Indigo Star of Dinsmore

Indigo Star of Dinsmore

When AQSG quilt study topic for 2010 was announced, I knew that an opportunity had presented itself for me to explore the origin and construction of a quilt in the collection of the Dinsmore Homestead in Boone County, Kentucky. I had both sketches and photos of the indigo and white star quilt dated c. 1875. Unfortunately, I’ve been unsuccessful in my attempts to source the maker of the quilt which was gifted to the Homestead with no documentation. The star block is particularly unique. I have not found another with this piece placement. A quilt from mid-1800 Iowa with a different placement of the small four-pointed half-sun was found in the Quilt Index of Alliance for American Quilts.

Using a pattern painstakingly drafted by a friend, I constructed the block by hand which was a task requiring many hours and extreme precision. I chose to reproduce the sawtooth borders with the same deviation from symmetry as the original quilt. I cannot believe that someone who spent countless hours in pursuit of perfection in the construction of the blocks would not have pursued uniformity in the borders. Thus I believe she/he intended for both sawtooth borders to be asymmetrical especially when the extensive feather quilting is extremely well done indicating the original was created by a master quilter.