Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"Quilts in a Material World" - Podcast Report #1

Our island's quilt guild asked me to present a book report at this month's meeting so I chose Linda Eaton's "Quilts in a Material World".

I also told them about Linda's podcast: "Domesticating Quilts: Furnishings, Formalism and Folk Art" which is tied closely to the above book.  For those of you who who couldn't be at the guild meeting, here is the link to the podcast I promised that Linda gave at the IQSC's spring Symposium, April 27, 2013. Linda's is #2 on this list.

If you don't normally use iTunes, click on this link to get to the podcasts.  

Or copy and paste this link into your computer's browser.

There is no cost to download or watch any of them on-line. This is a part of the educational outreach of the IQSC.

It may take up to a minute to download. Then, when their screen comes up, you can watch or put it on pause or even rewind it (using the very small slide at the bottom of the picture). This IQSC podcast list contains a wealth of quilt history!

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you listen to Linda's lecture:

What was Betsy Ross's full name? What was her business called? Who assisted her in her business?

What might one of Betsy's early flags have looked like? How is it different from what you might have expected?

What is  cypher /  strapwork? (Each click leads you to different information.)

Who was Mary Remington? How did Linda come to know so much about her?

What is the name of the book John Carwitham produced in 1739 that may have influenced educated American women and their creation of the block set patterns in quilting? (More history on Carwitham designs here at the Geffrye Museum of the Home in London.

Floor at Bankfield Museum in England taken while on my second of
 Deb Roberts Tours and World of Quilts Travels. 
I can't say enough good things about Deb's textile study tours. 

How did Diderot influence quilt patterns?

How did we get from Classical Formal Design to the myth of early quilting as a "folk art"?

Which era in art history embraced the "folk" traditions?

How did "folk" art influence Modernist art painters?

What was the Ruth Finley quote Eaton used in her lecture?

Among other things, this podcast will:

—give you the REAL story about the history of Betsy Ross-- including all her names (she was married 3 times).

—show you images of quilters in the "professional upholstery trade".

—show you architectural design elements from floors and ceilings from the Neo-Classical period that probably inspired early block pattern quilt designs in America.

—reveal that it was well educated women (even though not sent to college like their brothers) who were well acquainted with Neo-Classical design in home interiors and "translated" said patterns into quilts.

— reveal the possible roots of the myths that set Americans in the 20th century to thinking that early quiltmaking was done by "the folk" using scraps of leftover used clothing rather than expensive fabrics that only the wealthy could afford.


Revisiting the AQSG Seminar 
held in Charleston, SC in Sept 2013

We are so very fortunate to have AQSG as well as the IQSC! Please join or at least support them with an annual donation! They are diligently preserving OUR history!

Carol Butzke's Study Center "Cheddar Isn't Always Cheese" at the 2013 AQSG Seminar. The AQSG Seminar is the highlight of my textile research passion, year after year. Fortunately, we have more and more satellite Quilt Study Groups now associated with AQSG so that you can enjoy digging deeply into quilt history in a communal setting more than once a year.

 The AQSG Seminar will be held in Milwaukee Sept. 10-14th this year (2014). As one of the committee chairs, Carol invites all to attend! There will be even more "cheddar quilts" from north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts will have an exhibit of quilts with connections to Mary McElwain's Shop in Walworth WI, including quilts made by Mary.

IQSC membership -

AQSG membership -

AQSG  donation -

Carol Butzke's Study Center "Cheddar Isn't Always Cheese"
at the 2013 AQSG Seminar.

Enjoy! Would love to hear your reponses to Linda Eaton's podcast!

Karen Alexander


  1. For me -- not a prior itunes user (which requires a software download), the link at the IQS website was very easy to use to get to Linda's talk - (which I'm still enjoying.) I thought I could post the link here for other readers of your blog: IQS podcasts if they want to skip that step as well.

  2. My link above is not highlighted but it's the words IQS podcasts which goes to this link

    1. Thank you, Cheryl, for stopping by and leaving this additional link. That will be very helpful to many. I'll post it in the body of the blogpost. Karen A.

  3. Stumbled upon your blog while researching John Carwitham and floorcloth patterns. I was very interested in the floor covering in your image at Bankwood Museum, England. Would that be of a floorcloth, painted wood or something else? Do you know where in England is the Bankwood Museum. I have googled it but no luck. If I were a quilter I would really follow your great blog!
    Keep it up! Maria Liberto Bessette, Dover, DE

    1. I am so sorry.That was a slip of the old fingers. It was BANKFIELD Museum, NOT Bankwood. I am so glad you asked the question of me. I always read it as Bankfield every time I looked at it even though Bankwood is indeed what I typed.

      You should have no trouble finding it now.

      Thank you for stopping and taking the time to not only read the blog but for contacting me!