Wednesday, December 10, 2014

IGMiniSwap Finish

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!!!



  1. hooray! What a fab swap :-)

  2. Kristy- Please bring to the meeting. Would love to see in person!

  3. so pleased you liked it!


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