Here’s the story: A stack of unfinished Dresden Plate blocks and a big bag of 1½” squares ended up in the hands of Quiltfolk Foundry friend Randall Parkin. The “plate” part of each block was done beautifully in the Depression-era pastel fabrics that so many of us love. But the blocks needed various kinds of TLC—and that’s where Randall came in.
By appliquéing the Dresden Plates onto a solid red background, the small-town vibe of the 1930s fabrics get a modern, big city energy. Randall’s choice to (painstakingly) construct a border and sashing from the maker’s itty-bitty squares pulled it all together. We hope Margot’s big-city energy captures your attention, and her sweetness captures your heart.
Dimensions: 60 x 72 in.
Block source: Phyllis Kaldenberg of Winterset, Iowa. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1930-40.
Description: Thirty pastel print Dresden Plate blocks appliquéd on solid tomato red. Postage Stamp-style pastel print sashing and border. 100% cotton.
Backing: White with black polka-dot fabric.
Finishers: Piecing by Randall Parkin and Marianne Fons. Longarm quilting by LuAnn Downs of 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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