I just love her great sense of color and how she uses a lot of prints, florals, stripes and dots in her quilts...and gray is a recurring theme in most.
Although I was a little nervous to participate in a swap, I couldn't go wrong if the fabrics were Jen's! right...
Cathedral Window pattern and it showcased the fabrics perfectly. I used darker fabrics in the "base" and medium and multi-colored prints on the "top". This was my second attempt at a cathedral window making only a pincushion once before...and I loved how it turned out
Click HERE for the free pattern Charming Windows by Angela Nash on Moda Bakeshop
So when your daughter is in charge of a quilt swap, and someone drops out you become an "angel" so this quilt was plan "A" for my gardenvale swap and luckily I had the top finished when I was called to be an "angel", so I only had to finish the machine quilting and the binding. This one went to Cathy Kirk in North Carolina - @thequiltingcowgirl
click HERE for the tutorial on MSQC
(see previous posts for helpful hints on making this block) I echo quilted the entire top in 1" increments. I am not a great machine quilter and I could use a lot more practice. Cathy is a full-time machine quilter, so I hope she doesn't laugh out loud at my machine quilting skills!
So after sending off my two swap quilts, To my surprise I received this beautiful mini quilt from @amysews from Charleston, SC! Isn't it absolutely gorgeous!!!
Amy hand pieced and appliqued the flower block, and also hand quilted this beauty. She really spent a lot of time and I am so appreciative of all the work she did on my quilt.
I also received so many goodies in the package. The "jug" is a mason jar with a lid and straw and Amy made a quilted coozie for it. (I love real southern sweet tea and can't wait to use this!) She made a pieced needle-case, and a finger pincushion for me which I have always wanted. I got some Bennie cookies, a coloring book with colored pencils, and a postcard from Charleston, SC with a cute note. Amy really spoiled me!
If you have the chance to check all the truly AMAZING quilts that were made take a look on Instagram at the #gardenvaleminiquiltswap. I am so thankful to my daughter Lindsey for putting this awesome swap together for us. Jen Kingwell would be so proud of what we all made out of her beautiful fabrics!
I enjoyed this swap so much I just might join another one...or two. I got lucky with this one, but the fun of a quilt swap is...you never know what you are going to get!!
until next time...