Tuesday, December 3, 2013

One Swap & Two Bee Skeps

Last summer my friend Janet (Rogue Quilter) proposed that we swap small quilts with a Christmas theme. It sounded like a great idea at the time. As the deadline grew closer I realized that the timing of our swap was perilously close to the birth of a new grand baby and my son's wedding. Fortunately, I was able to make mine and get it finished in early November. We met yesterday to exchange our little quilts and I think we were both pleased. Here they are side by side.

Janet made up this cute sheep quilt for me from a Lisa Bongean pattern - substituting Christmas colors for the RW&B that Lisa used. I especially love what she named it - Fleece Navidad - isn't that so clever? LOL

This is the quilt I made for her - the blocks are supposed to resemble wreaths - and I appliqued some wool holly leaves around the edges and added the teeniest tiniest red buttons that I've ever seen! It was a fun swap and I'm so glad she suggested it!

Today I met with my 1st Tuesday Rug Group and we had a wonderful time visiting. The bad weather that was predicted held off and made it possible for us to travel in safety.  Most of the gals are working on rugs that I've shown before, but I loved seeing that Sandy & Victoria are both doing the same Maggie B pattern. I wanted to share them here because they look so different with the different colors and worm sizes. I can't wait till they're both finished!




Wedding preparations are nearing completion - the special day is next Friday (the 13th). I ended up making a pencil skirt for myself and it worked up pretty quickly. I'll have family coming from California for the event and look forward to spending time with them.

20 comments:

annie said...

love the 2 quilts, great for you both! wonderful rugs & pattern, congrats to the happy couple!

Janet O. said...

I am in awe that with all you have going on, you took time to make the great little holiday quilt and meet up to swap. Thank you for another great swap, Gayle. You are the best!
Good luck with a wedding on Friday the 13th!!! : )
I love bee skeps. What a great design. I hope you will share with us as they draw near completion.

Colleen said...

Ahhh.... I know the feeling on both accounts... wedding and baby! Congratulations! And I love the little quilties!

audrey said...

Great little Christmas quilts! Very special for you and the name is so punny!

Yvonne said...

Both quilts are great, I could not make a choice if I had to they are lovely. Beautiful rugs, love the Bee theme. Have a great and blessed wedding day the 13th!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Wonderful idea to have quilt exchange with your friend--makes the making and receiving all the more special.

Can't go wrong with Maggie B regardless of the color choices--beautiful rugs makes me want to hook faster

Doniene said...

Oh Gayle, your swap quilts are awesome!!!! You're both "winners" in my book!! And those bee skeps are adorable!!

Blessings upon all of your family during this very special time of new baby and wedding!

Cheryl said...

What a fun swap...happy wedding celebrations!

Karen said...

Both quilts are something I would like to receive. Well done. And Janet's name for her quilt oh so clever. I want to trade with you sometime!

The Wool Cupboard said...

What wonderful quilts!! Your swap was a huge success for both of you.

Hope the wedding is perfect next week and have a wonderful visit with your family.

Hugs, Linda

Ulla's Quilt World said...

So lovely! :)
Greetings from Finland!
Ulla's Quilt World
Hugs, Ulla

Lori said...

How fun to make time to meet and swap! Both quilts are adorable!!

How exciting to have a December wedding!!

Sally Hurst said...

Just found your blog and love the 2 small quilts. I made Lisa's also and gave it away for my guild's fundraiser. Is there a pattern availblefor your adorable small quilt? Thank you!

Sue SA said...

Great mini quilts and rug in progress is looking good also. Have a great time at the wedding, dont forget the tissues...ah your babies are all grown up!

woolwoman said...

Love your exchange quilts and congrats on the new baby in the family. Enjoy your DS's wedding - I'm sure it will be wonderful
Melody

Saundra said...

It is always fun to see how different hookers' choices of wool changes the look of the finished piece. Both bee skeps are looking marvy! Glad the weather held out for you.

Saundra

paulette said...

Such sweet quilts!! Great exchange! Yikes...a wedding right before Christmas!! Well..you will never forget their Anniversary date being the 13th! (My hubby and I were married on Friday the 13th...I told him I would get married on the 13th but I wouldn't FLY on the 13th...we waited till the 14th to fly to Hawaii! (that was over 20years ago!):o)
Enjoy!

adailydoseoffiber said...

Love the tiny quilts! Many years ago, I participated in a Christmas block swap. It was great fun, even though several of the squares were very poorly constructed. I just got the quilt out to wash it.

colonialhomekeepings said...

Gayle - I finally found you and I love your BLOG!!!! I will stay connected. Looking forward to Christmas and then after the holidays getting some quilting done and sprucing up my Blog. Congratulations on the new grandbaby! And your quilt swap quilts are both delightful!

Mimi Sue said...

Love those little quilts. Fleece navidad to you! Mimi