Friday, April 23, 2010

Chinese Coin Swap - Success!

Another successful swap! Mary received the one I made for her (rather quickly, I might add. She lives in the Portland area, so our mini's didn't have too far to travel....just a quick jaunt up and down the I-5).

Here is the selvage mini I sent south:

April MiniQT coin quilt

It is all selvage strips that have been topstitched onto a 3" strip of muslin. I sew a line through the white edge of the selvage, which catches the coloured part of the overlapped selvage and attaches both to the muslin foundation. I purposely cut generous strips of selvage when I take them off my FQ's and yardage. I want to retain some of the fabric print so that any selvage projects are not merely white strips of words, but also a fun record of the prints I've been using. For these coins, I tried to include as many colour dot sections as well as some fun "Wild Thyme". The blue sashing and binding is a Kaffe Fassett shot cotton and I simply quilted it with running stitches in a hand-dyed perle cotton.

April MiniQT detail1

It was so much fun and really quick to put together (after all, it's only 13" by 9") that I made myself one, too! You only need a 3 1/2" long piece of selvage, so they go a long way.

And now, here's the mini that Mary sent to me. The coins are only 1/2" high!

Chinese coin made for me by 13insanepenguins

I love that it's so scrappy. It's beautifully pieced and she attached the binding to the front with a machine blanket stitch. She also sent along some really fun scraps (including some selvages!!) Thank you so much for this sweet swap, Mary!

Quilting retreat tomorrow, so I must get into the kitchen and prepare. I hope you find time to do something you love this weekend, too.


Amy Friend said...

Both quilts are lovely. Yours was 13"!!! Cheater! :) I still love the selvage idea. I have been slowly collecting mine but have yet to do much with them. I don't want to use them up till I think of the right project. The mini you received looks like it could hang in your kitchen from your description!

madziula said...

both are beautiful!!

Nancy said...

So very cute.

ayumills said...

Another great mini quilt swap! Both quilts are so small but give so many details that are so much fun to look at!! Great job, Krista and Mary!

Micki said...

Both mini quilts are just outstanding!

Gabriela said...

Beautiful!! congratulations.