The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 8, 2013

Quilt show part of celebration

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Cherokee Strip Piecemakers Quilt Guild will present a quilt show and airing of historic and contemporary quilts at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church during the Cherokee Strip Celebration.

Several guild members will be on hand through the show and will display a sampling of their cancer quilt projects. Guild members will present hand-quilting demonstrations.

A bake and craft sale will benefit the guild’s cancer quilt project and educational programs.

In addition to the quilt airing, Judy Howard, quilt historian and owner of Buckboard Antique Quilts in Oklahoma City, will have quilts from the 1830s to the present available for sale in the parish hall. Sales of Howard’s antique quilts and “Children — Hope for Tomorrow” new art quilts, as well as 1905 Cookbooks, go to Loaves & Fishes.

“Checks can be written directly to Loaves & Fishes so donors can take the full tax deduction,” Howard said.  

Howard will demonstrate bed turning, a technique steeped in American history.

“Following the custom of Martha Washington and our Oklahoma pioneers who stacked their finest quilts flat on the guest bed for all to admire, the Cherokee Strip Days Festival will feature an old-fashioned ‘bed turning,’” Howard said.

Martha Washington stored all of her quilts on a bed in the guest bedroom at Mount Vernon, Howard said. When visitors spent the night, she would turn back all 25 of her quilts for them to enjoy before they blew out the candle.

“Every quilt has a story,” Howard said.

The quilt show will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the sanctuary of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 518 West Randolph. Admission is $3.

The bed turning will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday in the parish hall.