Antique Star Quilt
This one I call "antique star". It came to me quite by accident. A customer brought a very broken stained glass lamp shade into our store in Tempe, years ago, to have repaired. She had wrapped it in a beautiful old, ragged quilt. The lamp shade was beyond repair but I asked her if she would be intererested in selling me the quilt. After having created quilts, I know they deserve a special place -- regardless of their condition. This particular quilt had been left in her trunk for years and she just used it to pad things. I was heartbroken. She didn't have any real history on the quilt; she just said it came from 'one of the grandma's houses'.
Anyway - she just gave it to me if I would dispose of the lamp. I washed the quilt (I know; but it was truly filthy) and gazed at it for many years. It was so soft and still had lots of lovely parts. The original maker was a very fine quilter. I'm guessing it was made in the 30s/40s. It's all hand pieced with tiny, tiny, even stitches. This quilt represents MONTHS of a woman's life. Countless hours spent gathering just the right fabrics, cutting, piecing and finally quilting this beauty. I had never seen the pattern anywhere else. So I got out my rulers and compass and I think I finally have good templates. I'm not a pattern maker nor a math whiz so it looks like a hand piecing job for me, too. But I have cut all the pieces out and it's ready to assemble. It's full of points and angles and it will probably be years of my life but I will finish it.
So the next time you're in the store, ask to see it -- its new little sister will probably be on the design wall from time to time as well. You'll be able to feel the love that still lives in those old stars.
Oh - and if any of you know the name or the pattern, I would love to have that information.