I recently participated in a mini quilt swap with a small group of quilting friends. I occasionally get to travel to visit with my husband’s family, and while I am there, I have been fortunate enough to get together with this group of friends for dinner. It is only once every 3 or 4 months, but the joy of sitting down and talking quilt talk with friends is wonderful and something pretty rare for me. When they suggested that we pitch in to buy some fabric to split and use in a quilt swap, I was eager to participate! We chose an Ombre Fat Quarter Bundle from V & Co. for Moda Fabrics. Once each fat quarter was divided, we each had about a 4.5-inch wide by 22-inch long strip of 20 ombre fabrics to work with. The “rules” for the swap were:
- 12-20″ finished quilt.
- Quilt top can have 1 additional fabric.
- Backing and binding can be any fabric.
- Swap date of June 3rd.
Since there were only 4 of us in the swap, we signed up and used Elfster to generate the swap assignments, and I was assigned to make for Renee @Quilts of a Feather. I stalked her on Pinterest and was specifically drawn to her Spiral Quilts selection. Based on that information, I chose to use the Double Goosed paper pieced pattern by Jeli Quilts.
The hardest part of the process was determining just how far I could stretch one piece of 4.5-inch by 22-inch ombre fabric. I am really glad I chose to put my extra fabric for the top where I did, as I think it gives a nice transition and place to rest between all the ombre.
Each quadrant used one ombre strip for the flying geese. In the center it goes from very light to medium, and the outer ring takes it from the medium tone to dark.
I really wanted the quilting to add something special to the quilt, and I carefully selected matching 50wt Aurifil thread to use in each section. For the center I chose 5003 (wine), in the middle over the Cloud9 Cirrus Solid (Shadow) I used 6736 (jedi), and in the outer edges I used 5005 (bright turquoise). I bound the quilt in Kona Pepper, which has a blue undertone. I think the color of the binding really blends with the outer ombre color of each quadrant, and I used 2692 (black) to stitch the binding down by machine.
I had fun putting my own spin on motifs that I see Renee use in her own amazing detailed quilting work. I am especially fond of the paisley leaflets around the outer edge of the gray center.
The back of the quilt is another Cloud9 Cirrus Solid (Turquoise). I matched my bobbin spool thread to the thread I used on the quilt top, and I really like how the solid fabric allows the quilting and pattern to pop. The mini quilt finished at 14.5-inches square.
And here are all of the awesome mini quilts made for the Ombre Mini Quilt Swap!
From L to R:
- Made by Renee @Quilts of a Feather and Gifted to Afton @Quilting Mod
- Made by Sara @Blue Quail Studio and Gifted to Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
- Made by Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl and Gifted to Renee @Quilts of a Feather
- Made by Afton @Quilting Mod and Gifted to Sara @Blue Quail Studio
I love the mini quilt I received from Sara and am so pleased with this swap. These quilts are all amazing!!