Subject: Alliance for American Quilts Crazy Quilt Contest
From: Sandra Starley <gingham'>
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 11:37:09 +0000 (UTC)
X-Message-Number: 1

I'm sure some of my fellow quilt historians belong to the Alliance for American Quilts, a worthy organization, and have received an email to vote in the Crazy Quilt contest this week. I'm one of the participants and this is one of my blatant attempts to stuff the ballot box (Quilt #70)

Click here to view all the quilts

and then go to the voting email for link to the voting survey. Feel free to vote for my entry #70 if you are so inspired. By the way, voting end this Friday afternoon, the 14th.


Even if you aren't an Alliance member follow the link above and view the quilts, there are some great examples of traditional crazy quilts and some unique art quilts. All the quilts will be auctioned off this fall on eBay to raise money for the Alliance.

Here's a link to my quilt and a bit of my process:

Thanks for looking.

Sandra Starley
AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser
Moab, Utah
my antique and vintage quilts

my art quilts

Sandra Starley
AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser
Moab, Utah
my antique and vintage quilts

my art quilts


Subject: words to live by
From: Cindy Claycamp <muddyforkfarms'>

My mother's most repeated advise was "If you can't say something nice'th'
en don't say anything at all" I always try to heed this rule when judging.'
Whether it's 4-H sewing' quilts at shows and fairs' and even when appr'
aising. I always look for the positives first and make

comments to that effect. It puts the owner'sewer'quilter at ease. They '
usually already know the negative things about their item. With 4-H ers I a'
sk " What was the hardest part to sew?"

They will always show me'then we can go on with the advise on how to impr'
ove. My Mom's rule has helped me to enjoy judging. Cindy Claycamp'AQS cer'
tified appraiser '03


Subject: ARC thread
From: Judy Schwender <sister3603'>
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 07:33:00 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 3

Content-Type: text/plain; charset'iso-8859-1
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

I got this note from contacts in Illinois.
ARC thread is no longer being produced as the'makers have closed their do'
ors.Those of you who use ARC threads might want to stock up on your favorit'
e colors' while supplies last.
If anyone knows any differently, please post.
Judy Schwender'0A'0A'0A


Subject: words to live by
From: "Debby Kratovil" <kratovil'>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 04:20:56 -0400 (EDT)
X-Message-Number: 1

I saw this on a sign outside a church, but it can apply in realms other
than religious/spiritual:

The cost of obedience is nothing . . .
Compared to the cost of disobedience.

Another one that was my mantra to my 3 daughters (all grown now): Who you
really are is who you are when no one is looking.

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


Subject: Quilt honoring Franco-American women plus a new clan quilt surfaces
From: Karen Alexander <karenquilt'>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 17:58:00 -0700
X-Message-Number: 4

Thought some of you might find this interesting. I stumbled across it
yesterday. It's from the Portland (Maine) Press Herald

Unsinn quilt show honors Franco women
Close to Home: Unsinn quilt show honors Franco women

Then today from the L.A. Times today - another Clan Quilt surfaces.

The first link has the photo of the quilt.

This link has the story.,0,5064693.story

Karen in the Islands


Subject: Julie Silber
From: Gaye Ingram <gingram'>
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2009 1:52:37 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

I thought some of you might not know that Julie Silber's father died early Friday morning, in his sleep. He had suffered repeated bouts of pneumonia in recent weeks and his end was not entirely unexpected. I think his was a remarkable life. A first generation American, he seems to have done everything from delivering newspapers to managing a gas station to playing college (U. Michigan) and semi-pro baseball----well, 3 typed pages of jobs he had held in addition to the law practice. Until quite recently, he went into his office three times a week and still played bridge. (He was a Life Master in bridge).

Gaye Ingram


Subject: RE: KKK quilt
From: Teddy Pruett <aprayzer'>

You will all remember that this is not the first time a suspected KKK quilt'
has been discussed here. I will point out the same thing I mentioned last'
time: KKK did not use red crosses. It used a white cross on a red backgr'
ound' which suggests to me that there may be more oral history than fact.'
Just something that comes to mind' doncha know. It would seem that som'
one who actually wanted to illustrate or honor the klan would start by gett'
ing the symbolism correct. '


There are a few people on this list who think I suffer from an IQ of 20 or '
so' and that I have no accurate thought processes and have no right to b'
e working with quilt history. This is just to let some of you know that I '
can question things when I feel the need to. '

Teddy Pruett'

I want to die with a needle in my hand.
Not stuck in the meat and bleeding' you understand'
just held between my thumb and finger. '


Subject: Winterthur Collection
From: linda laird <clproducts'>
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2009 07:48:28 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

Am I the last person in the world to know that the Winterthur
Collection is somewhat online? To bad they were'n able to include a
little more about the history of the quilts.

Linda Laird


Subject: Quilt in a movie alert
From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquilts'>

When you see "Julie and Julia" (or is it vice versa?!) and I presume you al'
l will, because it is so thoughtful about women finding themselves, smart, '
humorous'(Meryl Streep alone is worth the price of admission- again she c'
reates a timeless, memorable persona), look for the quilt on the back of Ju'
lie's sofa in Queens.'
It is a suiting'plushwork five-point star 'hap' type, sister (or should i'
t be brother?) to several suiting quilts'to be on display'in my forthco'
ming New England Quilt Museum exhibition MASTER' PIECES: HABERDASHERY TEX'
Debby Cooney, this one most resembles yours in format!
In the exhibition, there will be shirting and neckwear and other menswear t'
extiles too, but these plushwork embroidered suiting swatch pieces are a ca'
tagory all their own. There are some pretty'great ones around. Some peopl'
e call them stumpwork, not a term easy on the ears. Information about the s'
tyle is in some of Trish Herr's books on PA. textiles.Tehey are embroidered'
, then clipped and sheared to achieve a highly raised, sometimes velvety ef'
Talk about timely! 'I could not believe my eyes. NO ONE ever uses these q'
uilts for 'pretty"
decoration. Sadly this quilt is not mine, wonder who was the source?!'
I have to get a movie still of the living room set. I am soooo delighted ab'
out how many people will see this type of quilt and hopefully like the look'
, and save these quilts. So many of them wind up unbought, boo hoo, though '
they represent a very distinctive way to enliven one's surroundings.'
And by the way, In Julia's home is an antique'blue and white overshot cov'
erlet on the back of'her sofa.
I will send the press release'next. Mark your calendars.
Laura Fisher''


Subject: RE: Quilt in a movie alert
From: "Candace Perry" <candace'>
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2009 15:27:26 -0400
X-Message-Number: 5

Laura, loved loved the film -- it is MARVELOUS -- Meryl is a goddess-- '
and I
did notice the quilts!
Candace Perry

Subject: canvas repair
From: Andi <areynolds220'>
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2009 16:43:43 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6

Any suggestions on how to repair a ripped-down-the-middle canvas seat of
a classic director's chair? This one was a "Coke" type left by our
landlord on the front porch. I did not clean off the green stains
(discussed on this list about a year ago); the seat just gave way
underneath the weight of little birdie feet. Many thanks for ideas and
guidance sent off list.

Andi in Paducah, KY


Subject: RE: Winterthur Collection
From: "Newbie Richardson" <pastcrafts'>
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2009 21:45:29 -0400
X-Message-Number: 7

The history/context of many of the quilts is in Linda Eaton's recent book:
Quilts in a Material World. The information on line is what is listed in the
cataloguing - ie bare bones. Remember, Mr. Dupont was collecting based on
the visual appeal of the artifact. He, and many of the other collectors in
the early 20th c, did not care about the history of the pieces - unless
there was some important provenance associated with the artifacts. Linda did
a superb job of fleshing out the objects in her book.
Newbie Richardson


Subject: Movie quilt, continued
From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquilts'>

Just a bit more about the movie "Julie and Julia"...can anyone tell me how '
they made Meryl Streep look quite so tall?! Did they "stretch" her image wi'
th a computer; has anything been written about this? is incredible and'
fun to see her 'tower' over people of seemingly regular height (Julia was '
6' + I think)
And, can someone please tell me how to eliminate the AO and '3D signs that '
are sprinkled throughout my emails when I get the QHL summary? Makes it so '
hard to read fix the glitch! Thanks


Subject: Movie, continued
From: Lynn and Debbie Cupp <Cupp5'>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 05:51:13 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

I read somewhere that the actor who played the husband is only
5'8"...and of course I couldn't help but notice the 4 inch heels Meryl wore.



Subject: Re: Movie quilt, continued
From: "Jeanne Henry" <woofstock'>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 09:26:24 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

She wore high heels. Also I saw Meryl Streep on a show and she said that
the actors were shorter. Like in the Cordon Bleu scene where she is with
the male students... they were all chosen by height - so that she could
easily tower over them. Then they also made the tables lower than normal.
Great job of making her tower over everyone! Also, I bet that her rear end
was padded so she would sit higher in a chair. The movie was a blast. I
highly recommend it.

(And the quilt on the back of Julie's sofa is stunning. I looked at it
rather than the actors in those scenes!)



Subject: Re: qhl digest: August 15, 2009 "Julie and Julia"
From: Trishherr'

Hmmm, interesting. I guess you see what you want to see. My husband Don and
I thought it was a handwoven coverlet! Trish

Trish Herr
The Herrs Antiques
_www.theherrsantiques.com_ (
2363 Henbird Lane
Lancaster, PA 17601


Subject: Re: Movie quilt, continued
From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley'>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 13:22:00 -0400
X-Message-Number: 5

How tall is Meryl Streep?


Subject: Re: Movie quilt, continued
From: "Candace Perry" <candace'>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 13:56:44 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6

Not tall enough -- however, they put her with wonderful Stanley Tucci (who
is not tall) and put her in substantial wedgies -- at least that's how my
friends and I decided that they created an illusion of height.


Subject: RE: Winterthur Collection
From: "Cinda Cawley" <lrcawley'>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 13:33:32 -0400
X-Message-Number: 7

No Linda, I am the last person to know. The very first quilt (red,
green, yellow tulips on pink background) made my day.
Cinda on the Eastern Shore


Subject: RE: Winterthur Collection
From: ag32040 <ag32040'>

From: "Newbie Richardson" <pastcrafts'>
Subject: [qhl] RE: Winterthur Collection
Date: August 15, 2009 9:45:29 PM EDT
To: "Quilt History List" <qhl'>
The history/context of many of the quilts is in Linda Eaton's recent book:
Quilts in a Material World. The information on line is what is listed in'
cataloguing - ie bare bones. Remember, Mr. Dupont was collecting based on
the visual appeal of the artifact. He, and many of the other collectors in
the early 20th c, did not care about the history of the pieces - unless
there was some important provenance associated with the artifacts. Linda'
a superb job of fleshing out the objects in her book.'
Newbie Richardson


Subject: Re: Movie quilt, continued
From: ag32040 <ag32040'>

On Aug 16, 2009, at 12:53:13 AM, "Laura Fisher" <laurafisherquilts'yahoo.c'
om> wrote:

From: "Laura Fisher" <laurafisherquilts'>
Subject: [qhl] Movie quilt, continued
Date: August 16, 2009 12:53:13 AM EDT
To: "Quilt History List" <qhl'>
Just a bit more about the movie "Julie and Julia"...can anyone tell me how'
they made Meryl Streep look quite so tall?! Did they "stretch" her image'
with a computer; has anything been written about this? is incredible'
and fun to see her 'tower' over people of seemingly regular height (Julia'
was 6' + I think)
And, can someone please tell me how to eliminate the AO and '3D signs that'
are sprinkled throughout my emails when I get the QHL summary? Makes it'
so hard to read fix the glitch! Thanks


Subject: Re: Movie quilt, continued
From: "lonnie" <lonnie8'>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 14:35:27 -0500
X-Message-Number: 10

Plus they used small scaled furniture.


Subject: KKK Quilt: L.A. TIMES commentary
From: Gaye Ingram <gingram'>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 16:51:13 -0500
X-Message-Number: 11

Reading Patricia Turner's remarks on a KKK quilt called to mind the UGRR story reported in the Charleston downtown market that has been the source of so much discussion.

The quilt's current keeper, a teacher, reports her own shame and uneasiness with the quilt because of its racial asociations, her mother's same feelings. She tells the reporter-scholar that her mother shared that attitude and thus had given false information to the Kansas Quilt Project, attributing the quilt's cross to Christianity.

What struck me is how ready Turner was to accept the revised, "real" story.

There's a story in the answer to the question "Why?"

A thorough scholar would think twice before accepting the most recent account as truth, especially given a reported deliberately false statement to the Kansas Quilt Project documenter.

Yet no "purportedly" or "alleged" is to be found.

An academic historian in some opinion-neutral subject (Does such exist?) could not get by with that kind of scholarship were he writing a doctoral dissertation in a demanding department. Why do we expect less of ourselves?

Gaye Ingram


Subject: Re: Movie quilt, continued
From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip'>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 18:13:08 -0400
X-Message-Number: 12

Streep is 5'6". Cameras were angled to make her appear taller in
addition to use of high shoes and shorter actors.

Candace Perry wrote:


Subject: Re: ***SPAM*** Movie quilt, continued
From: "Stephanie Whitson" <stephanie'>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 17:39:41 -0500
X-Message-Number: 13

According to the NPR piece I heard on the film, Julia Child was 6'2" tall. I
suspect they made her look tall the same way they make Tom Cruise look tall
:-). Very creative camera angles and boxes for her to stand on.

Steph Whitson


Subject: Winterthur Collection
From: "Debby Kratovil" <kratovil'>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 05:46:59 -0400 (EDT)
X-Message-Number: 1

I beg to disagree: I AM the last one to know they are all online!

While I am nowhere near the historians of this illustrious list, I, too,
am shocked to find not even the bare bones description of these quilts.
But to be able to view these is an extra special treat. Thanks to all of
you who continue to share these wonderful, fabulous links. Isn't the
internet such an amazing thing?

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


Subject: Re: Winterthur Collection
From: Judy Schwender <sister3603'>

"While I am nowhere near the historians of this illustrious list, I, too,
am shocked to find not even the bare bones description of these quilts."
Hello all,
Please bear in mind that for curators and other museum staff, their first d'
uty is to the actual artifacts in their care.' In this day and age of cut'
backs, putting information online might not be priority #1.' This is not '
a half-hour task.' It requires staff and time, both of which are stretche'
d thin at most museums today.
If you live near a museum- any museum- I hope you are a volunteer.' Last '
week I had an exhibit change that simply would not have been accomplished w'
ithout the wonderful volunteers from Shawnee Quilters guild in Illinois.''
Their much-appreciated assistance'freed me'tackle some of the other ta'
sks on my list (a list that is now nearly a book) and we have a stupendous '
exhibit that looks GOOD.' (Masters: Art Quilts, including the work of Kat'
ie Pasquini Masopust, Yvonne Porcella, Hollis Chatelain, Judith Content, De'
idre Scherer, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Susan Shie, Jane Sassaman, and Terrie Ha'
ncock Mangat)
Please give the Winterthur some time.' Museums today all recognize the va'
lue of having their collections online 24-7.' But, museum staff can't wor'
k 24-7!
Judy Schwender
National Quilt Museum
Paducah, KY'0A'0A'0A


Subject: Madder is 4000 years old
From: linda laird <clproducts'>

4,000-year-old dye found on Egyptian artifact
Four thousand years ago Egyptians had mastered the process of making
madder, a red dye, according to a researcher who uncovered the
earliest known example of the color still used today.

Isn't science wonderful.

Linda Laird


Subject: Re: Movie quilt, continued
From: hknight453'
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 12:20:50 -0400
X-Message-Number: 4

Laura- They say shorter supporting cast members and careful camera'
angles were used. I read this somewhere.



Subject: movies and meryl
From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquilts'>

Hi all- thanks for all the info about making Meryl look taller. I just love'
Nora Ephron; she did (and always does)'a fabulous job as director, as we'
ll as writer/adapter, when you think about all the decisions involved in cr'
eating those illusions. Wish she would do a film about the antiques busines'
I just got an email seeking quilts for another film. Will keep you posted!


Subject: RE: Movie Quilt - check the photo
From: "Robins-Morris, Laura A" <lrobins'>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 11:59:08 -0700
X-Message-Number: 6

I don't think it's a quilt -- more like a printed coverlet of some kind.
You're talking about the thing with leaves, right?
To see a picture, go to the movie's website and then click "Enter the Site" (right
side of screen). Then in the upper left put your mouse over Menu, and
click Gallery from the drop-down choices. The 18th (or so) photo is of
Julie, holding a martini glass, and her husband sitting on the couch.
(I can't send a link directly to the photo.)
To me it looks more like a printed or even painted ethnic fabric,
perhaps something from India?
Haven't seen the movie, but looking forward to it.
Laura in Seattle'


Subject: RE: Movie Quilt - check the photo
From: "Jeanne Henry" <woofstock'>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 14:13:31 -0500
X-Message-Number: 7

The one I'm talking about has a dark background with raised flowers. The
petals of the flowers look almost like chenille.


Subject: RE: Movie Quilt - check the photo - correction.
From: "Robins-Morris, Laura A" <lrobins'>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 13:07:11 -0700
X-Message-Number: 8

Sorry, I was reading my digests backwards. Now I see Laura Fisher's
original post -- she was talking about a star quilt made of suiting
fabrics. I found the wrong thing when I was looking for pictures of the
film online in order to check out the "quilt in the film". I'd better
go see the film, soon.'
Laura in Seattle '


Subject: Early History of Red Dyes
From: Susan Seater <seater'>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 00:46:24 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Here's a better link for the layman about the madder and lac discoveries

Susan in Raleigh NC


Subject: Early History of Red Dyes
From: Susan Seater <seater'>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 00:39:09 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

Red dyes in history: madder, kermes, lac

New research published online before print August 10, 2009, in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science by Marco Leona, head of
the Scientific Research Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in
New York, shows Egyptians used madder 4000 years ago. Leona says that
this is the earliest evidence for the complex chemical knowledge needed
to extract the dye from a plant and turn it into a pigment. Hope you
can follow this link to the abstract and thence to the full article.

Here's one newspaper article about the research:

Research finds Egyptians early users of red dye
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
By Randolph E. Schmid, The Associated Press

Susan in Raleigh NC


Subject: Winterthur's quilts online
From: Linda Eaton <LEaton'>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 10:05:30 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

I am thrilled that people have found Winterthur's quilts online, and that y'
ou want more information! We want to provide this too, and are actively wo'
rking to make this happen. We are also discussing ways of getting the coll'
ection available through the Quilt Index.'

Winterthur has been spending the last few years upgrading our records, digi'
tizing existing photography and shooting new digital images in order to get'
the whole collection of American decorative art (approx 85,000 objects) av'
ailable on-line. We hope to have this project completed within the next fe'
w years, subject to successful fund-raising (it is expensive to employ the '
many people needed to make this happen). '

You may have noticed that the quilts are the first segment of Winterthur's '
museum collection to be available on-line. This was our first attempt using'
various complex software systems, and the expensive and time-consuming wor'
k behind the scenes was kindly and generously supported by the Coby Foundat'
ion. The problem, which proved very difficult to resolve, has been to get '
the different computer programs to talk to each other, which is why the inf'
ormation currently available is so limited. '

We know that our success has been marginal and we are actively working on w'
ays to improve the situation. The first stage is a new website whose infra'
structure will make it easier to get the nuts and bolts to work together. '
So stay tuned, and if you would like more information about the quilts plea'
se do not hesitate to contact us.
Linda Eaton
Curator of Textiles
Winterthur Museum


Subject: If you are traveling through the Atlanta airport
From: linda laird <clproducts'>

"The Paper Runway"
Atlanta Hartsfield Airport
Georgia, USA
T-Gate (*after security)

More than 50 works of wearable paper art are included in this
international juried exhibit, which will close January 12th.

Here is a link to the online brochure to see some of the items.

Linda Laird

in KS where it is still raining and not supposed to in August


Subject: V&A Exhibitions - Q&A
From: Sally Ward <sallytatters'>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 17:10:17 +0100
X-Message-Number: 5

I have today been sent a notification from the Press Office that in
response to questions posed by members of various lists they have
posted a Q&A page on the website. You can find it here

I'm sure there's more we all still want to know, and will be until we
actually walk into the exhibition, but this answers many major issues
including how many quilts there will be. The answer is 65, but it
doesn't mention the proportion of new to old. And they will be shown
'with objects relating to their subject matter and makers including
paintings and prints, as well as needlework tools and personal
keepsakes' .Information on the Symposium is to be posted on the
website in September.

I hope this is helpful.

Sally Ward


Subject: Julie and Julia -- I promise, last post
From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquilts'>

Correction, all.....the overshot coverlet on the sofa in the home of Julia '
Child is a handsome brown and soldier blue, not blue and white.'
The flowered fabric sometimes seen on the sofa in Julie Powell's queen apar'
tment, where the plushwork stars quilt also appeared, looks to be some 20th'
century floral print drapery panel, nothing too exotic or old. Probably it'
was intended to show how the young folks changed decor as the seasons chan'
* fini *
Laura Fisher


Subject: Family of Quilt Maker in Oregon reaches out - long
From: Karen Alexander <karenquilt'>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 11:36:55 -0700
X-Message-Number: 7

This comes from the on-line newsletter of my former guild in Northern


This information is from the son of Kathy Sandbach. Kathy, from Bandon,
Oregon, is a quilter and author of "Show Me How to Machine Quilt."

Her son writes,"Hello ladies, this is Ken Sandbach, Kathy's son typing. As
most of you know by now my mom has been diagnosed with a nasty type of
dementia, called Frontal Temporal Dementia. If you were around her the
last few years at all, you may have noticed some behavior
changes--slight at first, and then progressing to downright bizarre. It
took the kids some time (unfortunately), but this last December we
finally got the diagnosis, and began putting all the pieces together.
Her symptoms these days are too numerous for this email, but if you're
curious Google Frontal Temporal Dementia or go to and
search there.

The reason for writing this morning is to let you know
after a long conversation with my sister we have decided to begin
selling my mom's quilting legacy. We are down to about 6 month's money
left for Kathy's care, and have found that Social Security and Medicare
just don't cut it. Assisted living care is running 7k/month, not
including her insurance and mortgage payments (her Oregon house in on
the market, but no one is buying these days).

As a test experiment we have put 3 of her quilts on eBay to test reception.
Their names and descriptions have come from her books, because we're just
not that smart! If this eBay auction proves to be worthwhile, there are
another such 100 quilts that will make their way to you--her fans. While
this is a tough time, and even tougher decision to make, neither Kristine or
I have the room or energy to store these quilts in the way they deserve,
so we're hoping/praying that the people who love them most will be
willing to adopt them.

Lastly, it has been at least 18 months since Kathy spent any regular time on
her email, so many of these addresses are likely to be bad. Please, PLEASE
forward this letter to your address books/quilt lovers, and ask they do the
same. Kathy has traveled all over the United States and UK teaching, so I am
hoping this letter will make its way around the entire quilting universe!
Also there is a guestbook at mom's old website
Please go there and sign the guestbook. It would mean a lot to grasp just
how many people Kathy has touched through quilting. Thank you for letting my
invade you inbox this morning!" There's a photo of Kathy at this


Subject: Quilt Pattern Collecting panel at TQHF
From: Karen Alexander <karenquilt'>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 17:13:51 -0700
X-Message-Number: 8

Anyone on this list who attended the Quilt Pattern Collecting panel during
Merikay Waldvogel's Induction Week in Marion like to give me a short
paragraph or two review that I can use on the TQHF Blog? Unfortunately, I
was unable to attend this year. Email me privately if you prefer.

Thanks, Karen in the Islands


Subject: Auction Crazy Quilts Posted by Alliance for American Quilts
From: MegMaxC'

Dear QHL Friends--

The nonprofit Alliance for American Quilts has posted a gallery on the
website of all 84 quilts in its Crazy for Quilts Auction. These 16-inch
square quilts will be auctioned on eBay starting in October, with all proceeds
going to help the Alliance document, preserve and share the stories of
quilters and their makers from every era.
Take a minute to enjoy the free show, because it's a fun collection of
both traditional crazy quilts and freewheeling new interpretations of the
style. There's a gorgeous piece here made by Betty Pillsbury, who recently
won top prize in Embroidered Quilts at the AQS show in Knoxville. There are
several stunning crazy quilts by crazy quilting teacher and blogger Allison
Aller. Some of the offbeat examples include a crazy cow quilt made by Kathryn
Wagar Wright, the art director of Quilter's Newsletter magazine and a wild,
whimsical qult by Canadian art quilter Pamela Allen called "One Crazy Hot
Mama." Also, there are three quilts by art quilting legend Yvonne Porcella.
Go to the Alliance homepage ( to
link to the gallery and the press release, which lists all the auction dates
and info. As with the previous two contest auctions, the bids will start at
These quilts will also be on exhibit in several venues. At the moment,
many are displayed at the Virginia Quilt Museum. All of them can be seen at
International Quilt Festival in Houston, Oct. 15 to 18.
Meg Cox, vice president, Alliance for American Quilts


Subject: Saving Old Quilts outreach not going wellm starting a referral fee which I hope re directs public - Jean Gonzalez. FAQ Options for Old Quilts
From: "Jean&#39;s Hand Sewing - Repair, Finish & Design using Family Textiles" <richmondseamstress'>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2009 10:06:22 -0700 (PDT)
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Hi. I've posted before. I'm Jean Gonzalez. I have a hand sewing business in Richmond, Virginia. I started out mending clothes for people ten years ago and that led to quilt repair which led to a lot of inquiries for things I don't do. It took years to figure out what the public was looking for and find resources and write a free online FAQ It's for people who inherit an old quilt and don't know what to do with it.

I had hoped when I finally had the information and could offer it free that I could solve this problem. When I approach the media they offer me advertising. Basically, the public is asking for appraisal, care and do-it-yourself info and I had hoped that a community response would be great for everybody.

A lot of the people on my list are also on this list but it turns out the public doesn't follow up when they ask for an appraiser or conservator or do-it-yourself resources which is a shame because it means the quilts will probably pass to the next generation and those people won't know what to do with them, either.

I am kind of giving up. I could re write the list and focus on the non profits but I think the public needs the range of options to consider and I'm kind of burned out anyway. Last time I got discouraged I dropped off the QHL. This time i may stop reading it & just stay subscribed in case I have good news to report but I need to turn my attention to other things.

I offered a free talk on options for old quilts at an art gallery here in Richmond and two people came. The gallery invited me back but asked me to focus on what I do, not what I don't do so my next talk is this weekend talking about what I make. I'll try to say something about the old quilts.

It seems to me now that as long as I offered a free consultation telling people I'm not an appraiser or conservator and it's not a sewing class or career school didn't help so my new policy is that the referral service is one hundred dollars for any part of an hour. That means it's a hundred dollars for one minute and another hundred dollars every 61 minutes and it's a referral service which means the person is looking for something I don't do.

I came to this conclusion after another person had a long consultation and left saying how much they got out of it and it turned out they were looking for something I don't do. If this was a small percentage of inquiries I could just do it as a public service but 75 - 90 % of the inquiries from the pubic are for things I don't offer and they really want a dealer or conservator or a school. This threw me off balance for a long time because I cannot charge for an appraisal since I'm not an appraiser and that's what the public is asking for but it seems to me if they have an interest in the topic and they talk to me first and then start someplace else that's a referral service and I don't have to offer that free.

I kind of hope no one comes for that as I think they should just contact the service they are looking for directly but I can see now that there was no incentive for the public to figure out what appraisal is and what conservators do and find a class as long as I offered a free consultation. So once again I want to do a disclaimer and say my business is not offering anything that is a short cut to appraisal, conservator services or sewing classes but if people need help figuring out where to start my referral service is deliberately priced higher than the lowest rate for what they are really looking for - so that it makes no sense to come here if the public is looking for appraisal, conservator services or sewing classes.

I'm sorry this hasn't worked as a community effort to take care of everybody and get the quilts to the best resource. I'm so burned out now I need a break and I hope my hundred dollar referral fee motivates the public to do what they haven't done up til now - hire a professional or do their own research.

Jean Gonzalez, Owner/Designer, Jean's Hand Sewing - Repair Finish & Design with Family Textiles

JEAN&#39;s HAND SEWING - Repair, Finish & Design with family textiles. SAY ANYTHING on clothing & wall hangings, $ 50 - $ 350, any theme or message. Materials included - your ideas & materials welcome ! Planning sessions are FREE. Carytown & NYC. FAQ 804 304 3345


Subject: Dunkard made quilts
From: Patricia Cummings <quiltersmuse'>
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 16:23:26 -0400
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I have posted a preliminary file about quilts made by a group sometimes
called "Dunkards," that now is more often known as "Church of the Brethren."
I would like to discover additional, early quilts made by members of this
group. If anyone has any descriptions, information, or photos, please
contact me at: pat'