March 18, 2016

Color Play Friday Link Up

Hi everyone, thank you for coming by my little blog for  Color Play Friday! It is just so fun to sit down and just look at fabric swatches. The picture of the Starburst were such a  bright and colorful palette. Although, I really had some tough fabric choices this week. At one point, I had a lot of 80's splash looking theme, but I finally felt that this selection spoke to me. This is the first time I actually started planning the quilt in my head. I am a little on the wild side with these choices.

                This week has a special giveaway. See below for details!

Color Play Friday!!!

1. Is Weekends by FreeSpirit here 2. Rashida Coleman Hale- Zephyr here 3. Carolyn Friedlander Doe Blue here 4. Allison Glass Ex-Libris here 5. Allison Glass Sun Print here


Color Play Friday Hostesses Lorinda and Trina's bundles are available to purchase over at Stash Fabrics. There's a giveaway With a chance for 2 winners. One will get Lorinda's Bundle and the other will get Trina's bundle. Hurry over to one of their blogs. Good luck!

Trina's Bundle

I would be really excited to have this bundle in real life.  I love how all the colors are working together and so graphic. Almost every very week, I play along with all the other people that do Color Play Friday. It happens every Friday. It's nice to go and see what bundles they come up with on their blogs. You can find out more details about Color Play Friday from the hostesses Trina and Lorinda. Trina has a video on how to set up your pictures, and you can get all the rest of the details over there too.

Color Play Friday



Linking up this week

Thanks for stopping by.
Yvonne @quiltydream

March 14, 2016

What is a mosaic? Swap Series

If you have signed up for any swap, a mosaic might be required by the swap mama or host/hostess of the swap. So, let's talk mosaics. A mosaic or collage of pictures helps your partner get an idea of what you might like your swap item to look like. Let's say this is a mosaic for the skinny  pincushion swap. You could give an example of some skinny pincushions, fabric, and color palettes you like. Below are just some examples of individual pictures that I have saved on pinterest.

Private vs. Public IG Accounts

Private IG accounts makes it impossible for those who don't follow you that are in the group to be able to see your posts. Hash tagging or tagging someone doesn't make it visible to others. This swap is going to be very small. So, in the  pincushion swap, I will just send a list of everyone who is participating. This way everyone in this group can follow each other. When a swap has 50+ people. It is almost impossible to give all of names of that size group to all the  members. So now, the only way that your partner can see anything you have on IG is to follow you or fly almost blind. If they do follow you, they know who their partner is right away. That isn't the point of a secret partner swap. It is supposed to be a surprise. This is why we ask for a public account. You can check your setting  under the person icon. In the right top corner, theirs 3 inline dots. Click here to view and change your settings.                    

If I am working on my computer, I might Google photos or go to Pinterest and save these photos to my pictures. Also, I grab the name of whoever created the item to give credit to its original maker. This is very important in our quilting and crafting community to give credit. For Instance, if you have saved a picture of a skinny pincushion I have made and put it in your mosaic When you are uploading your mosaic to IG where the swap is based, you can go to the person icon during the edit process and tap on the picture of the pincushion I made and type in quiltydream.


When making a mosaic from a laptop, I use On the main page, there is a mosaic maker. Once you get in there, you can pick how many photo tiles. 3x 3 is a good number. That is nine photos. It will then ask how you are uploading. You can choose individually from your computer or use Flickr favorites (which is my favorite way.) Once you are done, you can choose make mosaic and save it. You will want to save it to email and open on your phone or iPad. You will open it and take a screen shot. Now you will be ready to upload  to instagram. It is almost like taking a photo. Select gallery and find and select image. You will then, tag makers for credit which is described above . You can also tag makers below in the description by using @quiltydream or @amanicustoms ect.

I like using pic stitch and screenshots when I am on my phone or iPad. It is very easy. You will need to write down or remember the maker to tag. Pic Stitch is an app that is free. You can find it in your Google Play Store. You could also search other apps or ways to make free mosaics online or search in the app store. 

Once you mosaic is complete and tagged with credit given to makers. You will use the hashtag #skinnypincushionswap in the IG description.   It will look just like this. Hashtag is another word for # (pound sign) It works like a grouping. So, you will be able to see everyone's photos that the hashtag was put in the description of that photo. Below is a photo of what has been marked skinnypincushion swap as of 3/14/16.  You can also search many different hashtag like #quilting,#pincushion, #mugrug.

Design seeds is a website that has really pretty color palettes. I am sure you can search #designseeds or #colorpalettes. You can google pink fabrics or other colors for an example that you like. Below is a screenshot of the #designseeds on IG. 

A mosaic is important to make because it gives your partner inspiration. It also may be a requirement in a swap.  You don't have to buy exactly what is pictured.  If you have something similar to their likes that is in their mosaic, go for it. If you are ever in doubt, you can do a fabric pull and get involved in posting pictures on the hashtag. Next week, I will post about commenting and taking pictures of progress or how to find out what your partner likes without outright asking just them. Because it is secret. That's the best part, it is a surprise. 

You can make a mosaic while waiting on partner info to come out.
 I hope that this has been helpful in how to post a mosaic and why it is important. 

Happy sewing!

March 11, 2016

What is a swap?

     Hi everyone. I did a quick periscope about swaps today about swaps. I decided that I wanted to do a swap series. When I sat down to write it all up, I thought to myself, this is alot to read.  I really want to share my process and what I have learned from swapping.  This series will be for people wanting to get involved in swaps from start to finish. It will be like coming to swap school, and I will be showing you around and giving you some direction. Silly, yes, but many people don't know what is going on and some swap mamas don't give you a good idea of what to expect. I think bridging that gap is going to make doing any swap more fun.

This is a package that I sent for the Starbucksmugrugswap

On a personal note,  I have been swapping through blogs, flickr, and Instagram for several years. They have all been fun for me. I love sending packages and receiving lovely handmade items. It is really Christmas all the time. I enjoy taking the time to make something for someone else. I am also honing my creative skills at the same time. I love a 2 for 1.  I have definitely learned so much from this community. I also host the #starbucksmugrug swap on Instagram which moved from flickr to Instagram and is going on round 7. It has been going on for 2 years. These people have really become friends.  Joining swaps and hosting has been a way to connect with other crafty and quilty friends from around the globe. Today, I am going to share with you about getting involved in the swap and how to sign up.

Some swaps are flickr based, hosted by a blog,  Instagram, or facebook. The person that is hosting is called a swap mama. She comes up with a cute idea like a pincushion swap and all the rules included. So, each swap mama and swap is unique. For now, let's just cover some basics. Let's pretend, I am going to host a pincushion swap for my periscope friends. ;) I am going to decide how many people to allow in the group. I am not a newbie to being a swap mama, but my first starbucks mug rug swap had 50 people, and I had help. Each time I do another round, more people are allowed in the swap. I have to guage my limits. I really enjoy running my group. I know what is going on and where. If I take on help, I make sure that they know me and how I like to run the swap. This pincushion swap should be a quick turnaround. It only takes about 20 minutes to make from start to finish. I periscope longer than that, lol. Some of you know that my periscopes are long. Haha. So, maybe, I could periscope the process. I will normally link the sign up through my IG profile and select a #hashtag for everyone to use. I am only going to run this link until the limit is met.

Skinny Pincushion swap pattern found here .
 20 people will be the limit on this one.
I am also going to open it to international. 
Shipping dates:
International 4/4 and Domestic 4/11/16- this will be up for conversation on periscope Monday.

Sign Up Form

  •   You choose a swap. The first thing that you will want to do is fill out the sign up form. Some swap mamas ( hostess or host) may have important details listed here, like what she may expect and ship date. Also, once the form is submitted you are committed to sending a package for that swap. 
  • Your info plus your likes and possible dislikes. What designers you love or style that you  like. All of this information goes to your partner. Usually, a swap is private. Which means that you will have a partner. You don't tell them who you are because it is secret. They will not be sending to you either. Some swaps, you do know who your partner is and they know you. It is up to that host/hostess. If this swap has secret partners, , they cannot ask you any questions directly after they get your form you filled out. 
  • I would suggest telling favorite colors, patterns, fabrics or style. You can use google some of the following and jot down what you like. Fabric  Ex: Heather ross, Anna Maria Horner, Joel Dewberry, Cotton and Steele, Aneela Hoey, Tula Pink, ect are some favorite designers. You may want to google these. 
Example of Heather Ross fabric.

  • I really don't use a lot of solids normally. I don't like green. I love pink, purple, and aqua. I love patchwork, flying geese, and hearts. I like fussy cuts or cute animals such as hedgehogs, dogs,cats, or any animal. I can't leave out foxes and owls. Super cute.
  • Be realistic on your skill level.  Sometimes, swaps are based on skill level. Meaning that beginners are put together. In the starbucksmugrugswap, I usually partner based on mugs. Typically it works out. This swap is pretty easy and simple. So, skill level shouldn't be a problem. 
  • List all social media like flickr, tumblr, or pinterest. If you are a private IG account, noone will be able to see your posts.Some people don't think it is a big deal. For me as a swap momma, it is a big deal. You may want to consider a public account for crafty posts. So many people message me that their partner is private with no social media to direct them. Well, I tell the person, they will have to get what they get and don't pitch a fit. It's a family saying. 
  • Some people love to send extras. This is a great place to write what extras you love. Notions, thread, zippers, an extra little handmade item like a needleminder. Candies are always welcome here. Chocolate is my friend. Plus, I really love sticky notes, washi, and trims. There will be a later post with all the lovely extras that you can send without breaking the bank. 
  • Another question might be are you willing to ship internationally. For this particular package, shipping international with  small goodies could be about 15.00. So, think about this as your answer. 
  • Some swaps ask if you would like to be an angel. We will get to that later in the swap process. 

Once you hit submit, you are in and wait on a partner. While you are waiting for a partner, you will need to post a mosaic on whatever platform that your swap is located. I told you, there's so much to cover. The next part of the blog series will be on making and posting mosaics. It will be posted by Tuesday 3/12 for you to look over.  So, I will be posting about mosaics,  picking a pattern and inspiration, checking in and updates for your swap, extras,shipping, and receiving. I told you, there's so much to cover. I hope that this was insightful. Thank you for stopping by the blog. May all your swapping be happy.

Next week will be all about making,posting, and giving credit in mosaics.

Happy Sewing!

March 4, 2016

Color Play Friday-Link Up

I love this flower photo for Color Play Friday this week. I knew as soon as I saw this picture that I was going to go after this pink full throttle. I love pink and aqua. It just makes me so happy. I mean, who doesn't love ballerinas and kittens playing with yarn?!? Whimsical fabric is right up my alley. I think, I would actually use all of these fabrics in this color pallette in one quilt. I would just need to find some nice whites and off whites. Lately, I have had a fondness for yellow and some green. PSA: I am really a closet green hater.  I am telling you, this bundle makes me think twice about it. 

You can find all of these lovely fabrics over at Hather Ross website. I even saw a tab about learning to draw with her. I think it is on an app too. I will have to check that out later.

    If you would like to play along with Color Play Friday

You can stop over at Lorinda Laurel Poppy and Pine or Trina's blog In an Otter Life for the details. Hop on over and see what other pallettes everyone has come up with. They always amaze me. Check out the #colorplayfriday on Instagram.





Fridays are always really busy here. I am getting ready for the weekend. Making sure everything is tidy. Per the usual, I am getting a couple swap packages wrapped up. I have to make one last bee block that I have kind of been dreading. I just need to face that music. 

I loved putting this palette together. It seemed so wrong to just go with one designer. Kind of like cheating really. I hope that it is ok. ;) 
Have a great weekend.  Thanks for stopping by. 
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Maira Gall