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!

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secret tote swap: round 2

I really like the bag I made for round two of the secret tote swap, and was almost tempted to keep it for myself! It was fun to bring the somewhat ambitious project (for me at least) out of my head and into the world.

I’d been wanting to do a pieced project with some of the fun vintage fabrics that I had from Kathy’s mom’s stash. My partner requested a lot of solid colors so I threw in some solid scraps of my own.

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I bought the purple and orange to round out the rainbow, fitting the nature theme of the swap.

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As I was sewing it up, I added some light blue and fuchsia scraps to give the rainbow more depth.

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I used strips of the rainbow colors at the top of the inside pocket, on the straps, and as a feature for the front of the bag.

I added some diagonal quilting to the back of the bag and a few vertical lines to the front alongside the rainbow piece.

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I like how the quilting shows up on the navy linen I got at JoAnn’s.

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I added a pocket on the back of the bag and secured it with velcro.

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And stuck a snap inside as per my partner’s request. I used a lighter blue fabric from my stash for the lining.

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And that was it! My bag was complete and sent off to my partner.

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My bag for the swap came to me from England. I always get excited when I see this stamp in the mail.

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I got a couple of additional goodies along with my yellow and blue hexagon bag. I was pretty psyched that I had a partner who was willing to put that kind of time into hand-sewing the hexagons and I really like the fabrics she chose.

I also got a bag pattern, card and fat quarter of white hearts on a red background (not pictured).

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Thanks so much to my partner over at The Patchwork Robin and to Lia’s Handmades for putting the swap together again for round two. Check out more bags from the swap on Flickr!