When does a quilt really begin? We’re pretty sure Charlie started as clothing worn by people who had to “make do or do without.” The fabrics in this scrappy pastel Nine-Patch have clearly been washed countless times, whether as work clothes or as a completed quilt top.
One of several quilts featured in Quiltfolk’s Finishing School 101 workshop, Charlie was so delicate when hosts Mary and Marianne Fons analyzed it. Therefore, the two decided that the only way to ensure Charlie could be realized into a finished quilt was to create two quilts from his patchwork. Thus, this quilt, hand quilted by Marianne, is “Charlie 1.” Look for his baby brother to arrive at the Foundry soon.
Top source: White Cottage Market, Winterset, Iowa. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1920.
Description: Scrappy Nine-Patch blocks in various pastel shades, likely created from used clothing. Hand quilted.
Backing: Woven check.
Finisher: Marianne Fons of Winterset, Iowa.
Condition: A few light spots of discoloration. As seen on the show, Mary and Marianne mended Charlie in several places before quilting.
Imperfections: Every Quiltfolk Foundry quilt in our shop began its life as an unfinished vintage top or collection of loose blocks. We seek out lost tops and blocks that are in good condition, but due to the source material’s age and care history, some imperfections in the finished quilts may be present. We hope you’ll see them as we do, just another part of the story.
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