Sunday, November 13, 2011

Savvy Season Swappin'

So I was kinda hoping to give you more of an in-progress look at what I was planning for the savvy season swap, but I got all caught up in it this week and have actually finished my whole swap parcel!!!


I'm not so into just showing finished parcels for swaps, I like to give a bit of background and talk about my design idea process, but this one time, pretty pictures will just have to do. 

The main part of the swap pressie is this mini quilt:


Its a super scrappy dresden, using all my red and green Christmas prints.  I pieced 4 strips into 8" blocks, and cut the blades from the strip sets. I just love how it makes a really cool target shape. Its appliquéd on to my favourite countdown to Christmas print, and backed with that ikea print that everyone loves!


I FMQ'd it in a small stipple pattern, and bound it in that red gingham. I also stamped the label right onto the backing fabric. Man I loooove to stamp!  


I had a few blades left from the strip sets, so pieced those together into a mug rug. This one, I straight line quilted in a zig zag pattern which I think looks uber cool. Really want to try this again...



My partner really likes little houses, so I couldn't resist making them a little row of cute cottages! I stamped the house numbers too, but just so it doesn't give the game away, I've hidden them. I LOVED making these... I used this tutorial, and it was so much fun picking out the different scraps and stuff.


I also made this miniature garland of felt decorations. I love the Scandinavian feel of plain red and white decorations, and I hope my partner does too. 


The hearts and stars aren't fixed to the ribbon though, so my partner could use these on their tree if they wanted. Or you know, somewhere other than a messy bookshelf...


And finally.... my latest bit of stitchy wonder:


After all the advice you guys gave me, I switched to use a high quality calico, and a super sharp needle, and this one came out perfect! I wanted this to have a hint of Christmas with the red/green/aqua colour scheme, but not too Christmassy that you couldn't have it out all year round if you wanted. Oh and I used perle on this one, instead of DMC, and its such a neater look. 

I've really enjoyed getting all whisked up in Christmas this last week... I thought I should start early lest all the super talented people in this swap get the better of me. So now I'm done. And feeling good. And I've crossed another thing of my winter stitching list. Not that this was actually on my list. But never mind. 



This, my Brit Quilt Swap pillow fight parcel, and my modern table runner parcel, are all packed up and ready to ship now!

*Edit* - Since I'm just in the nick of time, I'm gonna link up this mini quilt over here:


Come check out the rest of the lovelies!



31 comments:

  1. All of your objects are gorgeous. Your swap recipients will be thrilled.

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  2. All the items are stunning, your partner is so lucky. You're so organized.

    Rachael

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  3. I love all the things ypu have done. And the small houses are so cute. I think the backing of the quilt is super cool. It was a long time since I was at Ikea, I should as a Swede and living close to a large Ikea ware house take a trip. Ikea is originally a Swedish company, the founder is from Sweden.

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  4. Oh you are super organised I had better get a move on. Wonderful items your partners will be delighted!

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  5. everything is so beautiful and well made. I love those little houses and the mini is perfect. Really, really pretty. Well done!

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  6. Love all the items in your SS swap parcel and I can't believe you finished everything - I'm still quilting my PF cushion!!

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  7. Ooh, lucky partner! Love all the things you created, especially the scrappy dresden

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  8. Everything is gorgeous! I should totally be your partner!

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  9. Laura, it all looks gorgeous! Lucky partner who gets all this beauty.

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  10. Everything is wonderful. Just wonderful. I am positively green looking at your finished parcels ready to go... lol

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  11. You are so amazing. Once again, I'm in love with everything you made. Esp that mini quilt - beautiful! The little houses are just super adorable too!

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  12. Fab swap parcel Laura, lucky lucky partner!!

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  13. Wonderful makes LJ! Looks like you had a lot of fun! Jxo

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  14. Wow, you made some super nifty holiday decorations and projects.. lucky partners!! I love the little houses too. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  15. Woman, you're so organised! I love it all, but especially the little houses and the mugrug, yummy quilting :) x

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  16. Gorgeous makes - are you sending one of those parcels to me??

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  17. Thanks for the link to the cottage ornaments! I have a swap coming up, and I think my partner might love these. :) What a great collection of goodies too, I might add!

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  18. All of your goodies are just beautiful, Laura! What a wonderful set of items you created. I love those little cottage ornaments-- thanks for including the tute. Your partner(s) are very lucky!

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  19. Gorgeous Laura! I've been thinking about making those cute little houses for my partner. Yours are beautiful!

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  20. Everything is so wonderful. I love the house ornaments. And the mini quilt, which led to the mug rug. It all just goes together so well. Your partner will be thrilled!

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  21. Ooooh Laura, what an amazing package you have put together, loving all of it but especially those little houses, I think im going to have to add them to my list!

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  22. All your stuff is so pretty - you have a very lucky partner!!

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  23. I love everything you've made, as usual, but I think my favourite is the mug rug! i love the colours and the pattern of quilting on it!

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  24. I love the dresden plate and the socks.

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  25. aaaah those houses are SOOOOO cute!
    Love the rest too of course :)

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  26. I am thinking of making a Philippines-themed lap quilt based on a traditional Christmas lantern called Parol and your super scrappy Dresden is similar to it. I am going through your blog hoping to find instructions for it so I could make it but I guess, you don't have a tutorial for it. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon :)

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