Janet - who blogs at Rogue Quilter - lives one hour away from me. We became friends through blogging and it was great fun when we finally met face-to-face for the first time a few months ago. Soon after that meeting we decided it would be fun to swap mini quilts - there were no rules to follow - anything goes. Today we met halfway between our two homes and exchanged our quilts.
The Patriotic Pineapple quilt she made for me is breathtaking - the fabrics - the piecing - the quilting! She was very naughty and insisted on pointing out every teeny tiny imperfection on it - most of which was invisible to my eye. The red, white & blue fabrics are so yummy!
And she hand quilted it! I can't even remember the last time I did that to a quilt - what a treat! See how she fussy cut those sheep for the center of each block? Since I'm a rug hooker AND a quilter this is so perfect for me! I really feel like I got the best part of the exchange! Thanks so much for a GREAT swap Janet - let's do it again some time.
Here is the little quilt I gave her in return - I have been loving all the medallion quilts I've been seeing out in blogland so I decided to try and make one for her using all Civil War Reproduction fabrics since dark & dirty is her preference. I was pretty sure that she doesn't do much applique, so I included a bit of that in the design - and I threw in a few yo-yo's too. It is machine quilted.
And another highlight for me was recently winning a giveaway on Missie's blog - on Saturday I received her pattern for some flower pincushions that can be made by doing needle punch or wool applique - I'm having a hard time deciding which way to do it so maybe I'll have to do one of each. Love this cute design. Thanks Missie!