"Blazing Star" (quiltmaker's name) with "Pinwheel" corner blocks

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
Polyester, double knit, nylon knit
72 x 68 inches
Collection of
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Museum purchase and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

"Star" quilts were never for every quiltmaker in Gee's Bend. The "Star" may enjoy the widest popularity of any quilt pattern in America, but the interconnected diamonds of the star motif make the quilt vulnerable to puckering and pulling, unless pieced by a good seamstress. "Stars" also require lots of thread and good scissors, both of which were luxuries during earlier periods of hardship in the Bend. Quiltmakers who did make "Stars" made many. Once the techniques had been mastered, the choices became almost infinite. In her "Blazing Star,” Lucy uses a recycled grab bag of fabrics inside the star itself, but confidently surrounds it with a purple-and-green color combination and thrusting "Pinwheel" corners.