The Strippy Star antique scrap quilt was made in Virginia in the early 1800s and measures 92″ x 108″. The quilt has 32 patchwork star blocks measuring 9″ square. The patchwork stars were set on-point with large ‘filler’ triangles to create patchwork star strips.
The quilt was hand pieced and hand quilted. The body of this quilt is made with 5 whole-fabric strips that measure 8″ finished. There are also 4 strips of patchwork star blocks. Each star block measures 9″ square with a diagonal setting that measures 12 3/4″ finished.
The large size and style of the Strippy Star quilt is typical of quilts that were made before 1830. Many of the fabrics in this large quilt can be dated to this pre-1830 era. A number of the fabrics are glazed cotton prints. Some fabrics are multicolored prints on light grounds while other fabrics show brown ground with the bright floral prints.
This quilt contains thin cotton batting and it was quilted with straight lines to create the quilting designs. The straight-line quilting patterns forumed the geometric design elements (squares and triangles). This style of quilting was typical of pre-1830 quilts.
As seen in the above photograph, the quilted lines are all single lines, spaced 1/2″ apart. The solid-fabric strippy sections were quilted with triangular designs in flip-flop, or zigzag, fashion.
The patchwork stars were quilted in concentric squares. The outermost quilted line began in the center of each patchwork square. This outermost quilting line ended at the edge of the block when set on the diagonal. Using this symmetrical design, there were 4 concentric squares quilted for each patchwork star. The only gridded quilting in this entire quilt is at the center portion of each patchwork star, where the 4 concentric squares that were quilted all converged.
The backing of the quilt is a homespun-type cotton. The backing was pieced in 3 sections using fabric widths measuring 35″, 35″, and 21″.
The binding for this quilt was made by bringing a very small strip of the backing to the front.
Quilting is very uniform at 12 stitches per inch.