This 'Broken Star' with 'Turkey Tracks' hand made 1920's quilt is a variation of the 'Lone Star' or earlier 'Star of Bethlehem' pattern which originated from the 8 - point 'LeMoyne Star'. It is a dramatic queen size quilt which has stood the test of time as quilters developed their own techniques and variations.
This quilt is an unusual find. Most large star patterns continue the angular 8 points with small cut pieces. This one smooths out the appearance of the outer points by using six rows of strip piecing, creating an aura effect. What begins as a pale yellow sunburst at the center fans out to an ethereal (Christ - like?) or red-blue (patriotic?) aura at the outer edges. Clever quilt work indeed.
The 'broken' part of the star - the white squares surrounding the inner star - have been quilted with the feathered heart. The heart / love theme is carried through to the generous drop outside the quilt frame at the edges of the bed. Especially impressive is that the 'broken' quilted squares blend into the background rather than sticking out like sore thumbs as in so many Broken Star attempts. This leaves the star and turkey tracks as the dominant graphics, as they should be.
A dramatic outer ring completes the 'broken star' by repeating the color theme of the inner light show, pushing the message(?) further out into the world via 'Turkey Tracks.'
The quilt has many value - added aspects: hand sewn and quilted, hand stitched frame, drop and border, generous size (98" x 105"), cotton batting held in place with extensive small stitch quilting, excellent piece match, excellent condition, little to no wear or damage, slight fading only, binding original and shows some wear but not damaged, no aging, background a natural muslin, backing a bleached muslin. Only one small strip separation noted; could be repaired or left as - is. From a north Iowa estate.
You will not find another 8 - point star quilt like this, and in this fine condition. It should be both collected and maintained for future generations.
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