Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Cotton + Steel Mini Quilt Swap: Pt 1: Incoming

The Cotton + Steel Mini Swap has come to an end, and gosh darn it, this was a fun one.  



I really love C+S, the designers just speak my language.  Everything they put out is just perfect to me.  I posted two inspiration mosaics for my partner to garner some ideas, one with some of my favourite lines, and another with some ideas of things I like.  I also mentioned that I love the selvedges, because C+S always has the cutest little sayings or drawings in them.


My fave collections
Some amazing minis - see Instagram for maker tags
My partner really ran with that!  

My gorgeous mini!
She went to the trouble of hunting down selvedges from other quilters, and turned them into this amazing mini quilt! The string blocks are just perfect, and the baby tiger accents are an adorable complement.  I can't stop gazing at the quilt, I feel like every time I notice something new, and it brings such a smile to my face.


The label and Mustang backing
This was my partner's first swap, and she sure knocked it out of the park!  She sent me a very nice handwritten note with some background about her choices for the quilt and for the extras she sent.  She said that she wanted me to squeal with joy and feel spoiled when I was opening the package.  Mission accomplished!


So many goodies!
First, the mini knocked my socks off!  She also sent the cutest little succulent salt and pepper shakers (which are perfect for me, I love both succulents and salt and pepper shakers!), an amazing kitty pincushion she made from a little ceramic creamer jug, a key fob perfect for my giant car key, and a homemade baby tiger necklace.  She sent the most delicious peanuts from her home state of Virginia (which I promptly opened and snacked on all day....), and a funny little notebook.  She sent the complete baby tiger fabric collection (wow!), a pack of Aurifil thread in my favourite neutral colours (my first Aurifil - yay!), and a pack of Wonderclips.


And the most perfect quilty tape wrapped up my package!
This was such a generous and thoughtful package.  My partner said in her note that she initially felt intimidated by my mosaics, that she wasn't sure what she could make. Well, she truly did a wonderful job making for me, and I appreciate all the hard work that went into the quilt, and all the lovely extras.  I am so glad to have a new friend from this swap, and look forward to seeing her make even more amazing things.  Thanks Jen!

If you'd like to see what I sent for this swap, see Cotton + Steel Mini Quilt Swap: Pt 2: Outgoing