In November of 2002 while visiting my grandparents, my grandma, Ortha Broeker, and I looked through her fabric closet. She opened up a box and found a pile of pieced stars she had made many years before - maybe in the late 1960s or early 1970s. Grandma gave me the stars and told me to do whatever I wanted to with them.
I brought the stars home and set them in black fabric to show off all of the funky fabrics, in the stars. My mom recognizes some of the fabrics from her high school wardrobe and I am betting my aunt could probably recognize a few too!
(If you ever wondered why I like crazy fabrics together, this shows that there might be a genetic component to my taste.)
To make the quilt big enough for a bed, I added in sashing and small stars as posts. I used every reddish fabric that I owned at the time to make the small stars. Now I could make several whole quilts just using the reddish fabrics in my stash. I'm not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing.
I have used this quilt on my bed off and on for the last decade. Occasionally it traveled back to Nebraska and lived on my grandparents' bed for a while. It has been well-loved.
Imagine my surprise when I received a call from an editor at American Quilter's Society, who had seen the quilt on my website, saying that they would be interesting in publishing this quilt as a pattern. In fact when she said that "Grandma's Stars" was the pattern they were interested in, I could not for the life of me think what quilt she was talking about until I blurted out, "Oh, the quilt on my bed!".
So, I figured out how Grandma made those big stars and made many more of my own. Now, several months later, it is officially a pattern. And it can be purchased through AQS.
In my next post I'll show you my samples and testers and how different the design can look in other colorways!