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Jane Austen patchwork quilt

Jane Austen's quilt

This patchwork quilt was worked by Jane Austen and her mother and sister.

This patchwork quilt, more properly called a coverlet, was worked by Jane Austen, her sister Cassandra and their mother, while they were living at the cottage in Chawton, now known as Jane Austen’s House Museum.

It is made in a diamond pattern and contains hundreds of pieces.  Remnants from fabrics, used by the family for making dresses, would have been used. A high level of precision was needed to make this beautiful object and the stitching is so tiny as to be almost invisible.

Quick Facts

 

  • Made at Chawton
  • Probably made between 1810 and 1817
  • Made of linen and cotton
  • Dimensions Length 254cm, Width 170cm
  • Accesion number CHWJA:JAH153

Facts

  • The quilt is made up of 3016 individual diamonds of material.
  • This quilt featured in a major exhibition by Hampshire Museum Service in 2009.

Did you know?

The quilt is one of the most popular items at the Jane Austen's House Museum, especially with Americans.

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