History ‘turned’ at the Pioneer Museum

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first_img History ‘turned’ at the Pioneer Museum Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article “The crossbars were only about three-quarters of an inch,” she said.“That was amazing to me as was the fact that they quilted every part of the quilt. That’s probably the reason those old quilts were so durable.”Burkhalter said the parlor quilt was, by all indications, done by one woman.“It must have taken her years to quilt,” she said. “And, she had to have had help around the house to have that much time for quilting.”As Burkhalter turned back one quilt after the other, she told the age of the quilt, the pattern, the material used and other interesting footnotes.“The fabrics used in the earlier quilts were mostly hand dyed,” she said. “Walnuts and berries were popular dyes of the times.”During the period 1880-1920 Burkhalter said the country was torn apart and many of the quilts expressed the mourning of the people.Many husbands and sons had been lost in wars and the dark quilts reflected the somber mood of the country.“As the country began to come out from under all that, the women began to show off their sewing skills,” Burkhalter said. “Around the 1920s, the women began to express themselves loud and clear.”Burkhalter turned back a “T” quilt — a temperance quilt that expressed, with homespun flair, the views of the quilters.During the World War II years, red, white and blue were the popular colors for quilters.“This was a very patriotic time and many quilts reflected the attitude of the country,” Burkhalter said.As the quilts were turned, up turned the double wedding ring pattern, a crazy quilt, a feed sack quilt, a bride’s quilt, a bars quilt and a star burst and visible were clam shells, polka dots, sawteeth and Indian hatchets.“I didn’t know what a quilt turning was but I do now,” Hamrick said. “I learned a lot and I had a good time doing it. We appreciate the Pioneer Museum of Alabama sponsoring programs like this.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Burkhalter set up a bed with quilts that dated as far back as 1830. As she talked about each quilt, she “turned” it back to reveal the quilt beneath it.The quilt that topped the bed was quilted between 1830-50 and was a “parlor” quilt.That quilt was, perhaps, the one that was the most “amazing.”center_img Email the author Jewel Griffin used “amazing” to describe the quilting, as did Jane Hamrick.Both local quilters said the quilting was so precise that, if they had not known better, they would have thought the quilt had been done by machine.“But they didn’t have machines back then so we know it had to have been done by hand,” Griffin said, “The stitches were so close and each ‘shell’ was the exact same size as the others. It was amazing.”Hamrick was also fascinated by the parlor quilt. Sherry Burkhalter, right, discussed the detailed quilting patterns on a quilt from around 1850. Burkhalter presented a Quilt Turning at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama on Saturday.Most all of those who participated in the Quilt Turning at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama Saturday had never been to such a thing before.To a one, they were quilt-savvy but, as far as turning quilts, that was something new.The Quilting Turning or bed turning was presented by Sherry Burkhalter, who owns Quilted Creations in Headland. Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, March 13, 2013 The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like FINE TUNE YOUR LIFE Ashley Pelham, owner of Tire Brokers on Highway 231 North in Troy, was the featured speaker for Female Factor Wednesday’s… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more