We traveled seperately for awhile and I sat down to watch a "bed turning". If you don't know what this is, it is a showing of quilts from a bed, each laid on top of another. Each quilt is turned down or held up and shown one at a time. The quilts are privately owned by members of the quilt guild and each was quite amazingly unique and beautiful. Women of generations past -- making quilts for their family and friends--for what purpose? For use, of course, but also to demonstrate love--just as we do today. Love shown when a couple marry, when a child is born, when a friend is sick, a son or husband going off to war, or possibly a family member moving far far away probably never to be see again. I am very sentimental when it comes to thinking of the way of life of these ancestors. I wish I could go back in time to at least "visit". I feel a special kinship to them--perhaps I am reincanated from an early time period-----. Anyway--for whatever reason, I feel a special love for antique quilts and I hope you enjoy the pictures you are about to see. I do not remember all the details told of each quilt. I will relay what I do remember, but I cannot promise all accuracy.
Circa 1880 and is a Floral Wreath
1920 Double Wedding Ring
A woven coverlet - woven in two secions of about 36 inches and then put together circa 1860
Wow! Amazing how much this squilt faded out. Sad, isn't it--but very imaginable how beautiful it must have been originally.
Tulip Wreath--I can't remember the date
Gorgeous quilting on this beauty. One block is faded out. I believe this one was 1840.
Basket Block quilt. The flowers are Brodery Perse which is flowers from a printed fabric are cut out and appliqued in. Usually made by a "well to do" maker as much fabric would have to be wasted to make of quilt of this kind. Perhaps the maker traded fabrics with her neighbors much like we have swaps today.
1930 Grandmother's Flower Garden--very unusual setting
I don't remember the date of this one, but the star blocks are 2 inches square.
1920s--I don't remember the pattern.
Traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden--1930-40s.