Bursting Star with Garden Maze
Mary Elizabeth Beardslee Durkee
Birmingham, Oakland County, Michigan
72" x 92"
Cotton with cotton filling
MSU Museum Accession 1999:12.5
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan
State University Museumm
The twelve "Bursting Star" blocks in this quilt each contain
an eight-point star and star tips of orange madder fabric. A ring
of diamonds surrounds the central star to complete the design. The
fabrics used for this outer ring of diamonds vary from star to star.
Numerous small-scale prints in a variety of colors are used. A sashing
separated the star blocks. The style of these lattice strips is
called "Garden Maze" sashing. The maker's treatment of
the sashing varies ever so slightly from block to block. She has
pieced the "X" cornerstones of the sashing a bit differently
at every junction.
The MSU Museum collection contains a second "Bursting
Star" with "Garden Maze" sashing quilt also made
by Mary E. Beardslee Durkee. The stars of both quilts are set against
a vibrant double-pink fabric. The quilts share the same dimensions,
however the second quilt is composed of twenty smaller-size blocks.
By Mary Worrall, excerpted from American
Quilts from Michigan State University.