The neatly pieced star and carefully selected colors belies this quilt’s origins of reuse. Despite attribution to rural Arkansas, this quilt’s maker was seemingly familiar with the fashion of the Colonial Revival, with its emphasis on old-fashioned patterns like this one. Its back, however, features the printed label of a feed or flour sack, demonstrating the maker’s attitude of thrift and reuse.

Pattern: 
Broken Star
Maker: 
Maker unknown
Circa
1930
1950
Possibly made in
Arkansas
United States
69.5
54.5
IQSCM, Ardis and Robert James Collection
1997.007.0672