History of quilting
Evolution of quilts
Harriet Powers, known as the "mother of African-American quilting," was born into slavery in Georgia. Female slaves were experts with a needle and thread. Quilting is a generational skill and is evident in this quilt which is named "Adam and Eve Naming the Animals," and resides at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Harriet Powers Quilt - Harriet was an African American slave, folk artist and quilt maker from rural Georgia. She used traditional appliqué techniques to record local legends, Bible stories, and astronomical events on her quilts. Her quilts are considered among the finest examples of nineteenth-century Southern quilting. Her work is on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.