Shortly after signing up for my first instagram swap I saw the posts about round four of the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap. I've admired the mini' that are made for this swap for a long time and immediately jumped on the chance to participate.
I was paired with Joy, @J.Meadows, from Texas who said she loved bright happy colors. In her free time, when she's not sewing, she likes to workout and spend time with Tiny, her Grate Dane. I wasn't sure what I wanted to make at first and ended up pulling out the scraps from Two Birds, One Stone, my Pantone 2015 challenge quilt and playing with the leftover blocks. I had a few small blocks left and started by chopping them up to piece a teeny-tiny star block. This sucker finished at 2.5" square.
After that I added two more rounds of star points to make the finished mini about 12" around. It was fun to use of these little scraps from my favorite quilt. I hoped that the bright, scrappy colors would translate to something that Joy would like.
I ended up procrastinating and getting caught up with work and other things and didn't get back to quilting my mini for about two months. I finally sat down to quilt it two weeks ago. I wanted to play with shapes for the quilting and started by outlining two squares, on point behind the largest and the middle stars. Then I filled in the background of each star, starting with a micro-stipple, bubbles for the middle, and straight lines for the outside. I'm really happy with how the quilting came on this. Although I must say that the foot I used for my machine started to squeak really badly after a little while. Any thoughts on how to stop that from happening again?
I used a large scrap for the backing that I happened to have on hand. It's not my favorite fabric but I though the colors did coordinate nicely. I bound the quilt using a bright yellow strip I had on hand. It was a littler narrower than I usually like to go for bindings but I managed to make it work by glue basting the unsewn side down before machine stitching it. That's a trick I picked up at retreat earlier this year. It's my new favorite method for perfect machine binding. Let me tell you, those corners are tight!
For extras, I included a charm pack of V and Co's Simply Style since my partner mentioned that she liked their fabrics. I also had a cute notepad and package of buttons that I had won previously at quilt guild but wasn't going to use. Joy asked for notions in her extras so it seemed like a good fit. Since I'm on a diet and I know that Joy likes to work out I threw in some yummy EPIC beef jerky instead of chocolate or sweets which was a win. She's had to hide the jerky from her husband since they both really like it!
This was a great experience for me and I think I would definitely participate in this swap again. Hopefully I'll be on top of things and catch the signup period on Instagram before it's closed for round 5!