Pieced Quilts:Geometric
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Wedding Ring

Irish Chain

Tangled Cobweb


  A sampling of the Museum's collection of pieced quilts gives us an idea of the variations of geometric shapes that are used to make traditional pieced-quilt patterns

Three of the most popular shapes are the circle, the square, and the triangle. Squares are the easiest to sew together. Circles are a challenge for quilters because of their curved seams. Triangles are a challenge because the points should be even and sharp.

The names of traditional pieced-quilt patterns are as colorful as the fabrics used to make them. We will look at three quilts:

  • a quilt with a pattern of circles called Double Wedding Ring 
  • a quilt with a pattern made of crossing lines of squares called Irish Chain
  • a quilt pattern of crossing lines of triangles called Tangled Cobwebs.
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