Subject: RE: Hawaiian and Tahitian quilts, and geography
From: Loretta Woodard <>

Sorry to arrive late in this discussion. As Sandy Munsey and others
have pointed out, the first commercial patterns and books for Hawaiian
applique pillow cushions appeared in the early 1970s. Elizabeth Akana
offered the first 18-inch pillow patterns in 1971 and Poakalani
(Althea and John Serrao) began offering 22-inch pillow patterns in
1972. Kepola (Auntie Debbie) U. Kakalia offered instructions and
patterns in what was probably the first pattern book called HAWAIIAN

One Hawaiian quilter who demonstrated Hawaiian quilting for visitors
at a well-known Hawaii hotel in the 1970s-1980s (I'd have to dig
through my notes to find the reference, said that mainland visitors
who were interested in learning to quilt but didn't want to tackle a
full bed-sized quilt, took readily to the idea of making a pillow as a
manageable-sized project.

As Sandy mentioned, Napua Stevens Poire booklet, THE HAWAIIAN QUILT,
was published in 1971. She said in a newspaper interview that for five
years she had produced an annual Hawaiian quilt show for the Ilikai
Hotel (think Steve McGarret on the balcony of same in the opening
credits to "Hawaii 5-0") at a time when there were no commercial
patterns for full-sized bed quilts. Mainland visitors, having returned
home after seeing the show, would write her requesting a pattern.
Poire said, "I cut out the paper patterns and sent them, and usually
got this response: 'I asked for a quilt pattern. Whatever have you
sent me?" She wrote so many letters explaining how to make a Hawaiian
quilt, she finally decided it would just be easier to put it in a book.
The UE instructional booklet, YOUR HAWAIIAN QUILT-HOW TO MAKE IT,
which appeared in 1959, demonstrated through photos and minimal text
the steps involved from cutting out the applique to placing the layers
on the quilting horse (frame) for bed-sized quilts.

What has not been explicitly stated is that pillow patterns and the
resulting block quilts with sashing are largely a product of the
second quilt revival. Unfortunately, many dealers on eBay and
elsewhere erroneously and anachronistically, label American multi-
block Pennsylvania-style applique quilts as Hawaiian. Or am I in error
suggesting Pennsylvania as a possible source? <G>

P.S. As for geography, we moved from Hawaii to Nova Scotia in the late
1960s. The Hawaii license plates invited frequent comment. More than
one person asked, quizzically, "Did you drive over from there?" I
think they were trying to envision a causeway.


Subject: Ft. Hood Memorial quilt--bars across the top
From: Donald Beld <>

I forgot to mention what they represent--the different regimental colors fo=
r the units stationed at the fort. It didn't occur to me until after I d=
id them that they looked like medal ribbons.

Also, the center block is that un-named Civil War era block that I found on=
e time in the sixth Sanitary Commission quilt. I really like it on point=
. In the SCQ it is not on point and is one of thirteen different pattern=
s in that quilt--three of which are unique to the quilt. The other patte=
rn, of course, is the one most of the HOTB chapter use for our quilts; but =
set on point as well. It comes from the Connecticutt, Lincoln Shrine San=
itary Commission quilt.

best, Don Beld


Subject: Re: Hawaiian applique quilts circa early 1970's
From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 11:23:20 -0600
X-Message-Number: 3

It seems logical that missionaries home on furlough or for visits might
bring "what we are making in the Sandwich Islands" back with them for the
local sewing circles to see when they did their fund-raising chats or
reports to the various boards that had sent them out. That would have let
women in America see examples very early--of course documentation is another
thing, but this seems like a logical possibility given the fact that we
women like to do "show and tell."
Stephanie Whitson


Subject: NQR - calling all nurses
From: "Newbie Richardson" <>

Dear list,
I know that many of you are registered nurses. My daughter, who got a
second degree in nursing this past year ( she is 28) is now working in San
Antonio, Texas at Methodist Hospital on the Med-Surg floor. She will be
getting her Masters in Wound Care in due course. She originally wanted
Trauma but found Wound Care more to her liking - blood and gore - but user
friendly hours!

She has asked Santa Claus for a subscription to a nursing magazine. Well,
Mrs Claus is clueless! I went to Barnes and Noble to look at the extensive
number of magazines devoted nursing - I don't know which one is more
"scholarly" -or "Readers Digesty", etc. Can anyone help me define which
magazine is the best for a newly minted ( but mature) nursing professional?

Thanks for any advice.
Please email me privately at:

Newbie Richardson


Subject: hi from Cinda

Dear Friends,

Thanks for all of the cards, quilt blocks, calls and kind=
messages. I am incredibly grateful for your expressions of friendshi=
p. It really does help when friends rally in time of trouble and I wa=
s in BIG trouble. Fortunately I have the three bossiest children in t=
he western world (is anyone surprised) and they rescu ed me and John, who w=
as beside himself with worry, put me in an ambulance and brought me from MD=
to Syracuse (University Hospital at Upstate medical Center--I'm a big fan.=

 I am not going back to MD. John is already i=
n the process of selling our house and we will be moving to Central NY.=
 I know I will find quilts and quilt lovers here, but I will sorely miss=
being in the center of things as I was on the Eastern Shore. Meanwhi=
le we are staying with our daughters, who both live in a little village cal=
led Fayetteville, while we look for a house to buy. The internet is a=
wonderful thing; it allows us to stay in touch no matter where we go.=
 Once I get orgainzed I will be putting in my two cents regularly and, I=
hope, reporting on quilt sightings.

 I canno t thank you enough for your friendship and conce=

Cinda in Central NY---


Subject: NQR - calling all nurses
From: <>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 10:03:06 -0800
X-Message-Number: 3

The American Nurses Association has a magazine that you receive once you become a member. It was always the most generic choice. Medicine is usually very departmentalized. Most specialties have their own organizations and professional magazines. Call a larger hospital in your area and ask to talk to their Wound care specialist or nurse. He/she would be the best source. My guess is that your daughter would want to receive a magazine dedicated to her area of care.
Congratulations to her in advance. Sue Reich, RN, ED


Subject: Re: hi from Cinda
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 18:16:49 +0000 (UTC)


 I just got back from a week in Texas. I am so happy that you are fee=
ling better. I hope that your move goes smoothly. I will miss having you ne=
arby but I am happy that you are moving to a supportive environment near yo=
ur family and a good medical center and that you are getting the care that =
you need.

Your friend,


I will send you some quilt pictures soon.


Subject: Anyone know what this object is on quilt?
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 15:24:13 -0800
X-Message-Number: 6
The Quilt Index is full go goodies! Anyone know what this appliqud object
is supposed to be?

A low high chair? <grin>

An apple press?

A proto-type helicopter?

Inquiring minds are very curious. The answer is probably staring me in the
face but at the moment, I am stumped.

Karen A.


Subject: Re: Anyone know what this object is on quilt?
From: Donna Stickovich <>

Cider press?


Subject: Re: Anyone know what this object is on quilt?
From: Barb Garrett <>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 18:53:08 -0500
X-Message-Number: 8

My guess is a printing press.

Barb in southeastern PA


Subject: RE: Anyone know what this object is on quilt?
From: "Kim Baird" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 17:35:41 -0600
X-Message-Number: 9

It might be a printing press.


Subject: Re: Anyone know what this object is on quilt?
From: Sally Ward <>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 00:31:30 +0000
X-Message-Number: 10

On 17 Dec 2009, at 23:30, Donna Stickovich wrote:

> Cider press?

I was thinking printing press, there seem to be runners for a plate to
slide along. But I'm not sure about the bags of ballast attached to
the end!

Sally Ward


Subject: know this pieced design? Julie Silber asks...
From: "Julie Silber" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 16:56:44 -0800
X-Message-Number: 11

Hi All,

We just sent out a mailer advertising some quilts, etc. on sale.

After receiving our notice, Marcia Kaylakie e-mailed me and asked for more
information on a pair of 1940s rayon pieced pillowcases I called

Actually, I got busted! I have to admit that I did not really know the name
of the design, which is commercial -- I have seen it many times before. But
I was rushed, and so I not only made up the name, I failed to say I had done

Some of you Smarties out there will know this design and its story. I just
put photos of the pillowcases on the e-Board (password:
vintage). Hoping someone will bail me out with the correct historical info.


Julie Silber


Subject: RE: Anyone know what this object is on quilt?
From: "Vivien Sayre" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 20:37:36 -0500
X-Message-Number: 12

Looks like a apple press used to make cider.

Vivien, in MA where it is 17 degrees and falling


Subject: Re: Anyone know what this object is on quilt?
From: "Stephanie Grace Whitson" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 20:23:13 -0600
X-Message-Number: 13

It looks like a book press to me.

Stephanie Whitson


Subject: Hawaiian quilts

I was one of the tourists, who while in Maui in 1978 staying at the W=
ialea Continental Hotel, bought a pillow kit there. I was already a q=
uilter. I took the kit home and made my Hawaiian pillow.=
 I still have it.

Caryl Schuetz
Woodhaven Studio
Professional Association of Appraisers -
Quilted Textiles
Certified by The American Quilter's Society


Subject: Album Block Signature quilts
From: "Martha Spark" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 21:52:19 -0500
X-Message-Number: 15

After our recent study group meeting here in Oregon where the theme was
"Signature Quilts', and two lovely Album or Chimney Sweep block quilts
came for viewing, I'm wondering about the popularity of this block design
in a regional setting. One we saw, Karen Alexander's sashed Album block
quilt, was from Hudson City, right outside of NYC. Molly Miles quilt, the
Kezia Benton Signature quilt, was the same block, but I'm not sure of the
its regional origins. Both had a horizontal set, only Karen's had sashing,
and Molly's did not.

Can anyone point me in other directions that would broaden the range of
this block set for popular signature quilts of the c1840s - 50s era? I'm
intrigued if it is a seemingly narrow popularity distribution, or a larger

Martha Spark, facilitator
Columbia Willamette Quilt Study Group
Oregon and SW Washingotn

Subject: Chimney Sweep/Album Block pattern and signature quilts
From: <>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 20:27:12 -0800
X-Message-Number: 16

In New England, this was hands down the most commonly used pattern for nineteenth century signature quilts. In Connecticut, we documented nearly 60 other patterns for signature quilts but Chimney Sweep/Album was the most prevalent. In contrast, I distinctly remember Margaret Ordonez stating that in Rhode Island the only pattern documented for signature quilts was the Chimney Sweep/Album Block. Most likely, you'll find this pattern prominent in any areas settled by New Englanders.
Fortunately, much of this information is now available for research on the
sue reich

Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: Re: qhl digest: December 17, 2009
From: Laurel Horton <>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 08:42:42 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

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Re: Anyone know what this object is on quilt?

Looks like a cider press to me. And those weights would help keep the press
steady under the torque produced when winding the screw mechanism down to
mash the apple pulp. I have a lot of experience with this, as my husband and
I have gathered with friends every fall for the last quarter century to make
apple cider.

Laurel Horton


Subject: Re: Anyone know what this object is on quilt?
From: "Candace Perry" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 09:53:38 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

I second Barb -- I am 98% sure printing press.
Candace Perry


Subject: Re: Album Block Signature quilts
From: Gaye Ingram <>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 8:45:16 -0600
X-Message-Number: 3

---- Martha Spark <> wrote:
> After our recent study group meeting here in Oregon where the theme was
> "Signature Quilts', and two lovely Album or Chimney Sweep block quilts
came for viewing, I'm wondering about the popularity of this block design
in a regional setting.

Martha, I've seen this design frequently across the Deep South and have a lovely top from a great-grandmother that was made from fabrics that date around Civil War, 1850-1870 perhaps. My grandmother used it to tell family stories (This block came from the dress Mama was wearing when....etc).

It has no signatures. Many here do not have signatures. The design itself was popular.

Judging from state books, I would not think it was regional for long, wherever it originated.

One important early route of Southern patterns to Oregon was the Mormon migration. Many, many Southerners converted to LDS and made that trip and their quilts and/or patterns went with them. Texas seems to have been an important 'way station both for those and for patterns that kept moving into New Mexico. Burferd and Cooper's "The Quilters" shows examples of Chimney Sweep pattern.

I've often wondered about the name. Was it the bird that was being abstracted? or the long brush device used to clean chimneys?

Interesting question in general!



Subject: 2009 Annual Quilt Index User Survey
From: Marsha MacDowell <>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 11:36:31 -0500
X-Message-Number: 4

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Dear QHL list subscribers:

We are asking for a few minutes of your time to help with the next
stages of development of the Quilt Index ( You
can either enter your responses here and return by email to me at or you can go to
We would like to have responses by January 4.

The Quilt Index project directors are seeking a few minutes of your
time to help us continually evaluate the current and potential value
and usability of the Index. Many of your suggestions on past surveys
have been critical to how the Quilt Index and its user tools have
been constructed to date.

The number of quilts in the Quilt Index is now nearly 50,000 and,
while focusing on state quilt documentation project data, the Index
also includes test collections of quilts housed in both public and
private collections. It also has sample galleries, expanded user
tools, the full text of The Quilt Journal, and the Quilt Index Wiki,
a feature which has already served to expand the community of Index
contributors and users. The Signature Quilt Project, funded by the
Salser Family Foundation, allowed us to pilot public submissions and
we will be evaluating and building on what we learned in that project.

During 2010, with the support of the current Institute for Museums
and Libraries Services National Leadership grant, we will be adding
selected ephemera, more peer-reviewed essays, and additional

We want to continue to guide the development of the Index in a way
that addresses your needs as scholars, artists, and educators.
Therefore, could you take a few moments and answer the following
questions. If you filled out this form last year, we would love to
have information on new uses and recommendations.

Thanks so very much for your input!

-- The Quilt Index project evaluation team: Marsha MacDowell (MSU
Museum), Mary Worrall (MSU Museum), Justine Richardson (MATRIX, MSU),
Steve Cohen (MATRIX), Amanda Grace Sikarskie (MATRIX/MSU Museum) and
Amy Milne (The Alliance for American Quilts)



1. Have you used the Index in teaching? If yes, for what class(es)?

2. Have you used it in your own research? If yes, what kind of study(ies)?

3. Have you used the Index as a source of inspiration for making a
quilt or other art? If yes, please describe.

4. Have you cited the Index in any publication? YES or NO?
[If yes, we would love to have the bibliographic reference to your
article or book or website]

5. Have you incorporated the Index into any public presentation? YES or NO?
[If yes, we would love to know]

6. What aspects of the Index do you find most valuable?

1. Any comments on the new Zoom tool?

2. Any comments on the new Compare tool?

3. Any comments on the new overall website graphic design and navigation?

1. For what kind of uses do you anticipate the Index will be valuable for you?

2. What suggestions do you have for the Index design, educational tools, etc.?




Subject: Re: Chimney Sweep/Album Block pattern and signature quilts
From: "Christine Thresh" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 09:48:09 -0800
X-Message-Number: 5

We all made a Chimney Sweep signature quilt for Kris, remember?

Christine Thresh
on an island in the California Delta <-- my blog


Subject: Re: Anyone know what this object is on quilt?
From: "Christine Thresh" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 09:42:58 -0800
X-Message-Number: 6

It is a printing press -- the type Ben Franklin used.

Christine Thresh
on an island in the California Delta <-- my blog


Subject: The object on the quilt?... and the winner is!
From: <>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 10:33:58 -0800
X-Message-Number: 7

I have been in Boston babysitting for grandchildren since this thread of sp=
eculation began. As the bio writer of the Zachariah Ferris quilt, I can fi=
nally provide the right answer to your ongoing question.
This is a fascinating quilt was made to commemorate the 50th Wedding Anniv=
ersary of Zachariah and Hannah Ferris of New Milford, CT. Each family memb=
er living or dead from their children and spouses, grandchildren and spouse=
s, to great grandchildren are represented on this quilt. You can find the=
rest of the story on page 56-57 of "Quilts and Quiltmakers Covering Connec=
The block in question was made for Charles Ferris, the eldest son of Zachar=
iah and Hannah. The applique represents his profession which was that of a=
mid-nineteenth century brick maker. A "big clue" to this fact is the bric=
k mold underneath the oven.

All of you who attended the July Quilt Get-away in 2007 saw this quilt in p=
erson. I cover it extensively in a lecture on CT quilts. Unfortunately, m=
uch of the research about this quilt had to be cut in the last edits for th=
e book, but its symbolism and provenance is outstanding!
The family was involved in the abolition movement in Connecticut. They we=
re Quakers which explains the sampler applique resemblance to other Quaker =
quilts of the time. One of the daughters lived across the New York border =
in Dover, NY, next to the home of "The Groom's Quilt" (Benoni Pierce Quilt)=
in the collection of the Smithsonian. Both quilts are made within three y=
ears of one another. Both quilts have "Hoag" signers and very similar bloc=
ks. Hoag is a Quaker name.
I could go on and on about this fascinating quilt and its significance. O=
ne time, I was lecturing and a gravestone iconologist was there. He found =
the symbolism on this quilt was similar to the symbolism on gravestones fro=
m the period. Check out
This block was made for Zachariah and Hannah's oldest daughter, Edith (the =
flower) and her husband, Levi (the Pineapple). Zoom in on the flower and y=
ou will find a broken stem applique. This represents that fact that Edith =
was already dead when this quilt was made. There are two other blocks made=
for family women who have died. They are the first row, 4th block in and =
the fifth row down, second block in. This same symbolism shows up on tombs=
tones of the mid-nineteenth century.
Another really powerful block dedicated to those who have passed is
The four rose buds represent the babies of the family who have died. A poe=
m is inscribed in the center and reads:

=9CThese lovely buds of promise fair
Flourished for a time
Then were transferred from parents care
To Heaven=99s pure climb
There their young spirits sweetly rest
Enfolded in the Savior=99s breast
Or on seraphic wings they fly
To lisp the chorus of the sky=9D

A block of interest is the one made for Tudor Haviland, a grandson. He was=
three when the quilt was made.
The cut-out cloth images are from a child's cloth book of the nineteenth ce=
ntury. His mother was one of the quiltmakers. Abby Jane Ferris Haviland a=
nd her sister, Arabella Ferris Marsh made the quilt. All of the blocks wer=
e signed and dated within a three month period in 1853. It was through Tud=
or that the rest of the family's quilt legacy passed. All of these quilts =
can be found on the Quilt Index from page 355 to the bottom of page 357. I=
n addition to the quilts, the family brought 18 woven coverlets to the Docu=
mentation Day, all family made.
See page 156, 157, 162 in "Quilts and Quiltmakers" for more family quilts a=
nd the family line through which the quilts were passed down. Included are=
photos of Abby Jane Ferris Haviland and her son, Tudor.
Again, all of the quilts can be viewed from

Take a close look at the blocks for Hannah and Zachariah.
Hannah is represented as the anchor of the family with the word "Hope." Za=
chariah is represented as a stately Oak tree in the winter of his life. (R=
emember, Connecticut is the Charter Oak State. A descendant of the tree wa=
s planted near to Ferris homestead, now under Candlewood Lake.)
Hurray! for the QUILT INDEX. All of this information from the Connecticut =
Project is finally getting out there. Thank you, thank you. There are so=
me missing quilt photos in the CT section that I can finally fill in the bl=
anks. Then, hopefully, I'll get to the signatures of this and the many oth=
ers we documented.
I first need to go to the archives of QHL and see all of your guesses>
sue reich
Sue Reich
Washington Depot, Connecticut


Subject: Re: Chimney Sweep/Album Block pattern and signature quilts
From: Kris Driessen <>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 10:43:33 -0800 (PST)
X-Message-Number: 8

Well, I don't have a picture of that one with me here at work. But I do have a picture of another one, which I put in the Quilt History Gallery at (If that doesn't work, go to, click on gallery, then click on quilts. It's at the bottom.)

It has an unusual setting block - I'm sorry, but I am blanking on what it is called. Cinda would know. It's signed and dated on the back - Greenville NY 1843.

I looked up some of the names in the census once upon a time. One person listed themselves as an immigrant (from Vermont.) Another person listed a family member with an occupation of "insane". (Later I discovered that having an insane person in your household entitled you to a tax break.)

Interesting stuff!


PS - oh, shoot - I just realized there was a link to that quilt in her post! It's . Duh.

--- On Fri, 12/18/09, Christine Thresh <> wrote:

> We all made a Chimney Sweep signature
> quilt for Kris, remember?
Christine Thresh on an island in the California Delta <-- my blog


Subject: Re: The object on the quilt?... and the winner is!
From: Sally Ward <>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 19:35:11 +0000
X-Message-Number: 9

> A "big clue" to this fact is the brick mold underneath the oven.

Oh so THAT's what it is! Since I was in the printing press camp I was
thinking maybe it was a plate of visiting cards laid out <G>

Thanks for the solution Sue.

Sally Ward


Subject: creating a heritage quilt
From: "Marcia Kaylakie" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 16:03:23 -0600
X-Message-Number: 10

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Oh, mine, like so many others, would have to be a sampler. I can claim =
Scots, Irish, some English, and Bohemian with ease and that's just the 4 =
grandparents. Other ancestors include Welsh, Swiss, and German that I =
know of. Wouldn't that be a wild one. Many happy times and many happy =
future times to all in 2010. I wish everyone a respective proper =
greeting for their particular holiday: Christmas, Hannukah, Kwaanza and =
Marcia Kaylakie
AQS Certified Appraiser
Austin, TX

Subject: 1806 child's quilt
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 23:06:50 -0800
X-Message-Number: 1

I had never looked on this Smithsonian website for quilts!

Thanks, Sue, for pointing us in that direction.



Subject: Re: Album Block Signature quilts
From: Jan Thomas <>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 01:58:15 -0700
X-Message-Number: 2


Saw this block set a lot among signature quilts from southwestern OH
where, at least among the Quakers,
it was called the Cross of Friendship. As for dates...I saw so many
textiles working for Joan Townsend,
buying from other dealers for her and my 10 years at the museum that it
was kind of a blur. Never fear,
everything fabulous was duly noted and filed upstairs. Even though I'm
sure I've lost some "grey-matter-ram",
I can recall every one. The only one that sticks out in my mind was one
dated 1858 by Jane Crocket of a
Quaker family of Springborough, OH. She was said to have been a cousin,
of the removed sort, to Davy,
but you know how that usually turns out once you check it.

Martha Spark wrote:
> Can anyone point me in other directions that would broaden the range of
> this block set for popular signature quilts of the c1840s - 50s era? I'm
> intrigued if it is a seemingly narrow popularity distribution, or a larger
> one.


Subject: Re: Album Block Signature quilts
From: Laura Syler <>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 09:30:55 -0600
X-Message-Number: 3

The "Friendship" block or "Chimney Sweep" block is the pattern used
for my Grandmothers engagement quilt, signed by all the members of
both families - Epperson and Grimes.
Though there are 7 blocks that didn't make it in the quilt. I have
the quilt and the orphaned blocks. Dated 1929, Moody, Texas (the
Epperson farm is at Pendleton) between Waco and Temple.

Laura Syler
Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles '98
Teacher, Lecturer, Judge
Richardson, TX


Subject: Re: qhl digest: December 18, 2009
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 15:48:47 EST
X-Message-Number: 4

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I thought the Chimney sweep quilt block pattern was named for the chimney
sweep tool that has a similar shape at the end, as the churn dash was named
after the plunger portion of a butter churn. There are some charming
prints of sweeps with the tool carried on their shoulders.
Maybe. Maybe not?
Bright blessings!
~Donna Laing



Subject: Anyone know the object?
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 09:09:50 -0600
X-Message-Number: 5

I've been trying to see this image. The link doesn't work for me - I get
a message that says I need a search parameter or something like that. Then when I go into the search page and enter "album" and Connecticut as search terms I get hijacked by quilts in the signature quilt project. I tried to search just Connecticut and got the DAR collection. What am I doing wrong? I never had trouble searching the Index before they added those new features.
Jean Loken in MN


Subject: Re: Anyone know the object?
From: <>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 17:52:29 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6


Try this...

It sounds like your email is breaking Sue's link

Pat Roth
in very snowy S. NJ


Subject: quilt - movie sighting
From: "Julie Silber" <>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 19:55:20 -0800
X-Message-Number: 7


I don't know if this one has been covered yet --

I am watching "GEORGE WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE" (1942) with Jack Benny and Ann

There's a huge rainstorm, a very leaky old house, and a domestic worker who
just came into the house out of the train "wearing" a large scale PINWHEEL
quilt (tied comforter, to be accurate) wrapped over her head and shoulders.
Quilt looks of appropriate era.


Julie Silber


Subject: image of brick press
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 09:06:42 -0600
X-Message-Number: 1

Pat, Thanks so much. Cool photo and I'd never heard of a brick press. The mold at the bottom is a dead giveaway if you know such a thing exists.
Anyone else have a solution for my QI searching problem? When I typed in CT in the search tool, I got either signature project or DAR quilts.
Jean Loken

Subject: Portfolio of WPA Museum Extension Project, PA
From: "Martha Spark" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 16:20:21 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

I have a portfolio of the above referenced publication that I acquired in
COL a few years ago. I saw on the Variable Star Quilters website the
history of this publication (published 1990). I am curious if other
portions of this WPA Museum Extension Quilt Project (portfolios) were
published, other than the one I have, which is South Langhorne,
Pennsylvania. It's really a stunning set of reproduced quilt patterns.

Martha Spark
in no-snow, just rain, Oregon


Subject: Searching the Quilt Index for CT
From: Karen Alexander <>
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 22:39:15 -0800
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The regular way to find it on The Quilt Index website:

Then select Browse from the list across the top.

When that window opens a list of all the Collections in the Quilt Index
comes up. Connecticut is the 3rd in the list that comes up.

The shortcut:

I learned a short-cut today, thanks to Pat Gardner of this list. Here is how
to create a short url (that works!) from a long unwieldy one. You go to the
following website and drop in the looooong url and it will create a short
one for you which you can then post to QHL which makes it much easier for

For example -- the Connecticut project on the Quilt Index:

Here is the long version:

It becomes the following when you use the tinyurl wesbite:

Experiment by clicking on both links in turn.

Bookmark and you will always be able to create a short
working link to post to any discussion list.

Thanks Pat for sharing this with me last night!

Karen Alexander