One of my g-g-grandmothers did make a quilt. Mary McClelland Criswell made a red and green autograph quilt in 1852 for her parents Andrew Gibson Criswell and Alice Carlisle Criswell. This quilt is not in good condition, some of the fabrics have rotted away, but the signatures of family and friends are still completely legible after 150+ years.
The quilt is very large as you can see. When I decide to make a replica I think I will choose one block at a time without attemping to make the whole quilt. Look out Dear Janes!