MQTS, Mini Quilt Trading Swap, recently held a swap of Redwork Mini Quilts. 40 swappers participated in this round. It's so much fun to see what kind of creativity comes out with each theme and this one was no different!
jm1122, aka Jodie, was my swap partner for this round. As I got to know Jodie a bit better I learned that she loves foxes, simple but precise patchwork, ivory backgrounds and minimal straight line quilting. The hunt immediately began for fox motifs for the embroidery. Soon I found a darling little pattern, but couldn't find it available anywhere. I contacted the designer Julie Campbell and she was kind enough to share the pattern with me. I pulled out a selection of several different reds in Presencia #12 Perle cotton, a cut of Ivory Essex Linen and got to work. The embroidery reached this point when I discovered I had a problem. When I had read over the swap guidelines I'd missed the one that said "only ONE SHADE of red for the stitching". Yep, that was a big ooops! So, I set this little fella aside and began again.
In fact, I started over with a new pattern, with a new little foxy! This pattern is called Winter Fox and comes from The Awkward Niche. I thought he was a charming fella and perfect for this winter time swap. I stitched this fox with Presencia floss #1915 on Ivory Essex Linen using one or two strands of floss depending on how dark the lines needed to appear.
I chose the floss color based on the red solid fabric that would make up the patchwork portion of the quilt: Kona Cotton in Crimson. A simple patchwork border was decided on before I even took the first stitch. I think redwork quilts look best when the patchwork portion is kept quite simple, keeping the focus on the embroidery. These little bits make up the 1/2 inch squares for the border.
The label was embroidered, too. The lettering got a little wonky, but really my penmanship is ALWAYS wonky, so I just went with it. I call my mini quilt "Keeping Warm" since I know Jodie was feeling the full effect of the winter storms and struggling to dig out of the snow.
Finally, all the elements were combined into the finished mini!
Size: 9 inches square
Fabrics: Ivory Essex Linen & Crimson Kona Cotton
Stitched with Presencia floss #1915
And the back! Love the print I used on the back. That fat quarter was my first fabric purchase this year.
Now it was time to get back to my original little fox. Couldn't leave him unfinished, and I really wanted him to live with Jodie, so I made a little bit of hoop art! It is about 5 inches across.
To complete the package I added a selection of solid red Kona fat quarters, a note pad with Jodie's initial, and a magnet to remind her how far the foxes had traveled.
Now, I'd like to show you what dear Jodie made for me! Jodie is new to embroidery, but you'd never know it. She did such a lovely job on this very charming mini quilt. I just love the added touch of the yoyo's and buttons. This mini quilt is about 12 X 13 inches.
Jodie sent along all kinds of red goodies, including a cut of red and white fabric, DMC floss and perle cotton threads, a Redwork design book, a zipper, buttons, stickers and a little birdie ornament. I feel quite spoiled by this lovely gift.
As I was trying to decide where to hang up my new mini quilt I realized the perfect spot was right in front of my sewing machine. Could you tell I just love RED?
I am amazed how much I enjoy this swap group! Working small is a new and wonderful challenge and most often I find myself struggling to make my quilts meet the minimum size guideline of 9 inches. Like I said, I'm loving small quilts these days!
Another bonus: this is another 1st quarter finish for the FAL!
Happy Stitching, Bloggy Friends!