Christmas In February

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When my friend Jan called today it felt like Christmas in February even before she came to see me. Jan is a fabulous painter and I love all her works of art. She's brilliant and so talented.
I traded last year with Jan and I got the best end of the deal. Jan painted my childhood home for me and I made 2 quilts for her. I absolutely love my painting and it means so much to me to have that piece of my vintage childhood in my home today. I have left Jan an open invitation to swap any time with her.
She brought me bucket of fabric she got several years ago to make a quilt for her oldest daughter for Christmas. It didn't get made obviously (lucky me). We both decided we do what we love best. She paints, I sew. Jan proposed another trade!!!! I'm thrilled beyond belief. Jan's paintings are so lovely, I feel so blessed and lucky that she would want to trade with me again.
Jan knows I love old houses and vintage things. She brought a painting to show me that she is currently working on. Its a lovely victorian farm house set in the country in the fall. It even has a quilt drying on the porch. I can't believe she would even offer to trade it for a quilt! Anyway she told me I could have my pick of subjects or take this one she is working on now. How fun to dream of a new painting! Right now the walls in my living room are freshly painted and I have nothing hanging on them. After you have a real painting by an artist in your home it makes you not want to hang prints!
I'm really feeling Christmas in February today, thanks to Jan, and because its snowing AGAIN!
- nanette
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~D Spack~ said...

Nanette: Great bucket with great Christmas Fabrics! I think good Christmas fabrics are hard to find. It snowed here today also.
~D Spack~

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- what a great deal! I love bartering -- I wish it happened more!

dot said...

What a great trade. I like the picture. I could not even imagine living in a home like that. What a great friendship and so nice that you treasure each others talents.

Cheryl said...

Love the painting. What a wonderful home you grew up in! And the bucket of fabric is very, very nice!

Darlene said...

The best of both worlds! Enjoy!

Julia said...

Wonderful picture! I traded a quilt for 2 hand-blown glass bead necklaces, that my cousin makes. I will have to share pics of those with you all.

Valerie said...

You are two lucky girls! Thanks for sharing.

Tracey said...

oooh, i can't wait to see it when it is done!!!!
i love the one she already painte.

"t" said...

i so love that painting of your house...and your quilts are so beautiful...she knows a fair trade so don't you worry about it...you are both lucky!!!!!

Kim said...

I love RED and I love OLD houses so together it's an awesome picture! Does she make prints from her paintings? I look forward to seeing the next painting she's doing for you.

Also, I've enjoyed all of the projects and pictures you have posted to your blog. Keep up the great blogging and the awesome quilting.

I've missed coming to quilt group for the last several months and look forward to coming next week. See you there!

Joanna said...

I love the painting - once upon a time I took some oil painting classes and suprised my mother for Christmas with a painting I did of her childhood home. It can't have been too bad of a reindition because she recognized it and burst into tears!! So thank you for bringing back that nice memory :)