It was hard to pick a block or vintage quilt this project. I am inspired by every vintage quilt I see! I wonder what was happening in the quilt-maker's life at the time she made this quilt, what was happening in the world? If quilts could talk, think of the stories they could tell. The Variable Star block and the Schoolhouse block were the two blocks I decided to use in my quilt.
From an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Within These Walls.
Much like our Christmas Crafts Bazaars, Northern women who opposed slavery raised money for the cause through Anti-Slavery Fairs. This little cradle quilt, made of small Northern Stars is one of the items sold at such a fair. This simple star is one of the oldest patchwork patterns, and has been published by many names....Evening Star, Aunt Liza's Star, and Saw-tooth Star. This is one of my favorite blocks to make in any quilt.
This poem was hand inked in the center star of the quilt.