Thursday, August 25, 2011

secrets revealed

I can finally reveal my secret project I had been working on a few weeks back!  I took part in the Little Quilt-Sew, Vote, Swap over on Flickr.  It's a secret swap where everyone who is interested in participating makes a doll sized quilt, snaps a pic and sends it to the Swap Mama who then posts the pic in the group pool.  The great thing about this swap is  there are no designated partners, and you just make what you want!  At the end of the alotted time for entering quilts, everyone votes on which are their favorite quilts, however no one knows who made what quilt.  Once all the votes are entered, the person whose quilt received the most amount of votes gets their first choice quilt, the person whos quilt received the second most votes gets their highest ranked quilt thats still available and then on down the line until all the quilts are assigned to their new homes. 

I love that because its secret, no one really ever knows who's quilt was picked first or last, and everyone ends up with a mini they liked.  Here's what I entered into the swap:

Doll Quilt

 
This mini measures 15" x 20" and is made entirely of Kona solids, with the exception of the binding.  I had seen this picture on pinterest, and knew immediately that I wanted to interpret the design into a quilt.  I used my Accuquilt GO! Baby and drunkards path die to cut the pieces and played with them until I liked the color arrangement. 


I quilted this quilt simply by echoing each block 1/4" on either side of the seam.  I really want to make this design again, perhaps using the larger drunkards path die, and possibly some prints in addition to the solids, and think next time I will echo quilt around the curves instead...oh the possibilities!



Once the voting had ended, I waited with baited breath to see who was going to receive my mini, and to see which mini I would be receiving!  I was shocked to learn that my mini would be headed out to none other than the mini quilt queen herself, Carol (known as mamacjt on flickr)!  I think my first reaction was "she wants my quilt??!?  Needless to say I was shocked and honored.  I mailed my mini out to Carol last weekend, and guess what showed up in my mail box on Monday??
"Love to Sew"

Carol's mini she made for the swap!!  I absolutely adore every mini I think I've ever seen Carol post about, so I couldn't believe that one of her creations was now mine!  Mine, mine, mine!  It is just absolutely perfect, it measures appx 14" x 17" and is already proudly displayed above my sewing machine.

Oh goodness, I can't believe I'm showing you my disaster area of a sewing room right now, but there's my new mini, ready to inspire fun, colorful, bright projects! 

I do believe there is another round of the Little Quilt- Sew Vote Swap starting up in September, and anyone can join in the fun, enter here if you're interested!

26 comments:

  1. I loved all of the art designs on Pinterest using this block. I plan to do the same thing with my drunkard's path, just a little different take on it. I love seeing how yours came out. It's such a fun change on the traditional block. Cutting that 1/4" off makes such a difference.

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  2. Wow your mini is the one I would of picked. It's so bright and love the curve.

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  3. I LOVE the way you quilted this! So fun.

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  4. I love both the quilt you made and the one you received - fabulous! That sounds like such a good swap!

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  5. Well done you. Think I might join in next round!

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  6. Great mini, Jess! Love it! :)

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  7. Both quilts are so fun! Looks like everyone was a winner with that swap ;)

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  8. I love the idea of thw swap and teh quilt that you made. I have lots of kona charms and I'm considering now to make a lap quilt with such a pattern... just to use the squares ;)

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  9. Those are both fab, think I may have to pin them ;o)

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  10. Wow I love your mini quilt, it's a great way to use the drunkard's path block.
    How wonderful that you received that lovely quilt from Carol.

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  11. Win! Win! Two beautiful quilts from tow lovely ladies! Carol once sent me a mug rug...just because! I did a swap like that last year- it was such fun! The quilt you made was FABULOUS! Think I might sign up for the next swap!

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  12. WIN! WIN! Two fabulous quilts from two lovely ladies! Think I might join the next swap!

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  13. Love your mini!! I can't wait to crack open my drunkard's path Accuquilt die and do some damage :)

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  14. love it!!! and ok, i would like to try pintrest! i understand you have to have an invite, would you mind inviting me? tamaraboatright at hotmail dot com

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  15. They are both lovely - and I'm amazed how you ended up with each other's quilts!

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  16. I really REALLY love the quilt you made!! And the one you ended up with is super cool too. How funny that you got each other's! Meant to be!

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  17. WOW that is so BEAUTIFUL! It totally caught my eye right away. Pinned it! I didn't want the Drunkard's Path die at all when I first saw it, but seeing your quilt makes me want it pretty badly!

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  18. Gorgeous quilt. The colours are so vibrant and drunkard's path is a great way to showcase them.

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  19. Hey Jess,
    Don't know if you read "in color order" but you should hop over and check out todays post. You might recognize something!

    http://incolororder.blogspot.com/2011/08/favorites_26.html

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  20. Just been in the DQS11 and discovered Carol's work - you were indeed lucky to receive her mini but yours was also a stunner. The swap sounds different and interesting.

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  21. Your mini is amazing, just love it!!! And you were so lucky too :-) (But I think I prefer yours xx)

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  22. Sounds like a fun swap! I checked out the quilts, and yours looked like it would be tops on my list!

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  23. Wow, Jesse! It's a real treat to see my pattern used this way. x

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  24. Sweetie pie, you don't give yourself enough credit! Your quilt was awesome and the most colorful of the bunch! Why else would I have picked it for #1? I'm sooo glad it's now living with me! I LOVE it!

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  25. I love your quilt and the way you placed the colors, giving a pinwheel effect! If I understand correctly, you achieved this look by cutting off 1/4" of the white part of the DP. Correct? I am thinking of using this pattern with some bright, Kaffe Fassett prints, using a larger Drunkards Path block.

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