Star of Bethlehem (reproduction)
Beth Donaldson (top), Kari Ruedisale (quilting)
Lansing, MI, 2001
This quilt was made as a museum reproduction of the second quilt below. Both are part of the Michigan State University Museum’s Great Lakes Quilt Center collection.
Star of Bethlehem, Lone Star with floral applique
Peshawbestown, Michigan, c. 1920
The star and floral motifs exhibited in these two quilts are typical of components of Ottawa designs. Each square and triangle formed against the white background by the center star is filled with floral designs that embellish the central design and mimic designs depicted in earlier porcupine quill work and beaded pieces of the same region. It is probable that Native Americans began quilting after the Grand Traverse Mission period.