Monday 24 November 2014


I haven't been swapping much this year, but when I saw heaps of my online quilting buddies signing up to the #igminiswap being run on instagram, I couldn't resist.  It's being run by Sandy aka @curly_boy1, and the mailing deadline for international participants (i.e., me) is coming up soon.

igminiswap quilt

This is the mini quilt I've made for my partner.  I wanted to use some of the very special handprinted fabrics I got from Karen Lewis Textiles (formerly Blueberry Park).

igminiswap quilt

This log cabin variation, which uses wide logs and narrow logs (which are half the width of the wide logs), is something I've been wanting to play with as well.  I know my partner likes a low volume background, so it seemed like the perfect way to let the hand printed fabrics shine.

igminiswap quilt

Hopefully this doesn't give the game away, but my swap partner has some mad machine quilting skills, so I decided to take the complete opposite approach and hand quilt this mini.  I've been enjoying hand quilting a larger quilt but it's taking FOREVER, so it was nice to have a quicker hand quilting project!  I used Aurifil 12 weight thread in white (2024) and I love the effect.  I actually bought a box of assorted 12 weight threads (this one) because I see more hand quilting in my future.

igminiswap quilt

I bought a cute "made with love" stamp from Typo a couple of months ago, and I've been waiting for the chance to use it.  I used permanent fabric ink with the stamp and then added my own name and my partner's name (edited out in these photos) with a fabric marker.  The hand-worked blanket stitch is kind of my label signature now.

igminiswap quilt

I had a few scraps left over from cutting the logs for my mini quilt, so I decided to use them to make a cute little pouch to go with the mini.

Scrappy stitching pouch

I'm not sending the threads but they just looked so pretty with the colours of the pouch!

Scrappy stitching pouch 

My partner can use this pouch for whatever she likes.  But, it does fit lots of threads!

Scrappy stitching pouch 

As usual, I used the open wide pouch tutorial, but made a fairly random size (basically the size my scrappy panels came out) and didn't box the corners.  I quilted the pieced exterior to a scrap of batting to give the pouch a bit of body without having to use interfacing (I hate interfacing so much!).

Scrappy stitching pouch

I'm really happy with how this mini turned out, and I enjoyed making it.  I really hope my partner likes it!

Have you been making things to swap lately?

Quilt Stats 
Pattern: I think this is a traditional block, but I did the quilt math myself
Finished Size: 18" by 18"  
Fabric: various low volume fabrics, Pretty Potent Co-ordinating Solids Fat Quarter bundle, printed by Karen Lewis Textiles
Backing: Ephemera
Binding: Print from Lotta Jansdotter's Sylvia line
Pieced and quilted by: me

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Charlotte said...

that is truly beautiful! Lucky partner (and I think I have guessed who it is!)

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

I haven't been participating in the swaps, but they do look like a lot of creative fun. I hope your partner is really happy with this fun and colorful mini! :)

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Mad machine skills you say, not me then, unless you actually mean 'mad' as in not all there!

Your partner will love it xxx

Anne said...

Oooh beautiful! I love the mini but I am particularly drawn to the pouch!! so colorful! Great use of the black, as well. I'm normally a color sorted + lv kinda gal, so I am surprised at my level of smittedness at the pouch. But I /am/ smitten!

Leonie said...

It's gorgeous! love the colours and the pattern - and the label is adorable. The pouch is more perfection - seriously how could your partner not love it all!

Coser Tejer Crear said...

Ohhh if it comes to me I'll be a really happy girl. Great job!

Deb said...

This is so pretty Adrianne. I love that label. Must have a look at getting some like that.

pennydog said...

Very pretty and if I am right about who I think your partner is, I know she will love it!

Kirsten said...

Beautiful mini quilt and I love the pouch too!

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

This is so beautiful! I love the colours, and the hand quilting is a lovely touch :)