Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Text Me Mini Quilt Swap

Now that my partner has received her quilt and I have also received a quilt, I can show you pictures.  I really struggled with what to make for this swap.  I finally decided to use a pattern by Elizabeth Dackson of Don't Call Me Betsy that was published in Love Patchwork and Quilting.  This pattern used a combination of regular piecing and paper piecing.  I made the center first.  The coral plus fabric is by Cotton + Steel and the text fabric is Alison Glass Sunprint.  I used my Triangulations software to make the half-square triangles.  Then I decided to use a combination of Tula Pink Elizabeth and some various text fabrics for the plusses and crosses.  Well, it just didn't work out.  So I ordered some more text fabric and some more Cotton + Steel fabric and started over.  What you see is the end result.  I learned a lot with this quilt (and got a lot of paper piecing practice!).  I also practiced free motion quilting.  The design I used for that was based on a pattern I found on Lori Kennedy's website.  I really loved the end result and my partner seems to like the quilt too.  It was hard to send it away.
Fun fact--my partner lives in Nevada and I am from Michigan, so I used those words from my fabric to make some of the plus blocks.  :)
I used one of my "reject" blocks to make a pincushion and it turned out awesome, if I say so myself.  I also made a needle minder using a scrap of Elizabeth.  I recruited my husband to make some wooden irons and sent one of those as well.  On the right in the picture above are the remainder of the extras I sent--a piece of fabric, a note pad, and some mini pens. 
I had to learn how to make a quilt label on the computer and used printable inkjet fabric to make the label.  I then mounted it to another piece of the backing fabric--Joel Dewbury fabric, by the way.  Then I ladder stitched it down.  I also made little hanging tabs for the back. 


Below is a picture of what I received.  I was very surprised that this quilt was for me.  My daughter took the drawstring bag and has been using it to tote her library books.

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