Bankhead House hosting quilt turning Saturday
by Jennifer Cohron
Aug 16, 2012 | 1636 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Quilters from the local Retired Senior Volunteer Program work on a piece at the Bankhead House and Heritage Center last week. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
Quilters from the local Retired Senior Volunteer Program work on a piece at the Bankhead House and Heritage Center last week. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
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The Bankhead House and Heritage Center will be hosting a quilt turning this weekend to coincide with its ongoing exhibit “A Stitch in Time: Quilting in Walker County.”

Local residents are invited to bring their quilts to Heritage Fun Day beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Several of the pieces will be layered on a bed and then displayed one by one as nationally-recognized quilt authority Merikay Waldvogel provides information about their pattern, fabric and age.

The owners of the quilts will also have an opportunity to tell the story behind the pieces they have submitted.

“It’s a lot like an antique road show except it’s only for quilts,” Waldvogel said.

Waldovogel said a quilt turning always unearths fond memories and surprises, especially in the South where quilts are often passed down from generation to generation.

She expects that several quilts made from feed or flour sacks, some of which may still have trademarks visible on the back, will be submitted. She is also hoping to see some pieces that date back to the Civil War.

However, quilt turnings are not exclusive to antiques. For example, Waldovogel said audiences would enjoy seeing quilts made from store-bought kits.

“I think some people really didn’t think those were valuable because they were commercially made, but they too have become a very collectible and interesting part of quilt history. They are very detailed and finding one that is completed is rather unusual,” she said.

The quilt turning will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bankhead House on Saturday.

Quilters from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program will be demonstrating quilt making during the event, and the “Stitch in Time” exhibit will also be open to visitors. Admission is free.

The exhibit features more than 75 modern and historic handmade quilts submitted by local residents.

The RSVP Quilters are also working on a quilt that will be given away when the exhibit ends on Sept. 21. Chances are available for a $10 donation.