Illinois State Museum's quilt collection contains many examples of pieced
quilts. Pieced quilts have quilt tops made of small pieces of new or used
fabric sewn together into arrangements, sometimes forming blocks. These
blocks are arranged to form a quilt top.
quilt top is the top layer of the quilt "sandwich" made of a backing
and the quilt top. Lines of quilting stitches hold the layers together.
of traditional pieced
exist. In this section we will look at a variety of geometric shapes
that make up traditional patterns of pieced quilts.
you see and read about these patterns, you will discover that several
techniques are used in construction of the blocks. These techniques
have been handed down by quilters in England, Italy, and this country.