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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I added some birds to lighten up the sky
and quilted the clouds.
As I pondered how to quilt the rest of it, I immediately thought of walking on the 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.
The perfect finish was to bind it with flip flop fabric
which also added a pop of color.
I even embroidered a little message as an extra. Ain’t it the truth?
Since signing up for the swap, I have been collecting goodies to send with the mini quilt.
So….when are you signing up for a swap? I have
three four more to go!