New Zealand Vintage Linen!

My Own Quilts, Vintage Linen | February 19, 2016 | By

My sweet friend, Denniele, Louanna Mary Quilt Design, brought me this beautiful antique linen all the way from New Zealand. What a treat! I should also mention, she bought it in an antique store on KANSAS STREET! (I live in Kansas) I have scads of linens, but this one was calling me, NOW! I popped it on between some customer quilts yesterday and OHHHH, what a finish! I can’t get over how it glows.


My layering on the longarm is as follows, backing, double batting of 80/20 and 100% wool, Dupioni silk and finally, the vintage embroidery. The double batting always gives a piece the look of Trapunto, without any extra work.


I use my small, palm ruler as resistance against the foot, to outline around the edge of the linen and do some ditch stitching. It’s small, fits your hand perfectly, and the rounded ends won’t get caught up like the annoying corners on a straight ruler. You can order them here, Kelly Cline rulers! I usually ship them out the same day you order them, so you’ll be a ruler pro in no time!






This is before any stitching. Sweet to begin with!


Stitched down and then I started with a few lines of echoing.


And there you have it! These linen pieces stitch up in an afternoon, unlike days on a large quilt.  Maybe too, they are just beautiful! A wonderful presentation for someone’s amazing handwork from the past. I always hope they would be proud!


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    cindy parry
    February 19, 2016

    Kelly, this piece is stunning! As for whoever made it being proud? Are you kidding? The piece to start with is beautiful but what you do to them on your HQ makes them breathless beauties!

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    marlene scobbie
    February 19, 2016

    Wow what an amazing transformation. Absolutely love it. To think it came from here in New Zealand and was quilted on your machine is incredible. I think I better visit the Op shops to see what I can find!

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    Diane Evans
    February 19, 2016

    GORGEOUS!!! How do you get such perfect circles??!

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    Becky Bruce
    February 19, 2016

    Miss Kelly, that is stunning. Thank you for sharing

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    Freda Butler
    February 19, 2016

    To look at the little cloth that someone would not want anymore and probably throw away and then see it after you have quilted it is incredible. What a transformation.

    I also just love New Zealand. Of all the places we have been that is my favorite.

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    February 19, 2016

    Your post title caught my eye as I am from New Zealand! What a beautiful job you have made of the ‘NZ linen’.

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    Lesley Morris
    February 19, 2016

    What a great idea! I love this, and want to try it. The tip about the batting is great as well.
    Thank you, thank you,

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      [email protected]
      February 20, 2016

      Thanks Lesley! I hope you’ll give it a try. If you are on Facebook, join our group called Quilting Vintage! It’s a great group of quilters doing fantastical things to antique quilts and linens!

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    February 19, 2016

    Hello from New Zealand. Lovely see a bit of NZ in your studio. Beautiful finish. That silk is the exact right shade

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    Jenny Benton
    February 20, 2016

    Hi, I’m another “Kiwi” blogger from New Zealand! I love to see how you transform such beautiful old pieces, you do a wonderful job!

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    February 22, 2016

    Any embroiderer would be honoured by your work! I’m almost tempted to stitch something specifically to send you to quilt it up…

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    February 23, 2016

    I absolutely LOVE it when you do these vintage linens. This is really stunning.

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    February 26, 2016

    I have so many little table toppers from my granny and great gran stashed in a box, and I look at them and only see “old”, but looking at this transformation from old to stunning is just beyond my imagination, fantastic ! beautiful !

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    March 5, 2016

    This is just beautiful. I would never have thought to do what you have done with this work. Thanks to Mary Corbet to pointing the way to your site to see it. A real pleasure!

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    Toni Kelly
    March 7, 2016

    Hi, I am from NZ and find these pieces in junk shops all the time and have quite a collection. It is amazing what people throw out and great that they are now reused. Lovely work

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    March 9, 2016

    Your work is beautiful. From the photos, the linen looks like silk! Every detail is beautiful!

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    Linda Frihart
    March 14, 2016

    Kelly, your quilting is over the top. Love yellow especially with this beauty. Makes me want to be a machine quilter.

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