Rolling Star

April, 2012

Rolling Star

Maker unknown
Rolling Star

Circa 1890-1910
Probably made in Holton, Kansas
Byron and Sara Rhodes Dillow Collection, 2008.040.0187

Stars are one of the most common design motifs found in traditional American quilts. Here the eight-pointed star pattern is enhanced by the addition of squares and additional diamonds to form the dynamic Rolling Star pattern. The pattern is complemented by eight-pointed stars of a smaller version placed at the intersections of the sashing between the blocks. The use of the bright green and yellow printed fabric in combination with double pinks, a light blue known as cadet blue, and subdued shirting fabrics help to identify the quilt as from the turn of the century.