More than a century ago, a person we’ll never know gathered her sewing supplies, took out her scrap bag, and created the first unit of patchwork that would become Vera. We don’t know how long it took the first person who worked on this quilt to sew the first unit of patchwork, but after she had made 156 of them, she decided it had taken long enough. She added lovely strips of Double Pink between her rows and … stopped.
We thought there was more to Vera’s story, so we took her on. Not only did she become a Foundry quilt, but she is also featured on Quiltfolk’s Finishing School, the workshop hosted by daughter-mother team Mary and Marianne Fons that is all about making new quilts from old tops and blocks. Vera’s journey started with a scrap bag—and now she’s on the internet. If every quilt tells a story, you’ve got to admit Vera’s is a pretty special one.
Dimensions: 77 x 82 in.
Top source: J.A. Antiques & Vintage of Littleton, Mass. Original maker unidentified.
Started: ca. 1890-1910.
Description: Strip quilt featuring Diamond in a Square patchwork units alternated with strips of Double Pink fabric. Border added 2023.
Backing: Printed cotton.
Finishers: Sewing and repair by Marianne Fons 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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