The story of Lucille is a tale of great expectations, dashed hopes, and, thankfully, a truly triumphant ending. As Marianne Fons, the finisher of this quilt will tell you, she didn’t know what she was getting into when she took on Lucille for use in Finishing School, Quiltfolk’s online workshop that is all about finishing vintage blocks and tops.
At first glance, the top was in great shape, ready to be quilted, bound, and placed in its “forever home.” But upon closer examination, Marianne discovered that if any part of Lucille was going to make it into a quilt, she’d have to get creative.
This “quilt collaboration” between an unknown maker from more than 100 years ago and one of America’s best-loved quilters resulted in a dynamic, elegant, and totally unique quilt. For the full story and to learn how Marianne made Lucille, join us for Finishing School and look for the Lucille pattern coming soon!
Dimensions: 74 ¼ x 90 ½ in.
Top source: Roderick Kiracofe of San Francisco, California. Likely made in New York. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1880-1910.
Description: Scrappy Star blocks from the original top were set on point with added solid black border. Setting fabric: Floral print on deep red with a solid black and white Sawtooth border.
Backing: Shirting prints in cream.
Finisher: Marianne Fons of Winterset, 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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