gravity – a mini quilt swap

Back in the May, I joined a project called the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap. I have never done anything like this before and was intrigued. The photos of the previous round looked great. The thought of making a mini for someone I had never met, designed just for them, was the sort of challenge I couldn’t resist.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be sick of seeing this quilt. But I wanted it documented, so here you go.
The quilt is still in transit, but don’t worry, no spoilers here. I’ll update later when the person receives it, hopefully with a picture.

After some careful studying of my unsuspecting recipient, I decided to go with a modern, clean-lined design, using cool blues and limes on a warm grey. I love grey as a background. It’s a recurring thing.

I designed a pattern of five flying geese constructed out of half square triangles, three green based and two blue based. The lighter parts of the squares are low volume fabrics. Most of this was generated from scraps, which feels awesome. Oone or two prints as well as the grey were from my stash.
The simplicity of the design and the my study of the recipient called for some serious fun in the quilting department. This is my first time trying “matchstick quilting” after admiring it on several other quilts recently. It’s like painting with thread. I love it.

I used a couple different weights and six different colors. 

I like how the backing turned out too.

And I even made quilt hangers and labels. (My least favorite task.)

Its name is ‘gravity’, a play on the flying geese and the movement in the thread.

Needless to say, I had a really hard time parting with it on Monday. I hope it’s new owner loves it as I so loved making it for them.

I forgot to measure it post quilting, but before I started it measured 22.5″ x 26″. (I’m pretty sure it lost some width and height due to the quilting.)

Linking up for finish it up Friday with Amanda Jean

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