> 'Bordello' quilting. :)
> Two years ago, our local museum had a wonderful exhibit of quilts made by
> the women who came over the Oregon trail, and general time frame. Amongst
> them, was a quilt made of cigar or cigarette ribbons, made by the local
> 'ladies of the evening'.
> Apparently the ladies had made it to donate for some charity function. Of
> course the 'proper ladies' (read stuffy old broads <G>) gave horrified gasps
> and said "Oh no, never". Somehow or other, that quilt was saved and put
> away. It is in pristine (hmm) condition. The quilting is magnificent. I
> always wonder how they did that, poor lighting, and a lot of women did not
> wear glasses as they simply weren't available to everyone.
> Eileen (in the grieving home city of the tanker which went down in Germany
> a couple of nights ago) Spokane, Wa
Chuckling, Eileen (not about Spokane's tanker, obviously). One of my
very favorite things is the embroidered runner on top of the dresser in
my bedroom. I found it in a pile in a local "junk" store, along with
other "furnishings" from the fairly infamous "house" in Silver City,
NM. It, too, is in beautiful condition -- the embroidery is superb, and
it has fine hand-crocheted lace around the edge.
I have visions of the -- uh -- "ladies" sitting around, during the --
uh -- slow times, doing fine hand-work.
Just now realized I ought to put it under The Lamp ...
Sarah in Las Cruces, NM