There’s something about vintage images that is so charming. Whether on postcards, in advertisements, on weathered signs or tattered Valentines, I just can’t resist a beautiful drawing from days gone by.
I have a Pinterest board to keep some of them close by all the time.
At International Quilt Market last fall in Houston, I was happy to find Jack and Susan Davis, owners of Olde America Antiques in Bozeman, Montana. They create a product called American Quilt Blocks that I think QM readers will love.
American Quilt Blocks are vintage images printed on soft, 100% cotton sateen with a giclee printer. Their colors are vibrant and the detail in the images is amazing. And best of all, no matter what your topic or area of interest, they probably have it already printed on cloth.
Jack and Susan have collected vintage postcards and ephemera for almost 25 years. They have amassed more than 25,000 vintage images. Of those, more than 5000 images under 40 different topics may be seen and ordered on their website. Here are examples:
Each category has dozens of images. You could get lost in there!
The images are available individually or in sets. With many sets comes a pattern for a simple 17″ x 21″ wall hanging to make use of the images (other sets have patterns for different items). When purchased individually, the images are available in a long list of sizes ranging from 3″ x 5″ to 12″ x 18″. Prices start at less than four dollars; the largest print is less than $30.
Each image comes backed with paper which is peeled off before use. The prints are soft and ready to use—just sew them in to whatever project you have in mind. They are generally intended for items which will not be laundered, but are colorfast for hand washing. Care instructions are included.
I can see these pieced into a quilt label for a quilt made from reproduction fabrics. I’m definitely going to try it.
Jack and Susan Davis would like to give six sets away to Quilty Pleasures readers! Six winners may choose any set they like from the Olde America Antiques website. A set I’m enjoying is Set 2 from the Sewing/Quilting category:
Aren’t they adorable? I’m also fond of Mother Goose Set 1. There are four in the set, and one is shown below. These are wonderful images from early children’s book covers—they would make any grandchild a perfect wall hanging!
I’d encourage you to visit OldeAmericaAntiques.com to see the images within a wide range of topics. There truly is something for everyone.