One of the things I love about Instagram is the connection with quilters from around the globe. Over the past couple of years I've been using some of the Instagram swaps as a way to learn, grow, and push myself out of my comfort zone. I love trying to come up with a plan that the recipient will love that is also fun for me to work on.
This first mini is for the Schnitzel and Boo swap (search #schnitzelandboominiswap). This is one of the most "popular" swaps with over one thousand participants from all over the world. This was the third time that Kristi hosted this swap with the help of a handful of swap mamas. My partner wanted something rainbow and Cotton & Steel fabrics. This pattern is from the Quiltmaker's 100 Vol. 10 magazine. It was not a complicated pattern at all and one I would make again for sure. I did straight line quilting in just the low volume sections and it made the colors of the quilt pop even more. (Thanks, Dyan, for the advice!!)
The second swap I signed up for was a Disney Quilt Swap (search #disneyquiltswap2015). I knew that this one had the potential to be harder for me to work with. Meeting a specific concept (like a loved character) was a little overwhelming. Then, I stumbled on this blog and this perfect Chesire Cat. The paper piecing was a challenge for me but was a lot of fun see come together! I used the border fabrics and flying geese to play with the cuckoo nature of Chesire.
I have one more swap to finish for a Rainbow Quilt Swap and then my obligations are complete for now. I've passed on doing the Downton Abbey and Studio Ghibli swaps because I didn't want to take too much time away from personal sewing. I'm making no promises though to stay away for the rest of the year. I find them a lot of fun and and can't wait to see what my partners think!!