I received from my partner, wendiek!! I knew the package she sent me would arrive! It was actually delivered yesterday late afternoon, but I didn't discover it until this morning (the postman had hidden it in a basket on my porch)!
I have officially been spoiled by Wendie - I don't have a dog of my own, but I visit the animal shelter often to get my dog love quota! So, wendiek crafted for me with doggie themed items! Yay!
This is the postcard she sent me - the translation of that word on the card means "Finally" - how appropriate- wendiek, you are a clever girl!
Look at these cute doggie coasters - I love their ears!
And then, a cute, cute apron - here's a close up of the dog on the front pocket - wendiek picked perfect colors and fabrics - the apron itself is linen with black penstriping and the dog is felt - beautiful felt.
Check out this artfully beautiful mug rug! The dog on this is beautiful with embroidered details and outline quilting around the dog. Both this dog and the apron dog are boxers! I love boxers!
There are several special features to the mug rug - on three of the fabric sections are quilted features - on one is "doggie", on another is "diane", and another has an outline of a dog bone! Awesome stitching, wendiek!! I love this mug rug - Good choice!!
Close up of the mug rug dog - check out the embroidered details!
And a corner bookmark - which was attached to a green card - the card had a pencil drawing of a dog - wendie, you are an ARTIST -
And here is a final picture of everything together -
Thank you so much, wendiek! You absolutely created and sent me wonderful things that are just my style. And, see? It was worth the wait!
When I got home today, I opened the package I received (yesterday!)from my partner, PerfectlyBohemian - I passed out cold and have been unconscious for about 20 minutes!#%*&!! I'm sitting up now, but still weak and just BLOWN AWAY by PerfectlyBohemian's skills - her name should be PERFECTLY ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!! I think PB really lives next door, or has contacted someone very close to me, because this beautiful pillow cover could not be ANY MORE perfect for me.
Check this out:
All needle felted - I told her I like bare trees - she gave me beautiful bare trees. I told her I like foxes - I got the best fox ever - this cover should be in an art museum, it is that vibrant and beautiful. I told her my favorite colors are grey -- the background of the pillow cover on the back -- and green - the beautiful green mossy forest floor could not be a more perfect color or texture. The background on the front is one of those lovely tweedy-looking sweaters - I love the colors and textures of this cover so much.
Up close of that cute fox that I love!
How could he be any more perfect - awesome needle felting!
The back - made with cable GREY! sweater at the top, and the most beautiful charcoal grey stripe down the back, bottom half - and then the mushrooms, which I told her was something else I like!
Close up of those mushrooms - so precise - I cannot get over that she sent me this- it's really mine!
Her blending of the colors and the textures of the wool, I'm absolutely spellbound, and intimidated like I cannot believe!
Oh, another piece of art - the card she sent me - Perfect Partner - did you make this too? - it looks handmade - I think I'm going to frame it - it's that pretty.
I really don't see how whatever I'm making her for a cushion cover will even come close to comparing to this work of art. PB - you've made me so very happy. I am not sure that I have ever received anything so artfully beautiful. I am so grateful. Thank you, sweet girl! And I'm like doubly feeling bad I made you wait a day for my reaction. I'm going to have to go take a powder and recover!!
I received my first dotee ever! From one of my partners, AlphaBrett, and she was inspired by my love of trees - She writes, "He is is a very friendly tree spirit who loves to tell riddles" ! So wonderfully created by AB! I think his face is polymer clay and there is a golden sheen to it, he looks so calm and friendly, and wise. I love the character in the lines of his face. His eyes are shiny amber beads, maybe? His mouth consists of a multi-colored rock - he has beautifully crocheted "leaves" and his trunk is pretty braided twine with tail-roots of three wood beads. It's just beautiful and wow, so fast, AlphaBrett - I'm grateful for my dotee - thank you.
AlphaBrett - I wish I could take better pictures - if you have better pics of the details of his face, I would appreciate you posting them! Thank you for being my swap partner!!
I'm getting rather excited about this swap I don't have much experience with art quilts, so I stopped at JoAnn's on my way home from work and picked up some inspiration! I had coupons which saved me 40% on each of the two books and a 15% coupon which saved me some more on the magazine! I plan to read these this weekend and be inspired -
I'm especially excited to read the Quilting Arts Magazine article-"5 Ways to Color Cloth" - I hope to be ready for when I get my partner -
I received my angel package from my ANGEL - Silentblair!! She did an absolutely awesome job, and even avoided the cushion cover being robbed from her before she sent it to me!
Here he is - a SQUIRREL! Hand drawn by Blair - It's ART on a pillow!! Plus the two little acorns dangling from the upper right corner - crocheted acorns!!
Look at this detail:
Since I had to wait (Blair made and sent this to me within a WEEK of signing up to be my angel!!), and because we've been partners before, she sent a cute card, and the embellishment of the crocheted acorns - and she wrapped it all up in a pretty piece of white-on-white fabric, disguised as wrapping paper, of course - BLAIR YOU ROCK!
Please, please don't hold it against her, organizers! She's a GREAT ANGEL!
Thank you silentblair - you certainly did a wonderful job for me! (AS IS USUAL FOR YOU!!!) AND, this cushion cover is really sweet with the birds on a branch cushion cover that my other partner, indigo_roses, sent me - the pillows are perfect together!!
Thank you thank you - you did a beautiful job on this cushion cover!
One more picture - I PROMISE - I somehow forgot to put this in my BIG post about the things she sent me - this picture is a close up of the legs of the art doll, which is made to hang on a door or a wall -
This picture shows my avatar picture that somehow Susan printed on fabric - wow, and the metal stamped Bible verse that is my favorite:
Okay - now I'm finished. Really. Good night.
fiddlegirl8 - nite susanab - you are one awesome chickee! <(')
BOY OH BOY - I received my package from my partner, susanab. Susan really did a great job of crafting for me. This is picture overload, but I didn't post all pictures that I took, because, well, I'm sure the ones I'm posting are enough, but it's all so wonderful! It was very hard to narrow down the ones I'm going to show you!
The package consisted of five wrapped packages and a SPOILER ALERT paper which warned me to read the SPOILER ALERT after I opened the packages:
First package opened - SO AWESOME, IT TOOK MY BREATH AWAY:
An art doll - it's made to look like me, and it does! So personalized - it has strips of fabric with my screen name - fiddlegirl8 - and something down the front of the dress that I say, a lot - "Jimmy Crack Corn, and I Don't Care!" Yeah, I say that all the time! And a lot of my colors - green and grey - and on one leg is my favorite Bible verse(s), Mark 4:31-32 (metal stamped!!!!), and on the same side hand is a grain of mustard seed preserved in a metal frame with resin - WONDERFUL! On the other leg is my avatar picture - HOW'D YOU DO THAT!? Patches on the Art Doll are some of my favorites too - a little fox with a green button and a little gnome waving at me! The back has the skyline of New York - Susan works there!! I could go on and on - it's fantastic! But wait, there's more.
A pretty spring/summer weight scarf - love it! - wonderful fabrics!
A little house pocket that can be used to store my glasses or as a mug rug - it's versatile, and so cute! With buttons inside the pocket there too!
My favorite fabric designer Kaffe Fassett fat quarters - B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L - these I will hold onto before stitching them in anything - and I'll just drool over them:
Then, a pouch to hang in my truck, to use as a litter bag or just to store stuff - it's made with Route 66 fabric, because I have always wanted to drive along Route 66 and hope to do it in my lifetime here on earth! Inside the pouch was a Women of Faith Conference dvd that Susan attended in 2005 - I have attended a WOF Conference too, but I think it was in 2002 or 2003:
I'm almost finished - Here's a picture of everything together - I'm bowled over by my partner's creations and gifts for me:
THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, SUSAN!! Everything is tailored to me and my taste - I just love it all - You are the best swap partner - that's why I invited you!! Susan thought I was a silly girl for asking her - she's so funny - of course I would ask her - I love her like a sister!! Susan,you've truly made my day, my week, my MONTH! Thanks are not enough!!
Now I need to buckle down this weekend and finish up MY creations for her! I can't wait to finish and mail it off to her on Monday!!
I received my monster package from my partner, Mrs Shak on Friday night - I feel like I'm just now back in the land of the living. I had to work late Friday, got home late, and had to get up early on Saturday for a quilt class out of town! Whew, I took pictures last night and here they are.
First, the Main Monster pouch - so cute, great size - I've already used him - I used him for my various threads I was going to use Saturday - perfect size - I took about eight threads and bobbins - they all traveled just fine in this pouch - THANKS Mrs Shak, I've already used both my pouches you made for me:
Inside the Main Monster pouch was a smaller sized pouch - I think this one is a girl, she has fabric AND button eyes. She is the perfect size for my sunglasses - she's a little bit quilted on the outside, so my glasses are safe with this gal:
and both monsters have sparkly rick rack teeth - I love rick rack! And they are both lined - fantastic!!
And also inside the Main Monster pouch, were three lovely fabrics - I have been quilting now more than ever, so these fabrics are much appreciated and will be used - I love them all - one is batik, one a creamy paisley tone on tone print, and the third is a dark flowered print that I LOVE - beautiful slate blue/grey background.
Thank you, Mrs Shak, for swapping with me - I absolutely love these pouches and fabric!!
This was a great swap and I had a great time! Thanks, Leslie and Susan, for organizing another GREAT ONE! I await your next announcement!!
Terra - what a great package - I love the color of your monster and those green eyes and the tiger-like stripes on top of her head! Awesome! Your extras are pretty cool too - pretty pretty crochet hook reminders - who would have thought to use beads to make those! Those are really nice.
missmel - you sent a great package - I love your monster - it looks so cool - love that texture of the fabric you used - great extras too!
I am so relaxed tonight - I'm taking an evening off of sewing for my partner susan in the IYP swap - work has been crazy busy, and I'm kinda bushed tonight. Also the adrenaline rush I had earlier when Mrs Shak got my package, has now worn off!
I wanted to share with you the pattern I kinda tried to follow for Mr. D's Frankenmonster pouch - the pouch opens/closes with metal measuring tape in the top of the pouch - you may have seen these - I bought the pattern last spring or summer at a local quilt shop here in Topeka, Kansas, and get this, the pattern maker is in WISCONSIN - that's where Mrs Shak lives - we were destined to swap with one another!
Here's a pic of the pattern cover - these pouches are the best! Little Frank was my first "Snap Happy" pouch, and I am definitely going to make more:
and here is my picture of the Little Frank monster pouch: .
I didn't notice how off-center his little mouth was until now, but I kinda like it! Little Frank has two prairie points (quilt term for fabric that is folded into a triangle) - you sew one prairie point to each side of the top band on the pouch - I made my prairie points black so they would blend in as part of Little Frank's hair - you pull on each side of the pouch, using the prairie points as little handles, and the metal measuring tape (the kind that contractors and carpenters use) opens, and then snaps shut when you let go - The metal measuring tape I used I bought at Dollar General for about 2 dollars. When I got it home, I took the plastic case the measuring tape comes in apart (it was fastened together with a couple of screws) - BUT you have to be really careful, because that measuring tape could be a weapon in no time - it's tightly wound in there (so when using it as it was intended, it will retract into the case when you are finished measuring), anyway I took it apart and DE-sprung it, avoiding taking off my head, an arm or a foot as the sharp metal tape could easily go wild coming out of its case! I then rolled it back up in the case, leaving the end out - it's easy to cut off the amount you need, leaving a little sticking out of the case so you don't lose the end of the tape in the case. Is this all the way confusing, my, how I do go on. ANYWAY, I cut the measuring tape ends I used in the pouch with scissors (that tape isn't very thick), and kind of rounded the ends, and then covered the rounded ends with duct tape so the metal wouldn't cut the fabric of the pouch top.
Anywho - these pouches are super dooper easy to make, and Mr. D has the first one I ever made - tell him he's my wonderful test drive for the pouch, Mrs Shak!
I gotta go - I have more books to publish on other swap threads. LOL Hope I haven't bored you silly with all this carrying on. Thanks to everyone who left me very nice comments and compliments about my crafting on this swap. I had a wonderful time and am looking forward to the next one with Leslieshappyheart and susanab - YOU TWO ARE AWESOME! I know I tell you that all the time, but I don't want you to forget that I think so!!
I am in the Craft a Cushion Cover swap, one of my two partners, indigo_roses has received, and this is the pillow cover I made for her:
And close up of center applique:
She likes "jewel tones" and this is what I came up with. She doesn't like BRIGHT colors, but I don't think it is too too bright. What do you think? I pieced the batiks, quilted along the pieced lines, and then applied the center panel as an applique, and top-stitched around it as well.
This wasn't on my original list for this year, but I am going to add it so I have something to line out. Now, back to my quilts wips, not just pillow covers! I did have fun putting together the cushion cover for her, but I'm waiting for her to post pictures (she needed batteries for her camera first). I hope she liked it - that's always a good thing! C&C welcome, please!