Stars & Shamrocks 2

Stars & Shamrocks 2

The Quilt Studies created for AQSG participants push me to try something new; each time I have been challenged (sometimes grudgingly) to work out of my comfort zone. The 2010 “Stars” project is no different.

I own the quilt that inspired this effort; despite a general aversion to appliqué, I have been intrigued by the methods used in the original. No perfectly pointed individual triangles for her: the multi-point stars are all single-cut pieces with blunt tips, as are the strips and arcs of triangles in the borders. The shamrocks and their curving stems are all single-cut. And despite having enough striped fabric for a better match in the borders, the original quiltmaker appears not to have been concerned about matching. That’s my kind of quilter! Finally, the bright green original binding goes against our current passion for coordinated colors, and may have had some special meaning for her (or not).

The Jinny Beyer print used here was as close to the original c.1820s buff, brown and teal stripe as I could find. Working out the appliqué was a minefield. NO machine stitching is involved. I hated making this little piece, but I’m glad I did it.