Taos Star Quilt
The Taos Star Quilt pattern is named after a group of American Indians called the ‘Taos’. The design is Indian looking in nature, and all the small pieces come together to form a star in the middle; but also a larger star around the center star! This quilt is a beautiful work of art and is sure to bring a lovely touch to any bedroom. The quilt is made by a Plain woman here in Lancaster Co. PA.
While the pieces of fabric are sewn together by machine to ensure tighter stitching, all the quilting is done by hand. 100% cotton fabrics compose the top and bottom of the quilt. The batting sandwiched between those two layers, however, is 100% polyester. This polyester batting guaranties both warmth and excellent washing results.
Yes, the quilts are indeed machine-washable! We recommend the following guidelines for best results:
Machine wash with cold water on gentle cycle.
Use mild detergent, such as liquid Cheer for colors (No bleach or bleach alternatives. No Woolite or fabric softener.) For the first washing, add 1/2 cup vinegar and 2 tablespoons of salt in addition to the detergent. This home remedy prevents bleed and helps to set the colors in your quilt.
Remove quilt as soon as washer stops to minimize wrinkles and color-bleeding.
Never put quilt into the dryer! Line dry on a breezy day.
Quilts can be dry-cleaned at your own risk, but we definitely recommend washing.
Amish Handmade Quilt Trivia
Over the centuries, many different techniques have been cultivated to make it more convenient for quilt-makers to piece multi-angled quilts together. One of these solutions is named paper piecing, which is often times applied to combine the challenging points of the Mariner's Compass quilt
. Paper piecing, as it name indicates, uses a special paper pattern onto which the material sections are sewn. The pattern guides the seamstress to successfully assemble the pieces together so that the completed top will lie out flat. Procedures such as this are a wonderful help to our quilt-makers!