Monday, March 14, 2011

Animal Kingdom Vintage Quilt

I know we shouldn't play favorites, but when I was at the Arizona Quilters Guild Show I couldn't keep my eyes off of Animal Kingdom.
I kept circling back and back to look at the quilt in more detail.
Pieced by Lynn Miller, quilted by Mary Vaneecke.

Lynn really had a captivating idea. She wrote: "Dresser scarves and embroidered linens are mostly forgotten items in a cedar chest. Even though I don't know who made each of these linens, I think they are all happy I have grouped them into one big happy family."

These are such sweet vintage embroidery patterns!

In fact, I would love to stitch every single one of them.

I've been looking on line, and found Aunt Martha's hot iron transfers from Colonial Patterns, but most of their designs seem to be kittens or birds.
Does anyone have a source for the patterns like these for dogs, deer or owls?

Lynn even fussy cut little sections to add into the quilt.

A wonderful heirloom that can now be passed on generation to generation.

The Tree of Life theme is prevalent in so many forms of art work.

A walk back in time to a gentler day.
If you have any sources, please e-mail me at
or I would appreciate any ideas to be shared in the comment section.


Nat Palaskas said...

Nedra, I agree with you. This quilt is gorgeous and every animal is so cute. Thanks for sharing - Hugs Nat

Kelly Grace said...

You can always look for coloring book pages online and use those as the basis for embroidery.

katiemedarlin said...

You could try doe-c-doe blog. She always has vintage designs for embroidery. A lot of them are this type too.

Fabulous quilt.

Lois Evensen said...

I just love the concept of using old embroidery pieces. What a great way to continue to enjoy.

Shari said...

Sorry, no patterns. But I totally agree with you about these very endearing characters... surely someone out there in blogland will have some info...

Truffle queen said...

I'll keep my eyes pealed! I think I had a pkg of Iron-on transfers - I'll look when I get back to St. charles (about 7 more weeks in FL) - if I have them - I'll let you know PRONTO! Loved this quilt!

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

This is fabulous, Nedra! Thanks for sharing!

Material Mary said...

What a very fun idea to incorporate into a quilt. I'll check our local antique store because they have scores of antique embroidery patterns. I'll let you know if I find any.

Cathie in UT said...

If you can get your hands on old Workbasket Magazines with the transfers intact you could find many like this.
You could try and internet search for vintage embroider ideas and then create your own.
It would be a matter of enlarging and tracing for embroidery
Good luck the quilt is a a treasure!

em's scrapbag said...

That is amazing. My mom has found things like that a garage sales but other than that I don't know what to tell you.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

very unusual isn't it.

Allie said...

As soon as life settles down a bit, I have a ton of vintage patterns I'd love to share. A very good place to look online is Hoop Love Vingtage Transfers group at flickr, here's a link:
Copy and paste the whole thing. Some of these I've not seen before, while a few look familiar. I think this is a brilliant way to save these vintage embroideries - I may have to put this on my list! Thank you SO much for sharing this quilt!

Live Well With Judi said...

Super cute quilt! I'm so happy to see you out having fun and then sharing it with us! Hugs