A great swap!

The LAMQG held a swap last night that was really fun. Everyone brought in a sandwich bag of scraps and we swapped them at our September meeting. We were allowed to add one new fabric to the scraps and could make whatever we wanted.

I got Andrew‘s scraps and made him a pillow!  I really took advantage of being able to add one fabric and added the blue – a Carolina Chambray half yard I’d picked up.


The quilting is fun and easy. I think I’ll be exploring free motion with straight lines a lot more. I don’t deal with the pulling issue my machine gives me with long straight lines with my walking foot, but I get the same modern feel. Win win!

Pillow Back

We swapped back our finished projects at last night’s guild meeting, which was our 1 year anniversary!  We had a really fun party style meeting.  Can you all believe that the Guild has only been around for 1 year??  It’s amazing how much we’ve grown in that time.  I’ll blog all about the meeting soon!

21 Responses to “A great swap!”

  1. Nancy October 5, 2010 at 6:15 am #

    What a great pillow! And an even greater idea for a swap… I just joined the local Modern Quilt Guild…can’t wait for our first meeting Saturday..

  2. bear October 5, 2010 at 6:18 am #

    I know Andrew! Before I read your post, I saw the photo, and I thought, “Andrew has those fabrics…” What an incredible pillow – the quilting is perfect!

  3. Rebecca October 5, 2010 at 6:24 am #

    Love that quilting! Must try that soon.

  4. Des October 5, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    So, so clever!!

  5. Alexandra October 5, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    That is gorgeous! Do you mind sharing what stitch length/width and thread you used to get that gorgeous quilting stitch?

    Great job!

    • Alissa October 5, 2010 at 7:21 am #

      Hi Alexandra! Thanks! Since it’s free motion, I control the stitch length when I move the quilt (in this case pillow) through my machine. It’s just a matter of practice to get even stitches.

  6. Vicki W October 5, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    That is fabulous!

  7. kelly October 5, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    it was an amazing time last night!

  8. Anna October 5, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    I love this pillow! The colors, the composition, everything! Your quilting is fabulous…this is truly a modern piece. Great job!

  9. Beth Lehman October 5, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    I love the pillow!! Great design for quilting. I just read something about adjusting the pressure on your presser foot – could that be “pulling issue” you have with your walking foot/machine? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox8qRhWF3CI I was looking for advice on straight line quilting and never realized that the pressure on the foot could be adjusted – that is why my lines are puckering!

  10. Krista - Poppyprint October 5, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    Your pillow design is truly modern and the quilting compliments the patchwork beautifully! I bet Andrew was in love at first sight!

  11. Corinne October 5, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    The pulling issue with the walking foot might be due to the pressure setting for your presser foot, I had some issues that (seemingly magically) resolved with an adjustment.

  12. caroline October 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    Love the pillow – the quilting’s very quirky and adds a modern touch. Love the chambray too – I love working with chambray for a rustic, homely feel.

  13. Munaiba October 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Brilliant. What a great colour combination.

  14. beth October 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    love those lines!!!

  15. Kristy October 5, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    Congrats on your 1 year anniversary!! and thanks for getting us all re-energized. The pillow looks great too-hehe.

  16. Marit October 6, 2010 at 12:50 am #

    Love that pillow! Can’t believe you did that quilting in free motion – fantastic! I need to expand my quilting designs, thank you for the inspiration!
    Alissa, I just finished my halloween lap quilt, inspired by your Sparks baby quilt. Stop by and have a look if you like. I have adored this pattern for years!
    ; )

  17. elsa October 6, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    love the pillow and the quilting is genius!
    I belong to the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, we’ve done lots of swaps! So far, a potholder swap, hexagon, something else I can’t remember right now and this coming meeting we’re doing a pincushion swap! so fun to give and get and see all the wonderful things that people make!

  18. Dale Anne Potter October 6, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    LOVE this pillow!!!

  19. Tess October 6, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    I had a great time at the meeting (my first!) and was so inspired by what everyone made for the swap! I’m really looking forward to being able to come to meetings on a regular basis!

  20. anna October 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm #

    love this pillow, the colors and quilting are so beautiful!

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