Archive for the ‘Holice Turnbow’ Category



Good Morning to all my readers! It’s Sunday March 3 and here in  notheastern North America finally starting to look a little springlike – for us that is! We still have lots of snow around, but the icicles on the eaves are dripping during the day, and it was nice not to hustle around starting the fire this morning. Since I heat primarily with wood, each day’s rhythm is measured by the steady bringing in of wood, stoking the stove and removing ashes and starting all over again. On really cold nights, the stove is stoked  several times during the night as well – tiring for an old lady!

 My shopping list this week will include some fresh maple syrup to pour over blueberry pancakes, and a potted blooming bulb to put in the middle of the kitchen table! I’m even thinking new curtains and maybe make a summer nightgown or two! I’m tired of flannel granny gowns!

 But before I do any of those things, I want to post my recent acquisitions in order to round out my recent posts about making wholecloth quilts and my current inventory. A local friend has just purchased three of these beauties and I’m anxious to see which one she’ll start first!

The other day a big heavy box showed up at my local post office and in it were the Benartex wholecloth quilt kits I had recently purchased from a contact in the United States. My treasures are shown below!


Above is Benartex Garden Bouquet, designed by Holice Turnbow and available in queen size ( 90×108) in natural – This kit has been eluding me and I’m so pleased to be able to offer it.

PRICE:  Garden Bouquet  $250USD + $30USD shipping with insurance and tracking = $280



I finally have this beauty back in stock again, in a crib size – in natural, it measures 40×54 – this makes a lovely quilt for a little girl and will serve her well in childhood, and then function as a wall hanging, tablecloth or snuggle quilt as she grows up – truly an heirloom when you make it with love! The 100% cotton  kit comes complete with binding and backing – all you need is 100% cotton quilt batting and a spool of high quality 100% cotton quilting thread, like the YLI thread that I carry.

Price:  Benartex Floral Fantasy by Holice Turnbow  40×54 in natural  $150USD + $20USD  shipping = $170USD total includes insurance and tracking.


Above is the cover illustration for a quilt backing in natural, put out by Benartex to match their line of queen sized wholecloth quilt top kits. This backing is seldom found today and will complete your choice of Benartex queen tops beautifully.

PRICE: $80USD plus  $30USD postage = $110USD includes insurance and tracking. Combined postage  if ordering other items.



Shown above is the very popular Holice Turnbow design by Benartex in crib size natural 40×54 – ‘Anchors Aweigh’ .

I have been able to find another so it is now back in stock! I’ve sold a lot of these over the years – they are popular as a classic quilt for baby boys or an accent in a nautical or beach themed room. This design never lasts long.

PRICE: $150USD and $20USD shipping = $170USD including insurance and tracking


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COMING SOON: more listings of fresh inventory!

For now – happy spring from Janet!!

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



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


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


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


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


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

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



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


If you re interested in any of these lovely kits get in touch with me: 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!!!

Smaller Wholecloth Quilt Kits plus a recurring question

It’s Sunday morning here on the east coast of Canada and the leading edges of Irene brought rain last evening and the storm will be starting in earnest later this afternoon. We don’t know yet how severe the weather will be but I’ve run off water in case my pump can’t do it in a power outage and will go pick up some more bread and tinned goods shortly. We had a category 2 come ashore in Halifax a few years ago and as a child living there there I also experienced several pretty significant ones.  All in all though the two nor’easters we weathered last winter did a great deal more damage than most hurricanes do this far north. Watch me have to eat my words! I hope not!

40x54 Anchors Aweigh by Holice Turnbow for Benartex


I’ve been talking to a lot of quilters lately who want to do a wholecloth quilt and I always encourage them to give it a try. I find the activity calming and helpful in getting me centred and more productive and it is certainly conducive to improving handquilting skills.   

If you haven’t tried a wholecloth before, my tip to you is to go for a smaller quilt to start – then you can move on to a larger one later.
The above wholecloth kit is one I sold to a customer recently, and because she lives in an area that has no quilt shop within 75 miles, I also sold her the 100% Quilter’s Dream request weight batting and threw in a high quality spool of YLI off white quilting thread – she only needs a needle and she’s good to go – the smaller kits come complete with matching backing and enough fabric beyond the design to supply binding. If you too have trouble in sourcing Quilter’s Dream at the Request weight, since I have a bolt of it in stock I can supply you, too.
I still have one of these lovley kits left.

40x40 traditional feathered pineapple by Holice Turnbow for Benartex


A classic treasure that I currently have in stock: this feathered pineapple design by Holice Turnbow has been a favourite among wholecloth quiltmakers for 200 years, and again is complete with backing and binding in an eggshell or ecru colour.   


Pennsylvania Folk Art II 43x47 as wallhanging - choice to do applique or just wholecloth
Above is the smaller version of the Doublestencil Pennsylvania Folk Art quilt kit – it is the one hanging on the wall behind the bed – and measures 43×47. I actually have the queen sized one as well. These kits are very versatile, offering you a choice of doing the quilt using the applique pieces provided, or you may choose to use your own fabric to suit your colour scheme, or you may decide to simply do the quilt without applique, thus producing a classic wholecloth quilt.
If you wish to purchase any of the above classic kits, get in touch with me: to put a hold on your choice, as these classic kits are scarce now and increasingly difficult to source.
Now to some tips about these quilts and in particular a response to a recurring query I’ve had lately about removing the coloured inked lines on both wholecloth kits and the classic vintage applique and cross stitch quilt kits that I sell.
Many quilters as they work on these kits tend to become obsessed with the question of whether they will be able to remove the ‘wash-out’ lines  printed on their kits. Some to the point where they start spot treating to see if they can and invariably such spot treating doesn’t work, and leads to more anxiety.
I want to reassure you that once the quilt kit is completed and quilted, and then properly laundered using an oxyclean washing agent all or almost all the lines will disappear on first wash. You MUST not use the coloured thick and gloppy  detergent based products you use for your regular washes.
Set your machine to gentle and do a soak of about 15 minutes first, agitate on gentle for just a few minutes, rinse out twice and then transfer, supporting the weight of the wet quilt in your arms, to the dryer on a warm and gentle cycle ending when the quilt is damp dry – dry on a covered porch or over your shower rail in the bathroom and keep turning and re-folding  the quilt until all portions are completely dry. On one occasion I was able to significantly lighten a blood stain the previous owner had put on the partially finished work and in my experience the blue lines have always come out too.

a small wholecloth quilt completed for a customer


For newbies, I offer a service of support, ideas and tips and I know you will be absolutely enchanted by your experience with wholecloth quilting techniques. Above is a shot I took of a customer’s small wholecloth “American Star” while I was quilting it for her. She was so pleased that she has ordered a queen sized one as well!  

Just think how lovely any of the smaller quilts would look as the christening blanket of that new grandchild!! Also keep in mind that since these quilts are eminently washable, they make the ideal baby quilt and also a lovely quilt to put down on the floor or the ground to protect your sweet baby! These are a very practical luxury!!!  

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