I'm putting the finishing stiches to the binding on Baskets, Berries and Leaves, so I thought I would pick up the stitching on Harriet Power's Pictorial quilt. I last worked on it in 2014 and it has been a goal of mine to reproduce such a remarkable quilt from 1898. This image of the entire quilt is courtesy of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
I'm using A Pattern Book from the Boston Museum.
The design is primitive and the applique is crude in some parts, but reflects Harriet's story of biblical incidents with local folktales. I have Mary Lyon's book, Stitching Stars which traces the life of Harriet Powers, a African American slave, folk artist and quilt maker from Georgia. Her book details a wonderful history of Harriet, her life and her only other story quilt, The Bible quilt.
A close-up of the third block that I'm working on.
The first two blocks that I finished back in 2014. I'm trying to reproduce the quilt in the same color and manner that it was originally stitched.