Arts Everyday Living: Folk Art Expressionis, American Quilts, Part II—A Supernova Quilt

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Unknown artist, Star of Bethlehem Quilt, c. 1875, pieced and quilted cotton, Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin

 

 

The “Star of Bethlehem” was one of the most intricate designs of American quilting tradition, popular among women quilters in towns and farms, villages and cities as the country expanded during the 1800s and 1900s. In the example above, created around 1875, this incredible textile constellation is perhaps too breathtaking to be laid across an ordinary bed. In the center, like a supernova, an eight point star radiates outward in multiple colored patches, circled by its smaller counterparts.

 

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