Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mini Quilt Swap: Sent & Received

It's been a long time since I participated in a public swap. Swaps are always fun, but also challenging, especially if you don't hear much from your partner. But more often than not, it works out in the end. I find it helpful to stick to my convictions and focus on making a quality gift.

Schnitzel and Boo orchestrated this mini quilt swap.


I made this little mini for my partner, babydoxie. I used a variety of colors, a block from Patchwork, Please! (the same one from this apron), and quilted it by machine and by hand.

The back

The back shows off the quilting a little better. I haven't done much hand quilting, so this was a bit of a stretch, but I am fairly pleased with how it came out. I, personally, do not like to use white sashing, but that was something my partner specifically requested.

As for what I received, I was so surprised to see a package from Tammy in my mailbox (you know, since we live in the same city, are friends, and hang out fairly regularly). She tricked me well! We even discussed the swap at Quilt Market last month.

Asterisk mini from Tammy

I just love the mini she made for me. It's got lots of my favorite elements, and will fit right in with my collection of minis.


I really love the label detail, too!

I probably won't do another swap for awhile, but this was a fun one to participate in, and I met lots of new people.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

FO: Clover Geranium

Sorry to disappear again! I spent the last week out of town, and am catching up on home life this week. I meant to share this with you before I left, but I made another Geranium dress, this time for Alison Glass.

FO: Clover   Geranium

Alison sent me this adorable Clover Sunshine print and some Andover chambray to make this version. Alison shared it at her Quilt Market schoolhouse session.

FO: Clover   Geranium

I just love the button details on this dress, and the fun print she sent for the lining (also from Clover Sunshine)!

I have now sewn this dress several times, and I really enjoy making them! I always drag my feet on the hem and buttonholes. It's the little things.

I hope you are all having a great week!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Halloween Mini for Amy

I have lots to share with you, the first thing being this mini.

FO: Spooky mini

Amy is a Halloween baby, and she loves the holiday. I decided to make her a spiderweb mini quilt, as part of her gift this year.

I used my 60 degree triangle template and some fabric strips to make six triangles. I used Kona Coal to finish the top.

Free-motion details

I used straight line quilting to divide the top into sections, and then free-motion quilted squiggles and triangles. The spiderweb section is, naturally, quilted with a spiderweb.
I used orange binding to finish.

See you again later this week!

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