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Monday, October 15, 2012

Sew Cook Laugh Live ~Swap sent and received...a new quilt beginning and some cross stitch~

Recently I was in a swap hosted by Jos

The brief was:  send at least 1m of fabric (could be fat 1/4)
2m tape/ribbon etc
4 buttons
and something your partner will really enjoy

My partner was Michele from The Christmas Beetle
on the questionnaire Michele mentioned she was obsessed by Christmas and that her favourite colour was red
Into this package above went a cake of raspberry soap

1m of cotton tape and 1m of Christmas ribbon
pack of large rusty buttons/bells
A Christmas pattern by hugs'kisses and threads to match
A Christmasey fat 1/4

My parcel arrived last week and it made my day as I had to take it easy with this knee of mine
Thank goodness for Mr Armchair who was able to do some work from home (and still is) and care for JoJo while I had my leg up

I had instructions to follow *grin*
JoJo was to open the parcels with tape on them and not me!!!!!!
She like Michele is also obsessed with Christmas

I specified my favourite colours as soft, warm colours with aqua being my second favourite
I received some perle thread and a reel of aqua thread
a white cotton doiley
Christmastime fabric by my favourite designer Anni Downs of The Home Patch
Some lace and cotton/linen tape on pegs
And a pattern

4 lovely aqua ceramic buttons

Pattern Dashing Thru the Snowcones by Meme's Quilts

A little hanger as well

The tape is sitting up with others now

Close up of the fabric

Here's JoJo excitedly opening the 'taped' parcels

to find some very Christmasey mugs and some muffin cups
Thank you so much Michel......I We absolutely love this parcel and we would love to come to your shop one day in Albury for a visit......JoJo would just think all her Christmases had come at once!!!!!!

And thank you so much Jos from SewCookLaughLive for hosting this wonderful swap!!!!!!
I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in it

The fabric that Michele sent me was just the right size to go with my fat 1/8 of Christmastime that I already had

Laying out the fat 1/8ths

with Michele's fabrics


I started the quilt pattern Michele sent me
I have only done 2 blocks so far......I thought I might try appliqueing with blanket stitch on the machine this time to speed everything up but I can't sit at the machine yet!!!!!!!!!
I think I'm going to really enjoy doing this quilt as I've not done anything like it before
I think I might call it Ice Creams and Snowmen


Meanwhile I thought I would start a 'scary' cross stitch by LizzieKate I recently bought

using these wonderful Weeks Dye Works thread that came with the kit
I've got lots to do now on the stitching side so I better make the most of it while Mr Armchair is home!!!!!!

My giveaway is still open over here for those who haven't entered yet......Dzintra


Susan said...

You have both made really beautiful and thoughtful choices. Anni's new range is good enough for all year round don't you think. Hope your knee is mending.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Beautiful gifts sent and received. Your blocks are lovely.

Simone de Klerk said...

What a wonderful swap, making so many happy!
Love your ice cones.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Hope all is going well Dzintra..what a post...lovely gifts...that thread looks so nice..

Nat Palaskas said...

Wow, what fun post! Swap is always exciting. Love what you got. Have fun playing with them - hugs Nat

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning sweet Dzintra!
First of all, how is your knee? Are you able to get off the crutches yet?
Then, how are the rehearsals going? Good I hope, being that you have had to manipulate those crutches!
OK...this is fabulous. Receiving a parcel full of such FUN NOTIONS is exciting. You know my story about how my mum would take me for a long walk to the shop to just get a notion or two...that EXCITEMENT over such fun little things has stayed with me, and ribbons and laces and other fun things give such joy, especially when they come as a surprise!

You will do fabulous things with them. Do you know Michelle from The Raspberry Rabbits? She does the most beautiful felt work on her can find her link on my sidebar. Oh my, she is so good, like YOU!

Many hugs today, Anita

Tatkis said...

What a wonderful swap! All the presents are lovely and thoughtful!
Good luck with your cross stitching project :)


Lynn said...

Oooh a busy post!!! I love the swap gifts. Yu both really outdid yourselves.
Is your knee healing?

Rachaeldaisy said...

So much sewing loveliness in these swaps. Wonderful thoughtful gifts. I love your ice cream cones with heart cherries!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh sweet friend,

Thank you for viewing and LISTENING to my post. I love that eery music and that woman on the shore, is that NOT a grand photo? May we gracefully take each day and what it gives us!

MANY HUGS MY FRIEND and I hope you get off those crutches soon! LOVE, Anita

Jeni said...

Hope you are feeling well
enjoyed your post
Off to craft show Thursday Brisbane

Palomasea said...

First of all, dear friend, I was so happy to see your message just now! Thank you! Yes, we all have special gifts....and your tremendous gift of fabric art is something I so admire!
How are you feeling? I am hoping there is much improvement and you'll be dancing the night away with those pirates soon! :))
This is such a lovely post...what fun to receive and send these beautiful surprises...and JoJo had fun opening the goodies! :) Those polka dot them! And the ice cream pattern is so sweet...hee...pun intended! Beautiful colors...
Enjoy all of you fun projects, dearest Dzintra....and be well, my friend!
Much love and big hugs,
- Irina

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