Swaps: Santa’s Elf and the Sleepy Hippo

I decided to participate in two swaps before Christmas, the Festive Mug Rug Swap and then the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt. It is my first time participating in a handmade project swap, but I was super excited and eagerly waited for my partner assignment.

Festive Mug Rug Swap

I immediately knew I would use my paper-piecing gift tag pattern (see on the right, free to download) for mug rug. These are the final goodies that was sent to my partner. I love this perfect fabric line for some fuzzy cutting of the Santa’s Elves (Robert Kaufman).


Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap

This one took me a while to work out, what I was going to do, but I wanted to try a new skill – sketch stitching to applique shapes. I had also been talking with my friend Daisy, about making an improv. hippo quilt with a low volume background. So, those two ideas resulted in this….


I added some straight line quilting to the background, then appliqued the hippo. I think the sketch stitch went pretty well and happy with the final outcome.Ā  I love how the black and white binding to finishes off the quilt.

For the back, I used this much loved hippo fabrics (Puti de Pome, So Happy, Hippos) from my stash and added some hanging corners.SleepyHippo_back

Let me know if you are interested in the hippo template and I can provide it. Linking up with Amanda Jean over @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

15 thoughts on “Swaps: Santa’s Elf and the Sleepy Hippo

  1. Rachal Chohonis

    Too cute! Yes, please, I would love to have the hippo template. I think he would be adorable on a bag or just about anywhere!

  2. cdahlgren2013

    I love the hippo idea of applique sketching. It’s so cute too. I really love it, you’ve started a new trend, I am thinking. cdahlgren at live dot com

  3. Chiska

    I would love the hippo template. Whenever I would ask my son what he wants for Christmas he would start singing “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas”. Thanks!

  4. Kathy h

    I love your hippo quilt, what a great idea with the applique and low volume. Love the backing too. I love it when everything works out so extra cute.

  5. Renee

    Both are so cute! I love the elf tag, I have some of that fabric and keep thinking of making some stockings from it. The hippo turned out great, I love the colors you chose for it!

  6. Vicki

    The hippo quilt looks great. I follow you on IG and don’t think I had connected the hippo quilt with you of QDAD. šŸ™‚ My schnitzel and boo mini is one of my qdad designs, just needs to be bound!

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  8. Sarah

    I love the hippo quilt design, it’s so cute! Could you please please please send me the pattern? My best friend is pregnant right now and I really want to make a baby quilt using this hippo design for her.


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