The Star Quilt, by Lisa Redman Hill

The designs of a Star Quilt comes from the individual: how big or small, and the colors and designs they wish to use. There are many different colors that you could choose from: it's all up to the person you're making it for or any occasion that the quilt may represent. The quilt alone is used for many different sacred ceremonies and gifts among Indian Tribes all over the United States.

On the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, there are a few Native American Indians that sew Star Quilts for many occasions. I myself sew my quilts for people whom request them and what they are going to be used for. Annette Bell teaches a class for those who want to learn how to make Star Quilts, and the class is free of charge, providing you bring your own supplies and sewing machine. She has her own style and directions to follow on her quilting. Annette teaches the Arapaho Language and Culture along with Arts and Crafts at Wyoming Indian High School. When I was growing up my grandmother Josephine Underwood Redman raised me in her home throughout my younger years. She used to do a lot of sewing -- she was an excellent seamstress. Not only did she do quilts, but she put together teepees, tents, clothing for her family, and last but not least, she also beaded and put together a pair of moccasins and fully beaded buckskin outfits for men, women, and children. When I was a young girl, I admired and appreciated her knowledge and patience of becoming a propitious seamstress.

To Native Americans, the Morning Star Quilt represents the summit and essence of gift giving. To give away a Star Quilt it is showing the utmost respect, honor, and admiration to a person or family.