The winsome Phoebe started as a stack of 4-Patch blocks purchased last fall in San Diego at the annual Seminar for the American Quilt Study Group (AQSG). There was a lot of work to be done to turn the blocks into an attractive top, however. To start with, the original maker hand pieced the patchwork, and when we looked on the back, we found the seam allowances were painfully narrow.
But with careful pressing and the addition of stabilizer, the Phoebe blocks began to take shape. The question remained, however, how do we set them? Once the blocks went up on the design wall, inspiration struck: If the 4-Patch blocks were joined to make 16-Patch blocks and a bold black sashing were added … yes! With those choices made, Phoebe’s pretty, ruby red blocks, lost so long ago, could at long last become a completed quilt. Success!
Dimensions: 57 x 44 in.
Top Source: AQSG Seminar 2022, San Diego, California. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1900-1910.
Description: Six 16-Patch blocks in red, gray, and black. Solid black sashing added. Solid black binding.
Backing: Indigo Essex Yarn Dyed Classic Wovens (Robert Kaufman).
Finishers: Design work and piecing by members of the Quiltfolk Foundry.
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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