Every time I describe the colors of this quilt, people make faces. Of course, when they see it, they change their minds. I bought the quilt in Santa Margarita, CA; the antique dealers had bought it in Ohio, but thought it had come from western Pennsylvania. I bought it because of the bold colors, but especially for the magnificent purple fabric. My experience with early aniline purple is that it fades if you look cross-eyed at it, so the homage quilt is a way to enjoy it without fear.
My version is scrappier than the original, but I also thought the lighter purple center squares reflected the one faded square in the original. All the LeMoyne stars and partial stars are hand-pieced, and I gained a new appreciation for the original quilter after setting in all those squares and triangles. I plan to avoid set in corners for awhile. This is my first quilt made with Civil War-era reproduction fabric, but it won’t be my last.