As I’ve mentioned before, I signed up for round four (though my first round) of the “Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap” on Instagram. Similar to a “secret Santa” exchange, each person is given a partner and some information about that person’s likes and dislikes, and the person that I am making a mini quilt for is most likely not the person making a mini quilt for me. A staggering 1008 people signed up for this round of the swap!
My partner has very little online presence, which made picking out a design a little difficult, but I decided to just wing it and go for a pattern I’d been wanting to try, using bright colors as my partner had indicated she liked. I’d fallen in love with the “La Passacaglia” quilt pattern made using English Paper Piecing a while back after I came across it online, but I found it rather intimidating as a full size quilt – I took this opportunity to work on a single cog of the quilt pattern that I will applique to a square background. Since she likes bright colors, I decided to go for a color wheel scheme rather than the more traditional color/pattern layouts I’ve seen so far, but I love it so much that I’ve decided I need to make a second one for myself!
Right now I’m at the mercy of the post office – I’ve run short on some of the pentagon shaped paper pieces I’m using, so I’m stuck until those arrive. I’m so close to being finished with my cog! In the meantime, I’ve started to work on a coordinating “extra” goody or two 🙂 I was going to be good, and only work on my mini quilt on breaks at work as it is all hand-stitching so far, and work on my other ongoing projects at home, but once I started, I just couldn’t stop! The only reason I’ve gotten any other sewing done is because I ran out of some of the paper pieces.
I like the guidelines on this swap – the minimum size is 6″ x 6″, and the maximum size is 24″ x 24″. We’ve been divided into smaller groups to make the number of us signed up more manageable, and we’re required to check in with our “swap mama” at least three times to ensure that each person is making progress. We’re allowed to make/buy “extra goodies” to send along with our quilt, but not required to.
My favorite part of this project so far is the social aspect – there are three specific tags being used on Instagram for photos related to this swap, so it’s easy to look up other photos, to give feedback, and do some drooling over the amazing work that some of the other quilters are doing. Because we’re each making a quilt for somebody that likely has different interests than ourselves, a lot of us are a little outside our comfort zone, so the feedback is very helpful to boost confidence, and help decide colors when we’re stuck. Check out the tags #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap, #quiltersofawesome, and #makeaquiltmakeafriend for some awesome photos!
For my other sewing, I’ve been working on sewing more canvas bags for my Etsy shop – the Milton Craft Bazaar is only a month away (eek!) – as well as some other sewing bits that I’ll share later on after they’ve been gifted 🙂 I’m also excited that I received a card-reader from Etsy to use with my smartphone so I’m able to accept credit cards for in-person sales, which will be very helpful at the craft bazaar. I’d been wait-listed for the reader, but I emailed Etsy customer support and explained that I was signed up for a craft bazaar, and they were kind enough to bump me up the list. Ladies and gents, I now accept both paper and plastic for in-person sales 🙂