Sometimes, the voice of the original maker of an unfinished quilt is crystal clear. This was the case when we saw the top that became Opal: Drawn with pencil was the quilting pattern the maker intended to complete. It was so cool!
The talented LuAnn Downs, our lead longarmer, agreed. She also agreed that the motif the maker had chosen was perfect. Years after the pencil lines were drawn, LuAnn completed the border as indicated, then added brilliant custom quilting across the interior.
What started as an already-great top became Opal, an absolutely gorgeous quilt named for her pearly colored setting fabric. (We left in the pencil lines so that you can see them too!)
Dimensions: 80 x 80 in.
Top source: J.A. Antiques & Vintage of Littleton, Mass. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1930-50.
Description: Twenty-five Dresden Plate blocks in small-scale, floral printed fabrics. Set in cream-colored solid with a wide cream border.
Backing: Large floral print
Finisher: Custom 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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