Thursday, January 19, 2017

MQG Mini Quilt Swap

So back in the fall of 2016 I signed up for the MQG's first international swap. The theme was to be mini quilts, no larger than 24" x 24" and we would be paired up anonymously with a fellow MQG member to swap with. We shared our likes and dislikes when we signed up, so when you were paired up you got a little list of things your partner liked so you could make something that would suit their tastes.

On the *very* slim chance that my recipient might see this, I won't say who I'm swapping with, but I did want to share the finished product:

I have been looking for an excuse to make Libs Elliott's Rebel Quilt and this seemed like a good opportunity. My partner liked turquoise and orange, plus I threw in a bit of Kona Natural and some Michael Miller Luxe. This quilt is made up of 145 HST blocks, and the finished size of this is 18" square... I'll let you do the math on how many fiddly little pieces went into this. Oh god, so many burned finger tips from ironing all of those teeny, tiny HSTs...

But! The end result looks great, if I do say so myself, and the burns have mostly healed ;) There is a lot going on in this quilt pattern (and in the fabrics), so I went with simple straight-line quilting:

It will be off in the mail to its new owner in a few days... I hope she likes it! I'm quite curious to see what I get from my mystery partner, now!