Sunburst Quilt

Rebecca Scattergood Savery, American, 1770 - 18551839

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, United States

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.


  • Title: Sunburst Quilt
  • Date Created: 1839
  • Location Created: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: w3024.89 x h2923.29 in (Overall)
  • Type: Textiles
  • Rights: Gift of Sarah Pennell Barton and Nancy Barton Barclay, 1975, © 2011 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Roller-printed cotton plain weave pieced work; diamond quilting
  • Place Part Of: Pennsylvania, United States
  • Maker: Rebecca Scattergood Savery, American, 1770 - 1855

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