Wednesday, April 29, 2009

swap #1

long, long ago....

Helen and I decide to do a doll quilt swap. I think we talked about it last summer. Well, we finally got around to it this spring. Last spring I got so much done. This spring, I still got a lot done, but it was crazy busy! Maybe it's the soccer four nights a week. I dunno.

Look at the fabulous quilt Helen sent! I love red and yellow and orange! and stars! Her quilt is perfectly made and gorgeous. And the quilting is wonderful. I love it Helen.

swap from helen/mini milly


When we talked about the swap, I said I wanted a placemat quilt. I love having my table covered with mini quilts. I mean placemats. It's a fun way to display them. And other people get to see them because my doll quilt wall is in my bedroom. When Helen sent the quilt, she said she wanted to see a bowl of spaghetti on it. Eeek! It's too nice to use on the table. But you know what? After using placemat quilts for several months, only Billy's quilt has a few tiny stains on it. And I think they are from grease. Everything else has washed out. Just to be safe though, Helen's beauty is residing in the center for now.

dinnertime


When making a swap quilt, I always over think it. I tend to over think most things. Ask my husband : ) Do I make houses? Are people sick of my houses? Is my partner expecting a house quilt? Do I want to make another house quilt? Am I in a rut? "Can't she make anything but houses?" Ack! So I looked at Helen's faves on flickr, but she didn't fave any house quilts?! She doesn't love house quilts?! Double Ack! She did fave a star quilt that I too have faved. Whew! I can make stars. Wonky stars. And she said she likes the blue/green combo. Me too! My intention for the quilt was not for it to be a mini version of the inspiration quilt, but a "piece" of it. Like someone had cut out a section of the quilt.

swap quilt sent to helen/mini millie


I think it is fun that we both did star quilts. It was probably partly Tia's influence.




Next up: the doll quilt I received for Doll Quilt Swap 6.

20 comments:

Patty said...

I love your idea to use small quilts as placemats; it gives a table such character!

Sarah said...

Very pretty star quilts! I think Tia has influenced many a star quilt.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

They are both really sweet! I love how you quilted the blue green one. (that one is yours right?)
Such nice movement!

jacquie said...

like i said on flickr...amazing...i love helen's too. so great that you "use" you quilts like this.

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Your star quilt and placemats have both inspired me! I now want mini quilt placemats. And I want to make almost that exact star quilt for my son's bed.
thanks!

True Blue Nana said...

The star quilts are great and so liberated! I like the idea of small quilts on the table.

Brenda said...

it looks great. I've been influenced by Tia's work to make a star quilt too. lots of lovely wonky stars out there!

KnitOneQuiltTooKristin said...

Those quilts are gorgeous! I've been thinking I need some mini quilt placemats and I like that you've really been using yours.

Hedgehog said...

Just love your stars - the setting on the green and blue one is really fun!

upstateLisa said...

Loooove Helen's quiltie! I could NEVER put anything white on my table! It wouldn't stay white long!
I love the quilting you did on Helen's quilt... how did you do it???

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

oh I love both of these quilts. I LOVE the colors Helen used on all the different sized squares and rectangles in the middle. Use in on a table? eeeek no. I love the different background bits on your stars and the sizes and the falling off the edges. marvelous.

Cheryl Arkison said...

I love what you did for the quilting. Such movement.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Great swap!!

belinda said...

LOVE all three...the 2 quilts AND the pizza!!

amandajean said...

what great quilts! i would be so scared to enter a swap for that reason-overthinking. it would drive me nuts. you did great on your star quilt. i love the blues and greens, too.

your link to the doll quilt wall isn't working.

Lori said...

both quilts are gorgeous!

Cher said...

fantastic quilts-both of them..what a fun thing to do and who doesn't love stars?

jovaliquilts said...

Those are the coolest placemats EVER!!

Helen said...

How did I miss this post??? It was a great swao Sarah. I'm about to quilt a quilt using the same wavy lines as what you did! And I can't believe I haven't any house quilts in my favs???? Surely not! Must fix that!

VeeV said...

i like your houses....
never in a rut...
i want to learn to make the start you make....
i'm still looking for a tut on your blog.....
i keep scrolling and scrolling......
and so far..... i'm still not bored....
xo
eva