I spent a lot of time being a mini swap avoider. I just didn't get the appeal. I would join fabric swaps and block bees, but why would I want a mini? (It's not like I enjoy quilts and have an abundance of blank walls in my house.)
That was until I saw all the awesome things that were being made during the second round of the Schnitzel and Boo swap. Seriously, every single mini was awesome and I wanted them all. But it was too late for that swap, and while I was being sad, the IG Mini Swap started up. I signed up immediately!
After a stressful wait, I finally got my partner's info. I was a little bummed, because she wasn't one of those super active Instagrammers. I worried that I wouldn't have enough to go on, but I started pulling together some ideas.
My partner liked aqua and gold, triangles, asymmetry, and her website looked very clean and modern. So I pulled all of my gold and aqua fabrics, added some gray for good measure. I went with a cream for a background color, because the white just looked to harsh.
I sketched out a doodle of this, then cut triangles out of paper that were the size that I wanted. I laid that triangle on the fabric and cut 1/4 inch past the paper triangle, stitched them together in rows and was shocked that it seemed to work. There are a few spots where I lost triangle sides, but I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.
I bought some heavier gold and aqua thread with the plan that I would background quilt in white and then do some hand stitching in color, but once I had the mini basted, I just didn't like that idea anymore. Instead, I went with wavy lines over the whole thing, mostly with the white, but with stripes of the gold and aqua threads here and there. When I was done, I realized it was wind blowing over mountains! Aw!