To kick things off, we decided to do a mini quilt swap. I was so excited because 1) Prior to the swap, I didn't have a single mini quilt on my wall in my sewing space and 2) I absolutely love sewing small quilts...really, I could see myself getting addicted to these.
So, first I want to share the mini-quilt I received! Kelly picked my name and she nailed it!! Isn't it perfect?! I've admired tree quilts like this for so long, I'm so happy to finally have one.
I adore the improv-style piecing, the assortment of greens and those little pops of aqua. Not to mention, the quilting is perfect!
I also shared with Kelly how fitting this mini quilt is for me...I truly love to be amid trees or wandering around on a path in the woods and this quilt reminds me of that. So, thank you thank you, Kelly for making me this quilt - it is so very special to me!
I made a mini quilt for my friend, Tamie. When I found out she was my partner, I started following her on Pinterest. Right off the bat, I noticed that I loved everything she pinned - good sign! Her quilting boards were really inspiring to me and full of ideas. I noticed that she had a lot of quilts with flying geese or half-square triangle designs, so I decided to do something with those type of blocks. She also mentioned that she liked the look of linen with bright colors, which I incorporate in so many of my own quilts. I chose an assortment of bright prints, some low volume prints, and some Essex yarn-dyed linen in flax.
I'm typically so stubborn about using patterns when I make quilts. But, after playing with some of my own ideas for a while, I kept returning to this tutorial by the Purl Bee and decided to give it a go. It was so easy to follow and came together quickly. I made a couple of changes to the arrangement of the geese, but for the most part, I mimicked the design of the Purl Bee quilt. I think if I had not followed the tutorial, I would've been inclined to arrange the flying geese units in a very random fashion, which I don't think would've looked as appealing. So, in that sense, this was a good learning experience for me.
I quilted it with straight lines about 1/4" apart. I'm so happy with how it turned. I'd love to try this design again!
I gained so much from Sew South, but by far the best were the friendships I've made with other sewers and quilters. This swap was so much fun, but mostly I feel so lucky to be part of such a fun group of inspiring and talented ladies!