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!
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!