Aug.9 Hand quilt along update

Stars are probably the most common motif used on quilts. Homesteaders traveling West used the stars for guidance; and they looked upon stars as religious symbols of their faith in God.

There are hundreds of star patterns. Some quilts have just one large radiating star, often called the Star of Bethlehem or Blazing Star, while in other quilts, dozens of smaller stars are used. The simplest and most popular star pattern is an eight-pointed star.

A star pattern is not an easy design to cut or sew. Precision is extremely important as any inaccuracy in cutting or piec-ing is multiplied as pieces are added. If poorly pieced, the quilt will not lie flat when finished. An intricate star pattern was one way for a woman to show her needlework skills. Taken from… National Park service.

I have lots of scraps left of vintage fabric that I want to use up. I came across a photo of this quilt. I really liked the scrappy stars ,but I didnโ€™t have enough plain vintage fabric .

I kept searching ,find this idea from Missouri star ,and fell in love with it.

I probably cheat and do it the easy way though. Like this…
Now to show you the little I quilted on this top..
Not much but more than I thought I was going to get done. Hoping to have more time now that l have helped LouAnn get things together for teaching another year in VA. It was fun though helping her and adding to her ideas.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, Margaret, Tracy, Susan, Nanette, Edith, Sharon, Karrin, Gretchen, Kathi, Daisy, Connie, Monica and Sherrie


Author: Deb

I'm a wife, Mom mom, and a quilter. I also enjoy nature , history and flowers.

21 thoughts on “Aug.9 Hand quilt along update”

  1. Why is the easy way cheating? If the end result is a good looking and serviceable quilt, with less aggravation, then I say it is the right thing to do! I can’t wait to see your star quilt’s progress.

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  2. I am not a non quilter (smile) and I love that you put in the background to patterns and some history. Always something to learn. The Eight Point Star Tutorial is brilliant for creating the star – I need this in my arsenal of do’s. Love the quilt your working on ~

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    1. Thank you! The old quilters may have quilted in simpler ways than day ,but I like that simple way of quilting…besides the old top would look out of place with a modern design.


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