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!
I’m kind of addicted to craft swaps… no really- I have participated in 21 so far with my first one being back in 2005! And I still have 2 more in progress! Most of my swaps have been through Craftster- including my latest swap finish for the “Craft with a Fat Quarter” swap! In this swap, we were challenged to make items for our partner using only 2 fat quarters! It was such a fun challenge to figure out how to fit the projects using such a limited fabric! I wanted to share what I made for my partner today. My partner loved this Bonnie & Camille strawberry fabric, so I went with that and a coordinating red fabric. The two fabrics in the corner are the 2 fat quarters I sent with the package for her to use. My partner had tons of great inspiration pinned, so I used those and lots of tutorials to make these items!
One of the items she had pinned was a thread catcher, so I decided to make this my biggest project. The pin cushion was a simple rectangle with a loop for the basket attachment. I weighted it down with door hinges wrapped in foam batting so that it wouldn’t slip and then stuffed it with polyfill. For the basket, I started with the thread catcher tutorial from The Sewing Chick & modified it to fit my needs. You can find the tutorial for my version Here! I used foam batting on the basket to add structure so the basket could stand up and be used on its own. I also added a button so that it could be attached to the pin cushion to hang off of the table.
My next largest project was a checkbook cover which my partner had pinned as well. I used the tutorial from Small Fry & Co for this. I used some cute coordinating heart ribbon for the page holder and thin elastic for the button closure.
I also made a little sweet pencil pouch from the tutorial at A Spoonful of Sugar. However, I made the outer from 1 piece instead of a patchwork. I used my Cricut to add a doily edging along the zipper with heat apply vinyl (free doily .svg courtesy of Bird’s Cards). I finished it off by adding a little strawberry charm on the zipper!
At this point, I was getting down to some smaller scraps! Since she liked organizing, I decided to make her a charm square fabric tray (tutorial also from A Spoonful of Sugar! Can you tell I adore her work? I love these for holding little items in my sewing space to keep things more organized!
My project using the least fabric was the non-slip sewing pedal pad! I was inspired by the tutorial on So Sew Easy, but I had to adjust it because of my fabric constraints. The bottom of the pad was made from 2 layers of non-slip material, quilted in star to keep the layers together. I then used a 1in wide strip of fabric to bind the edges! I added the front padded stop & added little pieces of ribbon on the edges since my fabric wasn’t quite wide enough!
My smallest project was a little hexie key chain. I embroidered the strawberries & used the heart ribbon to make a loop for the key chain. These are so simple and quick!
This swap definitely challenged my planning skills. I have to say, a lot of graph paper & excel was used in this swap!! But in the end, I was surprised how many projects I could make with just 2 fat quarters! Now to move on to the projects for my 2 swaps in progress!
Thanks for reading!