Some months ago, i signed up for a small quilt swap with the SQT online quilt group, i belong to.
I'm happy to say that i was matched up with Ann in Pennsylvania, and what a perfect match!! As Ann puts it, we are 'kinderd spirits', in oh, so many ways.. our love of all things old, Amish quilts, civil war fabrics, just to name a few.. and we also share a quirky sense of humour.. perfect LOL!!
I knew exactly what kind of small quilt i wanted to make for Ann.. it was going to be scrappy and made with civil war fabrics, of course. So, without further ado, i dived into my fabric stash and got to work cutting up lots and lots of 3" x 3" squares.. to make a total of 54 x 2 1/4" hourglass blocks.
and just for a bit of interest, i made a 4" star block for the centre....
here it is, finished and washed.. all soft & crinkly just how Ann & i like our quilts to look :))
In one of her emails, Ann mentioned that it was her birthday, (in June), so that got me thinking that i'd like to make her a tiny birthday quilt, just like Miss Tansy's quilt.. but in poison greens & purples.
Right from the start, Ann & i agreed to send our 'surprise' quilts to each other, on the same day, in the hope that we would receive them on the same day. However, Ann received my package two days before i received hers.. but she insisted on waiting for me to receive her surprises, before opening mine... isn't she good!!
she took a photo of them, on her bed... waiting patiently, to be opened.
don't they look sweet on the beautiful 9-patch quilt that Ann's making for her granddaughter??
Finally, two days later (last Thursday) my package, from Ann arrived, and i rushed home to email her. With the 14hr time difference i was sure that Ann would be fast asleep, because it was approaching midnight in PA.. but to my delight she read my email just as she was about to turn off her computer and head off to bed. So we got to open our sweet surprises together.. i reckon that's pretty special, don't you??!!
My heart skipped a beat, from the moment i laid eyes on the, fabric covered, pressie.. i knew there was something special inside..
and i was right...
i couldn't believe my eyes.
Ann made a wonderful small Amish 'Diamond in a Square' quilt, especially for me, because she knows how much i love Amish quilts. Oh my, and look at all that gorgeous hand quilting.. it was a sight to behold and i was overcome with emotion.. i simply burst into tears.
In my emails to Ann, i recalled the time i spent in (Amish country) Lancaster County, PA in 2009.. it was the highlight of my visit to the States.. and to think that Ann lives just an hour from Lancaster County. If only we'd known each other back then.. we would've been able to meet up, and just think of the fun we would've had.
In her emails, Ann has shared many lovely stories about the Amish community, their arts & crafts and so much more. ohhh it makes me want to save up and go for another visit :))
take a peek at what else Ann made for me... the sweetest little placemat & mug rug.. so perfectly scrappy.. LOVE them!! I can't bear the thought of using the small quilt for a placemat..
i've got a special spot for it in my studio :))
and here's a few more surprises... Amish cookbooks, a darling little redware tree ornament, a signed bookmark, and a pack of candy charms.. i feel so spoilt!!
if you look closely at Ann's card you'll see that the quilt in the middle is the same as my small Amish quilt ~diamond in a square~ pattern.
here's another interesting fact Ann shared with me, about my beautiful Amish quilt..
the 'D in a S' design and those colours are specifically linked to Lancaster County Amish antique quilts. Isn't that wonderful.. makes me LOVE it even more.
here's a close-up of the quilting in the centre block.. isn't it gorgeous?? the stitches are so tiny.. & so neat.
and i love the label on the back, in Ann's beautiful handwriting...
and here's the label on the back of the sweet little scrappy 9-patch quilt..
Ann was happy for me to share her photos, of the swap quilt i made for her...
a scrappy hourglass quilt...
her tiny 'birthday' quilt... and a 'Quilted Crow Girls' quilt pattern.
and a few more 'surprise' goodies...
in the shape of a vintage tin, vintage button cards, a koala, sulky thread and munchies.
This has been a wonderful swap.. Ann & I are both thrilled with our swap quilts and goodies... best of all, we've become good friends.. i couldn't be happier :))