When I heard about the IGMiniSwap earlier this year, created by Sandy, I joined right away as I had been wanting to jump into an Instagram-exclusive swap and this seemed like a great place to start.
We got our secret partner assignments and headed off to make a mosaic and do some friendly stalking to see our partner's color, print, and pattern interests. My swap partner did an excellent job of providing inspiration and color ideas; which made certain parts of my job easy. Yet, no matter how much info you get, it is still a little scary to make something for someone you do not really know. Will they like it, hate it, just go meh?
I got to work on the mini, pulling low-volume scraps for the background and adding in pops of color that they mentioned they liked. I was thrilled with the result.
With only a few days to spare, I mailed my package to the UK along with a few little goodies; and am happy to report that she received the package in one piece. Head on over to Hadley's blog to check out her recap (Lucky Lucky Me).
Now, even though I perused the sneak-peeks on social media, I didn't have a clue which mini quilt could be mine. I had some favorites; but could not have imagined what would show up or even when. I didn't have long to wait before I got my answer, as a box appeared on my doorstep this past weekend from the UK. I was overjoyed to learn that Hadley, whom I had made the mini for, was in fact making something for me.
Enclosed was the most amazing scrappy mini-quilt; which just so happened to have come with a virtual ribbon, as it had won a recent award as part of the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I remembered seeing this mini on IG; but never could have dreamed that it was coming my way. The fabric selections were perfect, and the circular quilting spectacular. I know that Hadley stepped outside her comfort zone with this, and she definitely hit it out of the ballpark.
Yet, the fun did not stop there. She made a super-cute zippered pouch, included some Doctor Who pins, a magnet bookmark, and some Sherlock stickers. Her handwritten card was so sweet; but little did she know that it was destined to hold a place in my home just like the mini quilt she made me.
You see, the card she made used 2 swatches of the infamous Sherlock 221B wallpaper...real swatches in all their iridescent and flocked glory. I carefully cut out and framed them, and they are now hanging on my Gallery wall, along with all of the other Sherlock and Doctor Who memorabilia I own.
Thanks Hadley, you have made this girl very happy!!!