Saturday, November 5, 2011


I was recently a participant in the DS (Denyse Schmidt) fabric, doll quilt swap on flicker.  The participants were international with most coming from Australia/NZ and North America.  We were a small but, very fun and polite group.  We are all fans of the Denyse Schmidt fabric lines.  The focus was on the Picnic and Fairgrounds lines that were released through JoAnn Fabrics.

Here are a few of the pieces from Picnic and Fairgrounds. Some of the line was exclusive to the US and some to Australia but, all  fabric played very nicely together.  Between the two lines their were 31 pieces. 
 I ordered a FQ bundle from a gal in Australia, so I did have the complete line to play with.  The only limitations were to stay within the Picnic and Fairgrounds fabric lines (solids ok) and keep the quilt size under 18"x18". 

I will say this "this swap DID NOT disappoint." 

Lorraine, from Australia sent me all this... (post cards showing the town my quilt came from, very clever!)

This was her first swap and claims, she has only made two quilts in her life!  But, on the other hand has sewin for many years.  Well, I was amazed at the small quilt.  Her work is exceptional and she used, so many techniques in this little quilt.  It's hard to see but, the leaves and tree 3-D.

This lovely little quilt is my treasure to keep!

I am truly smitten!

After the excitement of receiving her quilt,  the one I sent to my partner seemed, boring. 

I was recently inspired by the fall sky's and the geese that are migrating.

I knew my partner like the blues and greens in the line and especially the dots.
Well, this is what I came up with...
Not so exciting, compared to the one I received.  I did,  however accomplish my goal and used all 31 pieces from the two fabric lines.  All in all, I really enjoyed this swap and the participants could not have been nicer and a VERY talented group of ladies.