Teal Mini Swap Quilt Revealed!

Friday, September 1, 2017

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!


Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt


I signed up for the swap the day that registrations opened. I received my partner information and got sewing! (You can see the mini quilt I made last year here.)

The teal fabric this year is by QT Fabrics. It has a sort of batik look to it. I wanted to do a modern design, so I decided to pair some bright Island Batik fabrics with some solids.


Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt

The batiks are all from the new Empress Garden line. In addition to the teal fabric, I used a pink, green, and purple from the Island Batik collection. The solids were all fabrics I had in my stash leftover from other projects. I used Moda Bella 98 for the background - from the bolt I keep on hand.


Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt

I drew up the design I wanted to use in EQ7, printed out the paper piecing templates, and got started!


Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt
Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt

I love watching how the design unfolds as I go!


Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt

After sewing the top and removing the paper, I pin basted it using the teal ribbon fabric from my local quilt shop for the backing and Warm 100 batting from The Warm Co.


Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt

I had perfectly matched Aurifil 50wt thread for each quadrant! Aurifil Light Jade #1148, Aurifil Shining Green #5017, Aurifil Medium Lavender #2540, and Aurifil Light Magenta #2588.


Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt
Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt

I decided to use my walking foot to quilt straight lines in each quadrant that would highlight the star design in the middle. Instead of burying all the threads, I just backstitched at each start and stop. Cheating? Maybe. But it works!


Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt
Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt

I had just tiny scraps left of the teal fabric, so decided to add some interest to the binding by inserting a few of the colors.


Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt

I decided to put the extra color near the teal quadrant to draw your eye there, since teal is the focus of the swap.


Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt
Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt
Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt
Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt
Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt

My partner mentioned that her daughter-in-law was an ovarian cancer survivor so she might give the mini quilt to her. Well, I didn't want her to have to give away her swap quilt without keeping something for herself! So I gathered the last of the teal scraps and decided to make a mug rug and matching keychain.


Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Mug Rug
Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Mug Rug
Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Mug Rug and key chain

Now she can choose either the mug rug or mini quilt to keep for herself, but still have one to give away!


Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt
Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt

I labeled the mini and mug rug, packaged everything up with a couple extras, and shipped it off to my partner. She's working hard on a mini quilt for me too! I can't wait to see what she's been up to!

Linking up to Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River, Midweek Makers at Quilt FabricationFinished Or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric AddictWednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, and Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

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22 comments:

  1. Laura this mini turned out perfect. I love the straight lines and Yeah! for you not worrying about burying the threads. I might try the back stitch too.

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  2. I like the three colors in the binding, a fun idea! Pretty quilt. I'm sure the recipient will love it!

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  3. I really like how you added the detail in the binding and placed it by the teal to draw the eye to that quadrant! And how kind of you to make a few extras so that your recipient can give an item away without feeling she missed out on the swap.

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  4. Love the way this turned out. The quilting is great and all the colors are so much fun. So sweet of you to make a few things for your partner so she could share.

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  5. Backstitching is not cheating ... it's just being efficient :D I love the blocks, the colors, it's so beautifuI! love all the different colors in the thread on the quilting, too.

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  6. That is just stunning - I am in complete awe of your points, even with paper piecing mine always seem to go a bit astray!

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  7. I'm never very good at paper piecing but you obviously are! Wonderful mini, love the addition to binding and your extra gifts. Lucky swap partner!

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  8. Hi Laura,
    This is just fabulous. I love the teal fabric, but I really like the design you chose to highlight it. I am sure your partner will be thrilled with the mini quilt, and will have trouble deciding whether to keep it or the mug rug and keychain. I know I would. That is just so thoughtful of you. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  9. What a fun project and a wonderfully creative execution. I love the added color in the binding! Awesome idea. Keep up the good work, I hope you share the mini your partner sends to you.

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  10. What an adorable project!!! I love it!

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  11. Backstitching, wow, I think I'm going to do that now--sometimes the pain of machine quilting is having to pull the thread to the back. I love your mini quilt, what a lovely exchange, your partner is very lucky to receive one of your quilts.

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  12. Great job, Liz! Very pretty. I love the one you made last year, too. That was nice of you to whip up a mug rug and key fob, after hearing the circumstances. This is such a feel good project.

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  13. What a great job you did on the mini. I particularly like the quilting and thread color choice. Excellent!

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  14. Great quilting. I'm trying to branch out, but, I'm not that good.

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  15. This mini is so pretty! Proof that simple can be awesome.

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  16. What a great mini! Your addition of colors was a perfect choice. I love paper piecing and love seeing the process from beginning to end! Thanks for sharing...your partner is a lucky lady!

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  17. Love that star design. The colors are so pretty.

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  18. Really pretty mini. Love the binding.

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  19. What a beautiful mini! Thanks for sharing your process with us. The little details really add interest. I'm sure the recipient will love the quilt and the thoughtful extras.

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  20. What a beautiful mini quilt. And the keychain and mug rug are perfect too. The package is sure to make both of them happy!

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