Variable Star Revisited

Variable Star Revisited

I had previously participated in the “Red and Green” study and found it extremely gratifying. So when the new subject was announced I immediately began planning what I might do. Firstly, I wanted to reflect the heritage of South Carolina. I went to Laurel Horton’s book, Social Fabric and found a picture of a star quilt made in S.C. in l870. It really appealed to me because it had an appliquéd medallion in the center. Unfortunately, the photograph was a black and white one and I had no idea of the colors used. I went on the internet and found the oldest chintz that I could and relied on the accuracy of reproduction fabric of the period to duplicate the quilt as best I could. I wanted to create a vintage look so I used stained muslin to complete the project. Beads were added for a little sparkle………..upon finishing the piece I was struck by the fact that how timeless star quilts are and that they have provided a continuity throughout history even as radical changes have occurred in so many other areas.