Thursday, April 18, 2013

Post Sew South Swap

As soon as I returned from Sew South I knew I didn't want that feeling of camaraderie and friendship to end, so I organized a swap for anyone who wanted to join. It's a secret swap and no one knows who is making something special for them, except me! I assigned the partners with a random draw and even pulled the name of my own partner from the hat. I was so happy when I saw her name.

I had been watching Janice of Better Off Thread  post Instagram photos of a mini she had designed and was working on and I was instantly smitten. This spiral of geese is completely an imitation of her spectacular version.

I knew I wanted to make something really special for my partner and since I was so enamored of Janice's mini I asked her if she had a pattern for it. She was so generous to share her pattern with me (which is not for sale, yet).

I love the way this mini turned out. I sure hope my partner does, too.

Made with a rainbow of scraps on a Kona White background, this mini was foundation paper pieced in 8 arcs and then sewn together.

Then the background is cut and it is reverse appliqued to the spiral.

I will never claim to have done as beautiful a quilting job as Janice, but I gave it a good college try. I used Thermolam Plus for the batting to give it a firmer feel for hanging. {We'll just ignore the fact that I accidentally ordered a whole bolt of this last year from JoAnn's and it was not the fusible I thought I was ordering}


Bound with Lecien mini black and white stripe is the perfect finish for this mini quilt. Thanks to my friends on Instagram, they told me how to make the corners on the back so it can be hung, if my partner chooses to display it by hanging it up.

I used one of my quilt labels, folded in half and sewn into the binding on the back. You'll have to wait until my partner receives it to find out where this will end up.

Quilt Stats:

Name: Rainbow Spiral of Flying Geese Mini
Fabric: rainbow scraps, Kona White background and backing
Binding: Lecien Black and White mini stripe
quilted by me with Guttermann Polyester Thread
batting: Thermolam Plus
Finished size: 23 1/4" x 23 1/4"



29 comments:

suemac said...

Beautiful little quilt. Love the quilting. Your partner is going to love it.

Annabella said...

You did a great job Di and the quilting is just perfect. I'm sure your partner will be thrilled. I wonder who it is? Ooh and I wonder what you'll get?

amye said...

I am dying to see who gets this jewel! You outdid yourself sweet friend!!! Xo, amy

Leanne said...

It is beautiful, as is Janice's. Your partner is so lucky.

Patchwork and Play said...

SUch a beautiful thing! I cannot even begin to think how you went about constructing this! Your partner is indeed going to love it!

Janice said...

I'm so happy you made this. It warms my heart to see my patterns made by others and you did an amazing job!

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

I love this.Looking forward to when the pattern come out ... please keep me / us informed. hugs

Carla said...

I'm sure everyone in that swap is holding their breath ; )

Dianne Neale said...

Fantastic Di. They'll be fighting for this one in the swap!!

Canadian Abroad said...

You already know I love this, but at risk of repeating myself again and again - this is just so spectacular I cannot express how much it makes my heart sing. You did an amazing job!

Chase said...

WOWO! wow! wow! I love it.. the quilting is really awesome! It is so special when just design for someone~ Lucky partner and awesome you!

Cindy Sharp said...

Stunning. Well done.

Rachael said...

The quilting is amazing!! Really pretty quilt, lucky partner :)

Rachael

Cynthia said...

Your mini quilt is so beautiful! Your partner will be ecstatic!!!

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

So pretty Di. A lot of love went into making that! I am sure your partner will love it. Your quilting is fab!

Debbie said...

This is really awesome and I'm so impressed you gave it a try - I'm sure your partner will be thrilled!

Katy Cameron said...

Absolutely love it, and I'm sure your partner will too!

Geri said...

This is really pretty!

Flying Blind... said...

it's absolutely stunning - lucky partner!

Trudi said...

Gobsmacking!

jan said...

Really nice Diane. Great job!

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

It's beautiful! Janice has such amazing patterns and you're quilting and binding choices really make it special :)

heart of charnwood said...

If your partner doesn't love it more than her own children (if she has any) then send it to me instead, because I adore it! :o)

beaquilter said...

wow!~ did you foundation piece and how?

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Fantastic mini! I bet your partner will be thrilled when they receive this beauty!

Mareenchen said...

So cute and pretty. Love the quilting. What a rocking mini!

Sewing Mom said...

Wow, that's gorgeous! I'm sure that your partner is going to be soooo happy.

Celtic Thistle said...

It is absolutely gorgeous, your partner will be thrilled I am sure.

Leanne Parsons said...

This is beautiful! I wish I could be your partner!