Monthly Archives: September 2015

From Swap Partners

September 21st 2015

Today I wanted to share with you what I received from my swap partners. When swapping, the name of the game is authenticity. It’s not a quilt show where there is judging. You give and make from your heart and do your best. That’s it. Everyone is in different stages of quilting but we all share the love of sewing and fabric hoarding collecting, and there is joy in giving!

For the Beach Bound Swap, (see sent items here)  I received this delicious little mini with a yummy snack (gone already), some nautical washi tape and that adorable little pouch with a Hello Darling mini charms and metallic beach charms, I love it all thank you so much Holly!

beach bound received

I moved my little clover clips into the pouch and they are happy in their new home, it’s perfect!

pouch clover clips

For the Home Sweet Home Swap (see sent items here) I received this cozy and quaint country home mini. I love how she tried something new! She did the raw edge applique technique which is so fun and I absolutely love that tire swing! I also love trying new techniques for swaps.

home sweet home received

 I also got a little notebook (perfect for listing), craft clothes pins, erasers (great for pattern designing, if I can keep them away from my daughter) and yummy scraps and a measuring tape. I love my stuff, thanks Elizabeth!

So….until the next swap…. or a new pattern reveal…

And if you are here because you heard me chatting on Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan, welcome!!

Pat Sloan radio

Thanks so much for stopping by. Feel free to click around the blog, my patterns are up there on the right, click on the beach. 🙂

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September 21st 2015

In about 10 minutes, at 4:00 pm eastern I’ll be chatting with Pat Sloan. That gives you plenty of time to click on American Patchwork and Quilting and listen live! 

Afterwards we can talk about what I forgot to say. 🙂

Pat Sloan radio

You can also access the show later and listen here.

Home Sweet Home Mini Quilt Swap

September 15th 2015

Look! It’s another Swap post. I told you I only had three four more to go… In case you missed it, you can see my Beach Bound MQS post here then come back to read about this one called the

home sweet home swap button

The theme of this swap was houses. How cute is that?

house quilt

Once you sign up, they send you an email with particulars about the swap and partners then after browsing through Pinterest (which I only do sporadically) I came up with these mosaics of little houses to share with our team called #Housepartycourtney aka (@aquilterandhercat)

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There are so many inspirations on Pinterest! When it came time to sew, I forgot to refer to the mosaics but my go to pattern was one she had liked. 🙂

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This Swap was “open” so we knew who are partner was (we got to send to each other) so that was neat but I was still a little hesitant in posting progress shots and spoil the surprise.  I did learn she had been recently married so I made this little trinket for her as a personalized little extra.

for keeps embroidery

One of my little thrills with swaps is when I see my partner and I have similar fabric tastes. And if it’s Bonnie and Camille even better, who doesn’t love a little of their fabric goodness, right?

hello darling loot

Since I had won a Hello Darling Layer Cake from Simply Love Fabrics over on Instagram (Thanks so much!!) I thought I would use some for my Home Sweet Home Mini. I have to admit that at first release, I was reluctant because I wanted to savor Daysail a little longer, but having played with it….. well ya know how that goes.

simply retro

If you want a very little version, she has a mini pattern available in paper or PDF versions in her shop.

teeny weeny dwell

(photo courtesy: Twin Fibers blog)

I adapted the Dwell pattern from her book Simply Retro. I wish I would have taken a better picture.

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My houses measure 6 x 8, perfect for a little neighborhood runner. Here they are:

hello dalring house 1

hello darling house 2

Hello dalring house 3

hello darling house 4

hello darling house 5

I used some scrappy binding which tied together all the great colors. I also thought this backing from the Snapshots line by Rliey Blake would be perfect! Got mine from Jody at Fabric Shoppe on Etsy.

houses quilt

Labeling items for Swaps can be a headache. This was the best I could do for this one. The fusible was not behaving!

label

I have been collecting extras since I signed up so the rush at the end would not catch me unprepared, in this case though, I think I went overboard, because I just learned the limit was two, oops! I hope she likes them, they should be arriving in a few days.

And there they are! (EDITED)

home sweet home elaine

Now on to the next swap. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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Beach Bound Mini Quilt Swap

September 2nd 2015

Have you ever been in a swap? I don’t mean a wife swap, or a kid swap or a swap meet. I mean a crafty, quilty, creative swap. You make something for a total stranger (based on the swap theme) and a total stranger makes something for you.  Sometimes there are extra goodies involved. I have to say that I am completely hooked! I found these swaps on Instagram. Follow me @elaine.summercrafter

insta vacation

So here is how it goes. Someone on IG posts about a new swap. Harry Potter, Downtown Abbey, Princess Bride, Pirates, Bonnie and Camille, Beach Bound, the themes are endless. Then you click on the original post, go to the link in the profile and sign up. Shortly thereafter you get emails with dates, rules and finally partner information. Sometimes it’s secret, sometimes it’s open.

beachbound mqs Collage

Now you make a mosaic of things you like related to the theme and post it on IG with whatever hashtag the host suggests. This way others in the swap, and your partner, see what your tastes and preferences are when you share. I had two beach mosaics. The one above and the one below.

beach bound mosaic

The first swap I did was a Rainbow Mini Swap, see that post here. The next one, shipped out August 31st, 2015 was this Beach Bound Mini Quilt Swap #beachboundmqs.

Beach quilt bbmqs

Finished size 21″ x 25 1/2″

I was in the group #beachboundflipflop adding that little detail of our group was fun.I also like to try something new for each swap. For this one I made my first Dresden to be the sun. dresden

I knew that I wanted to make a beach scene, my partner and I have similar tastes. I wanted the waves to be “wavier” but it was more involved that I had anticipated, so I strip pieced sand and water colors and sewed it to the sky at an angle.

beach bound quilt base

After this part, I started working on some focal points. This beach umbrella was just the thing  to incorporate some of my favorite scraps. I also added some button embellishments.

beach umbrella applique

I added some birds to lighten up the sky

seagulls

and quilted the clouds.

sky quilt

As I pondered how to quilt the rest of it, I immediately thought of walking on the beach

shadow beach

and decided to put footprints right on the edge of the shore. I accented the water with waves and the sand with terrain quilting.

beachy quilting

The perfect finish was to bind it with flip flop fabric

flip flop binding

which also added a pop of color.

footprint quilting

I even embroidered a little message as an extra. Ain’t it the truth?

beach embroidery

Since signing up for the swap, I have been collecting goodies to send with the mini quilt.

beach extras bbmqs

So….when are you signing up for a swap? I have three four more to go!