Quilt of the Month


October 2006

October 2006

LeMoyne Star
Maker, location unknown
Circa 1830-1860
24" x 18.5"
IQSC 2008.034.0183
The Mary Campbell Ghormley Collection of Doll Quilts
Childhood Treasures Exhibition

Doll quilts are perhaps the most charming of all quilts because they evoke our earliest memories of childhood play. Generations of little girls have lovingly cared for their dolls by providing for their plaything's imaginary needs, including the comfort of sleeping under a diminutive quilt. In the 1800s some mothers made small quilts for their daughter's playtime, but frequently very young girls practiced their own sewing skills by patiently piecing a four- or nine-patch block. These early accomplishments could easily be combined into a treasured doll quilt.

We don't know who made this Le Moyne Star doll quilt, but they took the time to piece it by hand and carefully quilt it by machine. The seven stars, in small pink and brown cotton prints, alternate with blocks of tiny stripes in pink and white. Bordering the quilt is a teal-green paisley print, which has been pieced to showcase the fabric's design. The edges are bound with green bias tape. On the back a small pink and green sprig fabric is bordered with the same teal-green paisley as the front, making the quilt reversible.