G.A.R. Feathered Star
82" x 81"
Nebo, Pike County, Illinois, 1894
To add to your list of Civil War Commemorative quilts: a terrific feathered star with appliqued shields. The Illinois Quilt Research Project found this quilt during their search and pictured it in Duane and Rachel Elbert's book History from the Heart: Quilt Paths Across Illinois.
Their caption derives from the family story that veteran Colonel Asa Carrington Matthew purchased this fundraiser quilt at Nebo in Pike County, Illinois at a GAR reunion encampment in 1894 or 1895.
Col. A.C. Matthews (1833-1908)
The quilt descended in his family.
See more at the museum's blog post here:
I believe the feathered star quilt will be on display in the Illinois State Museum's show Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois, on loan from a private collector.
The exhibit originated in Chicago, traveled to Springfield last year, and will open in Lockport, Illinois on May 6, 2014.
More information on the exhibit: