'Vintage Finds' Category
Although it’s a little difficult to make out in this busy print with it’s unusual color scheme, this is actually a Christmas apron panel. It was another interesting gift from my friend, Patty, who has a wonderful Etsy shop, Petalier, where she sells her beautiful quilts, along with vintage sewing-related items. The panel was mostly [...]
More cute projects from the 1943 book, You Can Make It — Things to Do With Scissors and Paste. Easter crafts are available in two earlier posts: Easter Favors & Flowers and Easter Cards & Eggs.
Last week at the Goodwill I found a couple of pretty linen shirts, and thought maybe I could cut them up to make little girl dresses. This is my first effort, and I’m so happy with it (and the process), that I am thinking of adding another line to my donated fashions. First there was [...]
Today, instead of vintage fabric, here are some sweet Art Deco advertisements for vintage fabric. Kalburnie gingham was one of many cotton textiles manufactured at Lancaster Mills in Clinton, Massachusetts. I have noticed both in these ads and in my vintage catalogs, that these old ginghams were not limited to the two-color checked versions so [...]
This old quilt top is kind of a mess. The stitching in the blocks is not bad, but the yellow border is crudely sewn with many odd-sized pieces. It will not lie flat. I thought the blocks might have been sewn earlier by a different person, but upon closer examination, it’s clear that both the [...]
My friend, Patty at Petalier, pointed out that the first group of neon type antique prints I posted last week is from the 1890s. It’s always a bit risky purchasing these very old blocks and tops because the fabric can be in poor condition without showing any obvious signs of damage. To test the fabric, [...]
As I was looking through my 1924 Ladies Home Journal Pattern Catalog, I immediately recognized the quilt at the bottom of this page, probably because a copy of the original quilt appeared on the cover of the book, “American Folk Art Quilts” by Maggi Gordon (possibly made from the LHJ pattern). I’m sorry I don’t [...]
The original antique quilt top was made with a large assortment of different fabrics you would expect in a top of this age — indigos, homespuns, shirtings, madders, double pinks and mourning prints. The individual 4″ squares were wonderful, but the mix of all the colors and patterns didn’t really appeal to me, and it [...]
Instead of vintage fabric, today I’m going to show you some vintage thread I purchased on ebay a while back. I found an article in the NY Times dated January, 1886, titled The Manufacture of Linen Thread, How Flax is Grown — Barbour Bros. & Co., a Century of Tread Making. According to the article, [...]
Today is the birthday of my wonderful Mother-in-Law, Gail Gray. Here she is at age 16 looking very pretty and patriotic. I’ve always loved this picture, and that great military looking band uniform. Gail Ann Kollie Gray – July, 1945 Now here are the Wednesday vintage fabric photographs, completing the Independence Day themed posts for this [...]
These elongated triangles were part of a lot I purchased on ebay several years ago. There were some vintage quilt blocks and cardboard templates, but the real prize was an old shoebox packed with about a zillion different triangle swatches in three sizes. Today, in keeping with the theme, I have picked out a few [...]
For some strange reason, among the main 1930s fabric colors, yellow prints are hard to find. I’m always so happy to see any yellows in a group of purchased scraps or pieces.
More Depression era salesman sample swatches, this time in shades of lavender.
These fabric swatches are part of a large lot of salesman samples from the 1930s. The photos represent a 2″ x 3″ rectangle of each print.
For this little top I used two vintage cloth books published in the UK by Dean’s Rag Book Co. The company began in 1903 producing small books printed on muslin that they advertised as “safe and washable” for baby. Later they expanded into stuffed bears and cloth dolls. Dean’s Rag Books were still being made [...]