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Last Chance to order vintage quilt kits before next May!

I want to thank all my loyal customers who have placed so mny orders for vintage quilt kits during September. It seems there is going to be a whole lot of quilting going on this fall. And what a glorious fall it is turning out to be after a humid, sweltering and uninspiring summer!!
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AND NOW TO MY BIG NEWS!!!

This stay at home quilting lady is going to turn into a snowbird – and I will be spending the wintert, starting later in November in the lovely hills and mountains of Panama, above the Pacific coastal plain. Here it is rarely over 80 degrees and it is a paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers in general.

SO – I need to tell you that my online business will be on hiatus for the six months starting with November 15th!

What this means to you:

1) I will accept no new orders for my vintage quilt kits after the second week in November, and ALL payments must be received by the 15th November as that is the final shipping day

2) I will continue to answer emails with questions and will put holds on your wanted items, but no payment or delivery until the third week in May please.

3) I am available for advice and help anytime by email or by comments through my http://www.novascotiaquilts.com – my email remains the same janet@novascotiaquilts.com

4) ANNOUNCEMENT!!! Starting right now – if you buy more than one item from me, shipping will be free and in addition I will offer 10% off all merchandise purchased.

REMEMBRE: YOU WON”T BE ABLE TO PURCHASE ANY OF MY GREAT VINTAGE KITS FOR THE ENTIRE WINTER< SO STOCK UP NOW AT THESE GREAT PRICES>

ABOVE is a waterfall on a river near where I have rented a small house – a birdlover’s paradise and great for outdoor enthusiasts in general.

I’m hoping to start a few workshops on handquilting, handpiecing and needleturn applique using small group instruction wih a maximum of 6 people per group.

Below are two pictures of a selection of cushion sized wholecloth  squares I have chosen to take along with me – I will be kitting these up with backing, binding, Quilters’ Dream batting and YLI thread, along with a selection of Piecemakers quilting needles. Sound like fun?

Perhaps you’d like to order one of these kits and quilt along by email with the group on whichever day we end up meetimg?

Contact me: janet@novascotiaquilts.com –     the other workshop I’m thinking of is one I have always called barefoot quilting – no sewing machines,  no rotary cutters no glues or embellishments and minimal cost through tips on savvy shopping and internet use.  Just a needle, thread, a ruler and a pencil and scissors! Sound interesting? Lets talk about it – maybe a series of tutorials this winter on http://www.novascotiaquilts.com ?

BEST NEWS OF ALL!!! I had attemped to order this lovely kit which makes up into either a  40 inch in diameter tablecloth or which can be used as a tree skirt. It was back ordered and I recently tried to contact the supplier to see how things were shaping up – their site is disconnected and I fear they are toes up! That triggered a flurry of searching and I finally found a supplier who has, it appears, processed my order – so I am expecting two only of these lovely kits – preprinted quilt top, backing and binding to whch I can add batting and thread – and even a needle too! Contact me quickly – these two won’t last!

PRICE: CHRISTMAS WHOLECLOTH KIT _ YOUR CHOICE OF ANTIQUE WHITE OR NATURAL 40inches complete w backing and bimding $150USD + $25USD shipping = $175USD – specoify if you want thread batting and needle to get going right away on this beauty!

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RECENT ACQUISITIONS:

ABOVE is the gloriously retro “Snowflower” kit in double size and this time I lucked out – the floss kit comes with this one – in the beautiful aqua and lighter olive green that is so Mid Century. This kit will make a wonderfyl statement with your sleek Scandinavian and Eames style furniture and you’ll so enjoy working the embroidery and then handquilting it to make it truly your own heirloom!

PRICE “Snowflower” by Paragon in double/queen size complete with original Peri Lusta floss kit   $290USD + $35USD shipping w insurance and tracking = $325USD

And BELOW: I finally found another Bucilla Imari – this is a classic that has become very hard to find and is just the thing if you have a bedroom that is in a traditional style – can’t you see it offset by one or two pieces of lovely Imari export Japanese or English porcelain? Traditional and very lovely colours are listed for you to supply. No floss kit.

PRICE: Bucilla IMARI double/queen in 100% cotton percale  $225USD + 30USD postage, insurance and tracking/

CONRTACT ME: janet@novascotiaquilts.com to put a hold on these items and arrange for purchase. I am happy to accept personal cheques in USD, International Postal MoneyOrders. again inUSD; or will send you a Paypal invoice on your request.

REMEMBER!! I will not be shipping or accepting payments during the winter months, but if an item is in stock I will put a hold on it for payment and shipping after May 15/14

GET YOUR ORDERS OUT TO ME TODAY _ SHIPPING WILL CONCLUDE NO LATER THAN NOV 15 AND UNTIL THEN IF YUOU PURCHASE MORE THAN ONE ITEM,  SHIPPING IS FREE AND IN ADDITION YOU GET 10% off the price OF YOUR PURCHASES IF YOU BUY MORE THAN ONE ITEM!!

CHEERS!

Janet

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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RARE, HARD-TO-SOURCE VINTAGE APPLIQUE QUILT KITS (and an unusual Shaker Tree of Life Kit from 1990)

I was hoping to do a rather long and picture heavy post, but it’s either me, wordpress or a reluctant computer which is preventing me posting the number of pictures I have loaded in my gallery for you. So, I’ve decided to do this post –  only one lovely early Paragon kit I’ve been holding on to hoping to finish it myself.   If I can I will make several more posts to accomplish what I had originally planned.

Here is the package picture for Rose of Sharon (Paragon 01130). This was, I suspect, manufactured in the mid to late 50’s because at that time, most of the cover pictures were shown in black and white.

The kit has ben started and then carefully stored and as far as I can see all pieces are intact and the fabric is claen and strong. The handwork has been done by an experienced needlewoman.

The prints are a very nice reproduction of prints seen in applique quilts of the nineteenth century – Paragon used this same pattern in several other kits of that period – namely the American Glory kit, which I also have in stock.

The colours are indeed olvely, aren’t they? Looking at this, I am wanting still to finish it for myself, but I can’t do every quilt I want to do! The quilt is based on historic precedence – many of this type are seen in museum collections.

I have decided to put a very attractive price on this beauty – I’m trying to reduce my inventory of what I call orphans and waifs – started quilt tops that need someone to take them in and love them and finish them as a future heirloom. And so, I am ready to send this beauty out to you carefully packed, mailed with a tracking number and suitable insurance:

PRICE: PARAGON ROSE OF SHARON #01130, size 80×100 100% cotton circa 1955, already started

$275USD + shipping $30USD = $305USD in total

SOLD  JULY 2014

Contact: janet@novascotiaquilts.com to secure this beauty – payment is easily accomplished and the kit ships on receipt of payment – no waiting for your cheque to clear!

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Wholecloth quilt kits: Up to the moment listing of wholecloth quilt kits

A group of quilters has contacted me for a complete list of my current inventory as they are hoping their next project will be a wholecloth quilt. What a fabulous idea for a small group and what a way to improve your handquilting skills with all the support a group can give.  In addition, I already have a handy tutorial here: http://www.novascotiaquilts.com/2013/02/making-your-first-wholecloth-quilt.html and I discuss washing your finished pre-stencilled quilt so as to remove the markings here:http://www.novascotiaquilts.com/2013/01/removing-the-stamped-markings-from-quilts-made-from-kits.html In addition I offre ongoing personalised mentoring for quilters who purchase any of my stock. There really is a sisterhood among quilters!!

So, below, if you and your friends are thinking of a similar project soon, you’ll find something for every skill level – with this variety you’ll be able to choose enough of a challenge, but not too much. I’m happy to put together a group order, and can offer 10% off each individual’s order; and a larger shipment makes sense too in terms of there being less cost overall than if each parcel went out one by one. Shipping, as always, will include insurance and tracking.

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WHOLECLOTH PILLOW TOP KITS:

There are two design families from which to choose – above is Welsh Beauty and below is Garden Bouquet – both by Benartex, these kits come complete with binding and backing and are in antique white – a lovely creamy colour! You can purchase one or the pair of these lovely projects which are sized at 18 inches. A lovely way to introduce yourself to handquilting a wholecloth and you have a nice finished item very quickly. When ordering specify which pair or which single you wish.

PRICES:  ONE PILLOW TOP with binding and backing 18inches in white: $37.50USD

PAIR TOPS  w binding and backing 18inches in white: $75USD shipping extra let me quote

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CHRISTMAS TREE SKIRT or TABLECLOTH:

Sorry – just a teaser here – I’m hoping to have several of these lovely items – 45inches in diameter – in stock soon in both white and natural – contact me janet@novascotiaquilts.com if you wish me to put a hold on one for you…..

OCT 8/13!!!GREAT NEWS!!!!

I have been able to source these enchanting kits just in time for you to complete one before christmas!!  I will have one in antique white and one in natural and they come complete with backing and binding – all you need are the batting and the quilting thread, which I also carry. Can go out to you as soon as they arrive if you secure yours now!

PRICE: tablecloth or Christmas tree skirt complete approx 40 inches in diameter  - $150USD + $20USD postage

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CRIB or WALLHANGING or TABLECLOTH  WHOLECLOTH KITS:

Doublestencil’s Cana Lily in natural 40×40 inches  SOLD

Doublestencil’s American Heritage Collection: Medallion Star 42×42 in natural

Above: Benartex Anchors Aweigh 40×54 available in both natural and antique white

Another Benartex wholecloth kit is shown above: This is Floral Fantasy which also is sized at 40×54, which is a perfect size to grow with baby into early childhood. This kit is available in natural.

Another Holice Turnbow design is featured by Penn Prints, and Doublestencil – this is Ba Bear – a darling kit that will be a classic – available in both antique white oe natural, another view is shown on this post:

http://www.novascotiaquilts.com/2013/07/update-vintage-wholecloth-quilt-kits-added-to-inventory.html BOTH BA BEAR KITS ARE NOW SOLD (APRIL 14/14)

A very traditional wholecloth, design based on a museum collection 19th century quilt – this is National Star by Penn Prints – which is another trade name of Doublestencil/Spartex. This bewautiful kit is in natural and sized at 40×40.  SOLD

Above is an all time favourite – my friend June, who has bought two other kits from me was in last night and was very tempted – as I am but I keep reminding myself I have too much on my plate already! This one is the small size shown hanging on the wall above the bed.; You have a choice here – the nice vintasge prints to do the applique are in the package, which is factory sealed. You can also choose a differnt colour scheme using your own fabrics or you can choose to go for a more suvtle look and dispense with the applique altogether.

And finally, this lovely and very traditional American Star in the American Heritage series by Doublestencil this wholecloth  kit is sized at 42×42 and is shown as the wall hanging in the above picture – comes in natural – wouldn’t this make a lovely tabletopper in a bedroom that has a wholecloth quilt on the bed? Such a versatile size, this would also make a lovely floor blanket for a crawling baby – either indoors or out – this quilt is so washable!

PRICE: Specify which kit is your choice – they are all priced at $150USD and are complete with binding and backing to match. Shipping to include insurance and tracking is extra – I will quote. Contact me janet@novascotiaquilts.com

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It’s rare to find this mid size in a wholecloth kit – this is only the second one I’ve had and I waited a long time to find it! This is Grape Wreath, again from Doublestencil’s American Heritage Collection and such a bargain as it comes complete with the backing and binding – just add your batting, needle and thread and you are on your way: 53×70 it is available in natural.

PRICE: GRAPE WREATH: 53×70 with backing and binding in natural $200USD, shipping will be qyoted

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QUEEN SIZED WHOLECLOTH KITS: Pictured below are the queen sized wholecloth kits I currently have in stck – some are available in both antique white or natural. These kits do not come with the backing but the matching binding is always supplied.

Above is Penn Prints Hagerstown Feather – this is a classic and very formal quilt in a design based on a heritage quilt from the nineteenth century – size given as ‘queen’ which I assume is roughly 90x 108. Available in natural.

American Star 90×113 in natural from Doublestencil’s American Heritage Collection – another classic!  SOLD

Above, a  Holice Turnbow design by Benartex – Garden Bouquet 90×108 available in natural

Holice Turnbow hjas been the tp ranking designer of wholecloth quilts, working for both Benartex and Doublestencil. This is his lovely deign Welsh Beauty in a choice of antique white or natural. sized at 86×106 – a double/queen

And finally, another Holice Turnbow put out by Benartex, Feathered Pineapple,  and measuring 90×108, this is in natural

PRICE: Each of the above queen sized kits comes complerte with binding – no backing is supplied: $250USD and I will quote you shipping, including insurance and tracking

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QUILTING SUPPLIES

For some time now, I have been offering the supplies to finish these lovely kits – I keep a few factory sealed backs, and the thread and batting that I have found to work well with these kits in stock – this is as a service to quilters who, like me, may live far from a well stocked quilt shop and wish to purcyhase everything they need at once. Contact me janet@novascotiaquilts.com should you wish to make use of this extra in customer service.

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For those of you whose interest lies more along the lines of the lovely vintage applique and cross stitch kits I carry, regular posts about those beauties are coming next and my monthly newsletter for August will be going out shortly – please sign up to receive it – send me an email: janet@novascotiaquilts.com – and tell me “Sign me Up!”

UPDATE: VINTAGE WHOLECLOTH QUILT KITS ADDED TO INVENTORY

   

Today I’m happy to tell you that I’ve been able to replenish my inventory of lovely wholecloth quilt kits. In fact, I’ve also been able to acquire several of these kits in the very desirable and harder to find antique white. This is a soft creamy white that is so appropriate for babies and for brides.  

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 Above is Holice Turnbow’s design – Feathered Pineapple – at 90×108 this is a queen sized quilt top that is complete with matching binding – this is available in natural. A classic! 

 PRICE: FEATHERED PINEAPPLE by BENARTEX 90×108, in natural and complete with binding $250USD + $30USD SHIPPING, INSURANCE and TRACKING 

  

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Above is shown Welsh Beauty, also designed by Holice Turnbow for Benartex  – 86×106 – a double/queen, comes complete with matching binding. At the moment I have this in both WHITE and NATURAL. PRICE: WELSH BEAUTY by BENARTEX, 86×106 in YOUR CHOICE OF WHITE or NATURAL $250USD + $30USD SHIPPING, INSURANCE AND TRACKING. 

  

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And finally – this is Garden Bouquet by Benartex  – back in stock!  90×108 – queen sized, and a lovely soft, feminine design without being over-the-top girly – suitable for a master bedroom and available in natural colour. PRICE: GARDEN BOUQUET by BENARTEX 90×108 complete with binding in a natural shade. $250USD + $30USD SHIPPING< INSURANCE AND TRACKING 

  

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To purchase contact me: janet@nova scotiaquilts.com and I will put an immediate hold on your item(s) and arrange payment with you.  

                                   ******************************************************************** And now for some smaller wholecloth quilt kits, suitable for a baby, small child, as a suggle quilt in the living room or as a lovely covering for a teatable: these kits are a fantastic bargain as they come complete with backing, binding and stamped top – all you do is add thread and batting! 

These kits sell out so quickly, but today I am happy to be able to offer you several in a choice of the lovely antique white or the classic ecru or natural…… act now to secure the one you love! 

 I have “Ba Bear” a Holice Turnbow design that was marketed under both the Penn Prints and the Doublestencil brand – both were brands owned by Spartex/Doublestencil. I am shoeing you both versions of the cover picture. Above is the natural coloured kit , 40×50 and BELOW is the antique white version, also 40×50. Both in factory sealed packages. 

 PRICE: BA BEAR – 40×50 in your choice of antique white or natural – backing and binding included for $150USD + $30USD SHIPPING, TRACKING AND INSURANCE 

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 Another sweet kit, this is Pennsylvania Folk Art II by Doublestencil – also factory sealed, this kit comes with optional applique fabric which you can choose to use in making up the kit or you can omit for a more subtle quilt.  This kit is 43×47 and again comes factory sealed. 

PRICE: Pennsylvania Folk Art II by DOUBLESTENCIL $150USD + $30USD SHIPPING, INSURANCE AND TRACKING 

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 And finally, back in stock and now in your choice of antique white or natural, this is a classic nautical themed wholecloth quilt kit that will look great no matter where or how it is used – this one comes complete with matching binding and backing, so is  ready for you to start! Size: 40×54 – very versatile! 

PRICE: ANCHORS AWEIGH by BENARTEX complete and factory fresh your choice of WHITE or NATURAL $150USD + $30USD SHIPPING, TRACKING AND INSURANCE 

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To secure any of the above kits, contact me janet@novascotiaquilts.com and I will put a hold on them while we complete purchse – you can pay by Paypal, Internationl Postal Money Order or your Personal Cheque using USD or if you are Canadian, using CDN funds. 

My customer service, including after purchase advice is second to none – try me and you’ll find out why I hae so many return customers! 

And finally if you want to start receiving my monthly newsletter featuring interesting short articles, new inventory and special offers, be sure to send me an emal with “SIGN ME UP!” in the title line. 

Unril next post – enjoy your summer!!    Janet 

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