This is a proper patchwork top - all made from reused fabrics. No £12/yard fabric here. My mum made it before I was born. Appropriately enough it is made using what is called "English piecing over papers", where you cut templates (in this case hexagons) from paper, tack the fabric pieces over the papers and then sew the hexagons together before undoing the tacking and removing the papers.
Mum taught me how to make patchwork this way when I was a child. When I began doing what might be termed "American patchwork" without papers she was fascinated - she hadn't known there was any other way of doing patchwork.
I treasure this top (it's not a quilt because it doesn't contain three layers - a top, a batt and a back - held together with stitches), because it's older than I am, because it was made by mum when she was a lot younger than I am now, and because it contains some really ugly fabric, even though it is rather a lovely top.