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    calico fabric

    Does anyone know of a site that specializes in calico? I am searching for true, old fashion calico fabric. About 40 years ago I made a quilt of red and yellow calico with white muslin for the background. My daughter has asked me to unquilt it and add borders (which, if I had known what I was doing I would have added them in the first place). The manufacturer is VIP but I do not expect to find exact fabric, something that coordinates will do find. Everywhere I look I find todays quilting fabrics but very little calico.

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    What type of yardage are you needing? I have 2 bolts of VIP Cranston calico's.....one is a navy blue background, and the other is a burnt orange colored background.

    I'd be more than happy to send you a few yards.....I can't post a pic right know, cause my camera is on the fritz

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    Can you post pic of your quilt so we can see the fabric?
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    Thanks Beckie, but, wouldn't you know, I am looking for about 2 yds each of red and yellow. Nice of you to offer your help.


    Quote Originally Posted by wuv2quilt View Post
    What type of yardage are you needing? I have 2 bolts of VIP Cranston calico's.....one is a navy blue background, and the other is a burnt orange colored background.

    I'd be more than happy to send you a few yards.....I can't post a pic right know, cause my camera is on the fritz

    Beckie aka wuv2quilt

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    I would love to but my camera is visiting the grandchildren right now.


    Quote Originally Posted by Charming View Post
    Can you post pic of your quilt so we can see the fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by topstitch View Post
    Does anyone know of a site that specializes in calico? I am searching for true, old fashion calico fabric. About 40 years ago I made a quilt of red and yellow calico with white muslin for the background. My daughter has asked me to unquilt it and add borders (which, if I had known what I was doing I would have added them in the first place). The manufacturer is VIP but I do not expect to find exact fabric, something that coordinates will do find. Everywhere I look I find todays quilting fabrics but very little calico.
    I wanted to add, When I Googled I got over one million hits. However, as I started viewing the sites, there was very little calico and mostly listed modern quilting fabric. Thought maybe someone had already used a site for calico and I could save a lot of time. One million hits is a lot!!!!!

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    I don't know of any store that specializes in calico. Try Googling "vintage vip calico fabric" and click on images to see if you can spot what you are looking for. I found this:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/12123521...FeZFMgodHV4AKQ
    and this:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/10152858...w_type=gallery

    but I'm sure there's much more.

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    There is a great little store in Walnut, Iowa called DR's Kalico Krafts. She carries hundreds of bolts of vintage calicos, including VIP, for very reasonable prices. She does not have a website, so you will have to call the store. Good Luck.

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    thanks so much, The yellow fabric seems to be an exact match. I am contacting the seller, today.


    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I don't know of any store that specializes in calico. Try Googling "vintage vip calico fabric" and click on images to see if you can spot what you are looking for. I found this:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/12123521...FeZFMgodHV4AKQ
    and this:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/10152858...w_type=gallery

    but I'm sure there's much more.

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    thank you for you help. I do not have any info on this fabric other then it is VIP. I have no salvage edge. It sounds like a great store and I wish I lived lots closer!



    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick's Mom View Post
    There is a great little store in Walnut, Iowa called DR's Kalico Krafts. She carries hundreds of bolts of vintage calicos, including VIP, for very reasonable prices. She does not have a website, so you will have to call the store. Good Luck.

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    I have found calico on Etsy. I just put vintage quilt fabric in the search box, and its amazing how much vintage fabric is still around. I've bought quite a bit from there, too.

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    I going to try that right now!!!!!



    Quote Originally Posted by sharoney View Post
    I have found calico on Etsy. I just put vintage quilt fabric in the search box, and its amazing how much vintage fabric is still around. I've bought quite a bit from there, too.

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    One thought that occurred to me is that you may need to artificially fade new fabric -- even if it is an exact match -- to the quilt. All dyes are subject to fading, primarily from exposure to light. I would err on the side of caution here, and expose the new fabric to sunlight for only one hour at a time (no folds, or you will get fade lines!) until it is only a little bit brighter than the old fabric. I think this is safer than multiple washings of the fabric to get the same effect. Sunlight would be less harsh than multiple washings and dryings.

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    there is a store in Bozemam Montana that all they have is reproduction fabrics not sure if this will help you but think maybe you can google them at reproduction fabrics if you can't pm me and I will try to get better info hope this will help

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    Our LQS carries vintage fabrics. They have maybe 60 blots of VIP. They do mail order so if you IM me I can give you the information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodie View Post
    there is a store in Bozemam Montana that all they have is reproduction fabrics not sure if this will help you but think maybe you can google them at reproduction fabrics if you can't pm me and I will try to get better info hope this will help
    I found some wonderful 30's type fabric at Connecting Threads. I was working on some Dresden Plate blocks and needed something to set them together and the fabric I got there was wonderful. And only $2.95 per yard. Good quality fabric at a good price.
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    I wish I knew exactly what you were looking for because I have some I would share. I have found a lot on Missouri Star and other sites that are great. Just google calico prints.
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    Here are my calicos..could they work? Only the red w/white is VIP. PM me if they could work.
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    You might try googling "vintage VIP calico fabric". Maybe you'll get lucky. I've never done business with them but thefind.com has some older calico.

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    Sorry this doesn't help you but if anyone is looking for calico in the UK Whaleys in Bradford have a good selection. They also have 108in wide cotton percale which dyes beautifully and is lovely to sew with.
    www.whaleys-bradford.ltd.uk

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    Rather than unquilting, why not take apart the edges (unbind?), add the borders to both front and backing, and stitch additional batting to the original batting (butt edges and zigzag)?

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    My JoAnn's has a lot of calico - do you have one anywhere near? Or perhaps check them out online?

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    To tell the truth, this was my first quilt----ever, and it looks it. I attempted to quilt it on my DSM and did darn little of it. And yet the quilt itself could be pretty (in a simple sort of way). Unquilting it will not be a problem nor will it take a lot of time and it has been a goal of my for many years.



    Quote Originally Posted by charsuewilson View Post
    Rather than unquilting, why not take apart the edges (unbind?), add the borders to both front and backing, and stitch additional batting to the original batting (butt edges and zigzag)?

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    I have not checked on line. Thanks for reminding me.
    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieLOU View Post
    My JoAnn's has a lot of calico - do you have one anywhere near? Or perhaps check them out online?

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    I well keep that in mind and you are right the new will be different from the old.



    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    One thought that occurred to me is that you may need to artificially fade new fabric -- even if it is an exact match -- to the quilt. All dyes are subject to fading, primarily from exposure to light. I would err on the side of caution here, and expose the new fabric to sunlight for only one hour at a time (no folds, or you will get fade lines!) until it is only a little bit brighter than the old fabric. I think this is safer than multiple washings of the fabric to get the same effect. Sunlight would be less harsh than multiple washings and dryings.

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