Hexagon Mosaic Medallion
circa 1880, Ohio, 86 x 70"
This graphic antique quilt gives the impression of being sewn in wedge segments but is done in staggered straight rows. Each row is cut from one fabric but a few fabrics are used in two rows. 2" Hexagons. Purchased from Cindy Rennels. A great mix of madder reds and browns alternating with black and white shirtings; small scale prints, clearly a well planned quilt.
Detail of center -- don't forget to click on it to see the fabrics up close. The floral in rows 3 and 5 is especially charming.
Again, you'll want to click on pic to zoom in and see the upper row shirting, it is a delightful cherry heart design. It is interesting to note how many elegant 19th century quilts have one or a few stripes or plaids, like the blue and cream stripe on the last row and the printed plaid below. They add interest and are a great element to add to make reproductions look more authentic.
This detail shot shows the interesting quilting- straight line grid through the blocks rather than the traditional outline. If I ever make a hex quilt, I will use this method -- much less work than stitching around each individual hex.