Saturday, February 17, 2018

Make A Mini, Make a Friend

I decided to participate in the Modern Quilt Guild's second ever mini swap. I was disappointed that I missed the first one they did last year. It would have been fun to have swapped with someone at QuiltCon while I was there. That's why I made sure to jump on the chance to participate when they decided to do it again, even though I won't be in Pasadena for QuiltCon this year.

I had a really hard time deciding what to make for my swap partner. She wasn't active on Instagram and doesn't have a blog, so the only thing I really had to use for inspiration was the information sheet that was filled out. She noted that she liked the Seattle Seahawks and butterflies. My original thought was to make a mini of the Seahawks logo using the scrappy appliqué method that Shannon Brinkley teaches but I just didn't feel it was the right thing. That's when I got the idea to make a butterfly mini. After searching the web for a while I found the Take Wing pattern by Nicole at Lillyella Stitchery.

My finished mini.

I knew it would be a lot of work but it would be worth it in the end, and boy was I right! I absolutely love how it turned out. Now I'll be honest with you. Those beautiful oranges and reds aren't the colors I started with. Here is my original fabric pull:

I even went so far as to get the half of it sewn when I went back and looked at her likes and realized that she specified Monarch butterflies so I set this one aside and started over. But I'm okay with that because I loved this one so much that I plan on keeping it for myself. I just have to finish it and not get sidetracked.


  1. The butterfly is exquisite! Your swap partner will be so thrilled--and I am looking forward to the other one in the aquas.

  2. Beautiful, Diane! I bet she is thrilled with it. :)

    1. I am thrilled with it!! It's amazing!!

  3. Your butterfly is a perfect interpretation of the Monarch.

  4. It's amazing! I hope you finish the teal one without any trouble and am glad you will be keeping it for yourself. I'm not normally a big fan of orange but this is stunning.

  5. She has to love the butterfly, it's beautiful. You should finish the other one and keep it. :-)

  6. Beautiful butterfly!! You have a very lucky swap partner.

  7. I cannot begin to tell you how blown away I was with this mini. It is hanging in a place of honor in my walkway to the kitchen. I am establishing a monarch butterfly respite in my garden, so this design is perfect for me.

  8. Wow! Diana, you clearly put so much time and effort into this mini. Your partner is one lucky swap-mate! The butterfly is really gorgeous.

    Have you received the mini made for you? I want to see it!!!

  9. Your Monarch butterfly is amazing and such a wonderful mini for your swap partner. I will be looking to see your blue/green butterfly finished too.

  10. I bet your swap partner is thrilled.
    The second from bottom fabric in the blue pile says butterfly markings to me like no other. Enjoy finishing the second butterfly!


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