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 Six-point stars


This section is for six-pointed stars within square blocks. For stars within hexagonal blocks, click here:

Star of Bethlehem

Novel Star
Savannah Beautiful Star (LAC)
Sylvia's Choice
(Stone)
Savannah Beautiful Star

 


Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

The Star of Bethlehem block, which was #3 in the Ladies Art Company's 1897 catalog, shares an oddity with hexagonal blocks; the design doesn't quite fill a square. This block is narrower than it is tall. The LAC's block was 12 by 10 inches.

The block isn't hard to draft. If you draw a hexagon — placing six equal-length lines end to end — you would add the points by simply extending those lines until they cross.




Star of Bethlehem


Novel Star

Novel Star
Novel Star, like Star of Bethlehem, is based on a center hexagon — you just can't see it in the finished block.

The LAC's #366, Novel Star (1897) was designed to be 9 by 7 inches.


Novel Star

Savannah Beautiful Star

Savannah Beautiful Star (LAC)
Southern Plantation

This block was published in the LAC's catalog in 1922 as #485. In Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, Barbara Brackman tells us that it has been attributed to Nancy Cabot as Southern Plantation. 

In 1935, Cabot also created a simpler variation of the block with the same name as the LAC's (see below).

Unlike Star of Bethlehem and Novel Star, Savannah Beautiful Star is drawn on a polar grid, which is to say, a grid that looks like a wheel with spokes (think of a bicycle wheel).

Savannah Beautiful Star (LAC)


Sylvia's Choice

Sylvia's Choice
(Stone)
Clara Stone, in her 1906 booklet Practical Needlework,published a block identical in structure to the LAC's Savannah Beautiful Star, but it had three colors and a wildly different color placement. There is nothing quite like it in any similar block. In our view, that earns it a listing of its own.

Sylvia's Choice

Savannah Beautiful Star

Savannah Beautiful Star (Cabot)

In 1935, Nancy Cabot included Savannah Beautiful Star in her Chicago Tribune column, but she drew up a much simpler block that makes the hexagon and triangles all single pieces. 

The simplification may not have been for lazy quilters (an oxymoron if ever there was one). Cabot's design is much better for a smaller block with each piece made of a single fabric. However, we don't know how big Cabot's block was supposed to be.

The two colors in the LAC's diagram stood in for light and dark fabrics; a single quilt block might have a different fabric for each piece. The LAC's pattern was 12 inches square.

Savannah Beautiful Star (Cabot)