Monday, April 18, 2011

Swap Happiness

Make Mine Modern swap, received:
As soon as I saw the name on the return address of the box my mailman dropped on my porch, I knew exactly what was inside and I did a little happy dance! I got all of these incredible items from Kaelin of The Plaid Scottie:

She made this pretty little mini in colors that were inspired by my sun pillow for Fat Quarterly. There's lots of Central Park in there, which is one of my fave lines! I love it!

I put it up in my sewing room right away, and as you can see, it's already getting along famously with my DQS quilt from Jess. : ) BTW, thanks to those of you who suggested hanging mini-quilts with good old straight pins. That's exactly what I did. I have a feeling I'll be adding to my wall collection over time, and that will require frequently moving around the existing quilts. So I needed something easy and simple that wouldn't damage the wall.

Kaelin also sent along a coffee sleeve and this incredible bag. She mentioned that she didn't know if I like linen—are you kidding me? How could I not love these? It's funny, I've never used linen in any of my projects, but I'm always in love with it when I see it used by other people. I guess I just haven't had the right project for it (yet), and I'm not quite sure what exactly to buy or where to buy it. But this bag makes me want to get my hands on some linen ASAP! Anybody have any linen recommendations?

Anyway, check out the adorable farmer's-market fabric she used in the hexies, and the hand-stitching, and that apple! It's all too sweet! Kaelin shared that when she lived in Chicago, they used to drive up to Wisconsin to go apple-picking, so that was her inspiration for this bag. Just lovely. : ) And I'm so happy to get a bag, because I'm just not much of a bag-maker. There's no way I could have pulled off anything nearly this cute and well-made!

The coffee cuff says, "Fuel," which is so spot-on for me it's not even funny, and she also threw in a Starbucks gift card. Thank you, thank you, thank you Kaelin! Everything is just perfect, and I guarantee the bag and coffee cuff will get loads of use.

And Make Mine Modern swap, sent:
Now that my partner's got her goodies, I can reveal that my rainbow placemats were for Kelly of Kelby Sews. Kelly's got a thing for rainbows, so I wanted rainbow colors to figure in there somewhere. And placemats were one of the things she mentioned wanting. When I saw that we had both Flickr-favorited Angela's Pink Lemonade quilt, I knew I had my plan!

I wanted to do two colors per placemat, so that meant I needed to make five of them. But these went quickly and they were so much fun to make! Anyway, when it comes to placemats, a larger set is just so much more useful. Plus, I liked the idea that if Kelly was using fewer of them, she could color-coordinate to her dishes, the season, her mood that day ... whatever.

Most of the fabric I used came from my scrap bins—I only had to supplement the red and the purple (I guess those must be the colors I use the least). The backs all came from my stash. I echo-quilted each one with the two colors used in the placemats, and that turned out to make a very cool pattern on the back.

Instead of traditional binding, I just wrapped the back around to the front and sewed it down. The corners were a little fiddly, but other than that, I think this method turned out okay—each one I did looked better than the last. And what a huge time-saver! I don't think I would use this method for quilts, but you might see it again from me for things like wall-hangings, placemats, etc.

Along with the placemats, I sent two little fabric baskets (more about those here), some fat-quarters of Circa 50 and Heather Ross's Spoonflower prints, a rainbow of thread, and some chocolate and local coffee (roasted just up the road from me).

And last but not least, I also got this today:

My first ever fabric postcard! This is from Becky of Becky's Blabber, as a thank you for the Supernova quilt-along! So sweet, thank you, Becky! It's beautiful! I believe that's going to find a place on my inspiration wall as well. : )

17 comments:

  1. Those placemats you made are fabulous. I actually like the wrap-around binding. It's totally suited to placemats and rugs. Why not!

    I buy my natural linen at Fabric-store.com. Great price, great quality!

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  2. such a beautiful package! I know Kelly will just love it. :)

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  3. Cute goodies, both the received and the sent. I love those placemats, so colorful and fun. Would you mind answering a question for me. I'm pretty inexperienced at quilting and I was actually washing and ironing fabric today for a table runner. I was trying to decide what to put in the middle. Is it just really thin batting (and, because I'm in a small town would that be available at Wal-mart) or would something else work for the "sandwich" to make it flat? I thought I read somewhere that you could use flannel or old towels, but I can't find that anywhere now, so maybe it was just a "wonder if" notion of mine. Thanks for the help.

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  4. Wow! What a successful MMM swap you had, Lee! Wondeful stuff.

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  5. YEA!!! So glad it made it! I was really nervous sending it, as I've never mailed one before. Thanks for being my first guinea pig!! LOL Tons of goodness you got there!

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  6. Oh wow, you lucky girl! That quilt from Kaelin is so gorgeous and looks fantastic on the wall. I love the placemats you did. Is that just a snowball block?

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  7. Beautiful placemats! And you really scored girl!! What beautiful work and what a blessing!

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  8. Wow, that's awesome!! Lucky you :) Kaelin sure was an awesome partner! I especially love that coffee sleeve, so cute. And you were pretty awesome for a partner, too, I loved your swap package. I have some linen in my stash...which I think either came from Fabric Shack or Fabric.com, I can't remember which. Good luck!!

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  9. Wow, so many lovely things to look at here!
    Your placemats are just fabulous!

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  10. I saw your placemats over on flickr first, and I was immediately in love! Both the design and the colors are great!

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  11. Great stuff! Lucky you and lucky Kelly!!

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  12. What a great package you sent out!!! The doll quilt you got is so bright and cheery too!!! :D

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  13. Wow! Everything looks amazing! I love the rainbow place mats you made.

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  14. Such a lovely package and the placemats are gorgeous! Is there a pattern or can you pls pls pls do a tute? Thx :o)

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  15. all this is such eye candy! Love every piece of it and what an excellent swap goody bag, makes me want to get in on the fun!

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  16. How fun!! I love that mini quilt and the bag is aDORable!!

    And those place mats!!! **swoons** I want some. I'm going to make some for me!! :)

    Wonderful trades!!

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  17. Those placemats are so awesome. You have a great eye for color! I'm so jealous!

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