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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


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


Progress/Tobin Tree of Life Vintage Quilt Kit

I have had an enquiry regarding the Progress/Tobin Tree of Life vintage quilt kit I currently have in stock. This is one of the earlier kits probably dating to around or before the mid 1970’s.
Since the picture used on the package is in black and white, this kit may be as early as the 1950’s but I cannot state this as fact. The finished dimensions will be 79×97 inches and as far as I can see and feel without opening this sealed kit, the binding is there along with all the fabrics to be used. Fabrics are all 100% cotton. This kit usually came with some embroidery thread to embroider fine details and I have no reason to suspect the threads are not there, but if not, they can easily be replaced at any needlecraft store.
When I looked at my previous post for this lovely vintage kit, I discovered that as a result of a computer crash where I lost the original pictures, the pictures on the post had become corrupted. This new set of pictures I took this evening fixes that.
SOLD NOV 18/09

Progress/Tobin Vintage Tree of Life Applique Quilt Kit

I know that a lot of collectors are searching for the vintage Progress/Tobin Tree of Life quilt kit. This kit is not the newer one using polyester 50/50 fabric. I have one ofthe true vintage kits – 100% cotton background and authentic period applique fabric. These kits are getting very hard to find and when they do show up in the secondary market the price reflects their beauty and rarity.

My kit has lost it’s colour photo and brief instruction sheet, but anyone wanting to complete it should have no trouble doing so. I will include cololur copies of the three photos shown here.

SOLD MAY 12/09 PRICE: $210 USD plus shipping


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