Discover the age-old art of hand quilting this weekend at the Spring Quilting Bee including antique quilt display, and opportunities to learn how to make a quilt the 1850 way.
Not a just a hobby in the 1850s, handmade quilts offered layers of warmth on a cold winter’s night. Join us by the quilt frame as we share stories of past quilting bees or pick up a needle and thimble and help us quilt our newest quilt.
For decades The Homeplace has reproduced mid-19th century quilts and we will teach you the basics of hand sewing so you will be able to hand piece and quilt your very own heirloom. You can purchase a Homeplace quilt kit or just have a seat by the quilt for a crash course. We will even teach you how to make a batting for your quilt.
Visit the parlor to see an exhibit of the Homeplace collection of original land between the rivers’ quilts. Popular 1850 quilt patterns will be available for you to take home. Children’s sewing cards will be available to practice their stitches. If stitching isn’t your cup of tea, gather a team and play a rousing game of horse shoes, visit with the farm animals, or watch the blacksmith turn an iron bar into something useful.
Also this weekend:
11- 2pm - Woodworking: making baskets
Baskets were essential for toting and hauling everything on the farm. Strong enough to carry wood and ears of corn and delicate enough to carry eggs or sewing supplies, these homemade wonders could be found all over the farm. Stop by the Tool barn this afternoon and learn how to weave these treasured carryalls.
1 – 3pm – Forging the Past: A Farm Blacksmith Shop
A blacksmith shop on the farm in 1850 provided the farmer with a means to make and repair his farming tools. Wander to the shop behind the Ox Barn to see our latest job undertaking on the anvil.