Detail of a quilt by Susan Theresa Holbert Lawrence
Collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
Here's one of the great American quilts.
It's not only beautifully stitched and composed, it seems unique---the only quilt in that pattern---
a complex sunburst sprouting 16 feathers.
There are distant relatives from the mid-19th century:
Princess feather designs in the center of a medallion surrounded by applique.
Dallas Museum of Art
But most of the applique medallions aren't really close.
And, in fact, many of them seem to be unique too.
American Museum of Folk Art
This looks like a crib quilt but it is 80" x 78"
The Kovals' Collection
Unique-er and unique-er
UPDATE: Julie Silber sends another.
And this week I did a post on my CivilWarQuilts blog about Princess Feather medallions:
I guess what these have in common is a central medallion and a great exuberance.
See more about early princess feather medallions: