Peggy’s Linen Stash!

It’s been a couple of weeks since my husband and I made a quick trip over to Kansas City and picked up a few tubs of vintage linens. I had an email from a follower, my new friend, Peggy S. She was looking for someone that might pick up 5 tubs of linens she was purging. Well, I talked my husband into a little road trip and here I am, enjoying the process of sorting through a vast array of linens, quilt blocks, towels, tablecloths, etc.

These are not just tiny tubs, they are large! I’ve picked out a few favorite linens to clean up. I always soak linens in a mix of Retro Clean (for stains and yellowing) and ammonia (for mildew and mold, 1 part ammonia to 6 parts water). I buy Retro Clean on Amazon, link below. It’s fabulous for whitening and brightening anything! I usually soak at least overnight in a sink or bathtub. Follow directions on the bag. My soak does include both the Retro Clean and ammonia together.

I’m sure my neighbors, those who don’t know what I do, are always wondering about the beautiful things that are always laying out to dry or sunning themselves on the grass. Did you know that sunshine mixed with the chlorophyll from grass, will whiten your fabrics? I usually lay these pieces on the grass once the sun comes out for the afternoon.

I’ve stacked these in my garage so I can slowly work through them, admire and choose a few to work with. I also plan to do a few giveaways to share with other vintage lovers!

I pulled out a few tablecloths yesterday and gave them an overnight soaking. This morning they are out to dry and hopefully I will have some inspiration to quilt up something here very soon!

LOVE this brilliant yellow!! What a happy tablecloth!

This was a tied quilt top. Nothing particularly fancy, but I love the shape of the green pieces. Hoping to do some custom quilting on this one, once the mood sets in! 😉

I hope you enjoyed the view from my porch this morning and a few inherited treasures. Many thanks go to Peggy and her generosity. I’ll pick something special today and be back sometime this week with a GIVEAWAY. I do know it will be one of those tablecloths laying in the driveway group. NOW, which one!!??!! Have a fabulous Monday everyone!

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    Marilyn Slagel
    April 27, 2020

    Beautiful things. I’m looking forward to the giveaways!

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      Kelly
      April 27, 2020

      Thanks! Will pick something lovely!!

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        Dolly Mann
        April 30, 2020

        Ha, ha. Making masks and going in circles. Cooking and baking. Gonna start some UFO’s today…hopefully.

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          Dolly Mann
          April 30, 2020

          Ha, ha….the above comment was meant for the post above…

          • Patricia Hale
            April 30, 2020

            So beautiful! I enjoy your wonderful teaching lessons! Also got some ballpoint needles – thanks for discount!

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      Denese
      April 29, 2020

      Ive been making masks and quilting tops our church group makes to give away to homeless shelters.

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      Cynthia Efken
      April 30, 2020

      Hi, I am making a quilt for my granddaughter’s high school graduation.

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    SandraSolberg
    April 27, 2020

    Lucky you! I look forward to seeing more of these treasures!

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      Kelly
      April 27, 2020

      Yes, hope to share some as well!

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    Sue Horton
    April 27, 2020

    Oh my what a precious gift you received! Enjoy!

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      Kelly
      April 27, 2020

      Yes it is!!! Very much a treasure trove!

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    Amy
    April 27, 2020

    What a terrific find. I, too, love vintage linens, especially ones that have handwork on them. While I don’t quilt them as you do (I do love your inspirations), I take pride in displaying them on my dining room table or as coverings on my bedroom furniture. I’m looking forward to see what you do with these gems.

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      Kelly
      April 27, 2020

      I think they are beauties on their own. Quilting just happens to be my passion, so that’s their destiny! I really just like that folks use them. Good for you!

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    Judith E. Davis
    April 27, 2020

    Your linens are great. Thanks for sharing them.

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    Debbie
    April 27, 2020

    That looks like Christmas!!!

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      Kelly
      April 27, 2020

      It was for me, don’t know that the hubster thought that!! 😉

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    Shelly
    April 27, 2020

    They are Beautiful! What a tubs if treasures! How sad that her family didn’t want to keep

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      Kelly
      April 28, 2020

      She was an antique dealer, so these aren’t sentimental. Just her collection over the years.

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    Theresa Stonecipher
    April 27, 2020

    Lucky you! I have a hard time finding much vintage here on the west coast. I’m always amazed at what you find.

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      Kelly
      April 28, 2020

      I do think the Midwest is full of these sorts of things!

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    Hilda Gouveia
    April 28, 2020

    What a wonderful treasure cove of beauties! Can’t wait to see how you incorporate them into new treasures! Love your inspiration and talent.

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      Kelly
      April 28, 2020

      Thank you Hilda! I’ve picked one that I’ve put on the longarm today, in fact!

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    Red
    April 28, 2020

    WOW I bet you are happy you took that little road trip. It looks like it was worth your time. I am looking forward to seeing what miracle trick you pull from your bag on these lovely pieces. Happy quilting.

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      Kelly
      April 28, 2020

      Hi RED! It was! Hard to choose as there are lots of goodies! 😉

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    Barbara Nickelson
    April 28, 2020

    The top with the interesting green piec6 is listed in Barbara Brackman’s “Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns” as Little Boy’s Breeches. It is referenced to the K C Star.

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    Jean
    April 29, 2020

    Amazing! A linen collectors dream!! Enjoy!!

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    Molly Patterson
    April 29, 2020

    I have been making masks, but that is now finished. I have been making a quilt for my Granddaughter and her husband. And I’m planning to do a one day sew along with GEDigns..The Hope Quilt.

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    Julie Kessler
    April 29, 2020

    I sew, clean and talk to my friends and family on the phone.

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    MERRY Sagstetter
    April 30, 2020

    Reading, sudoku and making masks. Can’t seem to concentrate to piece tops.

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    Glenda Victor
    April 30, 2020

    I am absolutely enthralled with your work and I am so excited….this is a project I’ve often wanted to try since I first saw a lace tablecloth quilted. You are such an inspiration! Thank you very much for sharing your art so generously!

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    Donna Elliott
    April 30, 2020

    Ever since I was little I have been in love with hand embroidered items, pillowcases, doilies, tablecloths etc. I have a very small collection because I had never thought to look at antique shops and flea markets! I would LOVE to win this tablecloth to add to my little collection.
    I really learned from your video this morning. I mostly do computerized edge to edge. I need to get brave and start using rulers!

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    Jane Dornfeld
    April 30, 2020

    I have made masks for all my family members, working on quilts for each of my grandchildren, connecting with my mom who is isolated in assisted living, venturing out to do early gardening, put out feeders for hummingbirds and orioles, and am spending lots of quality time with my husband.

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    Sheila O’brien
    April 30, 2020

    Dusting off my baby lock Elizabeth after a recent move and starting to make masks. And gardening

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    Celine Fiderio
    April 30, 2020

    I have been sewing masks , binding quilts , cooking and enjoying your videos!

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    Cindy Bundrick
    April 30, 2020

    Love your demos! What a perfect piece to quilt and put special touches to it!

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    Ann Van Fleet
    April 30, 2020

    I’ve been Quilting and watching in line videos.

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    Evelyn Morrison
    April 30, 2020

    I made masks for family and friends. I am working on my quarantine house quilt. I plan on donating it to our church auction. The table cloth is very pretty.

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    Margo Walker
    May 1, 2020

    i have been listening and learning from videos like yours! I am also working from home during the stay a home order. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and the chance to win such a beautiful table cloth.

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    Hanna Tietz
    May 1, 2020

    I’m watching and learning from your videos. Beginner longarmer on my 19 year old machine.

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      Kelly
      May 13, 2020

      Thanks Hanna, glad you are learning! Keep up the practice!

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