Sunday, February 12, 2012

Grandma Miller's Flour sack quilt

These are pictures of the quilt my step-grandmother made that I now have. I love this quilt. It has a couple of holes in it that I need to repair. They are very small holes. She hand stitched and hand quilted this quilt that is made from flour, sugar, and feed sacks. She even used them for the backing. She handquilted the Baptist Fan pattern all over the quilt.


  1. Wow! Your blog is FULL of amazing quilts! Great job!

  2. I think that the person on stashbuster who said that these were flowers not stars may be partially right----I could see someone thinking they looked like flowers or even star flowers.

    I looked in BlockBase and to me, what it most resembles is block #3701 only she put a hexagon over the point where the diamond shapes would meet. Was that a design decision or like me, to hide the centers where they might bulge up?? I think it is that hexagon at center that makes it a flower but is it pieced in or appliqued on later? You might be able to tell more since you have the quilt.

    It could also be pieced kites attached to the hexagon at center for all I know, LOL. I do love a good mystery!

    Barbara Brackman attributes to the following names: Block Star (Grandma Dexter), A Little Girl's Star (KC Star 8-15-50), both Hexagonal Star and Rising Star from Kretzinger and Hall's book Romance of Quilting and lastly, Hexagonal (Ladies Art Circle #47)

    Lovely quilts on the blog here!

  3. OR I think I just found the one that is pieced with kite shapes and the hexie at center too---actually it was one that I had picked out for the Farmer's Wife Inspired Sampler that I am starting to cut out.

    #251a and still called Hexagonal Star and attributed to Hearth and Home. If you would like me send you some screen shots of both blocks I would be happy to do so. That was one that I think I helped a gal draw up from a hexagon actually---she might have called it Texas Star at that time. BUT an alternate name is Garden of Flowers attributed to KC Star in 1955 and Boutonneire by the same publication in 1931.