The variable star is part of an era in history renowned for its anti-slavery campaigning. Northern women would include it in quilts for charity and have inscriptions in the center block. Inscriptions would vary from strong anti-slavery statements to poetry:
“Mother! When around your child
You clasp your arms in love,
And when with grateful joy you raise
Your eyes to God above—
Think of the negro mother,
When her child is torn away—
Sold for a little slave—Oh, then,
For that poor mother pray.”
- North Star
- Sawtooth Star
We have provided you with a cutting diagram using rotary cutting. The numbers show the relevant block for each patch.
The sizes and diagrams provided are for a 5″ block and have 0,25″ seam allowances included.
Making the block
Using the diagram as your guide, you can stitch your patches together in two groups.
Use a 1/4″ seam allowance and press after each seam.
- Start with a B block and attach two C’s.
- Attach these to block D.
- Attach another B and two C’s. Repeat.
- Attach and A at each end.
- Repeat step 3 and 4.
- Attach another B and two C’s.
- Use the diagram and attach the patches from step 6 followed by the long strips on either side.
Remember to always press every seam as you stitch your patches together.