A star quilt …from Alabama …with a story behind it … was the criteria for choosing my quilt.
In a lecture by Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff about her Alabama quilt documentation, she told of a quilt found in Selma with an incredible story.
Miss Jones’ family of French ancestry owned a cotton plantation in the early 1800’s in Marion. A “mysterious occurrence” caused the father to move the family to Selma, and they never intended to return. They disinterred their ancestors and reburied them in Selma. As hard times became a fact of life after the Civil War, his daughter taught needlework. This quilt, made some forty years previous, was surely a teaching piece.
A visit to Mrs. Huff’s allowed me to view the quilt. I enlarged my picture using a copier. I hand applied the fleur-de-lis embellished star in the center medallion onto tea-dyed fabric. It was set in a larger, machine-pieced star (a challenge to get the angles just right). Surrounded by Stars of Le Moyne and a rope-style border, the star is set on point, and corners filled with “clamshells” (my first attempt) to make a square. The quilt is finished with borders of Stars of Le Moyne and foundation-pieced slender diamonds.