One thing that I won't be doing much of in the next few months is swapping. Oh how I will miss it so! I just finished up a couple of good ones and have a couple of small ones left on my plate. It has taken all of my self-control and some pleading to friends to help me NOT sign up for any right now. There are a few great ones that I'm bummed I can't do this time around: the Modern She Made swap, the Potholder Pass, the Tabletop Swap, and the Fab Little Pincushion Swap, just to name a few.
Luckily I've been involved in some pretty great swaps lately. Here are a couple I finished up -
The Scrappy Mug Rug Swap. I love making minis...they're so quick and fun! It's great to try out new blocks and ideas and techniques on a small scale so you don't spend too much time (and fabric!) on something that may not turn out fab. My partner for the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap was the crazy-fun Kristen of Gock's Frocks. She likes bright and scrappy, just like me, so it wasn't hard to be inspired for her mug rug. Do you like it? I tried some organic, wavy quilting and I just love how it turned out!
I received an amazing mug rug, too...I'll share it with you tomorrow...once I finally take pictures of it.
I also took part in the Doll Quilt Swap. It's one of those swaps that can be a little intimidating (at least for me) because of the amazing talent in the group. Not that my other swaps weren't full of awesomely-talented ladies and gentlemen, but there was just something about the last round or two of the Doll Quilt Swap that made me a little nervous to join. I just sent this puppy out this morning, so mum's the word on its recipient:
This swap comes complete with some rules...I can be a rule-follower when I want to be, so I was game! We had to make a quilt using at least 6 blocks, one of which had to be a log cabin, flying geese, churn dash/shoofly, drunkards path, or N.Y. beauty. PLUS, we had to use a non-white solid. So, after taking it all in and checking out my partner's mosaic and doing some stalking, I decided to do hexagon log cabin blocks, a la Lee of Freshly Pieced. I made a pin cushion a couple of months back using her Hexing Around block and I just wanted to do it again...they're way fun to make! I put them in a staggered setting on a spring green background. I wasn't sure about the color at first (I mean, hello, white goes with everything!) but now I just love it...I think with the quilting and the orange binding the whole thing just works. I sure hope my partner loves it as much as I do!
The last thing I sent off is a secret. As soon as the recipient gets it, I'll fill you in...it's a good one!
So, between my swaps, bee blocks, other sewing, and moving, I've got lots going on! I'll keep you posted on everything - it's a whirlwind around here!! Thank you to everyone who has signed up for my Charming Travelers giveaway. If you haven't, check it out HERE.