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Star of Bethlehem reproduction
Beth Donaldson, top's maker and Kari Ruedisale, quilter
Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan
2001
Cotton with cotton/polyester filling
78” x 94”
MSUM TC2001.1
Photo by Mary Whalen, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

This quilt was inspired by another Lone Star quilt in the collection of the Michigan State University Museum.

The reproduction of this traditional Lone Star is made easier by using rotary cutting and strip piecing techniques as well as machine piecing, appliquéing, and quilting. The fabrics of the original were calicos typical of the era and it is easy today to find similar reproductions. The appliqué shapes are all slightly different in the original. Irregularity in the shapes and placements of the Woodland flowers are part of this quilt's original appeal and it is best not to be too exact when cutting, laying out, and sewing them in the reproduction.

The pattern for this reproduction can be found in Great Lakes, Great Quilts.



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