I blinked, and it’s November. Pretty soon the holidays will be in full swing, and I’ll have to ship out my Instagram Mini-Swap piece that I’ve created. A few weeks ago I visited my local quilt shop, Quilter’s Square, hoping to find some fabric inspiration. I knew I needed to incorporate pink and green into the color scheme, as those were the ones picked by my partner. I initially picked a great small print geometric pink and white fabric as the base. And then I laid eyes on this beautiful green, pink, purple and black geometric, and I knew I had found my palette.
At the advice of the ladies in Quilters Square, we added in some new Art Gallery by Frances Newcombe and a Joel Dewberry just to round everything out. We loved the package of fabrics so much that Quilters Square has turned this collection into a bundle that you can buy on their website. You can choose from either the fat quarter or half yard bundle.
For my block pattern, I needed to make something that was at least 20 to 24 inches square. I finally settled on the Star Cluster mini-quilt pattern from Threadbare Creations. Because the block finishes at 16 inches square, I added a 2 inch border to hit the 20 inch minimum. The center square pieces are pretty darn small, but I just love the look and balance with the fabric choices.
It’s amazing how quickly this mini-quilt came together. I’m impressed with how well the directions were written. It really helps, though to make sure you have everything cut out in advance so that you can streamline the sewing. This is the finished block (below) without the border. I still have to quilt and bind the block, and then I’ll post more pictures.
A couple of weeks ago, Sandy Greenberg posted to his Instagram account that he would be running an online mini-swap. The first 100 people to sign up would be included, and he’d partner people up for the swap. In just under 3 hours Sandy had his 100 participants, and more people asking to be included. Flash forward to just four days, and some awesome volunteers later and Sandy has over 500 participants.
Today, those that signed up started receiving their team assignments. I was super excited to meet Clairee Poppins and have her serve as our fearless leader. I also got my individual that I’ll be stalking and making something to send. I can’t reveal their name yet, but I’m already going through their Instagram, and loving the things I see. Over the next few weeks, I’ll start planning for what I’m going to make. The rules of the swap are fairly simple, do something your partner will like, make it no less than 18 inches, and no greater than 24 inches. The finished, shipped product must be quilted and bound.
As part of the swap, we’re asked to give some likes and dislikes to help our partners along. My list was pretty slim, as there’s not much that doesn’t excite and inspire me in the quilting world. I did, today, throw together this “quiltspiration” collage. These items really move and inspire me to want to create.
The finished swap item has to be done and shipped by 2014-12-1, so I have a little bit of time. I’m sure over the next few months I’ll share pictures of the creative process. I can’t wait to see all the wonderful things that are going to be made by both people on my team, and people in the swap.
If you’re on Instagram, be sure to look up the #IGminiswap hashtag, as well as #mommapoppins and #teampoppins