Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday at the Quilt Museum - Lone Stars / Star of Bethlehem - Part 2

Big Star Quilt Collage

Part 2 of our tour of big star quilts includes these that are kind of unique in some way.  Whether it's Broderie Perse in the corners, multiple types of stars included in the pattern, or 7 points, these are spectacular.

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Star of Bethlehem
Hannah Huxley
Possibly Delaware
107" x 111"

Hannah Huxley Star of Bethlehem

While this first picture looks a bit one-dimensional in terms of color and fabric, the photo below has wonderful detail as to the fabrics used and the quality of the workmanship.

Hannah Huxley Star of Bethlehem Detail

There is wonderful information about this quilt at the Speed Museum.  Very worth reading.

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Star of Bethlehem
Unknown Artist
Possibly Maryland
122" x 122"

Maryland Star of Bethlehem 1835

This quilt is just amazing.  It's a wonderful combination of very precise piecing and chintz broderie perse, framed with a lovely border fabric.  The outermost border is a fun geometric and floral piece (unless it's pieced together.  Hard to tell from the pictures.). To get a greater appreciation of the detail, there are lots of pictures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Star of Bethlehem
Unknown Artist
Mid-Atlantic region
c. 1830

1830 Star of Bethlehem

Unfortunately, there's not really any information that I can find to fill out the above details.  

It caught my eye because of the interesting use of color in the concentric rows of diamonds in the star, as well as the broderie perse and bold border fabric.

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Seven-Point Blazing Star
Sarah Cox
Malden, Massachussetts
82" x 85"

Seven-Point Blazing Star Sarah Cox

Isn't this pattern interesting?  I don't think I've ever seen anything like it.  A 7-point star is unusual and all the "bursts" are fascinating.  When I first looked at this quilt, it seemed kind of "flat" to me, as if it were made of all solids.  But then I found detail shots and, wow!  The fabrics are amazing. Definitely has depth and dimension and is an incredible display of workmanship.

Seven-Point Blazing Star Detail Sarah Cox

Seven-Point Blazing Star Detail Sarah Cox

 It is in excellent condition, and if you feel you can't live without it, it's being offered by Woodard and Greenstein for $18,500!

Read more about it and see more pictures at 1stdibs.

Thanks for taking this two-week tour of big star quilts with us!

Happy Quilting!!

- I am not a quilt historian.  I simply enjoy finding interesting quilts and sharing them with you!
- The quilt images on this post were sourced from Pinterest unless otherwise noted, and are linked to their origin whenever possible.

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