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Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap

Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaime

There is something wonderful about sewing for another seamstress. There’s such a joyful delight at the thing made and great appreciation for being the recipient. As people who sew for others, putting our heart and soul into the making, it is rare we receive something handmade ourselves, so props to whoever came up with this marvelous thing called a “swap”.
Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaimeI recently shared with you my Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap and last Christmas, my Modern Quilt Friendship Group Mini Quilt Swap, but this time the local MQ(f)G decided to do a Divided Basket Swap. This pattern by Noodlehead is so fun, you’ll be trying to figure out who else needs one and what else you can store in one for each room of your house!

Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaime

My swap partner requested Day Sail fabrics in Navy and Red, but I couldn’t help but add in some Aqua Shuffle from the Riley Blake fabrics I had on hand. I used it on the divider and on the handle.

Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaime

I used a combination of pellon 808 and fusible fleece. It was pretty sturdy, but one of the women made hers with stoft and stable and I loved the feel of it. I really need to try that sometime soon! The front had a pocket, trimmed with the same fabric as the lining. I divided it in two by sewing a straight line down the middle. The back is all sailboats.

Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaime

I also made this little *extra* from a FREE Heather Bailey Pattern – The Square Deal pin cushion. They’re so cute – my daughter immediately put it to her head like a pillow, hugging it with her eyes closed. 🙂

Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaime

I requested Cotton + Steel fabrics from my partner and was so happy that she used some prints I don’t own! She made the handles entirely from fabric, which is also an option in the Noodlehead pattern. I love this little basket and can’t decide whether to put it in my bedroom or in my sewing space!

Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaime

The other advantage in participating in a swap, especially locally, with other seamstresses, is you get to enjoy their creativity. The first time through a project, I stick pretty close to the directions. After that, I feel like I can veer off from the path, after I know the ins and outs of said path. But check out these pieced baskets! (It is a quilt group, after all) It didn’t even cross my mind to add quilty elements, but it’s definitely something I will look to add in the future!

Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaime

Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaimeOn this half dresden basket, Pam used double sided fusible interfacing so after sewing in her lining, she ironed on the inside as best she could to fuse it to the other side of the interfacing used on the exterior. It was super firm, which I really loved.

I can’t wait to make more of these and play with the interfacing a bit. I think this will be my new go-to gift for baby showers. I know quilts are special, but babies receive lots of blankets and burp cloths. They grow out of clothes WAY too quickly for the time put into handmade items, but in the right fabrics, these baskets could be in their rooms for years. And lets face it, even if they’re only useful during the diaper stage, anything that helps during the diaper stage is greatly appreciated!

 

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Rainbow Mini Swap

Fandom Unicorn | MadeByJaime

If you have not participated in a swap, you are really missing out! Over the holidays I did a mini-quilt swap with my local MQG. It was SO much fun that when I started seeing swap signups all over my instagram feed, I instantly signed up for two without a thought! I was assigned #RainbowTeamOrange and we all started following each other to get a sneak peak of the quilts being made, wondering which one would be ours!

The rainbow mini swap shipping date was the day after Easter. I had so much going on with sewing deadlines, Easter sewing, and the sell of my domain that I didn’t get started until late! But I had so much fun buying a bundle of rainbow fat quarters and using the FREE Ice/Fire Star pattern from SewWhatSherlock. (You guys – if you have not seen her other paper piecing patterns – go look – there’s a Llama – A LLAMA! A grouchy cat, the leg lamp from Christmas Story and MORE – GO! I’ll wait…)

Rainbow Mini Swap | MadeByJaime

The Ice Star pattern was so accurate, it made putting it together a joy! I was very sad I wasn’t able to incorporate yellow in the front and I was stumped on the binding until it was suggested I use this balloon print, which had all the colors in it (including yellow!). I quilted it by sewing a wavy line down the center on the diagonal and then sewing the width of my walking foot away from the line in each direction, over and over and over again. Rainbow Mini Swap | MadeByJaime

I had fun randomly piecing the back and I put the triangle quilt hangers on the back again (mentioned here) and got to try out the nifty new fonts on my new juki for the quilt label. Rainbow Mini Swap | MadeByJaime

Even though I was so late in getting everything together, I really wanted to do something as a fun extra for my swap partner. Her form said she liked Halloween & unicorns. I didn’t have any Halloween fabrics on hand, BUT I did find this amazing unicorn paper piecing pattern here (along with a TON of other free patterns). You have to scroll to the bottom or click the quick link at the top of the page, it’s under “Magical Creatures”.

Fandom Unicorn | MadeByJaime

Seeing as it finishes a 5″ square, I thought it’d make a great coaster/mug rug.

Fandom Unicorn | MadeByJaime

Here it is on the grid so you can see the real size.

Fandom Unicorn | MadeByJaime

On the same day my package arrived at it’s destination, I also received a package!! I saw someone comment somewhere else and agree – when you work so hard to make something for someone else, you almost forget that you’re going to get one too!!! It’s like Sewing Christmas! Check out my jackpot!


So if you’re on instagram, search the hashtags for swaps you may be interested in or be sure you’re follow sewing people who inspire you so you can find out when the next swap goes down! You’ll have so much fun and make lots of new friends!

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MQG Mini Swap

BMQG Mini Quilt Swap | JaimeSews

Happy New Year!!! This week marks the week back into routine and schedule for us. My husband is back to work today after taking a combination of holidays and vacation days for about a week and a half and, I’m not gonna lie, it’s been fun to have some vacation, but I’m ready for the return of the routine! We’ve also been doing some woodworking, building a farmhouse bed, over the vacation (you may have seen sneak previews of it on instagram), which has become an annual tradition that I love/hate. I love having a new all-real-wood piece of furniture customized to my liking, but I get impatient with the process. I will be getting the last coat of poly on today and we will be able to park in our garage again in a day or two and the result will be a beautiful piece of furniture we hopefully won’t ever have to replace! I’ll be sure to post the final reveal.

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Back in October the Modern Quilt Guild friendship group I attend sent out sign ups to do a mini quilt swap. I had so much fun with the Bag Swap we had done earlier in the year that I quickly snatched up that sheet and put my name down! I had a lot of fun searching pinterest for the perfect mini pattern or tutorial and finally landed on this Pinwheel Mini Tutorial from Diary of A Quilter.
BMQG Mini Quilt Swap | JaimeSews

My swap partner requested batik fabrics in a fall theme. I had all these lovely batiks left over from the Friendship Star Quilt I made last year so I arranged them in the order I thought worked best and grabbed a neutral batik to set them in. BMQG Mini Quilt Swap | JaimeSews

I wanted to do some kind of quilting that gave the illusion of wind blowing through the pinwheels so I asked my friend, Google. There were lots of great patterns but I thought the Mod Dotz pattern most fit my current ability. I did a little practice on a scrap until I was comfortable with the idea of the pattern and then just winged it! BMQG Mini Quilt Swap | JaimeSews

The backing & binding is a multi-colored batik I picked up on the flat fold table at Beverly’s. At a past BMQG, someon shared a wall hanging with these handy little triangle quilt sleeves so I incorporated those in each corner along the top.
BMQG Mini Quilt Swap | JaimeSews

I really grew to love that little quilt so I was proud to pass it on to it’s new owner. I wasn’t able to attend the meeting but I dropped it off with the Swap Mama and the next week I picked up the quilt my swap partner, Nicci, made for me!BMQG Mini Quilt Swap | JaimeSews

Isn’t it amazing!?! I felt like I won the Mini Swap Jackpot! Nicci made this little pineapple quilt from cotton + steel fabrics – a combo which is absolutely to die for! This quilt is 24″ square so you can imagine how tiny those little pineapple pieces are – here’s a close up.

BMQG Mini Quilt Swap | JaimeSewsThe quilting on this mini is stunning – here’s a look at the back so you can see it a little better. And Nicci was the one who shared her wall hanging earlier in the year with the triangle quilt hangers so of course she added those to this one too!

BMQG Mini Quilt Swap | JaimeSewsIf you ever get the chance to sign up for a swap, I would definitely recommend it. In fact, I’m all signed up for a Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap I found out about on Instagram (Go #RainbowTeamOrange!) due this spring. It’s a great way to make friends and share some handmade love with other makers who will appreciate it in a special way.

Have you ever made a mini quilt or participated in a swap?