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Quilts in Kentucky: Home

Research guide focused on quilt and quiltmaking resources available at UK Libraries and within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

--from the quilt "Flying Home" by Kentucky quilter Laura Schneider, Richmond, KY. 

Welcome to Quilts in Kentucky Research Guide which provides a wealth of resources on the art, design, culture, and history of quilts and quilt making in the Bluegrass State.  You will also find general resources on the art of quilt making and the quilters. Kentucky has a very rich heritage of quilters, quilts and quilting. Delve into what began as a necessary craft and grew into art and an industry.

Quilts tell stories and illuminate our history. They link generations and foster community. They are one of the most universally recognized American art forms. The Alliance for American Quilts estimates that approximately 27 million Americans are involved in quiltmaking. Quilts matter!

Eight-Pointed Star Quilt

(scrappy 1930s fabrics, uniformly faded)

Cotton fabrics and cotton batting

Hand pieced, hand quilted

71” x 86”

Made by the Ursuline Nuns of Louisville.  Star blocks were made circa 1930; blocks were assembled and quilted circa 1950. Note the use of the 1930s small- and medium-print fabrics used as well as the clover quilting pattern.

Eight-pointed star patterns can be tricky to sew as it is difficult to keep the points sharp in the center when assembling the block.

The star blocks used in this quilt are often called Le Moyne Stars.  This design was first published in 1894, as “Star,” in Ohio Farmer. The block was named for the founder of New Orleans, Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, according to Yvonne Khin's Collector's Dictionary of Quilt Names and Patterns. English-speaking settlers renamed it Lemon Star.


From the Wade Hall Quilt Collection at the University of Kentucky William T. Young Library

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Julene Jones
W. T. Young Library