I signed up for the mini quilt swap last month at Modify Tradition(great blog!) and just finished. The guidelines were for a traditional quilt with modern fabric and NO wonkiness. Let me assure you that any wonkiness was completely unintentional! Bought some yummy fabrics and this is the result....
What I used: to die for echino, michael miller, and amy butler( If you live in NoCO and haven't been to Mama Said Sew on E. Mountain Ave. in Old Town, Fort Collins, get there as fast as you can! Awesome!)
I've been enamored with the winding ways quilts since I read Jennifer Chiaverini's book of the same name(great series,that![I just read a British chick lit book, can you tell?]). With fabric like the echino--rather heavy linen-like--the seams were so bulky that it didn't have a prayer of lying flat! So that will be turned into a pin cushion.
My next try was a double wedding ring, paper peiced. Well, I don't know how to do that! A goodly amount of wasted(I''ll figure out something for it!) fabric later, courthouse steps fit the bill.
After I finished, I realized I had made a quilt like this before using a Wonderland honey bun, not realizing it had a name--just thinking I was tweaking a log cabin. I guess what's true for cooking is the same for quilting--there's just not much that hasn't already been done!
So after all that--I love it! I couldn't stop looking at it last night after I got the binding sewn on!
As to the title of my post....my answer to that question is to give it an envelope back and give the option of a fantastic pillow. It could still hang on a wall or sit on a table, but I'm really happy with it as a pillow-mini-quilt! Hope my partner likes it!
There's a meeting of the Fort Collins Modern Quilt Guild on Thursday, May 27 at Half Moon Bay Coffee Co in Fort Collins from 5:30-8. I'm hoping to make it--I think April was it's first month.
Have a great weekend! And we still have room for 8 more quilter's at the retreat in November with
crazy mom quilts!