The Star theme for this year’s study is the main reason I chose the quilt made by Esther Scofield Sands of Darien, Connecticut. The quilt combines pieced radiating stars with appliquéd oak leafs. For each of the AQSG quilt studies, I have chosen to reproduce an historic Connecticut quilt. The oak leafs in this quilt honor Connecticut as the Charter Oak State.
Esther Scofield Sands made her quilt in her thirtieth year. She signed it “E.A. Scofield Darien Conn 1850.” One of nine children, she was orphaned at an early age. Her fortunes changed with her marriage in 1853 to Dr. Samuel Sands, a highly respected Darien doctor. Esther left a rich legacy of remembrance for future generations to appreciate with the making of her quilt; the donation of her home, the current home of the Darien Historical Society, and sharing her quilting talents with her daughter, Mary Katherine Sands Bibbins. Mary Katherine left us with another Radiating Star quilt set in a Garden Maze.