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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!


Bucilla Applique Quilt Kit #8525 – Colonial Bouquet

I’ve been mulling over the content of my upcoming January 2013 Nova Scotia Quilts Newletter and thinking of topics, new acquisitions (I have a few hot ones I won’t reveal here on the site until newsletter members have had first dibs on them!), and what sort of special offer I can make that will help you in the long, cold and financially tight months after the Holiday season. 

I’m thinking at some point in those dreary winter months I should have a “Sale of the Year” with prices chopped  – wouldn’t that be nice?

Thing is, though that only newsletter subscribers are going to even know there is a special offer available.

Would you like to know? Last month I offered 15% off the first kit and 20% off the next ones of equal or lesser value. Pretty good – but I can do better – and I’m planning to! If you’d like to know what the code is for the special offer and which new acquisitions are up for grabs, just send me an email – – and put “Sign me up” in the message and I’ll add you to the list. No obligation and I will never reveal your name or email to anyone else. You can unsubscribe at any time, too. Give it a try – get in on the sale of the year.

And don’t forget that right now shipping for all of North America is free, and that applies to everyone.


Below is the cover shot of an earlier Bucilla applique quilt kit # 8525 – probably dating to the early 1960’s, in double/queen size.  

 As you can see, one has been started, and the remaining stamped fabrics to complete this one have been lost. I do, however have a second kit, also in the lovely shades of rose, and this one is complete and unopened.

 I’m offering several purchase options on this duo:

Prices: the pair as described $595USD + $40USD Postage.

                 the complete and unstarted kit $395USD + $30 shipping

                the started and missing coloured fabric to complete -  $225USD + $30USD shipping - you will need to find matches 

 Above and below are shots of the stamped applique fabric, plus the binding and stems.

Remember to sign up for the newsletter and keep informed of the big members only sale coming up soon –  to tell me you want to sign up!

Keep warm folks, and if you’re on the Atlantic seaboard watch out for the snowstorm coming. Now back to carrying wood in to the house!

Cheers – Janet!



I’m always amazed that I can still find vintage kits that I have never acquired before, even after collecting for all these years. I have two new ones to show you today, and hope you find them as exquisite as I have.

The first is an applique kit, put out by Bucilla (#3127)  in the period  around 1950-1960. This kit is called Mount Vernon, which was the name of George Washington’s private family estate in Virginia, and the lovely mansion which stood among outbuildings and gardens and plantings which made it a self-sufficient small community.

The design is a series of floral wreaths arranged in an oval and surrounded by the popular early 19th century design of swags and tassels – this design was popular in all forms of the decorative arts during the Federal Period of the new Republic. The classic colours of red and green are used against a clean white 100% cotton background and this will make up into a striking quilt that will become an heirloom piece to be passed down in your family.

This amazing quilt kit is still sealed in its original cellophane wrapper, and is sized at 84×100.

PRICE: $395USD + shipping $30USD = $425USD

SOLD! My April 2013 newsletter wasn’t in folks’ inboxes 5 minutes before this kit sold to a list member!

Be sure you sign up for my newsletters – monthly and always offering specials especially for members!


My second find today is the sweet, country-style cross stitch kit “Homestead” #1572 put out by Progress in 100% cotton – it is stitched in country colours and is from the decade 1960-1970 I believe. It comes complete with the lovely floss kit to complete it and the kit is to fit a king sized bed – 108 inches wide by 103 inches long. It is still sealed in the original package and in immaculate condition.

This will make a simply lovely project to work on during the long days of summer and then you’ll be able to do the quilting during the cooler winter days.

The centre of the quilt is made up of traditional sampler motifs of a floral basket, and a house with trees and posies and a fence. A lovely vining border of flowers completes the quilt.

Below are two scans showing you front and back of the still sealed package of floss supplied – lovely vintage colours. Floss is by DMC and Royal Mouline.

PRICE: Progress cross stitch kit Homestead #3127 and floss kit as well:

                size 108×103 $290USD + shipping $30USD = $320USD

Contact me: to put a hold on either item or arrange for purchase.

And keep checking back – I’m about to list more recent acquisitions.


Bucilla Vintage Applique Quilt Kit #8525 Colonial Bouquet

Above is the picture on the front cover of this recently acquired pair of 90×103 double/queen vintage applique quilt kits by Bucilla #8525 Colonial Bouquet in the salmon pink colour choice. The first of this lovely pair is still in its original folds and is complete and unstarted. The second of the pair has been started by an expert hand, but unfortunately, the  pattern fabrics are no longer with the kit. It is possible to match the fabrics, but the double pink in the dark salmon may prove impossible to match exactly. I have lots of choices of repro 19th century double pinks to supply so maybe the second quilt will be a “scrappy” applique. Ask me.

Remember to click on the smaller pictures for enlargement in order to study detail. You have two choices for purchasing  – you can either choose to buy both kits together, either with or without some fabric matches chosen from my huge stash of period and repro fabrics, or you can choose either the unstarted

kit or the started one to purchase seperately.

As you can see, the unstarted kit has lovely fabrics and a large amount of binding and flower stems, both pre-made bias.

PRICE: the pair #8525 Colonial Bouquet, as described $595USD for both + $30USD  shipping = $625US


                 #8525 unstarted and all complete $395USD +  $20USD shipping = $415USD


               #8525 started and incomplete $225USD + $20USD shipping =  $245USD

Contact me – to discuss purchase – get me to put a hold on this lovely item – it won’t last!


My inventory is complete and I am today starting to post the items I have currently for sale. I thought I’d start with these very desirable vintage applique quilt kits.
Please contact me immediately if you are interested in purchase as there is an eager group awaiting today’s post:

Above is Paragon #01147 American Glory. This is a factory sealed  90×103 (double/queen) kit in  traditional gold, green and red small prints and is based on a 19th century quilt in the Smithsonian collection. This is a rare treasure.   


SOLD May 25/11

but back in stock as of April 2013

PRICE: $395USD + $30USD postage with insurance

and tracking

CONTACT: to arrange






the fabrics included in the sealed package Bucilla Living Rose #3285


Above is a picture of the applique fabric for the Bucilla #3285 Living Rose kit.This kit is  seldom found in the secondary market these days – should you wish to see a picture of a completed quilt made from this kit, check out the picture on my previous post. I was fortunate to find this quilt from a kit and will be offering it as soon as I develop my inventory of completed quilts for sale.

Bucilla Living Rose Applique #3285 front package illustration


Above is the picture on the front of the kit package – unfortunately it is in black and white so doesn’t do justice to the lovely fabrics and embroidery.
PRICE: $400USD + $30USD shipping  = $430USD
The best find in many years is this kit  shown below: Bucilla #8814 Pansy Garden in the very desirable rose colourway – a generous 90×103 double/queen size.

contents all present in Bucilla #8814 Oansy Garden in rose colourway


Pansies seem to be the longtime favourite of women who make quilts from kits and have been number one over the years from the early 1920’s right up to the moment.

Bucilla #8814 Pansy Garden picture from package front, double size


At the same time I was negotiating for this kit, I saw a finished quilt made from this kit but in the purple/lavender colourway. I was unable to purchase that quilt as it was way over my price limit!! I guess you can’t win them all!
PRICE: $425USD + $30USD = $455USD
The kit below Bucilla #3329 Buds and Bows is another charmer.

Bucilla #3329 Rosebuds and Bows 90x103 - double/queen


This is a generously sized 90×103 double/queen with fancy quilting in the blank centre medallion and a big bouquet of pink and yellow roses in each corner. The drop has smaller bouquets with a lovely pink ribbon connecting them all.   

PRICE: $375USD + $30USD shipping = $405USD   


This is Bucilla #3128 Dogwood. This is a rare kit and seldom comes on the market.   

illustration of finished Dogwood #3128 from package front


The kit is composed of a trellis work of lovely two tone pink blossoms with green leaves and brown stems. The embroidery details suggested are very delicate and designed to enhance the effect.   

The drop is to be quilted – a simple and understated treatment that gives all the drama to the top of the bed.   

This kit has been started – in fact it’s close to half completed and by a sure and skilled hand. Your chance to pick up where the unknown  quiltmaker left off  some 50 years ago and complete a family treasure. The quilt will finish to an ample double bed size – 84×99.   

Bucilla #3128 Dogwood - actual kit in my inventory - double


PRICE: #425USD + $30USD shipping = $455USD for the unstarted, factory fresh kit 

if you are interested in the started kit, contact me  


Contact me:  for further information   

Until the next post – keep warm if you are on the northeastern seaboard and think  SPRING    


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