The first quilt swap I ever signed up for was a Lori Holt swap. Her fabrics and her patterns were the subject. I greatly admire Lori--I think she's a marketing genius and her fabric and pattern designs are so cute. Look at her blog and follow her on Instagram @beelori1! By the way, Lori herself participated in this particular swap, which was hosted by The Quilt Ranch.
Even though this was the first swap I signed up for, it was the third one I received back. My lovely quilt arrived while I was on vacation. Although I fear I caused the sender to worry since my mail was being held, I was so excited to have it waiting when I got home. Here is the quilt I received from Kristen--isn't it cute? She managed to fit so many of my likes into here--the colors, Ball jars, apples, pears, the chick. I really love the little pink bird on the yellow square too. I think I will hang this in my pantry above the work table once we get it finished.
Here are the extras Kristen included for me. She did a great job.
I made a sampler quilt for my partner using blocks from the Farm Girl Vintage book by Lori Holt. I wasn't for sure of my partner's tastes, other than she likes Lori & red. I guess I did okay--she wrote me a nice email to thank me. Here is my finished quilt (about 24" square) and the extras I sent:I made a mug rug/ultra mini that finished about 5" for one of the extras. I scaled down Lori's Granny Square block for this.
Next is a series of close-up shots of the blocks. I used almost all Lori Holt fabrics except for the two yellows you can see in the pear block and the white on the mug rug. This quilt was hard to send away. I've been saying that about all of the swap quilts!
Here's a little closer view of the extras I sent. That 2.5" ruler is a handy size for making 6" blocks (such as those in Farm Girl Vintage). The red button on the tag is a needle minder.
I used printable fabric to make the tag. It's a tiny tag because that printable fabric is pricy! I like how it looks when I got it all done.
I used one of the panels from the Modern Minis line to make the back. Didn't get it quite straight. Oops! I need to buy more of this fabric because I love it and used most of what I had to do the back.