Sunday, 26 April 2015

Rose Parade Spools - A Swap Quilt Received

I've shown you what I made for the #igminioz swap on Instagram. Well today, as promised, I'd like to show you what I received:

Isn't it pretty? I feel so very lucky. My partner Julie (@patchwork_gecko on Instagram) went to so much trouble. In the questionnaire I said that my favourite fabric line so far is Rose Parade by Moda. It's a line that is long out of print, but Julie went to the trouble of sourcing a jelly roll of Rose Parade to make my quilt with.

And not just a quilt - she also made me a coin purse, mug rug and a spool pin cushion with the Rose Parade fabrics, and included in the package some little spool blocks and some left over jelly roll strips. PLUS there was a tea bag wallet (with tea bags), chocolate (my favourites, she stalked me well!) and a charm pack of Fresh Cut by Basic Grey (who I'd said is my favourite fabric designer).

I feel so incredibly spoilt and happy and grateful. Everything is perfect for me, and I love it all. Did you notice the hand-stitched label and the selvedges on the back? Also, it just so happens that the turquoise of the border and binding is a very close match for the trim colour in my craft room, see?

How's that for perfect?

This is the first quilt anyone has made for me, and I am smitten.

Bye for now

Hope x

Monday, 20 April 2015

Millennium Star - A Swap Quilt

In my last post I shared a photo of a quilt in progress. That quilt is now finished and I'm so happy to be able to share some photos with you. You can click on any of the photos to get a bigger view.

This quilt is now living in Queensland with somebody I have never met! You see, I made it for a swap run on Instagram. (The hashtag, if you'd like to look, is #igminioz.) It was my first swap, and I had lots of fun making the quilt, despite a sore shoulder slowing me down with the quilting.

It is an interesting exercise, making a quilt for someone based on knowledge you gain of them through a questionnaire and 'stalking' them on social media. (It was a secret partner swap). I was very fortunate in that my partner, @strange_stitches, commented on and 'liked' my progress photos, so I felt I was on the right track. Still, I was very nervous and so, so excited when it actually arrived and she got to see it in person. Her reaction was all I could have hoped for and more, and actually brought tears to my eyes!

I admit to being rather proud of this quilt, and completely smitten. The fact that it has gone to a fellow patchwork quilter is, I think, wonderful. I know that she knows what has gone into making this, and that makes giving it away so much easier. I also got to watch her progress on the quilt she made for her partner, all the effort she put in, which was fun.

The pattern I used for the star is called "Millennium Star" and is from the e-book included with the Craftsy Class "Quick-Strip Paper Piecing" by Peggy Martin. I love that class. It has made paper foundation piecing so much more fun for me, and easier. I highly recommend it. I changed the orientation of the star to have more room to go to town with the quilting.

The quilt finishes at a touch under 25" square. The quilting is mostly done with Aurifil 50wt thread. The black quilting took a LOT of thread - I went through over four bobbins! I also used rather a lot of purple thread for the feathers. I used white cotton batting behind the star, and black batting of a cotton-polyester blend for the quilt as a whole. I pre-washed all the batting.

All in all, I'm very happy to have participated in this swap. Whether or not I will do another one remains to be seen. Though it was not all I had hoped it would be, I feel I was very lucky with the partners I was allocated, and the interaction I have had with them and a few others over the course of the swap. And the swap package I received from my partner... wow. I was, and still am, thrilled and touched. I will share that with you next time.

Bye for now,

Hope x

P.S. Have you participated in a quilt swap? What did you think?

Monday, 13 April 2015

Quilting, quilting, quilting...

Hello, what you been up to? There's been lots of quilting happening here lately - here's one quilt I've been working on:

Lots of blog posts written but not published for fear of offending somebody (not that I'm being mean or anything!) and lots of wondering where, oh where, is time heading to so quickly? If I ask nicely, do you think it will linger with me over cake and a cuppa? Slow down a little?

No, 'time waits for no man' - or woman. :)

Bye for now x