Judi's Star Quilt Collection

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1. Sawtooth Star On Point - 1870-1890 - 76" x 86"

The 8 Pointed Star blocks, made by Lydia Rosalind Miner of Cortland, Ohio, are set on point with alternating off white blocks. This is a thin, summer weight quilt with extensive hand quilting at 10 spi. The 8 inch border fabric is part of the colorful yellow, orange and black back and has been brought from the back to the front in a half inch binding. Great fabrics in madders, double pinks, browns, greys and a black print with tiny green leaves and yellow flowers. It has never been used nor washed and in excellent condition. 

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2. Feathered Star Quilt - 1900 - 76” x 78”

Outstanding feathered pointed star quilt with appliqued vine border in red and cheddar with a hand appliqued trailing vine border. The fabrics used are all 100 % cotton.  The batting is light weight and evenly distributed throughout the quilt and the backing is constructed of a white cotton muslin.  It is hand pieced and densely hand quilted with a floral bouquet pattern in the ground patches, a diagonal diamond pattern over the stars and a quadruple rope pattern in the border.  Stitch count measures a tiny 9-10 counting top stitches per inch. The 1/4" inch full binding is brought forward from the top to the back and entirely hand done.

3. 19th c. Prairie Star 1 - 1880 - 64" x 84"

This quilt is truly outstanding and entirely hand pieced and quilted. There are 3 light age spots on the reverse. The quilting is immaculately fine at 11-12 spi.  A 1/2-inch grid is around all the Feather Wreaths which have star centers. The outer frame has three-line diagonals, a space and 3 more diagonal lines. Thin 1/4" separate binding blind-stitched. Thin cotton batting with slight cotton seed residue evident.  

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4. Touching Stars -1870 - 78" x 82"

The gorgeous intricate quilting and excellent condition with  spectacular quilting is all over this Touching Stars Quilt.  It is entirely hand-pieced and quilted with green, double pink, light pumpkin on off-white percale. Excellent used sturdy condition with no repairs or damage. The dense quilting is everywhere - prince's feather wreaths large and small are around each diamond piece with 1/2-inch lattice and wandering feathers around the border on all four sides. Nice thin cotton batting, separate hand stitched border.  The quilting is so close & plentiful that it gives a little puffiness similar to trapuntoed quilts. There are light water marks & a few light age marks that have to be sought out to be seen.    

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5. Antique Touching Stars-Orange -1870 - 70” sq

This quilt is heavily quilted at 12 stitches per inch in the touching star pattern with 16 star blocks. There are 2 shades of orange – pale and dark and a tiny delicate lavender print of flowers and leaves. It is obvious that the maker ran out of the lighter orange color and had to make due with darker orange in order to complete the quilt. It is very light weight with a thin batting and very good condition. The quilting lines around the blocks are 1/16" apart. Incredible.

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6. Feathered Star Quilt - 1930 - 67" x 96"

This lovely quilt has 12 feathered stars composed of triangles made from "bubble gum" pink and "Nile" green of 1930s fabrics.  The quilt is in immaculate condition and heavily quilted at 3/8" apart in the tiny blocks and decorative patterns completely out to the edge and including the 3 borders. The quilt was made by Emma Ice Norris (Mrs Urbin E. Norris) of Kansas City, Kansas.  She was born & raised in Kansas, one of 10 children. All four girls in the family quilted and did other types of handwork. Emma exclusively quilted on a frame by herself, as she lived a distance from her other sisters, who quilted together. Emma's parents moved from Virginia to Stull, KS and became farmers. Emma had no children, so her quilts were passed on to the youngest sister, Rena Ice Stockwell, in Lawrence, KS, who eventually passed them on to her youngest daughter, Doris Stockwell Magruder of Fredericksburg, TX. Doris is currently 97 years old. She remembers Emma as the "beauty of the family," with "lots of style."        

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7. 2 Stumpwork Pillow Cases - 1930-40s
     16" Square

These exceptional pair of Pennsylvania pillow cases have backgrounds of maroon and navy velvet to show off the stumpwork of stars in  yellow, green, white and red. Stumpwork is always done as a star and occasionally as a clover. The stars are made of wool and are embroidered over metal templates. After the star is completed, the wool is clipped and brushed, thus creating a raised, rather fuzzy motif.          

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8. Lone Star with Satellites Quilt - 1910 - 78"Sq

This magnificent lone star quilt is influenced or even made by the German Pennsylvania Dutch in bright late 19th or early 20th century fabrics of calicos in red, yellow and double pinks.  Only the blue is a solid cadet blue color.  All colors are almost electric and so vibrant. There are four corner stars and four half stars on each edge with two surrounding borders of yellow and double pink and quilted at 12 sti showing on the front  with quilting lines 1/4 to 1/2" apart.  This is a stunner and in excellent condition.            

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9. Modified Ohio Star Quilt with Embroidery - 1930
      70"x 82"

This modified Ohio star quilt pattern has floral appliques and embroidery with 1930s green and white fabrics on the top while the back is a solid green with one corner being a darker green fabric of the 1930s.  It is hand quilted at approximately 8 stitches per inch.  The appliques are deep lavender pansies, yellow daffodils, pink bleeding hearts, blue morning glories and yellow tulips with many embroidered flowers and butterflies. It is in excellent condition with no damage nor stains.            

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