Bowmansville star quilt

I’ve heard a lot about “bucket lists” lately–a list of things that people want to do or places they want to visit before they die.  Well I’m here to tell you, I’m probably not the only quilter with a bucket list of my own–quilts that I’d like to make before I leave this earth.  Since no one knows when their time will come, I’d better get busy!

One of the quilts on my bucket list is a Bowmansville star quilt.  These quilts are made entirely of tiny squares, arranged in color to make the design.  Not all Bowmansville quilts are stars, but those are my favorite.


“Image courtesy of and Conestoga Auction Co.”

Bowmansville in a small town in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  This area is widely known for its Amish quilts, but for whatever reason this small area developed its own quilt design in the late 1800s-early 1900s.  Bowmansville quilts are few in number, and sell for high prices–another good reason to make your own!


“Image courtesy of and Conestoga Auction Co.”

Here’s a close-up view:  pretty amazing!  I count 65 squares across this quilt, and it measures 83-84″ square, so my estimation is that the squares are about 1 1/4 inches.

This looks like quite the process!  Instead of making a sample block, maybe I should start with just one of the corners outside the star, and see how well that goes.  A design wall will be a definite must, because this quilt is all about contrast.

Hope you enjoyed this bit of history for today!


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