Episode 158: The Leaf Motif Episode

Welcome to this archive episode of the Off-Kilter Quilt Podcast (Where a Straight Line’s a State of Mind). My name is Frances, and I’m your hostess.

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From the More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same files:

homearts1Cover of Home Arts Needcraft, 1939

And its bottom headline:


Antique yo-yo quilt found in Waxhaw, NC:


Interesting blog posts on Quilt Economics:



Oral History–a 2002 interview with quilt artist Carolyn Mazloomi


Read about the Heritage Quilters in this issue of the N.C. Folklore Society Journal (the article begins on page 36):

Click to access NCFJ592.pdf

Profiles of some of the Heritage Quilters (Warrenton, NC)

Wallace Evans: http://ncfolk.org/hvw/artists/wallace-evans/

Portia Hawes: http://ncfolk.org/hvw/artists/portia-hawes/


Have a great week!

16 Replies to “Episode 158: The Leaf Motif Episode”

  1. CINDY NEEDHAM is a CRAFTSY instructor, award winning quilter. She loves doing quilting on old hankies and antiques. She has the next class you should take.
    Write a mystery quilting book. Yes to real quilters.

    As for doing math… it might be the NEW MATH they are teaching … I could never relate to math as it was tedious but I learned a lot more when my kid was learning math using the NEW MATH METHOD. A lot of what was taught made more sense to me the second time around.

    Be back later …. have to make pizza for the boy-o … he has wresting practice tonight and needs his fuel.


  2. Just finished 157! Oh, joy! I do hope you get to write a series of quilting stories. Lovely. The research sounds like so much fun. I had Cindy at Asilomar and the reason she had us quilt ESS (every stinkin seam) was because the old linens needed the stability to hold up to the intricate quilting and her method of teeny tiny scribbling for example. It also made the linen motifs lay nicely. For a different kind of quilt, not so necessary probably.

    Ok – off to listen to 158. Thanks for nearly 5 years of quilting Miss Frances.

  3. jenny in Oz (yes you can presume i am from Australia and not skiping down the yellow brick road with Dorothy), says:

    Hi Frances,, Haven’t finished listening to 158 yet but wanted to let you know that season 2 of the British version of Broadchurch will show here in Australia on Sunday 15th.

  4. Hi Frances, I happily saw your tweet yesterday that you had a new episode up, yoohoo! I haven’t listened to it yet, but wanted to leave a comment anyways! I forgot to tell you in my last episode’s comment how excited I am to know that you’re working on a fiction quilting series! I can’t wait for them to come out, even if it’s gonna be at least 2 years (cause that’s how it goes, right?) Oh, and a funny thing! I work in Greenwich, CT where there’s a store called Jack Wills. Can you believe it only registered yesterday that your kids are called the same? Craaaaazy! They have very nice clothes btw, and as I googled they are supposedly British :))

  5. Hello Frances, I think this is my first comment, but I’ve been listening and commenting in my head for a long time. First of all, the prospect of a book series, is tremendously exciting. My favourite quilt-related novel is set in the Depression. I really hope you get to write your stories too. Now to Broadchurch. The fictional town is the real town of West Bay in Dorset on the south coast of England. Those accents you’re picking up on are the TV editor’s idea of how the rural south west sounds. The landscape is as pretty as it looks on the screen; I live about 15 miles away, so I’m very lucky. The second series is showing here in the UK now. Best wishes!

  6. Hey Frances, I’m catching up on your last two episodes and I know how much you love comments, so I thought I’d chime in. I think your kids are just fine. My 3 girls (12,14,16) can be social when they want to be but they really like just hanging out at our house. They do very well in school and love their electronics and they have good hearts. They like to have their friends over to hang out with us too and often we’ll pull out a board game or a really fun game like Pit and my husband and I play right along with them. We are building memories and that is more than fine. Love the book idea! I started a quilt novel a few years ago but it’s sitting in a drawer along with my YA novel…sigh. Maybe someday I’ll pull them out and keep writing but until then, I’ll be so happy to read yours!!
    PS. I thought Travis was a large dog too!! He’s so cute.

  7. I thought I should comment that I actually listened to the episode before commenting this time. Though it was several days ago now and I can’t remember all the specifics.

    Love, love, love the idea of you writing quilting novels! Can’t wait for it to come out.

    As far as “Why Quilts Matter” I love your commentary on it. I have to admit that I liked the show when I watched it for free on the Quilt Show. I guess I just liked looking at the quilts and especially since I’m such a huge fan of Caryl Breyer Fallert Gentry’s work. Everything you point out is absolutely true and I shake my head that those thoughts never entered my mind until you said them. Well, the narrator’s voice thing did. The thing I agree with most is that we were left out. Thanks for being a thinking viewer!

    Perhaps you should feed Travis more so he can grow into the dog we all think he is.

  8. Frances:
    In case you need more reference materials for your research, here is my list of favorite books about quilt history:

    Morning Star Quilts: A Presentation of the Work and Lives of Northern Plains Indian Women by Florence Pulford

    Quilts: The Permanent Collection-Maqs : Quilts Purchased/ Acquired During the Years 1991 Through 1994by American Quilter’s Society

    Family Ties: Old Quilt Patterns from New Cloth (Needlework and Quilting)by Nancilu Burdick

    Art of the Needle : 100 Masterpiece Quilts from the Shelburne Museum by Henry Joyce

    North Carolina Quilts by Ellen F. Eanes, Erma Hughes Kirkpatrick, Sue B. McCarter

    Red and Green: An Applique Tradition
    by Jeana Kimball, Nancy J. Martin, Barb Tourtillotte

    Once Upon a Quilt: A Scrapbook of Quilting Past and Present by Margret Aldrich

    The Quilt That Walked to Golden: Women and Quilts in the Mountain West-From the Overland Trail to Contemporary Colorado
    by Sandra Dallas, Nanette Simonds, Povy Kendal Atchison

    Quilts from two Valleys: Amish Quilts from the Big Valley-Mennonite Quilts from the Shenandoah Valley by Phyllis Pellman Good

    Quilts of Virginia, 1607-1899: The Birth of America Through the Eye of a Needle (Schiffer Books) by Virginia Consortium of Quilters, Paula C. Golden, Bunnie Jordan
    Ho for California!: Pioneer Women and Their Quilts by Jean Ray Laury, California Heritage Quilt Project

    Quilts and Quiltmakers: Covering Connecticut (Schiffer Book for Collectors and Designers,) by Connecticut Quilt Serch Project

    The Quilters : Women and Domestic Art, An Oral History by Patricia Cooper, Norma Bradley Buferd

    Quilts From the Indiana Amish: A Regional Collection by David Pottinger
    All Flags Flying: American Patriotic Quilts as Expressions of Liberty by Robert Bishop, Carter Houck

    Women and Their Quilts: A Washington State Centennial Tribute by Nancyann Johanson Twelker
    Aurora: An American Experience in Quilt, Community, and Craft by Jane Kirkpatrick
    Small Endearments: Nineteenth Century Quilts for Children and Dolls, Second Edition by Sandi Fox

    Somewhere in Between: Quilts and Quilters of Illinois by Rita Barrow Barber

    Lest I Shall Be Forgotten – Anecdotes and Traditions of Quilts by Nancy and Donald Roan

    Old Swedish Quilts by Asa Wettre, Lena Nessle

    Gathered In Time: Utah Quilts by Kae Covington

    Kentucky Quilts 1800-1900 by Kentucky Quilt Project

    Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1836-1936 by Karoline Patterson Bresenhan, Nancy O’Bryant Puentes, Jonathan Holstein

    Quilts in Community: Ohio’s Traditions by Ricky Clark, George W. Knepper, Ellice Ronsheim

    Homage to Amanda: Two Hundred Years of American Quilts by Edwin Binney, Gail Binney-Winslow
    Soft Covers for Hard Times: Quiltmaking and the Great Depression by Merikay Waldvogel
    Dating Fabrics – A Color Guide: 1800-1960
    by Trestain

    A People and Their Quilts by John Rice Irwin

    Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection by Pamela Parmal, Jennifer Swope

    Quilts and Women of the Mormon Migrations by Mary Bywater Cross

    Repiecing the Past: Patterns for 12 Quilts from the Collection of Sara Rhodes Dillow
    by Sara Rhodes Dillow

    Remember Me: Women & Their Friendship Quilts by Linda Otto Lipsett

    Great Lakes, Great Quilts: From the Michigan State University Museum by Marsha MacDowell

    Southern Quilts: A New View by Bets Ramsey, Gail Andrews Trechsel

    Stitches in Time: A Legacy of Ozark Quilts by Michael Luster, E. B. Green
    A Treasury of Mennonite Quilts by Rachel and Kenneth Pellman

    Hearts and Hands: The Influence of Women & Quilts on American Society by Pat Ferrero, Elaine Hedges, Julie Silber

    Shared Threads: Quilting Together–Past and Present by Jacqueline Marx Atkins

    A Patchwork of Pieces: An Anthology of Early Quilt Stories, 1845-1940 by Carol Pinney Crabb, Cuesta Benberry

    Quilts in Everyday Life, 1855-1955: A 100-Year Photographic History by Janet E. Finley

    The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort 1750-1950 by Roderick Kiracofe, Mary Elizabeth Johnson

    Stitched from the Soul: Slave Quilts from the Antebellum South by Gladys-Marie Fry

    Florida Quilts by Charlotte Allen Williams

  9. Hey Frances, sorry I haven’t commented in a while. I have been listening though. Good to see Travis. You and your family are just fine my family and I are the same. (btw boy’s don’t change) mine didn’t a least. (21 now) still “gaming” and grumpy when he has not had a lot of sleep.
    Sew excited about your books! The only quilt history books I have read as of now is “Hidden in Plane View” and “Pieced from Ellen’s Quilt” .
    Wish I could go to Biltmore to see the Downton Abby exhibit too. Haven’t been back to Biltmore in a few years.
    My hubby is watching The White Queen. I will have to check it out.
    Oh Frances just un-quilt if you don’t like it. I do it all the time. No quilt police here. Great podcast.

  10. I am sorry that you are sad about January. Everyone seems to sincerely dislike January and I like it because my birthday is in January, but also the year feels so fresh and new and full of possibilities.

    Did you know there is a Twitter account called @WhyQuiltsMatter? I wonder if it is part of the show?

    I don’t think that road trips are terribly expensive. It depends on how you travel, but if you stay with friends and make the trips short, you can do it quite economically.

    If you buy one of those giant houses in Warren County, you can renovate a small part of it to live in and then make the rest of it a quilt retreat. That will finance your road trips.

    You always make my comments seem smarter than I am. Thanks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I really like JoJo Moyes’ novels. I have read several and like them. Some of them have the same kind of plot, but they are not formulaic. I just finished Silver Bay and enjoyed it a lot.

    I think my DH and The Man must be twins. My DH (who I might start calling Mr. AQ) snores when his allergies are acting up, when he has a cold or when someone looks at him funny. He also is a night owl and would happily go to bed at 12, 1, 2 in the morning. I like to go to bed between 10-10:30. I can’t really sew after 9, so what is the point of staying up? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also feel like I am going to bed in the middle of the night if I go to bed at 11:30. Crazy, I know.

    Don’t you think we would make money if we design sleep covers for digital devices?

    Re: loose ends. Why not cut up your scraps into 2″ or 2.5″ squares and start sewing them into 9 patches for 4 patches. It is a great ‘palate cleanser’ after a big project and you can just do it until you have enough for a quilt. Once you get back on the pony, you can use the squares as leaders and enders. I think palate cleansing after a big, long project is important.

    I wrote the whole tutorial over the weekend; I just have to take the photos.


  11. I encourage you to donate quilts to the homeless. Last year, I made a very warm and brightly colored flannel quilt. I then left it on a bench in a neighborhood park where homeless people often sleep. The quilt was gone when I returned to the park a few hours later. I like to think the quilt provided someone with a bit of cheer and warmth this winter.

  12. Hey Frances, I don’t know that I’ve ever commented, but I am a faithful listener. I wanted to give you my two cents on the quilt novel idea. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Sandra Dallas and her books. I have read the Persian Pickle Club probably ten times and just re-read all the others. On the other hand, I read a Clare O’Donohue book (The Lover’s Knot) and thought I would puke at the silliness. (Really! She killed him with a pair of sewing scissors and as he was falling to the ground he grabbed a quilt? PUKE!) So my suggestion is: write something along the lines of Sandra Dallas that touches our hearts, makes us fall in love with the characters and is worthy of being passed along to our friends and family. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  13. Hi Frances, I listened to your episode at work, and now will listen again as I got so many distractions it wasn’t even funny! I remember one thing: kudos to you for not going to the Church dinner, and not explaining why! The reason doesn’t matter anyway, right? Sometimes you JUST need a break! Good for you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Might be back later with more comments, you just never know ๐Ÿ™‚

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