|Tumbling Star Quilt, c. 1890|
Found in Lancaster County, PA
I have a few antique quilts that currently reside with me, some that are the topic of study for various reasons. Among them are quilts I refer to as 'Tumbling Stars'. The quilts are made up of the same diamonds found in Tumbling Block quilts, however, the dark, medium and light fabrics are set in such a way that stars pop off the quilt when viewed from a distance.
While studying my quilt more closely I realized it had an unusual feature. Most of the quilt is made of a huge variety of late 19th century printed fabrics, however, the center star and its surrounding diamonds consist of only solid colors. Why? I don't know. Do you?
|This fabric is on the back of the quilt.|
It is wrapped back to front for binding.
When I returned home I scoured my quilt history books for more examples. Clearly my quilt was not the anomaly I originally thought it was. In addition to the NEQM quilt, I found one in Plain and Fancy; Country Quilts of the Pennsylvania Germans, by Anita Schorsch, published in 1992. The caption indicates that quilt is Moravian. This is a lead that needs to be followed!