Thursday, March 17, 2011

Best Barter Ever!!

I haven't been sewing as much as I would like to the last few months. My "new" machine had a breakdown right after I got it. Nice huh? Anyway, finally got it into the shop and got it back a few weeks ago. Yay!
I'll post some pictures of what I have been working on lately in the next few days.
But in the mean time, here are a couple of pics of one I finished last month.
This was a commission/barter quilt. An aquaintance/friend of mine really wanted to buy a quilt made especially for her. And she's a young gal, still in college. She asked me if she could set up a payment plan of some sort.
LOL
For those of you that don't know me personally - you don't know how laughable that was to me!
AS IF i would take her hard earned money for something that I love to do, and would do for free!?!? Yah. No.
(enter in my loving husband who says you can't always give everything away! haha... WHY NOT??)
Sooo anyway... I skirted around her questions of price, thinking I would just make her one and surprise her :) When that didn't work - the hedging that is - i finally just said I would love to make her a quilt, and not to worry about any cost! No... she wouldn't have any of that. :(
A week or two later she was talking about some photography courses she was taking, and how her goal was to set up a photography studio.
LIGHT BULB!!! :D
So we struck a deal!
She agreed to take pictures of my kids, and our family, in exchange for me making her a quilt!
PERFECT!!
So she took some GREAT photos of our family - our goofy, never sit still, A.D.D. family. (not an easy job!!)
And in return I made her this quilt :)
She wanted springy, fresh colors. With a touch of "granny" and a scrappy look. So I went springy and fresh and scrappy on the front...
And feminine and "granny" on the back :)
She LOVED it! (man.. i was soooo nervous! That's all she would give me as far as direction or ideas - she kept saying it was all up to me. And I was really afraid I might have misinterpretted her likes! I did know she loves pink, and loves polka dots, so kind of took off with that also! LOL )
Anyway, she couldn't be happier! Yay!!!
And we were absolutely THRILLED with the pictures she took!! :D
(I'll post a few later)
What a wonderful barter!
And I made a wonderful friend in the process!
xo
Bren

7 comments:

~Michelle~ said...

LOVE it! What a great barter too!

Jacque. said...

What a wonderful quilt! I had seen parts of it before, but not the whole thing...and I am loving the back! You know we love the backs almost as much as the fronts...{grin}. So happy that she was thrilled with it...how could she not be? Great job, Brenis!

And, by the way, nice to see you here.

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Now that is an awesome quilt! Absolutely love every lil' bit about it!
Can't wait to see the pics of the family.

primitivebettys said...

Beautiful! :)

TamboinMO said...

Bren,
That is so beautiful....the quilt and the story that goes with it!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

That's a great quilt ~ I love all the colors on the back! And a great trade ~ the universe was working for you both! Glad to see you back on the blog!!!

Joanne said...

Oh Bren - you are the most generous soul - Love the quilt! How could she not help but absolutely love it!