Most people say the delightful appliqués in Polly represent baskets. Fair enough: The basket is a go-to motif for quilters, after all. But other people see … aprons!
Look closely at the fabrics: Don’t they look like the prints that appeared in your mother’s or grandmother’s aprons? The pastel colors, the tiny florals, the bright whites—you can practically smell the pie crust and homemade biscuits! (The person writing this description is clearly on Team Apron.) As for the azure blue sashing, everyone agrees it resembles the color of the sky on a clear day, and the addition of chain-stitch embroidery was a brilliant move on the part of the original maker.
Whether you’re on Team Basket or Team Apron, Polly is great.
Dimensions: 60 x 84 in.
Top source: J.A. Antiques & Vintage of Littleton, Mass. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1925-1950.
Description: Forty-two rectangular blocks with appliquéd baskets (or aprons!), embellished with chain-stitched embroidery. Medium-blue sashing. 100% cotton.
Backing: Small floral print.
Finishers: Piecing by the Quiltfolk Foundry. Longarm quilting by Susan Melarvie of Wisconsin.
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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