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Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap

Rainbow custom cat bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Contact them for your own custom mini quilt.

Rainbow custom cat bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Contact them for your own custom mini quilt.

We participated in another mini quilt swap on Instagram.  This time it was the Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap.  The hashtag for this swap always shows such amazingly beautiful mini quilt projects.  I’m going to show and tell you all about it, and why it will probably be my last Instagram quilt swap.

Rainbow custom cat bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Contact them for your own custom mini quilt.

Just like the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap, I made a personalized bookshelf quilt for my partner, @trishtriesewing on Instagram.  And I tried to find out what books she might have on her bookshelf by studying her interests.  Then I custom made book titles for her books.

Rainbow custom cat bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Contact them for your own custom mini quilt.

I also sewed a tiny zippered pouch using the smaller goose chase quilt pattern by Jeli Quilts.  This pattern was designed to be made into a pin cushion with both parts sewn together.  But I decided to do my own thing and make a teeny tiny zippered pouch.  I made the larger version for the Sew My Stash Mini Quilt swap.

Rainbow custom cat bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Contact them for your own custom mini quilt.

I also included a modern quilting book (which I reviewed here,) some vintage fat quarters, chocolate, and some of my favorite sewing supplies.

Rainbow custom cat bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Contact them for your own custom mini quilt.

Here is what I received from my secret partner (@stephaniekelley1 on Instagram.)  She sewed my this stunning mini quilt.  I’m not sure exactly what this pattern is called, but it always reminds me of baby blocks.  The quilting on it is just amazing, so precise and makes it look 3D.  She also included a quilting book, some chocolate, some mini charm squares and a pin cushion.

Rainbow custom cat bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Contact them for your own custom mini quilt.

A fun little event from this rainbow mini quilt swap was that for my partners and I, this swap was a circle.  I sent to @trishtriesewing she sent to @stephaniekelley1 who sent to me!

Rainbow custom cat bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Contact them for your own custom mini quilt.

This will probably be the last mini quilt swap I participate in.  Why?  I have really enjoyed them, but I feel like I’m loosing my enthusiasm for mini quilt swaps, and I don’t want any potential secret partners to suffer from my lack of enthusiasm.  Plus I realized I spend a lot of time and money on these swaps for people I don’t know.  It’s always turned out pretty well for me, but I’m not sure the ladies on the receiving end would say the same about what they received from me.  Let’s face it, I’m a pretty amateur quilter at best, and the ladies who participate in swaps usually deserve better than what my best efforts can achieve.

Rainbow custom cat bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Contact them for your own custom mini quilt.

So I’ve decided in the future if I get a hankering to send some handmade item as a surprise to some unsuspecting person, I’ll choose someone I know or admire and heap my handmade gifts on them!  Friends, family and sewing idols beware…

Rainbow custom cat bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Contact them for your own custom mini quilt.

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Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap

Bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Custom order yours today!

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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.

The Curvy Clutch sewn by Skirt Fixation

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?

Curvy Clutch sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Custom order yours today!

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.

Bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Custom order yours today!

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.

Binding

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.

Bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Custom order yours today!

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.)

Bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Custom order yours today!

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!

Bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Custom order yours today!

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?

Bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Custom order yours today!

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.

Bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Custom order yours today!

Beside the Curvy Clutch, I also sent my secret partner some Star Wars fabric and some willy Wonka candy.

Bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Custom order yours today!

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!

Bookshelf mini quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Custom order yours today!

I received a mini quilt from Germany too!

Mini quilt

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.

mini quilt

This is the back, and I absolutely adore the fabric, don’t you?

Mini quilt swap

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…

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Sew My Stash 2015 Mini Quilt Swap

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

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.

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

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.

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

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.

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

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.

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

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.

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

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!

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

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!

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

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.

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

I’ve already signed up for another swap on Instagram so stay tuned…

How about you, do you participate in sewing swaps?

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Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap (Part 2)

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

Let’s talk about the Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap.  Again, you say?  Yes, we already posted about the mini quilt we made for our secret partner for this swap on Instagram.  But then the call came for swap angels.  A swap angel is someone who steps in and makes a mini quilt for someone whose original partner was unable to complete the swap for whatever reason.  Swap angels receive nothing in return for creating this second gift.  It’s just a goodness of the heart kind of thing!  So we answered the call to be a swap angel.

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

The mini quilt we made this time used a block called snail’s trail.  We started with a four patch square and then started adding triangles on each side.  There is probably a better, more scientific, more correct way to do this than the way we did, but in the end, we ended up with a snails trail mini quilt.

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

We didn’t have very much time to figure out the likes and dislikes and quilt personality of our new recipient, but we did find a photo of several mini quilts she had made in her Instagram profile page, and saw that she used a black border in several of her mini quilts.  They are all beauties!

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

So we adopted that idea and used a black border to separate the snail’s trail blocks from the border.  We also used black for the back and brought it around to the front for a binding.

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

Aria suggested the parallel lines following the original snail’s trail path, and it looks so amazing quilted!

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

The back is even more fun; the little kids called it a maze and kept trying to trace the path along the snail’s trail with their fingers.

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

Now any good swap has extras, so we decided to send along the 2 handmade goodies for the Selfish Swap.  (Guess that didn’t end so selfishly after all!)

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

This is the other Curvy Clutch we made using orange suede fabric for the accent trim.  It’s a free pattern, so we’ll be able to make ourselves another one.

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

Also the other little turtle pincushion went in this package.  We also sent our partner (@thesistyuglers on Instagram or Marthe in real life!) a fat quarter of Cotton and Steel cat fabric, and a tiny wooden box filled with vintage thread spools.

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

Even though this Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt was made in a very short time frame, we tried to make it very special for Marthe.  After all, it wasn’t her fault her original partner backed out.  And you know what?  This mini quilt was even harder to send off than the first one we made!  But when Marthe received it, she was very grateful and loved everything, so we are glad we sent it to her.

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation