I was so excited to see a round 2 for the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap (Flickr group here) only 6 months after the first! I had such a great time creating my last mini that I didn’t hesitate to sign up again. You can see the mini I made back in Nov 2013 HERE.
The partner I was assigned didn’t have too much to say and wasn’t too present on social media… but I got enough of an idea on what might be good for her by stalking the little bit she did have on IG. She said her favorite colors were Aqua and yellow and I noticed how outdoorsy she was. Her IG feed was full of sunrises while on a jog… I wish I had her drive for exercise :P.
It didn’t take long for me to decide on a wonky log cabin design. And in thinking about nature and her colors, I decided to try and depict a bright sunny center with a bramble of foliage surrounding it! I immediately fell in love with the idea. Here is my concept piece I whipped up in Photoshop.
I pulled from my stash mostly but still had to order a few beauties.
I loved the wonky approach because I didn’t have to spend a lot of time measuring and cutting… its all about haphazard piecing!
I got this far (photo below) and realized I was taking too long transitioning to the blue and this piece was already almost the max size allowed! I had to decide to either take it apart, or start over. Decided to keep this one (oh darn) and start over.
This is what the 2nd attempt looks like! Exactly what I wanted!
I spray basted, since it was so small, and did free-motion quilting (FMQ) in the middle using the darning foot on my vintage Singer. I’m not amazing with FMQ yet so I had thread breakage a few times, but I was happy with the result. The design in the middle is supposed to look like bee-flying lines all in swirls using yellow tread. On the transition and the blue’s, I used my walking foot and created a twiggy design. Super love the way it turned out!
I trimmed, labeled, and bound the quilt, using the darkest blues for the binding. Then, I noticed my mini wasn’t lying flat… it had like a volcano effect. The center was raising outward when it was laying down or on the wall. I googled, and asked other quilters, why this would happen. There were a variety of possibilities including the fact that I had denser quilting on the edges of the quilt and less in the middle. In the end, everyone recommended blocking the quilt. I had done some blocking in the past with crochet so I knew what to do. I am so happy to say it cured the problem right up!
I got all my extra goodies, and made a little embroidery hoop art, and packaged up my mini! Here are the final photos.
Sorry for the sorta dark, sorta blue tinted photos… also I think I took these before I blocked it. You can see the issue.. though it was more obvious in person. Anyway, my partner loved it and it just made my day!
Lastly, take a look at what was sent to ME from Sally over at Sally’s Angel Works!
Isn’t it fabulous!? Not only did I get that lovely mini, but she sent a mug rug, coffee, chocolate… AND she was so thoughtful and sent Levi a hot wheels truck and his own mug rug! He was so excited! I can’t thank her enough
Here are both my minis, hung in my sewing corner! (And do you spot the new serger? Its my new love… more on that later)
So… what’s up next, you ask? Well, I offered to be an Angel for this swap (make a mini for a 2nd partner who’s original partner had to bail) and I got started pulling fabric and a pattern for the new partner. I should be able to whip it up pretty quickly!
And …. I signed up for a pillow swap called The Great Pillow Fight! Always wanted to do a pillow cover! I know what you’re thinking… so you don’t need to say it