Next I needed to find a pattern. I trawled the 'net and there are tons of free patterns out there. The problem is that I didn't like any of them! Mostly I think they were just not complicated enough. I like to make my life difficult. My solution was to draw my own. I started the old fashioned way...
I came up with something I liked and scanned it in to clean it up and do a few test renders. I was also checking my Flickr stats.
After that it was cuttin' and stickin'!
I finally got to this point:
Next was quilting and binding, my favourite! (not)
Here is the label I printed using my home laser printer. I plan on getting some made by Spoonflower, but until then I use this tutorial.
Here is the finished mini quilt!
This quilt is not perfect. It was a bit outside of my skill zone and it shows. The curved piecing was a proper pain. Some of the curves I had to unpick three times which left a few holes in the fabric. The points don't line up as well as I'd like because I have an aversion to pins. I learned a lot on this project though! I like uber complicated things to challenge myself. This is one design I'll never make again...
The last thing to do was package it up to post.
The end of this swap left me a bit disappointed. The quilt I received was lovely and will be the subject of my next post. That wasn't the problem.
The first gripe is with the postal systems of the UK, the US, and Canada. Both have recently raised their prices but service is appalling. I had my pillow from the last swap take nearly 8 weeks to come from Canada and this quilt took almost 6 to get to it's home in the US. This is shocking. Post travels by air so there is no excuse for this at all. With the rise in prices this could spell the end for international swapping which would be a shame.
My second gripe is in some ways more serious. The recipient of this quilt has had it for a week and a half before she contacted me. What is worse is that she is a swap mama. This sort of behaviour is reeeeally bad. I'm a bit livid actually. I had to find out she had it from the updated discussion boards. My swap mama forgot to tell me it was received as well. I think the only reason she finally emailed me is because I asked my swap mama to have it shipped back to me if I hadn't heard anything in another week. How long would I have had to wait if I didn't say anything? Who knows. All in all not the best swap I've been in by a long shot. The thing that made it worth while it the fantastic quilt I got in the post! You can see that in my next post.