Disney Mini Quilt Swap

My partner received her mini today so I can spout on and on about it and how cool I think it is.

Her survey indicated that her favorite Disney movie is The Sword in the Stone. I’ve always been enthralled by the King Arthur legend and absorb anything I can about it. The Once and Future King is one of my favorite books from high school. As a young adult that love led me to a book titled The Mists of Avalon which I read around the time that a movie called ‘First Knight’ came out. Hello! Sean Connery as King Arthur? Yes, please!

The Sword in the Stone is the Disney version of that legendary tale and I knew that was the route I would take. She also mentioned The Little Mermaid and Frozen but I was drawn to the legend of King Arthur. I downloaded a bunch of images to get some inspiration. Did I want to go right for it or a little obscure? I just wasn’t quite sure.

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I went back and forth for a while because I really love the sword with the words etched in it and the text in the shape of the sword and anvil. I was having trouble figuring out how to make those come to life with my current skill-set. I was also very drawn to the book cover. It’s bright and vibrant and just cool. So, that’s the route I took.

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I opened EQ6 and drew it up so I could figure out sizes. I pulled a bunch of reds along with those teals and blue and gold accents.

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First step was adding the teal and blue sections.

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Once those parts were done I just went full force to get this top finished.

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I was so pleased at this point. I had appliquéd on the sword and filigree pieces. I enlarged the photo so I could trace the words. I did that from the back of the copy paper so they would cut the correct direction which is how I was able to create some appliqué pieces for those.

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The back is just random placement of the same colors as the front but I added the saying using the alphabet stitch on my new sewing machine.

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I quilted to create the hardback seams on the book cover. I bound it in the gold I used for the letters and it was just the perfect choice.

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As a final finishing touch, I added a sword charm on the sword appliqué piece and hand-stitched the blue jewels. It adds the perfect amount of sparkle to go this mini.

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This swap was so much fun and the creativity of all involved was just over the top. I would definitely do another Disney swap. Be sure to get on Instagram and check out the hashtag to see all the awesomeness. #disneyquiltswap2015

You can also google Disney Mini Quilt swap to see the minis that have been blogged about.

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4 thoughts on “Disney Mini Quilt Swap

  1. Cathy says:

    I love it!!!! You did a fantastic job with this challenge and I’m sure she will love it!

  2. Shannon C. says:

    This is so fabulous! I think you did great to pick the book cover rather than something more obvious. My favorite part of that movie is when they turn into fish….

  3. Fantastic – you don’t see the sword and the stone featured that often on disney quilts – love it!

  4. terri414cb says:

    The book cover turned out perfect. I don’t think I ever would have attempted it but your quilt is spot on!

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