Saturday, 28 February 2015

Mini

So, I really enjoyed my first ever mini quilt swap. It challenged me to try something new, and the quilt that came to live with me is gorgeous. An all-round success. The swap was organised on Instagram by Schnitzel & Boo.

Here was my original idea, sketched out while I listened to talks at a palaeontology conference before Christmas...


After looking through the fabrics I had on hand, I decided to go for rainbows of flying geese. I was also planning a gradated black to white background.


Here's the start of the first run of curved flying geese...


First run completed...


I tried the gradated background and it looked too busy, so after some unpicking, I decided to go with a single plainish grey so that the quilting would show up. It was fun picking out quilting threads...


Here's my initial sketch for the quilting design. I changed my mind on the colour placement before I started quilting.


Here's the start of the quilting...


I haven't quilted that much on the sewing machine that I bought last year, but it did absolutely everything I asked of it. I really enjoyed this step.


 The finished quilt...


Little Coco approved of the finished article! She thought that it was made just for her.


I sent the finished quilt off to Chelle in Texas, together with a couple of UK quilting magazines, a few fat quarters of fabric, and some Thorntons chocolates (my absolute favourites - Viennese Truffles and Alpini).

And here's what arrived from Charlene in Utah. I love this little quilt, and Charlene included some fantastic extras including a pattern and tiny ruler for making the mini science fair quilt, and some chocolate covered cinnamon bears (apparently a Utah favourite).


I've enjoyed this experience so much that I've already signed up for another swap!