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Vintage Tumbling Blocks Quilt Inspiration

In Nancy’s comment on my Seven Sisters blocks, she noticed that the Seven Sisters pattern is very similar to the Tumbling Blocks pattern — basically just 60° diamonds with a different coloration. TB is a pattern I have always loved, and planned to make one day using 19th century scraps so I could take advantage…

Bernina 830 Record

Until last year, my sewing machine buying history had been pretty conservative, at least when I compared it to most other quilters I knew.  The first machine I owned was a used Singer I purchased in 1966 at a thrift store.  In the mid-70s I gave it to my friend, Elaine, who is still using…

Kalburnie Gingham – Ladies Home Journal, 1922

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…

Twinkling Star Vintage Quilt Top

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…

More Antique Fabrics from 9-Patch Quilt Top

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,…

Appliqued Cherry Trees and Robins Quilt – Ladies Home Journal

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…

Antique Fabrics from 9-Patch Quilt Top

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…

Barbour’s Standard Irish Flax Shoe Thread

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,…

Happy 4th of July Birthday, Gail Gray

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…

Vintage Fabric Gallery – Red, White and Blue

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…