The design for this quilt began with "CHICAGO STAR", a traditional quilt block, found in Jinny Beyer's QUILTERS ALBUM OF BLOCKS AND BORDERS. This block was enlarged to 36" across, and then lines were added to break up some of the empty squares and triangles created by the enlargement.
The large paper pattern was cut up, and the individual sections were string pieced, using primarily left over scraps of hand dyed fabric from other quilt projects. A few print fabrics were mixed in. The "mask" fabric was purchased on a 1989 trip to Australia.
A 5 1/2", radiating, string pieced border surrounds the center star. It is composed of strips of fabric in the same color gradations used in the center of the star, alternating with very narrow strips of black fabric. All of the colors fade to black at the outer corners. The angling of the strips and the use of color and value gradations give the illusion of depth and movement within the geometric shapes.
Straight machine quilting lines accentuate the gray, center star and the remainder of the surface was free motion quilted with black thread in random waving patterns, which contrast with the geometric surface design of the top.
- GLASS GROWERS GALLERY, 6TH Annual Invitational Quilt Exhibit, 1992 Erie, PA
- FOR THE LOVE OF QUILTS, 1992 Arkansas Quilters Guild Show, Little Rock, AR (invitational)
- AMERICAN QUILTERS SOCIETY SHOW, 1992, Paducah, KY