Grandma Bowen’s Star

Grandma Bowen’s Star

Stars became popular in patchwork in the late 18th century. There are even a hundred star variations and the same star can be identified by different names depending on the region of origin.

The Le Moyne Star, which has been accepted as a patchwork pattern since 1793, was named for the Le Moyne brothers who founded New Orleans in 1718. In New England it is call the Star of Le Moyne or the Lemon Star.

Patchwork consists of repeating the same geometric elements and patterns are developed through the use of color. The Le Moyne Star is created using the diamond shape.

“Applied Work” or appliqué, being used with embroidery to decorate clothing and other textiles, has been around since the Middle Ages. Conventional appliqué became popular as a primary decoration around 1840. Prior to this it was used mainly in borders. By the last half of the 19th century a great variety of patchwork and appliqué patterns were available.

The inspiration for my quilt came after searching through several quilting and textile publications. I chose a beautiful Le Moyne Star and Cherry Wreath design created by an unknown southern Iowa quilter. Originally from Iowa, I felt a special connection to this quilt and its creator. The time and love invested in its creation is obvious. Many thanks to the unknown artist!