Meet the Patchwork Divas and their fantastic Feathered Star quilts

19th-Century Patchwork Divas' Treasury of QuiltsA common love of antique quilts and reproduction fabrics brought them together. Now, 20 years after the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas block-exchange group was formed, their book The 19th-Century Patchwork Divas’ Treasury of Quilts shares the fun and friendship that’s part of a block exchange.

We caught up with queen Divas (and coauthors) Betsy Chutchian and Carol Staehle at Quilt Market, and they were kind enough to walk with us through the special exhibit based on their book. Over the next several weeks we’ll be sharing videos about the classic quilt blocks that the Divas share in each chapter—and we’re starting with one of the pinnacles of patchwork: the Feathered Star block.

Delectable Feathered Star quilt
Delectable Feathered Star by Diva Sue Troyan

Here’s how the book by the Divas works: each chapter is dedicated to a time-honored quilt block. Members of the Patchwork Divas exchanged blocks, and then they made quilts from their blocks. You get to see how members transformed their piles of patchwork into absolutely stunning quilts, each more spectacular than the last.

We’ll let Betsy and Carol tell you more about their Feathered Star exchange in this video:

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It’s fascinating how many different ideas the Divas came up with for their blocks! Let’s take a look at the antique quilt that inspired the Feathered Star exchange:

Antique Feathered Star quilt


Here are all the traditional blocks that the Divas exchanged and share in their book:

Divas' quilt-block exchanges

In The 19th-Century Patchwork Divas’ Treasury of Quilts, you also get the Divas’ advice on how to start a successful block exchange with your quilting and sewing friends. (And the Divas should know how!) With these amazing quilts from the Divas, your group will never run short of inspiration.

Which quilt block would you choose for a block exchange? Tell us in the comments!

You might also like: A Divas’ guide to antique quilt-block patterns







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