March 30, 2020

Texas Star with a Surprise

In some ways, this cheery quilt is a typical 1930s-40s quilt.  But not all ways.  Read on....

The quilt has a favorite look of this era, a huge collection of multi-colored print scraps on a white ground.

It's a bit different in that it's not one of what I see as the top 3 scrap quilt patterns from this era - Grandmother's Flower Garden, Double Wedding Ring, or Dresden Plate.  Texas Star is not rare, but still not one of the top three.

What really makes it a one-of-a-kind, at least in my experience, is the quilting.

What's so special about a diagonal grid, you may ask.'s machine zig-zag stitched!  And the binding is attached with zig-zag, too.

And I really like the effect.  I'm thinking that the next time I have a baby quilt to make, I may machine zig-zag quilt it.  It just gives the whole thing a little extra pizzazz.

Here are a couple of examples of the patching I did.   The first is a vintage print used on all six points of the star on the right.  The second is the center blue hexagon.

And, as always, I've got closeups for your vintage fabric pleasure!  This is such a lovely collection of 1930s-40s prints.  (Click photos to enlarge.)

It was fun to work on this one, and certainly inspiring!  Have any of you out there done zig-zag quilting?


  1. Mary Says Sew!March 31, 2020

    I have not done long lines of zig-zag quilting, but I have put bar tacks on quilts I've made from jeans.

    I have a 1920s quilt of solid lavender LeMoyne stars satin stitched to its muslin ground. A $5 thrift store find!

    1. A good idea to echo jeans construction with the bar tacks! And congrats on the $5 quilt.