I bought this quilt from one of those pickers. The back fabric is in rough condition and there are some tears in the borders through all the layers. (The faded-looking upper left corner is due to the light coming in my window, though). Here's why I fell in love with this quilt:
1. I love the color combination. I love how the stars really twinkle in the night sky.
2. I have not yet seen this exact pattern anywhere else. I have dubbed it Starry Night. These are 9-patch blocks with a star in each corner, set on point with alternate setting blocks. Does anyone out there know a name for this block? There's a similar block called Star in a Nine Patch (Brackman #1711) which has five stars in the block, one in the center position also.
3. The indigo background is a print with tiny white stars, thematic in other words.
4. The stitching is very well done.
Here's the delicate design of the back print, and some of the damage along the border.
I decided to reproduce the quilt and bought the fabrics way back in the 1980s. I finally started to work on it a little over 2 years ago as my carry-along project. Up until then, something about having kids kind of slowed me down, and then writing a book.... I'm really glad I bought the fabrics when I did though, because I don't know if I'd have as much luck finding them now.
So far, I have made 7 blocks. This is now my carry-along handwork project of choice. It has been to Philly, Seattle, Paducah, Kalona IA, Sugar Hill NH, and Cleveland. I also work on it around home now and then when I am somewhere that entails a lot of sitting time.
I am using two different double pink prints, because I have them and couldn't decide which I liked better. This is my own addition to the design. The four stars in each block have one using each of the pinks and two alternating the pinks.