Saturday, August 23, 2014

Nameless Star Variations

From an online auction, mid 19th-century
I did a post a few weeks ago on this old pattern without a name---
a star with satellites. 

An example from Olde Hope Antiques

Embroidered on the reverse of this one:  "Noctem quitam, et finem perfectum concedat nobis Dominus ominpotens. R. Amen," Latin for "May the almighty Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen" 

While looking at examples I found lots of variations.

From Berks County, Pennsylvania

In some the satellites were less complex.

Here's one dated 1929

In some you get the feeling she threw in whatever was
hanging around from the last project...

This was on the cover of Quilters' Newsletter years ago.

By Mrs. Elijah Edwards, Wayne County, North Carolina
from the North Carolina project and the Quilt Index

In a few the satellite stars are more complex.

Laurie Simpson of Minnick & Simpson was inspired by an antique quilt
to do her Lone Star reproduction pattern, which is similar
to Mrs. Edwards's quilt above.

From an exhibit at Quilt Market

From the Thomas K Woodard collection in an old
Quilt Engagement Calendar.

From the Shelburne Museum Collection


  1. I really love the last quilt, has a nice look and layout, as well as the fabric choices.


  2. Wow you have to love them. So much work would of gone into them. When I made mine I left the spaces plain as I thought it would be too much but did a saw tooth border around it instead. I love see all the different versions of a pattern, we all can have the same pattern but see it differently. Insteresting stuff.

  3. Such labors of love, every one of them!

  4. Amazing, no rotary cutters, mats etc --- and these are wonderful quilts!

    Smiles, JulieinTN

  5. WOW! It's hard to imagine any of us doing this much work on one quilt these days. Good motivation to think about spending more time with one quilt.