Crossing Hemispheres…..

For most of this week, I have been talking about a 24-inch quilt that I am making If you haven’t figured it out, this is my Modern Quilt Guild Mini Swap quilt that is being sent to Christine in Australia.

I have already talked about the quilt that she made for me……

Click HERE if you want to learn more about this quilt.

Here is the finished quilt that I will be sending…..

Over the last few months, I have spent an inordinate amount of time trying to decide what to make. Christine told me that she loved bright colors and mixing florals and geometrics. I tried to keep to that plan!!

In honor of the distance between the two of us “swap-mates”, I named it

“Crossing Hemispheres”

I was excited with the label…..

Now, before it starts winging its way to The Land Down Under, let’s talk about how it developed.

It started with the Pantone Color of the Year for 2023….

Then followed the fabric pull……

Remember that when I pulled these fabrics, I had NO idea what I was going to use them for!!!

BUT, I did know that I wanted to try some Split-Rectangle blocks.

AND, amazingly, the quilt was born!!!

One of the things that I worried about with my fabric selection was whether there was enough contrast between the background fabric and the other fabrics.

Even though there isn’t much contrast, I think that the background fabric really brought the quilt together and I am happy that I used it. I will say that I wasn’t completely sure about it until the quilt was completed!!

This experience of Swapping Quilts with a stranger has been SO much fun. I have loved meeting Christine and I hope that we stay in contact over the years.

Thank you to the Modern Quilt Guild for giving us this opportunity.

AND….if you EVER have the chance to do this, please jump in with both feet!!!

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It’s Here….It’s Here

On Monday I went to the mailbox and found a large envelope from Australia and I KNEW what it contained!!!

Well, let me back up a bit….

Back in August, the Modern Quilt Guild issued an invitation to sign up for a “mini swap” and I happily added my name!!

A few weeks later I was introduced to Christine from Moruya in New South Wales, Australia!! I was so excited.

As Christine and I emailed back and forth, I learned that she was a retired teacher who had a machine-quilting business for a number of years. Now she just quilts for herself, family, and friends.

Over the last few months, she and I have been emailing back and forth, each trying to find something that would inspire our quilt for the other one.

Today I received the quilt from Christine……

….MAN did she knock it out of the park!!

I love the asymmetry of the quilt and all of the amazing fabrics. I love the way that she sprinkled bits of yellows and reds in with the blues…..

And, look at the quilting…..

It adds so much texture to the piece……

I even love the backing fabric…..

This is such a wonderful gift and I am so happy with it!!

I have finished her quilt and put it in the mail. Once she receives it, I will post more about its making.

And also I want to give a special thank you to Kaela who was our “swap fairy”…..she was so encouraging and helpful!!!

Thank you Christine…..this has been a wonderful journey!!!