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