Several months ago the Big Stitch Swap, co hosted by myself and Sarah, kicked off with a lovely group of happy stitchers. The idea was to create something small (think table cover, zippy purse, journal cover) for your partner where hand stitching was a predominant design element. It was perfect for summer time when everyone was on the go!
I decided to make a mini quilt for my partner (and friend) Leanne using my recent favorite fabrics by Denyse Schmidt and a pattern from Cut.Press.Sew.Quilt that I have been wanting to try. It has two perfect opportunities in the body and arm of the machine to personalize the quilt.
Luckily Leanne's blog header and logo are easily converted into cross stitching grids. I went to my favorite cross stitch designer for help and then ran to the nearest shop for floss.
I brought these with me to the beach, to music festivals...even to Fat Quarterly! It was really nice to share my travels with you, Leanne.
The back and binding are coordinating DS prints. That plaid could be one of my favorite prints of all time! I'm using it everywhere lately.
And finally, on the back I added two little folds of fabric so that Leanne could easily hang it on her wall with a bamboo post or even a bit of clothes hanger wire. She has such an amazing wall of minis that are done in her unique modern industrial style, so I hope this doesn't look too out of place. I had a wonderful time making it, Leanne. I hope it brightens your sewing room!