If not, I am bringing one to you from Yuma Arizona where we did a show in January. We love those gals down there!!
A Bed Turning is usually found at a local guild show. There is a bed with a pile of quilts on it, and as each one is held up and shown, one of the guild members tells the story behind it. For a lover of quilts it is worth that alone going to a quilt show for. The history and stories are heart endearing.
This lady is Lovabel Rice. And oh how lovable she is!! She is 92 years young and quite a force to be reckoned with. I felt honored to have met her and to hear of her quilts. Her quilts were hanging in the bed turning room. This one is her favorite and is all hand appliqued.
She started quilting when she was 16. She went to Woolworths and bought her first block for 10cents. The blocks had both hand embroidery and hand applique. After she finished all of her blocks her grandmother hand quilted it for her adding sashing. The quilt is below:
Here's the story:
Here's another one of her magnificient hand appliqued quilts:
These patterns are usually done with raw edge machine applique but Lovabel did it mostly by hand applique. An amazing feat when you see the work close up and how tiny some of the pieces are.
Speaking of bed turning, I am going to go in and turn in to my own bed, and bring the rest of this story to you in the morning!