|Sunset at Venice Beach FL March 11|
|I can't even...|
The next day, March 12, I started my second mini swap, one I hadn't even known I was in until I received this surprise package on March 5.
|from Preeti, with love|
Me? I love blues, and lately all the hues of aqua. The night that I received Preeti's mini and goodies (she knows that I have become quite the fan of Essential threads from Connecting Threads) we went to the Show 'n Shine in Englewood, something I'd mentioned when I wrote the review post for Craftsy's Three-Quarter Patch tote. Said tote is a wild and exotic mix of orange and fuchsia fabrics. Kaffe Fassett. I made that tote March 3 and 4. Are you picking up what I'm laying down here?
Back to March 5 evening:
|What a beauty. Englewood Show 'n Shine, the one and only photo I took. Wonder why.|
So back to March 12, when I started this mini:
|Seeing a pattern here?|
When I finished this first test block, I knew I had to make a second, better one, as it was not quite square.
|See how the bottom (first) one is slightly too big? The problem was in the centre, maybe 1/16" off in each of the two seams|
Decided to improv this, not knowing where exactly I was headed. Improv is not my strong point, and out of my comfort zone, but I knew Preeti would apprieciate it as she often works this way with spectacular results. See her Sun City quilt. The mini she made me is leftovers from that mini!
|Round 1 and 2|
|Round 3 and testing out Round 4|
went for a walk with Rocco. I often get into quite the meditative state on our walks; it's very Zen. The idea to make it round planted itself in my mind. The idea to quilt the Sanskrit 'om' symbol had also evolved just prior to this. 'Om' is the sound the universe makes. Everything vibrates with energy; we know that. That energy has this sound. Making the entire quilt round was right. Got home, layered the mini. Looked for the 'om' Sanskrit symbol photo that I saved from when I did my yoga mat bag:
this, which I liked even better than the one for my mat bag, and because we didn't bring down our printer this year, I put a piece of plain newsprint gently against the computer screen, and traced it lightly. Not big enough.
I'm no artist. HOWEVER, I can do a reasonable drawing of an image if I have something I can copy. So I did, and then began the process of using my glass patio door as a lightbox to trace it, in reverse, onto the backing fabric. It took 3 tries to get it right. Layered the sandwich once again, basted and got to stitching from the backing, which, of course, is orange. "Rock Solid" by Moda, leftover from Aidan's quilt, Radiance.
|Oh yes, Miss Bella is coaching, as per usual|
|Used my walking foot for the pointy rays and FMQ-ed everything else; didn't have the heart to crop Rocco's supportive presence from this photo.|
Turned it over, hoping I had, in fact got it centred how I wanted. The bloggers in last summer's New Bloggers Hop will recognize the two solids.
|The 'om' motif is perfectly centred; the quilt itself is purposely offset. Unique. A different approach. More symbols.|
Big breath... this part was so scary... I used a sandwich plate to trace the circular shape. Who needs fancy templates?
|Turned it to the front, pressed under the raw edge 1/4" and edge-stitched it down.|
|Another tale of two minis|
Of course, I had to photograph it in the sunshine on the fence (which is not MacGyver's stain job, just so you know; he is MUCH more persnickety).
|Trying to show that elusive metallic shimmery thread|
Pattern: original design
Size: 8" diameter
Fabric: stash scraps
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch 100% cotton
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with Gütermann; quilted with Sulky Holoshimmer metallic145-6054 and 145-6011, Sulky rayon 40 wt 1109 and 1168 and Essentials 50 wt 21241 Magenta
So now with a mini and a mini-mini under my belt, I can no longer be considered a swap virgin. ;-)
Here is the back of my mini from Preeti. Clearly, she also knows how much I have always loved interesting and beautiful backings.
|rich maroons, greens, sand and gold|
One last shot against azure skies and palm trees for Preeti, who went to college right here in Florida, which is the original reason I wanted orange on the back, as a nod to Florida oranges, the Gators, and all things auspicious, such as our friendship.
Let's Bee Social.