Making a Foundry quilt is fun. It starts with the discovery of an unfinished top or collection of blocks that inspires a vision—and it was a very good day when we found the stack of 12 blocks that would become Paloma. Those white doves! That navy blue! The set of completed blocks were in perfect condition, so why didn’t the birds ever take flight as a finished quilt?
Whatever the reason, the once-lost Paloma has been found through the Foundry process. We chose not to add a border or additional patchwork here; the appeal of this quilt, we think, has to do with its visual simplicity. To complement the top’s Andy Warhol, 1970s look, we chose a striped woven with a touch of gold metallic thread for the backing fabric. For the binding, a blue chambray suggests denim jeans, while slender lines of echo quilting around each bird completes the boho vibe of Paloma, which means “peace” in Spanish.
Dimensions: 76 x 58 in.
Top source: Online auction. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1965-1975.
Description: Twelve appliqué blocks (19.5 x 19.5 in.); white doves on blue setting fabric. Echo quilting. Woven striped backing; blue chambray binding.
Backing: Warp and Weft Wovens by Alexia Abegg/Ruby Star Society (Moda Fabrics).
Finishers: Blocks joined 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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