Another one of those tempting instagram swaps, this one had a theme of anything Paris. It wasn’t limited to quilting either–there were some awesome bags and cross stitch creations as well. (Go over to instagram and search #parisswap. I’ll wait here.)
I was tickled to receive a swap partner who I was already following on flickr. She makes a lot of different bags, so I thought something quilted would be nice, and with two boys in the house, I wondered if a floor pillow would get some use. Fortunately when I posted that question on instagram, she agreed and even gave me some colour suggestions (whoosh, what a relief). The only Paris themed fabrics I could find were two neutrals, so I added some of my other favourites to include the colours I had selected and decided on a “plus” layout.
This is one of those patterns which was on my quilty bucket-list, and is definitely a fun design. I used 3″ squares and rectangles, for the pillow cover to finish at 25″ square. In hindsight, using all squares would have been easier to web together, but in the end I got it done and used a loose swirl to quilt it. This was the first time I had used binding for a pillow cover, and I really liked how it finished.
The types and quantity of extras were specified, which I thought was nice to keep everyone on a level playing field (although some people still went overboard), so an Alison Glass fat quarter, mini hex’n’more ruler, vintage buttons, and some Swedish berries candy, along with some Canada pencils and Paris postcards, were wrapped up and shipped off to the States. Betsy was thrilled and was able to put it to use right away.
Another swap finished, and only one more this year, then I swear (pinky-promise!) that I won’t do any more until I work down some of my quilt projects. Linking up to TGIFF.