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Tutorial: Not Alone Star quilted placemats

Tutorial: Not Alone Star quilted placemats

I am slowly but surely filling up our house with quilts. But since our couch is getting quite full, I've recently started thinking about other ways to incorporate quilts into our house. I love the useful nature of quilts as well as the visual appeal so I decided to make a set of quilted placemats using my Not Alone Star quilt pattern. It was also a good project to practice my hand-quilting. I hand-quilted all of these placemats in the evenings over a few days - the perfect relaxing couch evening activity. This would also be the perfect project to...

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Patchwork Lone Star Quilt - About the Design

A Little Background... In the 1800s, Presbyterian missionaries introduced the art of quilt-making to the tribes on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation which is located on the Northern Plains of Montana. According to tribal historians, star quilts were used as a symbolic replacement of the buffalo robes which were quickly disappearing due to over-hunting. Native American women made the craft of quilt making their own by using colors and designs that were traditional to them. Read more about that history here. I grew up on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation where I would see beautiful, hand-stitched and hand-quilted Star quilts being...

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Star Quilts on the Northern Plains of Montana: Part 2 - Star Quilters

Quilt History

Now that you know a brief history of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and the origin of Star quilts within the Indian culture (read about that here), I want to introduce you to a quilter from Poplar, Montana who has been making an impact on the quilting community for over 25 years. Rose Atkinson has been teaching the Star Quilt Techniques course at Fort Peck Community College (FPCC) since 1995. FPCC is located on 2 campuses in Wolf Point and Poplar and offers an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, and several Certificate programs. The Star Quilt Techniques...

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Star Quilts on the Northern Plains of Montana: Part 1 - A Brief History

Quilt History Star Quilts

Spend about 5 seconds scrolling through my Instagram feed or quilt patterns and my love of the Star quilt is quickly made apparent. This is not a recent love, it goes way back. So let's start at the beginning.... (And by beginning I mean before Montana was even a state.)   A very brief history of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation As I said in my Big Sky Star blog post, I grew up north of Wolf Point, Montana which is the largest town located on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation on the Plains of northeast Montana (shown in red on the map)....

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Homestead Star Quilt - About the Design

Quilt Patterns

Homestead Star Quilt - About the Design

Quilt pattern #2 of Plains and Pine is here... The Homestead Star! About the Design Three sets of my great-grandparents were homesteaders on the Northern Plains of Montana. I think of them often especially during the long and harsh Montana winters and wonder how they did it. They came to a completely unfamiliar place and had to build a new life and build everything they needed to survive. I imagine them using what they had on hand to make quilts out of necessity to stay warm during those long winter nights. I can’t imagine the difficulties they faced and overcame so I...

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