|Swap Mama Cheryll|
As soon as I opened the last layer though, I could barely speak for the gorgeousness in my little parcel!! Six precious 'Danish' seed bead ornaments ...
* * * * * * * * * * * * *So, if you've been by Anthea of Hibiscus Stitches' blog, you will already have seen the items I sent to her. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, although I had thankfully gotten all the stitcheries done by the end of last week, I ended up finishing them all over the course of last weekend ... nothing like getting things done last minute! Thankfully Australia Post was feeling helpful and my Express Post bag arrived Wednesday afternoon, ready for opening on Thursday. Yay!!
First up was the lovely 'Among the Holly' table runner, designed by the lovely Gail Pan.
|H is for Holly|
This was my FNSI project from last week, lol! *wink*
After a little more piecing, sewing, quilting, more sewing, a little teasing, and then some more sewing, lol, it was soon past 3am and I had this little beauty from Natalie Bird's 'Tis the Season' pattern book ...
|S is for Star ... I is for Inspirational words|
A bright green lining as I knew she dislikes dark ones, lol!
Monday morning I was thankful that I had left the easiest items to then ... two potholders with another two darling little 'Tis the Season' stitcheries ... turns out, the three TTS stitcheries were the three Anthea had used in HER Christmas in July parcel!! Great minds, eh Anthea?!!!
|M is for mouse ... H is for holly ... S is for Star|
I threw myself off a tad when I realised that I'd cut down the stitcheries to 4 6/8" squares! Thankfully I found a darling little tutorial explaining how to calculate how much fabric you need to make the flying geese, using a fabulous new-to-me technique HERE (I used the first technique). They came together really quickly after that!
I was so glad to hear that Anthea was happy with her gifts! As soon as I got her information from Cheryl, I sat down and read through her entire blog with a pen & pad of paper next to me so I could jot down some ideas of what she liked ... turns out our tastes are pretty similar, especially when it comes to designers!!
Well, one more swap down this year ... now to figure out what to make my Santa Sack Swap partner over the coming months in between finishing off and beginning some other lovelies :)