Indian Quilting can be defined in many ways: in its broadest sense, any quilt made by an Indian woman is an Indian quilt. |
I don't know of any quilting style or pattern of which I would feel safe in saying "No Indian has ever made this." However, there are particular styles that are common, and some which are well identified as being particularly Indian. What I have here is a selection of various types of Indian quilting which I use in demonstrations of Indian quilting.
All examples are pieced and quilted by me.
||The single star, or Lone Star, Lakota Star, or Sioux Star, as it is variously called, is perhaps the best known style of Indian quilting. This particular example uses all solid color fabrics for a vivid rainbow effect. I call this particular piece Crayola Star because after I finished piecing it, the yellow and black background reminded me of old fashioned Crayola boxes.|
|This is another star of similar design, except that I used Indian type printed fabric for many of the pieces. The effect is entirely different from the effect of the Crayola Star.|
||This is a pastel version of the star, made into a baby quilt. Once again, all fabrics used are solid colors. This particular quilt was raffled off at the Midwest SOARRING Harvest Powwow in 2001.|