A Quilters guild that I had been a member of before I moved, had a large number of quilters who lived all across the United States. During one of our meetings I heard that we had a sign up sheet for a mini quilt swap. I decided to join and see what I could come up with, then I realized that it was a secret swap in which you had no contact to your recipient until you finished. We were all given the Instagram name of our partner and had to go off of clues they left you there or just come up with your own idea.
Everyone was asked to fill out a survey of likes and dislikes, then we were all given someone elses survey at random a few days later. When it came to my quilt swap partner, her information said that she was a big fan of bright colors and dislikes the use of a batiks. If you aren’t sure what a batik is, take a look here at the buck quilt I had made for my husband. A batik is a type of fabric that is used frequently when putting together landscape or photo quilts since it gives an illusion of solid colors without being solid. Something in which my recipient.. hates!
After some brain storming I decided that it would be pretty cool to make a mini quilt of her two dogs, but when I went back to my reference papers and saw that she doesn’t like batiks or dark colors such as Brown or black… that pretty much changed my entire plan.
I didn’t give up, I was determined to make this work.
While searching for fabrics this also proved to be an extremely fun challenge since I was incorporating everything she liked and disregarding the ‘norm’ when it came to picture quilts.
I finished up my project and sent it to her by the deadline, and I’m happy to say that she was ecstatic!
Not long after that I received one in the mail for myself! It was sent by a woman in another state who went by my survey that said “I like to fish, and hate neon colors” hahahhaha