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I love rainbows! Rainbows remind me of God’s promise and new beginnings. Not to mention they are beautiful! When I found out about a Mini Quilt Swap that was themed on rainbows – I was in! What is a mini quilt, you ask? A mini quilt is like a regular quilt, only much, much smaller!
The Mini Quilt swap that I joined was called #RainbowMiniQuiltSwap. This swap was hosted by Kate Basti. A swap host is called a “Swap Mama”. All swap participants were sent an email with their secret partner’s name, mailing address and basic interest info. This email also contained reminders about checkpoint info and mailing date deadlines. The basic interest info contained the person’s fabric and design likes and dislikes and any other info they decided to include in their submission form. Once I received my partner email, I immediately started trolling her Instagram feed. My secret partner was an accomplished quilter. Her Instagram feed was full of lovely creations. She posted a mosaic, which I used as inspiration for choosing the pattern and fabric for her Mini Quilt. In her mosaic, I spied the Goosed Up foundation paper pieced pattern by Jeli Quilts.
I want to share some of the details of my process with you. I will share with you the details of where you can get your pattern, my recommendations on supplies and even some tips of the trade.
I hopped over to Craftsy and downloaded the pattern right away.
Before I gathered up all my fabric, I had to be sure to get some paper for the pattern. I love to use Carol Doak’s Foundation paper. It makes tearing away the paper a breeze. It fits right into your printer too!
I would also recommend using this amazing ruler for trimming as you construct your project. This ruler has a special lip that helps you get a perfect quarter inch trimming. It really is a must have if you plan to do much foundation paper piecing. The ruler is call ADD A QUARTER. It does just that (perfectly).
Once I got my pattern all printed out, I decided it would be a good idea to make a practice block. I was still waiting on a few fabrics to arrive from my online orders, so I used my scraps and made this trial block, which is about the size of a coffee cup coaster. The block was easy to make and my practice piece turned out great!
Finding all the right fabrics was my favorite part! I already had many in my own stash to choose from. For some reason, I was low on yellow and red choices. I had an abundance of teal and blue (no surprise there)! I got all my final selections organized and in ROYGBIV order! My friends at Fabric.Com helped me with the items I was lacking. They have a massive ROYGBIV selection – you can check that out HERE.
Since I had already made a practice block, this one was a lot easier to put together. It was exciting to watch the mini quilt take shape! I decided to make the small geese shapes with the darker color and have the shadow of that color be a lower volume of the base. I love the effect!
I had seen so many people use a plain white background, so I wanted to make this one a little differently. I love how this low volume red fabric added a note of interest to the rest of the fabrics! Once I had the sections all together, I sandwiched this all together and did some very intentional straight line quilting. I was extremely pleased with the finished mini quilt!
For the backing, I used a fun rainbow dot fabric. I stumbled upon this at my LQS (local quilt shop). I had to scoop it up and it turned out PERFECT!
As with all my swap packages, I love to send extras! Going overboard was easy, but I just love rainbows (I think I mentioned that earlier). Who doesn’t love handmade goodies! I covered up my label to hide some sensitive info, but you can get the general idea of my secret partners swap package. She loved it! She loved all of it!!!
I hope you decide to try this fun pattern. One day, I would love to make an entire quilt from it – it is sooooo good!
Here are some quick links to help you make one of these mini quilts for yourself:
If you would like to learn the Foundation Paper Piecing technique, I recommend you reach out to your local quilt shop. I hope someone there would be able to offer this in a class for you. If this is not available for you, or if you would like to learn at your own pace – I can recommend this online class. Mastering Foundation Paper Piecing with Carol Doak. Carol is the foundation paper piecing BOSS! I love her books and patterns!
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