Quilt of the Month


November 2004

November 2004

Star of Bethlehem
Made by Christine Heide Sorensen
Made in Rockville, Nebraska
c. 1928-1930
83" x 84"
IQSC 1998.005.0001
Gift of Gladys Sorensen and family
Perfecting the Past: Colonial Revival Quilts Exhibition

Christine Sorensen, the maker of this vibrant Star of Bethlehem quilt, sewed clothing for her entire family on a White treadle sewing machine. The printed fabric used in the quilt was originally purchased from the J. C. Penney store in Grand Island, Nebraska, for dresses. In fact, Christine, two of her daughters, and a niece all wore dresses composed of the floral print featured in this quilt. Each dress was distinguished from the others by trims of different colored bias tape.

Gladys Sorensen, the quiltmaker's daughter, remembers quilting parties with women gathered around the frame in the front room of her home: "Lots of talking and visiting went on while the quilting was being done." Many of those attending were members of the Ladies Aide of the Community Church in Rockville, NE. Christine did not continue quilting after she made this Star of Bethlehem -- she instead turned to crocheting, knitting, embroidery and gardening. She died in 1997 at the age of 107.