Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Now for the more of the Bed Turning my fellow quilters!
This quilt is owned by Sandie Allen. She has had this doll quilt since she was a small child, and played with it a lot. It wasn't until she was older that she learned it was made by her great grandmother. The quilt is over 50 years old. It is hand quilted and appears to be lined with a stripe fabric.
This baby quilt was made on a treadle sewing machine by Sandie's husband's grandmother when she was about 80 years old. It is a practical, hand tied, flannel quilt made with scraps.
Sandie wat beside her, pregnant with her 1st child and handed her pieces. She bound it in pink because she was hoping for a girl.
The quilt is over 40 years old. Sandie owns the treadle machine it was made on.

This quilt began its life in Arkansas in the 1930's. Gwen Christiansen inherited it in 2008. The embroidered blocks are finely hand stitched on feed sack muslin. However they had not been squared and were put together with yellow depression era fabric, a very loosely woven fabric which is one step above gauze. There was no quilting and a yellow gathered skirt was added to make it a double sized bed spread.
After much thought Gwen decided to take it apart, square up the blocks and use the yellow skirting to make borders and blocks. She hand quilted around the flower blocks and is hand quilting a dahlia design in each yellow square. Gwen believes the embroidered blocks were first published in the midwest publications in 1930. They began as embroidery only. Then a little applique was added. In 1977, Ruby S McKim published them as all applique squares.
Betty Ray found this quilt at a yard sale. She spotted the quilt and it seemed to talk to her. The lady having the sale was older than herself so she asked her if she had made it. She replied, "No, probably my                 grandmother. No one in the family wants the OLD THING so I decided to sell it!"
Betty paid $60 for it!
It has since been appraised for $600.
The quilt is hand pieced and was made in the early 30's. The pattern is Seven Sisters.
The fabrics on this quilt are prints from chicken feed sacks back in the 20's and 30's. They all have baby chicks on them and even the quilting is done in baby chicks. It belongs to Mary Byers. Her mother-in-law grew up on a farm in Mendon, Illinois and acquired these fabrics from her mother's stash. She never did anything with them until after her mother's death. She then gave them to Mary who was her only daughter-in-law.
Mary finally put them into a quilt last year.

I wish my picture would have turned out better, but oh well. I can't not put this one in.
Iris Shaffer's daughter found this old quilt top in an estate sale in Portland Oregon. Some people call this the postage stamp pattern.
There is no history for this quilt, but someone spent many hours and days cutting and piecing it by hand. The fabrics are at least in the 30's or older.
The pieces are 1 1/4" square with 1/8" - 1/4" seams. All of the corners match perfectly. Seeing there were no rotarty cutters in those days this is really an amazing piece.
It has 60 squares X 65 blocks, totalling 3,900 cut squares. It is a queen size measuring 82 X 88.
Wow ladies, what an inspiration. We must get out our hand projects and take them everywhere with us. Little by little, square by square, hexagon by hexagon, we too can have our own master piece made with our own hands!

My hubby has just pulled up to the house with the trailer all loaded and is ready to head out to a Quilt, and Sewing Expo in San Mateo,  California so I am going to have to run. I will bring you more of this Bed Turning when I get back from the show. Until then.....Happy Sewing!!!


  1. What an interesting two blogs. Thanks for sharing! I am a rancher's wife from Montana and I love to quilt and found your blog.

    The pictures are very good!

  2. oh my goodness! i attended quilt-of-the-month last year and the year before. it's amazing the talent some women have...and patience!!!

    beautiful examples.

  3. Thank you so much for your lovely visit ad comment. I must say that quilting is the craft I admire and respect the most. The work, the time, the details, the patience and the wonderful stories behind quilts involved are just overwhelming and heartwarming to me!

  4. Hi John'alee,
    What gorgeous quilts! I would love to learn how to quilt someday! Thanks so much for coming by my site! I'm glad you did so now I can follow you!

  5. Thanks for sharing! What amazing quilts!

  6. I am so touched by your comments on my blog. And you have your own quilt shop!!! I wouldn't know how to stop buying! I'm so glad you found me. I have done research on a vintage signature quilt and hosted a signature quilt block exchange. I will have to send you the link for it. But as you can see, quilting is not my only passion.

  7. I'm so glad you left a comment on my blog so I could find yours!!
    I have seen a bed turning before and it's wonderful!! Thank you for capturing it so well on your blog.

  8. Oh my such beauty ..old and new quilts.
    I adore my vintage family quilts so much.
    Thanks so much for the blog visit and comment!
    So happy to have found your blog!!!

  9. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog...I was actually in your shop this summer and posted pictures on my blog (early part of August)...I was visiting at my in-laws' cabin in Duck Creek and had to find a fabric shop...it was a great shop! Welcome to blogging!

  10. Hi, Just wanted say thanks for stopping by my blog. I love all the quilts you have shown here...such inspiration in every one. I also wanted to mention that your profile account is set to "no reply", which means if you leave a comment on someone's blog they can never answer you back...unless they come here. You had said you were new to blogging, so I just wanted to pass this along. If you were interested in receiving emails back from other blogggers, you can go to my blog and on the left side bar under "labels", I did 2 post on the topic "no reply". This is also helpful for give aways. If you are set to no reply, most of the time you are never entered in the give away, because they can't reach you.
    I hope this helps or maybe you want to be set to "no reply" then you can ignore me completely!! LOL. Either way I love your blog and will become a follower.
    Have a great day,

  11. How lucky that all of these quilts were found by those that appreciate them. I am just smitten with the postage stamp quilt!