Quilt Retreat, Quilt Swap, Quilting with Friends

What a Surprise!

The anticipation is over.  Each year ‘the group’ exchanges names and completes a quilt to be finished by the next quilters’ weekend at Watson Homestead.  Last year we anonymously exchanged envelopes of fat quarters and background fabric.  What a surprise the finished quilts were this year for all of us!

Just to confuse the person receiving my envelope, I chose patriotic fabric rather than my favorite – fall colors.  The patriotic theme is a favorite of Lisa and whoever receives  patriotic fabric in one of our swaps, assumes that it must be from her. It worked!  My exchange partner, Ruth, had no idea that the quilt she was making was for me and not Lisa.

 Patriotic Quilt made by Ruth

Patriotic Quilt made by Ruth

Ruth always adds a surprise to the quilts she makes as she likes to add blocks to the back of the quilt  –  making it reversible –  I actually received quilts!

Back of Patriotic Quilt

Back of Patriotic Quilt

Both Ruth and I completely missed at guessing who was the owner of the quilt that we were making.  I was certain that I had received Pauline’s fabric collection of soft pastels.  Knowing that she really likes baskets, I decided to make a miniature basket quilt. (Brown Basket, Timbleberries Pint Size Traditions.)

We both discovered that it’s unwise to assume anything. In the workroom at the retreat, both Ruth and I pulled out our projects when Pauline and Lisa went out on a shop hop.  We wanted to put the finishing touches on them before our exchange that evening.

Imagine our surprise when I told Ruth that the patriotic fabric was mine.

The joke was on me, however, when Mae said,”Hey, that’s my fabric!”  as I pulled out by finished miniature.  Luckily she is a fan of baskets also.

My quilt for Mae

My quilt for Mae

I didn’t make a mistake when I chose the pattern after all.  In addition to the fact that she likes baskets, Mae is a basket maker.

We all had quite a laugh as we shared our stories at our exchange that evening.

For our project next year, we will all use a fat quarter of Paisley Tan from the Blessings collection by Brannock & Patek, add our own fabric for a quit to be given to our exchange partner.  The colors of this piece are some of my favorite.  Can’t wait to see our finished quilts!

There is always time to quilt!
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  • Reply Diane Branish November 6, 2009 at 8:06 am

    The quilts are very nice! I am glad you all had a good time and I was very sorry I could not be there!

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