I attended several lectures
Tucson Quilters Guild Quilt Show
One of my favorites
and a first for me
Have any of you watched a Bed Turning before?
Quilts are stacked deeply on a bed
before the presentation.
Hosts turn back each quilt individually
while a presenter gives an oral history
of the quilt.
Marilyn Winthrow describes a Bed Turning as
"A way of introducing quilters and non quilters to the
beauty of antique or unique quilts in
an interesting or different way."
The presentation at the Tucson show only
lasted 30 minutes
and was offered multiple times through out the day.
Set up near the Vendor booths
it was easy to run over and view
at a convenient time.
I especially enjoyed hearing a short history of each quilt,
many from the
1800's through the early 1900's
This one reminded me of the
Great Granny Quilt Along
I just participated in last year.
A Ruby Short McKim Bible quilt
A McKim quilt is on my someday list of
quilts I would love to make.
Many of these quilts
came from the private collections
of prominent Tucson quilters.
This wonderful vintage piece
was on loan from
I think a Bed Turning is a great way
to keep the presentation of many
quilts within a small time frame.
It allowed ample opportunity
and yet sped the showing along.
I'm taking this idea back
to my guilds!