Archive for November, 2008

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE ANNOUNCEMENT

I’m now switching from summer hours to a series of Holiday Season Open House events. If you wish to visit during the week, you will need to email me in advance so I can be expecting you – otherwise you may arrive to find I’m away that day.

Especially for holiday shoppers, I will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM until 6PM.

I will be decorating for the holidays soon and will have spicy mulled cider and cookies for my visitors. I will be closing for the winter on Christmas Eve this year, and if you wish to visit during January, February and March, email in advance for weather and road conditions in my area, and to assure that I will be expecting you.

During my Open House promotion, many of my items will bear clearly marked special prices. I have a remarkable variety of gift items: from my signature one of a kind handmade quilts and handknit sweaters, classic Nova Scotian Folk Art by masters such as Leo Naugler and Donald Armstrong, exquisite vintage hand embroidered and lace trimmed bed and table linens, beautiful vintage Suttles and Seawinds clothing (no longer made since it is too labour-intensive to be profitable), vintage cross stitch and applique quilt kits by Tobin/Progress, Bucilla, Paragon and Doublestencil/Spartex, and antique and vintage quilt tops. The list goes on and on – I have been a fanatical collector for many years and it’s now time to reduce my holdings.

This year, I am introducing gift certificates and invite you to name the denomination you wish to purchase. A nice idea would be for a group of friends or family to go together in defraying the cost of one of my wonderful and unique quilts for a very special friend or relative or to mark a special occasion. Choice, of course, is always up to the recipient and I ship all over the world.
In addition, I offer time-purchase. Half down at the time of order, plus pre-arranged monthly payments: final payment due before shipping. Shipment is made as soon as final payment is received. The item is wellpacked, insured and has a tracking number. I have many positive comments about workmanship and service that I will be happy to provide.

I am looking forward to welcoming you to my cosy studio where
the woodstove is burning brightly, seasonal music is softly playing and you can watch me making quilts the old fashioned way with hand piecing and handquilting while you sip mulled cider and munch on Christmas treats.

I hope to see you soon!

SOME DOUBLESTENCIL SPARTEX APPLIQUE VINTAGE QUILT KITS

I have several suggestions for your Santa list or for your own Christmas Wish List below – any of these suggestions are ideal for the quilter!

Because these kits so seldom appear on the secondary market, not too many people are aware of them. Doublestencil Spartex are better known for their extremely high quality wholecloth quilt kits and I can attest to that quality, having made several of these in the past. I currently have two or three of these in queen/double and will list them soon, but today I want to share these lovely applique quilt kits with you and offer them for sale in time for you to put them on your wish list and make sure Santa finds out – Lol.

Pictured above is the Pennsylvania Folk Art II queen sized kit – this kit is very like the many lovely hand appliqued quilt kits offered for sale on Amish Quilt websites and in Amish areas of Pennsylvania today. It comes complete with the vintage prints and solids, and will need your addition of a backing and batting. I believe I may have a Spartex backing in queen sized on hand – just ask and I’ll check for you.

SOLD MAY 14/09 I am asking $175 USD for this lovely quilt kit.

In addition, I also have the crib sized or wallhanging sized quilt kit at $95 USD This lovely smaller quilt is displayed hanging above the bed in the picture.

As always, if you prefer I can make these kits up for you – check with me for costs and payment schedule.

My next picture shows Americana Tulips by Doublestencil in the wallhanging or crib quilt size – 40×40. This lovely vintage kit is in the tradition of red, green and yellow 19th century applique and reflects the practice of making a miniature classic quilt rather than one that clearly says “nursery”. A few in this genre have come down to us and are prized and have found their place in museum collections. This version is based on a quilt in the Smithsonian Institution Collection.
My price for this lovely quilt kit is $95 USD and includes the backing and binding , and I also have a kit containing the two large rectangular shams for the same price – $95 USD backing included.

Last on today’s list is is “Floral Album” by Doublestencil – this too is for the crib quilt/wallhanging kit shown in the picture hanging on the wall above the bed. I’m still hoping to find the full sized kit, but haven’t seen one on the secondary market for over a year – I will keep my fingers crossed. This quilt kit, too, is based on a quilt in the Smithsonian Collection.
The charming small quilt kit that I have is priced at $95 USD.

Keep in mind that any of these quilt kits can be made up and completed entirely by hand and will use the very best 100% cotton battings, backings and thread. There is no time to complete these before Christmas but at the moment, I can promise delivery for early spring of 2009.

In closing I’d like to quote from an email by a recent customer: “The package arrived in good condition! Both quilts are beautiful and I’m anxious to begin a new project! Thank you again for your excellent service.” Purchases are mailed as soon as payment is received and are insured and trackable.

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