There’s an American folk song called “Goodnight, Irene” or “Irene, Goodnight.” While the unfinished top that became Irene the quilt was created much earlier than the song (about 50 years earlier), both have stood the test of time.
Irene appears as a leading lady in Quiltfolk’s Finishing School workshop. Mary and Marianne Fons realized that to make the top quiltable, Irene would have to have some reconstructive work done. (You can see the process in action in Episode 2.) After roughly two generations, the top was able to be quilted and is now ready to be loved by the right person. You could say that classic quilts are like classic songs: You end up knowing them by heart.
Dimensions: 65 x 68 in.
Top source: AQSG Seminar 2022, San Diego, California. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1880-1910.
Description: Forty-two Farmer’s Wife blocks in various blue and gray shirting prints, set with pink shirting. 100% cotton.
Backing: Pinstripe shirting print.
Finishers: Reconstruction by Marianne Fons. Longarm quilting by LuAnn Downs of Iowa.
Condition: Very good.
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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