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!