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