I love text fabrics, so I just couldn’t resist when the Text Me Mini Quilt Swap was announced on Instagram. There was a beautiful rainbow text fabric bundle available from Sew Me a Song around that time and I decided that I’d made a 100% text fabric rainbow Dresden mini for the swap. In fact, I made two so I could keep one for myself. (Mine isn’t quilted yet, so I'll show it to you later.)
I was one text fabric short of the 16 needed for the rainbow, so I posted on IG hoping to find someone in the US to swap a couple small pieces of fabric with. I didn’t find any local takers, but Mara offered to send me some fabric all the way from Greece! Quilters are the best!
I found a free tutorial online for making a Dresden block since I hadn’t made one before. For the center circle I used turned edge machine applique.
This rainbow text mini made it's way to Monica in Florida. I also made her a pin cushion to go along with the mini.
I received this beautiful swap package from Michelle (@lemonjelliestitches) in Australia. I just love the mini and that adorable black and white thread catcher is being put to good use. :-) She included a bunch of other goodies, including a couple patterns that she created. So generous!
I'm linked up to the Finish Along Q3 Finishes Party. See my whole Q3 goal list here.
I really like these quilts that you made and the one you received in your swap. Yours still reminds me of a turkey tail that we made for Thanksgiving. Fun...
Thanks, Bo. The Dresden quilt pattern had always been intimidating to me, but it went together pretty easily. I can totally see making a partial Dresden to be the tail of a turkey!
How is your full size purple quilt now? Is it finished and on your bed? Maybe I missed it!
My king size ninja quilt has been quilted, but I need to make and attach the binding. I was just thinking that I need to post today for my October goal and that task, to finish it and get it on the bed, should be the goal! (Little things are so much faster to finish!) Thanks for visiting, Marji.
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Your Dresden mini is awesome. And the mini you received is so bright and colourful. What do you put inside your pin cushions?
Hi Anja. Thank you! I put crushed walnut shells in mine. When I made the super large smurf house pin cushion I used poly fill for the bulk of it and just a pouch of walnut shells in the bottom to weigh it down. I ordered my walnut shells on amazon, but I think I've heard that you can find crushed walnut shells as lizard litter(?) in pet shops. I am going to look there next, since that would surely be more cost effective. :-)
Jasmine @ Quilt Kisses
Wow! The mini quilts look awesome! Love the rainbow Dresden. Good job!
Thanks, Jasmine. I can't wait to finish my version and get it on the wall.
Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Your dresden turned out beautifully, and I love the rainbow of colors in the mini you received as well. Each block looks like a beautiful rose.
I know, right!? She did such a beautiful job! It's so bright and cheerful!
Wow, I love both your mini you sent and the mini you received, beautiful!
Thank you, Cheryl.
this is beautiful Sarah
Your rainbow dresden mini is just sooo much fun...such great prints/colors and it was a treat to see at show and tell!
Thanks, Mel! I hope to be show and telling my own copy soon. ;-)
Oooh...I can't wait to meet its sister quilt!!
The Dresden worked out really well , it's on my list to try
I was surprised at how easily it went together. I guess accurate cutting and an accurate seam allowance are crucial, but the basic idea is not too hard. Go for it!
I LOVE that rainbow dresden mini - so great!
Thank you! :-)