I actually thought I'd written about my love affair with string stars but I haven't ...weird...maybe I dreamt that I had. No matter. After reading Tim's post about the vintage stars he recently purchased, I was encouraged to drag out my collection of quilts, quilt tops and random blocks and maul them for a while, taking the opportunity to photograph them anew.
Last year I had the distinct pleasure to correspond for a bit with Nancy Ray a devoted collector of all quilts stringy. A small part of Nancy's extensive collection is featured in Gwen Marston's Liberated String Quilts if you love string quilts this book is a must have. But I digress...
This little quilt was a gift from a quilting friend...a single block left over from a top she pieced from vintage blocks, it is the only 6 point string star I own...all others are of the 8 pointed persuasion....gee I've had it for so long I really need to get it bound.
Basted and ready to quilt this quilt top was finished around 2002-ish.
A few star tips needed repairing ...done with repros before I had any real antique fabric to use.
Set with reproduction shirtings and conversationals for fun, a reproduction mid blue was used for the sashing strips. The little sashing stars were pieced from an antique red fabric rescued from an old quilt backing....it ran so much when washed I thought I would never be able to use it!!
I had this machine basted, but plan to take it undone and change the batting...it is the same cotton batt as the 1910 quilt above and although I like the flat result, the quilting experience wasn't nice. I did whinge. A lot.
These guys were also an eBay find.
Hope you enjoyed this revelation of my stringy obsession. There's more...a vintage '30's string star top with Chinese coins/String border and more old blocks...