Archive for May, 2009

THOUGHTS ON VINTAGE APPLIQUE KITS

I’ve been pulling together and checking a couple of lovely vintsge quilt kits that are due to go out to their new owners tomorrow. I’m impressed all over again at the high quality and good design that has gone into these kits; and all over again, I wish I had time to stitch these up. Neither of them are readily available any more on the secondary market and although I will try to replace them for my inventory I doubt I will be able to.

While trolling through my storage system to pull these for mailing, I came upon two glorious kits I had almost forgotten I had and the one that I will check and photograph tomorrow appears to be completed or almost so – it is an extremely rare and very vintage one that judging by the fragile and shattered paper black and white picture dates from the late 1930’s or early 1940’s – a rare treasure indeed.

I will first offer it (as is) for sale, but may very well decide to finish it for sale through my website and quilt studio or at one of several quilt shows I will be exhibiting at this summer.

The two pictured above are going to give much joy to their new owners.

RECENT ONE-OF-A-KIND HANDCRAFTED QUILTS

Below are pictures of two recently finished and delivered projects that I worked on over the past winter. Both are one of a kind, hand pieced and hand appliqued quilts, which were finished with careful and detailed hand quilting.

Above is a queen sized quilt inspired by a 19th century quilt in a Pennsylvania museum. You can click on the picture to enlarge it and see all the careful handquilting. The client is a woman living in the Washington DC area, who is delighted with the results, and we are already working on a follow-up commission to this one.

Above is the sixth of a series of quilts I have made for a West Coast Canadian dealer in First Nations Art. I have made two bed quilts for him, and this is the fourth version of pieces of art he has asked me to do – again he is very satisfied and I am currently working on two more commissions he has entrusted to me. These pieces are an exciting challenge and it is hoped they will be exhibited in a textile show planned for the coming winter in Victoria BC.
I have had a busy winter and as I go into my summer season at my Quilt Studio I have some exciting commissions I’m working on. Now if the weather would just improve I could do some gardening too!!

AN AMISH-STYLE LAP QUILT

Above is my very latest finish – a strippy Amish style quilt top just waiting to be handquilted once I decide in conjunction with its new owner on the patterns to be used. It is a square 60×60 inches, which is a lapquilt size. It is striking – girly without being cutesy.

I have been going through my stash of solid coloured fabrics – mostly high quality Kona cottons for two recently received commissions, and can’t help playing with colour combinations as I do so.

I found two jewel like shades of jade green with lots of yardage and of course put them together to return to storage; and at the same time started looking through my pinks, cerise and lighter purples, and found three more singing jewel tones!

I couldn’t resist it – I had to make a quilt out of these clear and very lovely colours, and so of course, I did. This quilt will be priced at $950 USD , delivery to your door included, and will be closely handquilted in tradition amish motifs. Feel free to contact me mailto:janet@novascotiaquilts.com

One-of-a-Kind Handstitched Quilt


Presenting Janet’s Indigo Baskets! This is a small quilt that would look great as a wallhanging, a baby’s crib quilt, a tabletopper or just thrown over a chair. It is 40 inches square.
Celebrating summer fun days with patriotic colours suitable for 4th of July or anytime you want a festive touch, it is made of fine 19th century reproduction fabrics, carefully pieced and appliqued by hand and covered in tiny precise handquilting stitches.
You will not see this design and particular choice of colours everywhere you turn since the choices are entirely my own, and my designs are not mass marketed. The back is of unbleached muslin with a 4 inch regulation hanging sleeve and personalised label. Giving the quilt’s provenance, the label will bear your name as the commissioning client. The only place where machine stitching has been used is on the binding, which is machine sewn for strength and then turned over to the back and hemmed by hand. The machine stitching is invisible.
To see more detail click any of the above pictures for an enlargement.
My price, which includes shipping to your door, is $525 USD payable by cheque or Paypal. Contact me for further details or with any questions you might have.

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