Q: I collect handmade quilts, especially those with designs that show some sort of optical illusion. Can you put me in touch with dealers who might have such quilts, or provide sources of information regarding instructions, patterns or designs?
A: Among the most spectacular optical-illusion quilts are those made by textile artist Rebecca Shore. For more information, write to Carl Hammer Gallery, 200 W. Superior St., Chicago, Ill. 60610; phone (312) 266-8512.
The fifth annual Contemporary Wall-Quilt Exhibition continues through June 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays at the Wild Goose Chase Quilt Gallery, 1511 Chicago Ave., Evanston, Ill. 60201-4405; phone (708) 328-1808. The show includes optical-illusion and other quilts made by textile artists from Illinois and the Midwest.
"Marbling Fabrics for Quilts -- A Guide For Learning and Teaching," by Kathy Fawcett and Carol Schoaf, is available for $13.95 postpaid from the American Quilters Society, Box 3290, Paducah, Ky. 42002-3209.
Q: Where can I find information on, and examples of, antique cut glass? Also, how can I learn to identify and date pieces, patterns and makers?
A: An excellent book, "Identifying American Brilliant Cut Glass," by Bill and Louise Boggess, is available for $21.95 postpaid from Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1469 Morstein Road, West Chester, Pa. bTC 19380; phone (215) 696-1001.
Q: I collect train memorabilia. Where could I obtain such items?
A: Write to dealer Bev Birk, in care of Turner Junction Enterprises Inc., Box 361, West Chicago, Ill. 60186-0361, for information on railroadiana collector clubs. The international Railroadiana Collectors Association offers an annual membership and quarterly magazine and a directory of members for $15 from Joe Mazanek, Secretary, 795 Aspen Drive, Buffalo Grove, Ill. 60089.
Anita Gold can be reached by writing Anita Gold, Maryland Living, The Sun, Baltimore 21278. Selected questions will appear in her column. The volume of mail makes individual replies impossible. When writing sources listed in this column, enclose an addressed, stamped envelope for replies.