My partner chose shades of blue and purple. When I actually got down to choosing fabrics that matched the paint chips, it was tougher than I thought. There is real subtlety in these colors. The purple is really a deep periwinkle, and the blue has more aqua in it than I initially realized. I chose to play around with snowball blocks in varying sizes for my swap partner. The tiniest snowballs finish at 2 inches, with the corners at just half an inch. That is by far the smallest piecing I have ever done, and I'm not entirely happy with the way the binding covered up part of the edges, but I like the finished piece nonetheless. It's hard to tell, but the stippling is pretty tiny as well.
My mini was made by Nysha, of Studio Nysha. He is a Zentangle instructor and really pushes the boundaries of modern quilting. It's no surprise that I chose shades of blue and green, right?
The photo does not capture the artistry in this piece, called Intersection. Although the green stripes are Kona Cotton, the print stripe at the bottom is organza, and the creamy background is silk. In some places, the matte side shows, and in others, the shiny side. The quilting is done in varying shades of blue, and with various thread weights. It really is a work of art, and it looks amazing hanging above my quilt ladder (beside the window, out of direct sunlight).
This was my very first swap, and I really loved the experience. I don't have a ton of room in my sewing space for minis, so I have to be really selective about participating in swaps, but I may just have to seek out others!