When you work on a project that another quilter started a long time ago, you enter into collaboration with that person. You get to know the maker, in a way. The 19 blocks that became Frances were so charming, the Foundry had to get to know them better. We first realized that in order to turn the lost Frances blocks into a finished quilt, more material was needed, including fabric that would match well enough with the original fabric used in the blocks.
Lo and behold, when we went to make more blocks to round out Frances, our fabric stash contained more than enough of a Double Pink fabric that matched the original blocks almost exactly. Can you spot the new blocks? (It’s not easy.) The addition of sashing helps the blocks go further, and the blue cornerstones allow them to pop.
We’re glad we got to know Frances. We think you’ll like her too.
Dimensions: 70 x 49 in.
Blocks source: AQSG Seminar 2022, San Diego, California. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1910.
Description: Twenty “X” blocks. Gray sashing, blue cornerstones, red corner accents. Longarm quilted in Baptist Fan motif.
Backing: White with grid print.
Finishers: Design work and piecing by the Quiltfolk Foundry. Quilted by LuAnn Downs of Altoona, Iowa.
Condition: Light discoloration in the vintage blocks.
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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