Miss Porter’s Quilt
Pieced blocks (4½ in wide) with small eight-pointed stars alternate with plain white or patterned brown squares.Full description »
Pieced blocks (4½ in wide) with small eight-pointed stars alternate with plain white or patterned brown squares. Some of the plain squares and stars are decorated with embroidery. An inner border (9½ in wide) contains appliquéd swags and vases of flowers in blue and brown fabric. The appliqué border is surrounded by a pieced border (10½ in wide) of white squares, set on point, between brown triangles. This border is quilted with scallops in the triangles and diamond filler in the squares. The rest of the quilt has minimal quilting.
This is the earliest dated quilt in the collection of The American Museum in Britain. The following inscription has been embroidered in cross-stitch in the centre of the quilt: ‘R___ Porter, her bed quilt, made in the year 1777’. Only the ‘R’ of the first name is legible. Whatever Miss Porter’s first name, she has used this quilt to showcase her prowess with a needle. As well as displaying her skills as a quilter, Miss Porter also demonstrates her embroidery skills on her bed quilt. Fine birds and a teapot are illustrated in stitches.