Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Vintage Quilts for Sale - New Additions

Downsizing Vintage Quilt Collection -- Two New Additions

The time has come to reduce my stash of vintage quilts. Collected with joy over the years, each one is dear to my heart but now I must send them off to new homes.

Here are two new additions:(scroll down to see all available quilts)

Hexagon Charm 75 x 88 c. 1880

Hundreds and hundreds of fabrics of the era are represented in these hexagons measuring 1.75” per side (3” across) Only one brown print has been repeated after a great deal of examination by many study groups!

Hand quilted with double thread. She wanted it to last. . . and it has! Wool batt.

Backing is woven window pane check. Applied binding of same fabric.

Fabrics appear bright and fresh. I doubt it's ever been washed.

A very few brown prints have been applique repaired by me with original intact. .

The small safety pin on the   brown stripe above indicates the 'fix.' (original hexagon remains under the applique seen below)

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Anther New Addition

FLYING GEESE STRIPPY        71 X 86        C. 1900                                            $295

Vertical columns of  3" x 6"pieced geese  blocks alternate with double pink strip. Wide variety of fabrics of the period seen in both the background and the triangle portion of the 'geese'.

 Woven plaid backing brought to front for edge finish.. Hand quilted.              

The following two close-ups most accurately depict the color of the double pink alternate strip..


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 ***scroll down to see other (reduced) available quilts***

Dated Signature/friendship Quilt
Duck and Ducklings 
62 x84    Reduced to $195     $225

This dated signature/friendship quilt records the members of the Mannford Club of 1949 as seen embroidered in the center of the quilt. Each block was probably made by the woman who took the opportunity to embroider her name in a style of her choice.

Hand quilted.    

An opportunity for a little research?

Cross-stitched Embroidery Kit Quilt
Double Wedding Ring 
80 x 94
Reduced to $195       $225

This generously sized Bucilla kit Double Wedding Ring is worked in fitting colors of the 1970's, olive green and gold. It is dated 1972 on the back.

Hand quilted

Fine workmanship

I've shared my vintage quilts in multiple study groups, at trunk shows and lectures - really, with anyone showing the slightest interest in vintage textiles. My hope, as I let them go, is that they will bring joy to a fresh group of adoring fans in a new setting. They will spark conversation and study and serve a purpose. I'm freeing them, in a sense.
I'm sharing photos with prices and minimal data here. Please contact me via  email for more detailed photos or with any questions -- and do check back, I'll be adding more.

                                      TREE EVERLASTING
    69 x 73      
                 Reduced to $295        $ 325
                     Striking strippy!                      

 Densely hand quilted

Border! Berries!
69 x 73
             Reduced to $295       $325

Exceptional hand quilting - Fine workmanship
 Tan vine and leaves were once green.

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Bright Ideas Come Home to Roost

Do you remember back a few decades....1980's or so? Someone had the bright idea that when you have a fabric out for some other project, all straightened and ready to go, that if you cut a few strips from that yardage…1.5”, 2”, 2.5", you would have this wonderful stash of ready-to-go strips for countless projects.
 "Cool! Great idea," I thought.
The idea was wide spread, apparently, because a lot of us fell for it. Decades later, we "ladies of a certain" age are saying, "How the heck can I use up all these strips?"
Today I finished this little doll quilt  - the result of restlessness over isolating, quarantining, a life where going to the grocery store is an exciting outing.

I needed to stitch and stitch and not think...so I pulled out the bin of 1.5" strips, squares, partial units and rows and put this together.

Just in time I remembered, I'm trying to use up  strips  - so I pieced the back using partial units and some 2.5" strips.

 (I'm heading toward diving into improv style so this is a warm-up)

I practiced free motion work with loops and an occasional heart. I had to cut binding from yardage.
I have lots of 'binding leftovers' but none were long enough or quite right. I needed a solid -the piece was busy enough already.

A look at my labelled containers on shelves

And here are just a few of the projects I’ve made with those handy dandy strips….all scrappy by necessity, right?  No matchy-matchy color coordinated ‘line’ of fabrics from Marcus Brothers or Judy Rothermel.

this is a top in progress...

I guess those strips were a pretty good idea after all!

Did you get into that - and are you still trying to use them up?

Adventure in Improv Coming up!

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Hello Again!

35" x 50"

Time does fly and all that....but here I am, still kicking --but rather 'in place' these days due to the pandemic.
If you’re checking back in, THANK YOU! Who could blame anyone for losing interest in my ramblings as randomly and infrequently as I’ve shown up!

Here's a quilt I just finished. I found the pieced portion in my 'stuff' - started long ago just as something to stitch....a rail fence variation that uses 5 strips, working out from the center with same fabric on each side. My records show that I started playing with 1.5" strips in this layout in 2011!
I had no idea what it would become ...as I said just something to sew.

I decided it was big enough to call done. I added borders, pieced a backing and used some leftover precut 2" strips to bind it....scrappy all around.  (more on those pre-cut strips next time)

I machine quilted straight vertical lines 1.5" apart and then stitched every 5 inches horizontally (just 1/4" above the bottom of each block.) My July finish. (I set a goal to finish one project every month until.....well .. . they're all done? 
A little humor. :)

I hoping having publicly stated a goal for finishing projects will get me back in the blogging world.

Stay safe, keep sewing and leave a comment just so I know you're out there!


Hello Again