Mini-Quilt Swaps – Playing Catch Up

I’m involved in a couple of Instragram-based mini-quilt swaps just now. Instagram is such a menace for pulling me into swaps – I just could not resist after I saw the logos appearing in every other image on my screen. I signed up for these in the quiet days before Christmas, and am now (of course) rushing to get them sorted by deadline dates at the beginning of April. Procrastinate, me?

First up is a UK based mini-quilt swap… I have started paper piecing Liberty lawn diamonds (with a plan to make some 8 pointed stars) for this one, but I am not entirely sure if I will have time to finish it all up (all that handsewing!) so I might have a change of plan on that one.  Here’s a pic of my progress so far – I started these at the Stitch ‘n’ Pint night at one of our fabulous local pubs, The Bridge Street Ale House. I know it is only basting, but the state of that stitching suggests I might have had one too many…

Liberty diamonds for stars

The other swap has a Rainbow theme, and fortunately, I have made far more progress with that one. The top is pieced, and I am fairly sure about how I want to quilt and bind it.  I’ve never bound a hexagonal quilt before – hope it isn’t too tricky. I used scraps and selvedges for the colourful bits of this, and the fabulous white prints are from the brilliant Doe collection by Carolyn Friedlander (who is clearly a genius):

Rainbow quilt 1

My original idea was for lots of little triangles pieced together to make hexies, but, my first attempt didn’t really work for me, so I decided to go for some oversized triangles instead.

Rainbow quilt 2


I couldn’t resist including some fun bits of selvedge, and my swap partner appears to like texty fabrics as much as I do, so I squeezed some into the mix.

Rainbow quilt 3

The red section is my best bit. I love that ‘woolen blanket’ selvedge with the tiny heart, and I’ve used a scrap of my all time favourite text fabric – Happy Thoughts by Julie Comstock (another genius).

Right – best get back to it!  Any of you folks out there doing these swaps too?

7 thoughts on “Mini-Quilt Swaps – Playing Catch Up

  1. Your mini quilt is looking amazing. Never mind about the basting – sign of a good evening! I’m taking part in my first Instagram swap – the Ukminiquilt one and am feeling very nervous…..

  2. I don’t do Instagram so haven’t had the opportunity to get involved, much as I’d love to. What an inspired idea to use selvedges in the design – I’m definitely going to pinch that idea!! I love all those text fabrics too. It’s all rather wonderful really:)

  3. Your rainbow mini is beautiful! Your eight pointed stars look fabulous! You do such beautiful work I’ve never participated in swaps on IG I’m not very good with instagram

  4. Your rainbow quilt is so pretty! I’ve actually just finished my first hexagonal quilt and found a helpful binding tute on Pinterest. I found it wasn’t really any harder than doing a regular binding, so I’m sure you’ll be fine!

  5. IG can be terrible for sucking you into swaps. I found myself getting swamped last year so I’m being very selective these days and as a result am between swaps at the moment having just finsihed a couple and then signed up a for a few new ones. The Liberty epp is gorgeous, hope you will get it done. I’m loving the hexagonal quilt. It’s a really great design and it’s going to be stunning when it’s finished. I don’t think you should have any troubles binding it, I bound a hexagonal quilt last year and found it no different to a square one, I was just angling the fabric differently at the corners.

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