The Leah Duncan Mini Quilt Swap is now open for signups! I am so excited to dip into one of the more treasured parts of my fabric stash for this swap. There will be prizes, including the gorgeousness that is this bundle of No Place Like Home fabrics.
This will be a secret swap (you will know who you are making for, but not who is making a mini quilt for you). It’s free and it’s open internationally. The mini quilts should be roughly between 16×16″ and 24×24″ in size (any shape, i.e. it doesn’t need to be a square, just fall within those dimensions) and must use Leah Duncan fabric. It is okay to throw in some solids, but the vast majority should be Leah Duncan (any era), and no prints by other designers.
All participants must post a picture on Instagram for each of the following milestones, by the following dates:
- April 20: Mosaics posted. A mosaic is a collage or series of images that you assemble to give your partner an idea of what you’d like to receive.
- May 15: Pattern selected and fabric in hand. Start sewing!
- June 30: Mini quilt complete.
- July 2+: Once you receive the go-ahead from me (@patchanddot), ship to your partner (I will be checking the status of all finishes so that no swapper is left behind).
Important: Part of the fun of a swap is learning about new makers and new patterns, so be sure to tag the original makers in your mosaics, so other quilters can find them!
Sharing your mini quilts
We’ll do all of our sharing on Instagram. Please tag all of your posts #leahduncanminiquiltswap and follow me @patchanddot for news and milestone reminders. Because the Instagram algorithm means that you may miss posts, I will also be sending email reminders directly to all participants.
Swap signup form
Cloud 9 Fabrics
Mini quilt patterns for beginners
Keep an eye on this space for a mega-mini-quilt pattern round up next week!
The Monarch Flight Quilt is a new pattern from Oh Sew Brooke. I’ve been doing some pattern testing for quilty friends in the first part of the year and feel I am off to a great start with this one!
One of my goals in signing up to do these testing projects was to sew through more of my stash. It’s not exactly out of control (yet), but it does need to be used. Not only did I finally use some much-loved prints to make my Monarch Flight Quilt top, but I I think used them in different combinations than I might have if I was working on a project that was strictly for myself. So it was a good way to get a bit out of my sewing comfort zone.
The pattern itself was super fun, with a strong geometric design. (I love that pretty banding that separates the middle from the border.) It has a perfect balance of repetition and variety, two keys to a successful finish (i.e. cutting and piecing fairly quickly, while keeping your interest). There aren’t any quilts with a centered motif like this in my personal collection, so I’m excited to get this quilted and bound and into use.
Denyse Schmidt fabric
Cotton + Steel fabric
It’s been a while since I finished my alphabet quilt block pattern but I finally got my quilt up on the wall for a full size shot! This pattern is a wall hanging size (or a narrow throw), at 32” x 56” and you can find it here in my Etsy shop.
This pattern is a fun way to play with dimension and print mixing. Each block is designed to create the look of a patterned ribbon that is folded to create the shape of a letter. Shout out to Cotton and Steel + Rifle Paper Co. for their beautiful collaboration on the Les Fleurs fabric collection. I used Les Fleurs for all of the ‘print sides’ of the ribbon letters throughout. The solids fabrics, meant to represent the “backs” of the ribbons, are all Kona cottons.
Try out the alphabet quilt block pattern
This is a good pattern for confident beginners. It uses straight stitching and half-square triangles in all blocks. If you’re curious to give these blocks a try, you can click here to get the blocks for letters ABC free. You’ll also get a coupon that you can put towards the full set!
Linking up with Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation, Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts, and Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts.