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I recently participated in my first sewing swap! It was hosted through flickr, and was called “spicing up the kitchen.” Everyone was assigned a secret partner, and a little information about your partners kitchen and favorite fabrics was provided to help when making a few kitchen items to send to them.

SUTK kitchen mat

My partner wanted a kitchen mat that would coordinate with the orange accents in her kitchen, so I used a disappearing 9-patch pattern to whip this up. I used 2 layers of batting to make it nice and cushy, and home dec weight fabric to make it sturdy.

Back of kitchen mat

I also whipped up a set of coordinating kitchen towels. My partner seemed to like her things, and I was so happy!

Towels and kitchen mat

Then… I got my package in the mail! My partner was totally awesome and made me a set of 4 placemats, using a combination of bright colors (and some of my favorite fabrics!) and linen. I also received a few linen tea towels, and a few small packs of fabric! I wasn’t so sure about the swap when I signed up for it, but it turned out great.

The lovely placemats I received

LOVE this print

SUTK details

My SUTK goodies

And, if that wasn’t enough, I found out that I won a bonus giveaway– anyone who had their swap package ready and sent on time was entered in a drawing for an apron, made by Erin (from two more seconds) who hosted the swap. I was so surprised that I won, and am very excited about getting my new apron. Thanks so much, Erin!

And then, because I couldn’t help myself, I signed up for another swap. This one is called “for the love of solids,” and I just couldn’t resist. I had so much fun making this quilt for the kona solids challenge for the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild, and I have been building up my stash of solids. I’m excited to get to work on it! I thought I could squeeze in one more thing this summer!

Kona challenge quilt

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Spicing up the kitchen inspiration!

1. a scrappy mug rug, 2. crown & stars linen art journal cover, 3. selvedge mug rug, 4. Yellow Log Cabin Coffee Press Sleeve, 5. Geese Around the World, 6. Fireking* Jadeite “Swedish Modern Bowls”, 7. april 2011 do. good stitches, 8. Fire King Jadite cups, 9. Mini Quilt of the Month: The Vegetable Patch, 10. not-too-Christmassy table runner, 11. Tillia’s Quilt, 12. Color Crazy Quilt blocks on the line, 13. no color as beautiful, 14. [SUTK} mini quit, 15. fireking jadeite collection*, 16. 74/365 – Mini Hexie Quilt in Progress, 17. a new potholder, 18. YIP 365.345 :: Sample block for improv workshop, 19. uhg swap finished, 20. finished apron, 21. one., 22. Pretty Little Pouch finished!, 23. Untitled, 24. Hexagon progress, 25. Completed Yellow and Grey Lady of the Lake Quilt

I’m really excited to be participating in my first swap– Spicing up the Kitchen! The swap is organized through flickr, and participants are assigned a secret partner for whom they make a kitchen related item.
To give your partner a sense of what you like and are looking for, you can make a photo mosaic with inspiration. I thought I’d share mine here– I’m ready to get started!

Also, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has stopped by from the Bloggers Quilt Festival, and have left me comments about my books quilt! It’s wonderful to see that there are so many readers AND quilt lovers out there!!

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