It seemed that all was lost for Lee.
The stack of Log Cabin blocks that Marianne Fons won at a silent auction in San Diego seemed like they were in almost-perfect condition, ready to become a classic Log Cabin quilt. But when she dug deeper into the pile, her heart sank: The blocks were of different sizes, several blocks needed serious mending, and the stitches were so tight, re-sewing the logs on correctly would be impossible.
Marianne was ready to give up. But when her daughter Mary Fons had a look, she could tell that Lee still had fight in him. For the full story of how the shabby blocks were transformed into the timelessly cool, fabulously scrappy Log Cabin quilt you see before you, we hope you’ll check out Quiltfolk’s Finishing School 101 on-demand workshop. Lee is featured by hosts Mary and Marianne as they demonstrate several techniques in the process of creating a quilt from loose, vintage quilt blocks—even ones that look like they won’t make it.
Dimensions: 50 x 50 in.
Block source: AQSG Seminar 2022, San Diego, California. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1900-1920.
Description: Traditional Log Cabin set in the “dirty windows” configuration. Tied with white yarn. Fabrics: 100% cotton. Ties: wool.
Backing: Yarn-dyed woven flannel.
Finishers: Mary and Marianne Fons of Winterset, 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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