Teal Mini Swap - Revealed!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Beth of Eva Paige Quilt Designs hosts the Teal Mini Quilt Swap each year during September - ovarian cancer awareness month. The swap is a fundraiser for ovarian cancer research. Each participant pays $15, then Beth mails everyone a swatch of teal fabric that must be used in the mini quilt that you make. Everyone is paired up, and you make a mini quilt for your partner. Make a (mini) quilt, make a friend! (You can read more about the swap and see the starting teal fabric on my post here.)


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

I was so excited when I got my swap partner info! It was Bethany Miller (@letsgoliftandsew on Instagram)! We have been "friends" on Instagram for quite awhile, and she's someone I'd love to be friends with in real life!



Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt
  Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt
Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Bethany said she liked traditional piecing with modern fabrics. When looking through my stash, I found a slew of navy/blue and aqua/teal scraps. The scraps were small and oddly shaped, so if I wanted to use them, I was going to have to get creative! With the help of my EQ7 software, I created paper pieced log cabin blocks with 1/4" logs. Each block measured about 3 1/2"!


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

When piecing the blocks, I sewed the navy/blue fabrics on two of the sides of the block and the aqua/teal fabrics to the other two sides. This created a distinct pattern that created a secondary design when the final quilt top was sewn together (this is called the "sunshine and shadows" variation).


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

After removing the paper, I basted the quilt sandwich and let it sit for a couple days while I tried coming up with a plan for quilting. I didn't want to take away from the intricacy of what had already been created. I finally decided to use aqua thread on the aqua/teal sections and navy thread on the navy/blue sections. This way the quilting wouldn't be too distracting.

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

I used a walking foot on my Bernina 930 Record to quilt it. Each line is spaced about 3/8" apart since I just used the edge of the quilting foot as a guide for spacing.

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

The backing is a teal ribbon fabric from my favorite local quilt shop. The binding is a navy solid. When adding the binding, I sewed two triangles into the top two corners (created by folding a square along the diagonal). This adds another option for hanging (a small dowel can be put between the two triangles). I printed a quilt label and ironed it onto the back. The quilt finished around 14" square.


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

I packaged the quilt up with some fun extras, and Bethany received it today!

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Bethany has been sharing some sneak peeks on Instagram of the mini she's making for me. I can't wait to see it in person! I should get it via snail mail later this week. I'll be sure to share photos of it with you as soon as I receive it!


Teal mini swap quilt - Tula Pink dresden


Teal mini swap quilt - Tula Pink dresden


Teal mini swap quilt - Tula Pink dresden

Teal mini swap quilt - Tula Pink dresden


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