Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Whose idea was this quilt swap?????

Mine?


Are you sure?



Well I must be a genius then because it is absolutely, fantabulously, incredibly BRILLIANT!!!!

Another mini-quilt landed through my door this morning and rescued me from sewing-stress-induced-fatigue-and-depression (my work list is getting to me - can you tell?) and instantly turned me into a madly, ecstatic, bouncy person!

This time it was from the wonderful Michaela of the Stash Basket and came wrapped in the softest and cutest flannel fabric with a happy spotty ribbon - and a button notecard too!

(but I haven't seen your scissors Michaela, sorry)

I almost don't want to show you the quilt because it is so fantastic that I don't think I can do it justice in a photo on my blog - does that make sense? And I don't know how to "fanfare" it properly - but anyway, here goes

my very own, allotment quilt!

(I wanted to photograph it up at the allotment but I ran out of time as I am preparing for a craft night tomorrow and I was superglued to the bl lovely sewing machine all day - so I attached it to an apple tree in the garden instead!

It is so beautiful that you need to see it in close detail
so you can see the tadpoles and bees, the naughtly little caterpillars munching through a leaf, my much needed cup of tea, the corn on the cob complete with the stringy fibres, and all the other fruit, flowers, veg and beasties to be found in my garden! Even the fabric on the back and the binding has vegetables on it!

My photographs don't do it justice at all.

Michaela also included some lovely goodies

that I can't wait to play with

and then there was an extra envelope addressed to

So I had to wait for them to get back from home (which is very difficult for an impatient girl like me!)

Inside was this gorgeous card
with this inside
So the ladybirds and I will be planting these seeds this evening after supper!

Thank you so much Michaela - I can't put into words how much my quilt means to me and all the little extras are lovely! Here it is on display on my very exciting quilt wall - I wonder whose will be next?

And in honour of my "allotment" quilt I will finish off today with another allotment photo of the first bamboo cane "structure" of 2008!


P.S. (because I never know when to shut up!) I'm feeling very guilty about receiving all these wonderful quilts as I haven't sent any of mine out yet - but don't worry, I am working on them and currently have 9 under construction so hopefully I will be posting some out very soon!)

41 comments:

Ally said...

Hey, a first, I've managed to be the first to comment.

Lovely allotment quilt especially all the intricate little caterpillars, spiders etc.

Love from your big sis Ally

PS You can pick yourself up off the floor now after the shock of a comment after so long away from blogland ;o)

trashalou said...

Oh crubbish Locket! the stakes are being raised higher and higher everytime I see another one of your gorgeous quilts on the wall of fabulousness.

I don't suppose you would accept a canvas instead?

periwinkle said...

Wow, you can tell so much thought went into that, not that it didn't go into the others, but you know what I mean, it's amazing. Are you going to take pics of all the ones you make and post them on your Blog when the swap has all finished?
Lisa x

twiggypeasticks said...

Wow your allotment quilt is fabulous, so much detail. your wall is going to look great, can't wait to see them all together.
Twiggy

Barbara/Ring-a-Rosie said...

BEAUTIFUL quilt - lucky you. Hope you aren't so stressed today.
Take care, Barbara. x

pink-petal-designs said...

wow, all the work in your lovely quilt ! Such detail, i love it.
Sarah x

Lesley said...

Oooh that is such a lovely quilt and I now have a major crisis of confidence over my attempt!!

As work stuff has changed a bit tomorrow I may even manage to get to the Post Office!

xxx

anne bebbington said...

Or it could be mine next - I shall be posting it tomorrow - but sorry it's nothing like as splendid as that beautiful allotment quiltlet

Simone said...

The allotment quilt is gorgeous. I love all the attention to detail that has been put into it. The stakes are very high indeed!!!!

Katy said...

I am so wildly jealous, like you wouldn't believe. That is AMAZING!!!
I am so glad I got in early, otherwise I'd have been flapping like a startled hen - the stakes are so blooming high.

tillyboo said...

Looking great ! Your wall is going to look amazing ...

Wish I had an allotment :(

quiltdude said...

WOW, that is one fantastic, thoughtful, beautifully sewn quilt, you are a very lucky lady.
Can't wait to see more.
XClare

Monkee Maker said...

Wow, the quilt Michaela made is stunning! Is there no end to that woman's talents?? I've personally tasted her delicious baking (twice - sorry to brag), she's a knitting guru and now a sewing genius!

... struggling not to be envious ... damn! I failed!

:)

Blossom said...

wow your allotment quilt is just GORGEOUS!!!!!!so are all the others........
(blossom now kicking self for not being able to enter quilt swap.......bloody dog!!! ow owww ow!!!!!!)

Mcspannar said...

the allotment quilt is gorgeous!! and i think all the quilts that are on your wall so far are fabulous and expect all the others to be just as good. i am also liking your bamboo structure.... it goes very well with your decking. and arrrr it is bringing out my inner pirate (why do they make me think of crow's nests???)

Rachelmp said...

Lucy your wall is going to look so amazing - all those different personalities and sewing styles. You are very lucky! Hopefully I will get to see Jodies on the weekend x Rachel

Jodie said...

Oh man, that is awesome - it is so pefectly perfectly you !!!!!

April said...

that allotment quilt is fabulous

April xx

Jenny said...

A very beautiful and custom made quilt or you. Your wall is going to look amazing-good luck with yours.

Sal said...

I love the allotment quilt!
And your blog always makes me hoot !
Sal;-)

Kaz said...

That is a fantastic mini-quilt, and just look at that lovely neat stitching!! You are a very lucky locket that's for sure!!

xx

syko kajsa said...

That is one gorgeous allotment quilt! I get all sweaty looking at all the small pieces and stitches. Maybe because I haven't made my swap quilt yet... One of my first small quilts had a carrot on, got to see if I can find a picture of it...

There it was, I have became a better photographer and a better quilter since, but it's quite cute:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sykossa/117647558/in/photostream/

Michaela said...

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on the Allotment quilt. I loved doing it - it's nice when your work is appreciated isn't it?

I've tried replying to lots of you but have been unable to - damn this computer, oh how I hate technology! Anybody know how to reset Outlook Express to a new address? Arghhh!!

(There you have it Monkee Maker - the end to my talents stops here!)

picperfic said...

there is so much more to Michaela than my wedding cake isn't there? She is so clever and lucky you for having her as a swap pal!

MarmaladeKiss said...

WOW!! that quilt is AMAZING!!!!!!!! I have an allotment too, and now I want one of those to sit on!

hilde said...

you are right, what a beautiful beautiful quilt you got there!!! Perfect for you!

blueberrylane said...

Love your allotment wall hanging. Your wall is going to look great and the visitors won't get into the house they will be too busy checking out all those lovely wall hangings !

French Knots said...

What a wonderful quilt, so full of detail and so right for you. Wow Micheala!

Karol-Ann said...

All I can say is WOW!

dottycookie said...

Michaela is certainly very clever! That is wonderful.

Leanne said...

What a lovely quilt.. you will have to start doing guided tours of that wall before long.

Farmyard Crafts said...

That allotment mini quilt it one of the most amazing things I've seen! Well done to the person that made it!!! It's gorgeous! Lucy... you are a lucky one recieving this beautiful quilts!!

Farmyard Crafts said...

It's a shame I've only found your blog now... would have dearly loved to be a part of it! Shall have to keep my eye out for the next one!

est said...

so wonderful!!! love all the details!!

Gina said...

Oh good grief... think I'm about to bin my second attempt now. That mini allotment quilt is gorgeous and don't they look wonderful together on the wall.
Gina x

Lucy @ attic24 said...

oh its almost too beautiful for words! The detail Michelle is stunning indeed.
Lucky you Lucy Locket, your wall is going to look blooming marvelous.
xx

Lucy @ attic24 said...

(((((blush))))
sorry Michaela for calling you michelle
xx

Annie said...

I am loving your quilt wall. That allotment quilt is very special.

Thimbleanna said...

Gosh Lucy -- that quilt is just adorable. And you're absolutely right -- that quilt idea of yours was just brilliant! As an added bonus, with blogging, you'll have a record of that wall as it grows by each quilt. I love seeing it take shape!

Jennie said...

That mini quilt is gorgeous!!!
Your quilt wall is looking splendid!

Victoria Plum said...

I love your quilts! You have inspired me to have a go at my own!