I just wrapped up my first gift swap and I can now say, it wasn’t nearly as scary or stressful as I thought it would be. I’ve always been pretty intimidated by all the online swaps, scared that my partner wouldn’t like what I sent. But Amy talked me into her Twitter Secret Santa Swap, basically because it was a $15 limit and everyone wasn’t required to include a handmade item.
I received Cajame Creations for my partner. It was fun because we don’t have the exact same style, so I was pushed to do a bit of research (ahem – blog stalking) to see what she would like.
Since our price limit was low and I wanted to get a lot of bang for my buck, I headed to Etsy to find a fabric scrap pack. I knew she liked shabby chic and bright colors, and I found a great set of Jennifer Paganelli and Paula Prass fabric. I also included a few colors of baker’s twine, because, well come on, you can’t have enough baker’s twine!
She also had recently posted about her “bucket list” and one of the items was buying a camper and traveling across Europe. So, I decided to make her a little mini quilt to (one day) decorate the dream camper.
This embroidery pattern is from Sublime Stitching. I used some of the fabric scraps I bought her for the mini as well.
The secret partner who had me was Amber! You can probably imagine my joy at seeing a package at my door from Hawaii and knowing it must be from Amber.
She really did a perfect job on my gift. She sent me fabric and the new Doll Quilts book – both of which I didn’t have! She sent a Hawaiian Christmas book for my kids (they LOVE it), a calendar so I don’t forget the million things I have planned, some Hawaiian themed mints…but most beautifully she made me a wonderful necklace which my daughter promptly stole from me! I love it all Amber, thank you so much.
I really enjoyed the swap, I definitely think I will be doing one again. I think the best part was knowing that the recipient would be someone who would appreciate a handmade gift.
December 20, 2011 10 Comments
Welcome to week 2 of Mini Quilt Monday! If last week’s quilt was pushing the upper limits of what can be called a “Mini Quilt”, then this week’s quilt is taking on those lower limits. Coming in at just 3.5″ by 4.5″, this mini quilt was designed to be my name tag for The Sewing Summit next month in Salt Lake City.
I started by mocking up my design in Photoshop.
I used a block design from my new blog banner. After printing the design onto paper, I taped it to the window and traced it onto white fabric and did some simply hand embroidery. To create the mini quilt block (about a 1″ square), I ironed fusible web to the back of fabric scraps, cut out the tiny pieces, and ironed them into place around the embroidery. I created a quilt sandwich and used clear thread to “quilt” those tiny pieces into place permanently. I then quilted a small border around the entire name tag. The binding is also tiny, cut at 1-1/4″ before folding.
So there you have it! My smallest quilt ever. Let’s see what you’ve made this week!
September 12, 2011 23 Comments
For the first time in what feels like a *really* long time, I don’t have any projects that I have to work on. It’s a great feeling. I decided to get my sewing room in order today and hang a few pictures that have been leaning on my shelves for months.
Last year I embroidered the above linen with the intent on hanging it up in my sewing space. (The embroidery pattern is one of many I have by the super talented Cynthia of Meringue Designs.) But then I painted the room tan. The same color as the linen. I really wanted the embroidery to pop so today I took a deep breath and cut into my Flea Market Fancy fabric to create a little patchwork frame. Oh how I wish this fabric would be rereleased! I just love how it turned out. Now I can see some of my favorite fabric every day.
I thought I’d share a photo of my shelves in my sewing space. The shelving unit and baskets are from Ikea. I’ll add notes to the photo in Flickr explaining what is in all those baskets. Believe it or not, it’s *not* my fabric stash! Those are all in plastic tubs. Now that I’m all tidied up, I can’t wait to get going on more projects for me now!
January 10, 2011 14 Comments