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Anne Orr Quilt Patterns — Lockport Batting Co.

Lockport Batting Company published several booklets and leaflets of Anne Orr quilt designs. I have two of the booklets and a few leaflets. Following up on the Anne Orr inspired quilt designs that I recently posted, I thought I would show you  the original patterns from this 1944 publication.  It’s amazing to me that Anne…

Vintage Anne Orr Style Quilt Patterns

Although Anne Orr certainly designed other styles of quilts, these charted type designs always remind me of her.  These are patterns from a 1969-70 McCall’s Needlework & Crafts magazine and no designer is credited.  I have a feeling I’ve seen these reprinted somewhere else, but maybe it was just a similar pattern. I’ve never attempted…

Antique Sawtooth Star Quilt Top

This is the other $5.00 antique quilt top I purchased on ebay. It is machine sewn and the construction is significantly better than the Album quilt top — the points are good, it’s square and lies flat. I haven’t examined all of the fabrics, but they appear to be in good condition. It is clean,…

Antique Album Quilt Top

Inspired by the quilt tops from Ann Champion’s cupboard, I decided to collect some antique fabric to make doll quilts. A few weeks ago, I found this top and one other offered together on ebay with a “buy it now” option for $9.95! I was pretty excited because, even though the photos were terrible (the…

Lord Baltimore Quilt Pieces

I’ve been very busy lately working on my Christmas gifts. The embroidered basket quilt is going well — the center quilting is finished and I’ve quilted about half of the border. The second embroidered pillowcase is languishing, but today I should be able to finish the top of  a Rail Fence baby quilt made with…

Vintage Monument Mills Woven Mother Goose Spread

I’ve probably mentioned a few times how much I love anything vintage with a Mother Goose theme (as well as ABC’s).  This is a spread I found on ebay — it still has the tag and looks brand new with no odor or dinginess. The spread is a bright pink with no fading at all…

Vintage French/German Fabric

These beautiful vintage fabrics are from one of my favorite ebay sellers, frjoan, who lives in France.  The fabrics average about 1/4 yard and they come freshly laundered and smell great (such a treat since many vintage fabrics I purchase have that old fabric odor).  Joan also sells lovely vintage European linens — mostly sheets…

Embroidered Linen Tablecloth

Yesterday my friend, Patti, and I stopped in our local antique/consignment shop.  I wasn’t really expecting to find anything because they don’t have many textiles and also their prices are way too high.  However, I fell in love with this beautiful hand embroidered linen tablecloth.  It had 3 or 4 little stains that didn’t look…

Simplicity Needlework Catalog – Baby Puff & Baby Quilt

I love both of these little quilts from the 1948 Simplicity Needlework Catalog, and I even have the original pattern for the Lilies of the Valley Baby Puff. The transfer is very faded and I’m not sure it would even work, so I would probably draw over the pattern and trace it onto the fabric…

Hazel Atlas Child’s Tea Set

The Hazel Atlas Glass Company made several tea sets in the 40’s and 50’s. The earliest set was the Little Hostess, followed by the Sierra, and finally the New Century set, which is the one I found. Click here to find out more about Hazel Atlas tea sets for children. Unfortunately the New Century set…

Vintage 30’s Fabric Samples – Pinks

These are some of the wonderful vintage triangle pieces I purchased on ebay last year. There were three sizes of triangles — this is about a third of the pinks in the medium size (2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 4 1/4″).  These were obviously swatches removed from  salesman sample books, because some of them…

1948 Simplicity Needlework Catalog

I am so excited to have won this old catalog on ebay for only $15, which was a great deal in my opinion.  It is big (11″ x 13″) and although the cover is shelf-worn, the pages are pristine and the illustrations are wonderful.  The catalog contains pictures of every Simplicity needlework pattern in their…

Vintage 30’s Fabric Samples – Greens

This is one of the best purchases I’ve made on ebay — an old shoebox packed with over 5,000 vintage 1930’s triangles — and it was so cheap. They were obviously samples because I can’t find a duplicate in the thousands of little pieces. Also, a few had some glue residue or a bit of…