Pieced Quilts
Cast of Characters
Depression Era Art
Double Exposure
Keeping Us in Stitches
Pieced Quilts
Geometric Quilts
Log Cabin Quilts
Hexagon Quilts
Crazy Quilts
Applique Quilts
Whole Cloth
Activities & Resources
A Matter of Style
Making Connections
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    The 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. 

The quilt top is the top layer of the quilt "sandwich" made of a backing layer, batting, and the quilt top. Lines of quilting stitches hold the layers together. 

Hundreds of traditional pieced quilt patterns exist. In this section we will look at a variety of geometric shapes that make up traditional patterns of pieced quilts.

As 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.

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