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ABOUT ME – UPDATE

Welcome to my home on the internet! And also to my home in real time in a very farflung corner of eastern North America!

By the early 1980’s, like many young well educated Maritimers, I had been living and working in central Canadsa for nearly twenty years. I decided it was time to at least return home during the summer months, and as I was working in a specialized educational setting, that was possible. So I pored over realtors’ catalogues and finally settled on a house with a small piece of land that was affordable and appealed to me. It had not been lived in for some years and had no plumbing or well but was basically sound and in original condition.

I had chosen an 1820’s cape style house near the Bay of Fundy fishing village and tourist destination of Hall’s Harbour – you can check the map below, but what it doesn’t tell you is that my area is high on a range of hills called the North Mountain, which shelters the farming land of the Annapolis Valley below it and historically provided access to sea routes for shipping produce.  The area has always been very isolated and ruggedly independent, but now in the ensuing 30 years since I chose to move home completely, has become much more accessible with paved roads and better maintenance. We still support only about 250 households, many of us aging and some of us only summer residents.

 

 

 

Below is a picture of my house, taken in winter early in the morning with the remnants of a hoar frost. My home is primarily heated with wood – both ecologically more sustainable than my alternates which would be coal generated electric, or oil heat and even more pertinent, much more affordable – for a little extra work I get to spend less than half what the alternatives would cost.

Moving back home meant I had to take whatever work was available in my region, and for some years I worked at jobs in elder care and in residential group home support for challenged young adults.

During that time, I developed a sideline business making completely handcrafted quilts and handknits, one of  the quilts  is shown below. I advertised to the tourist trade and until tourism in eastern Canada collapsed in the wake of the realities that followed 9/11, I had a busy and profitable small weekend business.

Somewhere in this time period, my daughter who was in the process of developing her marketing, seo and web design skills offered me the gift of a website – this one – and as website management became more  do-able for amateurs like me she set me up with access to the WordPress.org system which I use today.

At first I marketed my own quilts and handknits, and a small inventory of folk art and still receive orders through this source but over the years my strong interest in social history had led me to the magic of traditional quilts and more specifically to collecting the lovely quilt kits of the early to mid 20th century.

Before I knew it, I had amassed a very large inventory of these treasures, and in addition had also bought completed quilts from kits, and completed but unquilted quilt tops. I began receiving questions and requests about these kits, and as the tourism business slowed, I was able to channel my direction into promoting the sale of my carefully curated and extremely large inventory of vintage and antique quilt kits.

This is a highly specialized area of collecting, and I know of no other online store that carries the number, quality  and variety of quilt kits that I do – at  any moment I have on hand about 150 vintage kits, applique, embroidery, whole cloth and some carefully selected pieced kits. They come in a variety of sizes – from baby, youth, wallhanging size through twin, double and queen/king.

At the moment I am offering free shipping anywhere in North America with insurance and tracking, using the SEARCH function in the top left hand corner of my home page, browse according to specific interests or check my page with my inventory listings – there is a link to that on the right hand sides under favourites.

Feel free to contact me janet@novascotiaquilts.com personal and very thoughtful service.

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  

About Me and Contact Info

Several readers have reminded me that my About Me and Contact pages are currently unavailable, so I am doing a temporary post until I can develop new pages.

I have had a Quilt Studio in  my 1820’s heritage home for over 15 years now, and offer custom quilt designing and completely handstitched heritage quilts in all sizes from miniatures and doll quilts up to king sized quilts such as the two current commissions I am working on: a whitework wholecloth quilt and a pictorial applique quilt for a soon to be married couple. My designs are one of a kind and my handwork is impeccable.

In addition I deal in vintage quilt kits: pieced from Hearthside and Yours Truly, Applique and Cross Stitch kits from Paragon, Progress/Tobin, and Bucilla, and occasionally rarer kits from small companies operating during the 1920’s and 30’s as they become available.

I can be reached at  mailto:janet@novascotiaquilts.com

My address:  Janet Gordon, 641 West Hall’s Harbour Rd Box 94, Centreville, Nova Scotia, CANADA, B0P1J0 

I have recently begun a sister website http://www.funkybabymine.blogspot.com that showcases a variety of decorative items of vintage and antique origin such as tablelinens, bedlinens, children’s items and other quirky and lovely finds suitable for your french Chic, shabby chic, cottage and romantic home. Check it out often – you never know what I will find! And by the way, I have a giveaway running until the end of July – sign up and keep your fingers crossed – you may win a lovely hand embroidered tea cloth or a funky retro apron!

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