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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!

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

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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.

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 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!!

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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. 🙂

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

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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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

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(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

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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.

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

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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)

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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The perfect finish was to bind it with flip flop fabric

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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.

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

What I have been up to…

July 31st 2015

I know that I haven’t been blogging much lately and what I have posted has been mostly fleeting thoughts just to say “hey!”  If you have been by at all then you know that I have finally published pattern designs which has kept me quite busy sewing.

Aloha girl

Using Aloha Girl fabric by Fig Tree and Co by Joanna Figueroa for a new pattern.

Mr with fish on the beach

Photographing, which is WAAAY harder than it looks.

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Folding and stacking

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and stuffing patterns.

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The good news is Checker Distributors has picked up my patterns, they have been found all the way in Iowa!

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And there has been a lot of Instagramming. It seems there is a huge quilting community there which I love! Most of my online sales have been from Insta-peeps and I appreciate that so much. The encouragement, stories, de-stash sales and general support is wonderful! So I have been more active posting over there, you can follow me here. (elaine.summercrafter)

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I have also joined several swaps (crazy I know) there is the Home Sweet Home Mini Swap (#homesweethomemini) where we make something “housy.”

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The Beach Bound MQS (#beachboundmqs) which was a no brainer, right?

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I made my first Dresden as the sun. (More on that in a future post.)

christmas mosaic

And another “no brainer” of course, was the Christmas Swap and there are two. The Most Wonderful time of the Year 2015 (#themostwonderfultimeoftheyear2015) and a Christmas Craft Swap 2015 (#christmascraftswap2015).

Swaps are great because  they are good “down” projects to get your mind off of “work” related items. and sewing for fun. Swaps are also a good opportunity for making “quilty and crafty” friends since I don’t have any in person. On Instagram, I am not a “follower” collector, I prefer meeting and greeting authentic, genuine  people who love to quilt and craft and share their creations via IG. This commonality is important to me for general camaraderie and friendly support and encouragement. It really helps me connect with people who understand me and my love for quilting and vise versa.

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Another recent surprise I had was an invitation from Pat Sloan to be on her American Patchwork and Quilting podcast (click on link to hear some interviews).  Yep, I’m still pinching myself on that one. My interview will be sometime in September so I’ll keep you posted.

With Pat Sloan at Fall Quilt Market 2014

With Pat Sloan at Fall Quilt Market 2014

 I had reached out to her on one of her blogs regarding the quilting business some time last year (?)  and she was so gracious to answer all my questions via email and she gave me some great tips. I also had the pleasure of meeting her at Quilt Market 2014. She is generous and sweet, I have found that to be a common thread among quilters I meet.

Hoping to get back to some tutorials as I finish up some of those swaps and share them right here on the blog. Thanks for stopping by.