I mentioned in my last post that I think I may have the largest inventory of vintage quilt kits in North America, and thought I should talk a bit today about what sorts of kits these are. 

I have collected several types of kits: I have wholecloth kits – also know as white work or bride’s quilts. An example of this type of kit is shown below. Many are based on historic 19th century patterns and others are more modern. For the most part, the full/queen sized quilt kits are no longer being manufactured as the machinery to print these very large quilts is obsolete and parts are hard to source.

Spartex/Doublestencil has gone out of business.

All these kits thst I carry were made in North America (Made in the USA! With a nod to Mr. Springsteen) from fabric produced domestically. They were manufactured by Paragon, Progress, Bucilla, and in the case of the wholecloths by Spartex/Doublestencil and Benartex. Most date from the late 40’s, on through the late 70’s and are 100% cotton. One or two, such as the Paragon Holly Hobbie was only made in poly/cotton so that is what I have.


I also have a very large inventory of quilt kits stamped for cross stitch and in many cases I have the embroidery floss kits that were manufactured to go with them. What a nice combination – vintage quilt kit and vintage floss too! Choices of several sizes: king, double/queen, twin, youth bed and crib sized.


The applique quilt kits that I have are all absolutely exquisite. Brilliantly coloured applique to be stitched onto either pure white or eggshell 100%cotton and beautifully designed – many from traditional patterns found in American Museums.  In most cases the pre folded bias binding is also included.

Just a couple of ‘teaser’ pictures – I will be doing a seperate post very soon in which I will feature some sweet baby quilts to be made from kits. Below is a Paragon kit based on artwork by Sister Hummel and dating to the late 60’s early 70’s – included is a little pillow. A nice set for a new grandchild!

I thought as another teaser, I’d show you one of my treasures – a kit marketed through Lee Wards – which has been out of business for a long time – it is dated 1967 and is beautiful pansies – all richly coloured applique pieces included.


And finally, after a long search to get this kit back in stock – here it is! A Beatrix Potter drawing was the basis for this one which comes with all floss needed to complete it on a pre-quilted quilt top – just darling! Ask about this one – it’s in transit to me as I write and I know it won’t last long. 

THIS JUST IN: My goodness! I was certainly right! This classic little quilt kit sold this afternoon after only a day on the site! An eager return customer had just finished a kit she bought from me and decided to check out my new stuff! Come back often folks, the real finds don’t stick around.

In addition to selling complete kits and some kits that have already been started, I have been asked many times if I can provide instructions, stitch diagrams or floss requirement lists or both – in many cases I can and I am happy to do so but find I must charge a fee to defray costs of gas, my time, postage  and photocopying. Contact me with your requirements and I’ll get back to you.

In addition, many people write asking if I can help them date or fill in background info on kits in their possession – I’d love to do so in general terms, but also in most cases will refer you to which is a subscription site owned by Rose Werner who has put many years of work into documenting quilts made from kits. I will not pass on to you anything that Rosie holds  under copyright – I’m sure you all understand.

So , please get back to me with your comments and questions and please refer to my list of inventory which is located in the “Bookmarks” box on the right hand side of the front page

Talk to you all soon!    Janet

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