Posts Tagged ‘swap’

hourglass bag

I was really excited when my circle of the Do. Good Stitches quilting bee decided to do a swap! I have only participated in a few swaps previously, because it can get overwhelming to load up on sewing obligations, and truth be told, I am a little protective of my sewing time! However, a swap among friends is always welcome, and I’ve loved getting to know the women in my quilting bee!

love circle swap

I was lucky to draw Rachel as my secret partner because I think I have a good sense of her style. Rachel loves rich, saturated color and patchwork, and appreciates text based prints. She also has expressed a love for linen as a neutral fabric– something I’m totally on board with! So, when I put this all together, I wanted to juxtapose the dense color with the black and white text, and soften it all with the linen. I got to business by making a bunch of hourglass blocks, and decided to form the front of the bag with these.

scrappy handles

I set one block in some patchwork for a pocket on the back, and I made the bag a little larger than usual so that it could hold a quilt or other sizable projects.
I love swapping handmade goods with friends!

Outer pocket on love circle swap bag

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For the love of solids inspiration mosaic

1. Bee Scrappy finished quilt!, 2. Mini Scrap Quilts, 3. Single Girl quilt top almost done., 4. Color Wheel Quilt :: hand quilted, 5. grey & gold baby quilt, 6. baby Ingrid in progress, 7. the big orange wall quilt, 8. Squares quilt, 9. alphabet baby quilt, 10. Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, 11. Vivaldi finished, 12. Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, 13. bag swap progress, 14. Colour Block Cross, 15. Summer quilt, 16. YIP 365.345 :: Sample block for improv workshop

When joining a swap on flickr, it’s the usual protocol to make a mosaic of photos you love to give your swap partner ideas about what to make for you. This really helps a lot– in the last swap I did I went back to my partner’s mosaic a number of times to see if my ideas were on the right track! For the most recent swap I joined, “for the love of solids,” I put together this mosaic. I love seeing what other people’s favorites are on flickr, and here is a glimpse into mine! (If you want to see more like this, check out the for the love of solids group, there are a ton to peruse!).

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kitchen mat

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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