I have a group of really tight-knit online quilty friends that are there for me through thick and thin. We encourage each other, share photos of WIP's and give feedback when one of us is "stuck" artistically, and provide a shoulder to cry on when one of us hits a rough patch. Basically, it's a kickass group of women, and I thank my lucky stars for them every day :)
Last year we met up in Nashville, and this year we went to Ali's stomping grounds and converged upon Atlanta. And for some crazy reason we'd never arranged an in-group swap before, so we remedied that with this trip and had Ali assign secret partners. I drew Mrs. Ali herself, and went full-on geometry since she loves her some Math.
I used this photo as my inspiration. And no, I didn't paper piece it. I kicked it old school with a lot of Y-Seams and improv piecing. And yes, I did tear out a few chunks of hair along the way.
It's kind of hard to see in photos, but I used a gold metallic thread to quilt each "string" that the ornaments are hanging from.
Here is the sum of our swap loot.