Quilt of the Month

November 2014

November 2014

Hexagon Mosaic

Made by Anna Ruggles

Dated 1796

Probably made in England, UK

IQSCM 2008.040.0140

Byron and Sara Rhodes Dillow Collection

This hexagon mosaic patchwork is the oldest dated piece in the International Quilt Study Center & Museum’s collection. The quilt was made by Anna Ruggles (1776-1842) of Gloucester, England.

Using a variety of cotton fabrics from the 1790s and single hexagon rosettes, Ruggles created a kaleidoscopic effect with her design.

To read more about this quilt’s history and the maker, visit the online exhibition for Elegant Geometry: American and British Mosaic Patchwork and World Quilts: The American Story.

View it in high resolution on the Google Art Project.