The House of Industry Quilt is an album quilt dedicated to Ann Burns is displayed at the Arch Street Meeting House in Philadelphia. The House of Industry Signature Quilt measures approximately 108 X 108 inches. It is comprised of seventy-six blocks measuring 8 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches arranged around a central chintz panel with appliqued corner motifs. The panel and blocks are separated by 2 1/2 inch sashing that displays two color-ways of the same design in alternating rows of blue and brown.
The blocks include nine appliqued floral chintz blocks, eight of which surround the central chintz panel. The rest of the blocks are pieced. Thirty-five of the pieced blocks are varieties of "Square Within a Square" patterns with the inner square set en pointe. The predominantly brown, blue, red, and multi-colored cotton fabrics are of the highest quality, as are the appliqued chintzes.
The quilt is displayed in a glass cabinet so the backing is not visible. Clearly visible, however, is a wide, floral -printed cotton border on two sides. The entire quilt is quilted in curved lines and is finished with a knife-edge. All of the blocks contain names inscribed in ink. Some of the blocks also display locales, drawings, and the dates 1843, 1844, or 1847.
The quilt's central, chintz panel displays two exotic birds perched on floral branches and surrounded by a wreath of wheat, ribbon, and flowers. The quilt's lengthy dedication to Ann Burns is inscribed within the wreath in two parts, above and below the birds.