Thursday, October 27, 2011

Stars - Bloggers Quilt Fest

Here is one of my favorite quilts, a Bethlehem Star, circa 1850 from Pennsylvania.  One can't help but smile when looking at this quilt!  Part of my antique quilt trunk show, Quilt Masterpieces.
From the eBay listing: "An amazing rising sun quilt with satellite stars and deep blue print background. I love the way this quilt was designed with the blue background. The center star floats against a blue background sky."

Wouldn't you just love to meet the person who made this quilt, one brave quiltmaker as this pattern is not for the faint of heart.  Here's a detail:

And another, love that yummy turkey red print and the saturated blue :

Note:  the quilt top is from around 1850 BUT it was finished much more recently probably in the 1940's or 50's.  That is when it acquired that wild yellow backing.
Click below to see my other entry in the BQF, a miniature antique reproduction quilt
http://starleyquilts.blogspot.com/
And to see other entries in the Bloggers Quilt Festival and/or to enter your own quilt
Amy'sCreativeSide

35 comments:

  1. That quilt is gorgeous! And yes, I would love to meet the quiltmaker(s) of it. I can just imagine the stories it could tell too, of the person or persons who sat and stitched on it. It's amazing.

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  2. Wow, that is an amazing quilt! One day I would like to make one like this, too.

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  3. This looks amazing!
    I have always loved this design.

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  4. A beautiful quilt. I often think I would love to make these makers. I also enjoy meeting today's quilt makers and listen to them talk about their quilts - the quirky are the best IMHO...

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  5. Is that solid yellow on the back? Wow.

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  6. Beautiful! Can you imagine if we were able to meet all the quiltmakers of those wonderful quilts? I think I'd be in heaven!

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  7. It's stunning. I am amazed that the colors are still so bright.... Wonderful treasure to have.

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  8. Two Blogs two Beautiful Quilts to inspire us. I wonder if these quilts would have ever got finished if they had computers back then, With all they did already in one day, I'm tired just thinking about it.

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  9. Gorgeous! I dream of making one of these some day!

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  10. Love this quilt, Bethlemham stars is one of my faviorite and wouldn't it be great to meet the makers of the past, one can only wonder what they would be doing with all the marvelous tools of today.

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  11. I admire the patience of yesterday's quiltmakers. They weren't rushing to finish this quilt so they could make another one next week--and I don't think they had piles of UFOs. My 81-year-old mother still quilts that way--one quilt a year--hand quilted.
    What patience it must have taken to make this amazing quilt without the benefit of all of our tools and tricks. I am in awe.

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  12. I think these star quilts are amazing. Would love to have a go at one someday - but I don't think I can compete with this!!

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  13. I love this star quilt!!! I bet I would get along with the maker of this quilt, love those bright colours!!

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  14. Mom was given a star quilt similar to this for h.s. Graduation in the 30's. I need to find it. I know it's in sad condition from too much love! But i always loved and was fascinated by that pretty yellow quilt

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  15. I'll bet that quilter would be happy to know the quilt is still being admired.

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  16. What a lovely quilt and a wonderful treasure. It would really be amazing to find out who made it. You never know! I am so pleased it has found a good home.

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  17. love the quilt!

    Margaret
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  18. just beautiful and I wish I had the fabrics too!!!!
    great backing a WOW back for sure to go with the amazing quilt on the front
    kathie

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  19. I can appreciate all the work that went in to this very intricate quilt.

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  20. Thank you for all the great comments. Hope everyone is having fun with the BQF!

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  21. What a neat historical example of a blazing star! I would like to see more of what was used for the yellow backing. I think it's neat that you are able to know that it was finished off by someone else much later.

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  22. Beautiful! What a wonderful example of a design whose popularity never fades.

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  23. Amazing! What a treasure. I really want to own (either make or find) a lone star quilt some day. They're some of my favorites!

    Glad it's in such loving hands!

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  24. It is stunning and the colors are great!

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  25. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could go back in time and to the creators of antique pieces such as this? Oh, the stories they tell!

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  26. That *is* beautiful--so neat, and the colours are wonderful; it really sings. I wonder why the original quilter didn't complete such a wonderful top? So many missing stories.

    hazle

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  27. Thanks for sharing that incredible quilt!

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  28. This is a wonderful quilt. Thanks for sharing it with us. Also, thanks for visiting my blog and I took your advice to add my email to the contact link. I had over looked that.

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  29. What an interesting quilt, thank you for sharing it with us.

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  30. Gorgeous! I wonder what stories the hands that made it could tell?

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  31. LOVE the Bethlehem Star quilt and what vivd colors too.

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