Historic Quilts at Bidwell Mansion


A beautiful quilt show is coming to Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park on September 7th, 8th, and 9th. Annie’s Star Quilt Guild will be sharing historic quilts and reproduction quilts from the 19th and 20th centuries. Quilts will be displayed inside the mansion and in the visitor’s center.

According the the press release from State Parks:

The Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park will provide special quilt tours on September 7th, 8th, and 9th at 10:00 AM only. Quilt tours will cost $6 per guest and are an hour long. Those interested in the quilts exclusively are advised to attend the special quilt tour time to be able to fully experience the remarkable techniques and patterns. Space is limited; please call Bidwell Mansion at 530-895-6144 for reservations. The quilts will be on display during regular tour hours; however, the time to view quilts will be limited.

The quilts in the visitor’s center will be free to see anytime that BMSHP is open. The quilts in the Mansion can be seen on any hourly tour, but the 10 a.m. tours will focus on the quilts, with a guide from Annie’s Star Quilt Guild.

Bee's QuiltOne special crazy quilt made in 1894 by Bee Patrick of Patrick Ranch features a Bidwell Mill flour sack as backing, a real bit of local history.

If you want to use Bidwell Mansion flour sacks as your quilt backing, The General’s Store in the the Visitor’s center has reproductions for sale. They also make great dish towels or pillow covers.

Another one of my favorite quilts is not as old, but is very special to our family.

My husband’s grandmother, Bertha Yeager, favored the “flower garden” quilt pattern that is pieced using little hexagons. I inherited this quilt top, and my daughter Jean finished it by hand-quilting around each little hexagon. You can see how carefully she selected her fabrics. It’s a family treasure.


See you at the Quilt Show!

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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