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A quilt is a cover of love

Margaret BustardMargaret Bustard has been making quilts for most of her life.  She learned how to make them, literally at her mother’s knee, as a child in Central Illinois. She started by sewing pieces of fabric together for her mother and aunt and then started to arrange these into patterns.  At age 93 quilting is still her passion.  She taught her daughter, Marian Bustard RNIII in Gynecology/Oncology at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, how to make quilts, and Marian has made three.  Margaret has made well over a hundred quilts and all of them are handmade.

Margaret does all of her quilting the traditional way, by hand.  She traces the pattern pieces on tracing paper and then cuts the shapes out of heavier paper or plastic (templates).  She then traces the outline of the template on the fabric, adding a quarter inch seam to all sides.  She usually uses a pencil or special fabric marker (not traditional!).  She cuts the fabric out with scissors and pins or bastes them together.  She carefully sews these pieces together and sews the blocks together, all by hand.  Marian usually is assigned to baste the finished top, batting and back together and then Margaret will mark the quilting designs on the top.  Sometimes she uses masking tape to keep the lines straight and evenly spaced.   And when all of that is done she binds the edges.  And a quilt is made!