Wednesday, December 14, 2011
BMQG Kitchen Swap
I can finally show you my Kitchen swap table square! I spent a lot of time staring at these fabrics I received from my swap partner and made several prototypes before I landed on this design. Jen is really in to paper piecing but I checked her flickr pool and it didn't look like she'd tried this design yet.
I used this template by Beth Maddocks at Piece by Number for the center and just modified individual squares for the border. I started making this with a white background by Jen had given me the black & white fabric so I decided to use some Alexander Henry Heath instead. I think it makes the colors pop and gives it a more modern feel. I love this fabric, it's been going in everything lately!
The quilting is very subtle, I used a variegated gray thread to outline stitched the geese and then randomly quilted a wavy path of geese in the border. If I did it again I might do the quilting with an aqua thread to make it really pop against the black and white but I like the subtle texture it has now. There was a collective "oooh" when it was revealed at the swap so I think people liked it and Jen seems happy with it also: )
In return my fabulous swap partner Laurie at Dodging the Butterfly made me this darling Dresden plate table runner. You can read all about it on her blog so I'll just say how much I love it!