I'm skipping Vintage Thursday thingies this week but to see lots of vintage goodies, click on the button .
I haven't really written about the quilts shown in the banner above and I thought I'd start to do that today. The pink star quilt "Dancing Stars" is my reproduction of a vintage quilt pictured in Ruth Finley's book "Old Patchwork Quilts", the second book ever devoted to quilts and originally published in 1929. Its a wonderul book and she writes so well that you feel like you are having a conversaiton with her-a conversation spanning decades.
The original quilt is featured in a black and white photo in Plate 22. The caption reads "Evening Star A combination of piecing and applique. Colors brick-pink and liberty blue".
I made a few changes in my reproduction/interpretation: I chose to use two different pink fabrics and I changed the sashing using a striped fabric rather the pieced on-point squares of the original. There were little applique diamonds surrounding the stars which I eliminated and instead used small triangles in the corners of each block.
I hand quilted this quilt very simply-multiple echo quilting around the stars, outline quilting the sashing and dog tooth border and quilting a narrow cable in the white border.