Here the basic design (not the rendering) from the center section of a coverlet created by Jane Austen, along with her mother and sister Cassandra, currently located at the JANE AUSTEN'S HOUSE MUSEUM in Chawton, Alton, Hampshire (but see the original illustrated here). Also a marvelous post honoring Jane Austen's birthday is available at Barbara Brackman's weblog, MATERIAL CULTURE. To read more about vintage quilts, fabric, and women of the early 19th-century, see also Brackman's 1812 WAR & PIECING. At this site, have a look at a list of recommended books on the appreciation and history of quilt designs, including QUILTED DIAMONDS: JANE AUSTEN, JANE STICKLE & FRIENDS, by Linda Franz.
Portrait right: unfinished sketch of a very sensitive, and perhaps equally defiant, Jane Austen by her sister Cassandra, ca. 1810, the only authenticated likeness of the author, now in the National Portrait Gallery, London. Magnificent!
Compare the JANE AUSTEN QUILT with:
BIRD OF PARADISE
Jane Austen (1775–1817)