Monday, May 7, 2012

Friends With Benefits

My last post I shared what Sisbabe had sent to me for our Friends with Benefits swap organised by Kathy at Sew Happy House....it was the first swap Kathy had ever organised, and she did a fantastic job.  Well done Kathy, and thank you!!

My swap partner likes contrasts and did as an example mention browns and pinks.....well, couldn't do browns and pinks however did find some Momo fabrics that I (in my not very contrast mind) did believe fitted into the category of contasts.  Sisbabe also likes lots of colour, and I think the fabrics I chose certainly packed a punch there!!!  I also purchased a Gail Pan pattern from Sarah's online store Patchwork Plus (button on her blog), which I have had an eye on for a long time......of course, I had to change it just a little (not necessarily the correct thing to do), so my block keeper came out looking a little different........


Gails original pattern has the stitchery turned applique'd or reverse appliqued onto the front cover - I'm still reasonably happy with how it turned out, however when I make one for myself I shall definately follow the pattern.

The pattern also included a pincushion and needlebook...........


...............and I also added a tape measure - easy peasy - a fabric flower encasing a Birch plastic retractable tape measure sandwiched with felt (leave a hole for the opening don't forget) and my ever trustworthy glue gun!! 

Then because I didn't think it looked ''quite enough'' I quickly put together a dilly bag which I found a tutorial for on Lurline's blog - thanks Lurline, the tutorial was so easy to follow and I just loved the batting base that makes it stand all on its own (no pellon at all in the bag sides).


So I think altogether it was a nice little parcel to send......I have to admit, I didn't particularly enjoy the colours I was working with but I believe I should probably now label myself a Swap Addict!


Best now go continue  Dzintra's "Colour" swap gift's organised by the lovely Lisa at Lydia's Treasures

Happy Sewing
xoxoxo

10 comments:

Cheryll said...

OMG Annie... these gifts are gorgeous! It was a great swap wasn't it! :)

lisa said...

GORGEOUS Annie so pretty and i love that u are making more of those flowers! they are super pretty i look and mine and still wonder how u did it..
if your interested Annie i have giveaway on my blog.
all is ok my end apart from the fact i have woken up with sore throat boo.
hugs
xo

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Good on you Annie...the gifts look great...
Ha ha laughing here...I made something and thought it didn't 'look enough' too...I must go and have a look at that dilly bag...looks so nice and handy!

melanie moore said...

These gifts are beautiful well done. I really loved doing the swap hope she does more.

Lisa D said...

I just LOVE your gifts they are just gorgeous!!

Christine said...

Beautiful gifts, Annie. Your swap partner is very lucky.

Sisbabestitches said...

Oh I am soooo lucky and spoiled. I am still overwhelmed with how very 'much' you sent, and they are all gorgeous. Sorry to have put you through so much distress using bold contrasty colours, you did a fantastic job though, luv, luv, luv them.

Sarah said...

Great gifts there girly! You did well especially since they are not your colours (thats hard to do!). I bet she loved them.

Raewyn said...

It can be hard working outside your comfort zone but you pulled it off and made stunning gifts, I'm sure she was really delighted with them.

Daisy Jayne said...

Great your partner was very lucky - there lovely

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