This photo captured part of the ritual of unfolding the large Quilt blocks. Volunteers, usually panelmakers, dressed in white so as not to distract from the Quilt, work in teams of eight to unfold each block. The volunteers clasp hands around the folded block, then four volunteers unfold the first layer of the bundle, the other four unfold the next layer, and they take turns until the block is completely unfolded. As the block is completely unfolded, all members of the team lift the Quilt block and turn it in a full rotation, clockwise, and place it on the floor in line with the display layout. After the block is placed, the eight volunteers again clasp hands around the block, to honor those represented.
1988 Tour volunteers linking hands around folded Quilt block, 1988. From The Dallas Metroplex Chapter of the NAMES Project Foundation Collection (AR0765).