Fireworks! Supernovas! Starry nights! Tigg’s blocks burst with colors and patterns so exuberant and energetic, nestling them into a setting that would give each one room to shine seemed like the right thing to do. But before Tigg could be set in any configuration, there was a huge amount of work to do—including deconstructing the original top into the blocks that became Tigg.
This quilt appears in the first episode of Finishing School, the online workshop from Quiltfolk where Mary and Marianne Fons teach you about finishing abandoned projects. Mary, the finisher who took Tigg on in the first place, shows just what she did to turn a sad, totally unquiltable top into a wildly colorful, original quilt that can finally be used—by anyone.
Dimensions: 78 x 93 in.
Top source: Online seller. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1960-80.
Description: Thirty scrappy, vintage Cross Variation blocks separated by contemporary navy sashing and white polka-dot cornerstones. Several appliquéd patches.
Backing: Navy blue fabric with white dots (same as sashing fabric).
Finishers: Designed by Mary Fons of Chicago, Illinois. Sewing by Mary Fons, with additional sewing by Marianne Fons, and Randall Parkin of Winterset, Iowa. Longarm quilting by LuAnn Downs of Altoona, Iowa.
Condition: Very good.
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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