There’s a special place in our hearts for Holden. The Churn Dash blocks, sashing, and cornerstones of this quirky quilt top were made with a fine wale corduroy (!), and the colors were so bright and cheerful, we couldn’t let this one get away.
Part of the enjoyment of making each Foundry quilt is deciding on the best way to finish them. Since quilting even lightweight corduroy is challenging, we opted to hand tie Holden instead. For the backing and the color of the ties, we looked for a way to add contrast—not more color. So we chose a black alpaca yarn for the ties and a plain, white fabric for the back.
The decision to leave the ties long was based on a desire for an artsy yet homespun look, and we love how the ties create a polka-dot pattern on the back. No longer an orphan top, Holden is ready to come home.
Dimensions: 68 x 55 in.
Top source: Online auction. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1950-60.
Description: Light wale corduroy in a variety of solid colors. Cotton batting. Tied with black alpaca yarn. Back-to-front binding.
Backing: Solid white.
Finishers: Christie Hughes of Norwalk, Connecticut and Mary Fons of Chicago, Illinois.
Condition: Very good. Some wrinkling in a few sections of the sashing.
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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