Saturday, December 16, 2017

Daily Antique Quilt Treasures - French Star Quilt

Onto a new topic: STARS! And a red/green Christmasy one to boot.
French Star pattern variation. An uncommon pattern. This one is from Pennsylvania.

These quilts are part of my antique quilt lecture: "Patterns Through Time" which illustrates quilt history and the evolution of quilt patterns. The lecture feature a dozen different quilt patterns with 2 or 3 examples of each pattern - and yes, those are all real antique quilts (not photos). You can get up close and personal with these wonderful historical artifacts. Patterns Through Time is also available as a half day or even full day class where you can really study and drool over these beauties. I'm available to come to your guild, show, shop, etc. Hope to see you and share my collection with you!

 Red/green quilt from Lancaster, PA c. 1865 and multi color top c. 1940. 

Because the French Star block has some difficult piecing with those elliptical pieces between the LeMoyne Star points, it is not a common pattern. It was printed during the quilt revival of the 1930's but still did not become a regularly made block and so I feel lucky to own several examples. The one below was sewn using the Ruby McKim templates/pattern from her 1929 book: 101 Patchwork Patterns. It features different pieces and sewing methods than the red/green quilt. You can get the McKim pattern online by clicking on this link.

More of the red/green beauty.

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