Friday, 13 May 2016

#Bigstitchswap2

Now that I know that my partner has got the parcel I sent her, I can tell you about #bigstitchswap2. For this swap you have to make something the size of a mini quilt, cushion cover, pouch or bag and include an element of hand stitching.  There is some amazing creativity from people taking part and beautiful makes which you can check out on Instagram.  

My partner posted this image, rather than a mosaic, as her inspiration pic:


and included Alison Glass in her favourite fabric designers.

This was my first big swap and it's quite scary making something of this scale for someone else, but I stalked her Pinterest account a bit and decided to make her a mini quilt with a back so it could be used as a cushion if she wanted, and to include a rainbow collection of colours, taking into account the fact that she didn't like red as a focal colour.

I used a selection of Alison Glass fabrics to make cathedral windows on a background of Oakshott cotton, sashed with black Essex linen, and the corner pieces are Robert Kaufman solids.


I quilted round the centre panel with black perle cotton and the corner pieces are quilted with matching colours, and I tried to funk it up a bit with a rainbow collection of buttons sewn on using a fancy stitch.  By the time I was done I really wanted to keep it.






I made an envelope back out of very bright fuschia pink and yellow and sent it off with a couple of little extras including the thread she posted so she can make her own project, wrapped round a hedgehog!  



Unfortunately I made the stupid mistake of mis-spelling her name with an H which occurred to me just before I handed the parcel over at the post office so I had to write an apologetic note on the outside of the parcel and hoped she would forgive me!

13 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that is fabulous! I definitely think you need to make one for keeps too :)

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  2. This is really beautiful Catherine, your partner must be thrilled with it.

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  3. This is really beautiful Catherine, your partner must be thrilled with it.

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  4. I can well imagine you would want to keep your beautiful mini quilt, Catherine. The fabrics and colours are beautiful. Love your cute little yarn hedgehog.

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  5. Sometimes pillows can be "a dime a dozen", but you truly made a masterpiece here! I love everything about it - design, colors and placement, fabric, buttons - WOW!!!! And the hedgehog is especially lovable. Love. It.

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  6. It's a gorgeous cushion and I love the hedgehog thread bobbin!

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  7. Fabulous cushion and adorable hedgehog!

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  8. Fabulous cushion and adorable hedgehog!

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  9. Very cool. I'm sure she loves it. I really like the way the central buttons are sewn on.

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  10. Wow! Lucky partner and so much effort went in! It must be a bit scary to do this kind of thing: really hoping that they like it and that if they don't they'll send it back! Such lovely vibrant cathedral windows and the grey background sets them off perfectly.

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  11. It's gorgeous - cathedral windows has been on my wish list for a while now and I love the buttons for the added extra touch!

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  12. very nice. I love the combination of the Alison Glass fabric and the grey flannel. Your swappee had a lovely mosaic, the colours just seg into each other

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  13. What a gorgeous make, your partner must have been delighted and hope she appreciated all the thought and effort. I think you definitely need to make yourself a version of it too.

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