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Teal Mini Swap, formerly known as Two for Teal Mug Rug Swap and Ovarian Cancer Research fundraiser, is a way for EvaPaige Quilt Designs to help raise awareness of this ridiculous disease annually during the months of July through September, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The basic premise is formulated around the What We Know of All Quilters and Sewists Trifecta:

They love to sew They like fun gifts in the mail They are mostly women and/or have women in their lives and would like to prevent women from dying from ovarian cancer if at all possible

Participants can choose to make either a mug rug (up to 10″ square) or a mini quilt (up to 18″ square). Partners will be matched according to their preference, ie, if you request a mug rug, you’ll be matched with someone who also is requesting a mug rug. Same for minis.

This swap has raised $4,470.00 for Ovarian Cancer Research.  

My swap partner specified that she liked fish!  So I started researching doing something with fish applique in a mini quilt, along with taking into consideration the teal fabric swatch I received as part of this project.  The teal fabric is Scrollscapes II Aqua by Quilting Treasures.

Scrollscapes II Aqua – Focus Fabric for Teal Mini Swap 2017

I found a free stain glass pattern online for a fish, and I downloaded it and started thinking about colors and wrote them into the parts of the fish.  I also found some small cutouts of different fish to use in the background.  The background fish was where I was going to use the focus fabric.  I also got inspiration for the water from a Life’s a Beach Art Quilt I did two years ago.  

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I looked through all my batiks and wanted to do a teal theme colored ocean and found colors to represent the water.  I did the big fish in some batiks colors to help it stand out, and then I did some seaweed with batiks and thread painting.  I made the background fish from the small fish cutouts and used the 2017 mini teal swap focus fabric as shown above.  Following is the Teal Mini Quilt that I made for my Swap Partner.

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I have washed my purses that are made with vinyl and with cork.

I washed it on Delicate cycle with cold water, and it washed very well!

I would recommend washing in cold water, and using a color catcher (http://www.shoutitout.com/en-US/Products/Pages/shout-color-catcher.aspx) similar to this one. I have used this color catcher on a quilt my Mom made that has a white background with dark purple pieces in it and I have not had any trouble with the colors bleeding.

I would also recommend either air drying or drying in a cycle for delicates on low heat maybe with a towel in the dryer to help cushion the rolling. I did that with my purse that I washed and dried this morning. I took my purse out before it was completely dry and will let it air dry the rest of the way.

I hope this helps and again I am glad you love your purse and appreciate you as a customer.

Canary Created has started to grow the number of products that are available to our customers, and we do lean towards the “ghastlie”, halloween, or even zombie themed fabrics, but we will take custom orders for any fabric or any reasonable changes in a purse that a customer may ask for.

Our bags are not just limited to the fabrics that are shown in our pictures, we can work with customers to find a fabric that they may like!  For example, we recently had a request for a Rosie and the customer sent us the fabrics that she wanted to use in the purse.  Read the rest here -→

Canary Created has several cross body purse styles available and I wanted to put up a comparison so that my shoppers can have some sense of the difference between the purses.  We want everyone to make sure they are making the best choices for their lifestyle.

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UPDATE (2/10/2015):  Our quilt was accepted to be in the AQS 2016 Quilt Art Engagement Calendar, click this link to purchase this calendar from AQS.

Towards the end of 2013, a quilting group that my Mom and I are a part of a challenge to create a quilt that is 30″ x 30″ to submit to a the AQS Grand Rapids Quilt Show Guild Challenge.  A few months later the group decided to make the challenge a Mackinaw Island Bike Tour theme.  Mackinaw Island is located between the upper and lower peninsulas in Michigan, USA.  Mackinaw Island is open from Spring to Fall and the only way to access the island is by boat or plane.  There are no cars on the island and the modes of transportation around the island are bike or horse.

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