Hello fellow quilters. This year we will be working on making Friendship Star blocks to be sown together for our 2021 Charity Quilt project. I was looking through Pinterest and online to get ideas for the project and fell in love with this simple but powerful quilt. Further ‘googling’ I came across this explanation of the history of the Friendship Star block.
In the days of the pioneers, Friendship Star quilts were made for women about to embark on their pioneer journey. Her friends would each sew these simple stars and embroider their name in the center of the star. The quilt would be presented to their friend to take along with her on the journey west. The women who received the Friendship Star quilts found comfort in not only the quilt itself but also in the memories of her friends who made it for her. These gifted quilts made the difficult journey of leaving friends and family behind a little more bearable.
I will be handing out kits at our October 21st meeting. Each kit will include instructions plus grey and dark blue fabric enough to complete two blocks. You will be asked to supply the fabric for the stars – any bright colour. When you return your completed blocks they must measure exactly 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ square so special attention must be paid to your scant 1/4″ seams. Your name will then be entered into a draw to win a fabulous prize.
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the dark for it shows me the stars.