Quilt Notes: This is one of a select category of quilt designs, pieced together as hexagons, rather than squares. SEVEN STARS is also called SEVEN SISTERS or SEVEN STARS IN A CLUSTER, and dates back to 1845 (Quilt Engagement Calendar), according to the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS, which includes about 60 hexagonal designs. The illustrations here were worked out on a graph, rather than a circle and are slightly irregular in terms of a 360° hexagram, though nonetheless interesting and really quite beautiful. The lozenges which appear in the tiling design below, offer a sense of crystaline beauty. The basic pattern is listed in the late 19th c. Ladies Art Company Catalogue, #8.
SEVEN SISTERS was also illustrated by Nancy Cabot in 1933 in the Chicago Daily Tribune (see below), set in this position with a single star at the top, other sources rotate the illustration so that the two stars (on the left) become uppermost. Maggie Malone's 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS breaks up the six star point sections within each star into alternating colors, perhaps to highlight the piecing arrangement.
|« Fractal ANIMATION, adapted from a version at Wikipedia, called the KOCH SNOWFLAKE, and whose second iteration is identical to the Seven-Sister star. In its quiltdom incarnation, the fractal iterations number seven and therefore become the seven sisters.|
More animated fractal quilt designs at this site, include