I think it’s clear by now that I love craft swaps! I also love rainbows! So when I saw the All the Colors mini quilt swap on Instagram… I jumped right in!!
My partner mentioned she loved Quiet Play Patterns and her mosaic had several flying geese included. I decided to combine the two! I used Quiet Play’s mini geometric sewing pattern for the center, and surrounded it with a circle of flying geese from the free pattern here enlarged to fit the center block.
For the quilting, I chose to use invisible thread in the top to ensure the quilting did not distract from the piecing. It was effective, but a huge pain to work with! It kept breaking, snagging, and bunching up on the back of the mini. But the effect is exactly what I hoped for! I chose a diagonal grid for the center and concentric circles for the flying geese. I finished it off with some rainbow binding using Katarina Roccella’s Avant Garde fabric! It felt like the perfect marriage of the rainbow foreground & low volume background.
For the extras, I started with a rainbow pincushion! I drafted my own foundation paper piece pattern for this design. I added some buttons to pinch it in the center.
My partner had a daughter & son. Her daughter was beginning to sew and loved picking out fabrics for her projects. So, I decided to make her a sweet ruffle pouch (tutorial here) and fill it up with orphan charm squares for her to use!
I also made a pin cushion for her, so I chose this sweet unicorn print for the center of an economy block! I finished it up with some cute pom pom trim around the edge!
For her son, I made a triangle pencil pouch using the tutorial here. I filled it up with fun pencils, erasers, and supplies! I also made my partner a rainbow bound edge key fob!
Overall, I had an absolute blast creating this mini & these extras for my partner! I love that swaps push my creativity and allow me to make something special for another person! Crafting for others is one of my favorite things to do
Until Next Time!
P.S: If you want tons of cool inspiration, check out the links to the different Linky Parties I join on my Links page!
Sooooo…. it’s been a while since I last posted! Life gets crazy sometimes… and last year, we bought a house! Who knew it would be this much work? (What? Everyone knew that except me?). But I have decided I want to start blogging again! So I am going to start with a swap I did last year
When I saw the zipper pouch swap on Instagram, I just had to join! I already shared the zipper pouch and the paper piecing pattern I made for the top. You can find the free pattern here! Today, I wanted to share the rest of the package I sent!
For my first extra, I used the Mini Raspberry Kiss Tutorial to make a deluxe pincushion from the book Sew Organized for the Busy Girl! This was my first time making this and I loved it!
My partner mentioned she liked tea- so I made her a tea wallet! This way, she can carry a few packets in her purse & keep it organized! I made my own pattern for this to fit the tea packets I sent her.
I lined the wallet with this awesome Alison Glass print! Also pictured: 1 very curious kitty!
Overall, I had a blast creating these! It was outside of my personal style- but I am so happy with how they turned out!
Until next time! (Hopefully not another year though!! 😉 haha)
I signed up for the Pillow Talk Swap on Instagram this year! My partner liked bright colors, high contrast, and radial patterns. So I designed a version of a Mariners Compass for her!
I drew up this design based on my partners inspiration mosaic. I then scanned my drawing into the computer and used Quilt Assistant to make it into a foundation paper piecing pattern! This is my first time designing my own paper piecing pattern, so this was a fun adventure!
I chose some topstitch quilting around the edges of each color. I wanted to keep the emphasis on the design. For the back, I pieced a simple design with a lapped zipper!
For the extras, I went with a blue & green theme (her favorite color combo and mine!). I started with a deluxe pincushion from the book Sew Organized for the Busy Girl. Instead of a 9 patch for the pocket, I made a mini Tallahassee block using the pattern from Quilter’s Cache.
For my next extra, I made a hexagon fabric tray using the tutorial from A Spoonful of Sugar. I appliqued on an English paper pieced star and did a little echo quilting on the inner!
For my last extra, I made a cute little patchwork key fob! Each stripe is only 0.5in wide! I used strip piecing to make this less fiddly
Overall, this swap pushed me to try a lot of new things! I made my own foundation paper piece pattern, played with much more contrast than I usually do, and came up with a design outside of my comfort zone! I absolutely loved this journey and I am glad my partner liked it! Until next time!
When I found out that my sister in law was having a baby girl, I knew I had to make the baby a quilt! I also decided to make her son a quilt as well! I even managed to finish in time for Christmas! These are my 3rd and 4th quilts ever, and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out!
For the baby girl’s quilt, I decided to do some paper piecing! I used the awesome butterfly pattern from the Tartan Kiwi for the centerpiece of this quilt. This is the most detailed paper piecing I have done, and I love how it turned out! I added a pink border then a ring of pretty flowers! I didn’t use a pattern for these. I finished with white and purple borders!
For the border, I decided to do something a little fancier- but that I could still do with my walking foot. I used my Cricut to design and cut templates for these scallops & corners. I then traced these on with water soluble markers and quilted with my walking foot (and a lot of arm muscle! Now I know why people say they wrestle their quilts!).
I backed the quilt with the softest minky I have ever felt! I also loved how the minky showed the quilting on the back!
I also made a matching pillow! The butterfly pattern is also from the Tartan Kiwi.
I chose simple quilting 1/4 in from the seams. I also stitched in the ditch around the butterfly’s wings! I was happy to see that it matched the baby’s room perfectly!My nephew is 2.5 yrs old, so when I saw this awesome race car panel from Deborah Edwards I knew it would make a perfect play mat quilt for him! I bought 2 panels and cut off 1 side border from each. I then rotated one side by 180 degrees and sewed them together. That means this quilt had a whopping 1 seam! 😉
I kept the quilting simple and did a 1.5in crosshatch. This took way longer than I expected but I love it!
For the back, I used a cool car print that I got from the Missouri Quilt Company. I finished it off with checkered binding!
Here is my nephew enjoying his quilt on Christmas morning!
I loved making these and learned so much! I also can’t wait to start on my new projects for 2016! Until next time!