Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Orca Bay Update and Quilt Swap, Oh My!

You may recall my small quilt swap Lil' Twister that is currently on its way to Karen (still unpicking the red border one...) but here is a little parade of some of the other swap quilts. I hope Mary doesn't mind I lifted these pictures from her blog...and I am not sure if there are more or if these are it.

Love how they are all completely different! Just wait, I will show you mine but first...
I have one teeny tiny block sewn for Orca Bay clue two...but I did get yellow strips all cut up and ready to go and DJ cut the phone book papers to size. I have been battling the migraines and just haven't had energy for sewing (or much else) the past two days. It will get done though and I am truly enjoying all the blog posts about everyone else's progress!
Karen over at http://karen-logcabinquilter.blogspot.com/2011/11/swap-quilt-finished.html was my partner (her quilt is on its way to her now!) and this beauty arrived late Saturday when we remembered to check the mail. I absolutely love it. It is nothing I would ever attempt myself (you may recall the one blue and yellow Baltimore album applique block I did a long while back...the pieces are ironed on but now actual appliqueing ever took place!) The reproduction fabrics are so beautiful and and I really appreciate all the hard work Karen put into this. Of course, she hand quilted it too...I will absolutely treasure it forever. This is my first quilt exchange and proving Karen is half as happy as I am, it will not be my last. I have a thing for mini quilts anyway and am getting quite a little collection going too!
You can see all that hand quilting on the back...she even added a hanging sleeve (something I didn't even think of) and a label too. Shout out to Mary at http://mary-myneedlethread.blogspot.com/ for this genius idea and the work of coordinating everything. Count me in for the next one Mary!

I already moved other quilts to make way to hang this beauty. It is in the upstairs hallway right outside my quilting studio so I will see it as I come up the stairs and wander in and out of the room.
In case any of you want to know the pattern is from a Lori Smith pattern called "From My Heart to Your Hands" and it is exquisite. Do you love it as much as I do? Thanks Karen, this honestly might be my favorite gift this year!


Mary said...

Oh it looks just Beautiful on your wall....this Swap was really fun! Lots of Hugs, Mary

Karen said...

I see you have the quilt hanging. I hope you get many years of enjoyment from the little quilt. And thanks for being a good swap partner!