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New Acquisitions of Vintage Quilt Kits June 2013

Nova Scotia Quilts June 2013 Newsletter finally went out last week after some frustrating technical difficulties. I had found many vintage qult kits to add to my current inventory and also have managed to re-stock several favourites for you.

As you know, I hold back on listing my new acquisitions until the newsletter subscribers have had the first shot at picking them up, and now I am posting them here for you to consider for purchase. Why not send me an email asking  to “Sign Me Up!”  to start receiving these great monthly updates? janet@novascotiaquilts.com

I’m also hopeful that I can soon announce some new stock in the wholecloth quilt kit department – my stock has dwindled and it has been difficult to source these popular kits the last few months…..

Now to list some lovely vintage quilt kits – enjoy!!

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After a long, long wait I again have this beautiful vintage applique quilt kit by Bucilla in stock again – #3128 – a rarer trellis design – all is  present and is in immaculate condition – the applique pieces have all been cut out but the quilt itself has not been started.

PRICE: BUCILLA 3128 DOGWOOD 79×97 to applique $395USD + $30USD shipping, tracking and insurance = $425USD

In addition to this vintage, unstarted quilt kit, I also have the same kit on hand in a started condition – some pieces are sewn on, some are pinned, some are loose and I know there are pieces missing that will need to be matched. With all the lovely solids put out by Moda and the huge range of Kona solids featured on http://www.equilter.com you will have no problem, I’m sure.

Another solution  wuld be to redo the finished parts using the hoffman 1895 line of hand dye batiks – my choice, not necessarily historically correct but I think it would make a lovely quilt.

Are you up for this challenge? If so I can offer this work in progress at a great saving:

PRICE: BUCILLA #3128 DOGWOOD  - WORK IN PROGRESS – yours for  $200USD + $30USD shipping – what a wonderful idea for a summr project!!

TO SECURE EITHER VINTAGE KIT< CONTACT janet@novascotiaquilts.com and we will work out your choice of payment method.

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Above is a treasure from Bucilla – this is one of their early ones. The picture on the front of the package is in black and white indicating along with the printing and the style of the instruction leaflet a date in the late 1940’s or early 50’s. This is a double bed size and is to be cross stitched on a central block design area of beautiful mid blue percale with a traditional border in white around te edge. Quantities of floss required are  given  and the bias binding in the same mid blue is included so that you have a perfect match.

PRICE: BUCILLA’S AMERICAN PROVINCIAL # 2868 90×103 complete with binding $250USD + $30 Shipping, insurance and tracking = $280USD

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Above is Bucilla’s Springtime to be cross stitched. – this vintage kit is double bed sized and comes complete with the factory sealed floss kit to complete it. What a lovely gift this would make for a treasured daughter or granddaughter – very feminine but not over the top in girliness!

PRICE: this beautiful vintage kit comes complete with the original floss kit at $290USD + $30USD to ship, insure and track = $320USD

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Above is another winner – this time from Paragon – this is Tulip Time, a king sized quilt kit to be completed in your choice of colours – you provide the floss. This is a lovely retro 60’s look and would make a classic statement in your master bedroom or guest suite.

PRICE: PARAGON TULIP TIME – king sized quilt kit to cross stitch !08x 103  $250USD + $30USD for shipping, tracking and insurance = $290USD

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I have the very lovely Regency double bed sized quilt kit by Bucilla, to be cross stitched using the factory sealed floss kit that comes with this kit. The “Regency” period in British History roughly corresponds to the Federal Period in post revolutionary America – and reflected a return to classical design and understated elegance. Your home wll be enhanced by this restrained, delicate style.

PRICE: BUCILLA’S double/queen sized vintage quilt kit Regency, with floss (including the rare blending filament in gold) $290USD  includes floss kit + $30USD postage, insurance and tracking = $320USD

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 Above is a very old vintage kit – this is Paragon’s 1944 original Gingham Rose in double bed size. This popular kit design was revived in a king size in the late 50’s to suit the new rage of king sized beds sweeping North America, but this one is the original – hard to find these days!

PRICE: PARAGON GINGHAM ROSE 1944  80×100 stamped for embroidery  $250USD + $30USD postage, insurance and tracking

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Another very early and hard to find quilt kit – I had despaired of finding this one – I have one in my collection which although complete is stained and therefore an unknown quantity – the stained kit must be worked and then handquilted before it can be washed and treated for the staining – my hunch is that although this will not completely wash out it will be so much lessened as to be aceptable in a vintage quilt.

So…………..your choice – take a risk and a challenge for a lesser price, or buy the factory fresh new kit also dating to the 1940’s…..

PRICES: FACTORY FRESH! Paragon’s American Calico – 1940’s double bed size $250USD + $30 Shipping, insurance and tracking = $280

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Paragon’s American Calico 1940’s double bed size with noticeable stain, instruictions included – as is condition $85USD + $30USD shipping, insurance and tracking – sorry folks – this one has SOLD!

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And finally, this beautiful treasure! Another vintage   Paragon cross stitch quilt kit “American Heritage”  factory sealed in double bed size and complete with the floss kit (Peri Lusta threads, of course) also factory sealed – the rich colours reflect the original designs that started coming out of India in the early 1600’s and swept Europe with the luxury of colour, lightweight cotton and oriental design.

The design reflects the “Indian Tree” or Tree of Life pattern and the rich vivid colourings of the new woodblock printed indiennes textiles =- a natural with antique furnishings, this one is a must have!

In addition to the factory sealed items, I also have a kit that has been started and is complete with the floss to carry it to completion. Again – your choice!

PRICES: Paragon’s American Heritage, sealed kit, double size, complete with sealed floss kit $290USD +$30USD shipping, insurance and tracking = $320USD

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Paragon’s American Heritage, double bed size started and with floss to complete $200 + $30USD shipping, ionsurance and tracking = $230USD

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These beautiful vintage quilt kits won’t last long, so be sure to contact me to put a hold on your choice: janet@novascotiaquilts.com

I ship as soon as payment is received – no waiting for your cheque to clear through the bank. You can choose instant pay through paypal with the added advantage of using your credit card; or you can mail me a personal cheque or a USPS International Postal Money Order – your choice

My customer service and my reputation is second to none and I’ve been here online doing business with the largest vintage quilt kit inventory in North America for over 10 years.

Have a wonderful day, enjoy the summer and stay safe!

Warm hugs to all my friends – Janet!!

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ABOUT ME – UPDATE

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Mini-tour of my Quilt Studio


I thought today I’d give you a quick tour of my Quilt Studio as it looks to visitors. The first picture is of the large sign at the side of the road – it’s taken from the doorstep. I made this new sign last spring and 3 of my friends helped to set it up one sunday morning.
Next picture is of the space in my porch where I pile firewood in the winter – this space holds about a cord and a half of wood that gradually dwindles over the course of the winter – more is on the doorstep and nearby. When the wood is all gone, a good sweep out and it becomes part of my display space for the summer tourism season. Most of my quilts are in the quilt studio part of the house, but I have lots of folk art, handknits and a few quilts out here – it’s a very pleasant space.
The last picture is of a wonderful hanging basket of climbing nasturtiums I picked up at a farm market a few weeks ago – glorious colours aren’t they? They’re one of my favourite flowers – love the scent and the flowers and young leaves make a lovely tasty edible garnish.
Hanging in the doorway is a recently finished quilt top that hopefully I can get around to quilting very soon. It is a new project on my teaching website http://www.simplequiltmaking.com
The weather is glorious here lately – day after day of hot sunny weather, and lovely long and light-filled evenings. Couldn’t be better!

Will Spring Come This Year?


We woke up to 6 inches of wet, heavy, yucky snow yesterday morning and I had to get the neighbour with his snowblower down to deal with it! Blech!! I’m reading lots of seed catalogues and wishing these days!
It is helping me to get lots of quilting done though. I have a major quilt at the handquilting phase right now and I’m very pleased with it indeed. A well, I am dealing with a couple of smaller commissions, which present seperate challenges – this is always fun!
The quilt kit shown above is one of my vintage Paragon kits complete with suitable floss for embroidery – I looked it out and photographed it for a prospective purchaser who found the king sized version a bit large for her bed and so passed on it.


One of my “recreational” projects is an online tutorial for my “Sea Creatures” quilt (http://www.quiltingwithjanet.blogspot.com) and I find I am going to end up with two seperate concepts for the same basic idea – these smaller quilts – child sized or wall hanging size will be for sale when I have completed them or sooner if you want to contact me. I am working on building up some stock for the “walk-in” tourist traffic I get at my quilt studio because of its location near the very popular destinaton of Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia, so I expect these smaller quilts will go quickly.

Shown below is one of two amish style strippy quilts I am currently handquilting. I have become fascinated with the endless variations that can be achieved withing the framework of solids only and limited colour palette, and I find I keep returning to play with ideas.


Check here for the link to my other blog – quilting with janet.blogspot.com

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