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A Star Among Stars

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

A Star Among Stars, 78x89 inch hand pieced red and white quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2020. Pattern by Willyne Hammerstein. Quilted by Maxine Moore. Photo by Ron Witherspoon.

Today is my daughter India’s formal wedding day! (We had a small intimate wedding last year during Covid, but today is the big celebration with family and friends). I have been sharing a red and white quilt all week, and of course, I saved the best for last.

Today’s red and white quilt is A Star Among Stars. On her special day, India will be a beautiful princess with all her heavenly angels joining the celebration. I look forward to sharing some wedding pictures with you, but for now here’s a word about A Star Among Stars.

Pentagons ready to be sewn into a rosette

Of all the over 300 quilts I have made, A Star Among Stars tested my discipline and perseverance the most. It is my interpretation of Willyne Hammerstein’s LaPassacaglia quilt pattern. I am sure it has over 1000 pieces and it is entirely pieced by hand using English paper piecing. This is my first and maybe my last English paper pieced quilt!

While I did not enjoy piecing this quilt, I do love the way it turned out. It will definitely be a star in my collection of red and white quilts. I am slowly working toward publishing a book of red and white quilts.

Tools needed to hand piece this quilt — especially my angel thimble.

If you are familiar with this pattern, you may know that once all the pieces are joined, the pattern calls for squaring up the quilt by cutting off some of the paper pieced rosettes. I could not bear to do that after putting in all that work, so I opted to appliqué the rosettes to a white, starry, metallic background.

Angel detail of A Star Among Stars

I appliquéd angels and stars to the background to fill up the white space. I also added red star buttons for dimension and interest. I think the angels make the quilt.

My friend Maxine Moore quilted A Star Among Stars on her long arm using a swirly star pattern. She managed not to stitch on the angels so it allows them to stand out a bit. As you can see, stars are everywhere in this quilt.

Back of A Star Among Stars

The back of the quilt is a traditional red and white print. There is a hanging sleeve on the back for easy display and a label that documents the quilt.

Why would I torture myself to make this quilt, you wonder? Because my monthly quilting group chose this pattern as our annual project, and I did not want to flunk out of quilt school.

ME! Working hard on A Star Among Stars

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