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A Chronology of Cotton from 1838

Posted by Sue Reich on Friday, February 3, 2012,

The Slater cloth and the Victoria Patent are on display at the Windham Textile & History Museum.

The Ohio Repository

Canton, Ohio

April 19, 1838

Page 2

We find the following interesting chrono

logy of Cotton in the February number of the A

merican Quarterly Register published  at Boston


1730    Mr Watt spins the first cotton

             yarn in England by machinery

1735    The Dutch first exported cotton

              from Surinam

1742 ...

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Why do You Call Them POLKA DOTS?

Posted by Sue Reich on Friday, January 13, 2012,

On a recent visit to the Manchester Historical Society, Manchester, CT, I found a pamphlet published by the Cheney Brothers, founders of the Cheney Silk Mills.  The pamphlet titled "Why do You call Them Polka Dots? ", was published in 1918 to promote Spring and Summer sales of their new Cheney Showproof Foulards.  This quaint account may be familiar to some of you but it was news to me.

Why do you call them Polka Dots? 
Because a Bohemian peasant girl was a good dancer and a certain President o...

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The Journey of the Mary Silliman Chapter of The DAR Quilt from Connecticut to Washington, D. C.

Posted by Sue Reich on Thursday, November 10, 2011,

This is the story of the amazing journey of a signature quilt made by members Mary Silliman Chapter of the DAR, Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Chapter was organized in 1895. By 1910, the organization quickly attained status as the largest chapter in Connecticut and New England, and the third largest chapter in the United States. During its first thirty-four years, through the diligent work and the benevolence of its members, the Chapter contributed over $16,500 in memorial, educational and ph...

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Aunt Bina's Quilt

Posted by Sue Reich on Monday, November 7, 2011,

Lima News
Lima, Ohio
October 19, 1898
Page 3

AUNT BINA’S QUILT by Mrs. O. W. Scott
A War-Time Episode

  Aunt Bina Emerson had pieced the quilt from bits of calico given her by the women and girls of Eden that she liked. It was the lone woman’s “love-quilt,” with her shades of affection deliberately outlined in tiny triangles.  
“I won’t have any pieces in it that call up anybody that’s stingy, or stuck-up, or meddle-some, or cruel,” she said.  “I’ll have it just as nea...

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Prudence True

Posted by Sue Reich on Saturday, October 15, 2011,

Miss True’s Quilt.

In seventeen hundred seventy-two,

Did the good matron, Prudence True,

A saintly soul, devoid of guilt,

Begin her famous crazy quilt,

And told her helpmeet, Goodman True,

She’d finish in a month or two;

And Goodman True, as good men do.

Believed  his good wife, Prudence True.

And when he found his supper late,

Brave Goodman True in silence sate,

And waited till his good wife built

Another square of crazy quilt.

He did not rave or loudly speak—

Much ...

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Bed Turning.

Posted by Sue Reich on Friday, October 14, 2011,

Read this blog often as I share my quilt research and travel experiences. 

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About Me

Sue Reich This blog will feature my travels in quilting, research in 19th and 20th century news-papers, and items that are of interest to anyone with a passion for quilt history.