I mean, who doesn't want a mini full of pink Heather Ross gnomes?
The Instagram community is a wonderful place for sewers, quilters, and fiber artists alike, as people talk fabric, share helpful tips and tricks, and exchange lots of goodies in the form of mini quilt swaps.
I had signed up for another two exchanges months ago, much to my husband's dismay, as he knows I wait until the last minute for everything, and then become crazy for a few days trying to meet a deadline. But I love working under pressure, provided I have plenty of coffee on hand.
|And another on its way to Canada|
I somehow managed to get both minis done by their respective deadlines, and I was excited to try something new for each.
The first was hosted by Sarah Fielke for her new book Little Quilts. We were required to make a mini from the book, so I selected Drawn Together because I had never done paper piecing, aside from a pin cushion years ago.
I struggled to get all the points to match in the middle.
But it was rewarding to see it all come together.
I mixed both orange and pink stripes for the scrappy binding.
But, due to a lack of both time and experience, I avoided hand quilting for this one and did a simple outline with my machine around all the edges. I plan to practice my hand quilting for next time.
The second quilt was for the IG mini swap, which was international and included around 1,000 participants.
|A very merry Lone Starburst in progress|
I was excited to try the Lone Starburst for the first time to send to my swap partner in Canada.
I wanted it to look like the top of a Christmas tree, so I needed to add a border. Again, I received lots of help from the IG community to successfully do this.
For now I'm on a swap sabbatical, but I have a feeling once Christmas is over, I'll be back to it. It's hard to stay away and so fun to participate!