About two years ago…maybe three…I bought an old quilt top at an antique store downtown. I didn’t buy it the first time I saw it. I looked at the tag, I looked at the quilt. And, I put it back on the shelf.
I could hear my dad saying to me, “Jo Ann, you need that like you need a hole in your head.”
Some of you who know me, also know how much I love old quilt tops. And, I really liked this one.
But, the money I had was earmarked for other things, so I just couldn’t buy it.
I kept thinking about it, and three weeks later I went back to see if it was still there. Of course, I told myself, “If that quilt top is still there, it’s meant for me to have it.” It’s amazing how we can justify a purchase.
It was still there.
I bought it.
And, I’m glad I did.
So, let me tell you about it.
The name of the quilt blocks are LeMoyne Stars. These stars are 8-pointed, on a 45° angle, and has a Y-seam. It was originally called Puritan Star. It’s considered a piecing pattern and just one of many star variations, like thier contemporaries Star of Bethlehem and Feathered Star. A preference for these pieced stars came about in the mid-19th century.
So why LeMoyne? Well, we don’t know. But, there were three LeMoyne brothers who sailed into Louisiana about 1700, that was then a French colony. Maybe, that had something to do with it.
Of course, I looked for the fabric of my quilt in my “Dating Fabrics” by Eileen Jahnke Trestain and American Quilter’s Society. And, I found it in the 1830-1860 chapter. My yellow is called a butterscotch yellow.
Also, about this time, quilt blocks were beginning to appear side by side, instead of the earlier look with a medallion center in the quilt. I guess there was a quilt movement going on…somethings never change. So, I can date my quilt top somewhere between 1830 and 1880. How exciting is that?
I hope to finish it someday…now maybe sooner than later, especially since I’ve pulled it out to look at again!
Until next time…enjoy your day…ttyl!