Back in 2011, I visited Marit and her mother in law, Linda Dodd.
Linda has a rich quilt-making heritage. She kindly showed us some of the family quilts.
This one really caught my eye. I took several photos and vowed to make one like it.
You can read the quilt's story at the bottom of the post.
After studying the quilt closely, I realized it was pieced by hand.
I tried, but couldn't find an easy way to piece it by machine and keep the integrity of the original.
Besides, I needed a travel project.
So I bought Jessica's great book and learned how to do English paper piecing.
Her instructions are very clear and easy to understand.
Plus, she shows you how to make the perfect little travel sewing kit.
Forty-nine stars--mostly made on trips--and over a year later,
I decided it's time to start connecting them.
My plan is to make 100 stars.
I found the red I wanted, and began cutting squares.
This weekend I began connecting stars and squares. Very exciting!
I can't believe I've taken on such a labor intensive, long term project.
But something about this quilt kept talking to me.
Recently I remembered this block is called LeMoyne Star.
My mother's name was LaMoyne--a different spelling, but still--
and her favorite color was red.
Here's the story of the quilt.
Linda's grandmother, Dora Stevens, made the quilt from 1940's feed sack remnants.
The remnants came from dresses that Linda's mother, Elsie Mae Peterson,
had sewn for two of her daughters, Ester and Carol--Linda's older sisters.
It was war time, and Elsie took great care to find matching feed sacks
so the girls could dress alike.
The quilt is tied with red embroidery floss.
It has a pieced back.