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Thread: Help! Just inherited 325 pieced units!

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    Junior Member rosemary128's Avatar
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    I was visiting family for my 30th birthday and my grandmother gave me these 325 units/stars that my great-great grandmother pieced in the 1950's. What a treasure! I need some help, though, before I can put them together into a quilt. Does anyone know:

    1) What period the fabrics date to? My grandmother thought perhaps the 30's/40's.

    2) What pattern she might have been striving for? I've included an example of how I think they might go together - will have to add diamonds in between. But what is the name of the pattern?

    3) What kind of fabric should I look for to complete the quilt top? Do I need to go vintage or would a new fabric in off-white work?

    Thanks in advance for your advice/thoughts!

    Treasure trove of pieced star units.
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    Possible pattern?
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    My first thought was muslin - or black - it would show off the prints.


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    Muslin would be in keeping with the time frame.
    It looks like the stars need to be on point.
    I think your inheritance is grand. How big are these stars from point to point?
    Isn't there a quilt site called "victorian ... something?"
    I will go looking to see what I can find.
    Kalaidescope ... we tend to think of that as a strip piece, but, I am sure it started out as a solid fabric/diamonds.

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    Not kalaidescope ... I'm going back in! Quilter's Cache

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    omak - The stars are roughly 6" point-to-point. The units fit into a 4.25" square. I do see the pattern a little better since you suggested putting them on point. Thanks! :)

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    I found this in EQ it was in the section called Priscilla blocks

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    Amma - thanks! That's a very close match. I'm thinking I'm going to have to inset all the diamonds by hand or practice my Y-seams on the machine. *faint*

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosemary128
    Amma - thanks! That's a very close match. I'm thinking I'm going to have to inset all the diamonds by hand or practice my Y-seams on the machine. *faint*


    The last block I sewed with Y seams I did all but the last 1/2 on each side by machine, then I sewed the middle by hand, it was that or sew the whole thing by hand. :shock: I can't wait to see your quilt!!!! :D :D :D


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    That is gonna make some quilt! How precious to have gotten those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosemary128
    Amma - thanks! That's a very close match. I'm thinking I'm going to have to inset all the diamonds by hand or practice my Y-seams on the machine. *faint*
    another option would be to pick out a few stitches, sew in the side pieces(the two toned blue ones) they could be the same color, and then sew them back up...does that make sense?

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