It was made from (presumably) the leftovers from a kit, which were donated to Linus, and proved to be almost enough fabric to make a 'I spy a 4 patch' quilt designed by Bonnie Hunter. Here is DS kindly holding it for me to photograph. DH says he doesn't like the different borders, but I think they look good! I just hope the recipient likes them too!
I have been doing some more research into the possible maker of the hexagon top I was given. Lots of the papers were made from envelopes, and lots had the same name and address, Mrs Glass, 2 Charteris Road, Finsbury Park, London.
I checked on the 1891 census, and here are the people living at 2, Charteris Road.
Emily Sclater, widow aged 63, living on own means, born in Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire.
Charles A Horpe, railway porter, aged 30, born in Fareham, Hampshire.
Mary Ann Horpe, wife, aged 26, born in Richmond, Yorkshire.
John C A Horpe, son aged 2, born in Richmond, Yorkshire.
Alfred R Horpe, son, aged 1, born in Barnet, Middlesex.
Emily Glass, widow, aged 43, living on own means, born Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire.
Victor H Glass, son, aged 3, born Finsbury Park.
Elizabeth Godwin, sister, dressmaker, aged 29, born Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire.
Presumably the house was divided up into flats or sections of some kind. So, while none of this information confirms who actually made the top, it looks like it was Emily Glass. As a widow living on some sort of pension, she would have had the time to do patchwork, and probably a need, after her recent bereavement. (Her son is only 3, so it must have been in the last 4 years.) She would have had access to lots of scraps, as her sister was a dressmaker, and must have had leftovers. Of course, it might have been Elizabeth who made the top, but somehow I can't imagine that a dressmaker would do hand sewing for a leisure pursuit! It's interesting that Emily Sclater was born in the same town as Emily Glass and her sister. It's surely not a coincidence - probably they were either related or friends.
I then looked at the 1881 census for Emily Glass. Then she was living at 43 Havelock Street, Islington.
Samuel Glass, railway porter, aged 39, born in Bradford.
Emily Glass, wife, aged 33, born in Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire,
Cordelia glass, daughter, aged 4, scholar, born Arnley, Yorkshire.
Lucy Martha Glass, daughter, aged 1, born Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire.
This is odd, because there is no trace I can find of Cordelia or Lucy Glass in the 1891 census. (I checked in case they were staying with grandparents or something.) No wonder there were so many black bordered envelopes, as it Emily must have lost two daughters and a husband in 10 years. So far, I have found Samuel Glass's death in the early part of 1890, but haven't had chance to look for the girls. What a sad life Emily must have had.