Archive for May, 2011

Back in Stock! Progress 1492 Tree of Life and Progress 1403 The Iris – Vintage Applique Quilt Kits

Progress 1492 Tree of Life - fabrics for applique


GREAT NEWS!!! Announcing that two classic 100% cotton, Progress vintage applique quilt kits are back in stock!!!

Progress 1492 Tree of Life 100% cotton vintage quilt kit finished size 79x97


Above is the classic Progress Tree of Life pattern, and a photo of the lovely vintage fabrics to be used in completinmg it  - I have people asking for this so often! Now’s your chance, as  once I list the Tree of Life  it is quickly snapped up. The kit is in fresh, unopened condition and ready to go out to you as soon as I receive your personal cheque. 


Contact me: to ensure that I put a hold on this treasure! 


Below is the other quilt kit I’m posting about today: Progress The Iris 100% cotton vintage applique kit, in pristine unopened condition. 

Progress 1403 The Iris applique quilt kit 100% cotton 79×97, finished size

The kit is indeed unopened, but I am using one of my stock file photos so you can see the lovely range of 100% cotton fabrics used for the applique: in all, there are 11 shades for the flowers and two shades of green for foliage. 

Progress 1403 The Iris applique quilt kit - fabrics for applique


The last time I had this kit in stock, it sold within days, so contact me soon to put a hold on it so you can add it to your collection. 


CONTACT ME: to reserve this lovely kit 


VINTAGE QUILT KITS ADDED TO INVENTORY: a spartex/doublestencil, Bucilla #8099 “Island Song” and Paragon #01130 “Rose of Sharon”


Spartex/Doublestencil antique white double/queen wholecloth quilt kit - Hagerstown Feather


Lovely vintage kits have been arriving almost daily and I have chosen three very hard-to-find and attractive kits for you to look at this weekend. Here it’s our first long summer holiday weekend and the weather looks like it’s improving! We’ll keep our fingers crossed on that one after two straight weeks of rain.   

My first offering is a quilt kit that helped to introduce the Hawaiian method of quilting to North America. It is “Island Song” Bucilla #8099 and was designed by Junereal Darlene Tom, a well known Hawaiian quiltmaker and designer of the time. The kit came in three colourway choices and this one is the Olive Green choice. The kit was produced in the early 1960’s and is based on the classic Hawaiian Hibiscus flower design. It was marketed through Herschnners – a mail order needlework firm still operating today.


Bucilla #8099 Applique - olive green colourway - Island Song - double 84x110


 When the kit arrives I will post better pictures for you – I have only the one rather blurry one at present.
Another great find that just arrived in the mail yesterday is this lovely vintage Paragon kit:#01130 Rose of Sharon in a double/queen size.
I had almost given up hope of finding this kit – it is an early one, I suspect dating to late 50’s or early 60’s and has been started. The work that has been done is very careful and competent

Paragon 01130 Rose of Sharon – cover picture – double     



Here are a couple of detailed pictures showing the lovely stitching and also showing the delightful double pink and green printed calico fabrics. Just the other day I saw this same fabric in a day book/sample book from an American mill dating back to the 1950’s – the double pinks have  had a long long period of popularity – this quilt kit is modelled after a quilt from the 1830’s in a museum collection. It would look lovely on an antique bed from that period, wouldn’t it?     



 And my last listing for today: for some time now I have been looking to find any of the classic Spartex/Doublestencil quilt kits that were based on museum collections of wholecloth quilts made in the mid 1800’s. They are not in production now so can only be found in the secondary market and not often.   

 WordPress is having issues at present so I cannot post the picture where I would like – please view the picture of Hagerstown Feather at the top of today’s post!      

 Hagerstown Feather – a lovely classic design that will add grace and elegance to any master suite or guest room. A practical choice too, as the classic 100% cotton wholecloths wash beautifully and can be carefully laundered as often as needed. Ties right in with the current trend to decorating using white or antique white (as this particular kit comes in) with metallic accent pieces, natural wood finishes and one or two subtle pops of colour.     


Contact me: to purchase any of these kits, or to enquire about others I may have.



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