We love regularity (some of us.)
But some of us love spontaneity.
A favorite find for me is a wacky star in a 19th-century quilt.
No templates involved here.
An eagle with a load of odd-shaped arrows and stars (late 19th c.?)
Reproduction eagle and star by me
These appliqued stars seem to be related to the dogtooth border technique where seamstresses slashed a strip and tucked under the points as they appliqued.
Appliqued dogtooth border
The stars were especially popular with eagles.
The stars could have 8 points, 6, 5 or 4.
Quilt dated 1898
In the next post in a few days I'll show you how they did these free-cut stars.
Below are the allover views of some of these quilts.
See more about the dogtooth border at this post
And more about the eagle design here last year.
Quilt dated 1848 with a scallop border and a many free-cut five-pointed stars.