After a bit of confusion (and zero communication) from the main Swap Host who has yet to reemerge, a partner switch up, a sort-of-collab with Sew Hooked Jen, and a whole lot of sickness going around our house, I FINALLY got this mini done. **I have to add, Thank goodness for a group Swap Mama stepping in and taking the reigns, she saved the day!
A little background...
This image has obviously been seen a lot during the Women's March, and subsequent events, but the paper piecing pattern is all thanks to Jen from Sewhooked.com (@sewhookedjen). I sent Jen an Instagram DM several weeks ago wondering if she or anyone she knew could turn this image into a pattern and she graciously agreed. Not long after that she got back to me with a 10" test pattern to try out, and after a small adjustment the pattern was first released on my Instagram account then on Jen's blog.
You can now download it for free from Craftsy.
I used a mix of fabric designers on this mini ranging from Cotton & Steel, to Lella Boutique, Bonnie & Camille, and Zen Chic. Everything except the "skin" was done in various shades of pink.
The NASTY lettering at the bottom comes from the "My First Alphabet" paper piecing pattern by Diane Bohn. Each letter finishes at 3" tall and although they are small they were actually pretty simple to piece together.
The echo quilting is done in Auriful #3817 , called Marrakesh. It's a beautiful multi-color variegated 40 wt. thread. This was my first time using an Auriful 40 wt. (I typically only use 50 wt) and I have to say I absolutely loved it! Hard to see from the photos, but in person you do see the effect of the multi-color thread on the hot pink background. I think it gives it that nice extra pop of something special :)
The 40 wt. has a thicker finish and quilts up rather nicely. Below is a quick sample quilting I did on some scrap fabric and batting to show the colors.
I sure do love the way this turned out. And even though I'm sure not everyone who follows my blog may agree with the pattern or it's message, I hope you can at least appreciate the effort, creativity, and love put into it. I am rather proud of it and I think I may need one for myself :)
I hope my partner enjoys it as much as I do.