Showcasing the history of the greater Colusa County area, the Sacramento Valley Museum opened it’s doors for the season by hosting its third annual historic quilt show Saturday and Sunday.
Twenty-three quilts were on display in the Former Williams High School Building.
Quilts included a family quilt from the Daniel Boone Family, made in the 1700’s and the Grimes Ladies Signature Quilt made in 1908.
Jemima Hayes-Davis, the granddaughter of Daniel and Rebecca Boone, made a quilt in the 1700’s that was later to the Sacramento Valley Museum by Dorothy Felkner Noll, the three-time great granddaughter of Boone.
The Grimes Ladies Aide, as a fundraiser, sought donations to assemble a signature quilt as a raffle. For 10¢, an individual could have his or her name embroidered on the quilt. President William Taft even contributed his signature as it appears on the quilt. In 2008, the Grimes Ladies Aid made another commemorative quilt in which signatures cost $1 each.
Throughout the museum, various other quilts were on display.
In addition to the quilt display, Sacramento Valley Museum volunteer and board member, Theresa Bright demonstrated the method of bobbin lace making. Bobbin lace was the traditional method of making lace back in the day, and a lace is featured on many of the quilts.
“It is tedious work and is very time-consuming,” said Bright, “Lace was often expensive and reserved for the wealthy. However, the industrial age helped reduced the cost as lace was one of the things that could be machined.”
Bright became interested in bobbin lace making in the 1980’s after needing to have her mother’s wedding dress repaired.
“I researched the topic and began to learn how to do it,” said Bright.
Bright does bobbin lace making as a hobby; however, she has done several pieces of lace and wedding garters for friends and family.
Kathy Manor, Sacramento Valley Museum Curator, commented that the organization and its volunteers will be working on mending several of the quilts and will be doing so over the next several weeks.
“Anyone interested in helping or watching is welcomed to do so, just give us a call,” said Manor.
The historic quilts will be on display through the end of April.
The Sacramento Valley Museum is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Private or group tours are available. For more information about the Sacramento Valley Museum, visit www.sacvalleymuseum.org or call (530) 473-2978.