Mini Quilt Swap with Irish MQG

The Atlanta MQG is hosting a swap with the Irish MQG.  My swap partner lives in a rural part of Northern Ireland.  Hubs and I visited there four years ago and saw Giant’s Causeway plus some other sites on our bus tour of Northern Ireland.  The part of our trip I will never forget is actually getting to visit Orkney Island in Scotland – some 30 years after my eighth grade history teacher shared slides of her homeland with us in class. Visiting Orkney was near the top of my bucket list.  And yes, the hills are as green as they were in the slides!

So back to the mini-quilt.  The way our swap works is we were given clues as to a few favorite things – color, design element and theme – of our intended recipient.  The only requirement was the quilt has to measure at least 12″x12″ and be no larger than 12″x18″.  Each member is also responsible for postage costs in getting the mini-quilt to her swap partner.  FYI – International Priority Mail is $16.95 to the UK.  This price includes as much as you can fit in the envelope (up to four pounds).

My swap partner likes birds, the color red and polka dots.  She and I share similar taste in fabrics, so I knew I wouldn’t have a hard time finding fabrics in my stash for the mini-quilt.  Quite the opposite actually – the problem was in narrowing down the fabric choices to those selected to be used in the quilt – not in finding them.   My orderly studio fast became a mess again as I pulled out scraps and bins looking for fabrics to audition for the quilt.   Once that process was over, I made myself take 5 minutes and “file my fabric” before I moved on to pressing and cutting.

I don’t want to spoil the surprise and post pictures until after I know she’s received the quilt.  However, I will tell you that the entire quilt evolved around a fussy cut bird… 🙂