I was able to knock some things off my list this weekend. For one, I finished up my items for the Spicing Up the Kitchen swap. I tried out a new technique to make a couple of pot holders and an extra large hot pad. I also made a set of cocktail napkins, and got a bit carried away with bias tape, which means that I ended up with a surplus that I decided to send my partner's way.
I also got a great start on my items for the Make Mine Modern swap. As I highlighted in a previous post, my partner enjoys modern art, so I'm trying my hand at recreating some Mondrian paintings as mini-quilts for display.
I'm sure someone can suggest an easier way to do this, but in order to figure out the proportion of my mini-quilt pieces, I imported into Inkscape images of the paintings that I'm recreating. Then, I just drew rectangles over the images to mimic the painting. In doing so, I can see how large each section is in pixels. I can then divide the pixel dimensions by some factor to reach a reasonably sized mini quilt (i.e. ~25").
Using this technique, I was able to get my pieces all cut out and sewn together to complete the mini-quilt tops, and I've got to be honest, I kind of impressed myself with how they turned out. No?
I'm looking forward to seeing how these end up.