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April 2006

Did you miss me? 
March was an extremely busy month for Material Pleasures.  I vended at 2 NJ Quilt Shows and made lots of new friends. 
And, I have what I think is, improved the Newsletter.
You will now be able to view pictures in my newsletters, all will correspond to whatever the topics of the month are. 
If you prefer, you can still view the newsletter in text form, or on the website. 
Now, onto business!

April Special

Antique Carnival Glass Beaded Flower Applique

Beaded Trim and Applique Sale:  Take 10% off Vintage and Antique Beaded Trims and Appliques.

Orders over $100 are shipped for free in the US , International Orders will receive a discount. 

No coupon is necessary, prices reflect discount. 
Offer good through April 30th, 2006.


April 8th - 9th: Moorestown Antique Show in Moorestown ,NJ.  Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from 12-4.  $5 donation to benefit the Moorestown Y's Mens Welfare Fund.  The Quilt Fest of New Jersey . Beautiful quilts, lectures, workshops, and a Merchants Mall. Contact me for more information for more information. 

Featured Item
Vintage Embroidered State Flowers Quilt 1939
Each month I feature on recently added item with a 30% discount. 
April's Featured Item is:
Vintage quilt measuring 72 inches by 81 inches.  It consists of 49 blocks measuring 7 inches square, each with a state flower, and the abbreviation of the state name.  In the center USA 1939 is embroidered.  Multiple colored threads are used.  It is sashed in a sherbet colored green (lighter than the pic).  Sashing is 2.5 inches with 3 inch borders on the sides and 5 inch borders on the top and bottom.  It is completely hand pieced, hand quilted at 7spi, and knife edge bound by hand as well.  Backing is an off white fabric.  In very good condition, one small spot on the border. 
Regularly $299.99
30% Featured Item Discount - Save $90!
Sale Price $209.99

A Common Question: What is exactly meant when you refer to an item as being “handmade”?

I can remember walking through NYC last summer at a street fair.  One vendor had a beautiful Silk Quilt with intricate beading.  I went for a closer look and the vendor made a very big deal of the fact that it was handmade by his sisters in India .  Upon inspection, I could see the piecing was performed by machine and explained that to him, but he was insistant it was handmade.  I walked away from it.

 Handmade”, although it shouldn’t be, can be a relative term.  If you go to a major department store and look at the quilts, you might see some are described as ‘handmade’.  But are they really?  When it comes to textiles, one needs to be more specific than just saying something is ‘handmade’.
An item can be homemade by machine.  I use this term to describe items such as aprons or quilt tops that were made by someone at home, on their sewing machine, as opposed to commercially made by machine.

Dresser scarves can have their lace trim applied by hand or machine, and that lace could have been made by hand or machine.  So it is necessary to describe it specifically: handmade lace applied by hand, or commercial lace applied by hand.
What makes a quilt handmade is even more complicated. A quilt completely made by hand will have been hand pieced, hand quilted, and hand finished binding.  If appliqué is in the quilt, it should be hand done as well.

Many quilts are machine pieced, but hand quilted…is it handmade?  Or a quilt machine pieced and machine quilted, is that handmade? 
I’d rather use the term “homemade” in such cases.  So when you see the term ‘handmade’, be sure you know what exactly they are referring to. 
"A Quilt by Any Other Name"
While browsing at an antique show a few weeks ago, I spied a beautiful pastel quilt.  I asked the dealer to open it and we started conversing about colors and fabrics and patterns.
"It's an Orange Peel", I said.
"Really?  I thought it was Robbing Peter to Pay Paul", the dealer responded.
Yes, it's both.  As well as Peter and Paul, and many other names.  If you vary the color combinations it can have other names. 
Then there are quilts with the same pattern name, like Orange Peel, and the pattern looks different!
Take for example, these two quilts. Both are the Orange Peel Pattern:
When patterns started to increase in popularity during the early 20th century , publications like the Kansas City Star, Ohio Farmer, and others, would borrow each others designs, but name it something else.   Some of these names are indicative of its place of origin or time period.  A Log Cabin Quilt in Gee's Bend, Alabama, is referred to as a House Top Quilt.
If you would like to learn more about quilt patterns, I highly recommend Barbara Brackman's"Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns".
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