Archive for April, 2011

Additional Pictures for Paragon cross stitch #01179 Renaissance

kit is in immaculate condition


I just took advantage of a slight break in the weather on this humid and drizzly spring day – everything is finally popping into bud and you can practically hear the grass grow!
reverse side of package insert Paragon Renaissance #01179

Unfortunately it was too wet to take this pristine quilt kit outside so I must apologize for the darkness and shadow in the pictures. I would rather have had enough natural light to avoid flash – but Hey Ho! what can you do? And we do need rain – smile.  

Paragon cs #01179 Renaissance 90x103 colour package insert


I hope the pictures do show the crisp and clean condition of this beauty! Fresh and sweet smelling too!  


I have just heard from the customer for whom I was holding this kit; she has bought the kit and tells me this story:

“I started that quilt when I was 18, back in 1971.  I did all the embroidery and my grandma did  the quilting. My goal was to do a quilt for each of my kids and this one was to be my daughter’s.  In 2006, the quilt was stolen in a home burglary.  After that, I did another embroidered quilt top to replace the Renaissance quilt, but always missed that first quilt.  I got the idea to look for a kit like the original one and found your website.  I was super excited to find one, only to learn that it was sold a week prior.  However, you looked for another for me and I am buying it now.  I can’t wait to get it and get started.  It will help me to feel whole again! 

By the way, a big Thank You!” 

I’m thrilled to have been instrumental in finding this lovely vintage kit for this lady!

Paragon Garden Bouquet applique, and Paragon Renaissance vintage cross stitch quilt kits back in stock!

I’m happy that I have two rare and sought after vintage Paragon quilt kits back in stock:
Below is the lovely Garden Bouquet #01188 - an album style applique kit that is adapted from an antique quilt in a well known Museum Collection. The colourway of blues, greens and a small amount of rose pink is as lovely today as it was 40 years ago.

Paragon Garden Bouquet quilt kit for applique double/queen


Pictured below are the materials, including binding and embroidery floss for highlights.

Paragon Garden Bouquet - double/queen - materials for applique and binding



This lovely and very rare Paragon  cross stitch kit in double/queen size (90×103) is #01179 Renaissance.    

Paragon #01179 Renaissance - double 90x103 vintage quilt kit for cross stitch


I have just unfolded and photographed this lovely kit and find it smells sweet and fresh and has not a mark on it! The paper fronting the package has a good clear picture of the quilt in colour on front and the reverse of the sheet has all the instruction  and the thread requirements – this is going to be a treasure for someone! Wish I could keep it for myself, but there is already interest in it!    

PRICE: Paragon Renaissance #01179 double/queen $230USD + $20 shipping = $250USD tacking and insurance included    



Traditional unbleached 100% cotton muslin quilt backings

the label on the quilt backs from Hearthside Quilts


Those of you  reading this who complete antique and vintage quilt tops, vintage quilt kits including applique and cross stitch, and who like to work wholecloth quilts  will be interested to hear that I recently acquired several of these 100% unbleached cotton quilt backs in a queen/king size – at 96×108 inches these backings will suit most of the larger kits and tops out there. No piecing, no sourcing of extra wide fabric and at a reasonable price too – there are only a few and when they are gone I’m unlikely to have more, so contact me if you would like to reserve these.  

Price: 100% cotton muslin, unbleached, made in the USA expressly for Hearthside Quilts of Vermont, sized at 96×108  each one   $40USD + $10USD shipping = $50     Shipping will be combined for multiple purchases  – NOTE! ALL HAVE BEEN SOLD! 

CONTACT ME TO RESERVE ONE OR MORE of these great backings!  


Progress 1553 Majestic now in stock


I’ve found another treasure!! I had only seen pictures of this  kit online, but the other day I was delighted to find this one among a group of vintage kits I had been offered, and of course I purchased it.

Progress #1553 Majestic applique quilt kit - view of fabrics for applique


 The fabrics for applique are a great mix of subtle cotton percale solids combined with small scale floral prints, and as you can see by the picture of the finished quilt on the front of the package. 

 Progress #1553 Majestic is a rare take on the commoner “Tree of Life” kit, also made by Progress (#1492)  - both are based on the Palampores or block printed bedspread sized panels exported by the Dutch East India Company and the British East India Company from the Coromandel Coast of India. These  “indiennes” prints as they were called caught the fancy of late 17th century Europe due to both their novelty and the fact that they were  extremely high quality  cotton woven goods  such as  had never been seen in Europe or even imagined – they are seen today still as made in both The Netherlands by den Haan and Wagenmakers, and in Provence by Souileado and Les Olivades and many smaller  firms.  

I was researching the central chintz panels that are currently available yesterday, as I have a large box of “indiennes” samples from den Haan which is calling out for me to make a medallion quilt from it. Den Haan and Wagenmakers       features a  chintz panel, and Margo Kreuger of Reproduction Fabrics   has recently launched a line of three different panels – exciting!! 


Progress #1553 Majestic applique quilt kit


Progress #1553 Majestic is a double sized vintage quilt kit for applique and measures 79×97 when finished – everything needed is in the unopened package! 

PRICE: $395USD + $20USD shipping = $415USD – SOLD



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