Archive for October, 2008

Holiday Quilt Sale – save on favourable exchange rate

I want to remind folks in the United States of a currently very favourable rate of exchange. For close to a year the Canadian $ has been almost par with the USD. I’ve personally found this a lovely state of affairs as many of my purchases of fabric and quilting notions are made in the
United States. Fortunately, I have a stash that would supply me for several lifetimes, so I can forego purchases right now.
For residents of the United States, looking at purchasing Holiday gifts for their family and friends, I have some smaller quilts that currently are a very good deal. Check out for daily exchange rates. At the moment, for every $100 canadian purchase you make, you are paying only $81 US – and if you decide to purchase one of my completed quilts or commission a completely unique quilt for yourself I am prepared to offer free shipping in addition.
I think you will agree that this is a very attractive offer.

For example, my little Holly Hobbie 1972 Paragon quilt made from the original vintage kit is now priced at $235 Cdn or $190 USD. Pictured below, the little quilt is crib sized and has a hanging sleeve so it can be used as a wallhanging in the nursery, if you prefer.
SOLD Holly Hobbie Quilt June 2009
I have another crib quilt, again with a hanging sleeve that is called Beach Teddies. Ordinarily I don’t “do” what are called panels as I find they are so frequently of questionable quality, colour and design. This one, though, I fell in love with – from the nautical theme, the country colours and the very good design that Theresa Kogut is known for. This was “recreation” while doing a huge predominantly black Amish type quilt last summer and I was so delighted with the results. Usually panel quilts are only minimally quilted and often it is machine quilting. This one received my meticulous care and handquilting that brings out all the details. I will post a picture shortly. As always, 100% cotton materials – top, backing, batting and thread. Price: $195 CDN or as of today, $158 USD.
My last completed quilt is a small wallhanging or table topper I call Lavender Parterre. This is an all original design of mine that of course is hand appliqued and hand quilted. It would look exquisite as a table topper on a victorian tea table in your sunroom this winter, wouldn’t it?
SOLD APRIL 19/09 Price is $175 Cdn, or $140 USD.

I will soon post many new listings of vintage quilt kits: Doublestencil, Progress/Tobin, Bucilla and Paragon. I have finished my inventory now and have a handle on my treasure trove!! After the Christmas rush I hope to start inventory on my vintage and antique quilt tops – there’s another great project I’m sure you’ll be interested in.

Tomorrow I will post the schedule for my Holiday Open House weekends. Hope to see you soon out my way!

Progress/Tobin Vintage Tree of Life Applique Quilt Kit

I know that a lot of collectors are searching for the vintage Progress/Tobin Tree of Life quilt kit. This kit is not the newer one using polyester 50/50 fabric. I have one ofthe true vintage kits – 100% cotton background and authentic period applique fabric. These kits are getting very hard to find and when they do show up in the secondary market the price reflects their beauty and rarity.

My kit has lost it’s colour photo and brief instruction sheet, but anyone wanting to complete it should have no trouble doing so. I will include cololur copies of the three photos shown here.

SOLD MAY 12/09 PRICE: $210 USD plus shipping

More vintage Bucilla and Paragon quilt kits

Here are several pictures of cross stitch quilt kits I currently have for sale.
The first pictire is of the thread kit that goes with the cs quilt kit “Americana Eagle” by Bucilla – the kit is a double, cut size is 90×103.This quilt kit was produced by Bucilla as a premium with saved purchase vouchers from 16 Mule Team Borax during centennial year – 1976 – I can only guess at how many boxes of Mule team you had to buy!!! Lol.


Above is a very recent purchase I have made – this is a very rare one and I have been watching for it for a long time now! Again, this is a double/queen Paragon cross stitch kit dated 1974 #01119 measuring 97×97. No thread kit.
SOLD April 15/09 Price: $200

Thanks to all the folks who have come out and visited this weekend. Stayed tuned for a post Thanksgiving announcement of my Christmas Open House schedule!

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to all who will be celebrating this weekend! The weather here in Nova Scotia is ideal right now – my favourite season I think! For all of you who are planning a little drive this weekend to enjoy the peak autumn colours, may I suggest a stop at my quilt studio?

I have a remarkable selection of fine vintage linens, unique handknits; classic Nova Scotian Folk Art by such masters as Leo Naugler, Jean Marc Poirier and Donald Armstrong; and some very collectible vintage Suttles and Seawinds handstitched fashionwear. Of course, my main orientation is one of a kind completely handstitched quilts made in all sizes.

I will be open from 10 until dark Saturday, Sunday and Monday and would love to welcome you!

Check back after Thanksgiving for details on my special Christmas Open House schedule starting soon – hot mulled cider and cookies, seasonal decorations and music, and many specially priced items!

I have been getting many requests lately for information on my vintage quilt kits: Paragon, Tobin/Progress, Bucilla and Doublestencil and have decided to inventory, price and describe these items on this blog so that interested shoppers can have this info at their fingertips. Here are several Paragon cross stitch kits for starters – will try to inventory at least three a week and mark as sold ALL items previously listed on the blog as well! That should keep me out of mischief!
Above is a king sized Paragon kit #01175, and a thread kit suitable and ample for working the design. This is one of the rarer kits.

Above is the Paragon Baltimore Brides kit in double bed size(90×103). I am working a single bed size of this pattern right now and the colours are impressive as it works up! There is no thread kit and in all my years of collecting I haven’t seen one for sale, but suggestions for colour and quantity are provided in two colourways.

Price: $125 USD

Above is a spectacular Paragon kit called American Heritage – jacobean tree of life design. It has been started and comes complete with an ample supply of luscious coloured thread to finish. The coloured photo sheet is there, but somewhere the stitch chart went walkies but I’m sure since it is started there are enough clues to finish it correctly. Size: 82×97.
Price: $170 USD for the complete kit including thread.

Have a great weekend and get out and see the harvest and autumn colours – spectacular!!!

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