I absoutly love quilt swaps. Simply put, a quilt swap is where you make a quilt (usually a mini quilt) for someone and someone else makes one for you in return. At any given time, I am usually involved in at least one sort of swap, usually through Instagram. Back in March, I participated in the Word Swap 2017 mini quilt swap hosted by @shoppershaz_swaphost on Instagram
This particular swap was a mini quilt swap where we would paper piece letters together, using one of @quietplay’s patterns, to form a word of our partners choosing. I chose Uppercase Script for the font and for the word I picked FOCUS (my partner gave me three choices.)
This was such a fun quilt to make. I’ve done a fair amount of paper piecing during my short quilting career and love @quietplay patterns. The person I made the quilt for listed a few fabric designers that I wasn’t familiar and it was so hard to choose which fabric to use because they are all so gorgeous!
For the background of the mini quilt, I ended up using Libs Elliot Dark Matter in Black Metallic. I absolutely loved the gold sparkles! My partners favorite color is purple and she loves rainbows. I found a vibrant purple at my local quilt shop that worked perfectly. I hadn’t worked with a rainbow of colors before because it’s not usually my thing, but it was fun trying to find colors that worked together.
I really love how the mini turned out. As an added bonus, Make Modern, a digital quilting magazine wanted to include my mini quilt in their gallery. I was beyond excited to be featured in an actual quilting publication! You can find my mini and other Word Swap quilts in issue 16 of Make Modern here (I didn’t get paid for this I just really like the magazine!) Or you can also check out the hashtag #wordswap2017 on Instagram.
Here is my one and only picture of the finished mini quilt. Note to self: take more pictures of quilts before they get mailed away, never to be seen again.