A few of you guessed what I was up to. Some of you knew. So, yeah, I made a quilt for the craft swap. And I really, really love this quilt.
It's throw size - I forgot to measure it. I think it ended up around 50" x 60". I made the six colored blocks on Monday night. I was in a piss poor mood and playing with fabric changed my frame of mind completely. I used the same paper bag method that I learned at Denyse Schmidt's studio in November. I loaded the bags with 5 solids and 6 prints. I can't tell you who made the solids, but all the prints are Amy Butler's Midwest Modern that I had in my stash.
I pieced the blocks in about an hour and a half. I made myself move fast so I wouldn't overthink. I knew that it would be cohesive because I had loaded the bags with the fabric myself. I kept going until I got tired. On Tuesday morning, I got up, looked at them all and started adding the dark green around them to make a rectangle. I then used large strips of green to make the quilt top bigger.
For the back, I made a small horizontal patchwork strip and sewed it between the orange and darker pink solids. I couldn't resist putting a piece of this cute little house print in. It's Japanese and came from Purl.
I quilted it with a green thread that matched the lime solid. I chalked lines 4" apart and free-motioned loops below each line. I bound it in the lime solid, using a zig zag stitch.
This block is my favorite. Something about it just speaks to me.
So there you go. The craft swap quilt. I really do love it. So much. In the end, though, it went home with someone else. And I let it go willingly.
If you want to see the rest of the goodies that were swapped, and the very cool piece I ended up with, go visit Caroline's blog. Everything was fabulous - I would have taken any of it willingly. Caroline tells the story so so well - play by play, actually. Plus, she took photos and I didn't.
Have a great weekend. I think I have one or maybe two more posts in me before I disappear for the holidays. See you soon.