Monday, May 24, 2010 4 Comments »
In our last episode, I had arrived home from a not-so-fabulous day at work, tripped over the dog and found a surprise box waiting for me just inside the front door. 
The speculation was that it contained the mini quilt from my secret swap partner in the Modify Tradition Mini Quilt Swap.   This is the first swap of this kind I'd ever done, so my curiosity and anticipation neurons were on overload.


My secret swapper turned out to be Julie (a.k.a. Jewel), from California.  We were supposed to post clues about our color/design tastes on our blogs, and also post visual clues on Flickr.  I said that I liked bright, happy colors and a crisp look.  JULIE NAILED IT!  She created a riff on a classic 9 patch, using all of the colors that make me sing and do a happy dance.  The quilt is wonderful!

Take a look at the lovely quilting detail.
                  And the cute back.

Of course no quilt is complete without a label, so....

My mini quilt is now hanging in my sewing room, up on a wall where I can look up and see it as I sew.  The colors just make me smile.  Of course knowing that someone made it just for me, is the best.  

But wait, that's not all!  Julie took note of the fact that I'd mentioned the fabric line Breath of Avignon as a favorite and an alternative color inspiration.  So tucked in the box, along with the quilt, were two charm packs of Breath of Avignon and a Scnibbles pattern to make with them!   Can you believe that?  It's almost as though she got inside my head  -- I've been wanting to do a Scnibbles in the worst way, but just never got arount to it. 

Julie, you did an amazing job.  I'll admit I was leary at first of doing a blind swap  -- one hears tales of partners who don't fulfill their end of the bargain or who do a less than great job.  This, however, was a wonderful experience, and I am the richer for it.  I have a beautiful, sunny quilt to look at every day, and (I hope) a new friend.

Now, with any luck, I should be finished my swapper today or tomorrow & have it off to its new owner by the end of the week!


Jewel said...

Pat, I am so happy that you like it. I had a great time putting it together for you.

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

Oh, so nice!

Anonymous said...

It's good karma! The quilty gods always know when you are due for a break. AND the charm packs, wow! Can't wait to see what you make with those.

Kimberly said...

WOW! Great quilt; love the colors. I'm sure getting that box truly brightened up your day. I love days like that! :-)

Thanks for sharing -- you made my day bright!