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VINTAGE FINISHED QUILTS FROM KITS

 

These days I have some serious house repair and renovation going on, and a good part of many of my days have been spent in shifting my inventory from place to place in the house as the construction zone moves into areas I’ve used for storage.

I have gradually built up a collection of lovely finished quilts, vintage and antique, made from kits and pieced in the typical prints and solids of the late 19th century and earlier half of the 20th century.

These quilts were selected in particular as being in pristine condition – stitching is strong, “beauty spots” are very limited and bindings are intact. In many cases, I suspect these quilts were never used for anything more rigourous that display – certainly many have never been laundered. All are sweet smelling and unfaded.

It has become clear to me that I need to simplify and downsize, so I am offering these treasures at very attractive pricing and until May 31  shipping to any place in North America is free with tracking and insurance included. Quilts usually cost around $50, and sometimes more to ship, so I hope you will take advantage of this great offer. Payment can be made by requesting a Paypal invoice, or by mailing to me your personal cheque in USD or an International Postal Money Order also in USD. Contact me: janet@novascotiaquilts.com to arrange purchase.

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Above is a photo of the front cover on the packaging of Progress #1553, Majestic. I sold this in kit form some time ago and haven’t been able to source it again, but I do have this as a finished quilt among my collection. Sized at 79×97 which was the standard size of the Progress kits, this quilt has been made by a very skilled hand and is in perfect condition. Dates to late 1950’s, early 1960’s.

The pattern is very similar to another Progress kit #1492 Tree of Life. Both are patterned on the palampores or bed spread sized hand block printed cottons imported by the Dutch East India and the British East India Companies in the early 17th century – these ‘indiennes’ fabric in very fine cotton took Europe by storm and in fact are still being made today by the den Haan and Wagenmaker firm in Holland. Check out their website for some luscious fabrics!  http://www.dutchquilts.net/EN_index_.html

PRICE: MAJESTIC  completed vintage quilt 79×97  $500USD  + ship free until May 31/13

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Above is the cover photo of Bucilla’s kit “Acorn Harvest”, done in cross stitch embroidery and then handquilted – design is based on a 19th century applique quilt motif and I have this lovely quilt both in kit form and in a finished quilt. Contact me: janet@novascotiaquilts.com

The finished quilt – in a double/queen size is in immaculate condition, and is priced at  $400USD and will ship free with tracking and insurance until May 31/13

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The finished quilt featured above is a winner! Again, in pristine unused condition; and again I have the kit as well as the finished quilt. The applique on this quilt is absolutely flawless – a real ‘girlie’ quilt without being over the top - maybe just in time for a graduating daughter or granddaughter?

PRICE: Bucilla The Living Rose in double/queen $450USD + shipping is free until May 31/13

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Above is a very early quilt made from a kit put out by Home Needlecraft Company. I recently featured this quilt when discussing the markings on the old kit and how to minimise what stamping tends to remain.

http://www.novascotiaquilts.com/2013/01/removing-the-stamped-markings-from-quilts-made-from-kits.html

 

PRICE: SCATTERED MORNING GLORIES  $575USD + free shipping until May 31/13

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This one is a rare one!! I sold the only kit I ever had of this quilt many years ago and have not seen it since. I was lucky enough to find this finished one in the secondary market a couple of years and happy to tell you it has no issues – clean, unfaded and with skilled and sturdy stitching, this is Progress #1345, Bowknot measuring 79×97 – and ready to place on your bed. The quilt dates to the late 1940’s or early 1950’s and will make a unique statement in any collection.

PRICE: Bowknot  – Progress #1345  $575USD + free shipping until May 31/13

ABOVE: A closeup of Bowknot – enjoy!!

Contact me: janet@novascotiaquilts.com to purchase

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 The quilt shown above is quite likely not made from a kit – I think I may have seen this pattern in a quilt magazine from the early 1980’s – whatever its origins it is lovely – a serene but colourful quilt executed with skill by a bold and confident needlewoman.  This Basket of Flowers sized at 60×60 would look lovely in a bright sunny bedroom with any kind of furniture, but can you see it with white wicker?

wow!! - a real winner!

PRICE: BASKET OF FLOWERS 60×60  $400USD + free shipping until May 31/13

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The next two quilts I’ll show you today were, of course, not made from kits. They are true pieces of our quilting past in North America and would hold their own in any quilt lover’s collection. This first one dates from the late 19th century and is made from indigo prints and a beautiful double pink print, offset by white and heavily quilted. It has clearly been used and loved, but well cared for. Fabric is still strong and stitching is intact, while the batting has not bunched up – the only sign of its age is a gentle fraying of the binding, but that binding is still intact and currently needs no attention.

PRICE: Indigo and doouble pink Geese in a Pond quilt 72×90  $575USD + shipping free until May 31/13

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Above is a Star of Bethlehem or Texas Star quilt with the unusual but totally charming addition of a strong 1930’s candy pink background which sets off and enhances the strong solid 1930’s colours making up the central pieced star.  I have checked this piece by piece and closed up a few seams where stitching had come undone, so it should be ready for display in your home. And what a display it will make! At 78×78, a very versatile size it can go on a double bed, or a twin and would make a strong statement hanging over the back of a sofa or over a door. Backing is the same wonderful pink!

PRICE: STAR OF BETHLEHEM  78×78  $450 + free shipping until May 31/13

Don’t delay! this won’t last – email me: janet@novascotiaquilts.com to secure your purchase

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The last quilt I’ll show you today is one I made and is left over from last year’s invcentory. A one of a kind original design by me, it is made from repro 19th century fabrics in indogoes on white muslin and is enhanced by a shot of turkey red. At about 50×50, this would make a great table cloth at a 4th of July celebration, or if you’d rather not check its washability – which is just fine, you can hang it on the wall or over the back of the sofa. The patriotism is subtle enough, too, that this quilt will hold its own any day of the year.

PRICE: JANET’S INDIGO BASKETS – hand appliqued, hand pieced and hand quilted from fine 100% cotton through and through  $350USD + free shipping until May 31/13

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In addition to all these lovely quilts, I have a fine collection of bedlinens, vintage of course and many hand embelllished – all of which are made in the USA or France of either 100% cotton or linen/hemp – if you’d like to dress your whole bed vintage – contact me janet@novascotiaquilts.com and we can talk.

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HUGS! JANET

VINTAGE PARAGON APPLIQUE QUILT KITS

It’s finally beginning to warm up and it looks like spring is almost here. I still need the woodstove going many days, but in a few short weeks the world will start to look as green as this picture of my home in springtime a few years ago. I’ve raked the leaves off the bed of columbines near the steps and this week will sow some mesclun mix in a big terra cotta pot for the deck – where I will just step outside the door for fresh salad leaves. And, of course, pulling weeds will come next!

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Meanwhile I’m going to treat you today to some classic Paragon Needlework applique quilt kits from the forties, fifties and 60’s. Some of these are extremely hard to find. I have seen them only once or twice in the secondary market and not at all recently. When these are gone, I am afraid they may be gone for good. All are in very good condition and have been stored carefully. Several have been started and have been done with great skill. Others are in mint condition, complete and ready for you to start.

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Above is the illustration on the box front of Paragon’s #1057 Rose Wreath, sized 80×100. Quilt kits ceased to be packaged in a box sometime in the mid to late 40’s so I am judging the age of this kit to be at least 65 years old. It has been worked by a careful and very skilled quiltmaker and is ready for you to put on the finishing touches with embroidery and then quilt it. It will be an instant heritage quilt to add to your collection or to give to someone dear to you.

Here is a close up if the lovely work that has been done . There are twelve sweet, traditional rose wreaths

And above, an overview of the whole quilt – this one really gets the creative juices flowing, and every time I look at this kit I’m tempted to finish it myself – but I can’t keep them all!

PRICE: Paragon #1057, 100% cotton quilt kit for applique  80×100 - complete and ready to finish:

                                           $395USD + $30USD shipping, tracking & insurance = $425USD total

Contact me  janet@novascotiaquilts.com if you want more information

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Next, Paragon’s Rose of Sharon #1130. This quilt kit has been started by a confident and capable quiltmaker, but these is still a lot to do on this one.  This is another rare one, measuring 90×105 or a queen size. This dates it in my mind to the late 60’s when people began to move toward  larger beds – in addition, the illustration is in black and white – a feature of the earlier kits’ packaging.

The fabrics used are careful reproductions  of much earlier fabrics found in mid to later 19th century quilts, as is the pattern.

This is the lovely vining border of rosebuds and leaves – classic in earlier applique quilts in North America.

Shown above, the pieces to make one of the lovely large blocks

And above in this picture you get a much clearer view of the lovely reproduction fabrics – double pinks and a dark green with chrome yellow detail – and the painstaking applique stitches – this is going to be a family treasure!!

PRICE: PARAGON ROSE OF SHARON #1130 90×105 100% cotton, started

                      $395USD + $30USD shipping, tracking and insurance = $425USD

  Contact me  janet@novascotiaquilts.com  for purchase details

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Shown above is a baltimore album style quilt kit by Paragon  – this is Garden Bouquet sized 82×97 0f 100%cotton. The colour choices have been softened and updated to those popular in the early 1970’s and this lovely vintage quilt kit will make a statement in your home and be a treasure to pass on to your children.

PRICE: Paragon’s Garden Bouquet – sealed in plastic 82×97 $395USD + $30USD shipping, tracking and insurance = $425USD total

To put a hold on this lovely kit, email janet@novascotiaquilts.com

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And finally, two lovely patriotic quilt kits in applique, both by Paragon:

Above is Paragon American Glory 01147 this is worked on an ecru background in 100% cotton fabrics reproduced from 19th c quilt fabric and the design is a very old, traditional eagle and liberty bell in the traditional red, green and ochre so evocative of the mid 19th century.

 The specific kit shown above dates to pre-1963  and has been started, but in addition I also have an unstarted one.

 

PRICE FOR EITHER KIT: PARAGON  AMERICAN GLORY #01147, 82×97 $395USD + $30USD postage, insurance and tracking = $425USD total

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And finally, an early patriotic quilt kit probably late 50’s early 60’s, this is Paragon’s American Eagle #01128 , size is 82×97 and again, I have one kit that has been started, and one still in factory folds in the original package. This kit features the eagle surrounded by 13 stars of the original 13 colonies and is edged by a swag border in the 19thc style. Applique is done in ochre for a subdued and subtle statement.

Either of these quilt kits could be finished in time for the July 1 holiday and would look lovely in your home.

PRICE: AMERICAN  EAGLE PARAGON # 01147   $395USD + $30USD shipping, insurance and tracking = $425USD total

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A WORD ABOUT CUSTOMER SERVICE: all purchases are given my personal attention – answering your emails, sending out billing information, checking, packing and shipping each parcel. All items are adequately insured, have tracking numbers and move to you by airmail, and I watch their progress keenly until I know they have arrived safely.

I have the largest inventory of vintage quilt kits of any business in North America and if an item is not in my inventory, leave your wish list with me and I will try to source it for you.

From time to time I can also provide other quilting supplies, like quilting thrad, 100% cotton Quilter’s Dream Request brand batting and wide quilt backs. This service is offered to those quiltmakers who live in areas not well served by local quilt shops.

Payments are accepted using personal cheques in USD mailed to me, or International Postal Money orders, again in USD, also mailed to me. If you prefer the speed and convenience of Paypal, just ask me to send an invoice to you and you can choose to pay from your bank account, Paypal balance or a credit card through Paypal. All shipments re made within a day or two of payment and there is no waiting for your personal cheque to clear.

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Beatrix Potter, Holly Hobbie and Walt Disney’s Bambi – quilt kits and more!

The next few posts will concentrate on children’s and babies’ vintage quilt kits.  Today I wil be describing several kits I have in my current inventory that are classic themes from the past with current interest for collectors.

All three of these kits have accompanying themed decorative items suitable for your child’s retro nursery. 

Above is Paragon’s 1972 Holly Hobbie quilt top kit – this kit comes ready to quilt and can be as complex or as simple as you care to make it. This kit will finish to crib size or with the addition of a border or two will fit a youth or twin bed. Team it with the sampler shown below and this will be the beginning of a sweet decor for a little girl’s room.

PRICE: $175USD + $20USD as your share of shipping by insured and trackable mail

You heard it here – the next vintage decorating wave to hit North America will be the 70’s and 80’s -  vintage quilt kits will help move it along, and I certainly have lots of them!

The Paragon sampler kit above makes up to  11×14 inches and the frame, backing board and floss is complete in the package – Holly is entertaining a friend at tea in this darling picture. Quick and easy to complete.

PRICE: $25USD + $10USD your share of shipping by insured and trackable post – or ships free with the quilt kit.

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Beatrix Potter is always a favourite!!! I have had all three of he quilt kits in this JCA series, but can’t find them readily these days on the secondary market  and can’t keep them in stock. They are no longer made.

At the moment I have this version: Mrs. Bunny rocking her baby to sleep in her arms with ihe the cradle at her feet – done in strong pastels this pre-quilted kit comes with the floss to embroider it – a lovely crib quilt or wallhanging!

PRICE: $175USD + $29USD your share of insured and trackable shipping

I have three beautiful leaflets for cross stitched decorative nursery items – above is a lovely growth chart

A collection of many cross stitch charts for various useful and decorative nursery items shown above, and below a traditional birth sampler to complete for your child or grandchild.

 

PRICE: each leaflet $8USD or buy all three for $20 – shipping free w9ith the above quilt kit or $3 for one, two or three leaflets

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First released in the mid 1940’s, Walt Disney’s “Bambi” became a classic film and inspired many decorative and playtime items – here are two of them.

The first is a 40×60 quilt kit for embroidery – this prefinished 100% cotton  quilt comes complete with Peri Lusta embroidery floss. It is #0522Q and also has instructions in the sealed package.

PRICE: $175USD + $20USD your share of insured and trackable postage

The picture also shows a sweet growth chart – also by Paragon. The design is stamped on 100% cotton with a prefinished edge and is complete with peri lusta floss, a hanging cord and hanging rod – a measuring tape is ready to be fixed to the edge and full instructions to complete this growth chart are included in the sealed package.

PRICE $35USD + $10USD as your share of insured and trackable postage or ships free with the quilt kit

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A Completed Quilt made from a Kit, Very Early Vintage

This Info just in: Thanks to Sharon Pinka and Merikay Waldvogel, quilt historians in the United States!! Sharon and I have remained in touch after she visited my studio here in Nova Scotia the summer before last! Thanks gals!

This lovely quilt made from a kit is “Scattered Morning Glories” made by Home Needlecraft Creations #7127 and was advertised in McCall’s Magazine during the 1940’s. This confirmed my thoughts on dating and on the fact that this was an early kit from one of the smaller players. It is sized at 78×97 so will fit a double bed or go sideways on a queen or king. It is more than likely unwashed and is in immaculate condition(there is one tiny stain on the backing, I have a picture of it and can send it to you…..).

PRICE: $650 USD + $35 shipping and insurance = $685

 

Today I’m announcing a departure from my usual inventory of vintage quilting kits, both applique and cross stitch. I’m certain there is a market for carefully curated kit quilts that are completely finished and in pristine or near pristine condition. This one shown below fills the bill on all those counts and as well, I believe it dates very early on in the manufacture of these kits.

Judging by the luscious strong solid pastels used to make up this kit, it likely dates to the 1930’s or early 1940’s. I have several colleagues among the Quilt Study and Quilt Dating groups, and one of these knowledgeable people is showing it to her contacts to gather some information for me.

As you can see, there is a lovely scalloped border completely around the outside of the quilt and the quilt measures 79×97. 100% cotton, of course, inside and out.

Until the quilt gets to me and I can do further research and examine it carefully I am hesitant to put a price on it, but I do want to give everyone a heads up as it will be first come, first served with this charmer.

The only blemish on the entire quilt, so I am told, is a small dark amber coloured stain on the back – perhaps the size of a pencil end. But until I have the quilt in my hands I hesitate to say there is no other blemish.

The quilt is still bearing the stamped on quilting guidelines and one tiny print indicator saying “seam” so we are sure that this is from a kit, and also that it has been neither used nor washed.

I will add further info as I get it…..Contact me – mailto:janet@novascotiaquilts.com for further discussion or to put a hold on it.

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Yoyo Quilt for Sale

I was recently asked by the owner if I would consider offering this vintage yoyo quilt for sale. Although I don’t usually sell quilts on consignment, vintage yoyo’s in good condition are hard to find these days, so I was more than willing to give it a try.

Yoyo quilts can be found arranged completely randomly and also can be found arranged in patterns similar to some of the simpler, but beloved patterns, such as this 25 patch.

In my opinion, the patterned ones are more appealing, but the random ones are sweet too.

The fabrics used to make these yoyos appear to be drawn from prints popular during the 30’s and 40’s and are typical of what might be found in any thrifty homemaker’s scrap bag. The yellow is a lovely sunshine yellow setting off the slightly darker prints. This was a great take along sewing project – could be done listening to the radio in the evening, visiting on the front porch with friends or while waiting in the doctor’s office. Nothing much has changed, has it?

At 53 by 86 inches, this one is sized to fit the top of a double or queen sized mattress perfectly. It would be best displayed with a solid coloured cotton bedspread underneath  which includes a full skirt. Perhaps in one of the lovely strong pastels so popular in the 30’s and 40’s – jade or nile green, bubblegum pink, lilac or sky blue are all possibilities.

This quilt is clean, crisp and in excellent condition. No tears or breaks, and no yoyo’s coming ungathered. It’s ready for display in your romantic or cottage style home!

To purchase, contact me mailto:janet@novascotiaquilts.com

PRICE $325 USD + $20 USD SHIPPING = $345 USD  Personal Cheque

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