Star Quilt (Lone Star Quilt, Star of Bethlehem)
Classification: Building Furnishings, Bedding, Quilt. Materials and Techniques: Pieced Cotton. Style/Period/Movement: Physical Description: This quilt is a Lone Star Quilt, which is also known by the names of Mathematical Star, Star of Bethlehem, Star of the East, and Morning Star. It is one of the oldest quilt patterns used in the United States and usually contains eight points, although they can also sometimes contain six points. The lone star was particularly popular in Pennsylvania, Baltimore-MD, Texas, and among Native American Quilters (Morning Star). This is a more difficult pattern to make and requires y-seams (KUmberly Wulfert, Ph.D., http://womenfolk.com/quilt_pattern_history/mornstar.htm). This quilt is made from yellow, blue, red and green fabrics. The quilting follows the shape of each diamond patch. The background fabric is a deep green with a medallion quilted in the corners and a half medallion in between each point of the star. The back fabric is loosely woven brown and black. The binding is also black. Exhibition History: Rothman Gallery, F&M College, PA, Spring 1995.Collection or Donor: From the Robert L. Schaeffer Jr. Collection donated to the college in 1987. It is said that Schaeffer (American 1918-2001), an avid collector of American folk art, often crossed paths with the Duponts. The collection largely represents a narrow geographic region consisting of Pennsylvania German objects and was accumulated over four decades. Robert L. Schaeffer, Jr. purchased quilt from Hatti Brunner (1890-1982), Antiques dealer from Reinholds, Pennsylvania in the 1960nulls.
88 x 88 inches
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