Subject: typos
From: Andi <areynolds220'>

I read a recently created quilt label that was written, "From the
created mind of..." I'm pretty sure she meant "creative." Someone else
sent us instructions on how to use "fabric clue" to hold pieces
together. Really tickled my funny bone.

Andi in Paducah, KY, center of the ongoing sauna masquerading as summer


Subject: RE: typos
From: "Kim Baird" <kbaird'>

Feel sorry for the poor woman who submitted her resume, which included
"pubic service."



Subject: calico oil cloth?
From: "deb" <deb'>

Anyone ever heard of this? Supposedly whoever was laying under a quilt made
of this (in the borders), it kept the evil spirits away.

I had a customer bring in a quilt that has been in her family since 1885.
It was made in VI. The customer is in her 80's, her great aunt left the
quilt to her with a note saying that it had been made in VI in 1885, but she
couldn't remember by who. I read the note and it explained about the calico
oil cloth.

The quilt was "crisp" and I'd never seen the border fabric or felt anything
like it before. It wasn't like the oil cloth I'm thinking of that my
grandmother used to paper her boarding house kitchen walls with but it
definitely didn't feel like the rest of the fabrics in the quilt.

I did take pictures but can't remember how to post them. If someone will
remind me, I'll post.

Quilting Possibilities
Forked River, NJ


Subject: Subject: book award
From: "Martha Spark" <mspark'>

In regards to Kate Lenkowsky's new book, "Contemporary Quilt Art:
An Introduction and Guide", I would like to add my note of

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Kate when she attended the Art
Quilt Symposium held at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, CO in
June 2005, which kicked off the introduction and exhibition of "Rooted in
Tradition: Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum". Kate was
accumulating information for her upcoming publication, and she was poised
and ready with a whole set of questions to ask those of us at the museum
who were on the Art Quilt Project. Her thoughtful and quiet manner
immediately set us all at ease as we glided through each question
purposefully and thoroughly. Her method was straight forward -- there were
no ambiguities -- she came to research the "who,what,where,when and how's"
of art quilt collecting, exhibiting and interpreting -- so that the rest
of us could learn and be enriched from her research.

Again, Kate, a BIG "Well Done" to you, and it was an honor to have been
part of this collaboration.

Martha Spark
(former Collections Manager, RMQM
and Art Quilt Project member, 2003 to 2005)
now living in Salem, OR
Facilitator, Columbia Willamette Quilt Study Group

Subject: book award
From: "Kate Lenkowsky" <klenkowsky'>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 10:30:31 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6

I am a new member of the Quilt History list and look forward to
participating in the conversation.

My interest is contemporary quilts and art. My friend Shelly Zegart
people might be interested to know that my book, "Contemporary Quilt Art:
Introduction and Guide" has just won gold in the art category of
Magazine's 2008 Book of the Year Award.

Subject: Re: Kits
From: "Rose Marie Werner" <rwerner'>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2009 11:20:40 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5

I think I've read just about everything ever published on kits, and none of
them were books. A few were papers or articles that were part of collected
articles in a book (including Uncoverings). Of course, I could have missed
Rosie Werner

Subject: RE: calico oil cloth?
From: "Sharron" <quiltnsharron'>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2009 12:00:21 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6

Sounds gross. Can't wait to see the pictures!

Best regards, hot hot hot Spring,


Subject: calico oil cloth?
From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip'>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2009 13:50:01 -0400

Some of the early catalogs offered up until the very early 1920s oiled
cloth, using a linseed oil treatment. This supposedly made fabric last
longer. I've heard this treatment could also be done at home by boiling
fabric in linseed oil. Possibly this is what was used in the quilt. It
is quite different from oil cloth used for tablecloths, etc.


Subject: Re: calico oil cloth?
From: "deb" <deb'>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2009 21:03:04 -0400
X-Message-Number: 8

Joan - that makes sense. It's not like any oil cloth I remember growing up.

Quilting Possibilities


Subject: RE: typos
From: "Janet O'Dell" <janet'>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 08:14:05 +1000
X-Message-Number: 9

I resisted the temptation to buy 'vaginan' ham at my local supermarket.
I do occasionally buy Virginian ham. ;-)
Janet O'Dell
Melbourne Australia
where it is cool and damp


Subject: RE: calico oil cloth?
From: "Janet O'Dell" <janet'>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 08:33:34 +1000
X-Message-Number: 10

The cloth used may be similar to this:
or (from Wikipedia):
Oilskin can mean:
A type of fabric: canvas with a skin of oil applied to it as waterproofing,
often linseed oil. Old types of oilskin included:-
Sailcloth waterproofed with a thin layer of tar.
Heavy cotton cloth waterproofed with linseed oil.

The renowned Australian/New Zealand 'Drizabone' coats and outdoor items made
from japara are still a popular item:
While fabrics today may be treated with synthetic waterproofing, linseed oil
was traditionally used. I am not sure why it would be used in a quilt!

I do have a little 'useful' bag made from oiled japara that I use for keys,
phone, etc. when walking.

Janet O'Dell
Melbourne Australia


Subject: Re: calico oil cloth?
From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip'>

If I remember correctly, Sears was offering oiled cloth in red its 1920
catalog for sewing..


Subject: RE: typos
From: "Candace Perry" <candace'>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 09:51:20 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

I will never ever forget a memo written by a previous employee to the
executive director at one of my previous museums:
"The cloths were s*itting on the floor for moths and moths."

I kid thee not.
Candace Perry

Subject: Compelling true story of a woman hanged in 1768 (quilt-related)
From: Patricia Cummings <quiltersmuse'>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 08:23:39 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

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I have just posted a story on my blog about a woman who was accused of
killing her baby in 1768 and was hung until dead. I believe that many of you
will be interested in learning more. Fascinating historical account!

Patricia Lynne Grace Cummings


Subject: DC Textile Museum Amish Quilts Exhibit
From: Debby Kratovil <kratovil'>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 10:27:43 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

Hi. I visited the Washington, DC Textile Museum on Saturday and was
totally taken with the 29 beautiful quilts from the International
Quilt Study Center. These are Amish quilts ("Constructed Color: Amish
Quilts") and the exhibit is on display until September 6. I was so
inspired I came home and made a half-size version of one of them from
my substantial batch of hand dyes. It is magnificent, using colors I
wouldn't normally put together.

anyway, if you're anywhere near the museum, you absolutely MUST go see
this. I drove 50 miles (and I don't like to drive in that city!) and
it was worth it. A wonderful museum - and the exhibit is free ($5
suggested donation).

BTW - noted quilt historian Julie Silber will be at the Museum August
15 for a workshop evaluating quilts that participants bring. And
Saturday August 1, Patricia Crews will give a lecture about Amish
quiltmakers. Just thought that if your travels take you through the DC
Metro area, this museum is a gem you don't want to miss.


Debby (with a "y" and not "ie" Kratovil
Quilting Programs & Workshops


Subject: RE: typos
From: Sally Ward <sallytatters'>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 15:31:04 +0100
X-Message-Number: 4

Just recently my newspaper described a newly resigned politician
as looking as if 'a great weight had been lifted from his soldiers'.

Sally Ward


Subject: calico oil cloth?
From: "Steve & Jean Loken" <bravo'>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 10:19:29 -0500
X-Message-Number: 5

Deb, You write that the quilt was made in VI. Is that the Virgin Islands? Or
a mistaken abbr. for Vermont? I guess the former, since you speak of "evil
spirits" which doesn't sound like a VT thing to me. I guess I never thought
about a quilting tradition in VI. What does anyone know of quilting in VI?
Jean Loken, MN


Subject: misspells
From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquilts'>

Thanks for all the humorous notes about misspellings in print. I see them a'
ll the time in my own emails that I rush out; despite re-reading before sen'
ding, I am appalled at the huge mis-typings that slip by my aging eyes.
The'A0one of most concern to me is this --when sometimes I type laurafisher'
quilts, it comes out laurafisherquits! Think that's Freudian?, or just the '
mental exhaustion resulting from'A0 the new owners of my warehouse'A0having'
doubled everyone's rent, and then proceeding to make this an impassable co'
nstruction zone for six months while they "upscaled" the building. That I a'
m still coherent and functioning is a miracle. Come visit!!
Laura Fisher


Subject: Here We Go Again, and Again, and ...
From: "Roberta (Bobbe) Benvin" <quiltsndogs'>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 23:43:43 -0400
X-Message-Number: 7

Whenever the subject is titled "Here we go again," I'm sure we all know
that the topic is about the "slave quilt code."

I have been following the posts about the controversy-loving dentist, and
expected that to be followed up by news of yet another book published this
year. Since, to my surprise, nothing has been mentioned, I will be the

Let me say, first, that I have not read or even seen the book, but I heard
about it from my very good friend who just finished reading it. Sylvia has
attended my "Debunking the Slave Quilt Code Myth" lecture and has listened
to my rantings for years, and knows precisely where I stand on the

She informed me that the latest author to jump on the infamous bandwagon
is none other than Jennifer Chiaverini. Her book is entitled "The Lost
Quilter" and, to quote my friend, "At the beginning of the book she uses
the idea of a quilt code quite a bit."

All I can think to say is, How Very Very Sad!

Roberta Benvin


Subject: Merry Silber's 95th Birthday
From: "Julie Silber" <quiltcomplex'>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 22:41:46 -0700
X-Message-Number: 1


An odd request, perhaps:

Some of you know my Mom, Merry Silber, who lives near Detroit. Mom has
collected antique quilts since the 1960s, produced acclaimed quilt shows,
inspired and encouraged many a quilt maker, and is an all around "Quilt

Merry will be 95 on July 10th, 2009.

If any of you would like to send her a card, I know it would mean a LOT to
her. I personally am starting tomorrow to send her a card a day up to (and
after) her Big Birthday. She just loves getting mail!

Merry Silber
25800 W. Eleven Mile Rd. #309
Southfield, MI 48034

Julie Silber


Subject: Re: Merry Silber's 95th Birthday
From: Hiranya Anderson <nomad0101'>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 17:06:21 +1000
X-Message-Number: 2

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Hi Julie

I will send your Mum one from Sydney, Australia and will try and find they
most Aussiest one. I am sure it will give her a giggle.

How blessed you and your family are to celebrate your Mum's 95.

Kind Regards, Hiranya : >


Subject: Re: Merry Silber's 95th Birthday
From: "Jean Carlton" <jeancarlton'>

Julie - you'd better send her a nice letter opener with that first card '
- she may wonder why but she will soon find out! What fun to get cards '
from quilt lovers all over the US and world! I have some lovely 'quilt' '
cards that I've been wanting to send to someone who will appreciate '



Subject: Re: qhl digest: June 29, 2009
From: Beth Donaldson <thequiltdr'>
> RE: typos

In the 1990s I ran a quilt retreat called the Northern Michigan Quilters
Getaway. One of my guest teachers was Helen Kelley. In her biography I
mentioned her publication "A Guide to Dating Old Quilts", however my typo-ed
version was "A Guide to Dating Old Quilters"!
Beth Donaldson
Collections Assistant
Michigan State University Museum


Subject: RE: Merry Silber's 95th Birthday
From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley'>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 09:47:00 -0400
X-Message-Number: 5

Julie, do you mind if I hold you up as an example to my children?
Maybe if they have 30 years to practice they'll shape up. I met your '
in Vermont when you were doing a walk around the blue and white exhibit '
her quilts. I think her 90th birthday was coming up. What a delightful
lady! I remember thinking that she was appropriately named. I just '
found a
card showing a cabinet stacked with blue and white quilts--perfect.


Subject: Re: Merry Silber's 95th Birthday
From: Laura Syler <texasquiltco'>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 09:20:56 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6

I'd be honored to send Merry a card! And it's not an odd request at all.
My sweet grandmother passed away 2 years ago - 10 days short of her
101st birthday.
From her 85th birthday on, we would make sure she got AT LEAST as
many cards as she had years! She was the oldest of 4 children, and
one of her sisters alone has 40+ grandchildren!!
Didn't matter that my cousins and our kids sent 3 or 4...she was
delighted every time she opened another card. And carried them around
to show to everyone!! And saved EVERYONE of them!!
She was a sweetheart!!!

Laura Syler
Richardson, TX


Subject: blood stain
From: "Catherine Litwinow" <litwinow62'>

For some silly reason, I'm responding to Laura's blood stain issue. I '
think many of you know that your own saliva will remove your blood-so '
Laura, any relatives that perhaps their spit would contain the correct '
DNA? (too much NCIS last night) Catherine back from stopping at 2 quilt '
shops in Alaska.


Subject: Thank you-State and regional quilt projects
From: zegrtquilt'
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 12:02:35 -0400
X-Message-Number: 8

Thanks to all who responded to my previous email both to the list and
to me privately.It is gratifying to know that there are so many people
who care about the quilt projects and who want the quilt project
movement to be acknowledged publicly and accurately

Thanks to Pat Crews for acknowledging that something will be done to
add the quilt project movement to the Quilt Explorer timeline at IQSC.

My best,
Shelly Zegart


Subject: Re: funny misspelling
From: jocelynm'

>while scanning eBay for that rare quilt no one knows else might spot! I'
encountered this charming and topical misspelling I thought I'd share, a'
s we could all use a little comic relief: THIS QUILT IS COMPLETELY HANDSE'

You gotta watch out for that one...on cold winter nights, it may get up a'
nd go on jihad, leaving you to freeze....


Subject: vintage fabric swatches
From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquilts'>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 21:13:53 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 1

Content-Type: text/plain; charset'us-ascii

Could Pat Nichols email me privately. I see you collect swatches, would love to talk about them with you. thanks
Laura Fisher


Subject: Genesee Country Village Museum special guest
From: "Beth Davis" <bethdan533'>
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2009 19:32:08 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

Hello everyone,
On July 19th at the Genesee Country Village Museum in Mumford, NY (just
south of Rochester), special guest Susan Greene will give a lecture on
Civil War period fabrics. This will be at noon in the John L. Wehle Art
Gallery. Susan is an expert on period costumes and about the material
culture of the 19th century and has served as a consultant Smithsonian for
their costume collection.

This lecture is being offered as a part of the newest exhibit titled “The
Sporting Life” showcasing men's sportswear and sporting art from the 19th
to early 20th centuries in the John L. Wehle Art Gallery. "From the
17th-century onwards, the sporting world helped shape and change men’s
fashions-along with our view of the ideal masculine image. This new
exhibit traces some of those fashions with rare examples of men's clothing
drawn from private collections and area museums, juxtaposed with John L.
Wehle's superb collection of sporting art. How did today's baseball cap
get its start? Why do men wear ties? Who says dead men don't wear
plaid?” The New York Council for the Humanities has funded this exhibit.
The clothing on exhibit draws from the superb collection of 19th century
clothing assembled by Susan and Bruce Greene.

Susan is working on a new book titled ‘Wearable Prints: Printed Dress
Fabrics 1760-1860', which will be published sometime in 2010. This
profusely illustrated book is targeted for the textile historian, the
quilt enthusiast, conservators and fabric hoarders!!! Susan discusses the
roles of printed calicos and the complicated processes that were used to
dye and print the fabrics. Watch for the availability on Susan’s website:

Note that the lecture will coincide with the special event “Civil War
Reenactment” held that weekend at the Genesee Country Village Museum,
where through musical and theatrical presentations, several hundred
costumed re-enactors bring history to life.

Details for the lecture will be available on the website:

Beth Davis


Subject: Re: Genesee Country Village Museum special guest
From: "Candace Perry" <candace'>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 09:57:29 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Marcia -- I had Susan speak at the Schwenkfelder a few years back. She is
marvelous...just as an FYI.
Candace Perry


Subject: Patterns
From: Pat Kyser <patkyser'>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 18:04:14 -0500

I continue going through years of "stuff" in my studio. Next week I'll
get to the magazines, including old QNM.

I have 5 commercial quilting pattern packets, including Aunt Martha,
Marge Murphy, and the Quilt Enthusiast.

Separately, I have 9 Stearns & Foster quilt batt wrappers with
patterns on each (packet dated 1978) plus a separate printed pattern
for their Poppy Wreath quilt.

If interested, contact me separately.


Subject: Shipping valuable quilt
From: Pat Kyser <patkyser'>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 09:15:51 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

I have a good friend who needs to ship a very valuable old quilt to
the New England Quilt Museum for an exhibit. She wants to know what is
the safest way to do so. I told her I would ask you experts. Hopefully
some of you have had experience with this problem. My own thought is
"get on a plane and take it," but surely there is some safe way to
ship valuable items. It needs to be there in about a week.
THanks in advance,


Subject: Re: Shipping valuable quilt
From: pollymello'
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 14:51:48 +0000 (UTC)

The Baltimore Applique Society has had to ship our museum reproduction Balt'
imore Album raffle quilts in the past.'C2'A0 They were appraised for thousa'
nds of dollars and took as long as three years to complete. We have used UP'
S with tracking but I have used FedEx, DHS, and the Postal Service. . Some '
say you should not use the word "quilt" on the outside label, use "textile"'
. Shipping something with full insurance value can get pretty exspensive bu'
t you should have enough insurance so that UPS, FEDEX, U. S. Mail, whoever '
has an interest in finding it if lost rather than just paying you for the i'
nsurance value. $1,000.00 for instance.. Or box it ship it and grit your te'
eth. Two day delivery with a person to sign at the other end, delivery conf'

UPS lost one of our quilts for three weeks they tracked it from West Virgin'
ia to Pennsylvania to'C2'A0California, to Chicago to us in Maryland but it '
got home.'

I have shipped at least a dozen quilts to museums and quilt shows. They wer'
e worth thousands of dollars but they all made it there and home. So, pack '
it carefully or have your mailbox store do it for you and go home and try n'
ot to worry (goog luck with not worrying). Of coarse, also'C2'A0have the mu'
seum also email you when it arrives so you can stop worrying. Good Luck. I '
have never lost one yet.'

Polly Mello'

Elkridge, Maryland'



Subject: Re: Shipping valuable quilt
From: pollymello'

I forgot to say that I would mail on a Monday or Tuesday so it is not languishing around over a weekend when they do not deliver. I made a mistake, I think they other shipping company is DHL.



Subject: QHL: High Speed Internet in Rural Areas
From: "Susan Wildemuth" <ksandbcw'>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 10:27:16 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6

I'm going to apologize to the list in advance for this non-quilt question.

I am shopping for high speed internet. We live in a rural area where we can
have dial-up, but not high speed internet yet and our telephone company says
they are about two years away from making it happen for us. I live in

Could any of you who live in rural or remote areas tell me what company you
recommend? You can do this off list if you like unless there are others who
would like this information.

Susan Wildemuth


Subject: Re: Shipping valuable quilt
From: Barbara Burnham <barbaraburnham'>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 08:55:08 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 7

Pat Kyser wrote: ... to ship a very valuable old quilt ... what is the safest way to do so ...

Scary, isn't it?!?
There are several helpful pages at this link; a whole page about Shipping Quilts and other helpful pages (insuring, etc.), as well as results of an informal shipping poll.
Not sure if this is mentioned there, but double box. Label both boxes inside and outside with name, address and contact info as well as every bag; if the packaging is damaged, the contents are better able to find their way home. Of course, the "textile" itself MUST be labeled
If the quilt is insured under your homeowners policy, verify with YOUR agent if shipping mishaps are included.
Barbara Burnham


Subject: Just in time for the 4th of July!
From: Pepper Cory <pepcory'>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 13:07:02 -0400
X-Message-Number: 8

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Hello All,
If you're a quiltmaker, then yippee! Here's a free download of the pattern.
If not, you're getting this email because you are an admirer of the craft or
a personal friend. In any case, enjoy the story and remember to fly the flag
this weekend. Happy 4th of July!



Subject: Re: Genesee Country Village Museum special guest
From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley'>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 15:54:02 -0400
X-Message-Number: 9

I am a mega Susan Greene fan. After attending a program she did at
the Winterthur Symposium I spent two days in a small group setting at her
headquarters in Alfred Station, NY--the best textile history classes I've
ever taken.
Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: Re: Shipping valuable quilt
From: Judy Schwender <sister3603'>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 13:51:59 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 10

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Hi all,
Here's my $.02.....
Do not use the word quilt anywhere on the box.'A0 Do not use the words "New'
England Quilt Museum" use NEQM.'A0 Ship to a specific person's attention.'
'A0 ALWAYS use a shipper that can provide tracking numbers.'A0 Ship on Mond'
ay or Tuesday (as noted by Polly Mello.)'A0'A0I do not recommend putting an'
tique quilts in pillowcases- it takes too much stuffing and manipulation of'
the quilt to get it inside the case.'A0 Instead, wrap it in a clean sheet '
the way you would wrap a sandwich in waxed paper.'A0 Then for the time the '
quilt will be in transit, it is okay to put it in a plastic bag before boxi'
ng it up.'A0 Some folks like to wrap the bagged quilt in bubble wrap before'
boxing.'A0 If you double box then the bubble wrap probably isn't necessary'
.'A0 Follow Barbara Burnham's suggestions for labelling the quilt and inclu'
ding all to and from contact info inside the box.
It is likely that the museum's insurance coverage will cover the quilt duri'
ng transit and no additional insurance need be purchased from the carrier.'
'A0 Check with the curator at NEQM for details.'A0 She will have more infor'
mation,suggestions, and recommendations.'A0 She does this all the time, so '
talk to her.
Judy Schwender
National Quilt Museum
Paducah, KY


Subject: RE: Just in time for the 4th of July!
From: "carol bikofsky" <biko2'>
Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2009 16:44:56 -0400
X-Message-Number: 11

Thanks so much! Have a Happy 4th.


Subject: unusual hex top
From: "Judy Grow" <judy.grow'>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:53:14 -0400'3D380135308752&ssPageN'

Have any of you seen this arrangement before? Do you think it is a 1 of '
a kind, or was it a pattern somewhere. I think it is striking.

No I'm not going to bid.

Happy Fourth of July to everyone. I cherish all our freedoms, fought '
for by valiant men and women for over 233 years, both in worldwide '
fields of battle and in our local, state, and national legislatures at '

Judy Grow
Flemington NJ


Subject: RE: unusual hex top
From: "Janet O'Dell" <janet'>
Date: Sat, 4 Jul 2009 09:12:38 +1000
X-Message-Number: 13

I study hexagon quilts and I have never seen this variation either. It is an
interesting layout, nicely made - I have it on my watch list out of
curiosity as to the asking price. There have been a few 30s quilts with some
nice layouts on Ebay recently that have sold for less.

Happy 4th of July!

Janet O'Dell
Melbourne Australia


Subject: shipping quilts
From: Andi <areynolds220'>
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2009 07:25:12 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

AQS sends and receives thousands of quilts each year for our shows,
magazine, and books and has done so for 25 years. I recently wrote up
and posted our recommendations for best shipping practices on the AQS
Publishing Blog, which you can access from our home page at If I were at work, I would copy and paste the
information right here, but getting to the blog should be easy for
anyone interested. Look for the round purple button on the top left
portion of the screen. The post is titled "Shipping News."

Note that without an appraisal, insurance values will be limited to the
cost of materials. so for a special quilt like the one being sent, be
sure to have the appraisal in hand.

Andi in Paducah, Kentucky

Subject: Shipping valuable quilt
From: Pat Kyser <patkyser'>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 09:15:51 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

I have a good friend who needs to ship a very valuable old quilt to
the New England Quilt Museum for an exhibit. She wants to know what is
the safest way to do so. I told her I would ask you experts. Hopefully
some of you have had experience with this problem. My own thought is
"get on a plane and take it," but surely there is some safe way to
ship valuable items. It needs to be there in about a week.
THanks in advance,


Subject: Shipping quilts
From: linda laird <clproducts'>
Date: Sat, 4 Jul 2009 08:23:21 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

You need to have a written appraisal of the quilt and lots of photos
if you expect an insurance company to pay if it is lost. It's also
very important to have a tracking number. I'm not fond of the post
office. They managed to lose the quilt binding that I had forgotten to
take with me and had a friend send. Fortunately I had enough uncut to
finish the quilt when I got home.

Linda Laird


Subject: Re: qhl digest: July 03, 2009
From: Trishherr'

Subject: Re: Shipping valuable quilt

I regularly ship valuable textile items. All your suggestions about
labeling everything and packaging are excellent. I now always ship via UPS or Fed
Ex. From experience I do not use the USPO! Trish Herr


Subject: Re: Shipping quilts
From: "Jean Carlton" <jeancarlton'>
Date: Sat, 4 Jul 2009 15:20:00 -0500

I was surprised no one mentioned having the quilt appraised by a '
qualified/certified appraiser if possible before sending. I see someone '
did today..
It's the best way to substantiate its value. Have her google American '
Quilters Society or PAAQT for a list of appraisers by state.
If one cannot be located in time, take several photos of the quilt '
before sending it. I would also measure it, record what you know about '
its history, be sure there is a label attached to the back with owner '
info. Every little bit helps if it should come to proving its existence '
and value for a claim. Quilts DO get lost and/or damaged. Do not assume '
the museum is covering it except while in its care.
Jean Carlton

Jean Carlton
AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser
952-240-9187 (mobile)
----- Original Message -----'
From: linda laird'
To: Quilt History List'
Sent: Saturday, July 04, 2009 8:23 AM
Subject: [qhl] Shipping quilts

You need to have a written appraisal of the quilt and lots of photos '
if you expect an insurance company to pay if it is lost. It's also '
very important to have a tracking number. I'm not fond of the post '
office. They managed to lose the quilt binding that I had forgotten to '
take with me and had a friend send. Fortunately I had enough uncut to '

finish the quilt when I got home.

Linda Laird


Subject: shipping
From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquilts'>
Date: Sat, 4 Jul 2009 15:08:16 -0700 (PDT)

Re shipping'A0a 'A0valuable quilt, should be no problem with FedEx (unless '
the plane goes down and there's no Tom Hanks to rescue it) Get it signed fo'
r, etc. DHL no longer ships domestically. Double boxing, packing with plast'
ic around entire thing are both good ideas,'A0in case box gets wet- heavy d'
uty contractor or leaf bag is best, and is only temporary, so no worries. I'
just shipped boxes of quilts to New England Quilt Museum with their name o'
n the label, and everything arrived fine, so though it might be a red flag '
to do so, so far, knock on wool suiting, I have never had a problem shippin'
g to them or any other museum after putting museum name on the box. i did h'
ave someone claim he had shipped me very valuable ivories, for which he fil'
ed a claim, major $$, but I told them I thought sender was trying to pull a'
I have only ever lost one shipped quilt, and that was not lost so much as'
'A0taken, I think ---next'A0store neighbor to a store that bought something'
'A0signed for her'A0box, then failed to turn it over to my buyer, who then '
filed claim with UPS and'A0got compensated. Sounded like a weird arrangemen'
t to me, but......
So what's the quilt, which show is it for-- Massachusetts. Can we see a pho'
Laura Fisher


Subject: growing cotton in South Dakota, USA
From: Mary Waller <mwaller'>
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2009 19:51:26 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6

My town, Vermillion, South Dakota, is celebrating it sesquicentennial,
and running excerpts from its early newspaper accounts. This week's
column, from 1918, states, "Thos Jordan is growing cotton in South
Dakota. He got the seed in Louisiana and there are at least a dozen
pods per stalk." There's no more info about the final results.
Vermillion is in extreme southeastern South Dakota, but a long way from

Mary Waller