I did it again! I participated in another mini quilt swap on Instagram, and I’m here to show you the results. If you’ve not heard of them before, a mini quilt swap is where you are assigned a secret partner and you learn their likes/dislikes and make something special for them. This one was called the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap, and I just had to participate because it was the original quilt swap on Instagram, and everyone participates in this one. Seriously! There were over 1000 participants.
I wanted to do something really special because I’ve seen some fantastic creations come our of the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap and I didn’t want to let anyone down. Then came the partner assignments. My assigned partner (@meanstitces on Instagram) had such a wide variety on interests, I didn’t know where to begin. So while I was hemming and hawing around, I made another Curvy Clutch from the free pattern by Pink Door Fabrics because that’s pretty much my go to extra item to include in a swap package, right?
I used fabric from Bari J’s Petal and Plume line of fabric because I love it. The navy feathers fabric is actually some canvas leftover from Annie’s ruffle jacket.
Finally, I decided to make a bookshelf quilt for my secret partner because I felt that was to only way to incorporate many of her varied interests into a mini quilt. Since she listed rainbow colors as one of her favorite things, I made the top bookshelf in rainbow order.
I made a cute little cat to sit on top of two of the books, and made it’s tail moveable by enclosing a wire pipe cleaner inside. You can see in the photos the various positions you can put the cat’s tail in.
I appliquéd the cat onto the books. Allegra embroidered the cat’s sweet face. This is a link to the free paper piecing blocks I used for the books on the shelves.
The bottom shelf was also two free paper piecing blocks. (I used leftover Cotton and Steel fabric for the teacup leftover from this skirt because she listed it as some of her favorite fabric.)
Dr. Who is another of my secret partner’s likes, so I found a free Tardis paper piecing pattern and shrunk it down very small and made it. That was possibly the hardest thing on the whole quilt!
My secret partner lives in Germany, loves the sea, costume making, sewing, Denyse Schmidt fabric and quilts, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Elvis and Johnny Cash, so I tried to include all those things on book titles.
I used my favorite iron on paper and printed out the book titles. Two of the book’s titles are real books, do you know which ones?
I stitched around the titles to give them extra security and around all the books. Then I just did some crazy free motion quilting between and around all the books, and think it looks like all the stories and words and thoughts floating around the books! I used some woodgrain fabric from my stash for the bookshelves themselves.
Beside the Curvy Clutch, I also sent my secret partner some Star Wars fabric and some willy Wonka candy.
I loved making this quilt so much, and my secret partner was so delighted to receive it. I’ve decided to make a custom listing in the shop (opening any day now!) so others can request a custom quilt like this too. It’ll be just one bookshelf as pictured below, except with the book titles customized to each order!
I received a mini quilt from Germany too!
I absolute adore this little mini quilt @froggeddesigns sent me. Those Fancy Foxes have been on my wish list for a long time too. She chose two of my favorite colors and combined them for an adorable mini quilt.
This is the back, and I absolutely adore the fabric, don’t you?
It was so fun to recieve the treats from Germany too, and the little handmade tissue holder.
Once again, this mini quilt swap turned out to be a successful endeavor. Now off to list that custom order in the shop…