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A group of four blocks made up of smaller pieces
A group of four blocks made up of smaller pieces

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Lura Stanley talks about how long it took to stitch a quilt

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How a Quilt is Made
Assembling a quilt requires some thinking ahead. First, a quilter selects a pattern and then cuts pieces of fabric and sews them together to form an overall design. Usually, smaller pieces of material are sewn together into larger blocks or squares, and then those blocks are stitched together to make the top layer of the quilt. Once the top layer is as big as the quilter wants, it's joined together with the padding and the bottom layer using a frame.
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CREDIT: Photographer Johnson, Geraldine N. "Group of four blocks pieced by Mrs. Shockley's mother, Mrs. Sybilla Cochran." September 28, 1978. Quilts and Quiltmaking in America: 1978-1996, Library of Congress.
AUDIO CREDIT: Johnson, Geraldine N., interviewer; Stanley, Lura, quiltmaker. "I got so tired of that Sunburst quilt, a-quilting it." September 29, 1978. Quilts and Quiltmaking in America: 1978-1996, Library of Congress.