Friday, February 12, 2010

It Never Hurts To Ask!

Just about a year ago Anne from Cottons 'n Wools made a comment on one of my post. I went to her blog to see what style of quilter she was a immediately knew she was my kinda style! I quickly put her blog on my side bar. (I had to keep an eye on this one!) The talent was amazing! When Anne posted her very first wool block from Bunny Hill I knew I was in love with it and could never make mine as pretty. I didn't have gorgeous wools for one and my talent lacked where wool and embroidery were concerned. I loved HERS!

You know that saying, "It never hurts to ask?" Anne wouldn't mind making two sets of these blocks a month would she? Hmmm...let me ask! So ask I did but in the way of a barter deal. I offered to do some quilting in exchange for the blocks.

Woo Hoo offer accepted! Every 5th day of the month Anne posted "our little secret" and I'd be just so darned excited to see the latest block! Here is the quilt top I received from Anne. It is a beauty!

In exchange was my quilting. Anne sent me this gorgeous applique whirligig rose as her first quilt for me to quilt. (still waiting for that other one Anne!) I absolutely love her work and the applique is perfection! I have to tell you I became so nervous to work on her quilt. What if she doesn't like it?! Oh gosh....panic set in!

As I finally settled myself down and started quilting this wonderful piece I fell in love with each stitch I took as the quilt started coming to what I call "life." A few friends popped in on me and had a chance to see the quilt in person. They loved it....I hope Anne does too!

I think it's wonderful that bloggers have found friendship through quilting. Each of you have your own "comfort zone" in quilting whether it be applique, piecing, embroidery etc. Why not think about bartering? If you like somebody's applique block and hate applique but have something you can offer as a trade than why not ask? It doesn't hurt.
A special thank you to Anne.

THIS POST WAS NOT TO APPEAR!! ANNE AND I WANTED TO POST TOGETHER OVER THE WEEKEND BUT FOR SOME REASON I MESSED UP THE SCHEDULER THING! UGH!
Please check post previous to this one too. Thanks!!!

54 comments:

Shakerwood said...

Win, win all the way around!! Anne does do beautiful work and so do you. What a wonderful way to share both of your talents!

Karen said...

Excellent! What a special quilt.

Darlene said...

It's always a good thing when you share talents with friends. It hurts though when you offer and you're turned down FLAT! Oh well - I'm glad it worked for you and Anne - the quilt is beautiful.

Connie said...

BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL On both the applique and quilting!

Barb said...

Wow, Mary, that quilt (both of them) are wonderful...but I really love...the one you are quilting....I just love it.....you wouldn't be able to tell her that you never got it? Send it to me? HA!!

Michelle said...

How cool is that? It's a beautiful quilt.

Bunny said...

Wow what a wonderful story thanks for sharing. Your work is amazing love your quilting and I love her work too. Have fun.

Cindy said...

I'd say you found a kindred spirit.

Beauties - talent on the applique and talent on the quilting. Is that what they call a "match" made in Heaven?

Oh no, wait, that'd be you and hubby...LOL

Happy "V" day to you and hubby.

Stay warm.

Beth said...

What a great deal! That is a beautiful quilt, I'm sure Anne will love your quilting on it.

Needled Mom said...

Wow!!! Fabulous trade on both sisdes.

Pat said...

How wonderful that you found such a terrific barter....as you are both big winners...that's for sure!

Shelley said...

WOW!That is one great quilt you have received Mary! What a great idea to barter for work!!

Carol said...

What an incredible trade...everyone wins...YIPPEE! both quilts are gorgeous and the quilting is awesome.

Joyful Quilter said...

Wow! You are both so talented! The only thing I have to barter is Fred...interested?

Linda said...

That is such a lovely story. Are you close to each other distance that is.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

I'd have to agree, a wonderful win-win proposition for you both!! I feel your pain on the techno thing...now I will watch for Anne's post!!
I treasure everyone I have met through blogging, it has been such a gift of friendship.

Cindy said...

Okay then, I'm asking...

Want to share that quilt?

ROFLOL

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love to make yo-yo's! So one of my quilting buddies asked me to make yo-yo's for a quilt she was working on. In exchange she made an applique border for a quilt I was working on. I still think I got the better part of that deal :-)

Fiesta said...

Mary what a wonderful idea. Her quilt as well as your new one are both exquisite. I made Autumn Houses usings Annes pattern and her patterns are not only full sized and accurate, but she includes pictures of the quilting so that there is never any doubt as to what to do next.

Stina said...

Saw your Trade with Anne on her blog...and it is a wonderful idea the two of you shared... you got wonderful blocks and she amazing quilting..:o)

Loris said...

Absolutely beautiful quilting to showcase the applique! What an awesome way to get 'paid'. Those wool blocks are absolutely wonderful and coming from a friend....priceless!

Karen said...

I have been admiring Anne's wool bunnies as they were being made!! She does beautiful work!!

Karen said...

A good deal for both of you. And now we know the secret!

Carol said...

What a nice Bunny Hill BOM quilt and what a great idea to trade services. Anne's quilt that you are quilting is beautiful.

Quilts And Pieces said...

But that is OK. I know your quilting has got to be gorgeous on it! And a perfect barter!!!!!

Sharlotte said...

Mary I swear your posts never disappoint! You're right, it never hurts to ask. I had something like that similar happen lately and I think it's gonna work out fine. Quilter and stitcher bloggers are great aren't they?! That quilt top is fab-u-lous!!!

onlymehere said...

How fun for you! Blogger won't let me schedule posts anymore either. They just show up the same day I write them. I don't know how to fix it so I just post when I have time to do it then. This is beautiful and you're right about the friends made in blogging. It's truly amazing to me how kind people are here.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Wow to both of you! Amazing work!

Kim said...

Ah well, cats out of the bag now and she is lovely, lol. Such a fun story, Mary. I love that you and Anne were able to help each other out in this special way. I know from my own experience with your work that Anne is going to adore her quilt, the way you quilted it does breath life into it. It's just amazing how we can manipulate fiber to create such beauty, comfort and joy. Way to go, girls!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Wow, Mary! Your wool quilt top is amazing! And I love what you're doing with the Whirligig Rose. I'm sure Anne will love it. The quilt top itself is beautiful, but when you finish doing your "thing," it'll be stunning!

WoolenSails said...

She did a wonderful job on the blocks for both of you.
And I know she is going to love your quilting, it looks beautiful around her applique.

Debbie

Dawn said...

Adorable!!

Allyson said...

Both the quilt and the quilting are fantastic. What a great swap. I think you both scored on this one.

QuiltSue said...

What a brilliant idea. I love the quilt too.

Gene Black said...

The quilting you did on that is amazing! I love it. The wool basket blocks you got are terrific too.

I actually have a "barter" in the works, I just have to get the first part of my side done so my partner can do her side.

Barter is a great method.

Cornfield Quilter said...

I have been bartering too and it is great! I have 2 quilts for a friend to quilt coming up, once my machine goes and comes back from the doctor, and she will put together a couple of lap quilts for me. It is definately a win-win situation!

Kaaren said...

Well ya blew it, Mary and I'm happy you did. I read both your posts and i know you made out equally well. Anne's T-A-T quilt is awesome. I know because I was following it for a year as I did mine in wool as well.

The quilting that you did on the Whig Rose is beyond beautiful.

Great barter you guys! You're both winners for sure!

Rita said...

What a wonderful exchange. I love both quilts. Applique is one of favorite things to do.

Wendy said...

You are both winners in this deal. Why not barter, like you said, it doesn't hurt to ask. Your new wool quilt is wonderful and so is the quilting on Anne's quilt. You guys made the best deal.

Sharon said...

Great idea! And the quilts are gorgeous...I want both of them! Have to put them on my to-do list...I had not thought of using wool for the applique...love it! You do such beautiful quilting!

Hogan's Adventure said...

I think you both came out winners, you both do gorgeous work. Anne has been a close friend of mine for 35 years and its been fun watching her become this absolutely amazing quilter....wish I would have started with her!!!!

You two had a great idea and worked great for both. Your work is amazing on Anne's quilt and her wool bunny hill quilt is just perfection.

rebecca said...

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful. That's all I can say all the way around.
I do love the barter trade method. I have done a couple times and just love it. It makes everyone so happy and deepens friendships. Our fore father's and mother's new something about happiness.

Carrie P. said...

Wow, you both made out in big ways. I really like the echo quilting you did. Congrats on your new quilt.

Lise said...

Wow, that is so cool....things like that don't happen often,,you both are very special ladies... and great work by both.. wow... happy friendship and stitching to both ...

Miss Jean said...

Thanks so much for your previous post on Quilts for Kids. I've requested my kit and am anxious to get started!

Vivian said...

Bartering makes so much sense.
You each have sometime beautiful and memorable as a result of your barter.

It was interesting reading both of your blogs about the same event. You each feel you got a bargain, that you got more than the other. What a wonderful story.

Blogless me said...

What a beautiful story - for both of you - and for all of us to admire!

Teresa said...

Its a wonderful quilt for sure and I just know Anne must be just as excited to have you quilt her quilt for her in exchange from the blocks.

Polly said...

It's a win-win situation all the way around!! Your work is just as beautiful as hers! Lovely idea! Polly

Cathi said...

What a great way to share talents!!

Barb said...

what a great idea! You both came out winners.
I love the quilt your working on. I'm starting a similar one someday soon and was re-excited to see yours.
I've been away, and have enjoyed getting caught up on our posts.

bingo~bonnie said...

you are so right - you never know until you ask. ;) Looks like BOTH of you made out like bandits! ;)

Love your wool bunny blocks quilt and the beautiful quilting you did to her quilt to bring it to life. ;) If I had to choose which I'd pick to come live with me, I'd have to flip a coin ;) and either way I'd be happy!

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

Ginger Patches said...

Oh if I could tell you the times things like this have happened to me blogging and Facebooking etc... I so totally don't get the whole blogging ahead of time...I wish I did, I would post more often! I love your quilting...it's beautiful! And your heart is so good everyone knows you didn't post this early on purpose :) You are one of those "Angel Blogges" :)

Ginger Patches said...

Um...bloggers that should have said :)