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More Hard-to-Source Vintage Applique Quilt kits and the Shaker Tree of Life quilt kit from Hancock Shaker Village!

 

The computer seems to be working right today and I was able to load all the rest of the pictures, so this is a continuation of the post published a day or two ago. I have some very special treats for you to look at and a couple of very special prices too!

So pull up a chair and get a cup of tea or coffee, and enjoy! And remember, these lovely kits are not going to last long, so contact me: janet@novascotiaquilts.com to get me to place a hold on your choice and arrange for payment and shipping it out to you.

Contact me with “Sign Me Up!” in the title line to arrange to add your address to those who receive my monthly newsletter – August, due to heavy work load and also the computer issues I’ve been having, hasn’t gone out yet – so act fast and you’ll get on the list for some nice special offers that only newsletter recipients are eligible to receive.

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NOW FOR A PEEK AT THE GOOD STUFF!

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SHAKER TREE OF LIFE QUILT PATTERN and KIT:

A quilt kit made up from a pattern purchased in 1990 at the Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock New Hampshire – the first block has been done by a capable needlewoman and will serve as a guide for you as you use this wonderful full sized pattern and the templates this quiltmaker cut from lighgtweight template plastic. The prints are the lovely small florals and tone on tones so popular during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s – pure cotton and it looks like there is more than enough fabric to complete a double/queen quilt.

There is also some embroidery floss to complete the finishing touches to each block!

 And here is a shot of the full sized placement  diagram for a complete block – very clear instructions here….. and a lovely hand-quilting pattern too!

It was a dull day when I took these shots – the colours are much clearer and brighter in real life.

And here is a shot of the finished block which will be so helpful in completing this gorgeous kit.

I bought this kit with the intention of completing it – it was in the estate of an elderly person who was no longer quilting, and although my intentions were good – I’d still love to do it – my time hasn’t permitted as I am still accepting new custom quilt commissions. Rather than have it sit in a storage tote I’ve decided to part with it – if it doesn’t sell here I know it will at the upcoming Quilts at the Harbour 15th Annual  Show and Sale next month – if you are in  the area – drop by – you’ll have a great time.

PRICE: Vintage Shaker Tree of Life Quilt Kit double/queen with vintage fabrics and easy to follow pattern – $150USD + $40USD shipping with tracking and insurance – this will be a heavy package!

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BUCILLA #3375  MISS WILDFLOWER – an Applique quilt in double/queen size (84×100)

This is a kit I have been waiting for years to acquire! The fact that it is already started is not an issue as the work has been very nicely done. The design is stunning!

Poppies and cornflowers, and could that be buttercups? So sweet!

As you can see, there are several tiny stains of what looks like pink lemonade! The quiltmaker must have been working at it in summer – these pale pink stains should come out nicely with a gentle wash in oxyclean after the quilt is finished.

Another closeup of  the lovely cornflower, plus an overview of a real mare’s nest of threads and applique pieces. This sort of ‘mess’ is familiar to me as many years ago this was the way my mother worked, and she would give me the mess to salvage embroidery threads for my next project , as she preferred to start fresh each time. So therefore, if you wish me to sort this out before I send it on to you I know how to do it!! (Big smile!) If you’d rather play with it yourself, I’ll understand too!

Looking at the completed posy below I think the yellow flower must be an ox eyed daisy – pretty isn’t it?

PRICE: BUCILLA #3375 Miss Wildflower double/queen started but complete several small stains that should wash out  $395USD + $30 shipping includes insurance and tracking. Contact me to secure your purchase: janet@novascotiaquilts.com

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PROGRESS #1438 APPLIQUE : THE APPLE BLOSSOM size 81×07                                                

This lovely kit is an early one! Open, it is intact and has been carefully stored since it was bought in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. It’s ready to start and comes complete with all instructions needed to complete it.

The colours are lovely clear and bright hades of lighter and darker rose, along with some yellow and green and brown.

As you can see the white background fabric is spotless – no yellowing or foxing.

PRICE: make this beautiful heirloom – The Apple Blossom - yours today email me ro complete purchase – $395USD + $30USD shipping includes tracking and insurance. janet@novascotiaquilts.com

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LEE WARDS ‘Perky Pansies”  08-91028 81×100

Another elusive one! I’ve tried for years and finally hit lucky this last month! This is the most beautiful of the many lovely ansy creations of the fifties and sixties.

As is often the case, this one has been started and has been carefully stored so that the rest of the appliques, the instructions and the white stencilled top are all spotlss. It is in its o0wn clear project bag with airtight zip closure.  A remarkably lovely piece of America’s past this kit woill make a statement in your home no matter where or how it is displayed.

PRICE: LEE WARDS “PERKY PANSIES”  81×100 double bed size $425USD + $35USD shipping includes tracking and insurance. Contact me to put a hold on this treasure for you!
janet@novascotiaquilts.com

                                 AND………………ARE YOU UP FOR A CHALLENGE, DO YOU WANT TO SAVE $ too?

As if I weren’t lucky enough to find one Perky Pansies another showed up a day or two later – I couldn’t turn this waif away and fell for it too! It has been started, in fact quite a bit was done – and then it fell on hard times – it has a very dirty face – I think some of it will clean up but maybe not al, but an oxyclean soak or two should lighten the marks a lot……..and it has lost all its unattached appliques – a few are pinned on but you are going to have to match, butwith all the possibilities that Kona solids offer I think you’ll be able to do this. You may also have to make templates but this isn’t too challenging either! I can sens along a full colour picture of the finished quilt and also photocopies of the instructions too.

PRICE: ARE YOU GAME? YOU CAN ADOPT THIS ORPHAN FOR $200USD plus shipping, tracking and insurance of $35 – contact me – this great deal isn’t going to last long.

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AND MY LAST OFFERING TODAY:  PARAGON”S ROSE WREATH  #01057 (80×100) from the mid 1940’s or perhaps early 1940’s – this is a real treasure – it reflects the care with which women looked after their projects, and their frugality – the whole thing is boxed up in an old Christmas gift box and is filled with every possible item the needlewoman was going to need to complete this lovely kit. Sadly, she didn’t get to finish oit – will you do it for her?

 This is a study in social history as well as a peep into great grammies sewing box!

I’m including several clos up shots so you can see the care with which the needlework was done and the very precise attention to detail the manufacturer put into this design – truly a work of art in progress!

This kit clearly dates back to the time before even numbers were used to indicate what sorting station mail was to be addressed to – truly early .

The box the kit was packaged in has disappeared, but the owner saved the illustration on the front of the box. Boxes were no longer used after the US entered the Second World WArt in 1942  as resources were being conserved for war effort – brown paper envelopes took their place. So you can draw your own conclusions about age.

Clearly the quilt is approaching finished but has a great deal of detailing and embroidery to be done before handquilting starts – are you the one who will finish this heirloom and pass it down to your daughter? I’d love to do it myself but you know the saying: too many quilts, too little time

PRICE TO OWN THIS BEAUTY: $260USD + 435USD shipping, tracking and insurance. Contact me to arrange payment.

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Goodbye until the next time and be sure to watch for the August newsletter coming out in a day or two!

Stay Cool – drink lots of lemonade and iced tea!!

Hugs!  Janet

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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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Happy Easter and happy spring!!   Janet

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WHOLECLOTH QUILT KITS: wallhanging, crib and throw size

 

I’ve had several inquiries lately about wholecloth kits, and since I’m doing inventory at the moment I thought I might start posting my entire inventory – I’m checking and some items haven’t made it to a post yet. So here goes – I’m starting with the smaller kits – up to snuggle size 60×60.

First a few words about the quilt kits themselves – all of them were made in the USA before so much manufacturing went offshore. They have been made with the very finest of 100% cotton muslin and are for the most part based on the traditonal quilts found in museum collections and dating to the second and third quarter of the 19th century.

These quilts when finished may look delicate but they wear and wash well and look better with each passing year – I have made several to be used with babies, and know that the quilts are used on the floor, outside and all around the house and babies being babies they are washed frequently.

The next issue with these quilts is getting an adequate picture to show them to advantage – you need the light hitting the quilt at an oblique angle, as at sundown, but so often the pictures on packaging is dark and underexposed. It’s sufficient to say that very few pictures do these lovely quilts any justice at all.  Above is a small quilt I made for a customer and I think as a picture it’s as good as anything I’ve seen, but that is not saying much.

Now on to the vintage quilt kits:

Above is Benartex Feathered Star in the wallhanging version  40×40 in natural, complete with binding and backing.

PRICE: $150USD + $20USD postage = $170USD

SOLD!!!  JUNE 2013

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Above is Medallion Star by Spartex’s American Heritage Collection, size 42×42 in antique tea dye – the wallhanging is what is on offer – comes complete with backing and binding.

PRICE: $150USD + $20USD postage = $170USD

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Above is National Star by Penn Prints which was another line of Spartex/Doublestencil. I must apologize for the quality of the picture – the quilt top itself is beautiful in ecru and a lovely design – i’ve made this one and it’s lovely! Available in ecru, size approx 40×40 and back and binding in the package too.

PRICE $150USD + $20USD postage = $170USD

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Above is “Floral Bouquet”  sized at 40×48, this could be a baby quilt or a wall hanging. Part of the American Heritage Collection, it comes in natural. I can vouch for this one too since I’ve made it up – lovely! 

PRICE: $150USD + $20USD postage = $170USD

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Another beauty above – this is a very versatile design and size – carrying a nautical theme with anchors and rope  along with lots of crosshatching this kit measures 40×54 and is in ecru. Great for any  room in the house!

PRICE: $150USD + $20USD postage = $170USD   ON HOLD Jan 30/13

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Above is Benartex Floral Fantasy in natural, this kit measures 40×54 and is a lovely design.

PRICE: $150USD + $20USD postage = $170USD

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And finally – above is American Heritage The Rising Sun 60×60 lap or snuggle quilt kit in antique tea dye. This is an unusual size  and makes a wonderful buy as it is complete with backing and binding too – all you need to buy are the quilting thread and the batting.

PRICE: $250 USD + $25 USD postage = $275      MARCH 27/13  ON HOLD

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If you re interested in any of these lovely kits get in touch with me: janet@novascotiaquilts.com and please note that kits are mailed with adequate insurance and are trackable all the way.

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                                     Until the next time – good night!!!

The Traditional Wholecloth Quilt – kits to create an heirloom

 
 
Recently I’ve had some inquiries about traditional wholecloth quilt kits, and at the same time I’ve been completing a new inventory of kits I currently have in stock.
It turns out I haven’t really promoted these lovely kits for several years now, and have quite a few in stock at the moment. Below I will feature two Benartex kit designs that I have in stock…

Benartex - Anchors Aweigh by Holice Turnbow 40x54, includes back and binding

 

Above is the lovely “Anchors Aweigh” crib or youth bed size wholecloth quilt kit by Holice Turnbow – this is such a versatile size for a quilt – it makes up fairly quickly, can be used in many settings and because it is an off-white or ecru fits well into many decorating schemes and is very easy to wash and keep fresh.  

 
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It’s my understanding that the Holice Turnbow designed kits by Benartex are still available, if somewhat scarce, but I’ve not found any indication that the Spartex/Doublestencil kits are still being made. Occasionally one will turn up in the secondary market. My next post – next week I hope will feature some of these kits.
  
The machinery to produce the very wide printed tops is now vintage if not antique and it has become increasingly difficult to find or make parts for this machinery as it wears out.
 

Benartex - wholecloth - feathered pineapple - available 86x106 and 40x40

 

Above is a picture taken from the front of the Benartex package, showing the “Feathered Pineapple” design – a classic 19th century design I currently have available in both a king/queen size at 86×106 and also in a baby size at 40×40 - the smaller size would make a luxurious tabletopper for afternoon tea and of course would look lovely over the back of a sofa, thrown over a cupboard door or as a wallhanging. Picture it enhancing a christening robe for a darling baby!  

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Keep in mind that I’ll be happy to provide tips to help you succeed in making yourself a lovely heirloom quilt that is true to 19th century traditions, and can also source wide backing material and the Quilter’s Dream cotton batting to ensure your quilt drapes beautifully. Contact me: janet@novascotiaquilts.com to discuss shipping one of these scarce and lovely kits to you!  

Enjoy this long weekend coming up – summer is passing all too soon! Next week I will feature more wholecloth quilt kits, this time by Spartex/Doublestencil!  

Best regards ~ Janet  

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 http://www.dutchquilts.net/EN_index_.html       features a  chintz panel, and Margo Kreuger of Reproduction Fabrics  http://www.reproductionfabrics.com/   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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