I finally finished the Quilt for the Miniature Booty Swap. This quilt is going to Kristie. So Kristie stop reading now if you don't want to spoil the surprise! I've been very nervous about this one since my partner is a lovely person who has been quilting for 10 years. I didn't want my first mini quilt to be a big disappointment. I certainly lack quilting experience so I tried to make up for that by trying to personalize the mini quilt for her. She is a mom who lives for her family so I immediately thought of the poem a Mother's Heart.
I decided to make a quilt that included a heart pocket where she could tuck the poem and pull it out to read it. For the background I tried paper bag piecing, so you'll notice that there isn't a pattern to the pieces. I have a hard time being random in crafting so this was great for me to try. My husband is an engineer and it drove him crazy every time he walked by it. He wanted to try to make a pattern out of it. Honestly I'm usually like this too but the fact that it's random doesn't bother me. I like it.
The finished quilt is approx. 18" by 19". Both the heart and the quilt have been machine quilted by me. The poem was printed on muslin and sewn into a tag that tucks into the pocket. I'm fairly certain the ink on the tag will run if it gets wet but it looked so nice printed that I couldn't bring myself to use my handwriting on the tag. Now without further rambling, here is my very first mini quilt called A Mother's Heart.