Mrs. Baldwin’s Star

Mrs. Baldwin’s Star

I was taught Hexagon Patchwork as a child, by my very patient aunt who lived next door. Over the years I have been collecting and researching hexagon patterns. When the “Star Challenge” was announced by AQSG, I went to my own personal index. The one that stood out was a partially completed quilt in the book Mosaic Patchwork by Curious Press and Charleston Museum.

Mrs. Baldwin of North May River, SC apparently started this quilt between the years 1820 – 1830 but she never finished it. The center of the star featured a fussy cut design of pink fabric which was my inspiration for this challenge. My fabric choices were limited to five different fabrics, as was Mrs. Baldwin’s. I chose to also fussy cut the centers of the rosettes and added an additional round of fabric to the rosettes.

Each tiny hexagon is 5/8” and there are 3182 hexagons in the completed quilt.

I want to thank the Charleston Museum, Charleston, S.C., who gave me permission for this project along with numerous photographs of this unfinished quilt.