A hexagon medallion, perhaps from about 1950
One piece---a hexagon, shaded in concentric hexagonal rings.
Here's a variation of BlockBase #160 I hadn't indexed before.
I guess it's #160z
It's one of those vernacular designs that grows out of the geometry of hexagons.
An early version dated 1808 by Rebekah Morrison from
the collection of Natalie Norris,
and a tied wool version from the early 20th century.
Early 20th century
It was a popular idea with charm quilt stitchers
between 1870 and 1910. The example above
from Lynn at Vintage and Antique Quilts.
From Sandra Starley's Collection
As the fashion moved on quilters seem to have
forgotten about "no two pieces alike" and just
worked on rings of color.
1950's or '60's?
Susan McCord's late-19th-century version in the Henry Ford Museum,
photo from the Quilt Index.
It's a tempting idea. You start in the center with
a conventional rosette and the rings just keep getting larger.
British quilt from Kerry Taylor Auction
But you have to remember that quilts have square
corners and hexagons don't.
You could get a little bit fancy in the corners.
From the Koval collection
From French Antiques
Or a lot fancy.
Above and below, silk hexies from the last
half of the 19th century.
But no matter what your plan pretty soon you have a lapful.
Some people go to Plan B.
Above a silk version of tiny hexagons.
Same solution to the problem in a mid-20th-century
cotton quilt from Stella Rubin at First Dibs.
From the collection of Iowa's Living History Farms
She tried to corral everything with
with some success.
This quilter was a little more skillful at framing.
From a British online auction.
She gave up early.
It looks like someone started the center about 1900
and then finished it up with random corners
twenty or thirty years later.