Friday, June 9, 2017

Baskets By Barb

Look at this beauty. I love those little baskets.
 
This is Barb's half of our swap, and it arrived at my home Wednesday. Sorry I have been slow to get it posted.  






It is beautifully hand quilted, too. If you follow Barb (and if you don't, you should), you know Baptist Fans are her signature quilting pattern. I am so honored to have this in my home! 







Not too long ago I won a giveaway on Barb's blog, so I know she does a package up right. This is what I found when I opened the box in which this quilt was sent.  The quilt was wrapped up in that wonderful beehive/bee fabric (I do live in the beehive state). 

The pink bag contained this yummy treat from Barb's recent trip to the South.








The yellow tissue paper enclosed this great selection of CW charms.





                                                 And finally, there was this panel of vintage-style  designs to use in friendship/signature quilts.

But there was a scary side to this swap. I sent my quilt to Barb on Tuesday of last week, and she had it by Thursday. Barb sent this to me on Wednesday of last week--we both used Priority Mail, but as of Monday of this week I had still not received her package. After being held hostage by the USPS for six days, when the little quilt was released, it could not seem to relax and lay flat.

What I do when this occurs is just lay the  quilt on a flat, waterproof surface (like a kitchen counter), and give it a spraying of water--but don't soak it. This will relax the fibers and then as it dries, it tightens back up just a bit and lays nice and flat.
Thank you, Barb, for a most delightful and "Fun with Barb" swap!

Just want to share one other "little" thing. I've had a clip on a stand for a little while now, for displaying mini quilts. It comes in two sizes, and I had considered buying the smaller size to use for smaller quilts, but never actually did it.
Just last week, while spending way too much money in a bookstore, I found this in their gift section--on clearance, at half price! How long do you think I had to ponder that purchase? It is even smaller than the one I didn't buy at the quilt shop. Here is the new one holding a 4" quilt.










And here you see the two side-by-side.
 


























That is it for now. Until next time,
Janet O.


34 comments:

  1. Well now isn't that just the cutest little basket quilt ever! Looks like she did an awesome job on it. Lot's of wonderful goodies.
    Blessings...
    Kristie

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  2. What a precious basket quilt. It was worth waiting for I think. And such a lot of good things in your package. But the mini hanger is so you....of course it had to come home to where it belonged:)

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  3. The basket quilt is gorgeous!! What a treat! And so many wonderful goodies to go along with it! Your new little clip is adorable. You have the greatest ideas for display.

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  4. Thank you again for swapping. I'm so so glad that it finally arrived. Thank you also for reblocking it. I had let it air dry for 2 days, but I bet it still had not completely dried when I packaged it. It has been incredibly rainy here. Thank goodness it bounced back.
    your little patriotic display is fabulous. wow - you have an amazing collection of little quilts. And the little clip was meant to be and at a discount - winner winner.

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  5. Love your quilt from Barb. Great find on your mini quilt holder. You have some great patriotic quilt. Hugs

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  6. What a great swap, for both of you!

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  7. Gorgeous basket quilt--Barb is amazing!! I just love your little quilt display...hugs, Julierose

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  8. Thanks for the morning dose of beautiful eye candy. My eyes are loving the pictures.

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  9. What lovely gifts and the quilt, oh my! I do like those clips, they are great.

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  10. Love that mini clip! :)
    What an exciting package to receive! She really does do it right :) Lovely basket mini!

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  11. How thrilled you must be with all the goodies Barb sent to you; that basket quilt is really special! Your displays are always so pretty, and again, you know I love your patriotic quilts of all sizes! ---"Love"

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  12. I'm so glad your little basket quilt finally reached you! Oh, if it could only talk and tell you of its journey! I love those little clips for your mini quilts. And I love the letter holder idea too. So clever and so pretty!

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  13. Your new little basket quilt by Barb is adorable, I love that red border fabric. You tiny patriotic displays and that tiny clip holder are just perfect for your setting. Happy weekend!

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  14. What a fun swap!! And thanks for the tip in removing "USPS packing stress" LOL.
    Your clips are fantastic ways to display your fab little quilts. I am not surprised you jumped on the sale price.

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  15. Beautiful swap gifts Janet ... how wonderful all of your goodies are from Barb. Must pop over to her blog & have a look. WoW I am not surpised you picked up those sale bargains ... I just adore your little patriotic display on your table there.

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  16. I think you did great in that swap with Barb! Of course she was equally lucky! Love the basket quilt with the fabulous quilting, and treat!!
    And those darling clips to hold your minis?? You could start selling them yourself, in your spare time!!
    JK!!

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  17. the basket quilt is indeed a beauty. Such a beautiful job quilting too. Lots of good stuff. I have been working on a hexagon quilt again. Lots of other things I should be doing but my obsession continues. I definitely need to get some machine quilting going one of these days. It sounds like all the family health issues have toned down. That is good news! Mary

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  18. I can tell that you and Barb enjoyed the swap you made. I think it is fun to trade with someone of like mind. I know she was very happy with her little quilt.
    That little four inch quilt......the design would make a very good mini repeated in those four inch size blocks. Or have you done that already?

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  19. What a darling basket quilt. I'm glad that it eventually showed up. The baptist fan design is the perfect quilting design. of course! You and Barb had a lovely swap.

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  20. What a sweet swap - excellence little quilts - fun for us to see both quilts, both posts. Your clip stands are really cute. Glad to have found your blog through Fun with Barb!

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  21. Super swap quilts! I don't think you could have created anything better--Abe and Barb just go together. Beautiful work, as always!

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  22. What a lovely swap mini to join your collection. Those two clamps and the wire stand make a great grouping for displaying your beautiful work.

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  23. A 4" quilt?!!!! That's bordering on small you know! delicious swap goodies and the winnings from Barb's giveaway was an extra cheery boost! Happy quilty hugs from me in New Zealand xx

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  24. Glad the quilt was finally released from the hands of the USPS. It gives Priority shipping a bad name. No weather this time of year to blame it on. The Baskets and Baptist fan hand quilting is great. Well done Barb!!

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  25. What a beautiful quilt (and package) from Barb, her work is beautiful! It must have been worrying waiting for it to arrive! Cute little stand - a great find.

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  26. The stand is cute.... but the little quilt it is holding is awesome!!! Love it!

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  27. LOVE the quilting on your little basket quilt - I rarely do Baptist Fans, but I AM a fan of them! (pun intented! LOL) Need to keep that in mind for a future project. Do tell what store you found your mini stand in (please). I have the larger one and now that I've seen it, I need the tiny one too!

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  28. Barb's quilt is beautiful and her Baptist Fans look perfect. What nice gifts she sent along with the quilt. So glad it didn't get lost in the mail.

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  29. Congratulations on a very successful swap. Thank you for the method to straighten a small quilt that got folded for too long, too!

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  30. Oh yes, bargains are great! I had already seen Barb's basket quilt on her blog - extra nice! Lots of nice goodies too. Love your patriotic display!

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  31. I am just squealing over that last photo with all those tiny quilts on display!!
    Absolutely darling!

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  32. What an awesome package to receive. Thanks for the tip on relaxing a quilt. Did you spray the front or the back? I was concerned about bleeding when I read your suggestion. A 4" quilt??? That's tiny indeed =^.^=

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  33. Love your decorative touches, and that darling little basket quilt.

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  34. That little clip is great!
    Good tip after a little quilt has been folded up for awhile. It sure is cute!

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