I participated in another swap on Instagram. (Do you follow us on Instagram?) This time it was for Sew My Stash 2015 Mini Quilt Swap. The major rule for this swap was to use 75% or more fabrics from your fabric stash. I’m pleased to have used 100% materials from my stash.
I’m beginning to understand the addicting element of swapping on Instagram! I’ve decided to use these mini quilt swaps to build quilting skills and try new ideas and techniques. For this time I decided to try paper piecing. It’s really easy and fun and you can made some really complex designs come to life with paper piecing.
The intended recipient of this mini quilt was @mvquilts on Instagram. Some of her favorite fabrics are Art Gallery Fabrics and she loves the colors green and pink. I had lots of Art Gallery Fabrics in greens and added some blues from my stash also. I was trying for an ombre effect, from light minty green to darkest navy blue and back again.
The pattern I used for this mini quilt is called Goose Chase by Jeli Quilts. I love it! The pattern included templates for 2 sizes, the 15 inch size I used, and also a smaller 7 inch pattern for a pincushion for example.
I decided to quilt this mini quilt with wavy lines that followed the path of the geese. On the sides, I mimicked the flying geese with some triangles.
I made my own bias tape from Cotton and Steel fabric. The back is Bonnie Christine’s Art Gallery Fabrics leftover from this skirt. And I actually remembered to make and attach a tag!
Almost every swap includes extras. I made a curvy clutch from the free pattern by Pink Door Fabrics.
I used some fabric leftover from the floral bomber jacket I made. The inside is the same pink as the background of the mini quilt. I tried adding piping to the curvy clutch and love the pop it gives! The faux leather is from Girl Charlee, and I can’t remember what I’ve used it in before. I also made a little hexie pincushion. I sewed this using another new-to-me method called English paper piecing. It was made completely by hand while I was in a stretch without a sewing machine!
The final items I added were some pins and hot chocolate packets. But I forgot to throw in some extra fabric from my stash. Can you even believe it? Ah well, maybe later!
Now for what I received! @Sgthings had me for a partner on Instagram and she sent me a mini quilt. I love it! She used mainly Cotton and Steel prints. This is the first round mini quilt I’ve seen and received, and I’m intrigued. It’s so lovely. She personalized it for me with an “a” in the middle! Also, there’s a darling little zip pouch and some accessories for my new Husqvarna Viking sewing machine. It turnes out that she works part time in a Viking sewing gallery!
The inside of the pouch is some more Cotton and Steel fabric and so delightful! It’s so fun to make and receive surprises that are hand made with care by someone with the same interests as you.
I’ve already signed up for another swap on Instagram so stay tuned…
How about you, do you participate in sewing swaps?