We can’t know for sure why the person who began this quilt didn’t finish it, but Quiltfolk Foundry quilter Stephanie Capps Dyke had some thoughts. “The original maker may have gotten frustrated because of the nature of the fabrics; some are twill weave. And the machine-sewn seams are narrow. But with a few patches and some big-stitch quilting, Jacob really shaped up.”
The block the piecer chose goes by various names, such as Road to California, Stepping Stones, and Jacob’s Ladder. Building on the work of a quilter from the past feels a little like climbing the next rung on a ladder, so we thought Jacob was the perfect name for this Foundry quilt.
Of all the quilts created in the Foundry’s first batch, Jacob is definitely the most cuddly and soft, likely due to the big-stitch quilting and the warmth of the yarn-dyed woven gingham on the back.
Dimensions: 56 x 69 in.
Top source: Online retailer. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1920-40.
Description: Thirty-five blocks in solid red, blue, and white. Hand pieced. Big-stitch quilted with diagonal grid.
Backing: Isabella Wovens by Minick & Simpson (Moda Fabrics).
Finisher: Stephanie Capps-Dyke of Maryland.
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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