Mrs. Jacob Sauder
87" x 87"
MSU Museum Accession 2001:158.7
Photo by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reserved by MSU Museum
Mrs. Jacob Sauder was described to collector Kitty Clark Cole as an
"Old Order Mennonite" who made all of her quilts entirely by
hand. It is believed that this piece was made by Mrs. Sauder prior to
her marriage. Mrs. Sauder passed the quilt to her only daughter, who in
turn, gave it to her daughter.
Star patterns in many variations have long been popular among American
quilters. This variation, known as "Sawtooth Star," is also
known as "Evening Star" or "Variable Star." The quilt
contains 361 hand-pieced stars in blocks that measure 2-3/4" square
and are hand quilted with concentric circles. A star design is quilted
into the alternate blocks. A unique pieced border design of a yellow "X"
repeated on the red background surrounds the star blocks. The small scale
of the star blocks, combined with the use of color and fabric placement,
creates a dynamic pattern that showcased Mrs. Sauder's highly developed
By Mary Worrall, excerpted from American
Quilts from Michigan State University Museum.