The hexagon quilt goes by many names throughout history: Honeycomb, Mosaic and sometimes Six Sided Patchwork. It’s beginnings were random layouts without too much attempt at color or design.
The first hexagon quilt pattern was published in 1830 in The Godey’s Ladies Book according to WomenFolk.com. It was popular because a quiltmaker could use many tiny scraps of cloth and it was soon realized that the design possibilities were endless.
By 1930, hexagon quilts had mostly ceased to be random and became patterns that we know today like “grandmother’s flower garden” or “Field of Diamonds”.
But here are two random layouts I was able to find before then.
Courtesy of Quilt Index
The quilt on the left was made in the late 1800’s and the quilt on the right was made in 1920.
I always find the quiltmakers that came before us were incredibly clever, talented ingenious women. They figured out all of this. Everything we do today, we do on the backs of those women.
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