Archive for the ‘Doublestencil/Spartex’ Category

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 $100USD + $25USD shipping = $125USD – 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  

  

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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Making Your First Wholecloth Quilt

Judging from the number of inquiries I’ve had re cently about making a wholecloth quilt from a kit, there are a lot of people out there who are thinking about giving it a try but are a little hesitant. They ask questions like – how can I learn to quilt by hand; is making this type of quilt time consuming; how can I be sure the quality is top notch; and how do I go about it in general?

A long time ago, the only thing to do when you were contemplating making a wholecloth quilt was to start from scratch and this meant drafting your own pattern, or buying a paper pattern and using a lightbox to transfer it to the cloth.  So a great deal of time, and trial and error, was invested  before you even started to sandwich the quilt and handquilt it.  The skills required were those of a much more experienced quilter and often women with such skills were approached to help to do this. A few years ago I made a “boutis” style*  quilt on special order which was a whole cloth cranberry and cream toile on one side and plain muslin on the other – I transferred the pattern to the muslin – not without a lot of freewheeling where errors had been made in drafting the original pattern – and the finished quilt was exquisite.

 * boutis   refers to the old french tradition of making reversible wholecloth quilts and quilted clothing using the “indiennes” fabrics so popular from the time of their first importation from India in the 1600’s

Before you go any farther, take a look at this beautiful quilt below and see more pictures and read the story about it here:http://pilgrimgirl.blogspot.ca/2009/04/pilgrim-classic-wedding-quilt.html 

There are many lessons to be learned in this story, not the least of which is that fine quilts are made to be used, loved and become soft and worn, not tucked away safely out of sight. I tell prospective customers that the kits available now in the secondary market are at least twenty and often more than thirty years old and that they were made with pride and care out of 100% North American cotton grown, spun and loomed, in the USA and will only improve with use and washing. Off white and ecru can be washed frequently, and air dried under shelter outside or damp dried in a machine on warm,  or close to a woodstove in winter. They are, if not quite immune to babies and pets, a lot better wearing than brightly coloured quilts which will fade and become dull with repeated washings, while the piecing starts to come apart as the thread used cuts through the softened fabric.

The writer of this account understood that this would be very time consuming but worked in tandem with her mothre who clearly was a skilled handquilter – they finished the job in eleven months but I’m sure  mom had other projects on the go too, and Jana was away at university a lot of the time - I have made full sized quilts of a similar size working at least 5 hours a day in about 6 months, Smaller quilts proportionately take far less time, of course.

She describes pricking her finger constantly in an effort to be certain her needle was passing through all layers  – this is not gdesirable because of staining the quilt and doesn’t have to happen – I quickly grew to understand by ‘feel’ alone if I was going through all layers – if you don’t, no harm done, just use a thimble – you can find them made of pliable leather with a dimpled metal plate where you can push the needle back up through.

Jana describes the opportunity to let her thoughts run free with this type of quilting – I’ve described it as a zen-like feeling where you become relaxed but alert and thoughtful – I find it a welcome change from the constant problem solving of my normal quilt designing – and like to keep one on the go as a companion – a little reward and also to use as a ‘problem-solving’ time – I do my best thinking when relaxing like this!

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Above is a basic standard work on quiltmaking which was written by two women who are still going strong today with their own quilting magazine and many fabric lines and quilt patterns on the market. Marianne Fons and Liz Porter wrote this book in the early 1980’s before the technical revolution swept many more traditional skills before it and the knowledge has become nearly lost as to how to cut and mark for piecing, how to handquilt, how to do applique without thehelp of glues, solvents and a sewing machine. A copy of this book is never far from my work table as it contains, as well as basic instruction, loads of tips and ready reckoners to design your own quilt and come up with the right size, and the right colour values.  I have a small supply of this book, long out of print, as I used it in classes, and will sell you a copy for $20USD – these books are very hard to replace, so may only last until my supply is exhausted.

They are in extremely good second hand condition.

PRICE: $20USD + $10USD shipping = $30USD

If you are planning to jump right in to a full queen sized quilt, you will need to buy your backing extra – the full sized kit comes complete with the ready to start quilt top and matching bias binding, but no backing. At the moment, I have two 92×117 100% cotton backings in antique tea dye – this gives the effect of unbleached muslin – and these are extremely rare in the secondary market, coming as they do still sealed from the factory.

PRICE: Doublestencil 100% cotton antique tea dye quilt back 92×117   $75USD + $20USD postage =                                                    $95USD

You will also need a strong glazed thread for handquilting – I’ve pictured my favourite YLI  100% glazed cotton quilting thread which comes in 1000 yard spools – one should be sufficient for a large quilt and will probably do you for two or three smaller quilts. Again, now harder to find since handquilting is a rare pastime today, I can source this thread for you in natural which is a good coice for anything from ecru to creamy white.

PRICE: $12.50 for the 1000 yard spool and no chsrge for postage in a parcel with other purchases.

Finally, if you want the very best quality of quilt batting go for Quilter’s Dream in the Request weight.  it comes in a variety of sizes and by the roll. If you are doing a lot of quilting you can’t beat the price if you buy the roll.  I can either point you in the direction of a good source for this batting in the USA,  or can supply my Canadian buyers who might have trouble sourcing.

I have not used poly batting since 100% cotton became readily available – you can’t beat the feel and drape of the request weight cotton, and you can’t beat the fact that after washing it adds a slightly puckered effect so charming in vintage quilts. More practically, it relaxes out of the packaging very easily and makes sandwiching and pinning or basting a dream. Once you start to quilt you’ll note there is no ‘creeping’ and hence no unpleasant surprises to be straightened out as you go along. And finally this material needles like a dream – you never run up against those funny little nodules you can’t get your needle through! Quilters’ Dream indeed!!

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ARE YOU READY TO START YOUR OWN WHOLECLOTH QUILT NOW?

Well, start you engines!!

I suggest to quiltmakers doing their first quilt to start small – choose from any of  the patterns available among the smaller wholecloth kits listed here

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Note: I found another Anchors Aweigh to replace the one I have on hold for a customer, so can offer it again.

All these kits come with backing and binding included in the package and you will need to discuss with me how to arrange things so that you can easily cut the binding when the time comes for that step. So – the only other supplies you will need will be batting, pins, needles and a good quilting thread. You’re good to go after you cut off the extra provided for binding.  Check with me – each kit brand is slightly different so I will look at the kit and guide you through mking the binding.

Once you’ve done that, then lay out your quilt top, batting and backing starting with the backing on the bottom  on a large table – your dining table should be great for this or one of those folding banquet tables so many people have. I’ve  even heard of ping pong tables being pressed into service – whatever works for you!

Spread the surfaces evenly together, working out from the middle and smoothing out any bumps and lumps.  When you are happy there are no wrinkles and that there is complete coverage under the quilt top with perhaps a little to spare of both batting and backing - then you can begin at the centre and pin or baste outwards to the edges, continuaslly checking there are no foldovers or bumps on the back and batting. If you find some, unpin or unbaste and start over.

Carefully roll or fold the quilt sandwich and transfer to where you’ll be working  on it. It’s your choice whether you use a frame or not and what kind of frame to use. I have never been happy working in a frame and have used several different kinds, but that is just me – whatever is best for you is best in the long run.

You’re ready to begin! Choose what ever size of ‘betweens’ needles is currently good for you – try buying an assortment package and go with the goal of using a nine or ten needle – you may start larger, I know I did, but you’ll soon want to try the smaller, more flexible ones. I find Piecemakers is my choice – many needle brands offer the same sizes but often you’ll find the thickness of the needle and thus its flexibility varies – Piecemakers seems thin enough to be flexible but I’ve never broken one either. I can help you source these.

START AT THE VERY CENTRE OF THE QUILT _ NOWHERE ELSE!!!    If you do nothing else, follow this instruction carefully. Work everything outwards from there and equally on one side and then the other. If there is a lot of crosshatching involved try to break it up into small segments in terms of working outwards and keep it going that way. Try not to wander far from the centre in any direction.

Keep going steadily even if you feel you’re not making much progress – a little every day will eventually start to look like a lot!! Don’t be tempted to skip out to do the borders, you’ll get lumpy results that way. Just a slow gradual spreading out from the centre.

Once you’ve done the last quilted lines around the periphery of the quilt you’re almost done. One last step – about 3/8 inch out from this ;ast quilting, use a ruler to draw straight lines around each edge and starting at the middle of each side pin carefully through all three layers working from one side to the other of each centre pin until you have all edges carefully pinned. Then following those pinned lines you will sew a largish running stitch completely around the quilt sandwich – this will be your line to pin and machine stitch the binding to the right side - bind the long sides first and then the shorter top and bottom sides, trimming as you complete each edge. Any good quilt text or the ‘Schoolhouse’ section of most quilt magazines will show you how to finish your binding so no rough edges show – you will have made french binding which is simply a double fold binding  which is blindstitched on the back. if there are any of your basting running stitches showing, carefully clip them and pull them out.

I think the above instructions will be enough to get a confident beginner on the way to being an experienced quilter and remember, part of my customer service is always being available to help with troubleshooting and assisting the learning curve.

Best of luck – you can do it!!

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I am contemplating putting together a choice of 18 inch blocks complete with thread, pins, needles batting and backing and selling these kits complete with instructions to those of you who feel they need more of an introduction to the skill – let me know if you are interested and we can talk – and maybe start a small group – who knows?

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Until next time, keep busy and keep warm – winter is having another kick at the can here today despite what our little Shubenacadie Sam had to say on Groundhog Day!!  Warm hugs from Janet in chilly Hall’s Harbour.

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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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