These quilts were in the bed turning in our local quilt show in October. If you don't know what a bed turning is, I'll explain. When I first came to the Pacific Northwest, I'd never heard of a bed turning. I had visions of putting a bed with wheels in the middle of the floor and turning it all around. To perhaps view a quilt on the bed from all angles? *giggle* I had no idea! I'd never heard of or seen a bed turning in California, but I've seen them done at a lot of the quilt shows in this area. Do you ever see them where you live? I'm just curious.
|Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt|
How a bed turning is done: First, you take all the quilts and layer them on the bed. Then the audience sits on chairs placed around the bed while one person reads the story about the quilt (from the owner or maker of the quilt) while two other people (the "holders") hold up the top edge of the quilt to show it to all the viewers. Then the holders "turn down" or fold the quilt down to the foot of the bed to expose the next quilt in the pile.
Usually the quilts tend to be antiques or vintage but this year our theme was "quilts with stories". Because, really, isn't that what we all want to know? Who's grandma made it, where and when did they live, or did you find this for an incredible price at Goodwill or a yard sale? Whatever your story was, we wanted to know.
|sorry about the shadow|
I love these bright fabrics, and the rather random placement of some of them. Fun!
|Isn't that misplaced polka dot fun?|
We had a lot of people come to watch the bed turning, which we had 3 times a day during the quilt show. There were a lot of people who didn't know what a bed turning was, but they came out of curiosity and just loved the little show! There was a lot of comments and interaction between the audience and the reader and "holders" and that was fun. No one else wanted to be the reader so I usually read the stories, which meant that I didn't get to see the quilts very well. The last showing on the last day, I had someone else read the stories and I was a "holder". I took these photos as we were folding up the quilts after the show.
|quilt with string blocks|
This was an interesting quilt. It was found at a garage sale a few years ago. It has another quilt inside of it! In places you could kind of see another pattern through the top fabrics, and there were some fabrics where you could see some printing, which I think must have been feed sacks. This quilt was very heavy!
This quilt is owned by the same person as the other string quilt above, and was also purchased at the same garage sale. It also has another quilt inside! I'm guessing both quilts were made by the same quilter. This quilt was a little more used and there were a couple of spots that were coming unstitched so that I could peek inside. I could see another quilt inside that was pieced and quilted, but quite worn out. Both of these string quilts were the ultimate in scrap quilting!
By the way, the oldest quilt in our bed turning this year was a top, purportedly made by the mother or grandmother of Meriwether Lewis of Lewis and Clark fame. It had been passed down in the family for many generations. It was very thin and frail fabrics, and it was believable (to me) that it just possibly could have been from the late 1700's. It was a pieced pattern (all by hand, of course) in burgundy and white solid fabrics. Dumb me, I didn't get a picture!