Thursday, 7 July 2011

Brit Quilt Swap Draws to a Close

A few months back I started the Brit Quilt Flickr group to bring together quilters in Britain and from that we started the Brit Quilt Swap.  50 people each making a mini quilt for a secret partner.  Almost all of the quilts have now been sent and received.  I started off by making this quilt for my secret partner but something told me it wasn't quite rocking her boat so I'm going to send it to another friend of mine.  It's a very special quilt to me because it's full of lots of little scraps that each have a meaning to me so it has to go to someone pretty ridunculously special.

Brit Quilt Swap

So I started over and made this quilt which I sent this quilt to Alison Little Island Quilting.  She seemed to like this one better than the first so I was happy.

Night and Day finished

And then I sent this quilt to Sarah Pings and Needles.  This was an "angel" quilt, sent because the person making for her became unwell during the swap and was unable to finish hers.  There is a little story behind this quilt since I made it for the Doll Quilt Swap, sent it off, never heard a peep from the recipient, not even the teensiest little thank you.  So I asked for it back.  And now it's gone to a very loving home. Good karma all round.

It's quilted, I'm done, I'm happy

And I received this quilt from my real life quilting buddy Trudi Quilting Prolifically.  From the moment the pictures appeared in the Flickr group pages, I knew it was for me.  Brights on charcoal and a very pointy - Trudi had my tastes 100% bang on.  I had specified that I do not like batiks and Trudi, who has no fear, threw in a rainbow of batiks and, shocking even myself here, I confess that I don't just like them, I LOVE them which is quite a turning point for me.  Like I've woken up and found out that I would like a mullett after all.


And then, like the bunch of silly little children they all are, Jo Bearpaw,  Ethne Flaming Stitches, and Jeanette Hobby Lass decided they would try to kid me into thinking this quilt had in fact gone to Ethne, which I only believed for one millisecond.  But then the parcel arrived with a different sender on, the quilt inside was a yellow coins quilt and my heart did sink a little.


Trudi had wrapped my quilt inside a spoof "ugly" quilt with a spoof label, just to trick me.


And all was OK when I opened the fabulous package of goodies.  Some people say the quilt is enough but I get quite a kick out of the goodies too, I confess.  Union Jack card, Union Jack ribbon, Union Jack travel pincushion keyring (how cool???) and an Arcadia charm pack (one of my all time fave lines and it's already been cut up waiting to be sewn).  Thank you Trudi, you are DA BOMB and I know the others were naughty and dragged you unwillingly into their scheme and so they all get detention but you can have a gold star.

31 comments:

  1. How ballsy of you to ask for it back! and amazing that the person sent it back! Probably too scared not to!

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  2. Hey Mrs - you know the whole story now and go on admit it you love it that you were fooled, even if as you say it was for a 'millisecond' - yeah right. The beauty about the whole thing is that you've now got something new to try - batiks - lets see what you can do with them - the gauntlet has been thrown down ;0)

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  3. What a funny story! So glad you got Trudi's quilt, you deserved to receive something out of this world. The swap has been such a positive experience for me, & so glad you had the brainwave to get the Brits & swap groups up and running. Looking forward to more. Jxo

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  4. I am so glad that it all worked out in the end. It will be a very lucky person indeed that gets your Scrappy Triangle quilt. Brit Quilt Swap was the best swap I've been in so far. It was such a great group and felt more intimate because there wasn't a vast number of people taking part. Thanks for organising!

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  5. Seriously! You must never like a mullet!! Great quilts and I'm sure the yellow coin quilt will have pride of place....at the back of the shed?... just kidding :-)

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  6. Trust me. I once had a mullet. Do NOT wake up thinking that. Ever!

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  7. I'm chuckling at the thought of you with a mullet...maybe someone who's good with Photoshop could help us see what that would be like?! I've really enjoyed the swap, even though I haven't been swapping - looking forward to round 2 (if you can face all that organising again!).

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  8. Ah - didn't realise the real one came in the same package, would pay real money to have seen your expression!
    It's been a great swap.

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  9. I am currently in a swap and I know the recipient got it but has yet to say thanks of any kind...I am not quite as ballsy as you to ask for it back...you are my hero!!!

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  10. That triangle quilt still makes my heart skip a beat! Someone is going to be so lucky to receive it :)
    I really loved the Brit Quilt Swap too. It's been fantastic - Thankyou Lynne!

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  11. Hi - it all seems quite a drama to me. Not sure if I would have the guts to ask for a quilt back or to say I didn't like the one you had made, so please make another. You have some friends with a cracking sense of humour, though I hope no-one made one similar to the "Ugly" quilt - make a nice bath mat I think!

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  12. Those batiks pop! It's awesome that your friends pulled a fast one on you. Those are the kind of gotcha stories I love. And of course, I loved seeing the triangle quilt again.

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  13. Oh such fun! Loved reading this round-up post and finding out where everything went. I know you all had a great time and love the goodies you received. :)

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  14. Batiks, yum. Welcome to the dark side. We've been waiting for you. BWAHHAAAAAAA!

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  15. Lynne, you seriously asked for your DQS quilt BACK?! That is audacious and awesome and all sorts of cool. The same thing happened to me in my very first quilt swap. It was 3 years ago and I'm still a bit bothered by it. I loved that quilt! Wow, lesson learned: ask for the things you want in this world! I came for the pretty pictures and left with a life lesson...

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  16. So many great quilts. I can't believe you didn't even receive a "thanks." I would have been jumping up and down if that arrived in my box. That's one of my favorites you've made.

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  17. What a brilliant bunch of swap henchman ... um ... sorry women that you got to help you! Whoever thought up this scheme to fool you deserves a medal, I think it's classic. Lynne, you've given us a wonderful platform to meet new Brit quilters and interact via the swap and on Flickr. Thank you.
    PS: You are so darn brave.

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  18. Looks like it was a great swap all around :-) So glad you got your other one back to "re-gift" to a loving home, good for you for asking! I like your gumption :-)

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  19. I absolutely love that triangle quilt! A wonderful way to use up scraps, too.
    Nedra
    http://cactus-needle.blogspot.com/
    (sorry blogger won't let me sign in with my identity today)

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  20. Thank you for sharing the whole story, those Brit swappers are brilliant! Every quilt you have posted here is wonderful - it is so fun to watch them being made and then being appreciated.

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  21. Too funny! I love that they fooled you with the red herring quilt. Quilters with a sense of humor and graciousness. That's all of us, right? ;)

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  22. All those quilts look sooooo good (with the exception of the stacked coins!). Good on you for asking for it back, what an ungrateful so and so!!!

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  23. Thank you for organising such a fantastic swap Lynne, made even more fantastic by my partner loving my quilt and me still in seventh heaven at receiving one from you ... Yay!

    This swap was so well organised, so well matched and such fun to participate in ... it was like a masterclass in how to run a swap ...

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  24. Did they not give you a Gotchya Oscar either. Mean lot. Sounds like you had fun though.

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  25. And who knew I'd be sewing up a storm on monday night to post it out on Tuesday! I loved making both quilts for you Lynne. I'm thrilled to have widened your perspective a little on the batiks front, but most of all, it makes my heart sing knowing how much you love your quilt x It has been the bestest swap eva! Thank you for organising, and pulling us all together in one place - you are truely inspirational :)x

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  26. Brilliant story Lynne! The triangle quilt is especially amazing, and I love your balls (not literally!) in getting that fab quilt back, I can't really imagine not saying thanks for such a gorgeous piece of quilting!

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  27. I'm holding my breath. Will be blue soon.

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  28. Oh! And if I'd only known you were a batik convert. I mailed your package today and I could have easily thrown in, like, 20 yards of the stuff!

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  29. I raise my glass to your balls, my friend. Good for you. And now that gorgeous quilt has a lovely, appreciative home.

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  30. Good for you, asking for it back. Its so depressing when your hard work isn't appreciated

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  31. Can I come out of detention now please Miss? Everything worked out so well in the end, didn't it. And even I like those batiks in Trudi's stunning quilt. And really I should get some gold stars for making her your partner in the first place!

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