In template piecingsometimes called “mosaic patchwork” due to the small pieces stitched together to create an overall designthe maker wraps fabric over paper templates and whipstitches the individual pieces together.

In this example, the quiltmaker “fussy cut” the individual hexagons to display the printed designs of the fabrics. This quilt style was a popular sort of “fancy work”needlework that did not serve a practical functionduring the third quarter of the 19th century. 

Pattern: 
Hexagon, detail
Maker: 
Maker unknown
Circa
1860
1880
Possibly made in
Ohio
United States
81
71
IQSCM, Ardis and Robert James Collection
1997.007.0437