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. 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.
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.
For a bit of fun, I decided I would join two swaps over December. The first is the Festive Mug Rug Swap. I knew straight away that I wanted to use my free gift tag paper piecing pattern (you can find it on the right-hand side menu).
I love making up this block. Next up some diagonal straight line quilting.
The other swap I am doing is Schnitzel and Boo’s Mini quilt swap. I have an idea for my partner but I am trying to decide on what color to go with…at least I have an idea right 🙂
Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (button on the right)
The Norwegian word for a bear is “Bjorn”. What a perfect name for my new quilt top.
I had the great pleasure of testing this giant bear paper piecing pattern for Juliet over @ Tartankiwi. Once again she developed a wonderful pattern!!
UPDATE: Pattern is now available in Juliet’s shop on Craftsy.
Here are some more details…
Block Size: 30 x 30 ”
Technique: Paper Piecing
Fabric for Bear: Umbrella Prints
Fabric for Background: Netorious in Kerchief (Cotton and Steel), Collage Texture (Carrie Bloomston), and Full Circle in Egg Shell (Eloise Renouf)
When finished this will land up being a wall hanging for my friend Daisy (over @ Ants to Sugar), who is expecting a new arrival next month!! [Daisy, feel to rename the bear for when its in its new home :-)]
On another note, but still related…..Juliet @ Tartankiwi is running a fantastic challenge with her butterfly patterns. There are prizes (oakshott cottons!!). So, check it out, have a go with her patterns – entries are open until 31st August.
I am submitting the Kaleidoscope of Butterflies quilt, I made with her butterfly patterns….which details can be found here.
Just to inspire you/ challenge you all to join in….some close ups of the two bigger butterflies.
Linking up with a few sites to celebrate that “bear” of a finish (hahaha)…
- Sew Cute Tuesday – Guest post by Quiltineering (see button on right)
- Let’s bee Social – with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts (see button on right)
- Finish it up Friday – with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts