I left deflated and determined I wouldn’t get taken again. Dating quilts with accuracy includes examination of many parts of the quilts, but the process starts with one aspect and goes from there.
For me, the style is usually the first place I start.
The name difference is regional, but both depict the same pattern and style and the names are used interchangeably today. The way it is made changes, but the finished look of one large star made from rows of diamond shaped pieces covering the quilt top is the same through time.
It is the manner of style in which the border and the corners are treated, and the fabrics being prints or solid colors that help determine if it’s age is early or later, regardless of what they call it.
The first time I went to an all antique quilt auction was in Southern California.