A lovely quilter named Kaye invited me to an area guild’s special event last weekend. It was an old-fashioned “bed turning” and luncheon called Dress the Bed. I had never been to a bed turning and it was so much fun. The Prairie Pioneer Quilters in Grand Island, Nebraska use Dress the Bed as a fundraiser every other year.
Everyone is invited to arrive about an hour before lunch will be served. This gives opportunity to visit and to see the tables. The tables were not just any old tables—they were dressed, too! A guild member or a small group adopted each of about 22 tables and chose a theme for their table. Then they went to town with linens, favors, centerpieces, china and flatware, all centered around the theme. People were so creative!
This was a lovely springtime table with patchwork-trimmed china. The centerpiece was luscious!
This table had a pansy theme with living pansies in baskets and pansy china.
Chili peppers were this table’s theme. I love the Kaffe Fassett border at the bottom edge of the photo!
He probably never imagined that fabric being used to suggest chili peppers.
This table used M&M candies as its theme. It’s bright and cheerful!
Blue and yellow were all over this one. I wonder if these ladies set this kind of table every day at home?!
This had to be one of my favorites. A bee called The Floozies, which is artsy-tartsy, I’m told, made all manner of sweet little treats from wool, much of it recycled. Displayed with clear glass, aren’t these stunning?!
I was tickled pink when a Floozy gave me this pincushion after the luncheon.
The actual bed turning is what made up the program. An antique bed was set up and draped with a nice group (I’d estimate about 30) of quilts. Holders lift one quilt from the bed at a time and a narrator reads a few lines about each quilt. It’s like a fast-moving show & tell. The quilts are paraded around the room so everyone gets a good look.
There were close to 200 people at this event so it was hard to get a good photo of the bed itself. The quilts provided by guild members were wonderful—everything from tied utilitarian to valuable antique from 1850, and lots in between.
And as if all this was not enough, my hostess Kaye was carrying a Rufflicious bag! Rufflicious is a bag I designed for Quiltmaker and you can find the complete free pattern for it here. It was a treat to see someone carrying it!
I had a delicious lunch, saw gorgeous quilts and made some new quilting friends. Does a Sunday afternoon get any better than that?