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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. 🙂

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!