In my first trip to an American Quilt Study Group Seminar was in 2005 in Colorado. What an unreal experience – met so many people and learned so much from the study centers and tours that I took. One of the events during the seminars is the ability to shop at the Vendors. What a shock to see such wonderful textiles! I purchased the quilt that I have used as my inspiration for this seminar study. The unusual star and the detailed quilting drew my attention immediately.
The quilt is an unusual star block that I have not been able to find a name for in any of my research of quilt blocks. One corner on the back of the original quilt has a signature but the entire name is not clear. It reads as “Je..me..a Ault”. I was told that the quilt came from Ohio when I made the purchase. Upon returning home, I did further research on Ancestry.com and found out that in the late 1890’s, 90% of all people living in the USA with the last name of Ault lived in Ohio. The quilt has several characteristics of an Ohio quilt.
I named this block – The Ault Star – due to the signature and no other information.
I have used the original quilt to inspire this small wall hanging.