Thursday, September 22, 2011

Oh the people you do meet, and other musings on swaps

Fall swaps are in full swing and I must say, the cooler days just make me want to break out the autumn colors- some of my favorite no matter what time of year. I have some fun swaps and side swaps in the works and here is a sneak peek at what is going on in my little sewing corner of the world.
Scrappy Mug Rug Swap- Fall theme- V2
appliqued leaved and pieced Kona ivory blocks, prairie points and fall colored border and binding.

Close up of appliqued leave.
Scrappy Mug Rug Swap- Fall theme- V1- front
Pieced and appliqued leave, pieced blocks. Shadow quilting.
Scrappy Mug Rug Swap, Fall theme- V1, back
 The Scrappy Mug rug Swap is now in it's Fast Fall swap- you could either choose Fall or Halloween. I chose Halloween, one of my FAV holidays and my partner chose Fall. She likes leaves and symmetry. I made version 1 first, symmetrical and ordered and then had some second thoughts and launched into version 2 with more leaves, not quite as symmetrical but more leaves and more color. I'll send both to my partner. Two is better than one, right???
Always Bee learning- for Erin
Triangulations, V2

Always Bee Learning- for Erin
Triangulations, V1
Always bee Learning- for Erin. Her month- October- Triangulations- designs made from 1/2 square triangles. Luckily, I had half square triangles on the brain after the For the Love of Solids swap and really had fun with this. Erin sent 4 fabrics, 2 light, 2 dark. We could pair a light and dark, make 1/2 square triangles, with a paper piecing method that was very handy, and then arrange the 1/2 square triangles how ever we liked. I came up with the above 2 variations and if I were half as clever, I would have rotated the chevron picture 90 degrees to the right and made them E's, for Erin. (I noticed that later)…

And lastly a side swap with a new friend, Whitney and her daughter, Aidan. This was more than fun. I sent her sneaky peaks the day I sent her package in the mail and she should have it by now- so here are the finished swap items. We decided on a 20 minute tote for the girls (both 13 year old budding sewists) and the Jane Market Tote for the moms.

Whitney's tote- I pieced a strip of fun fabrics down the center of the pocket. I used my Go! Baby cutter to get the blocks all nice and uniform (front detail)

Lots of fun fabric- Anna Marie Horner, Amy Butler, Kate Spain, Denise Schmidt

Back pocket different than front pocket- why not! (Back detail)

Aidan's bag- from Remi- Echino fabric and a web handle. Remi sewed this from the 20 minute tote pattern, took more like an hour and 20 minutes, but she did it all herself. (Including a round with the seam ripper and a change of bobbin threads- "Honey did you really want to use black in the bobbin?". "It's not black, it's navy". "Did you really want to use navy in the bobbin?".)


  1. YOU would be the best swap buddy EVER!!!! I am in LUV with those Fall mug rugs---you bet two are better than one (any day!)! How lucky could a body be? :) And the bags are just awesome! You definitely rock, woman. :D

  2. Cute mug rugs, and love those bee blocks. The bags are fun too :o)

  3. You've been busy! The mug rugs, blocks and bags look great!

  4. Everything looks great!!!

    I am having a new fabric giveaway this weekend, I hope you stop by!

  5. Hi again! I wanted to let you know that I've awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award! You can check it out at my blog! Thanks for sharing all of your great creations and being an inspiration to me :)

  6. I love both of the mug rugs! Thanks so much!! :)


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