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Sunburst Quilt

The quilt contains almost four thousand diamond-shaped pieces, each about four inches long, that were first basted to a paper template to ensure uniformity of size before being meticulously whip-stitched together. At least thirty-four different small-patterned, roller-printed cottons are used to form the octagonal rings that radiate from a central eight-pointed star to create a striking dark and light design.

Made by Rebecca Scattergood Savery, American, 1770 - 1855

Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

Date:
1839

Medium:
Roller-printed cotton plain weave pieced work; diamond quilting

Dimensions:
9 feet 7 inches × 9 feet 11 inches (292.1 × 302.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1975-5-1

Credit Line:
Gift of Sarah Pennell Barton and Nancy Barton Barclay, 1975

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