Throughout the novel, as we have noted, quilts have been a source of collaboration and sisterhood. The purpose of a quilt is to take various scraps and transform them into a single, colorful, unified blanket. The tradition of making quilts is ancient. In West Africa, intricate designs and patterns were developed, and the craft was carried across the Atlantic on slave ships and transplanted in the New World. Just as creating quilts unifies Africans and Americans, and just as it unified Sofia and Celie (Letter 28), the memory of Corrine's quilts now reconciles Nettie and Corrine. Nettie searches until she finds a quilt that she hopes will remind Corrine of days long ago, when Olivia was a tiny baby and when Celie first saw her and Corrine. Nettie desperately wants "to save" Corrine from dying unhappy.
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