Pieced quilt top,
made about 1810, probably Halifax

The stitches that baste each piece of cloth to a paper pattern still remain because the sewing project was never completed. Therefore, the unfaded dress and furnishing fabrics are excellent examples of what was used at that time. The hexagon pieces were assembled with fine sewing, about 8 to 10 stitches per cm (18 to 20 per inch).

The unknown maker was presumably someone with leisure time who had access to an array of fancy imported cottons, many of which date from the late 1700s.