northern Comfort New England's Early Quilts 1780-1850" she discusses the 1831 publishing of "Hexagon Patchwork" in Eliza Leslie's "The American Girl's Book" These directions and an illustration were later reprinted in "The Lady's Book" (later Godey's Lady's Book) Since most authors had cited Godey's 1835 article as the first published quilt pattern in America, I was fascinated with the 1831 article. I went to Old Sturbridge Village, actually held "The American Girl's Book" and got a reprint of the article. The directions are written for children, and the article starts out "Little girls often find amusement in making patchwork quilts for the beds of their dolls, and some even go so far as to make cradle-quilts for their infant brothers and sisters." You might be interested in the whole article, since the apparently first published American quilt pattern was directed towards children. If you are teaching a co-ed class though, perhaps the boys will be turned off by the "girl" slant. Best Wishes, Ann-Louise Beaumont in Greeley, CO


Subject: Latest find From: "Sharon in NC" <patchworksecrets2earthlink.net> 

Just wanted to share my latest acquisition. The seller is just "right up the road" about 30 miles. I have a fascination with locally made pieces..lol.. I can't wait to get my hands on it Friday and see if I am as lucky as I hope. Merry Christmas to me from Hubby he just doesn't know it yet..smile... http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item3D7370676913

Sharon in NC


Subject: RE: Rare and out-of-print books on eBay From: "Karen Musgrave"

Margareta and others interested,

I wish we could ship all over the world. However, we are a very small operation run mostly by volunteers and we are at capacity. I started the auction as a way to bring in much needed funds. You know how tough things are for small nonprofits like us. Have a friend bid and ship for you. Others have done it. And hopefully soon we will be in a position to hire someone that can make all our dreams come true. BTW, we did ship to Lorraine in Australia because she is a member and we knew her.

From the heart, Karen Musgrave The Alliance for American Quilts www.centerforthequilt.org Join Us! Become a member!


Subject: Synopsis of Am. Needlework From: "Newbie Richardson"

Thank you all who contributed to the discussion of the American Needlework revival. For those of us who were around in the mid 20th c - but not yet paying attention - your perspective is invaluable. Newbie Richardson


Subject: Scottie dog pattern From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquiltsyahoo.com>

Hi all--I will try not to make typos this time, I'm so eager to dash off things to the list, I don't review or spell check! Anyhoooooo...does anyone know who published the Scottie Dog pattern, and when? Was it truly FDR's dog, or a generic animal pattern like the kitten, donkey,. puppy with a bow, etc? Did one or more companies/catalogs publish it? Are there different versions of a scottie? I've got a potential collector inquiring, and would love to provide accurate information, and a reason to hunt for more than one example! I know that recently I saw a crib-ish size quilt with a red-and-black-plaid fabric that is a chinese import, so best to be wary as it's an easy design to reproduce. Were there redwork Scottie patterns?

Laura Fisher

p.s. if anyone has info about the scottie hooked rug pattern(s)


Subject: Scottie patterns From: <suereichcharter.net>

Be careful attributing the Scottie Dog pattern to FDR's Fala. I have found five Scottie Dog quilt patterns that were published in newspapers in the 1930s. Fala did not make his debut at the White House until 1940. He died in 1952. The popularity of Scotties hit a high the the late 1930s according to the dates on the published quilt patterns. Fala just extended that a bit. You can find some examples of red, white and blue Scottie quilts that are from the WWII era. There were at least one or two different Scottie quilt patterns released during the War years. Alice Brooks is responsible for at least two different patterns from the 30s. Hope this helps, sue reich


Subject: Re: Scottie patterns From: "Karen Evans" <charter.net> 

Scotties (and West Highland Whites) were *very* popular from the 1920s through the 1950s. Part of it might be that they're nice dogs, part of it might be Black & White scotch, and part of it might be the fad for golf and all sort of Scottish memorabilia/kitsch in the 1920s and early 1930s....

Karen Evans (whose parents owned a set of 1950s coasters showing Scottie dogs drinking martinis)


Subject: The goodness and kindness of quilters - all through the year! From:

My daughter just finished her internal medicine rotation at Walter Reed Hospital. She told me that every wounded soldier who comes there receives a homemade quilt. God bless all of you who have contribute in some way to a wounded soldier. Our family has thought often this Holiday season, wouldn't we prefer to have a wounded soldier instead. My daughter was so impressed with the generosity of the quilt world. sue reich


Subject: New picture on eBoard From: Sally Ward <sallytattersntlworld.com> 

I've just posted a picture to eBoard about a fragment which I asked the VF list about last week. It is 'silk fragment' under the quilts tab.

Any one got any ideas about how it might have been made?

Sally Ward


Subject: Scottie Dog From: "Newbie Richardson" <pastcraftsverizon.net>

Dear list, For once I am commenting on a post about a 20th century topic! ( So be gentle when you shoot me down!) Ahem...in researching my mini quilt pattern "Scottie Dog" - my sources indicated that it was first published in 1936 by the Old Chelsea Station Needlecraft Studio in a syndicated column under the name of "Alice Brooks". Although FDR's dog, Fala, did not inspire the pattern, he sure did help popularize it. Newbie Richardson



Subject: Re: 70s revival From: <chrisajetlink.net>

Right on Barb! You really can find anything on eBay can't you!

Thanks for making the visual possible and for broadening my knowledge on these promos.


<< This is a link to a picture of them so everyone knows what they look like.

http://cgi.ebay.com/George-Martha-Washington-and-Ben-Franklin_W0QQitemZ55 48436285QQcategoryZ339QQssPageNameZWD1VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

It appears there is a Famous Americans series in the collection also --

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item3D5548439207&ssPageNam e3DMERC_VI_RSCC_Pr4_PcY_BIN_Stores_IT

If the links are too long, try these ebay item numbers 554843628520 and 5548439207

Barb in snowing southeastern PA>>

-- No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Free Edition. Version: 7.1.362 / Virus Database: 267.13.12/192 - Release Date: 12/5/2005

--- You are currently subscribed to qhl as: chrisajetlink.net. To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-qhl-1442622Elyris.quiltropolis.com



Subject: Children, Sewing and History From: "munseyjuno.com" 

Leah: May I suggest "Small Endearments: Nineteenth Century Quilts for Childre n and Dolls" by Sandi Fox, 1985, 1994, Rutledge Hill Press, and, unfortu nately out of print now. Researched and written as only Sandi Fox can, the book has a useful bibliography and many pictures that might interest young quilters. Maybe a library or one of your friends has a copy. Sandra on Cape Cod


Subject: RE: New picture on eBoard From: "kim baird" <kbairdcableone.net> 

It's hard to see much from the picture, but it could be matelasse, a weaving process which simulates quilting. Are there actual stitches holding the layers together?

Looks like there are some loose threads, you could look under a microscope to determine fiber content.

Is there a separate filling/batting layer?


-----Original Message----- From: Sally Ward [mailto:sallytattersntlworld.com] Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 11:31 AM To: Quilt History List Subject: [qhl] New picture on eBoard

I've just posted a picture to eBoard about a fragment which I asked the VF list about last week. It is 'silk fragment' under the quilts tab.

Any one got any ideas about how it might have been made?

Sally Ward


Subject: RE: New picture on eBoard From: Sally Ward <sallytattersntlworld.com> 

kim baird wrote: > It's hard to see much from the picture, but it could be matelasse, a > weaving process which simulates quilting. Are there actual stitches > holding the layers together?

I don't think so, but then I didn't know as much about the possibilities when I first looked at it as I do after discussion on the VF list. I wasn't sure that there was a batting layer, there are definitely no quilting stitches and no corded filling.

It almost looks as if the layers have been stamped somehow to keep them together, rather as some battings have needlepunching.

The top is definitely silk by the touch, and I thought then that the backing looked and felt like linen.

I only had a quick look before it was whisked away <GG>. Just kindof hoped someone would say 'oh yes, I've seen that before....'

Sally W


Subject: Re: Children, Sewing and History From: "temblen" <temblendodo.com.au> Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2005 20:55:32 -0800 X-Message-Number: 1

This book is I believe still available - try http://www.deerparkbookseller.com/ and type Sandi Fox in the search box. It is an inexpensive book and one of my favourites. Regards, Tracy

Leah: May I suggest "Small Endearments: Nineteenth Century Quilts for Children and Dolls" by Sandi Fox, 1985, 1994, Rutledge Hill Press, and, unfortunately out of print now. Researched and written as only Sandi Fox can, the book has a useful bibliography and many pictures that might interest young quilters. Maybe a library or one of your friends has a copy. Sandra on Cape Cod


Subject: Quilts for the Coast drive From: "Pepper Cory" <pepcorymail.clis.com>

Hello Friends, Report on Quilts for the Coast: we leave Friday from Morehead City NC at

6AM. This person-to-person effort has resulted in over 700 quilts, numerous toys and stockings, boxes of food, and four space heaters that are being

loaded Thursday into a huge van. On December 2 one lucky lady, Judy LaCoss, who had made a quilt for the

effort (plus persuading the Santa Monica CA guild to participate!) was the winner of the Pfaff sewing machine. A few donations are still trickling in and we applaud and support anyone who still wants to make a quilt for Katrina victims to do please so. We can get you to someone who'll appreciate that quilt. I just talked with a gal from down there--it's getting colder and FEMA trailers are not warm! Blankets and space heaters are at a premium. The situation is still grim. I'll be taking pictures and we'll put them on Patti's website www.albfabrics.com when we get back . Meanwhile, say a little prayer for us--ask for no wrecks, flat tires etc on the way down, that we meet up with the folks from Waveland, distribute the quilts, and get home safely for Christmas. God bless, Pepper


Subject: Alphabet quilts From: "Lucinda Cawley" <lrcawleycomcast.net> 

I'm looking for pictures of Alphabet quilts. If you know where I can find some I'd be grateful for the references. Chances are I have the books (G). Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Re: Alphabet quilts From: "Sharon in NC" <patchworksecrets2earthlink.net>

ok this is probably a stupid question but do alphabet quilts have to hold all the alphabet or does my green and red circa 1920 that is all "A" blocks qualify?

Sharon in NC


Subject: Re: Alphabet quilts From: JLHfwaol.com Date: 

Dear Cinda, Have you looked at the International Quilt Study site? They had an exhibit of Alphabet quilts hanging when I visited there with friends in the fall of 2004. Janet in cold Fort Worth


Subject: scotties From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquiltsyahoo.com> 

wow--thanks all of you who contributed such helpful info on the question of scottie dog pattern quilts. It should please the potential client--now let's see if a purchase ensues!!

You know talking to you all this way is a fantasy come true--you press a button, and out pops the info!!

I wonder how many different dog breeds were captured in quilt patterns?--it would be interesting to explore. With old cat patterns, they are usually a generic kitten, not any particular breed.


Subject: Re: Quilts for the Coast drive From: Mitzioakesaol.com 

You all have my blessings - my daughter is a No victim of Katrina and has just had her electricity restored. Our local quilt guild has sent a lot of quilts down to her (at her bank) and she has personally given them to those who appreciated them. it has been a great experience for her and us too. Most of her friends lost everything - she lost her 1st floor and roof, but did not have looters take over. My personal thanks go out to you on doing this and am sure there will be no flats or such - I have asked my personal angel to see to that one! Mitzi Vermont


Subject: A Call for Papers From: "Kathy Moore" <kathymooreneb.rr.com> 

Knowing that many on this list have research and teaching backgrounds, I am posting our Call for Papers for your information. I hope any of you who are interested will take this opportunity to brainstorm and develop an idea for a paper/presentation you could make for our March 2007 symposium. All the information you need is attached in a PDF file. If you have difficulty opening the PDF file, double click on the text file. It is an MSWord document and should easily open for you.

Please let me know if you have questions (post off list, please). I look forward to seeing some of your names on proposals.

Merry Christmas to you all,

Kathy Moore Lincoln, NE


Subject: BINDING QUESTION From: "J. G. Row

One of our 2 local fabric shops is going out of business -- sob, sob! The shop is owned by one of the executives with Baum Textiles/Windham Fabrics and he was only there, on the fly I suppose, one day a week. He had mostly upholstery and drapery fabrics, but he did have one wall devoted to quilt fabrics, and stocked many of the Windham reproduction fabrics. Unfortunately the ones he stocked were not the new or sought after ones and so they sat there and didn't move . For instance, he never brought in the Mary Koval Turkey Red line.

Now everything in the shop is 60% off so I took advantage of the sale. I bought some rather expensive drapery fabric that I wouldn't have dared look at without the big sale price.

And... I bought 12 yards of a 1 1/4" wide carpet binding tape. I don't have a carpet to bind but thought I might try using it to bind a reproduction quilt. It is a light tan color, and is a very soft cotton. It has a zig-zag twill weave that is quite attractive , and the tape folds in half to a 5/8ths inch width. It doesn't have a blue or orange thread running through it, but looks kind of tea dyed.

None of the other rolls of carpet tape were in "useful" colors for this application, but I know that you can buy white carpet tape and I guess you could dye it any color you wanted.

Silly me -- I've got to get my new sewing room straightened out and make a repro quilt just so I can use this tape.

I wonder if any of you have used this kind of tape to bind repro quilts, and if it holds up with use.

Judy, now in Flemington NJ judygrowpatmedia.net getting ready for what they say will be our first big snow


Subject: Small Endearments From: "Judy Anne" 

Look up "Small Endearments" on Amazon.com and click on the second edition. Then click on 'used and new'. Right now there are 35 copies listed at very reasonable prices.

I'm tempted to order one myself. My first edition is falling apart from use and I understand the second edition has additional information in it.

Judy Anne


Subject: Re: quilting kids From: "Charlotte Bull" 

I'm in the process of moving from my farm to a small house in a development. (Old age catches up with us all, but antique quilts and quilt books and quilters have great value. Right?)

Anyway, as I was unpacking boxes of books (at least 60 boxes of quilt books & magazines) I ran across an inspirational book entitled Quilts from Heaven by Lucinda McDowell. I'd really forgotten it, of course, so I took a break to read just one chapter.

On page 3 she quoted a bit about how needle work helped "create a way of life" - she chose a few paragraphs from a magazine article about little girls piecing quilt blocks at age 4 - or even 3! She had included detailed end notes for every quote. It's by Marlene Parkin in "Quilts - Masterpieces of the Heart and Windows into Women's History" - Americana, Issue 22, July/August 1993.

I will look up full article as soon as I unpack boxes of magazines. I think I have it. This is such a joy - keeping up with QHL is just what I need to calm the frustrations of a move. So I'm off to investigate the many other quilt history books listed in her bibliography. Classics. I'll play Librarian by sorting and shelving the books as I search. I know I've got books with Alphabet Quilts and Scottie Dogs too. Also more with Cats. I do have one that includes Siamese Cats. I must really get back to unpacking, but I need my daily digest dose of your letters. Thanks.

Best Holiday Wishes from Snowy Ozarks. cb


Subject: Another try From: "Kathy Moore" <kathymooreneb.rr.com> Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2005 08:37:09 -0600 X-Message-Number: 4

This is a multi-part message in MIME format.

------_NextPart_000_001E_01C5FC9B.BE713DB0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

It looks like the digest version of my post didn't include the attachments and several people are having trouble opening the attachments I sent yesterday for the IQSC's 2007 Symposium, Traditions and Trajectories: Education and the Quiltmaker.

I sent attachments in the interest of brevity, but it doesn't seem to have worked out as I expected. So, for those of you who are interested I am pasting the text version of our Call for Papers below.

It is a bit long, so please bear with me on this. The Call for Papers follows my signature line. I suggest you expand your viewing box, if you can, so you can read it more easily.

Let me know if you have problems opening or reading it. I can send copies by snail mail.

Thank you, Kathy Moore

Call for Papers Call for Papers Call for Papers Call for Papers



Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2007 SYMPOSIUM, "Traditions and Trajectories: Education and the Quiltmaker"

March 1-3, 2007


We invite scholars and artists to submit proposals for papers and panel presentations that explore the full breadth of contexts, both formal and informal, in which the quiltmaker's art is learned, studied, applied and handed on. This will include but is not limited to: historical to contemporary, local to global, mainstream to alternative, self-taught to apprentice, church group to cooperative, workshop to academic coursework. We also encourage participants to explore how quiltmakers teach and learn from quilts, how the tactile resonance of quilts influences the education of the women and men who work with them, how changing technolADogy imposes changes in quilt and textile craft education. Though papers relating to the symposium theme will be given preferential consideration, papers concerning any aspect of quilt studies will be considered.


Categories of Presentation:


a.. Individual papers are expected to be based on original research, are usually illustrated and 20 minutes in length followed by 5 minutes for questions.

a.. Thematic sessions should include 3 to 4 presenters and a moderator with a theme based on a particular aspect of education and the quiltmaker or some other theme related to worldwide quiltmaking traditions. Speakers' times are flexible; in general, a total time of one and a half hours is recommended. Panel participants must send a copy of their working paper to their session moderator by December 1, 2006. Thematic sessions addressing issues related to symposium exhibitions are encouraged. b.. Panel discussions should involve 3 to 4 individuals and a moderator who poses questions to which panelists respond. A total time of one to one and one-half hours is recommended for panel discussions.


Symposium Submission Guidelines:


Interested individuals should submit abstracts of 150-200 words with a cover letter and brief resume (maximum 3 pages). Moderators of thematic sessions or panel discussions should submit a proposal of 150-200 words, a cover letter, plus a brief resume (maximum 3 pages) for each participant. Abstracts/proposals should be faxed or postmarked no later than August 15, 2006. (E-mailed submissions will be accepted.)


Submit your abstract/proposal and resume by August 15, 2006, to:

Kathy Moore, 2007 Symposium Coordinator

International Quilt Study Center

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

P.O. Box 830808

Lincoln, NE 68583-0838



Fax: 402/472-0640


Symposium Overview:


The International Quilt Study Center's third biennial symposium will feature invited speakers, juried papers, thematic sessions, and panel discussions. The two days of symposium presentations are supplemented by pre-conference tours, including a behind-the-scenes tour of the International Quilt Study Center's state-of-the-art storage facility, curator-led tours of campus exhibitions, and special exhibitions at other venues in the Lincoln area.



Questions or more information contact:

Wendy R. Weiss, 2007 Symposium Co-chair

Michael James, 2007 Symposium Co-chair

Kathy Moore, 2007 Symposium Coordinator

International Quilt Study Center

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

P.O. Box 830808

Lincoln, NE 68583-0838


Wendy Weiss: 402-472-6370

Michael James: 402-472-2911

Kathy Moore: 402-472-7232

Fax: 402/472-0640



Subject: Re: 70s revival From: Maggmaloneaol.com 

Since there seems to be some interest in the history of modern quilting I thought I'd put my two cents worth in. I attempted my first quilt block around 1957. I had looked for patterns but couldn't find any. McCall's Needlework and Crafts published one called Lone Star. This was a five point star set into a circle. Nothing worse for a first time piecer. I finished the block, but decided if I had to do everything by hand, it would take me 100 years to complete.

So I pursued my interest in crafts. The late 60's, early 70's were a great time for crafters. There were so many talented designers around then. I didn't get back to quilting until I read Barbara Johannah's book on machine piecing quilts. What a break through. This was about 1972, I think. My first attempt was a pattern from either Woman's day or Family Circle. Simple squares sewn together. I made it king size (for a regular bed) and backed it with sheeting used in hospitals, very sturdy stuff. This quilt weighed a ton and it kept sliding off the bed. Even though I wasn't completely happy with it, I was hooked on quilting and began trying to find more patterns. The only thing I could find at that time was Quilt World Magazine. But there weren't any patterns, just pictures of quilts and blocks. I was a beginner. I didn't know the first thing about drafting patterns. How big was the block, how many blocks to make the quilt? My collection of patterns with full-size blocks led to my first book in 1976, listing what I considered essential information about each quilt.

Thank goodness for the Bicentennial. Quilting exploded after that so that we now have scads of magazines and books to choose from. Bolt after bolt of luscious fabrics, and tools galore for making the job easier. Quite a change from the 1950's.


Subject: Alphabet quilts From: "Jean Carlton" <jeancarltoncomcast.net> 

Stella Rubin's Treasure or Not pp. 152-153. I will send more when I get time. I've appraised a number of them so have searched previously. Jean C


Subject: Re: Small Endearments From: "Lucinda Cawley" <lrcawleycomcast.net>

If you have the first edition you'll love the second. Much more color! Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Re: Alphabet quilts From: "Lucinda Cawley" <lrcawleycomcast.net> 

In my book an Alphabet quilt has all 26 letters. I'd call Sharon's quilt an "A" quilt. Cinda on the Eastern shore


Subject: Alphabet quilts From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquiltsyahoo.com> 

yummy--another subject to learn more about... !! I have seen/sold quite a few alphabet quilts, including some unconventional ones. Twenty-six letters, 25 squares possible in a 5 block by 5 block format, so what to do with the Z? Some quiltmakers inserted corner blocks on the top and bottom rows so the lines--now six rows vertically-- came out even; some eliminated the Z (or another letter). Or some filled in the last row, or the first, with names, dates, other info.

And what about the backwards Alphabet quilts--those are my favorites.How did they come to be? I have owned four, including one in inventory now with the letters arrayed in vertical rows, from the right hand corner down it reads A, B, C, D, E, thus making the top row across read U, P, K, F, A!! It takes a while to figure out what this says, and some of the letters are backwards or upside down. Intentional? Dyslexic? Japanese quilter? Hebrew quilter? Unschooled?

The Ladies Art Co. published stencils for the individual letters of the alphabet, which most of the alphabet quilts I have seen resemble. Could it be that the backwards Alphabet quiltmaker couldn't figure out how to cut out the cloth so that when assembled, the letters would read in the correct sequence, not the reverse? Maybe by the time all the letters were cut out wrong, it was too late and the quilt was completed despite the (collosal) error! Talk about a humility block!!

I have another Alphabet quilt purported to be Amish, pieced with freehand cut letters of wool and flannel in somber grey tones. Is it my imagination,.or do they look more Germanic in shape than Ladies Art Co shape?

Single letter pieced quilts are well known--I've had "R", "H", "B", "S", "W" so far. My most fun was the "G" quilt that I sold to a clothing shop owner from Milan who gave it to Georgio ARMANI for his country house!! (those were the days....)

I had a quilt made from suiting swatches "In Memory of the Tailor..." with the makers name and other info, in which the Ladies Art Co stencils were cut out using the voids between the parts of the letters, not the body of them, the inscription was hard to read and appeared in the negative, not the positive, but once you realized how the letters were done, it was pretty compelling.

I will scan and send the photos, and hopefully someone can tell me how, or create a link so you can see the two I refer to.

Laura Fisher




Subject: ALPHABET QUILT PHOTOS From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquiltsyahoo.com> 

Hi-can you please post these, or tell me how-easily--I'm a technophobe. Laura




Subject: Re: BINDING QUESTION From: "Julia D. Zgliniec" <rzglini1san.rr.com> 

Dear Judy and All, I bound a reproduction quilt in the late 90s with tape exactly as you described in the "natural unbleached linen color you described. It was a dream to use. I machine stitched it to the front and hand stitched it to the back. The machine stitches "disappeared" into the weave as did the hand stiticches on the other side and it is impossible to tell how they were stitched unless the stitch line is stretched very tight and examined with a pic glass. I was very happy with the look - although somewhat wider than most early tape bindings I have seen.

The quilt is a lecture sample and not really "used" so I cannot speak to how well it will wear over time.

Loved using this binding!

Julia Zgliniec, Poway, CA , where we have had some frost the last few nights.


Subject: Re: Binding question From: "munseyjuno.com" <munseyjuno.com> 

The twill weave carpet binding on the hooked rugs made by grandmother 50 plus years ago is still hanging in there. Only the ones that were in v ery high traffic areas have shown binding wear. In fact, rugs that had been hooked on lower quality burlap (wartime) show wear damage while the binding is still o.k. She always used a dark bind because it didn't sh ow the dirt as much - mid to dark brown, black, or gray. So -- if today 's carpet binding is of equal quality to that of 50 to 75 years ago, I'd say that it will wear o.k. as a quilt binding.

Sandra on Cape Cod -- Where yesterday's snow storm brought us relativel y little snow cover as the snow blew horizontally in hurricane force win ds for about two hours. There even was an "eye" for about 30 minutes wi th bright sun and blue sky, before all fury really broke loose


Subject: PURPLE CHARM QUILT From: "Velia Lauerman" <velialivehotmail.com> 

For years the charm quilt letters come and each time I send the 2 six x six pieces of requested fabric as in the purple charm quilt letter. Waiting for responses and then forget about it as whatever it takes to send is maybe not everyone's cup ah. This time my started clam shell top looks pretty good but even purchasing purples and using my stash is not enough for a different piece on every patch. Thought the 72 promised squares would arrive. NOT! Have you had the same reaction or am I a dreamer? Sent an attachment of the letter which I now know is a no no. Would like to know your reaction to these chain letters which some say are not good. Others have sent little happy notes. Not that the stash is not big enough or Pig like but it seems a good way to correspond via snail mail. Also offered a response for individual collections such as polka dots,plaid,calico print,solids,and etc. Velia Lauerman,108 North street,Hudson,Mi 49247, 313 605 2171

Subject: Re: PURPLE CHARM QUILT From: "Sharon in NC" 

These chain letters are illegal by US postal standards. I delete or file then in the round file immediately upon receipt. Most quilt lists have them on their banned list of things not allowed. If you want purple charms then join a purple charm swap.. It is basically the old adage.. "If it seems to good to be true it probably is." or "You never something for nothing"

Sharon in NC


Subject: Re: PURPLE CHARM QUILT From: Barb Garrett <bgarrett421comcast.net>

Chain letters are illegal to send -- ask your post office. Pyramid schemes, including chain letters, don't work, because you run out of people. If you want to swap fabric with others, go to this link --


and type in "fabric swaps" in the find a group spot -- you will get a list of over 100 groups -- perhaps one of those has a purple charm swap going that will offer what you wish. Your quilt sounds beautiful -- I can picture the various shades of purple.

Barb in southeastern PA


Subject: Re: PURPLE CHARM QUILT From: "Velia Lauerman" <velialivehotmail.com>

As for me, maybe this name should be changed to , not a chain letter but a Sharing and encouragement fabric request or "get it done" request. I , for one have quite a big collection of goodies and very often share with guild members, new quilters, students and charities. When I taught at a senior center in the 80's and on going, many donations of floss,fabric,kits,etc were welcomed by the directors and craft instructors. At the age of "What's left to do" people still hope and create. Sharing is a common lesson for us who have enough. I give and get more. Do I want that? Sometimes we have to be reminded to be good givers and GOOD RECEIVERS. I guess, that is what is in the back of my mind as sharing. How far back do these letters go? I remember, as a little girl, my mom got letters of asking for money and prayers during the WW11, Today I get so many so called jokes and junk on my email I almost always delete them even if it's from family. ("Send this to ? people" and get rich?NOT) email or the like has become chain letters. Too bad it has efected us so much. Velia


Subject: Re: PURPLE CHARM QUILT From: "Velia Lauerman" <velialivehotmail.com> 

Thanks everyone for input on the charm quilt letters. Heaven knows my stash is overflowing but thought this was a congenial way of sharing what others collect. Presented the question to my guild yesterday at our Christmas party and had many different responses as they know it isn't the wanting more, as they know my generous giving from a lifetime of collecting. When I moved here to Hudson Michigan from 2 hours away the yards of bundles of fabric were welcomed at the Christmas in July party. We use our collections for charity quilts for Girls Town, Children's Hospital, etc. We quilters are big hearted to lend a hand whenever possible. The Bear skins and bears are well received every year too. And , yes thanks for the suggestion to join an on line group too. Velia Lauerman


Subject: Re: Scottie dog pattern From: <c-elmorecox.net> 

Laura and all, Someone may have replied to this already. One version of the scottie dog pattern was published in 1935 called Scotties / Scottie Patchwork and has been attributed to Alice Brooks, a- New York Syndicated newpaper columnist. There were others also. Another was a Kansas City Star pieced pattern that was printed in the 30's and then reprinted in 1950. This one is a postage stamp-type pattern. I imagine they reprinted the pattern in 1950 in honor of Fala. The 1936 one is called the Dog Quilt and the 30's one is called Scottie. The scottie patterns published in the 1930's could not have been named for Fala because he was not born until 1940 during Roosevelt's last term. Many people attribute these 1930's quilts to Fala but if they were truly made in the 1930's the makers were prophets. My husband Ron and I wrote an article about this in the American Quilter Magazine, Winter 1996, Volume XII, no. 4, pp. 16-18.

Carol Elmore Manhattan, Kansas

Carol Elmore Manhattan, KS


Subject: photos of alp[habet quilts From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquiltsyahoo.com> 

puleeeeeeeeeeeze tell me again where and how to post photos!! here are the two alphabet quilts I mentioned, now that I can file and then find them, maybe my next accomplishment will be tolink them to qhl postings!!! thanks Laura Fisher


Subject: Sewing machines From: CAROL GODREAU <imaquilter2sbcglobal.net>

Lister Sisters,

Hope this question isn't a no-no, if it is, I sincerely apologize.

After having researched a Juki home sewing machine and finding that New England does not carry them I am at a loss as to viewing or trying one out. Apparently they are sold in the south. Is anyone out there familiar with the Juki-HZL-60, 70, 80 or 100 model? I know where I can purchase but am wondering if anyone has one of these machines or knows of anyone who has one. Any pros or cons on the machines. I own an Industrial Juki and love it. I am in the market for a another new machine and since my industrial machine has done so well thought that it a logical place to start.

Bernina, Pfaff and Janome are my next step. thank you in advance for any guidance you may suggest.

You can respond to me personally so as not to clog the wheels of progress on QHL.

Carol in cold but sunny CT (today anyway)


Subject: RE: Scottie dogs From: "Marilyn Withrow" <marilynquiltsearthlink.net> 

Speaking of Scottie dogs, I am reminded of during World War II when my mother worked nights in the munitions plant, we lived with my aunt and cousins while my father was overseas, my aunt worked days at the munitions plant, and they took turns caring for the kids while the other worked, with some help from Grandma who lived next door. Grandma would set up her quilting frame in the living room, and all the cousins would stay in the house so Grandma knew where we were while she quilted. One of my cousins recently came across a photo of our grandmother at the quilting frame. What a treat that was for me to see! Mom bought me a lightbulb with a Scottie dog in it as the filament, so the little dog would glow all night. I wonder whatever happened to that bulb? I saw it about ten years ago, but have moved a couple of times since, so who knows where it is. Did anyone else have one of those lightbulbs? This would have been about 1942. Marilyn Maddalena Withrow


Subject: RE: Scottie dogs From: Sally Ward <sallytattersntlworld.com> 

Mom bought me a lightbulb with a Scottie > dog in it as the filament, so the little dog would glow all night. I wonder > whatever happened to that bulb? I saw it about ten years ago, but have > moved a couple of times since, so who knows where it is. Did anyone else > have one of those lightbulbs? This would have been about 1942.

So intrigued was I by this I couldn't resist a google. And, of course, there was one on Ebay... Was yours like this? ITs wonderful!


Sally W


Subject: Re: qhl digest: December 04, 2005 From: Daniele Seyrig 

le 5/12/05 6:00, Quilt History List digestE0 qhllyris.quiltropolis.com aE9critA0:

> If anyone ever has the chance to go to France, be sure to go to > the Musee de l'Impression sur Etoffes in Mulhouse, And once you are there do go about 40kms from there on the road to Le Thillot and visit the wonderful Textile Museum in Wesserling . Both 18th , 19th c fabric and contemporary fabrics and garments . Worth the visit as it is situated in an old mill in wich the museum is , along the river Thur . In the gardens they grow the plants that were used to dye the fabrics ( garance , pastel etc.. ) A Boussac factory was still operating a few years ago but I heard it closed down two or three years ago . BTW you may visit the textile library in the Mulhouse Museum by appointment , so write to them before you go . Daniele near Paris , sunny today

Daniele Seyrig Les theories passent , la grenouille reste (Jean Rostand )


Subject: CRQSG From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessenyahoo.com>

The Capital Region Quilt Study Group met this past Saturday. If you would like to see the same quilts we did, go to http://www.quiltstudy.com and click on the CRQSG button.

A good time was had by all!



Tell a friend about this site: