“Of course I’d participate in AQSG Star Quilt Study!” With the last name of Starley, do you think I had a choice? I love stars! I have been collecting antique star quilts for a few years! One of my personal goals is to reproduce my star quilt collection in miniature. What a terrific opportunity to start that process!
This scaled down replica study quilt is a quarter the size of the original charming, yet simplistic cheddar and pink Le Moyne Star quilt, circa 1890’s. While designing my study quilt, I took full advantage of a computerized quilting program to plan and draft the quilt. The 42 foundation pieced star blocks in the study quilt are exactly 2 inch squares, while the handcrafted blocks in the inspirational quilt vary in size (from 7 to 8 inch squares). I believe what I gained in precision using the computer and foundation piecing; I may have lost in charm and character. My replica quilt has over 1436 separate units of batik fabrics in bright, sunshine yellow and over-dyed hot pink to mimic colors in the original quilt. I believe the batik fabrics added a little charm back into the quilt. I finished the study quilt with stitching in the ditch around each of the Le Moyne stars. The original inspiration quilt was machine quilted on a treadle machine with an overall straight line pattern.
It is amazing that the inspiration quilt has survived for over a century! My only hope is that both the original and mini-replica quilt will be loved, cherished and cared for another 100 years.