NJ has a rich history in iron and glass-making. A virtual tour of the restored Village of Batsto can be found here:
Owners and managers lived in the village in the 1700s and 1800s, and this very large quilt was salvaged during a fire. It is now behind glass in Batsto's small museum which we visited (again!) a couple days ago. Every time I view this quilt, it literally "pulses". Try to picture cutting all those pieces without a Go cutter, or even a rotary cutter!