Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Brit Quilt Swap

It occurred to me a few months back that it would be fun to have a Flickr group where quilters living in Britain could get together and chat and so Brit Quilt was set up and we are now up to about 120 members. Out of that group came Brit Bee and then the Brit Quilt Swap.  We also have a chatroom (located on the right of my blog) and chats can be set up from the Brit Quilt, Brit Bee or Brit Quilt Swap Flickr pages - just advertise a time and date on one of those pages and then come here and have a chat.  We had one on Sunday evening for the Brit Quilt Swappers which was hijacked by my 12 year old son telling her we were all losers and weirdos and that it wasn't cool for people our age to use words like LOL.  So be it.  We think we're cool, to the extent that patchworkers ever can be cool.

So, on Sunday night the Brit Quilt Swap kicked off with partner allocations flying around the UK.  We have four mamas (those are the people that sort the secret partner allocations), 40 bebes (those are the people that make and swap the quilts) and one Uber Mama - that is of course me - Mrs Big Fat Bossy boots.

So I kicked around a few ideas in my head and took a look around my partner's pics, mosaic etc and started heading down the route of scrappy.  Having organised my stash and scraps into 10 IKEA tubs over the weekend, made this job a whole lot easier and a whole lot more fun.

Here is where I have got to so far:

Here's the thing

Here's my initial sketch for each quilt block:

BQS idea

Here's my first little triangle all pretty and pieced and proud and pointy and pinned to the pinboard.

BQS a start

Then came a few more.

Scrappy log cabin triangles
And then a trial layout.

Scrappy log cabin triangles

But here's the thing.  I love this so much that, unless my partner goes mental over it, I am going to keep it for myself and make something different for her.  I know that sounds horribly selfish but I made a quilt in another swap, sent it off all happily and never heard a thing from the person it was made for and it made me very sad.  

If my partner yells "knickerbockerglory" from the rooftops when she sees this, then I will be thrilled and she can have it with my big hearted blessing because it was made for her.  If she's kind of blah about it, that's cool too and I'll have a re-think for her and hang this on my kitchen wall and shout 'knickerbockerglory' from my rooftop (well the velux window just below because I'm scared of heights).

39 comments:

  1. Well I'm nuts about it! I love it!!! And I'm not British so I'm obviously not part of your swap but I would be if I were.

    Who is this ridiculous person who did not comment on something that you made?! I'm going to hunt them down and not be nice to them!

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  2. I wish I was your partner, but first I'd have to be British, right? Loser...I'm American.......bummer. Tell your son I said "bummer".

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  3. Well I'm not afraid of heights so I am off to our garage to get the ladder though it will most likely scare the hell out of the neighbours when I start bellowing knickerbocker glory at 6:30am. Worth it though! So wish I was your partner, but presume you are not in the intermediate group at all. That would just be silly!

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  4. I am wishing I lived in Britain so that I can be a part of this!! I love the triangle quilt...it's just beautiful :o)

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  5. I'm curious-has your partner shouted from the rooftops yet? Go on, you can tell me!

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  6. What does a gal have to do to get a little appreciation around this joint? I have no idea what knickerbockerglory is but I'll yell RedButtMonkeysCallMeTrixie if I can have it.
    10 IKEA tubs of scraps? You're my idol.
    Oh, and let the 12 year old know that my lovely 42 year old self got a longboard today. so there. nothing is safe, obviously.

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  7. I don't live in the UK now but I am British so can I comment please... LOL...ROFL... (they are the only two I can think of at the moment) tell your son I am 50 something (and it's a lot of somethings) so I am definitely cool.... tee hee. Duff's comment made me laugh too, not knowing what a knickerbockerglory was, wow is she missing out on that one, I love them. Your quilt is lovely I don't know what to wish for ..... your partner to like it or not... which ever way it is a win win situation for you. I love reading about Brit Quilt and if we ever return to the UK you can be sure I will be joining. Linda

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  8. Knickerbockerglory with cherries on top, raspberry sauce and sprinkles! There now I wish I had joined Britquilt swap already! What's holding me back? Don't think my work is up to this standard of loveliness yet and wouldn't want to disapppoint!

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  9. KNICKERBLOCKERGLORY

    Sadly, although British, I didn't know about this & I'm not your partner!

    Hope it's loved
    Chris x

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  10. Oh - if only - I'll shout anyway - 'KNICKERBOCKER GLORY'.
    And, of course full recognition for what you have done for us here in UK - I have been unable to find fellow stitchers close to either of my regular locations and was feeling a bit isolated - no more ! Thank you Lynne.

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  11. Don't feel you have to wait until June to post it off, I am sitting by the door drooling now....be quick, they're coming to take me away - ha ha.

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  12. Like it, no Love it!
    What's the point in sharing if you don't comment?
    Swapping means that you got something as well, yes?
    Well perhapt this person was too busy to comment?
    (just trying to look at it from a bright, positive, side) But that's no excuse.
    We, who do comment, all love it!
    I love Knickerbocker Glory's as well!
    YEAHH! OEOEOEOEOEOE!

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  13. There have been too many KNICKERBOCKERGLORY's shouted on the comments thread that I don't think you'll be able to keep it (you'll just have to make another)

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  14. Did you hear me at yours last night I was on my roof shouting KNICKERBOCKER GLORY, the wind was headed in your direction so I'm sure you must have heard!!

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  15. I'm not in the swap or even a quilter ( I just like your blog) but I think it's is Fab-u-lous.
    Gillx

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  16. How lovely. How can you go from idea to sketch to quilt so quickly! I'm only at the pulling fabric from stash stage. I love everything about this little darling, colour, white, scrappy and triangles. Another beauty ;)

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  17. I'm English but living in France, can I join your group please? I love your triangle quilt, the colours are so bright and the white bands set it off perfectly. Congrats.

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  18. I have always wanted to live in England...does that count? I adore this quilt Lynne. xo

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  19. I love your originality with this, it is like a huge bit of bunting (in fact wouldn't those log cabin triangles make great bunting?). But I think you should keep this one for yourself, you know you want to...

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  20. Gosh I basically love everything you post on this blog! Every time I see a new project I just can't help but think "wow, that's so neat and pretty and she is so talented!" :) Thanks for inspiring me weekly!

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  21. Wow! It's that white strip so consistently placed that elevates this design to something fantastic.

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  22. I love this!! I only wish I lived in the UK and could be your swap partner. I am so making this. I love your idea. It is fabulous! I am always amazed at what you come up with.

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  23. I would sing glory hallelujah and a few more things if one of your quilts came to me. I can't imagine not acknowledging it--but bad swap behavior seems to be rampant these days, much to my disappointment!

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  24. How in the beejeebahs do you keep coming up with these beautiful blocks! Any of them can stand on there own and one large wall hanging.

    Oh......and *L* and *S* too. I spose STFU would not be good form for him. HA!

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  25. I'm not a Brit, so it can't be for me. What if I shout "Dazzling Underpants" from the rooftop? Tell your son, I said ROFL.

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  26. Who lights the fire under your butt every morning, Lynne, because I cannot believe the assignments were given on Sunday and you have this made up already!?! Your partner probably hasn't even thought to check the flickr pool yet because it would be too early in the swap for mere mortals to have made anything. Hang in there, I'm sure her knickerbocker moment is nigh upon us. This is just too cool to be ignored!!!

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  27. Knickerbockerglory!!!!
    Oh wait, I'm not in Britain. DANG IT.

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  28. heh, I'm gladly joining all those non-Brits shouting knickerbockerglory :)
    (although I'd even more gladly shout it if I was British and your partner)

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  29. This is amazing. I would gladly shout from my rooftops. You crack me up! And inspire me at the same time. Unbeatable combination.

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  30. If I was your partner I would love it!!!!!

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  31. KNICKERBOCKERGLORY ! ! ! !
    My grandfather was a Brit..does that count...LOL..do you ever sleep....the great ideas and "finished" quilts just keep coming...a beautiful, bright little quilt...I would treasure it if it came my way...10 tubs of scraps...amazing....my mind is in overdrive just thinking about how big your stash must be...tonight I am sorting scraps...LindaB

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  32. Wow you are super speedy! This is lovely!

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  33. I'd shout Knickerbockerglory cause that is super fun and happy. Wish I were your partner!

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  34. I'm too slow, but I'll say it anyway - Knickerbocker Glory - with cream on top!! - AND I'm not British, AND I'm not in the swap but yowie zowie girl - that is fantabulous!!!

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  35. Oh I love these! What a great idea!

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  36. again, GORGEOUS design. no matter how much your partner loves it, you should keep it.

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