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20% off vintage quilts

 

PLEASE NOTE: this Saturday only, I will be closing shortly before 4PM in order to go over to the Fundy View Hall where there will be a community supper. Lasagna, green salad, homebaked Italian bread, apple crisp and tea or coffee. I will be selling raffle tickets for the drawing on a lovely basket of Christmas goodies! You are all welcome to come over for supper before you head home! 

Now for this week’s post! I am having a special on all my vintage quilts. heirloom quilts and the one remaining quilt made by me for this year’s inventory. All quilts will be 20% off the marked price, which varies from quilt to quilt, but I’m sure you’ll agree is already a very good price.

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Above is an overall shot, and below a close-up for detail on this treasure! “Scattered Morning Glories” was put out by Home Needlecraft in the early 1940’s and measures 78×97. It is unwashed and unused and pristine except for one small amber stain on the reverseThis is a one-of-a-kind treasure almost 75 years old and yours for 20% off the tag price of $575 –  – yours for just $460 while this special lasts!

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Above is a very lovely vintage  Star of Bethlehem quilt, probably made during the 1930’s. I have seen lots of these quilts made with white muslin backgrounds but one rarely sees a solid colour other than white or off white used. I haven’t seen one like this before, so again you’re looking at acquiring a one-of-a-kind item.  The price on the tag reads $400 – so how about $320 to take this lovely quilt home either for yourself or a gift for someone special? 78×78 inches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

home for just $280!

 

 

 

 

very late 19th century or in the early years of the 20th century and is still soft supple and immaculate a hundred years later. Indigoes and double pinks have had a very long career and in reproduction form are among my favourite fabrics.  72×90 with the only wear at the binding which is still intact though fraying; I was asking $600 for this one, but try $480 with the 20% discount!! Still ready for display on your bed.pendinf - bucilla acorn harvest top 2

And above – a beautifully worked cross stitch quilt made from a Bucilla kit called “Acorn Harvest” – this quilt would look lovely in a bedroom which tended towards a more tailored look. The colours ae those staples of the 1970’s – gold and dark olive. The size is ample for a double/queen and it looks as though this quilt has never been used!   I have a VERY SPECIAL price on this one of $400 after discount – it won’t last long!

Bear in mind that I have quite a few more lovely vintage quilts in stock which aren’t shown here, including a couple of darling baby quilts. In addition, this morning I was looking through some storage totes and my “Tickle Trunk” (Canadians who watched Mr. Dress-Up as kids know what that is!) and I found some striking things to add to my current display – new stock includes some French household linens (Including a set of 4 very festive, reversible placemats, a metis (linen/hemp) sheet, and a traditional large metis dish towel) several handworked North American tableclothes from the 30’s and 40’s; and an Inuit tapestry – handworked in Gjoa Haven and signed in syllabics it is called “Sednas”  – this is the Inuit spirit which corresponds to our mermaid but has also religious connotations. It is worked in fine wool felt and beaded appliques applied using blanket stitch to a brilliant deep green wool duffle fabric. It is positively stunning and I have priced it at $325 for the month of December only.

Also take note that I am happy to mail any of these items out to you on receipt of your personal cheque and for the quilts you will pay no more than $20 with insurance and tracking anywhere in North America. “Sednas” will ship for $10, same terms.

COME ON DOWN TOMORROW and then slip over to the hall to join us at our community supper!  Janet 

janet@novascotiaquilts.com

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A NATURAL CYCLE IN THE SIMPLER LIFE

About 25 years ago in an effort to jump start some tree growth on a property which when I moved to it had only a small lilac bush and a few scrub pussy willows and pin cherries, I bought a bundle of bare-root hybrid poplar saplings no bigger than buggy whips and planted them.

I knew they would grow fast and provide shelter and shade while the slower growing trees came along in their own time. They did better than my wildest dreams, and late last winter, with an end of season ice storm, one of them split off it’s two huge top branches and in falling, those branches took out the power line running along the road – quite a feat, since that tree was back a good 40 or 50 feet from the lines.

It was clear that the time had come to cut those trees before they fell on the house or took out my power service. Over the intervening years, several good hardwoods have grown up and an assortment of spruce and wild cherry and small birch. I am sorry to see these great trees go, but they are leaving a legacy behind: Their leaves have enriched the soil every year; they have provided much needed shade;cutting them down gave a contract at a good living wage to a local small business owner; and friends who will put in the sweat equity will share 50/50 with me as they process next year’s firewood. We all win  and promotion of simpler, local living with a smaller carbon footprint is also a winner.

As you can see, I’m loaded for bear with most of this winter’s firewood stacked either inside my back porch or adjacent to the house. It looks as though I won’t have to buy firewood next year and that is a big help in offsetting the cost of the tree removal as I go through three or more cords each winter and sometimdes more!

 

Tomorrow I’ll get back to the treasures I have for sale in my pop-up shop. Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the US! Janet