The Broderie Perse exhibit at Houston 2017 was stunning. This is a fun quilt with many techniques. Usually, we take a picture and move on quickly. This quilt we lingered on for quite awhile. Take time to look at the old fabrics. Enjoy.


#17 fiona.gray@canterbur 2018-01-27 12:07
This is not a broderie perse quilt although there are some chintz fabrics in it, but they haven't been broderie perse'd - I don't know who decided that one ,but it is made up of a number of techniques primarily pieced and appliqued plus embroidery. It is thought to be English. I am surprised that so many people are querying its age based on the number of different fabrics. The cotton industry of Lancashire was thriving at this time due to the Industrial Revolution which started in the mid-18th century and continued through to the late 19th century unlike in the USA - late 19th century into 20th century. It is partly due to the cotton printing industry that the American Revolution occurred!! For other quilts of this era see the Sundial Coverlet and the George III Coverlet both in the collection of the V & A Museum.
#16 Vicki 2018-01-25 18:40
Why are there so many naysayers out there! They don’t even check resources available regarding fabrics printed by century before commenting.
#15 theothermarion 2018-01-25 17:28
Just for reference, this quilt was completed when George Washington was president!
#14 marlene 2018-01-25 09:16
Just wonderful work. In articles and book I have read on Broderie Purse, I believe they would cut out the actual flower or bird or branch and applique it on. This uses patterned fabric to cut out the shapes. It is beautiful just the same.
#13 LGorges 2018-01-24 20:42
This variety of fabric was definitely available during that time period. There are many excellent resources to read about the textiles/quilts of the 1700’s and 1800’s. The American Quilt Study Group is a great organization that has a tremendous amount of research done by people all over the US and they have wonderful conferences where you can learn a great deal. Super guilt! Thanks for sharing.
#12 GrannyD11 2018-01-24 13:44
This must have taken her a lifetime to do! Although the skill level seems all the same, is it possible it was a joint effort?
#11 Maridee 2018-01-24 12:32
It's a broderie perse because of the flower printed fabric used for the applique.
#10 DebbieW 2018-01-24 12:14
They used garments, household goods.
#9 Trubarritt 2018-01-24 11:42
I agree with marsuz above, I don't think there were all these printed fabrics made in 1795. Unbelievable if so.
#8 June 2018-01-24 10:50
I love it. Such creativity for the era she (or he) lived in.
I am always so interested to see fabrics and designs from the past. And it makes the imagination wonder... how long the quilter had to save up the pieces?And was the quilter able to just spend all the time quilting and designing? Did the fabric travel from far away places to her? Maybe her family or beloved were merchants or seafarers? Nothing more wonderful than an old quilt mystery. Thank you for sharing this wonderful quilt. I inherited an old quilt and it always makes me daydream about the story behind the quilt.
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