Star Medallion: 200 Years Later

Star Medallion: 200 Years Later

Le Moyne Stars were popular during the early nineteenth century, as was the use of central medallions. The intriguing aspect of the study quilt, owned by Denice Lipscomb, is the unusual manner in which these two elements are combined: the central medallion consists of thirty-six three inch Le Moyne Stars. More often the central medallion is a single block and small [star] blocks are used in a border. Although the stars in the central medallion are of a single fabric, the remainder of the study quilt has a scrappy feel. No provenance is known about “Star Medallion,” but the fabrics and style place it in the early nineteenth century.

After struggling with English paper piecing tiny Le Moyne Stars, I decided to paper piece standard eight pointed stars. I felt that in this case, the number of stars was more important than their style. Unable to find a reproduction fabric in the shade of blue used in the study quilt, a gold fabric from Jo Morton’s “Harmonies” collection for Andover fabrics caught my eye. I used this for the medallion stars and as a basis for the color scheme of my quilt, which otherwise is a replica of the study quilt with only a few minor variations.