VINTAGE QUILT KITS: recent finds!

 

It’s time I  alerted you to some of my interesting recent finds of vintage quilt kits. I think there’s something for everyone here!

 

 

My first find is an unusual one – this is the first time I’ve seen this kit and I was happy to be able to snap it up. It would appear to date from the late 1960’s.

This is Paragon’s “Virginia Reel” , an unusual combination of piecing and cross stitch in a double/queen size.  This striking quilt kit comes complete with all fabric and the Peri Lusta floss kit to complete this lovely, traditional style quilt.  Colours of red and green make this a natural for an antique styled bedroom but is also very appropriate as Christmas decor in any room in the house, thrown over a door, the back of a sofa or arranged over the back of a rocking chair it will add a warm, welcoming ambience to your Christmas celebrations.

 

PRICE: PARAGON VIRGINIA REEL double queen complete with floss  $275USD + $30USD shipping, tracking and insurance = $305USD total

Contact me  janet@novascotiaquilts.com to purchase this beauty

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Above is Progress #1516 Tree of Life to be completed in cross stitch. Size 90×103 so will fit a queen sized bed. I have one of these in my personal collection and the colours are striking when completed. Very similar to Progress’ Applique version of Tree of Life, #1492 which is also currently in my inventory. No floss kit with this one, but matching colours won’t be a problem.

PRICE: PROGRESS #1516 TREE OF LIFE cross stitch quilt kit, 90×103  $190USD + $25USD shipping, tracking and insurance = $220USD total  contact    janet@novascotiaqults.com to purchase

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 And the very desirable and very early Bucilla #1886, Morning Glories,  sized at 90×103, shown above, is on it’s way to me at the moment.  I will be able to get better pictures when it arrives. It is lovely, with strong pastel colours popular during the depression era and early 1940’s – morning glories climbing a trellis and surrounded with traditional handquilting motifs. Thois is a rare kit, seldom offered or seen on the secondary market. The seller told me it has a small amount of water staining – these stains can be reduced to a barely noticeable shadow with use of Biz or other oxy washing products – my price is based on there being such a stain - this is often a fact of life with the much older kits, and when properlytreated after completion will not be an issue.

PRICE: BUCILLA #1886 “MORNING GLORIES”  90×103  $425USD + $25USD postage, tracking and insurance = $450USD   contact janet@novascotiaquilts.com for purchase

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The following kits are very rare and unusual quilt kits designed and sized specifically for infants and chidren. These kits vary in age from mid 1940’s to late 50’s or early 60’s  and into the 70’s – vintage if not antique and reflect a sweeter and more sentimental treatment of babies and toddlers. These would all make a statement in a baby room with their retro styles and colours, and would also be at home on the floor as a play quilt, or even hung on the wall as a colourful focal point. What a sweet gift for a grandma to make for a precious grandchild.

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Printed panels or ‘fooler’ fabrics are not a recent invention by any means and were seen in 19th century sample books and in scrap quilts of that time. Printed chintzes or palampores are even older, being among the first fine block printed cotton cloth brought back from India by the Dutch East India Company and the British East India Company in the late 16th century. Their novelty took Europe by storm and are still a staple of den Haan and Wagenmaker in Holland today. So this little kit, dating to 1944 and made by Hiawatha, which was a mail order needlework firm, takes it’s place in an historic tradition.

An idealized pair of happy, clean and well-fed toddlers off to bed and surrounded by fairy tale characters  and sweet animals – so very sentimental and reassuring during a time of war and social change!

PRICE: PRINTED PANEL WITH INSTRUCTIONS  for quilting $150USD + $5USD shipping, tracking and insurance = $155USD total           email: janet@novascotiaquilts.com to order

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Next up – two different versions of the bedtime story – Goldilocks and the Three Bears – each one very much in keeping with the time period during which it was available: Contact me: janet@novascotiaquilts.com to purchase either of these sweet applique baby quilts.

Above is the Paragon Three Bears applique quilt kit – very 50’s retro style indeed, and including all the beloved scenes – who’s been sleeping in my bed, who’s been sitting in my chair and who’s been eating my porridge, plus the bear family out for a stroll. Bound to please with the brightly coloured appliques.

PRICE: $150USD + $20USD shipping, tracking and insurance = $170USD total

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Above is Progress Three Bears applique baby quilt – and again it is so reminiscent of the period in the early to mid 1970’s when small calico floral prints were all the rage – so much so that it was next to mpossible to find anything else! Three very colourful and happy bears out for their Sunday stroll in a country setting. What could be sweeter! Strong, bright colours will fade to softer shades as they are washed time and time again, or you can keep this one for display on a wall or over the side of the crib when baby is up.  This one’s a real keeper!

PRICE: PROGRESS  – THREE BEARS applique baby quilt kit   $150USD + $20 shipping, tracking and insurance = $170USD total

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The treasure shown above was purchased at Marshall Fields – a legendary department store in Chicago and judging by it’s sticker price and the art work of both the “Gerber baby”  and the Cinderella motifs it was available during the early to mid 40’s. It is 45×60 and the cross stitch motifs are stamped on fine percale in white – no floss comes with the kit,but requirements are listed so no problem to find matches.

The required pink bias binding for the scalloped edges is in the package. The art work of the cover deserves to be framed and hung in bab’s room too! This one is a true winner – almost a one of a kind find!!

PRICE: Bucilla #3283 cross stitch Cinderella 45×60 100% cotton w pink binding  $165USD + $20USD shipping, insurance and tracking  = $185USD total

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Thanks!! and enjoy all that eye candy above!  Hugs!  Janet

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4 Responses to “VINTAGE QUILT KITS: recent finds!”

  • Linda Williams:

    Janet,

    Your site is spectacular!!! I have to doubly thank you for the instructions on how to handle a vintage quilt kit. As of today, my Songbirds quilt strips are hanging over a door. I can hardly wait to begin cross stitching.

    You inspire me.
    Hugs
    Linda Williams

  • Thanks for the vote of confidence Linda – I love doing what I’m doing, and my most importasnt aim is to perfect customer service.
    I’m amazed at the variety of choices out there for vintage quilt kit lovers.
    Janet

  • Kath Baker:

    Janet – I’m loving the newsletters and am thoroughly enjoying stitching the Baltimore Bride I got from you recently. I’m already saving hard for my next one and can cheerfully claim that you have made another convert.

    I’m actually carrying the whole thing around with me to do a few minutes here and there between meetings and so on :)

    warm best wishes from Scotland!

  • janet:

    How nice to hear from you Kath – and how pleased I am that you are enjoying both my monthly newsletters and the Baltimore Bride’s quilt kit you bought recently – that’s a really popular one and I find it hard to keep it in stock – I sold the replacement one for the one you got, and am now hoping to have a replacement for the replacement winging its way to me!! Stay well and enjoy the more springlike weather I hear Scotland is now getting!
    Hugs! Janet

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