This past summer, I joined four swaps, then had my head examined and swore never to do it again. It was sort of a good thing to have some small things to try out my design skills and to keep me quilting, so I guess another title for this post is “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” I do plan to do individual posts on a couple of them (so you’ll see them again), plus I have one more mini quilt that I made with quite a story (not shown, but soon). But so far, here they are, in the order they rolled out from my house.
Although a little bit late (she had fabric and pattern issues), Emily sent me mine and I am so in love with it. I ended up drafting her a pattern on my QuiltPro quilt software, which I’m happy to share with you. It’s in a PDF file: Emily’s House On the first page, the piece for the narrow sashing around the central patchwork square is cut off. I’d recommend using the width of the pattern piece as a guide and cutting a strip to fit your work after you start sewing it together.
This post has links to my PayHip store where you can purchase the pattern.
Here is the creative and beautiful quilt I received from that swap–a lovely Dresden-plate type circle of houses. I love them all and love the variety of sewing machine fancy stitches that my partner used. I hear there is a pattern out there for it called Dresden Neighborhood (by Persimmon Dreams) and you can buy it from Craftsy.
One hallmark of swaps is the little gifts that you send, although I did join a swap titled “Simply Mini.” (More about that one later.) I made two of my swap partners Dumpling Pouches and filled them with interesting PostIt Notes, some washi tape and quilty trinkets. I’ve seen some swap loot that is over the top; I hope my partners aren’t disappointed (all of them have received their packages).
Rolling Rainbow Star–I made one for the Simply Mini Swap and then had to make one for myself. I changed up the binding on it to tell them apart.
I love this backing.
Flying Rainbow. The last one I made was for the Schnitzel & Boo swap–the grandmama of all swaps on Instagram, now in it’s fourth year. I wanted to say I did that one, and now I can. The quilter I was to send to liked bowling, cooking and classic comic books, so I bought her some bowling score fabric to use the quilt, and backed it with fabric showing wee chefs and bakers.
Now my To-Do list looks like this:
Just kidding. Now I have to clean out the garage before our hoped-for El Nino rains arrive. (Fingers are crossed!)
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I definitely see a housing theme here. They are all so pretty and cheery, both those you made and those you received.
Your have been exceedingly prolific this summer, Elizabeth. All the quilts are beautiful but my favorite is Rainbow Gardens. Wow!
I’m very much drawn to that ‘to-do’ list!! Maybe I can work on that in my upcoming Summer break! Love all the minis – they must look fabulous hanging on your wall! Haven’t the extras gotten out of hand?? This is the main reason I am put off by swaps now! The expectations are seriously unattainable for me, mainly because we don’t have access to all those ‘quilty trinkets’ you seem to have there. Looking forward to the next instalment of “What I did last Summer!”
Such great quilts and the dresden neighborhood is so pretty and clever. Your rolling rainbow is beautiful with the use of solids. And of course your half square quilt colors can’t be beat. Thanks for sharing.
So happy to see that my flexing over small(er) quilts is more common than you would think! Yours all turned out grand and I love those you received as well – all unique. And I’m starting to think you could write a novella, like “How I Spent My Summer”??!!
These are all pretty wonderful, but my favorites are the top two house quilts. What fun!
Coming from you Elizabeth, I don’t imagine anyone was disappointed. These are all swoon worthy. The Dresden houses! Love it
Your minis are absolutely wonderful. Each one would be a treasure to receive. Those little house are so much fun and so interesting in their different designs. Your quilting is perfect too. Nice summer work!!!
Keep up the good El Nino thoughts.
Wow Elizabeth you have been really busy!! Love that cheery house one!!
All of you minis are beautiful!!
So many beautiful quilts and the bonus of minis is being able to move on to the next project! I love all the little houses but for me Rainbow Gardens is the one for me – the colours are gorgeous