Some of the tops and blocks that come to the Foundry need more TLC than others. Billie needed work. The quilt began as a mass of half-square triangles (HSTs) that had potential but weren’t going to make it on their own, you might say. With the addition of a perky sashing, the HSTs could “breathe” a bit—and there would be enough material to create a darling lap quilt.
One of the joys of finding and finishing a lost top or stack of loose blocks is that you get to make design choices that make the quilt feel personal to you. Even if you find a top ready to quilt, the backing and binding fabric choices are up to you. Billie was able to become a finished quilt with the addition of some smart patchwork and a pieced back as exuberant as the front.
Dimensions: 67 x 45 in.
Top source: Loose blocks gifted from Gaylene Blankers of Iowa. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1930-40.
Description: Scrappy floral prints sewn into half-square triangles. Sashing and cornerstones added. Solid black binding.
Backing: Pieced with fabric from stash.
Finishers: Design work and piecing by the Quiltfolk Foundry. Quilted by LuAnn Downs of Altoona, Iowa.
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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