A long time ago in early autumn I got drawn into my first ever Instagram swap…a lovely IG Mini Quilt Swap. It seemed that all my quilty friends were signing up, and I can never resist following a trend… Fortunately there was a long long time before the quilt had to be finished – I definitely like a swap with a distant deadline.
So, my first thought was to create some kind of rainbow hexie confection, but soon decided that there was no way I could do all that hand stitching in time (even with the long deadline!). So, in a moment of inspiration, I realised I could use the same applique technique I used to inset the patchwork stars on the Christmas Stockings I made for Love Patchwork & Quilting to make some lovely rainbow circles. I was so pleased at how well it turned out, and it was great fun and relatively stress-free to do.
The binding and the quilting on the other hand…. well, I always find that stressful. It took me about 4 days, and the auditioning of many many fabrics before I decided on those… I’m still not sure about the binding, but I do like the effect that the quilting has on the overall design, so it’s at least partially successful.
The fabrics in the circles are all from my collection of scraps, and the texty fabrics in the background are from Elementary by Sweetwater for Moda. I hope my partner doesn’t mind math(s) all over her Mini Quilt!
For the back I couldn’t resist using the fabulous Village Houses from Carolyn Gavin’s Village Green collection (LOVE Carolyn Gavin so much) – I wanted a bright and breezy backing fabric, and this seemed to fit the bill for me.
So it’s off on it’s travels now, can’t wait for it to reach its destination.. And I can’t wait to join up with a few more Instagram swaps..
(If you are here to find out about my Very Berry Fabrics Advent offers…. you need to be elsewhere….).