Alison Glass mini quilt swap

I didn’t know who Alison Glass was until I started seeing posts for the Alison Glass mini quilt swap. I quickly fell for her fabrics I ordered a fat quarter bundle of Grove for my quilt and used the nine colorways to create a plus quilt layout.   I was really happy with how this layout turned out and have considered making a version of it for myself. I didn’t get a good picture of the back with my phone, but I did find this one of Jackson laying on it while I was sewing on the binding. And here’s the finished project with the extras I sent.   I got a lovely improv quilt with the Handcrafted fabric line and a really nice pincushion and lots of other lovely extras.  My previous pincushion was something I threw together when I was in elementary school.  I posted a picture on Instagram asking for a new one if my partner felt like it. Here’s a close-up of my new one. I got some pins I really like too.     This was the first of three fabric designer themed mini quilt swaps that wrapped up this month so erring the mail has been quite exciting lately!

rainbow mini swap

The rainbow mini swap wrapped up in April. I started off with nine colors of polka dots and an idea for a log cabin, but the colors weren’t working in the pattern.     I did sew the warm colors together in the center before I decided that it wasn’t working out so I ended up using that part of the block as a zipper pouch.   I was messing around with the layout in Adobe Illustrator and came up with this when I was trying out another idea.   It got much more of a response from the swap group than I was thinking it would and my partner, who is a big fan of polka dots, was very pleased with it. 

And here’s the back. 

 I made some colorful extras too, including a rainbow tote and a key fob. Those two items have become my go-to extras for swaps. And here’s the quilt I got from my partner. I’m still pretty amazed by it and will catch myself just staring at as it hangs on my craft room wall.   I still have several more swaps to catch up with on the blog, and three shipping this month!

crochet market bag

I’ve been making lots of mini quilts, but I took a break a few weeks ago and started crocheting a market tote bag from a kit that my grandmother gave me a couple months ago. It was a good project to work on in the evenings while catching up on shows.  I gifted it to my friend earlier this week. She lives in Seattle and always has to carry around reusable bags since they discourage paper and plastic bags in stores. 

Now I’ve moved on to knitting in the evenings. I frogged a scarf I started that wasn’t working out and it’s becoming a seed stitch cowl. It may be a little unseasonable to be working on a merino wool cowl right now as it’s going to be 90 here tomorrow but it was just 40 the other night. It’s nice to be working on something that just kind of flows. 

 

Italian yarn cowl

I am so far behind on my blogging that I might as well go back to a wintery project. I bought this lovely yarn in Italy back in December.  I didn’t have a lot of yardage to work with so I kept it simple and chose this pattern for a basic cowl. I bought some big bamboo circular needles and it was a snap. 

The cowl came out great! Simple to wear and cozy for the extended frigid winter we had.  
It’s about as half as tall as the one in the pattern which is a comfortable height for me. I’ve put it up for now because we finally thawed out but I’m looking forward to wearing it again next year, after an appropriately warm summer and not-to-chilly fall!

Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap 

I’ve become a bit of a mini quilt swap addict. Here’s the info on my second one from early this year, the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap.

I picked out some blocks from a sampler book my mom has when I was visiting her at Thanksgiving. I started with Tula Pink arrowheads and picked out coordinating fabrics from my LQS. 

  

Card trick

  

Flying geese

 

And bear’s paw and dutchman’s puzzle.

It ended up being pretty big with four 12″ blocks and there were some tricky size issues with a block that I have since tried to forget about. Here’s how it all turned out.

 

And here’s some extras I made with the leftover scraps after cutting out all the pieces.

 

And the total package. (Photo from my partner)

And now what I got from my partner. This quilt was so perfect for me and I got a lot of great extras too!

 

I’ve signed up for many more swaps since! 

my intro to mini quilt swaps

Last year I did a Dr. Who swap that turned out to be my first mini quilt swap.

Making a quilt wasn’t required for this swap but I made one for my person since she said she never had a quilt before, and my partner (a different person) made one for me.

The design I chose was something way out of my comfort zone but learned a lot in the process. I’ve been taking graphic design class, so I started using Adobe Illustrator to lay out all my quilts before buying fabrics.

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It was really useful for making patterns for my appliqués. (The designs don’t make a lot of sense if you don’t watch the show…) I just interfaced (yeah, learned that QUICK) and did a zigzag stitch around the edges.

And here it is all together with Tardis backing/binding. The borders and white squares are Kona Cotton.

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Here’s the one I got.

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I really like the pattern my partner used for mine and have downloaded the free pattern so I can make it sometime.

This project was my return to quilting and I’ve hit the ground running since with swaps and inspiration, so much more to come on this front!

pilot baby hat

My friend Crystal and I met the first day of our freshman year of college. We lived on the same floor in our dorm and as a meet n’ greet exercise each person went around the circle and said something about themselves. She mentioned that she and her family were pilots which I thought was the coolest thing ever.

Flash forward 8 years or so and she and her husband were trying to have a baby. I pinned some cute baby stuff for inspiration, like this hat. They still had a bit of a journey at that point, but when I was hanging out with her and her son about a month ago I remembered the hat.

Here’s my version that I finished last night.

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I have a visit planned in March so hopefully we’ll get to do a photoshoot then :) I’ve told her and her husband that they will need to make the cardboard box airplane. Lol.

We got record snowfall here in Kentucky last night and are expecting more tonight. I am a fan of snow, especially when you don’t get to see it very often. It’s been very cozy to stay at home and work on crafty projects. :)