We have a guest poster today. Lynne from Lilysquilts.
Hi, I'm Lynne from Lilysquilts and am new to the DQS this round.
If you have tried it before, join the Flickr group and sign up next time. It is the most fun, sociable, hilarious and supportive Flickr swap group out there (imho!). I had this idea that it would be fun for people to choose their all time DSQ faves for blog posts because every time I randomly trawl through the history of the swap, I find more and more incredible quilts and it would be fun for me (and others no doubt) to be pointed in the direction of other people's favourites.
I started off with a plan to choose my five fave Doll Swap Quilts EVER but only got as far as DSQ8 before struggling to choose between at least 20 different quilts so decided to choose my five faves from DSQ8 and here they are:
Maripenquiltmom's bird raw edge quilt. I love the combination of the beautiful windmill quilt in the background and the striking applique on top. The choice of fabric for the border echoes branch and I love that the branch extends into the border. Although an enormous amount of work has clearly gone into this quilt, the effect is very simple.
Scrapnchick's trees quilt. The simplicity of this quilt is genius - I love everything about it: the colour scheme, the different trees, the stitched trunks and the beautiful simplicity.
CampFollowerBagLady's red cross quilt. Lots of clever little details in this quilt make it so interesting: different quilting stitches on the crosses and the binding, different buttons, a few red on blue crosses, a few white on red crosses and a mix of hand and machine quilting. Again, the work in this quilt is huge but the effect is very simple and striking.
I had to include at least one of mamcjt's angel quilts and this is my stand out favourite - again it's so simple but the work in it is so neat and perfect that the effect is striking. To me this is what a doll quilt should be - striking, bold, innovative and beautiful too.
Sparklygreenknicker's house and tree quilt is my final choice because it is so pretty with the orange border, orange leaves on the tree and the ivy climbing up the side of the house. But with the black door and blank windows, it also has, to me, a slightly eerie feel which is very difficult to achieve in a doll quilt with such bright pretty colours. I don't know this if this was intentional or not but I like it!
Because I missed out so many fabulous quilts, from this round, it would be great to have a list of comments with other people's faves on DSQ8 - if you put all your faves from that round in a gallery, your gallery will soon be overflowing and you will struggle to limit your faves to five, let alone one.