Sunday 23 March 2014

Girls Day in the Country – The Swaps

This year we had two separate swaps. 

Firstly, on Friday we had a “Make it, bake it or fake it” Swap among the Blog ladies.

I didn’t have a great deal of time so I did a simple make, with a bit of a fake.  A couple of weeks ago I read on Bloom’s blog that she had found a wonderful new toy.  I arranged to get one for myself and also got one for the swap.  I then made a simple draw string bag to carry it in.

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Ann was the recipient of this little package.

I received a lovely fat quarter bundle and a little mirror from the vintage quilt exhibition in Brisbane, prepared by Jenny. I’ll have fun with the fabrics, and it was a real treat to have a little something from the quilt exhibition, as it was something that I would have love to visit, but just not feasible.

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Kerry had arranged a swap for Saturday using one of Lynette’s little patterns.  The project was for a needle book.

Time was not on my side, so I pared back the stitchery design to just one colour and simplified the stitches.  Instead of making a needle book, I made a pincushion, using some fabric I had, which matched the stitchery nicely, and some ribbon that came from Norway, wrapping a Christmas Swap a couple of years ago.

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For the first time I used crushed walnut shells for the filling.  I was really happy with how it turned out.  I may have to make one for myself as well.

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Funnily enough, Ann received this swap gift as well.

I received a very sweet needle book.  When I saw the wrapping paper I had a sneaking suspicion that it may have been made by Jenny, as it was the same paper as on my Friday night’s gift. 

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Yes, I was right.  What a coincidence.

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I love the rich colours Jenny used, the snail button and the lining fabric on the inside also matches, with snails and other bugs and flowers.  Just perfect.

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Taking part in the swaps sometimes creates a little pressure, but is worth it to join in.

By the way, I used the little rechargable LED lamp for stitching on the Saturday and it was fantastic.  I’m very happy to have stumbled across it.


Jenny said...

Glad you liked it . it was a good weekend

Fiona said...

lovely goodies.. the stitching is just perfect...

Anonymous said...

awesome swap gifts,i loved both the swaps they were so much fun.xx

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

totally agree...awesome swap prezzies...

Susan said...

Great swap goodies. Your little pincushion is adorable.

Anonymous said...

Lovely swaps presents given and received :)

Susan said...

Funny the coincidences - yes those lights are great...

Chookyblue...... said...

swaps are always so much fun...........