Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Swaps, Swaps and More Swaps

I don't participate in too many swaps. Between family and work, I don't have many free hours for sewing so I'm usually a little selfish with what I use that time for. But this fall I got bit by the swap-bug (and bit hard)! With the wrap-up of each swap I intended to blog about the swap and what I made, but well... that didn't happen. So here's a super-quick review of what I've made and sent out into the world:

CuppaKim's Annual Mug Swap
CuppaKim Mug Swap 
This swap doesn't require anything other than a mug to be sent, but I couldn't NOT send a little something handmade. I used my friend Beth's tutorial to make the hearts.



Fox Swap
Fox Swap 
Don't ask me why I can't find a picture of the finished quilt, but I loved how it turned out. That grey Moda crossweave is probably my favorite fabric of the moment.



Halloween Sack Swap
Halloween Sack Swap 
I loved working with Sweetwater's Boo Crew fabric to make this little Halloween bag. And filling it with Halloween goodies was just as fun!



Halloween Basket Swap
Halloween Basket Swap 
A few more bits and pieces from the Boo Crew fabric were used to make a Halloween basket - also filled with some fun Halloween goodies.



Ghastlies Swap
Ghastlies Swap 
There was a little snag with the Ghastiles Swap, so I ended up making two projects (but don't worry... I also received two packages). The first item is the Reversible Box Tote (a free pattern) which I changed just a little bit and used binding around the openings (it helped with the bulk of the bag after quilting it).

  Ghastlies Swap (part 2) 
The second gift was a notebook cover and little fabric-covered corkboard (notice a theme with the Moda Crossweave yet?) 


  Kitty Mini Quilt Swap
Kitty Mini Quilt Swap 
My partner had four kitties and loved the color aqua, so this felt like the perfect marriage of both those loves.



Favorite Things Recipe Swap
Favorite Things Recipe Swap 
Another non-sewing swap... in this one we were sending a copy of our favorite recipe and something to go along with it in the kitchen. My partner loved cookbooks so I sent along a copy of the Junior League cookbook (which has a couple of my recipes in it.)



Handmade Birthday Swap
Handmade Birthday Swap (October) 
Our October birthday girl was Amy. She lives in the DFW area now, but is originally from Galveston, so I thought this little bag, made with scraps from the quilt I made for a family trip to Galveston, would be a nice little bit of home for her birthday.



Starbucks Mug Swap
Starbucks Mug Swap
I love Starbucks mug swaps and join any that I can find. In this swap we were sending a mug rug along with our mugs. Boy did I have fun playing with my scraps on this one! So much so that I made similar coasters for a later mug swap.



Liberty of London Swap
Liberty of London Swap 
I don't have a big stash of Liberty fabrics, so I was a little hesitant to sign up for this swap. But when I read my partner's info email and saw that she liked Hello Kitty Liberty fabric, I thought "Jackpot! Now I have a reason to shop... and maybe add a little Hello Kitty to my own stash."



London Calling Swap
London Calling Swap 
For this swap we were making Noodlehead's pouch. And even though I have a fairly good selection of London themed fabrics in my stash, I had to buy some of this teapot fabric when I ran across it online.



Holiday Sack Swap
Christmas Sack Swap 
And the last one... a Holiday themed sack swap. I used Lori Holt's free pattern (she's been hosting a quilt-along on Instagram) for the ornament. So fun and fast to stitch up!



Well, there you have it... what I've been stitching up for the last 4 or 5 months. I still have one more Handmade Birthday swap to stitch up, and then my 2014 sewing commitments will be done. But 2015 will be here soon, and with it, the Disney Mini Quilt Swap (and then I've promised myself a little swap break).

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes - December Goal

We're in full holiday mode around our house... the tree is up, the Elf has arrived, there has been lots of shopping and some holiday parties.

And now I think I'm down to 3 handmade gifts to finish: some buttons to sew on, a few pieces of hoop-art to make, and (my goal for this month) a quilt to finish.


Kind of sad that I had to leave early from a weekend of sewing with friends. But I got a Christmas present pieced, and I'm going to see the Black Keys tonight... So all in all a pretty awesome weekend!

The quilt won't be difficult to complete. But finding a way to complete it without hubby seeing his gift before Christmas, that's another story.

A Lovely Year of Finishes


Project Life Week 49

November 30 - December 6

334:365 Felt bow... DIY all the Christmas things. 
Sunday: Felt bow... DIY all the Christmas things. 
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335:365 Came home to lots of happy mail. Too bad the one on the bottom is the one I left for USPS to pick up. Ugh!! 
Monday: Came home to lots of happy mail. 
 Too bad the one on the bottom is the one I left for USPS to pick up. Ugh!! 
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336:365 Cozy evening on the sofa with a quilt and a new book of Logic puzzles. 
Tuesday: Cozy evening on the sofa with a quilt and a new book of Logic puzzles. 
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337:365 I was going to sew, but some pretty scraps distracted me. 
Wednesday: I was going to sew, but some pretty scraps distracted me. 
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338:365 Megan's annual Christmas ornament arrived today. #waterford #snowcrystal 
Thursday: Megan's annual Christmas ornament arrived today. 
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339:365 A Christmas present for Dad. And now really wishing I had bought one for me too.  #statelytype
Friday: A Christmas present for Dad. And now really wishing I had bought one for me too. 
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340:365 We're ready for a Perler Bead birthday party. 
Saturday: We're ready for a Perler bead birthday party. 
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Project Life Week 47 & 48

November 16 - November 29

320:365 Starbucks + Hearts 
Sunday: Starbucks + Hearts = Awesome 
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321:365 @yvcampbell77 I can't believe how the amazing package you sent!! I love everything and those coasters will make me smile every time I use them! #starbucksmugcoasterswap 
Monday: The most amazing swap package arrived from the Starbucks mug & coaster swap. 
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322:365 Yards of flannel going into the wash. That's going to be a yummy quilt backing. 
Tuesday: Yards of flannel going into the wash. 
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323:365 Merry Christmas from Marty the Moose. 
Wednesday: Merry Christmas from Marty the Moose. 
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324:365 Dinner date with this cutie. And she requested pancakes. 
Thursday: Dinner date with this cutie. 
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325:365 Hello pretty new scarf. Now to wait for the weather to cool down so I can wear you. 
Friday: Hello pretty new scarf. Now to wait for the weather to cool down so I can wear it. 
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326:365 The annual holiday Raising Cane's pups are Clark & Cousin Eddie this year! Awesome!! 
Saturday: The annual holiday Raising Cane's pups are Clark & Cousin Eddie this year! Awesome!!
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327:365 At our Girl Scout meeting today we had the honor of meeting Dr. Gloria Scott, former Girl Scout President. She gifted the girls her President's patch. #girlscouts #daisy 
Sunday: At our Girl Scout meeting today we had the honor of meeting Dr. Gloria Scott, former Girl Scout President. 
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328:365 A little selvedge Christmas sewing. 
Monday: A little selvedge Christmas sewing. 
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329:365 Being productive is messy work. 
Tuesday: Being productive is messy work. 
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330:365 @youngtexanmama here's my #whatmugareyouusingrightnow - Starbucks and Buc-ee to get me through this pre-turkey day work.
Wednesday: Starbucks and Buc-ee to get me through pre-turkey day work. 
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331:365 I'm probably more excited for breakfast than the main Thanksgiving meal. 
Thursday: I'm probably more excited for breakfast than the main Thanksgiving meal. 
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332:365 Fudge Pie & Champagne... After a crazy day at work I've been looking forward to this! 
Friday: Fudge Pie and Champagne... after a crazy day at work I've been looking forward to this!
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333:365 This kid & her love of cookies! 
Saturday: This kid and her love of cookies! 
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