One of the most technically challenging – and visually exciting – star quilts are those that feature a single large star blazing across the expanse of the textile. Precision in cutting and assembling multiple diamond patches is typically essential to the success of this type of quilt, which goes by many names depending on differences in color, fabric, composition, and size. The Star of Bethlehem Quilt is constructed in the same fashion as a Lone Star Quilt, but the quilt top might feature several stars rather than just one, and they may be of varying sizes.
Star of Bethlehem with Star Border Quilt, Artist unidentified, United States c. 1840–1860. Cotton. Frame Dimension: 90 3/4 × 90 1/2". Gift of Cyril Irwin Nelson in honor of Robert Bishop, American Folk Art Museum director (1977-1991), 1990.17.3. Photo by Gavin Ashworth.