My partner Safieh has received her package now, so I can blog what I sent.
Safieh had posted this photo of stripey buttons in her inspiration mosaic. I was really drawn to that picture and wanted to express it in a quilt. I used many solids from the Poseidon bundle with some warm contrasting colors added in. The neutral is kona bone. I did a narrow stripe rail fence--all the strips were cut at 1 inch. The mini quilt is about 16" square. i used faux-piped binding which I absolutely loved. i will definitely be using the technique again.
The strings on the back were my original idea. Unfortunately with all of the seams, the blocks stretched on the bias like crazy and wouldn't hold their shapes, even with heavy starching. i eventually abandoned my attempt and went with the simpler straight grain blocks for the front. I salvaged a few blocks to use on the back. Safieh also likes plus quilts, so I put one plus sign on the back and quilted in concentric circles around the plus.
Safieh also loves embroidery so I knew I wanted to stitch something on her smaller item. I used a free pattern from badbird on kona white. i made the tiny 1 inch plus blocks by using oh fransson's tutorial. it was a lot easier to get my seams lined up, plus you end up interfacing the pieces all in one.
I used the split stitch's pouch pattern with a few mods. i think i made the medium size and stitched the strap directly to the pouch rather than to the zipper. my pouch was too thick to topstitch the zip with the pieced exterior/interfacing, interlining, and lining, so i tacked it down by hand with a running stitch. i totally meant to add an interior pocket to the lining but i forgot. i really wanted to use this urban circus fabric for the lining but i thought that we had to stick strictly with solids for the swap, so i used candy green kona instead.
it was a lot of fun to work outside my comfort zone. Safieh's colors and style are fairly different from my own, and it felt really good to stretch myself. i had a great experience with this swap and i'd love to do a round 2! (but maybe not until next year)