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Image of Lone Star

Odell Valentine
American, 1925–2013

Lone Star

about 1985

Object Type: Textile
Creation Place: North America, American, Alabama
98 in. x 102 in. (248.92 cm x 259.08 cm)
Medium and Support: Polyester and cotton
Accession Number: 2004.0021.0023

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase

Stars have been a popular design motif for quilters throughout history, but their popularity does not mean that quilters find them easy to make. The most difficult of the star designs is exemplified by this piece, the "Lone Star." The design results from a repetitive combination of single diamond shapes arranged in concentric circles until the quilter achieves a star of the desired size, usually large enough to entirely cover the top of a bed. The design requires great care in hand-piecing because just one mistake can cause the star to pucker; a situation that does not reveal itself until the end, and at which time no amount of pulling or pressing can fix it. Thus this design, successfully achieved as it is here, is considered a tour de force of the quilter's art.

"Just How I Picture It in My Mind: Contemporary African American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts," 2006, p. 32.

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