||Quilt Notes: For full-size pattern templates for this version of CHRISTMAS STAR, see 500 FULL SIZE PATCHWORK PATTERNS (#355) by Maggie Malone, Stirling Publishing, 1985. A variation drafted on an octagon (and shortening the four corners) of the same basic design was illustrated in the Kansas City Star in 1931 (Evelyn Foland), according to Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT DESIGNS (#3789) and Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM, where it is pieced as a four-patch (p. 288-5). The labyrinthian spiral Christmas tree (illustrated left) is adapted from online stock art.
Astrologically, the historical "Bethlehem Star" may have actually been a double eclipse of Jupiter. A fascinating article at CNN says that "the Mathesis, a book written in 334 A.D. by Firmicus Maternus, an astrologer of Constantine the Great, described an astrological event involving an eclipse of Jupiter by the moon in Aries, and said that it signified the birth of a divine king."
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CAPS FOR WITCHES AND DUNCES
PATCHWORK PINES (with Georgia O'Keeffe)