I dabbled in a few swaps in late 2014 and 2015. It is an interesting process which allowed me to try some new things and actually finish some projects given the deadline and hopeful partner waiting on the other end of the swap.
My first swap was the #merrymodernswap. After considering a scrappy Christmas tree mini-quilt, I landed on this tree table runner that pairs natural linen with some colorful prints. A few years ago I made a similar pillow and my swap partner had a similar project on her inspiration collage. I won’t lie, I felt a little pressure when my partner was revealed as a super-talented pro in the swap game. She nails every swap – project, extra goodies and packaging. I love how this turned out. I considered binding but thought turning out would maintain the simplicity and modern feel of the project. I’m glad I went that direction. An edge of binding, even in the matching linen, would have distracted from the simplicity of the trees. And I do love that sole red tree 🙂
For a local meetup, I participated in a zipper pouch swap. Ellen mentioned loving the new (at that time) Doe collection from Carolyn Friedlander. I purchased a charm pack and paired some of the prints with other fabrics from Carolyn that I had on hand – gray crosshatch for the exterior and a white/orange Botanics leaf print for the lining. I kept things simple and let the fabrics shine. To add some interest, I quilted random straight lines in coordinating thread colors. Those colorful lines are my favorite part of the pouch.
My favorite and most colorful project of 2015 was a Raspberry Kiss Mini made for the #lovewinsminiswap which celebrated the Supreme Court’s wonderful decision for marriage equality. How gorgeous is this bundle of Karen Lewis Textiles screenprints? The colors are a highly saturated take on the rainbow and worked well with assorted low-volume gray and white prints for the background and sashing. The rainbow kiss blocks from Wooden Spool Quilts are so fun and easy to make. I was challenged a little on layout once my blocks were made, and after at least 20 trial layouts, I decided on the 3 x 3 layout with sashing. I really love this project not just for the beauty and meaning behind the quilt, but also the challenges it offered me in color and layout and my first hand binding.