Friday, May 1, 2015


I've delved into the world of swapping...with caution that I don't get too over committed.  
First up was the Rainbow Mini Swap held on Instagram.  I made this mini:
My thought process:  rainbows - Judy Garland - Wizard of Oz - tornadoes - swirling - circles.
So the outside triangles are tumbling into a (nearly) perfect of circle of geese.  Do you see it?  I used my walking foot for the spiral quilting and wool batting for the loft.

Then I added a few extras for my partner, some of her likes and some of mine, packaged it up and mailed it away to Maine where it was gratefully received.

Here is what I received:

I LOVE IT!!!  I was made by a Navy wife currently serving in Japan.  Check out all the Japanese extras she sent along!!!  
 Thank you Chantel @sewradandrosie!

Next up was the voluntary swap at Sewtopia.  I made this Bob Box. 
Pattern by Quilt Jane and available here.  I used fabric I won in the Wallflowers QAL and filled the bobbins with thread I won from Aurifil and Pat Sloan last summer.

In return I received these bags made by  Michele @chele53!

Aren't they great?  They were filled with Michigan wine and chocolates which may have already been consumed.  Hey, it's been two weeks - and I shared!

 Finally, I made this mini Hazel Hedgehog pincushion for the annual A2MQG swap. 
Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman and available here.  I made the block 1/4 the original size.  It took me three tries to get that face right.  Those eyes finish at about 1/8th of an inch. 
In return I received this from Anna @woollykat.  
Look at all those tiny pieces.  She included the ceramic berry box which I filled immediately, then started to empty.

So, three swaps, three successes, three finishes to link up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  


  1. Your works are beautiful! Your blog is bright and colorful! I love it so much. And I'm staying.

  2. What fantastic swaps! I love the movement of your rainbow swap as well as the colors. The mini that you received the colors are gorgeous.

    1. Thanks Heide. The colors in the mini I received are all Alison Glass and the background is Doe by Carolyn Friedlander. They play so well together!

  3. Your swap projects are all so beautiful... and those you received in return are equally gorgeous! I especially love your triangle mini and the inspirational story behind it!

    1. Thanks Lorna. I agree, all three were successful swaps!