This month’s installment in our continuing BOM Bible based quilt patterns is Solomon’s Star. The star of Solomon later became known as the Star of David with which I’m almost sure mostof us are more familiar.
According to The Bible in 1Kings chapter 3, as the young Solomon was praying for wisdom, God heard him and appeared to him in a dream. Since he did not ask God for great riches only for an understanding heart that he might be able to judge the people and discern between good and evil, God gave him that which for which he asked.
In one account, known as the Judgement of Solomon, two women came before Solomon to resolve a quarrel over which was the true mother of a baby. When Solomon suggested they should divide the living child in two with a sword, one woman said she would rather give up the child rather than see it killed. Solomon then declares the woman who shows compassion to be the true mother, and gives the baby to her.
King Solomon wrote The Song of Songs, the Book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Much more is attributed to King Solomon which you can search for yourselves.
Cataloged in quilterscache.com under 12” blocks and listed as “Solomon’s Star”, the earliest reference I am able to find is 1949. According to Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, solomon’s Star has also gone by the names of “Flying Cloud” and “Martha Washington’s Star”: 1949. The name “Solomon’s Star” was attributed to Nancy Cabot, who gathered and documented quilt patterns in the early part of the 20th century for the Chicago Daily Tribune newspaper. But of course, the pattern may have been around much, much longer.
I hope you are enjoying this block of the month project. If you are following along, we would love to hear from you! Until next month; happy quilting!