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"" Thanks to Barb Garretts note taking I know that we saw 45 quilts at study group today! Did it seem like that many? I had to count twice to make sure, but that's the real, true number. There were lots and lots of red and green quilts and many other quilts of all colors. I'll be able to report back in more detail after I get my 4 rolls of film developed tomorrow.

Barb, Kris, and Jan came the night before and we had a fun pajama party. Sue was supposed to come Monday night as well, but didn't want to leave North-Western Connecticut with the chance of power outages still looming. She arrived this morning a few minutes after 10, stayed for most of the session, and then turned around and left a few minutes before 3 to avoid NYC traffic (and arrived home safely in land-speed record time -- 2 1/2 hours. She gets the Devoted-Quilt-Historian prize of the month!! Jan is staying a second night because her dear husband (in Vermont) told her not to come home yet -- she wouldn't be able to get up the driveway because of the lingering ice storm.

A total of 18 people attended today , and although we thought there might not be enough chairs for all, (there were) it turned out that we spent very little time actually in the chairs. Every time a new quilt was spread on the table everyone jumped out of their chairs to gather round.

We had a wonderful visit getting to know the 8 newcomers to this new group at lunch. Thanks to Donna for bringing the rolls, Liza for last minute cole slaw, Donald for salad and balsamic dressing (and those extra chairs), Nancy K for two (that's 2!) desserts, and Barb for her breakfast coffee cake.

Tuesday, January 21st is our next get-together, weather permitting. I hope you all can make it. We decided that at the January meeting, because of the season and the possible on-set of cabin-fever, to look especially at log cabin and house-block quilts. Of course we want to see everything else you want to bring as well.

Here's the recipe for the barbecue sandwiches we had. A dear friend has made this for years for New Year's day and we've always looked forward to it. It is super easy and feeds a crowd. You start it cooking the night before in your slow cooker or crock pot.

Pulled Pork Barbecue

4 lb pork shoulder blade roast (fresh pork butt) 2 onions, sliced 1 onion, chopped 5 or 6 cloves 2 cups water 16 oz bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce salt and pepper

1. Place one sliced onion at the bottom of Crock Pot. 2. Stud pork roast with cloves and season with salt and pepper. 3. Place roast in Crock Pot on top of the sliced onion. Cover with the second sliced onion and add enough water to fill Crock Pot two thirds of the way. 4. Cover and cook on low 8-12 hours or overnight. 5. Remove roast. Remove and discard cloves, bone and fat as well as any water, onions and grease remaining in pot. 6. When meat is cool enough to handle, use a fork or your fingers to pull it apart until the entire roast is shredded. 7. Return the pulled pork to the Crock Pot. Mix in the chopped onion and BBQ sauce and cover. Heat on high for 1-3 hours or until the onions are soft.

Serve on large, crusty buns. Garnish with dill pickle spears and thinly sliced raw onion Serve with coleslaw. Carolinians would put the cole slaw on the pulled pork sandwiches..that's up to you.

Judy in Ringoes, NJ


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Red Plaid delaine top and skirt from 1860's

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Red and white applique quilt with sashing. Made from unfinished top of blocks set on point, reset square with new red material for outer border.

Red and Green vintage Poppy and Pineapple block, 36" square, newly quilted.

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Red and green sunflower, triple sashing, double pink

PB180012.jpg (50265 bytes)MVC-058F 41 Rolling stone pattern quilt in typical Pa. German colors with green centers having names embroidered on them
PB1852.jpg (226026 bytes)medallion red star with large squares, chintz, crazy pieced back in soft yellows and white. Pieced binding. 1830 - 40. Pillar print.


Red, green, brown, basket quilting in outer border, initials "NS". Somerset county NJ red sampler with Broderie Perse, 1856 9-block red and green Ohio or Western Pa. 3 cord quilting, heavy quilting. Quilt done in black thread. 1851 MR - running stitch  
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PB180010.jpg (34046 bytes)MVC-014F MVC-015F 7 Red and Green Berks County 1890 - 1905. The green on the top has faded except where there are patches of residual glue from the fabric labels – this is still darker green. Dark "neon" backing fabric


MVC-032F MVC-033F 9 Applique baskets, running stitch applique, top


Quakenbush Estate, Patterson NJ Irish Chain quilt with a bars back


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MVC-036F MVC-037F 11 Red and green 4-block quilt with cheddar from upstate NY. Pink, red, green, cheddar. MVC-038F 12 New Jersey Applique, red, NJ and NY inked sayings, 1849 - 6-Point compass circles, tulip corners, sashing


MVC-039F MVC-040F 13 summer spread, Mass. Folky red and cheddar, with flying geese


PB180025.jpg (71338 bytes)MVC-041F MVC-042F 14 Blue and Pink signature quilt from 1843. 25 blocks New Jersey – Newark and New Brunswickbluepink.jpg (167979 bytes)


MVC-043F MVC-044F MVC-045F 15 applique sampler top, red and green, 1850, signatures MVC-046F 16 Small motif sampler blocks quilt, Quaker dates (e.g. fourth month instead of April). South Jersey PB18043.jpg (122523 bytes) Silk quilt made from Quaker wedding dress Dark green and lavender, huge. Each block has different leaf flower quilting. Initials, 3 on top ELR, 3 on bottom RHR. Polished cotton backing.
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Lone Star with broken points, reds restored in center, Hostetter family, Willow Street

MVC-029F MVC-030F 23 Oak leaf and reel, summer quilt, red and green


MVC-027F MVC-028F 24 red and green pineapple applique, great quilting


PB1862.jpg (185239 bytes) Baltimore album quilt made by Nancy Kerns to be given to her daughter, 10 years in the making


26 no photo Block, with chain stitch


MVC-050F 27 Mary Manachee reproduction in progress, red and green, at quilting stage


PB18068.jpg (66149 bytes) 1985 red and green christmas sampler quilt – was on cover of QNM almostirishchain.jpg (25006 bytes)MVC-052F 29 Quilt made by her husband's grandmother, red/green/white almost Irish Chain
30 no photo . Same woman's good quilt, Holmdel, NJ, 11900 - 1910. Poor. Packed away in trunk. 49 patches with white solid block MVC-053F MVC-054F 31 Turkey tracks red and green and white, bought on e-bay, from Hunterdon County NJ 32 Rust and green flying geese border – wild goose chase



38 1840's signature quilt, upstate NY, Saratoga, rose wreath, red album block, interesting border

34 Signature quilt, maybe New Jersey – Shotwell – Quaker. Delicate applique, very NJ looking


35 Quilt of all conversation print squares, dated 1887, with red border.conclose.jpg (113999 bytes)

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42 Bucks county squares on point quilt PB18071.jpg (61775 bytes) js16.jpg (109526 bytes) baskets running stitches

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mass summer spreadPB180024.jpg (36441 bytes)

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four block, upstate NY

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NJ 1849 inked centerPB180022.jpg (63482 bytes)PB180021.jpg (84397 bytes)

MVC-048F MVC-049F 18 Family quilt – Rose and Buds, NY, Chain stitch embroidered PB18072.jpg (39902 bytes)


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