Friday, 15 May 2015

UK Mini Swap for Instagram users - thank you

In November last year I kicked off a UK Mini Swap, for Instagram users, with a postal address in the United Kingdom.  When I opened the signups, I was hoping for 20-25 people to join. To get another 100 on top of that was rather mind blowing!!!

There were some amazing minis made in this swap and I have included some below (in the order provided by Instagram). If you are an Instgram user, a search for  #ukminiswapreceived should give all received minis (if correctly tagged). Alternatively, do a google search for the same hashtag and you should be able to see a selection too.

Everything tagged with the UK Mini Swap tag:

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who took part, and especially to the Swap Mamas; without you it wouldn't have been possible - Heidee Instagram/sewnsomethings, Donna Instagram/themodernmaker and Alison Instagram/patchworkalley.

To those whose minis were never acknowledged as received, I can only say that it sucks.... and that I am truly sorry that it had to happen despite us trying to spot the flakes early one.  As a result, a few new names have been added to the global Swap Black List.

Our Angels are busy making new minis for those who still haven't received any and hopefully everyone should have received a mini within the next few days.

If you feel like providing some feedback on the swap, please visit

Again, thank you for taking part.

/ Nina x

Friday, 1 May 2015

Facebook based mini swap (UK only)

Yep, I've gone mad...

The Instagram swap has not yet fully finished before I kick off another swap, this time Facebook based.

When sign-up closed yesterday evening 104 swappers had signed up. Everyone has now been allocated a partner to make for and the emails with all details should be sent out today or tomorrow.

UK Quilters United Mini Swap - #ukqums

The list of things to do...

With Instagram, I tend to forget to write blog posts about the sewing and crafting I have been doing, so here is the "guilty list", things I should share photos about:

UK Mini Swap - what I sent and what I received
UK Mini Swap - the swap as a whole   DONE!

Scandi Bee March
Scandi Bee April

Modern Insta Bee February
Modern Insta Bee March
Modern Insta Bee April
Modern Insta Bee - my quilt
Modern Insta Bee - the whole year

Festival of Quilts

Thursday, 16 April 2015

UK Mini Swap - time to send and round two

It is time! 
Some swappers have sent their minis earlier this week as either they or their partner is going away or moving houses. We also had a few who sent early, probably because they were so excited... LOL.
Some of the minis posted on Instagram earlier today
Looking at the ukminiswap hashtag on Instagram, there are so so many stunning minis making their way to their new owners.

If posting on Instagram please tag your post with #ukminiswapsent. When you receive, please post a photo adding #ukminiswapreceived and the maker's IG name.

Final day for posting, unless otherwise agreed, is 22 April.

If you for any reason at all are running into any difficulties, please contact your swap mama as soon as possible. We will do what we can to help you, and also try to manage the expectations of your partner. Everyone has worked really hard, and we like everyone to receive a mini before the end of the month.

A future UK Mini Swap?

I have had a few asking when the next swap is, but there are so many swaps out there at the moment I'm tempted to hold off for a while. This was the first swap I organised and I'd love to hear your views on how it can be made better the next time around. Should it be open for all, or should it be invitation only? Should it be something else than a mini? Perhaps a pouch, basket, pin cushion, or a space ship.... Should there be a theme, or three to choose from? Please leave a comment below, send me an email or DM me on Instagram/Facebook.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

ScandiBee for February - spider webs (catch-up post)

Gathering ideas for my own month of Queen Bee in the ScandiBee, I pinned a spider web block from Quilters' Cache to our joint Pinterest board. Little did I know, that less than 10 mins later Lizzie was going to pin the same block to the same board!!! Great minds....

For February, Lizzie asked us to make scrappy spider web blocks with a red centre.

The tutorial she picked came from Sewing by Moonlight and was pretty straight forward. The test square (1 inch) on the template even printed the correct size the first time for me!

In my blocks for Lizzie, I have included some of the sport bike fabric by Alexander Henry which I sent her as an extra in the Schnitzel and Boo mini swap last year. The text print from the hedgehog I sent her, is also in one of these blocks. I also used some cute birdies which she had said she loved for the centre, some Karen Lewis prints, Union Jacks, British printed lilies,  Lotta Jansdotter, Katy Jones, Kate Spain, Cath Kidson, Tula Pink, Frances Newcombe, Carolyn Friedlander, Liberty of London, etc.

Phew, when did I actually learn all these fabric designer names???

So, that was the second month of our ScandiBee and again a fun block. This was a bit more challenging technically than Stina's, but lots of fun.

To see the full set of blocks, pop over to Lizzie on Instagram/agalinsweden or to her blog Swedish Scrapper.

Bring on March with Ruth as the Queen Bee as I *might* know what block she's going to pick ;-)