70" x 80 1/2"
Cotton with cotton filling
Photo by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reserved by MSU
Moorish and Turkish decorative art styles of the last quarter of
the nineteenth century inspired new versions of quilts in hexagon
designs; these quilts were often termed "mosaic patchwork"
by magazines of the period. This "Hexagon Mosaic" quilt
uses small triangles to space the hexagons in the unit and large
triangles to connect the units together. Unlike earlier hexagon
quilts that were typically pieced with the English paper piecing
technique, this quilt is pieced by hand with a running stitch.
A quilt almost identical to this one was documented in the Nebraska
quilt project. Called by the family "World's Wonder,"
the quilt was made between the time the quiltmaker migrated from
Pennsylvania in 1872 and when she died in Nebraska in 1898. Because
this example and the Nebraska quilts are made in so specific a style,
it is possible the makers used a pattern from a published source.
By Beth Donaldson, excerpted from American
Quilts from Michigan State University Museum