Thursday, July 03, 2008

Back With Batteries

OK, now that the battery-hog camera is fed, I can show pictures of what my mail lady brought me while I was off at the beach today. Despite having two rather unpleasant recent swaps, I decided to torture myself one more time (I actually did not know about the other two when I signed onto this swap). It was an About.Forums swap hosted by Ginger, who is truly a wonderful host. She's attentive and was immensely accommodating since I unknowingly sent her my swap info a day after the swap actually closed!


So while I was off at the beach with my 3 little wild things (getting a different form of torture!), this arrived. The colors are not entirely true, but it is genuinely lovely. It's old-fashioned and traditional. And totally summery. The fabrics are lovely Moda's and blues from Bleaker Street (one from this teal line which I have but have yet to decide what to make with!). She has hand quilted it too, which everyone knows gives me a real warm fuzzy. People that machine quilt nicely are everywhere, but to hand quilt takes time and patience. It's becoming a lost art.

Many thanks, Ginger, this was a treat to receive. You've rejuvenated my swapping faith again :-)

And onto another topic...My summer swap quilt for the Four Seasons Quilt Swap...
So I posted last week that I had decided to keep the summer beach quilt that I did (on the right below). I was a bit frustrated and defeated about this decision because I felt pretty good about actually having my quilt finished a month early. I redesigned another in most of the same fabrics, same beachy icons. I even bound it in the same blue stripe because it reminds me of awnings or umbrellas. I think I know which one is staying and which is going, but I thought I'd ask the gallery. Give me your comments...It has a long way to go, so I will likely mail it next week.

(BTW...those ugly feet get to stay)I did a "McTavishing" effect along the edge. It kind of gives the effect of waves (if you squint your eyes it does).
This one has 2 umbrellas rather than just one. And no adirondak chair as that was a lot of time, and I am uncertain if it has enough value added for the effort. I did love the lobster traps though so the second quilt has four. They really are very "Maine", as we are known for our lobsters.
And lastly a couple shots of the back. The fabrics are very simple, but they show the quilting. I strive to be one of those machine quilters that have backs that look as good as the fronts. I know I am not there yet (especially since much of this was quilting was done before I discovered the ton of gunk under the bobbin cover).

Next time I will post about a couple of Project Linus tops I have assembled and another source of migraines...Anne's Mariner's compass for Kate's birthday block swap :-) ...grumble, grumble...


8 comments:

ginger said...

The quilt was fun to make! I am glad you like it!

I love both your beach quilts. I wish one was coming to me, but that is more than likely not happening!

The one with the 4 scenes really looks like a window, and we are peering out to the beach. I admit to really loving the one on the right, with the intact beach scene though. If I was you I would keep that one! :-)

Colene said...

I love both of the beach quilts. Anyone should be thrilled to receive either of them.

miniaturequilter said...

They are both wonderful! I like the one on the right better, however, the quilting is quite impressive on the other one too! So your partner will love either one!

JoAnna said...

Wow, they are both beautiful! Your partner will be thrilled to receive either I am sure. The quilting is awesome!

Tami said...

They both turned out to be beautiful versions of summer. I agree with Ginger that the one on the left reminds me of a beach cottage window. That's the one that I think you should send away. Keep the larger one because it sounded like you had such joy and pride once you completed that one. You'll enjoy looking at that one a lot. :-)

VerrySherry said...

Wow I love those. and, personally, I think they are a nice set and should stay together! Good luck deciding, I know I havent' helped!

Kim said...

The four scenes reminds me of Lake Superior here in Minnesota. Wonderfully done and perfect to send off to your swap partner...keep your first love. :)

katelnorth said...

Well, I like them both, but I think if I were keeping one, it would be the one with the four windows - but that's just me :)