I’ve been trying to find this lovely vintage quilt kit – Progress “The Iris” #1403 in a double bed size, and have finally scored!!

This is a picture of the fabrics to complete the quilt and although the picture is not giving us the true colour, one can see that there is a lovely variety and that the kit will be striking when finished.

PRICE: $300 USD + $20 USD shipping     SOLD Feb 16/11


The sweet and nostalgic figure of Holly Hobbie was on so many items for children and adults both in the 1970s, and there has recently been a fresh interest in these items……..

This kit at  36×54 is crib or wall hanging size, or if you decide to put a border or two on it you can bring it up to a twin bed size or slightly smaller for a youth bed or cuddle quilt. I have a plentiful variety of the sweet small calicos that will enhance this little kit, as they date to the same time period – therefore they are vintage too.

Paragon produced this darling kit under licencse from American Greeting Card which held the copyright. The package is sealed so you know nothing is missing and the kit has been well protected – it appears there is backing material, polyester batt, embroidery thread for detailing and even a needle. I did one of these kits up a year or two ago and by putting in a lot of quilting, it made it look really grat. The kit is dated 1972 on the selvedge edge of the quilt top panel and to assure its authenticity I trimmed it off and appliqued it to the hanging sleeve.

PRICE: KIT ALONE  $185USD + $20 USD shipping  – if you want some vintage calico, we can discuss that.

                KIT MADE UP TO MY EXACTING STANDARDS – 6 to 8 months lead time  $385 USD + $20 shipping, extra if borders are to be added.

SOLD: March 15/11


  • Hello! I would like to purchase this quilt kit from you if it is still available. I will only require the kit as I plan to quilt it myself. I wasn’t sure what I need to do to make the arrangements. Thank you!

    Maureen Stover

  • janet:

    Hi Maureen – I have just responded to your query by email so if you have a lively spam filter – check the spam file. Yes I still have the Holly Hobbie kit – it’s so sweet!

  • Joan Partrick:

    Love your posting re: Progress #1403 Iris. I actually bought one of these several years ago at a flea market for $125.00. I have made it. There were two problems one of which is, I suspect, endemic to the kit itself. Some, maybe 4 or 5, of the leaves are not stamped on the green. The other is the problem of the Royal Mouline embroidery colors. After some frustration with Coats and Clark, the company that bought Mouline, I used my DMC thread chart. It’s a lovely quilt.

  • janet:

    Thanks for the wonderful comments Joan. Isn’t matching threads just a curse – I was trying to do that this morning as I was sorting out cross stitch quilt kits to post this afternoon and I was short some threads in one kit. The Iris is a lovely kit and I hope I can find it again, after selling this one.
    Happy quilting!!

  • hey i have my moms old progess quilt kit 1/3 done in roses any offers kept in plastic box she just passed in feb had the quilt for years >????????????sandy

  • alos bought the applique part pieces only for a daffodil progress quilt no backing with the pieces marked will sell also sandy

  • janet:

    Hi Sandy: I’d be happy to look at pictures of what you have, and if you ca give me details of what size, kit # and fabric content, that would help too. Contact me: so we can discuss. Thanks

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