Rainbow Mini Swap

I have to admit I’ve gotten caught up in the mini quilt mania that is going around, and also gotten caught up in a few swaps.  It’s not like I really have extra time to be devoting to swaps, which is why I’m probably not going to participate in any more big swaps (until the next amazing opportunity comes up that I can’t say no to), but I really enjoy that they push me out of my comfort zone and challenge me to come up with new designs and color palettes that I wouldn’t necessarily come up with on my own.

Rainbow Mini Swap Complete

The latest swap was the Rainbow Mini Swap.  Rainbow is a big trend right now that I am embracing, albeit as a late adopter.  I made this mini quilt for @SGThings (Instagram).

Rainbow mini ready to be quilted

At my recent Carolina Longarm Association meeting, one of the newer members was surprised that I put small things on my longarm.  I think she felt like it wasn’t worth the effort to load or didn’t make very many small items.  I put everything on the longarm, big or small!

Rainbow Mini Swap detail


I used a light yellow thread throughout the quilt to blend with all the colors, but it may have blended a little too well because you can’t see some of the custom quilting I did at all!  The text on the white background has ribbon candy in it.

Rainbow Mini Swap detail

My partner mention that Anna Maria Horner was one of her favorites, so I tried to incorporate several of her fabrics.  I made a coordinating zipper pouch as well, using the tutorial from The Busy Bean.

Rainbow zipper pouch

This is the mini that I received from @SewGiddy.  I love this block, but it’s on my never-ending list of blocks that I haven’t gotten to making yet.  At least I have it look at in the meantime!  My daughter is going to have a field day with those fabric markers when I let her loose with them.

@Sewgiddy Mini Swap package received


Linking up to some of the following: Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt StorySew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart QuiltsScraptastic Tuesday @ She Can QuiltLinky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the RiverLet’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuiltsNeedle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt InfatuationFinish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom QuiltsWhoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt AddictTGIFFFabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth FabricShow off Saturday at Sew Can She

10 Replies to “Rainbow Mini Swap”

  1. Wow, it is amazing how well the yellow thread blends into the white text print! I think you made a beautiful mini for the swap. I have to admit that I tend to still FMQ my smaller items on my domestic, but I will try loading the next one on my long arm, I think. 🙂

  2. Cheers to the things that push us out of our comfort zones! So glad that you are willing to take on the challenge.

    I like your use of color and text prints together. Very contemporary look. I’m involved in my first swap, but the biggest thing I’ve learned, is ONE at a time. They take on a life of their own, and even the social media component feels like it steals a few minutes each day. It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed it immensely so far, but moderation perhaps. Maybe my thoughts will change when I get a response from my swap mate, or receive my package. Yours is way cool!!

  3. Interesting. 🙂 I don’t have a long arm so what I would put on it is a bit of a moot point…but I’d never even considered that it might be used for small projects. If you find you want to join a swap again, I do a centralized 5″ charm swap at my site http://www.lauriesplace.net…hover over the quilt blog link. 🙂

    I love swapping…mostly I guess because I like scrap quilts and swapping is a great way to gather a lot of small pieces of different fabrics. I love what you did with your rainbow swap fabrics.

  4. I am surprised you CAN put something so small on your long-arm! It turned out great, as did the pouch.
    I just made the flowering snowball for stash bee and the curves are not at all tricky. Reassuring. A whole quilt is on my one-day-to-do list too.

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