Have you ever participated in a swap, and received something way lamer than you gave? If you wouldn't be judged by it, would you just snatch your hand-made item back and run far, far away? I don't do swaps very often because deep down, I'm a bit afraid of this. And also, my lifespan probably isn't long enough to complete the unfinished sewing projects I've already started.
However, when Renee of Quilts of a Feather suggested a mini quilt swap, I happily agreed. I had preexisting knowledge of her amazing talent, uncanny ability to accomplish more that is fathomable, and commitment to deliver on her promises. I created a mini using raw edge appliqué with satin stitch (zig-zag with an almost non-exsistant stitch length) and free-motion quilting in a class taught by fellow Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild member, Mandy Rudin and Becky Welch.
I drew some shadow shapes in Frixion pen. Then I outlined those with lines of stitching and made pebbles that increased in scale as they radiated outward from the top gold ring. I faced this quilt, but I don't mean standing in front of it and not looking away. I mean applying a binding that you can't see from the front. If you want to give this binding technique a whirl, this tutorial ought to be your first stop.
Now, I was thinking my mini was pretty good, until I opened up Renee's neatly wrapped package and
As you can all see, it's amazing, incredible, contest-worty spectacular! I knew she was a phenomenal free-motion quilter but
Nope, that wasn't a typo. You don't type words when dictating the dialogue for your mouth hanging open and nothing coming out. Speechless. Ask my husband; he'll tell you that finding me in this state is a rarity.
Just look at this detail! I'll admit it, because it is terribly obvious. The quilt I received is far superior to the one I gave. Drat! I feel bad, but not bad enough to let her have it back. Because I'm selfish like that. Check out at those orange peels quilted in there. How could I part with them?