This week, I finished my last swap for the year! I finished my table runner for the #jollyswap on Instagram. My partner had asked for a table runner that I had finished piecing last month but stomach bugs had invaded my house! So the quilting got postponed for a week.
I used a simple stippling for the negative space.
And I used the dark star fabric for the binding.
I really like this design
I used the extra HST blocks I had to make some coasters and also made a little pin-cushion for my partner.
This is my first OPAM for December since I finished it this week,
I have done a lot of paper piecing with the 318 Patchwork Patterns sew along. I have made more heart blocks still at 3' for my Christmas ornaments
but I have made my mini for the IG mini swap using paper piecing. I choose the Celestial Star pattern from Diane which is all paper pieced. And after a bad start (I pieced one wedge and didn't like the look of it),
I changed my colour scheme to make it lighter (less colours) and I really liked how it looks.
12 wedges were needed for one block which I made at 18' square for a mini.
So 121 pieces later I had a mini, well a 18' square ready for quilting.
I took inspiration from the lovely Liberty cushion I received from Alexandra for the quilting
and used a blue binding to lift up the design
Now I really like this mini and this design, but I sent it to my partner anyway with a few British goodies.
Yes I still have some swap items to finish, of course I have! So this week-end I finally got started on the table runner I wanted to make for the Jolly Swap on IG. I bought the fabric in October at Alexandra Palace and changed my mind a few times as to the design I was going to use. And finally last week, I found inspiration on Pinterest to make mine. I worked out a pattern on a scrap of paper and got cutting on Friday night!
48 HST and 3 4-patch blocks later I was ready to put the 3 interlocking blocks together into a table runner
I love how this has turned out. I hope my partner does to!
Quilting and binding next!
middle star made of 2.5' squares and HST
outer star made of 4.5' squares and HST
Final size will be 23' x 46 ' (block size: 16')
And that's another 3 blocks for the 350-blocks challenge taking me to 16!!
Linking to Design Wall Monday.
I might have over-committed when it comes to my swaps... but anyway I have been busy playing with Christmas fabric in the last week or so. I made some ornaments for the Trim the Tree Swap on Flicker which is always full of cuteness. I made a heart ornament to each of my partner. I used the paper-pieced heart block from the 318 Patchwork Pattern book
and I added a little tree as well.
I made the same ornaments to Hannah for the handmade ornament swaps on Instagram and added a "JOY" ornament all made from the 318 Patchwork Patterns book. I have made a few blocks for the quilt-along but most as been made in ornaments rather than a mini quilt.
I thought it would be better to send them in a Christmas sack so I used once more the trusted pattern from Jeni to make it.
I also made a Christmas Sack for my partner on the Santa Sack swap (who happened to be one of my Trim the Tree partner too)
and sent everything together.
I also made a block for Amelia who was in a swap with other children but didn't receive many back. She'll have a gorgeous quilt.
So I have sent out a few packages but I have also received lots of gorgeous goodies. First some ornaments, a lovely star from Frieda
a reindeer from Francisca
and some more from Louise
As for Rose, she spoiled me with an absolutely fantastic Christmas sack (log cabin on one side and do you recognise this reindeer?, selvage on the other, it couldn't have been more perfect)
filled with some fantastic goodies, including a handmade scarf.
With all these tiny paper piecing blocks for my ornaments, that takes my total of blocks this month to 13. I better get going if I want to meet the target of 30 by the end of the month!
11 ornament, 2 bags that another 13 OPAMs this month! How good is that! And more to cross off my Q4 Finish Along List.