Friday Finish: Cotton and Steel mini

It feels like ages ago that I signed up for the Cotton and Still mini swap on Instagram.  I was high off my Schnitzel and Boo swap and it's just so easy to fill out a form and put a ship date on a calendar that seems forever away.  

This swap turned out to be a bit of a tough one for me.  My partner was very quiet, like weeks between IG photos, and none about the swap.  She had life happen to her, and we all can understand, but it was still frustrating trying to figure out what she would like from non-quilty photos.  

In the end, I ended up pulling fabrics from her favorite C&S designer, Melody Miller, and settled on a Carolyn Friedlander Aerial Grove-esque design.  

The whole thing was done by hand.  Once each "squircle" was hand appliqued I wanted to finish the mini with hand quilting as well.  I thread basted the whole thing and grabbed some perle cotton in some C&S colors.  Because the appliques were very vertical, I wanted my quilting to add a horizontal line.  

All in all, it isn't perfect, but I love it so hopefully my partner will love it too.  It wasn't the most fun I've had in a swap (sorry to all my friends that I feel I complained to constantly) but I got a great mini out of it from someone local I plan on getting to know in the real world, so I think it worked out.  

Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday and this is one off my Finish-Along list.

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