August 8, 2016

Chart 63: Starlight, Block #93 in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along

Within a few days of making the Starlight block, I was selecting several of our antique and/or vintage quilts to share at a regional American Quilt Study Group meeting. Crib quilts are more difficult to acquire, but much easier to pack and display so I was taking all that we own.

It is always fun to show this 1930s crib quilt. Normally the size of the blocks in a crib quilt are reduced to be more appropriate to the scale of the quilt, so it is very unusual for a crib quilt to feature 12-inch blocks like these.

I can’t help but wonder why? Were these blocks intended for a full-size bed sampler and the maker got tired of making sampler blocks? Or were the blocks inherited and the new owner felt obligated to finish something? Or did the maker need a baby-gift in a hurry and just used some big blocks she had?

While I clearly remember the crib quilt and the 12-inch blocks, I have to admit that from memory I could not have named one of the block designs. However, as soon as I opened the quilt I spotted the Starlight block. There are four pale green squares that are so badly faded out it is easy to miss the design, so here is a close-up.

Now, here is my 6-inch block for the 1930’s Farmer’s Wife Sampler.

My Starlight Block

Click on the image for a larger view. Click the link below to download the Chart for cutting and making Starlight:
Visit these other Farmer's Wife Sew Along blogs, too, for sewing tutorials and other info about the Starlight block:

The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them by Laurie Aaron Hird for Fons & Porter/F+W.


  1. Love your post on the vintage crib quilt and your exquisite version of the Starlight block.
    Thank you!

  2. Very interesting post about this block. For the most part, the blocks in this quilt-a-long are not any I have seen before. It's neat that you have a quilt with one in it. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. Do you think the block was developed in the 1930's?