Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Herringbone Wedding Top Finished!

This past weekend was the bridal shower for one of my oldest friends, Julie. We met in high school (we clicked at a friend's birthday party and quickly became inseparable), and we both attended the same college. She's two years older than me, and we have both been there through each other through everything! She was a maid of honor at my wedding and I'm a bridesmaid in hers. Basically, no matter what, as long as she and her fiance Brian were game, I wanted to make them a quilt for their bed as a wedding gift.


"In the process" picture taken at a recent sewing day with some quilty friends. This quilt is bigger than it looks - it's queen sized with a large drape!

 My husband says we look alike. Lol. I guess that's true. :)

The big reveal (or "part 1" of the big wedding gift) was at the shower! I seriously couldn't wait for Julie and Brian to open the first side of the quilt. They chose the colors and the pattern. The other side will look completely different (autumnal, with signatures from the wedding), so we explained that to our guests. I can't wait to finish this quilt for them and to see it on their bed! :)

I sewed the top together using quilt-as-you-go and a modified version of Maureen Cracknell's Herringbone quilt. I'll talk more about the design process when the quilt is finished, but I just really wanted to share these photos! The wedding is in October, so I probably won't have the whole quilt done until the end of the year (realistically November, if nothing else distracts me). There won't be much quilting involved with this one but piecing the backing will take a while!


One of Brian's relatives also gifted the couple a lap quilt; it was started by his grandmother who has since passed away, and it was then finished for the couple. It looked hand pieced and it was just lovely. The sentiment of quilt giving was everywhere! I don't think I'll ever go to another shower without gifting a quilt (as long as I can manage it :) ).

It was a beautiful shower, and I hope Julie is feeling the love!

Linking up to Fabric Tuesday, Needle and Thread Thursday 
TGIFF

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Selvage Along: Selvage Strip Pillow Tutorial

Hi all! Today's the first tutorial as part of the Selvage Along. Read on to make your very own Selvage Strip Pillow. It's fun and easy, and don't be afraid to delve into your stash *just* so you can cut some selvages off your fabric (I've done it - no shame). :)


Supplies
Finishes at 18.25" x 18.25" for a standard 18" x 18" pillow form
  • 20-25 selvages cut 1.25" width away from the end of the text* ** (about 1.75 total width) - and at least 18" long (most half yards and fat quarters will be at this length)
  • Sewing machine
  • Universal needle (easiest to sew selvages with - they are a heavier/tougher fabric than quilting cotton)
  • Thread
  • Rotary cutter and ruler
  • Iron and ironing board 
  • 1.75" wide white fabric - 2 - (13" long) strips and 2 (18.5" long)
  • Batting for middle  - 19 x 19
  • Optional - Muslin for back of pillow front (behind batting) - 19 x 19 
  • Half yard of backing fabric OR 2 fat quarters of different fabrics
*You may need more selvages if yours are cut smaller width-wise, or less if they are cut bigger. I am told I cut mine bigger than most sewists. I do this so that I can save some of the prints for projects like this! You can make this project with ANY size selvages - they can even be various sizes! Anything goes. Just have fun. :)

**For my pillow, I chose two colors to focus on (blue and green) plus four "low volume" selvages to quiet them a bit. I dispersed them randomly within the pillows (see two pictures below).  

Directions

1. Press your selvages. It will be much easier to sew them together, promise!


2. Sew the selvages together just as you would fabric (right sides together) - just make sure the words are facing all the same way. I use an 1/8th of an inch seam to make sure that the words show as much as possible. Pin, go slowly, and yours will come out beautiful! You can use a 1/4th inch seam if you wish, but you probably won't see all of the words. You do NOT need a foundation behind them to piece these.

3. Sew them together until you have pieces roughly 13" x 18". Trim to 13" x 15". Again, feel free to add as many selvages as you need to get to these numbers.


4.  Slice BOTH pieces into 3" strips. You should have a little sliver of a scrap to throw out.


Soooo pretty. Sigh. I love color.


  5. Arrange the selvage strips so that there are three of each in the middle, alternating like so (see picture below). Really, you could do any design. Feel free to experiment! Sew the 6 middle strips together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance and press open. Your top should be at 13" x 15.5."


 6. Add a 1.75" white border around the middle selvages, sewing with a 1/4 inch seam. I did this to break up the busy-ness of the fabric. Add the two sides on first, then the top and bottom. Make sure you press!

7. Sew on the extra selvage strips to the top and bottom as seen above (I sewed two green and two blue together, and cut off the scraps). You will also need to cut down the outer selvage strips a little bit when putting your pillow together, but just wait until you are adding the back.

 

7. Layer with batting and muslin behind your pillow top and quilt as desired. I like to have three layers because it makes the pillow more sturdy (plus, if you ever want to wash the covers, you won't have to worry about your batting being exposed).

I decided to quilt using a wavy walking foot motif (inspired by the lovely Melanie Tuazon).


The following directions for finishing the pillow are taken from my Gentle Improv Waves Pillow Tutorial:

To make the envelope pillow back:

Cut two pieces of fabric 11" x 18.5" and 13.5" x 18.5." The larger one will be on top of your pillow back. Make sure if they are directional prints that you lay them out first to ensure they face the right way!



Fold the bottom of the top piece over twice at a quarter of an inch, press, and sew along the edge. Do the same for the top of the bottom piece. This way, you will encase the raw edges in a "hem."



To make the pillow:

Place the pillow top face up. Place the longer part of the back face down, then the smaller part face down (they will overlap). Pin all the way around and sew 1/4" from the edge. I like to back stitch where the overlaps are for increased security. You can snip the corners if you'd like to reduce bulk.
Flip the pillow right sides out, stuff in an 18" pillow form, and you are done!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! If you make one, please share with me and if you blog about it, please include a link from here.   :)



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Join us next Monday for another selvage tutorial. Happy Sewing!
Selvage Along Schedule:


Selvage Along Schedule
July 20 - Intro post
July 24 - Selvage storage/collection linkup
July 27 - Selvage Strip Pillow Tutorial by Jess @ Quilty Habit
<<<You are here!
August 3 - Anna Maria Horner Selvage Feathers Tutorial by Renee @ Quilts of a Feather
August 10 -  Selvage Zippy Pouch Tutorial by Chris @ Made by ChrissieD + mid-way/check-in linky on both blogs
August 17 - Selvage Binding Tutorial by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
August 24 - Project by Vera @ Negligent Style
August 31 - Project by Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts
Sept. 7 - Selvage Churn Dash Project Share by Helga @ Cluckin' Pineapple 
Sept. 14 - Tutorial round up on both blogs
July 24 - Linky - selvage projects on both blogs
Sept. 21 - Last linky party- link up all your selvage projects!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Selvage Along: Link Up Your Selvages!

For the next week, as a start to the Selvage Along, you can link up how you store selvages and/or a project (with selvages, of course) that you would like to work on through September. This is a joint linky party shared between Renee and myself, so you can link up on either blog!


I store all of my selvages from the last five years in this huge basket. I promise there's a basket under there. :D Clearly, I need to find some new storage or actually start making something! There are some gems in there!

A bookshelf quilt made from selvedges. I wish I knew who the quilter was to give proper credit! This is amazing!

I've been toying with making a selvage bookcase wallhanging like this one (artist unknown) but I can't decide on a background (I just can't get with the brown). I'm thinking rainbow selvages... maybe on white, like my own bookcase? What do you think?

Write up a blog post or link up a blog post. It's always fun to share!




Selvage Along Schedule:

July 20 - Intro post
July 24 - Selvage storage/collection linkup <<<You are here!
July 27 - Selvage Strip Pillow Tutorial by Jess @ Quilty Habit 

August 3 - Anna Maria Horner Selvage Feathers Tutorial by Renee @ Quilts of a Feather
August 10 -  Selvage Zippy Pouch Tutorial by Chris @ Made by ChrissieD + mid-way/check-in linky on both blogs
August 17 - Selvage Binding Tutorial by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
August 24 - Project by Vera @ Negligent Style
August 31 - Project by Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts
Sept. 7 - Selvage Churn Dash Project Share by Helga @ Cluckin' Pineapple 
Sept. 14 - Tutorial round up on both blogs
July 24 - Linky - selvage projects on both blogs
Sept. 21 - Last linky party- link up all your selvage projects!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cascade Skirt - Finished!


This month, I tried my hand at making another rayon challis skirt. I had made a simple one a few months ago using about a yard of rayon and elastic for the waistband. Ever since I was a little girl, I've loved twirling around in dresses, so I knew it was time to try another. My friend Rebecca (@sewfestive) suggested the Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen; I had bought Anna Maria Horner's Echinacea rayon last summer with the intent of creating my own version of this long, flow-y skirt. I finally bought the pattern and if you check her Instagram, Rebecca is working on another, too! 

I feel so glamorous in this picture. Beach hat! New skirt! On the beach! <3


Hanging out with Renee 2 weeks ago when she came to visit me in NJ. We finished our skirts together!


I absolutely LOVE how it came out! The best part about it is being able to wear my favorite fabric (have I mentioned that I own the Echinacea prints in almost every color and substrate?). I am so happy with the scalloped look  - an unplanned effect of the stretchy rayon - and how it fades from shorter in the front to longer in the back. It is THE perfect wrap skirt for the beach and for summer barbecues. Look at how it flutters in the wind!




The skirt didn't come out to my satisfaction without a few challenges (but if there weren't challenges, well, it wouldn't have been as much fun). As a confident beginner garment sewist, I'm not shy about sharing how the pattern worked out for me (and I hope it helps one of you out there!). Luckily, I have sewn French seams before so they weren't an issue at all (and they lend such a professional look to the garment. This tutorial is my favorite for French seams).


The first difficulty was adjusting the skirt to fit me. I added about 6 inches to the waistline because I didn't want it to fly open easily. I need to anchor it with a button still, but it does the trick for now. I also added 3 inches in length because I'm a tall gal (5'10" and proud). Luckily it all worked out in the end, but I was using the very last of my fabric (and I had already bought an extra yard or so). 

I also had to work with the directionality of the Echinacea; they all needed to tilt about the same way. As a result of the size changes and directionality, I had to cut the pieces of the skirt separately and sew them together (this was completely different from the pattern). My advice to beginning garment sewists who want to adjust to their body type - make sure you buy plenty of extra fabric if you are enlarging the pattern or if it's directional!


The hem was a project all its own. At long last, I learned how to use the rolled hem foot that came with my Janome MC 6300 - after 2 different YouTube videos and at least 4 hours of trying/ripping out stitches from practice fabric and the rayon itself. 


A rolled hem foot takes the fabric as you sew and rolls it over a second time to create a finished hem. I found it easiest to press my fabric an 1/8th of an inch all the way round first. Once you get into a groove of using the foot, it's like magic.


I'll hopefully be able to use it again in the future with no issues. It feels glorious to conquer the rolled hem foot.

Another difficulty was the sheer slippery nature of the rayon. I'd prewashed it (I only do this for garment fabric - it's just a personal preference). I don't really have any tips for making it easier to work with, except to make sure to work/cut on a large surface and use pattern weights. My friend Kristina mentioned using Sullivan's spray fabric stabilizer. Do my fellow garment sewists have any other tips for working with slippery fabric?

 
My impromptu pattern weights. I picked up some nice heavy rocks from the beach for next time!

Overall, I'm totally thrilled. Now I just want to make another (for next summer maybe. :) ). Back to quilts!


P.S. Thanks to my sister Marisa for the beach photoshoot! It was an absolute blast and we made some more memories before she left for her internship and college for the first time  - *sniff* :(. 


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Monday, July 20, 2015

Selvage Along - Introduction

Who's ready for the Selvage Along?!


Join Renee (Quilts of a Feather) and I for the next two months on Monday as we explore the many ways you can use selvages in your sewing. We have a bunch of great guest posters, too. Gather your selvages together and get ready to go! Use the hashtag #selvagealong to show us your selvage pile on Instagram!

Also, Renee and I have been collecting our favorite selvage projects on a shared Pinterest board, Selvage Sewing. Feel free to start scheming for your project. :)



Selvage Pillow projects (18" x 18") by members of the Central Jersey MQG at our June meeting. We swapped! From left to right: Kim, Kathy, me, Janneke, and Janet.


To me, selvages are like free text fabric. :) They (almost always) accompany any yardage you buy. I usually buy half yards or yards of fabric, but you can get them on fat quarters and fat eighths, too (though they are shorter). 


Here are three articles that cover the basics of selvage sewing:*
Craftsy - Sewing With Selvages
Lynn Derolf (Nancy Zieman's blog): How to Sew a Selvage Quilt Block
Clover and Violet - Sewing with Selvages Tutorial 

 *Some of these sewists sew selvages (try saying THAT five times fast) with a foundation underneath, but you can totally do it without a foundation.

Make sure to pop over to Quilts of a Feather today for more beginner selvage sewing links!
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  • This Friday (July 24), we will have a joint link up for you to share your selvage project ideas. Maybe you want to create something with selvages only, or with selvages as an accent. Maybe you just want to show us your selvage bag or pile and brainstorm a list of ideas.

  • There will be a mid-way check-in linky on August 10 so you can share your project progress.

  • Finally, you can link up any selvage project that you made during the Selvage Along on September 21 for the last linky party. Share your love of sewing selvages with the world!

 
This pillow tutorial will be right here next Monday!

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Selvage Along Schedule

July 20 - Intro post <<<You are here!
July 24 - Linky - selvage projects on both blogs
July 27 - Selvage Strip Pillow Tutorial by Jess @ Quilty Habit
August 3 - Anna Maria Horner Selvage Feathers Tutorial by Renee @ Quilts of a Feather
August 10 -  Selvage Zippy Pouch Tutorial by Chris @ Made by ChrissieD + mid-way/check-in linky on both blogs
August 17 - Selvage Binding Tutorial by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
August 24 - Project by Vera @ Negligent Style
August 31 - Project by Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts
Sept. 7 - Selvage Churn Dash Project Share by Helga @ Cluckin' Pineapple 
Sept. 14 - Tutorial round up on both blogs
Sept. 21 - Last linky party- link up all your selvage projects!

P.S. Thank you for all the love for the new website look. You make all that work feel worth it! :)

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

A new website!

During the past few weeks, you may have noticed some moving around here on the website. I decided this year would be the year that I fully upgrade my website because sewing is now both my passion and my business!

First and foremost, I bought the quiltyhabit.com domain! It was about time. :) All my links should redirect to the new site (still hosted through Blogger), but if you have any problems, please let me know. It definitely makes things feel more official!

My sister Marisa has been working hard on the new logo and page tabs at the top. Don't they look great? The logo has one of my quilts behind it, and I can change the logo periodically/seasonally. :) Orange peels fit the feel that I want to give off on my site. I am a quilter who does not stick to the rules: carefree, but a workhorse. And yes, I love orange peels. ;) Also, go hover your mouse over the page tabs. Just do it! Marisa rocks!



I took the plunge into HTML and configured my Portfolio page. My husband thought he'd NEVER hear me say, "I feel like I've been staring at code all day!" Almost everything I've made and blogged about is listed in an image gallery by year, in reverse order of when they were finished. I'm so excited to see everything so nicely laid out! For those of you who are looking for a great tutorial to follow, check this one out at Laura's Crafty Life.

Some other changes you might notice:
  •  All tutorials (also set in an image gallery), series, and quilt-a-longs are now housed under the "Community" tab.
  • My signature on blog posts (see below) will be different from today on (also Marisa's doing!).
  • I've updated my "About" page.
  • I cleaned up my right sidebar for a more uniform, professional look.
  • A new photo on the right sidebar is coming!
  • We are working on having the logo and pages accessible through mobile devices. It should all be set up by Sunday.
Thanks again for all of your support, and I hope you enjoy the new site!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WIP Wednesday


 

There's a lot going on in the Quilty Habit studio these next couple of weeks. I'm making a wonky cross quilt with a bunch of different fabrics from Cloud 9 Fabrics; I'm hoping to teach a class in the fall/winter. It's basic slice and insert piecing with my favorite "planned" improvisation. This project is pure fun and I get excited just thinking about it. That's why I snapped this picture of it all on my floor/design wall. :D Sooo pretty - apparently I've been loving cascading colors lately. Plus I have purple toes. That's a win in my book.

This doesn't look like much yet (because it's a sneak peek), but I was auditioning fabrics to finish my Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids Mini Quilt Challenge quilt for the August CJMQG meeting. It's improvisational cathedral windows, and I'd love to teach this technique, too. I totally made this up and it's been thrilling to experiment with.


Finally, I basted the giant plus quilt. I can't WAIT to finish this up and hand it off to its very eager future owners! I'll be doing some wavy walking foot quilting like Breeze. It will be a workout though - this thing is a bit larger than queen sized. I can't even hold it up by myself! In August, I will be available for more commission giant plus quilts if anyone is interested. Feel free to leave a comment or email me!



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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Top 10 Tips: Being A Good Swap Partner/Beemate

Hi all! Today I'm back with another Top 10 (actually, Top 18!) list on a very important topic: participating in swaps and bees. My quilty bestie Renee of Quilts of a Feather visited New Jersey all the way from New Mexico last week, and we had some conversations about all the swaps and bees we have been a part of in the last couple of years. As a result, we came up with this list together as a guideline for being the best partner you can be. Warning: this is a lengthy post, but we've bolded the most important parts! We've also included lots of pictures of our own swap quilts, to break up the text. :)


For reference, you can access mini quilt (and other sewn goods) swaps on Instagram (IG) if you have an Instagram account and follow a lot of quilters (they will pop up - there are always a bunch going on! Right now, #sewmystashminiquiltswap and #lovewinsminiswap are popular, and it's always smart to check the  #sewingandswapping hashtag).

You can also access swaps through Flickr, and you can organize them within your quilty group of friends. To be a part of a bee, you can join a Flickr group like do. Good Stitches, find an Instagram bee, or just round up a bunch of your own quilty friends. Check in your area guilds to see if you can participate in a swap or bee. I participate in monthly swaps and bees in the Central Jersey MQG, and Renee and I are a part of a private bee, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts.

*This list is not addressed to our (Jess's and Renee's) past and current swap/bee partners. It is a general list of reference points and opinions inspired by the online community. We are also not the "quilt police," and we have written this list with positivity in mind! Finally, some of these points are required by each swap/bee, so make sure you read each set of rules carefully when you sign up.



Top 10 (18!) Tips for Being a Good Swap Partner/Beemate

1. Take time to consider your commitment. If a new swap pops up, don't sign up immediately. Sleep on it! Many swaps start new rounds later in the year, so you can always join in a later round if the deadline is a busy time for you. You also need to consider your other sewing commitments (bees/swaps/what have you), because each one you take on becomes a lot more work. While it is fun to get to know other quilters, make something for someone else, and receive something in the mail, you need to seriously think about whether the swap is right for you.

2. Give all the information you can. Fill out the sign up form fully, post at least one mosaic to Instagram, or make a Pinterest board that shows quilts or colors you like. This will help YOUR partner create something unique and lovely just for you!



3. Keep track of all communication and refer to it whenever in doubt. Your "queen bee" (quilter in charge of that month's quilt) or swap mama will likely send you an email that includes ALL the details about the swap or bee. If it's a swap, all the information about your partner will be there.

4. Save your partner's mosaic to your phone or computer for easy reference. In an Instagram swap, you will most likely be required to create a mosaic (or group of pictures) of quilts you like. Your partner will have one or two as well - internalize them and really consider what your partner likes before proceeding.



5. Make you understand how to use Instagram or Flickr. Tagging photos and people, using hashtags, and following people in your swap are all fun parts of participating within your group. You can also look through the group photos/hashtag frequently to guess which mini might be yours and to encourage other sewists. If you don't know how to do these things, play around with Instagram or Flickr, or ask your friends or swap mama for help. Active participation is required in most Instagram swaps (checking in, posting progress, etc.), so this is really important! And yes, you can be kicked out if you don't engage with the group or post progress. Don't be that swapper!

6. Once you have a plan, double check that it corresponds with with your partner's likes and dislikes (and that you didn't get them mixed up!).

7. Use quilt shop quality fabric for the whole quilt, including backing and binding. Ask your beemates if you're not sure what would be appropriate or preferred. For swaps, research your partner's likes and try not to just to use their favorite color. Quality is a hugely important part... see #9 for more info.

8. Be prompt/don't be tardy! This is the cardinal rule for any swap or bee. If you sign up for one, you are making a commitment (usually one that you don't really realize the extent of until you are knee deep in the project) - see #1! A swap will have anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 or 4 months before you have to send out your package. 

Here are 2 tips:

      1. Make yourself a schedule leading up to the deadline. Figure out by which date you'd like the top pieced, then quilted, then bound, and when you'd like to have everything packaged up to mail. It's all about time management, especially if you are involved in more than one swap. Create reminders on your cell phone or planner.

      2. If something comes up, speak up! You must tell your swap mama if you are moving or something serious happens in your life that will hamper your ability to participate in the swap on time (or at all). Same thing for bees - your queen bee expects to receive her blocks on time, so you need to communicate with her immediately if something unexpected happens. Everyone understands that things happen; there's a big difference between being upfront about your difficulty and flaking out.


9. Quality > making a deadline. You should be creating something of excellent quality (quarter inch seams, straight, well attached binding, pressed fabrics). Renee and I also believe that if you are participating in a mini quilt swap, you should be adding enough quilting to improve the quilt top. This could be straight line quilting, echoing designs with free motion quilting, hand stitching, etc. If you do not consider yourself a proficient quilter, it is perfectly okay to practice before you try on the quilt. "Quilt it to life!" says Renee. Simple is good but your partner will know if you did not put effort into the quilting. Imagine how your partner will feel if they've put their heart and soul into their own project.

"Circus Tent" - Modernista Homemade Swap 2012 by Jessica - the only quilting is around the cathedral windows (to tack them down). It makes a statement, takes some time, and makes the quilt look even better.

10. Authenticity is important. Your swap partner wants to receive a piece of you. The goal shouldn't be to mimic your swap partner's styles. Do what makes you happy and what you are good at while making something that you know your partner will appreciate. Do what you love and it will show! For example, I love to free motion quilt my mini quilts, so I always do, no matter what. It might vary from simple free motion to more dense quilting, based on my partner's tastes.

11. Send your package smartly. If possible, pay for tracking, sew a label on your quilt and include your IG handle/name (or include a note with your name with bee blocks), put it in a plastic bag to protect it from the elements while in transit, be discreet--don't make you package an attractive target for people looking for something good to steal (examples: writing #happymail, words that include "gifts," "presents," or "swap," covering your package in tape). As fun as it is to receive a decorated-to-the-nines package, it's better to be safe than sorry. Mini quilts have and DO go missing in the mail. Be smart!
12. Include a note! This lets your recipient know who made it and who to thank!  You can also explain your inspirations, or why you included some elements, or just a simple "I really enjoyed making this and hope you love it!" or just 'Happy Sewing!"  Be sure to sign it with your name, your IG name and #NameOfYourSwap. It's an easy, common courtesy that your partner will love.

13. Don't feel obligated to include any extras (unless it is required by the swap).  If you want to include extras, that's fine too!
14. Check in but keep it a secret. Show your progress but don't reveal your partner's likes/dislikes too blatantly! It's more fun if swappers are kept in the dark. :) See #5 for more info.

15. Post photos of your finished quilt/blocks in natural lighting (outside or under a window) before you send it!  You can wait to share the photo after your recipient receives it if you want. If you can take the time to make a time-intensive quilt, you can snap a picture in daylight (that is, hoping you haven't finished the night before the send deadline).

16. When you receive your swap item, share a photo on Instagram and tag the maker and your swap mama!


17. Make sure you THANK YOUR PARTNER! This is important because he or she will a) know you received it safe and sound and b) see that you are acknowledging all of the work they put into it. Regardless of whether you like or dislike your swap package, this step is an absolute must (plus, it's just common courtesy). If you are in a swap on IG, you will likely be tracked down by your swap mama if you don't verify that you've received your package. Same thing goes for bees - if your beemates made blocks for your quilt, you need to thank them. A simple email or tag (@) on IG will do.

18. If you don't have something nice to say, don't say it. Speaking of bee blocks or swap packages that didn't quite come out as you'd hoped, there are several things you can do (after you've done #17). You can fix or change/upcycle your swap mini quilt and no one has to know. You can also give it away if it's not your cup of tea. It would probably better serve someone else than being stashed away in your closet for years. No swap partner wants to think their work wasn't good enough for the person they made it for, but if you feel that passionately about it, so be it.


On a final, more positive note, swaps and bees make the quilty world go round. Go forth and make things for other people!

Additional reading on bees/swaps/etiquette:

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