Quilts for Painting

If you're a regular follower you know I have a friend that is an artist, Jan. Jan has painted me some of the most wonderful paintings in trade for quilts. I'm always happy to trade as I know I'm getting the very best of the deal. I treasure those paintings so much.
A few months back Jan brought me a new painting, fully framed. It is a late summer scene showing the bounties of a garden in still life with beautiful China dishes. Things I love. And I really love the frame, too. Jan knew I would want it. Jan is multi talented and can sew and quilt herself but is so generous to share her talent with me. And she is patient. I love that quality. I was super busy at the time Jan brought me her painting. Well, I'm always busy, but I've juggled some time to fulfill my end of the bargain.
This weekend I started on one of the quilt tops I'm making for her. This will be a baby/youth quilt with this great paper doll fabric Jan brought along with the pattern to make the quilts.
I have this quilt to make and another similar. Nine patch blocks are so fun to make. I happily picked out some prints from my stash to go with the paper doll fabric. It was so relaxing and therapeutic to work on a fun pattern with fabric I adore. I feel like I'm taking advantage of Jan since I'm enjoying making this so much.

Now I have to pick out a stop border. Oh what fun.

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Mary said...

The picture is wonderful. How lucky you are to have such a friend. The quilt you are makin is so cute. Nine Patches are fun and easy and can go into so many projects. Love them.

LuAnn said...

I love the colors Jan used in the painting, and the frame is just perfect. She will love the quilt you are making. I love that paper doll fabric with nine patches. I think you are both getting a good deal!!

AnnieO said...

Gorgeous painting! It's hard to tell what the size is, from that photo. I am lucky to have a mother who paints and my house is filled with lots of her original acrylics and watercolors, and one or two drawings and a couple of oils! She is especially good at portraiture.

The little 9 patch is so cute. I love 9 patches too :)

julieQ said...

I do love the quilt you made for your friend! I get stuck on border selections...do you? I just love what you have done so far!

Sandi Linn Andersen said...

The nine-patch blocks are the perfect compliment for that paper doll fabric. It's going to be a really sweet quilt! And what a sweet trade the two of you made! Many years ago, my friend, Deloras and I used to exchange our work. She was a china painter and did ceramics. I made miniature dollhouse furniture and dolls. We enjoyed exchanging so many things and to this day I am reminded of her every day when I see a wooden calendar she made that hangs in my kitchen. She was almost 30 years older than me but as a young wife and mother, I treasured our friendship. She's gone now, but oh, I do remember her!

Retrogirl said...

This quilt will be absolutely treasured! Beautiful fabric & a great pattern, too.

Don't you just LOVE a good trade??

Brandie said...

Great friend!
That is going to be a super cute quilt. I love the paper doll fabric.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

What a fantastic painting! Oh, the frame is just a fine and perfect. Someone sent me some paperdoll fabric and I haven't been inspired - this is just the project, thank you.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

What a beautiful work of art. How lucky!
I love 9-patches. People sometimes do not give them the credit they deserve. Darling, just darling!

Lynn said...

What a beautiful painting. Love your quilt. Sounds like a great trade.

Kaaren said...

A painter that quilts too? Gee, I didn't know I had a twin. *wink*

How come you never offered me that opportunity, Nanette? Just kidding.

Now I think that what you gals are trading is more than fair. I love them both...the painting and the quilt.

Carrie P. said...

Great bartering between you two.

Lori Holt said...

The painting is beautiful!
...you lucky girl:)
I agree with you about the 9 patch block...it's always so perfect in any project.
I love it's simplicity and it's ability to adapt to ant pattern or any line of fabric:)

Thimbleanna said...

I love bartering -- I wish we did more of it. I once bartered a few home-made boxers for my friend's little boy in exchange for her hubby welding our riding mower axle. I think I got the better end of the deal!

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

I think you both got the better end of the bargain because you both got what you want. Always a good deal!

And I love that pattern. It's going to be a pretty quilt.

Dionne said...

You are lucky! And that pattern/fabric is fabulous. You two, sharing your talents with each other, is a match made in heaven. Good friends are definately heaven sent!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Jan is so talented and to have two friends with talent makes a wonderful combination. Love the quilt and can't wait to see it all finished.

Sherri said...

What a perfect trade for both of you! I remember you posting about this before and thought it was such a great idea!