Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Great Swap of 2008

Last Spring, Carol and I were chatting via e-mail about the sweet quilt Wendy showed on her blog and how much fun it would be to swap 3" 30's rail blocks. We got super excited and we asked Wendy, Judy & Sharon to join us in swap. Kathie was going to swap with us but life got in the way! Everyone was thrilled and enthused and we started swapping immediately. We finished the swap a few months ago and my blocks have been sitting in a basket waiting to be sewn together. The other day I decided that I needed to get this quilt assembled before the new year!

Here's a word problem for you - teehee!!!

When you add five bloggy friends, Carol, Wendy, Judy, Sharon and I
Plus - 414 3" 30's rail blocks ( 1,242 1.5" x 3.5" pieces)
Plus - 374 3" white Kona alternate blocks
Plus - 78 white Kona setting triangles
Plus - 4 white Kona corner pieces

Equals - 76" x 100" adorable quilt filled with great memories!

Ladies, thank you so much for playing along with me - it's a treasured quilt and one with a great story!

This quilt would be adorable made with darker prints for the rail blocks and beige/tan/cream, etc for the alternate blocks and setting triangles (Libby made one and it's great). Whimsical brights for the rail blocks with black for the alternate blocks and setting triangles would be super cute!

Thank you so much for visiting and please come again!

In Friendship!

27 comments:

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh my gosh Darlene, it is a masterpiece. That is big. Are you going to add borders? It is great the way it is though. What a fun project to do with friends Darlene. Happy New Year!

Yvonne said...

I love it and the story....nice memory quilt. :)

Lynn said...

Wow what a great quilt!!! And even better that it was made with great friends.

Libby said...

What fun!

Judy said...

Hey...that one's mine...and that one, and that one!! LOL! wow you got them done! I'm so happy to see them. I'm making 2 twin sizes but I need to get moving! Great job!

Carol said...

OMG I'm squealing with excitement! It is wonderful! I looked at my blocks yesterday and thought I really want to get that done. It's now at the top of the list. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PamKittyMorning said...

Happy New Year! Love the quilt and all the holiday hugs. Thanks for sharing all year!

tami said...

That's a beautiful quilt and your swap sounds like so much fun. Great memories every time you look at it.

Sherri said...

I love your quilt...and what a terrific idea for a swap!

zizzybob said...

What a great looking quilt. I wish I had been a part of that swap. Can you tell me how much white Kona it took to get it to this point?
Thanks.............

Ginger Patches said...

Wow you are just a sewing "machine" big sis! That is just the cutest quilt and how fun to think of your friends every time you snuggle under it :)

Doodlebug Gail said...

Wow! What a beauty and how special that you got to do it with good friends.

Happy New Year to you Darlene.

Carrie P. said...

What a fun exchange and such a beautiful quilt your made from the blocks.

Kathie said...

that looks wonderful...so sorry I couldn't participate last year...
maybe next time :)
I made a baby quilt like this, I Just love using 30's fabrics.
Kathie

Patti said...

What a marvelous swap - and the results are equally marvelous! OK - I'm really jealous of you all now! Well done!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

WHOA!!!!!! What a great quilt. Of coures my blocks are still in the ziploc bags. LOL Maybe in 2009 I'll get it done. I love it.That was a fun swap. I was happy to be a part of it. We should do the darker one now.

Jane said...

What a great quilt! Thanks for sharing it!

Wendy said...

Wowzer Darlene...it's much bigger than I imagined, you did some awesome power sewing and it looks fantastic. I was thrilled to be a part of this group and really enjoyed this swap and | look forward to the next one in 2009 with a great bunch of friends.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh it is WONDERFUL! I love it!

julia said...

Wow, I'm speechless. What a mammoth project - hehe, loved the stats...incredible numbers!
Did I understand it right that you're already planning a new version of this stunning quilt? *lol*
Hugs, Julia

Shasta said...

That is a beautiful rail fence quilt. I've been making rail fence blocks with my scraps, and I'm thinking I need to be making many more!

rachel griffith said...

that's amazingly awesome!!!
really.
i mean if i could give yall a hi-5...i SO would.

Lurline's Place said...

Absolutely gorgeous!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Karen said...

How fun to swap and end up with this lively 30's style quilt!

Nan said...

What an enormoose quilt, my friend! It is gorgeous!! Is it for MOI?!? Yeah, right!! Love the word problem, too. My head hurts just reading it.

Sweet P said...

Love the quilt! What a great way to share a friendships, or in this case, many friendships.

Amy said...

that is really nice, I bet it keeps someone extra warm. thanks for sharing

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