MQG swap 2023

detail shot of quilt showing texture.

Each year the Modern Quilt Guild organizes the MQG swap in which 2 participants are matched up to make a mini quilt for each other. Some people meet up at Quiltcon to exchange their quilts and others swap via regular mail. Since I didn’t go to Quiltcon, I opted for swapping by mail.

Front view of the mini quilt Fishing Trip made for the MQG swap 2023.

I was matched up with Kim in the US and received an e-mail with her preferences. I picked fabrics based on her preferred colours teal, green, blue and coral. The entire quilt, including back and binding is made from hand-dyed fabrics from Cherrywood Fabrics. From afar they read as solids, but close-up there are some subtle variations in the colours which I love. The fabric also has a bit more texture than regular quilting cotton. Cherrywood calls it a suede look.

Back view of the miniquilt Fishing Trip made for the MQG swap 2023.

I foundation paper pieced nine 6” blocks. This is a block design I created a while ago but hadn’t used yet. I like how the shapes in the blocks create additional shapes depending on how the blocks are oriented. Some of the shapes reminded me of fish and I decided to name this quilt “Fishing Trip”. This also seemed fitting for Kim as she sometimes goes fishing. The back is improvisationally pieced with remnants from the front. 

Left image shows an untrimmed quilt after walking foot quilting. Middle image shows same quilt with hand quilted details added. Left image shows same quilt after trimming but before attachment of binding.

I combined walking foot and hand quilting. The walking foot lines elongate the longer shapes in the block, but it still felt a bit empty when I was done. I think the hand stitching adds a nice detail. For the binding I used the dark blue fabric because I thought that would provide a nice frame around the quilt. 

Detail shot of folded quilt showing front and back of handstitched binding.

This was the first year I participated in the MQG swap and I thought it was fun. If my schedule is not too busy next year I’ll probably join again.

Detail shot of quilt with walking foot quilting and hand quilted details.

March 13, 2023

Emmely Treffers

About Emmely

I am a sewing enthusiast from the Netherlands. I live in the Leiden area with my husband and two daughters and I am currently working as a senior researcher in molecular virology. With my quilting patterns and sewing blog I want to infect as many people as possible with my love for sewing.

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  1. Kate Chiconi

    Love the colours, and the detail is amazing for such a small quilt. Also, it was a clever idea to combine both types of quilting because the texture contrast is very nice.

    • Emmely

      Thank you! I think I’ll add more hand quilting to future projects.

  2. Mariss Stevens

    Kim is very lucky to have been paired with you. Your mini quilt is stunning and so intriciately and beautifully constructed. I agree that the hand quilting adds a special finishing touch.

    • Emmely

      Thank you! It was really fun to make.

  3. tierneycreates

    Wow that is a beautiful piece you made! I love the colour combinations!


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