Saturday, November 19, 2011

Lucky x 2 (Potholders)

Look what came to my house on Thursday - two gorgeous potholders designed and made just for me by none other than the talented Cynthia Frenette! Cynthia is a member of the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild and my secret partner in the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild's inaugural swap with the valley girls.

Potholders by Cynthia Frenette

I feel so spoiled. Cynthia is an award-winning designer of fabric on Spoonflower, a cover artist on the current gifts issue of Quilting Arts magazine AND was recently awarded top mixed media artisan 2012 by Cloth Paper Scissors! Cynthia's stunning "quaintings" are incredibly inspiring and beautifully executed - check them out here! On top of all that, she's a total sweetheart. It won't be long before you'll be able to buy her fabric in quilt stores; I can't wait!!!

Potholders by Cynthia Frenette

I helped organize the swap with Eryn and we made up a fun questionnaire for everyone to fill out so our partners could have an idea of our tastes. Instead of the boring old "favourite colour, likes and dislikes" type list, we instead asked people to choose between sets of words like:
Stainless steel, white or avocado?
IKEA, farmhouse or industrial?
martini or lemonade?
cat, dog or goldfish?
Gees Bend or Ginny Beyer?
...............you get the idea.

I have a plan for my partner that I hope to make this weekend. We've got until Nov. 30th to mail, but Cynthia is neck deep in craft fair making, so she got way ahead of the game (what a considerate swapper!). Felicity is finished her potholders, too. I've gotta get sewing.

Potholders by Cynthia Frenette

Me and my kitchen are so happy. Thank you Cynthia!!!!

26 comments:

gill said...

Wow! I love everything about these pot holders! If by chance they don't suit your kitchen I would be very happy to give them a good home!!

Ethne said...

These are so cute and remind me of Laurriane's work ;o)

myredbike said...

I was so impressed that Cynthia had already sent you these lovely potholders! I'm planning on making mine during the VMQG sew-in tomorrow.

Heather D. said...

Those are just awesome!! You quilt guild girls have so much fun. :)

~The Bargain Babe said...

I *l.o.v.e* those potholders! The little house is adorable.

PinkGranny said...

Very cute! She is right on the money with these and so quick!

Amy said...

What a great swap! You have another set of potholders too pretty to use :)

Rebecca Jane said...

Love the quilting! Lucky you! Oh, to participate in a swap. The pressure would be too great.

Alisa said...

They are gorgeous! She is a very talented artist.

Flying Blind... said...

Don't you dare get any pot spillage anywhere near those - or I'll call the police!

carol said...

Very cute potholders! Her thread painting is marvelous!

Kristie said...

WOW! Those are fantastic!

Cynthia F said...

Yay!! I'm so glad you like them!! They were super fun to do for you!! xo

Leanne said...

I love those potholders, especially the flowers!

Катаринка said...

Красота !!!!

ladybugquilting said...

They are adorable!

felicity said...

Lucky you indeed! They're absolutely awesome! Mine will go in the mail tomorrow...

{Leila}Where the Orchids Grow said...

They are beautiful, lucky you!!

Dianne said...

FABULOUS!! Too pretty to use unless of course they become wall art - which would be, let me say it again, FABULOUS!!!!!
:0)

dutch sisters said...

These are so cute! lucky you!

Carol Browne said...

Adorable! :-) I love Cynthia's quilty work. So. Great.

Michele Pacey said...

Wow you really lucked out on this one (now that I think about it, when have you not lucked out...)! These are just brilliantly beautiful. I love the free-motion quilting. Obviously done by someone with serious chops!

Rene' said...

Those are definitely some of the prettiest potholders I have ever seen!!! Lucky, you certainly are! I like the different questionnaire y'all came up with for the swap. Very clever!

Live a Colorful Life said...

These are fabulous! I would probably hang them on my wall because they are definitely "art" (and I would hate getting spaghetti sauce on them or something...). Your questionnaire is a great idea!

jhopes70 said...

nice

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Eryn said...

I'm so excited that we got to co-ordinate this swap together. What should we plan next? Mwah ha ha ha ha...