Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What I'm Up To

Sorry, no real post tonight. I'm quilting! :) Maybe tomorrow...

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Most Wonderful Gifts

Today was a magnificent day! :) I received both of my swap items, from Anna and Kitty, and I am so in awe of their creativity and kindness. Words may not convey everything, so I've included pictures of their, and now my, wonderful things.

First, here are the two bundles I sent out to my friends, inspired by their loves of aqua, lime, and orange. For Kitty, I made a 14-slot colored pencil roll with orange fabrics for the outside and limes for the inside; for Anna, I made a 10-slot crotchet hook roll and reversed the color order. The backs both have a fun block from Tula Pink's sampler book, #86. I also included fat quarters of Metro Living, three from Denyse Schmidt lines, Heirloom opal (Joel Dewberry), a fat eighth of Riley Blake Tuxedo, and a couple scraps from the projects. I also found the perfect hounds tooth ribbon last week, so that just had to wrap them up. As you can probably tell, I left wrapping these up until the last minute, and didn't take nearly enough pictures, or even one of the actual gifts! I do hope the girls can post some on their blog for me, that would make my day :)


Below, in all their glory, are the two swap items I received. Anna send an adorable house block pillow cover, with purples and blues which I just love, and a super cool bird, surrounded by Noteworthy (one of my favorites!). Unfortunately I don't have a good picture of the back, but she used the gorgeous blue chevron you can see on the front, and even a beautiful purple floral for the inside. I so wish I could free motion quilt like she does! Anna also included some scraps I will most definitely put to good use, some candy, and even some stinkin cute fabric tape. :)

Kitty sent a mini quilt, which just made me smile like a big idiot. She picked Flea Market Fancy knowing I would love it, and tried out some lone star blocks which turned out wonderful. I wish you could see the quilting on this, I'm so envious and I'll have to discover her secrets! The back (which again I forgot a picture of) is more Flea Market Fancy in reds and greys, which tie it all together; she even included these dotty scraps. 

I may have felt just a little scared when I opened both of these wonderful gifts and thought, these seem so above and beyond my humble pencil/crotchet rolls! :( But then I read an email from Kitty, writing that the pencil roll I sent, is the most perfect thing I could ever dream to have, and I wasn't so scared anymore :) She was amazed by the love and wishes we sent, and really I can't say it better myself. These beauties will always make me smile, and think of the friends I am so fortunate to have.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Hi Ho, Hi Ho...

... it's off to sew I go! I've got a bit of time before I should go to sleep, and that means some much-needed attention for my swap items. I wouldn't dare show a picture preview, such is the nature of a secret swap, but I can say for sure that my cutting mat has seen a nice mix of green, orange, and teal today. :)

Happy sewing!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Stitchy Things

I've got a finish and a couple of other cute sew-y things to show today.

First up, a completed trial-run colored pencil roll, to get ready for the fun swap planned with the lovely Anna and Kitty :)

Pretty cute huh? Although there are problem spots that stick out to me, overall I'm happy with it, especially being my guinea pig. I'm most scared of the problems that my swap partners will see when I send theirs!

Below are some blocks that I've been slowly working on, since last summer. Sshhh, don't tell anyone. The orange and green ones might be my favorite of all the ones I've completed so far.

Lastly, an adorable heart for the start of a flag for the "We're Stitched Together" Project, blogged about by deux petites souris. These will be going to the city of Lac Megantique in Canada, but you can read more about the cause from the blogger herself.

 I realized about half way through it, I seemed to be doing paper piecing without the paper! It was fun to do, so I might experiment some more for the flag's other side. Hopefully I can sew again soon!