Archive for March, 2013

VINTAGE WHOLECLOTH OR APPLIQUE QUILT KITS

Recently I have sold five wholecloth quilt kits! I’m delighted, of course, that my customers are choosing these lovely kits, but I’m at a loss at the moment to re-stock. I spent the day contacting all my sources and came up empty – none available at the moment. In addition to these three possibilities below, I currently have several Benartex queen sized kits in stock – Floral Bouquet, and Feathered Pineapple come to mind – ask me about them: janet@novascotiaquilts.com

Today I want to post about the versatility of several vintage quilt kits I have in my inventory. One is designed as a wholecloth quilt kit and the other two can be finished in the wholeloth style or with applique as well. Two of these lovely kits are available with coordinating wallhanging or baby’s quilt. More details below:

This interesting kit is  inspired by a mid-nineteenth century quilt in the Smithsonian’s Museum collection. It is a Baltiimore Album style quilt measuring 88×114 inches . This size kit does not come with backing, but the wallhanging/baby’s quilt kit shown above the bed in the picture  is available in stock too and comes with backing. All coloured fabrics are contained in the kit.

PRICE: Floral Album queen/king size 88×114  $395USD + $30USD shipping tracking and insurance

                 Floral Album baby’s quilt/wallhanging 40×40  $175USD + $20USD shipping and tracking

                          COMBINED SHIPPING for both kits $30USD tracking and insurance included

  contact: janet@novascotiaquilts.com to order with your personal cheque, an international postal money order or your Paypal account

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Another Spartex/Doublestencil is the lovely Pennsylvania Folk Art II Kit. I have this design available in double/queen which comes with no backing, and in the baby’s quilt/wallhanging size of 43×47, complete with backing. These kits could be done using the fabric for applique as shown and supplied, or you might decide to choose your own fabrics. I have seen both quilts done as a wholecloth quilts and I’m inclined to prefer this very simple and subtle treatment.

PRICE: Pennsylvania Folk Art II  double/queen kit $250USD + $30 USD shipping, insured and trackable

                  Pennsylvania Folk Art II baby quilt/wallhanging $175USD + $20 shipping, insured and trackable

                                Combined shipping for the two items: $30USD w tracking and insurance

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And last: the very lovely, formal and classic Hagerstown Feather , which was produced by Penn Prints, another name under which Spartex/Doublestencil traded. So all three kits are from the Spartanburg, South Carolina textile mill, made of finest quslity 100% American made and grown cotton. This firm is long out of business, the mill that was the lifeblood of this small southern city silent and vacant now.

These kits  rarely shows up in the secondary market and I have acquired very few in the last year or so.  Interest remains high in these classic vintage kits, judging by he inquiries I receive.

PRICE: Hagerstown Feather double/queen size top  $250USD + $30USD shipping, insurance and tracking

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Contact me: janet@novascotiaquilt.com to order and arrange payment by personal cheque, international postal money order or your Paypal account – I offer great customer service with a friendly personal touch.

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And don’t forget to email me to SIGN ME UP!  for the monthly newsletter with all sorts of interesting informatin, special offers and listingf the newest vintage kits acquired before they are posted onlone.  janet@novascotiaquilts.com

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Happy Easter and happy spring!!   Janet

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SNEAK PEEK!! SAMPLE NEWSLETTER: March 2013 now online for you to view! SNEAK PEEK!

All I could say when I pulled this beauty out of a storage container was “WOW!” This sort of treasure doesn’t show up often. It was the feature in this month’s Nova Scotia Quilts Newsletter (March 2013)

If you would like to view the entire newsletter, go to: http://www.novascotiaquilts.com/nova-scotia-quilts-newsletter-march-2013/ it’s full of treasures that make my heart sing and which will surely interest you, too.

For just this once, you can shop using the same special conditions that members of the list receive, but unless you sign up for the monthly newsletter you won’t see subsequent issues that wil be sent with special news, quilt kit history, and special offers.     Contact janet@novascotiaquilts.com and tell me “Sign me up!” My signed up subscribers list has doubled in just a few months and I’m hearing very positive things about the special items I have featured.

Meanwhile go to:http://www.novascotiaquilts.com/nova-scotia-quilts-newsletter-march-2013/ and feast your eyes!!

Happy Spring!!!

Janet

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Progress #1492 Tree of Life applique quilt kit back in stock!

 

It’s back in stock!!!! This is one of America’s favourite vintage kits and I have found another so I can tell you I have it in stock and ready to ship!!

This lovely kit, dating from the 1950’s is of 100% cotton, and the colours are as fresh and bright as they were some 60 years ago. Ready for you to applique and fnish, and then to proudly display in your home, the quilt kit finishes to 79×97 – a double/queen size.

The above shot shows you the lovely range of solid colours and vintage prints ready for you to cut and applique – comes complete with stitch charts and directions to complete.

PRICE: #1492 Progress Tree of Life, 79×97:  $395USD + $25 shipping with insurance and tracking= $420USD

Contact me: janet@novascotiaquilts.com to arrange purchase, using personal cheque, International Postal Money Order or instantly pay with Paypal for rapid shipping

Newsletter: tell me to sign you up by contacting janet@novascotiaquilts.com and receive the April issue with lots of great news and special offers.

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Beatrix Potter, Holly Hobbie and Walt Disney’s Bambi – quilt kits and more!

The next few posts will concentrate on children’s and babies’ vintage quilt kits.  Today I wil be describing several kits I have in my current inventory that are classic themes from the past with current interest for collectors.

All three of these kits have accompanying themed decorative items suitable for your child’s retro nursery. 

Above is Paragon’s 1972 Holly Hobbie quilt top kit – this kit comes ready to quilt and can be as complex or as simple as you care to make it. This kit will finish to crib size or with the addition of a border or two will fit a youth or twin bed. Team it with the sampler shown below and this will be the beginning of a sweet decor for a little girl’s room.

PRICE: $175USD + $20USD as your share of shipping by insured and trackable mail

You heard it here – the next vintage decorating wave to hit North America will be the 70’s and 80’s -  vintage quilt kits will help move it along, and I certainly have lots of them!

The Paragon sampler kit above makes up to  11×14 inches and the frame, backing board and floss is complete in the package – Holly is entertaining a friend at tea in this darling picture. Quick and easy to complete.

PRICE: $25USD + $10USD your share of shipping by insured and trackable post – or ships free with the quilt kit.

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Beatrix Potter is always a favourite!!! I have had all three of he quilt kits in this JCA series, but can’t find them readily these days on the secondary market  and can’t keep them in stock. They are no longer made.

At the moment I have this version: Mrs. Bunny rocking her baby to sleep in her arms with ihe the cradle at her feet – done in strong pastels this pre-quilted kit comes with the floss to embroider it – a lovely crib quilt or wallhanging!

PRICE: $175USD + $29USD your share of insured and trackable shipping

I have three beautiful leaflets for cross stitched decorative nursery items – above is a lovely growth chart

A collection of many cross stitch charts for various useful and decorative nursery items shown above, and below a traditional birth sampler to complete for your child or grandchild.

 

PRICE: each leaflet $8USD or buy all three for $20 – shipping free w9ith the above quilt kit or $3 for one, two or three leaflets

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First released in the mid 1940’s, Walt Disney’s “Bambi” became a classic film and inspired many decorative and playtime items – here are two of them.

The first is a 40×60 quilt kit for embroidery – this prefinished 100% cotton  quilt comes complete with Peri Lusta embroidery floss. It is #0522Q and also has instructions in the sealed package.

PRICE: $175USD + $20USD your share of insured and trackable postage

The picture also shows a sweet growth chart – also by Paragon. The design is stamped on 100% cotton with a prefinished edge and is complete with peri lusta floss, a hanging cord and hanging rod – a measuring tape is ready to be fixed to the edge and full instructions to complete this growth chart are included in the sealed package.

PRICE $35USD + $10USD as your share of insured and trackable postage or ships free with the quilt kit

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CONTACT ME TO PURCHASE: janet@novascotiaquilts.com

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NEW INVENTORY: BENARTEX WHOLECLOTH QUILT KITS

 

Good Morning to all my readers! It’s Sunday March 3 and here in  notheastern North America finally starting to look a little springlike – for us that is! We still have lots of snow around, but the icicles on the eaves are dripping during the day, and it was nice not to hustle around starting the fire this morning. Since I heat primarily with wood, each day’s rhythm is measured by the steady bringing in of wood, stoking the stove and removing ashes and starting all over again. On really cold nights, the stove is stoked  several times during the night as well – tiring for an old lady!

 My shopping list this week will include some fresh maple syrup to pour over blueberry pancakes, and a potted blooming bulb to put in the middle of the kitchen table! I’m even thinking new curtains and maybe make a summer nightgown or two! I’m tired of flannel granny gowns!

 But before I do any of those things, I want to post my recent acquisitions in order to round out my recent posts about making wholecloth quilts and my current inventory. A local friend has just purchased three of these beauties and I’m anxious to see which one she’ll start first!

The other day a big heavy box showed up at my local post office and in it were the Benartex wholecloth quilt kits I had recently purchased from a contact in the United States. My treasures are shown below!

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Above is Benartex Garden Bouquet, designed by Holice Turnbow and available in queen size ( 90×108) in natural – This kit has been eluding me and I’m so pleased to be able to offer it.

PRICE:  Garden Bouquet  $250USD + $30USD shipping with insurance and tracking = $280

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I finally have this beauty back in stock again, in a crib size – in natural, it measures 40×54 – this makes a lovely quilt for a little girl and will serve her well in childhood, and then function as a wall hanging, tablecloth or snuggle quilt as she grows up – truly an heirloom when you make it with love! The 100% cotton  kit comes complete with binding and backing – all you need is 100% cotton quilt batting and a spool of high quality 100% cotton quilting thread, like the YLI thread that I carry.

Price:  Benartex Floral Fantasy by Holice Turnbow  40×54 in natural  $150USD + $20USD  shipping = $170USD total includes insurance and tracking.

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Above is the cover illustration for a quilt backing in natural, put out by Benartex to match their line of queen sized wholecloth quilt top kits. This backing is seldom found today and will complete your choice of Benartex queen tops beautifully.

PRICE: $80USD plus  $30USD postage = $110USD includes insurance and tracking. Combined postage  if ordering other items.

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AND! BACK IN STOCK!!

Shown above is the very popular Holice Turnbow design by Benartex in crib size natural 40×54 – ‘Anchors Aweigh’ .

I have been able to find another so it is now back in stock! I’ve sold a lot of these over the years – they are popular as a classic quilt for baby boys or an accent in a nautical or beach themed room. This design never lasts long.

PRICE: $150USD and $20USD shipping = $170USD including insurance and tracking

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SIGN UP NOW IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE MARCH NEWSLETTER : I’m preparing the newsletter now and it will contain a listing of the contents of a small storage container with a mixed bag of very desirable vintage goodies – kits, finished quilt kit tops, works in progress, and a fine pieced top – improved nine patch with stunning fabrics from the 1930’s – a real one of a kind treasure box – none of these items has been listed here on my website!

send me an email janet@novascotiaquilts.com with ’sign me up’ as the message

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COMING SOON: more listings of fresh inventory!

For now – happy spring from Janet!!

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