Quiltmakers assembled so called “charm quilts” like this one as a way to showcase the variety of cheaply produced and widely available fabrics. A quilt like this serves as a scrapbook of the abundance of printed fabrics available by the late 19th century. 

Pattern: 
Hexagon
Maker: 
Maker unknown
Circa
1876
Possibly made in
Pennsylvania
United States
77
64
IQSCM, Ardis and Robert James Collection
1997.007.0911