Some rescue tops are so irresistible, you can overlook their flaws. Other tops are irresistible and in perfect condition. Such was the case with the top that would become Constance.
When dating quilt tops and quilts, one step is to determine the time period of the newest fabric used by the maker. Going by this rule, we think Constance’s top was made sometime in the mid-20th century. The cornflower blue setting fabric and the multicolored plaid fabric in the baskets gave us that impression, and the maker’s addition of embroidery in her blocks (expertly done, by the way) was another clue, as these hybrid quilts enjoyed some popularity around that time.
It took a while to locate the perfect backing fabric for Constance, but we finally found a vintage red calico manufactured by the now-defunct Peter Pan fabric company that matched the vibrancy and scale of the top’s blue setting fabric. Simple quilting keeps the focus on Constance’s colorful flowers and simple charm.
Dimensions: 68 x 73.5 in.
Top source: Online auction. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1940-60.
Description: Sixteen blocks featuring baskets of embroidered flowers. Basket bodies appliquéd with black blanket stitch; needle-turn appliqué handles in blue.
Backing: Vintage 1970s calico (Cranston Print Works).
Finisher: Christie Hughes of Norwalk, Connecticut.
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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