A photo of the original Sarah Morrell Album Quilt and a little about it can be found in Glorious American Quilts by E. V. Warren and S. L. Eisenstat. (p 26 & 27)
The quilt I am making is a reproduction of the original 19th century quilt. This design was done by Di Ford, a lady who had her own quilting shop for over 20 years. The original quilt was an album quilt that had blocks signed by 58 different people and dated between 1848 and 1843. All the people came from Philadelphia or New Jersey. The original quilt measures 93.25" x 95.25". The reproduction is 86" x 86".
The name of the quilt is derived from the signature on the center medallion. The original central block is broderie perse, but the reproduction is a pieced block.
I started the quilt as a Block of the Month project. The BOM is not available now, but patterns will be available soon from Threadbear in Castlemaine. www.threadbear.com.au
I love the variety of methods used in the quilt. Some of the blocks will be a challenge. Several had lots of tiny pieces!