VQA-16 Mini 8-Pointed Star

VQA-16  Mini 8-Pointed Star
60" x 43"
Maybe a first attempt (why THIS pattern?!), possibly a beginner without the benefit of a mentor, or perhaps her glasses broke. I don't know, but isn't that the draw of a vintage quilt, trying to imagine the person who made it?

In any case, there is a lot of thread showing. The quilting stitches are long with backstitches, tacks, and welts as the quilting lines almost merge with the seam lines. There are plenty of puckers, gathers, and pleats to go around, too. Overcast whip stitches are part of the piecing strategy. If nothing else this quilt is a testament to perseverance. This is one of those quilts that make your own skills with a needle and thread, no matter how newly acquired, appear masterful.

This quilt had meaning to someone, once. The binding appears to be a later addition, implying that someone kept it after it was completed. Judging from the odd way it was applied to the right side of the quilt (chopping off parts of blocks), the binder was as unskilled as the original quilter. You can feel the love. Best viewed from afar.

This quilt earned $40 for the AAQI.