A few months ago I joint the fun of a Instagram quilt swap for the second time. The theme of this swap was rainbow mini quilts. And rainbows just so happen to be my favorite. My slowly growing fabric stash mostly exists of happy rainbow colors, so I knew this was a swap for me. Kate Basti hosted the swap, everything was so perfectly organized! (If you happen to read this Kate, again thank you so much!)

I would love to show you the progress of the quilt I made for Becky and the super awesome quilt I received from Tina. All in Instagram photos of course, since it was a Insta swap.

Lets start with my  choice of fabric, this is actually the second pull. I had a hard time making my final decision before I started cutting. But it turned out to be a nice pull don’t you think?

Rainbow of fabrics

And then the design of the mini quilt. I had these paper pieced pencils in my mind for a while now. Since Becky is a teacher I thought it would be perfect to draw out a pattern for the pencils for this mini quilt.

Pencil pattern

Then cutting started, that went very organized. I ended up with 16 colorful packages of fabric with their patterns, ready to sew.

Cutting frabic

And sewing I did :) It worked like a breeze cause everything was already cut. So I just had to sit behind the machine and piece everything together.First pencils

Started sewing

After having pieced everything together and sandwiched the quilt it was time to do some quilting. I went for straight line quilting on this one, with help of the Minions in the background.


A little close up of the quilting.

Quilted detail

After piecing a scrappy grey binding and sewing it on by hand it was finished! I’m still super excited with how it turned out to be. Planning to make another one just for myself because it was quite hard to part with it ;)

Finished Pencil quilt

After I send my package, I received a big envelope. Yay!! There was my own mini rainbow quilt.

Received Quilt

And this was what was inside, a gorgeous quilt with so much extras! A lovely card from Tina, with super cute fabrics, a ruler and mini ribbon. I love the mini chalkboards. The quilting was so beautifully done and the piecing was just perfect. Really love the fabrics she used with the happy rainbow colors. It is so special when someone designs and  makes something specially for you. Thank you so so much Tina!


I had a blast with this swap. It was super fun to follow everybody and to see what is being made. I haven’t signed up for a next swap yet, but I’m sure this wasn’t my last.


Linked up to: TGIFF, Fabric frenzi friday

Comments (17)

  1. OMG! That is the cutest ever mini rainbow! It looks like the perfect gift for your partner too! Fabulous job! Was the center hard to quilt through? So many points!

    1. Thank you so much Jayne! Yes the center was very hard even to only piece it together.. A lot of fabric piling up there.

  2. Wow! Both rainbow mini quilts are super cute. I think I would have to make a matching pencil one if I were you. ;)

  3. Both of these quilts are so cute, but I LOVE your pencils–especially those sharp little pencil points and little pink erasers. Newly sharpened pencils are such a treat for a teacher!

  4. LOVE your quilt! Such a great design and beautiful detail, Irene. So glad you linked up to TGIFF! Can you add a link to TGIFF! so your readers can find us too, please?

  5. This is yet another fantastic idea for rainbow quilts. I wish I had thought of it back when I was teaching, I would have loved to have something like this in my classroom. Very cool.

  6. What a beautiful swap for you and your partner! I just adore the rainbow mini that you made for your partner! The fabrics and your pattern are fabulous!

  7. Stunning colours and patterns of rainbow and pencils. Pencils look difficult but I’m going to try your other pencil pattern you have – again lovely bright colours.
    Well done to All. Thanks for sharing Irene and love your website.

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