Sunday, April 28, 2013

OLD FASHIONED BED TURNING

Have you ever been to a bed turning?  I mean a real one at some one's house, like they used to do back in the day?  I have and it so cool.  But this time it was a bed turning at the Heart of Texas Quilt Show this past weekend.

Here are some of the quilts in the bed turning.  Be sure to read all the way to end.  There is a special treasure you won't want to miss.  I didn't post a picture of the first quilt in the bed turning.  It was a nine patch double knit quilt.  How many of you have one of those?  I've got more than one.  I hate them and so does William but Drew and Hollie fight over them.  They both love them.   Like it or not, they are still part of our quilt history and in 100 years, when we dig them out of the rubble, they will still be intact.  You can't wear them out!  A comment was made that they would make a great boat anchor.  I think I agree.  Sorry if you're a double knit quilt lover!

This southern belle sunbonnet sue is very nice.  This quiltmaker documented it by embroidery in the song books.  Look closely and you'll see.  She even designed the rose pattern that is quilted out on the quilt.


  This is an Eccentric Star and is made of period shirtings, probably from the late 1800's or early 1900's.  However the quilt wasn't quilted until the 50's or 60's, according to the quilt owner.

One of my all time favorites and on my bucket list.  A Double Wedding Ring from 30's feedsacks.  According to the quilt owner, it was made in the late 30's by her grandma but wasn't quilted until 1996 by her and her mother and a group of ladies.

  This fan quilt was made by Grandma Thomas from 30's and 40's feedsacks.  Sadly no one can remember Grandma Thomas' give name.  They only know her by Grandma Thomas.

I bet you saw this one and thought it was a Dresden plate.  Look closer, it's actually a fan block pieced in a circle to look like a Dresden plate.
 
A really neat scrappy bow tie quilt.  Those blocks are 3" blocks and there are 520 of them (I think that's the number she used).  Now that's a lot of bow ties.

This quilt had a funny story.  Sadie (not her real name) saw this quilt and wanted to make it when she was 12 years old in 1935.  Sadie's sister bought her the fabric to make the entire quilt.  (Back in 1935, during the depression, to spend the money to purchase fabric for an entire quilt was quite expensive.)  Sadly, Sadie only made 1 block and apparently lost interest or it was harder than she thought.  Anyway she put it away.  When the quilt owner took up quilting about 7 years ago, a relative of Sadie's drug it out of the closet and gave it to her to finish.  She has almost completed Sadie's project.  It just needs a binding now.  And now the grand finally!  This crazy quilt was made in 1885.  It is in pristine condition and according to the quilt owner has an appraised value of $18,000!!!!  I took close up photos of all the blocks but only shared a couple with you.  There are photos on the quilt (not sure if they are family members or maybe photos from tobacco sacks or something).  And one patch has hand painted flowers on it.  Did you know most crazy quilts have a spider embroidered on them for good luck? 

 
  This block had both embroidered flowers and painted flowers.

  Can you spy the spider?
 
 

 
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  1. You should have explained what a bed turning actually is! I had to google it! AND P.S. Hollie DOES have possession of a double knit quilt! Before I am accused of smuggling or stealing it, I will have you know that it was a gift!

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