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UPDATE: NOVA SCOTIA QUILTS IS NOW IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Souris Beach Prince Edward Island - the view from my deck

Soiuris Beach, Souris, Prince Edward Island - viewed from my deck overlooking the bay

Followers of Nova Scotia Quilts have been wondering  where I have gotten to.

I am most definitely still in business. I am settledin and living on thee edge  of the small community of Souris, in a lovely cottage  on the shore of Colville Bay in the east of the province. The view and the colours inspire me!

SOME WORDS ABOUT THE CURRENT MARKET IN VINTAGE QUILT KITS:

Over the last five years, it has become next toimpossible to source the earlier kits from the 30’s through to the late 70’s.

When they do appear on the secondary market they often have issues, and if not, are prohibitively priced.

Unfortuneately I have been unable to find any at allover the last three years. This does not mean however that my inventory is depleted and when I checked I found at least eighteen very desirable vintage applique quilt kits only a few of which have issuessuch as partial completion or missing pieces. Most are fresh and unstarted and some date to the late 30’s and early 40’s prior to the start of US involvement in WW2.

Over the bext two posts I will be showing these kits with current pricing and encourage you to act quickly on these treasures as it appears the market has moved o to the kits produced in the 80’s and 90’s as the boomers start to downsize. As my inventory shrinks
I doubt very much if I can replenish it so act now!

Stay tuned – more in the morning!

And remember that I have also got planned some popsts on my updated inventory of wholecloth kits and traditional cross stitch quilt kiys

Warm hugs – Janet

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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FINDING THE VINTAGE QUILT KIT OF YOUR DREAMS

 

I am often called upon to help quiltmakers and collectors source specific vintage kits. Usually the request is quite detailed, with maker, title and call number of the kit. Today I’m posting this for Beryl, who is not at all used to using a computer and although she knows she saw what she wants online, she can’t tell me where – it may have been on my site – or elsewhere. So I’ve done a little legwork and come up with several possibilities. I’m hoping it’s one of these Beryl, because if it is, I am in a positiion to help you out!

I’m often able to do this, and usually haven’t discussed this customer service much online, but in the last year or so I’ve helped a customer find a replacement kit for an heirloom that was stolen in a burglary; and found baby quilt kits in the Beatrix Potter series for the proud grandma of twin boys and provided customers with instruction packages for some of the lovely vintage cross stitch kits on the market.

So if you have a request you think I can help with, don’t be shy – I’m often able to help!

Now to show Beryl and other interested quiltmakers – here’s what I’ve found.

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This is a lovely classic I am fortunate to have in stock, complete with the floss kit in two neutral shades, a medium beige and a darker beige, plus some gold blending filament to add sparkle.

This is Bucilla #3376 “Regency” in the double bed size – a lovely allover design that looks like a snowflake to me.

PRICE: $290USD + $25USD Shipping with insurance and tracking = $315USD contact me: janet@novascotiaquilts.com

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The kit shown below I currently have in stock in your choice of either a double or a king size. I have no floss kit for this but can definitely supply you with sufficient vintage floss from my own stash to wrk the colour version shown; and am likely also to have enough floss to supply other personal colour choices – this kit would look lovely in many colour choices.

Paragon 01142 “Snowflower”

PRICE: double at $225USD and king at $250 – your choice: add $25USD for shipping – contact me: janet@novascotiaquilts.com to arrange purchase using personal cheque, international postal money order or Paypal invoice.

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Beryl specified that her wished for quilt is cross stitch – just to be certain though, I am including this picture of an applique quilt even though I don’t think it’s the one she is looking for – this is a quilt that at one time was available in kit form put out by an unknown company. I have never seen the kit offered anywhere and was lucky to garner a colour picture and a quilting design for it and templates with a placement diagram, so if this one is your heart’s desire – you just might be able to get copies from me and make your own – I believe it came in blue and off white,. and am unsure whether there were other colour choices. Contact me for details if you wish to order copies from me.

I hope the quilts I’ve shown you today pique your interest. Does anyone have any suggestions for other snowflake quilts made from kits that I might follow up on?  I need to find this lady’s dream quilt!

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Enjoy this lovely summer day! Bye for now! Janet

FREE SHIPPING IN NORTH AMERICA: VINTAGE QUILT KITS

At the Quilt Show – Quilts at the Harbour – a few years ago – do try to attend if you are around the Hall’s Harbour area the last weekend in September – the 28th and 29th - it’s always a fun time!

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A FEW WORDS ABOUT SHIPPING: This past winter has seen an astronomical rise in shipping costs in both Canada and the United States. Of course this impacts sellers and buyers both! I know I look twice these days at costs  for shipping when thinking about buying online. A good rule of thumb is – how easily can I source this item locally? Can I source it locally at all? And finally if I can source it will the cost of gasoline to go and get it be just as expensive as having it shipped? I regularly order a 6 month supply of fair trade organic coffee from a local roastery who give a discount for larger purchases and will ship direct to my local post office – otherwise it would be a round trip of at least 70 miles and the use of several hours of my time – so buying online can be a real saving!

With a specialty item such as vintage quilt kits, your chances of sourcing the item you want in the local marketplace can be slim. My inventory, which is the largest in North America, offers you lots of options.

I have always charged less for shipping than the actual cost to do so, and have in the past offered free shipping to any address in North America. I am doing so again - it runs from today until midnight May 31, 2013. Buy one or several with no charge for shipping which includes insurance, tracking and airmail post. You won’t be sorry you did – this offer applies to any item currently listed on this site.

                  FREE SHIPPING TO ANY ADDRESS IN NORTH AMERICA UNTIL MAY 31/13!!

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A few typical items are shown below – browse all my entries for more, or use the easy search option on the site if you have a specific item in mind.

http://www.novascotiaquilts.com/2013/04/vintage-paragon-applique-quilt-kits.html

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http://www.novascotiaquilts.com/2013/01/wholecloth-quilt-kits-queenking-sized.html

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http://www.novascotiaquilts.com/2013/03/beatrix-potter-holly-hobbie-and-walt-disneys-bambi-quilt-kits-and-more.html

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http://www.novascotiaquilts.com/2013/05/vintage-quilt-kits-recent-finds.html

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http://www.novascotiaquilts.com/2013/04/vintage-cross-stitch-qult-kits-with-floss.html

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http://www.novascotiaquilts.com/2011/10/a-real-find-lee-wards-08-90541-pansy-vinjtage-applique-quilt-kit.html

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http://www.novascotiaquilts.com/2011/03/vintage-progress-and-paragon-cross-stitch-quilt-kits.html

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http://www.novascotiaquilts.com/2013/03/sneak-peek-sample-newsletter-march-2013-now-online-for-you-to-view-sneak-peek.html

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Please contact me to reserve any kits you want to purchase – janet@novascotiaquilts.com – you can ask for a Paypal invoice, or you may choose to mail a personal cheque in USD or an internatonial postal money order in USD.

I know my inventory will be depleted quickly with this special offer so I advise you to act quickly.

In addition – send me an email with SIGN ME UP in the title heading to subscribe to my interesting and popular monthly newsletter – send it to janet@novascotiaquilts.com

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Have a lovely weekend!! – Hugs from Janet

VINTAGE QUILT KITS: recent finds!

 

It’s time I  alerted you to some of my interesting recent finds of vintage quilt kits. I think there’s something for everyone here!

 

 

My first find is an unusual one – this is the first time I’ve seen this kit and I was happy to be able to snap it up. It would appear to date from the late 1960’s.

This is Paragon’s “Virginia Reel” , an unusual combination of piecing and cross stitch in a double/queen size.  This striking quilt kit comes complete with all fabric and the Peri Lusta floss kit to complete this lovely, traditional style quilt.  Colours of red and green make this a natural for an antique styled bedroom but is also very appropriate as Christmas decor in any room in the house, thrown over a door, the back of a sofa or arranged over the back of a rocking chair it will add a warm, welcoming ambience to your Christmas celebrations.

 

PRICE: PARAGON VIRGINIA REEL double queen complete with floss  $275USD + $30USD shipping, tracking and insurance = $305USD total

Contact me  janet@novascotiaquilts.com to purchase this beauty

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Above is Progress #1516 Tree of Life to be completed in cross stitch. Size 90×103 so will fit a queen sized bed. I have one of these in my personal collection and the colours are striking when completed. Very similar to Progress’ Applique version of Tree of Life, #1492 which is also currently in my inventory. No floss kit with this one, but matching colours won’t be a problem.

PRICE: PROGRESS #1516 TREE OF LIFE cross stitch quilt kit, 90×103  $190USD + $25USD shipping, tracking and insurance = $220USD total  contact    janet@novascotiaqults.com to purchase

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 And the very desirable and very early Bucilla #1886, Morning Glories,  sized at 90×103, shown above, is on it’s way to me at the moment.  I will be able to get better pictures when it arrives. It is lovely, with strong pastel colours popular during the depression era and early 1940’s – morning glories climbing a trellis and surrounded with traditional handquilting motifs. Thois is a rare kit, seldom offered or seen on the secondary market. The seller told me it has a small amount of water staining – these stains can be reduced to a barely noticeable shadow with use of Biz or other oxy washing products – my price is based on there being such a stain - this is often a fact of life with the much older kits, and when properlytreated after completion will not be an issue.

PRICE: BUCILLA #1886 “MORNING GLORIES”  90×103  $425USD + $25USD postage, tracking and insurance = $450USD   contact janet@novascotiaquilts.com for purchase

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The following kits are very rare and unusual quilt kits designed and sized specifically for infants and chidren. These kits vary in age from mid 1940’s to late 50’s or early 60’s  and into the 70’s – vintage if not antique and reflect a sweeter and more sentimental treatment of babies and toddlers. These would all make a statement in a baby room with their retro styles and colours, and would also be at home on the floor as a play quilt, or even hung on the wall as a colourful focal point. What a sweet gift for a grandma to make for a precious grandchild.

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Printed panels or ‘fooler’ fabrics are not a recent invention by any means and were seen in 19th century sample books and in scrap quilts of that time. Printed chintzes or palampores are even older, being among the first fine block printed cotton cloth brought back from India by the Dutch East India Company and the British East India Company in the late 16th century. Their novelty took Europe by storm and are still a staple of den Haan and Wagenmaker in Holland today. So this little kit, dating to 1944 and made by Hiawatha, which was a mail order needlework firm, takes it’s place in an historic tradition.

An idealized pair of happy, clean and well-fed toddlers off to bed and surrounded by fairy tale characters  and sweet animals – so very sentimental and reassuring during a time of war and social change!

PRICE: PRINTED PANEL WITH INSTRUCTIONS  for quilting $150USD + $5USD shipping, tracking and insurance = $155USD total           email: janet@novascotiaquilts.com to order

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Next up – two different versions of the bedtime story – Goldilocks and the Three Bears – each one very much in keeping with the time period during which it was available: Contact me: janet@novascotiaquilts.com to purchase either of these sweet applique baby quilts.

Above is the Paragon Three Bears applique quilt kit – very 50’s retro style indeed, and including all the beloved scenes – who’s been sleeping in my bed, who’s been sitting in my chair and who’s been eating my porridge, plus the bear family out for a stroll. Bound to please with the brightly coloured appliques.

PRICE: $150USD + $20USD shipping, tracking and insurance = $170USD total

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Above is Progress Three Bears applique baby quilt – and again it is so reminiscent of the period in the early to mid 1970’s when small calico floral prints were all the rage – so much so that it was next to mpossible to find anything else! Three very colourful and happy bears out for their Sunday stroll in a country setting. What could be sweeter! Strong, bright colours will fade to softer shades as they are washed time and time again, or you can keep this one for display on a wall or over the side of the crib when baby is up.  This one’s a real keeper!

PRICE: PROGRESS  – THREE BEARS applique baby quilt kit   $150USD + $20 shipping, tracking and insurance = $170USD total

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The treasure shown above was purchased at Marshall Fields – a legendary department store in Chicago and judging by it’s sticker price and the art work of both the “Gerber baby”  and the Cinderella motifs it was available during the early to mid 40’s. It is 45×60 and the cross stitch motifs are stamped on fine percale in white – no floss comes with the kit,but requirements are listed so no problem to find matches.

The required pink bias binding for the scalloped edges is in the package. The art work of the cover deserves to be framed and hung in bab’s room too! This one is a true winner – almost a one of a kind find!!

PRICE: Bucilla #3283 cross stitch Cinderella 45×60 100% cotton w pink binding  $165USD + $20USD shipping, insurance and tracking  = $185USD total

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Thanks!! and enjoy all that eye candy above!  Hugs!  Janet

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