I'm adding to my collection of old textiles when I can. They are such a useful resource for teaching - telling so many stories about technique, fabric, and the people who stitched them.
This is an unfinished sample of Victorian paper-piecing. The hexagons are tiny (less than 2cm), and most of the papers are still inside. The ones pictured below fell out when I unwrapped it from the tissue paper it arrived in. It looks like they are from correspondence, and some pieces are cross-written.
It's been pieced using silk and velvet, and is likely to be from the High Victorian period (1850 - 1875). There is an excellent chapter in this book that examines the paper-pieces left in an earlier coverlet, with some surprising observations.
I'm teaching two community-based patchwork courses soon and I'll be using this as a resource along with quilts and fragments I've shown here. More photos on my flickr page.