Thursday, February 26, 2009

Vintage Thursday Thingie: Antique Lone Star Quilt Top

This last quarter of the 19th century Lone Star quilt top is both the oldest in my collection and the first that I ever purchased. I love its wacky color sense.



When you look at it a second time, you realize that within each star "wedge", the color combinations are not unusual at all: red and green (that all time favorite), blue and pink, red and pink, yellow and red, blue and tan or beige. Its that each wedge is colored differently from the next that gives this quilt its wonderful uniqueness.



Most Lone Star quilts have the colors changing in a sort of circular motion. Not here!



The beautiful setting fabric and bright red and yellow sawtooth border perfectly complete this top.


Here are some close-ups of the wonderful fabrics used in this quilt top. Two different greens and the yellow in the star and the sawtooth are not the same .





This is the other side of the quilt top, its the only star diamond that I found pieced! Look at her tiny stitches and how she tore the setting square fabric on that side.




BTW, the border fabric looks new and unwashed and again being frugal, she left the selvage on one side to make up the width needed. I wonder why she never quilted it...


Hope you enjoyed seeing my oldest quilt top. For more VTT treasures and to join in the fun, click on the button.








14 comments:

Rosie said...

Your Work is beautiful! Have you read Jennifer Chavarinni's quilt books or The Emilie Richards quilt novels. All are very good and if you love quilts, you'll love the stores. Pride & Prejudice is one of my all time favs. Blessings.

CC said...

The work on this quilt top is amazing. I've attempted piecing some quilt tops and it isn't easy..love those tiny stitches. How lucky you are to have it. Happy VTT and have a wonderful week.

Susan said...

Very colorful--makes me wonder did she plan it out or use fabrics as they became available. It is beautifully stitched. Nice to have an antique quilt.

ClassyChassy said...

I've always admired people who quilt - and the older quilts created before machines made it so easy, well, those are the best! Thanks for sharing this wonderful item with us!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

It's beautiful!

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

i love vintage quilts and your lone star quilt top is gorgeous..if only it could talk :)

Coloradolady said...

Beautiful craftsmanship on that quilt top. Lovely and I really like the vibrant colors.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

LOve, love, love it, so pretty. I have a beautiful Lone Star Quilt but I'm afraid it isn't an antique. I bought it 9 yrs ago in Bird-In-Hand, PA.

farmlady said...

I don't quilt but I'm always in awe of people who do. This looks amazingly difficult. It must be such an accomplishment to finish one.
It's beautiful.

Elizabeth said...

I love the traditional combos all put together. My favorite fabric is the golden with the swirls.
When you stop by my VTT, check out my Wed post. I have 5 potential giveaways. Ends Fri midnight.

Bea said...

Miri, what a treasure. I always wonder what significance each piece of fabric had in the quilters life. Thank you for sharing this.

Micki said...

That quilt is wonderful! Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed really looking at all of the intricacies of the pattern. It is great!
Micki

Roslyn Atwood said...

I am just now beginning to love antique & vintage quilts-I just quilted a vintage Missouri Daisy for a client & now I want one of my own!
You are blessed to have this Lone Star.
Roslyn

Eileen said...

Miri. I am picking my jaw up off the floor. This top is stunning and MINT. I keep looking at the pictures.. these fabrics just look like they came off the bolt.. wow!! You were very smart to add this to your collection.. what a treasure! I love everything about it too.