Tuesday Review: Vintage Images on Fabric; Giveaway!

GAR 0001d 300x450 Tuesday Review: Vintage Images on Fabric; Giveaway!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.

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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:

Cats & Kittens
Railroads & Transportation
Sewing & Quilting

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.

SWQ 0015a 300x450 Tuesday Review: Vintage Images on Fabric; Giveaway!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:

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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!

MGS 0001b 300x450 Tuesday Review: Vintage Images on Fabric; Giveaway!Leave a comment by midnight Wednesday, Feb. 1 and I’ll choose six random winners who may choose any set of four 4″ x 6″ American Quilt Blocks. Many thanks to Jack and Susan for their generosity.

I’d encourage you to visit OldeAmericaAntiques.com to see the images within a wide range of topics. There truly is something for everyone.




About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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130 Responses to Tuesday Review: Vintage Images on Fabric; Giveaway!

  1. Heather Shumway says:

    My last name is Shumway and I have been searching for Shumway seed catalog memorabilia, this is a great idea! Thank you for posting!

  2. Heather says:

    I love these. They make me want to get at that Crazy Quilt I’ve been collecting fabric, laces, trims and other interesting bits for.

  3. Martha Durick says:

    I appreciate the fact that these pieces of art are being preserved and are being shared.

  4. Sharon Meyer says:

    These remind me so much of my grandmother. When life was so much simpler. Thank you for making them,and for the chance to win them.

  5. Lisa Marie says:

    I have never seen anything like this before. It was so much fun to look through all their pretty things. Thanks for offering this great giveaway!

  6. Leslie says:

    I want more vegetables in my quilting diet and I can hardly believe how beautiful the old seed packet pictures are. What an inspiration. Thanks for introducing me to their site.

  7. Annaleena says:

    These prints are nice. Thanks for the chance.

  8. VickiT says:

    Oh my gosh. Those are awesome! I just love seeing the vintage signs and if I had room would decorate an entire room in myhouse with them. How awesome they would be on fabric like this. Wow. How fun. You’ve always got room for something made from fabric, right? What a great giveaway. Thank you.

  9. There are some wonderful blocks….I loved the fairy collection!

  10. Judy Maggio says:

    The prints are so cute-I too adore vintage prints, fabric, books…you get the idea. Thanks for giving us a new source.

  11. Linda Cartwright says:

    Wow, I love those vintage prints!

  12. Annie K says:

    Oh my gosh, their prints are incredible! I’m moving into a bigger sewing space, and would love to use some of their blocks from the Artists section as wall art. Thank you for pointing me in their direction!

  13. Julie says:

    I remember finding postcards like this going through an old trunk from my grandmother. I loved the Christmas and Valentine’s cards the best. The first sewing machine I used was my grandmother’s trendle. My youngest son just received an old trendle machine with box of attachments from his mother-in-law. He has expressed his interests in learning to make quilts. Thanks for the chance to win.

  14. What a super fun website they have…you are right, a person could get lost in there just looking around. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  15. patti meyers says:

    I’m so in love with these vintage fabric prints. The pictures bring back so much that we had when I was a child in the 30′s. The colors and the quality of the prints are beautiful.
    So glad to have found them. My favorites are #2 but I love them all.

  16. Hueisei says:

    They are lovely. Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. ritainalaska says:

    i sure like the set #2 from the sewing/quilting catagory! i learned to sew on a treadle 65,66 years ago. sure had fun with that machine! i could make mugrugs with them for my craft room cups.

  18. They have so many wonderful designs, love the cats sewing set and also sewing set 6, which has cats and dogs in them.


  19. Cathy Byrd says:

    I just LOVE the Set # from the Sewing/Quilting category. They are so sweet!
    I love vintage things and the vintage feel. I also love my modern washing machine, dryer, dish washer, microwave, blender, ice maker and countless other conveniences we have today.
    Still – It is SO nice to look at such romantic ideals.
    Cathy Byrd
    byrd at gulftel.com

  20. Darla Wilson says:

    These are a great find! What great quilts, pillows, bags, etc. the mind conjures up when looking through the site.

  21. Gwen Windham says:

    Oh my goodness!! I LOVE these! I’ve been browsing all the different prints on their site and they are just beautiful! Thank you so much for the chance to win some of this Vintage lovliness! :-)

  22. Linda says:

    so pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Sherry Moran says:

    I’ve seen these before and oh, how I would love to
    use them in a quilt! Hope I win!

  24. Rachell R says:

    My grandma had a vintage but electric sewing machine and I remember summers staying for several weeks with other girl cousins as grandma taught us how to sew and cross stitch or supplemented our skills that her daughters (our mothers) passed down to us. We loved going through her fabric stashes and seeing remnants of the fabrics grandma used growing up and the fabrics our mothers used and wore too! Love vintage stuff!

  25. Kathy h says:

    I love the vintage pictures. Saw some great santas too.

  26. suzy boyle says:

    These are beautiful…..I’d be thrilled to own them.

  27. Brenda says:

    I don’t usually like vintage fabrics, but these are really cute!

  28. Christine M says:

    The images are lovely. I especially love your set 2 from sewing/quilting. Will head over now to Olde America Antiques to see what else I can find! Thanks for the chance.

  29. Linda Kohn says:

    I have always loved these prints, I sure would like to win. Thanks for the contest.

  30. Shirley H. Weaverling says:

    I’d love to have a set of these. I’m glad for someone.

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