I wrapped up my project for the super fun Cotton + Steel Mini Swap that's been running on Instagram (#cottonandsteelminiquiltswap) over the last few months this weekend. It should land on my partner's doorstep today, and I'm excited to see what she'll think! It's my first swap in ages - since the days of Flickr swaps, I think! Made me think about all of the fun swaps I've participated in and the amazing things that I've received from people. Swaps like these are one of the reasons I really love the quilting community - the way people get excited to sign up to make something wonderful for someone they don't necessarily even know. It's that kind of amazing giving spirit that I really appreciate in our community :)
For my partner, I waffled. A lot. The last couple of months have been super crazy and I spent a lot of time thinking about what to make for my partner, and what fabrics to use, and not committing. I even created a little mosaic of several of my design ideas (and there were more!) and shared it on Instagram, hoping to garner a response from my partner. The feedback helped, and ultimately led me down the path I ultimately chose, which was a mini medallion quilt.
I pulled together some great Cotton + Steel prints, primarily from the basics line and from Melody Miller's collections, in aqua, gold, true blue, green, and mint, with pops of pink and coral. All nine blocks in the mini are paper pieced, including the Star Crossed block in the center. My original Star Crossed block tutorial results in a 10" finished block and I wanted a 12" block without having to use crazy math (like 1/8's of an inch, which I despise!), so I created some simple paper piecing templates and went to it. I will be sharing those templates and the cutting information to go along with them later this summer.
Swirling around the Star Crossed block is a new paper pieced block, which I'm calling the Twirl block. This is another forthcoming tutorial that will be out in late July. It's a fairly straight-forward block to assemble, but based on which colors you opt to put where in the block, you can come up with a lot of different looks and repeats with the block, so it' s a lot of fun.
For the quilting, I kept things pretty simple - using my favorite mint shade of Aurifil, #2835. A simple stipple on the center block, and some nice straight line quilting around the perimeter. I was tempted to stick with white thread, as I so often do, but I'm glad I went with the the mint, it really blends nicely.
Partner, this little mini and some other goodies for you should be arriving today, so I can't wait to hear what you think! I also can't wait to sit down and do some more sewing soon, I've got a Trail Tote on the brain that I can't shake, so I think a bag is in my near future :) Happy Monday everyone!
Monday, June 22, 2015