MOSAIC or HEXAGONS ENGLISH PIECED ANTIQUE QUILT TOP
Countless inch-size hexagons in clusters of 7 are joined with 2 white hexagons between each set. As a result the quilt is "cattywampus" (out of square) and now has a parallelogram shape. I don't know if this was intentional, it's likely this was accidental - the shape distortion happened because two white hexagons instead of one were used to join the pieced motifs. The piecing format is consistent throughout and the maker spent countless hours composing it and did not turn back. It can be squared off to back and finish for use or to hang if desired. When hung in the NEQM exhibition THRILLED TO PIECES, the paralleogram shape looked like the best modern art as if made with a shaped canvas; it was arresting, novel and so dramatic a presentation. Beautiful absolutely crisp exemplar of 19th c English printed fabrics, a fabric lover's delight. Pieced in the English template matter with the orginal paper hexagon patterns still present in the back.
c. 1870s 88" x 96" Mint crisp condition retains template foundation papers