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.


11 comments:

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

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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  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.

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  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!!!

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  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.

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  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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