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!