This is a record-breaking quilt, Mosaic #3, was pieced by Albert Small and quilted by his wife Eva and daughter-in-law, Marian.  It was created during the war years, 1941-1944, when fabric was hard to find.

Albert worked on Mosaic for four years, sewing four hours a day, six days a week.  He told one reporter that it took about 6000 hours. The quilt contains a total of 123,200 hexagons, each 1/4 inch in diameter. There are 15.08 hexagons in each square inch of the quilt. Six of these hexagons are smaller than a dime.

Because he was a large man who worked with explosives by day and a needle by night, he received quite a bit of attention.  He established correspondence with a number of "famous" quilters of the time including Florence Peto and Grace Synder, who asked for a copy of his hexagon template.

To read more about Albert Hall and see some of his earlier quilts, click here.  The quilt is in the collection of the Illinois State Museum.

We've put up a much easier puzzle this week for anyone who hasn't tried a puzzle before. They are great fun, give it a whirl.

Mosaic1 - 35 pieces, non-rotating

For those of you who have been doing this for a while, here you go!

Mosaic2 - 90 pieces, non-rotating

Mosaic3 - 90 pieces, rotating


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