Hexagonal Log Cabin (Six-Pointed Star) Quilt
Jane Tucker, American, born 1817
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This dazzling quilt was made by Jane Tucker with the assistance of her niece, Angie, a teacher. Both women lived with extended family on their homestead in West Gardiner, Maine. The hexagons that form the quilt are a variation on the popular "log cabin" pattern, and in some areas these hexagons are surrounded by triangles of one color---most noticeably purple and bright blue---that form large six-pointed stars. The Tuckers created the quilt from wonderfully varied decorative ribbons, usually used to trim hats and clothing, and personalized it with delicate embroidery on some of the ribbons and black centers of the hexagons, adding to its richness and intricacy.