Mennonite Lone Star

Mennonite Lone Star

I was first attracted to this star quilt because I’m very fond of the lone star pattern and the way it radiates. And this quilt included appliqué blocks. The maker of the original quilt is unknown but she was believed to be from a Mennonite family in Souderton, PA. She was an accomplished quilt maker and very creative in her designs. I would love to ask her how she came up with her designs. The green leafy branch blocks are very unusual. I don’t remember ever seeing this pattern and was not able to identify it. The red blocks are also appealing and again, I was unable to identify a pattern name for this block though it is similar to Honeybee and Turkey Tracks. The sawtooth borders were the perfect finish.

I scaled down the original quilt (which measures 95” x 95”) to 50” square and drafted my own patterns. I decided that when the quilt was scaled down, the outer border would be too small to show off any feather quilting so I eliminated that border and the second sawtooth edge.

Drafting and stitching the lone star proved to live up to the reputation of these star patterns as being difficult but I persevered through the “unsewing” and resewing to achieve a star that lays flat with straight lines. The rest was pure pleasure.