Friday, January 23, 2009

Where are you?

Back in 2007 there are a number of bloggers who participated in a siggie swap. Actually I think it was my first taste of international swapping. Some were efficient and there have been some lovely quilts made - I just can't find any blogs with photos of finished ones at the moment.
After the swap closed I was contacted by Connie who had missed out, and we went on to do an individual swap. Others did the same and you can see the blocks she received on her blog . ( Scroll down a few posts.)
Even though I did say I was going to try and keep the amount of swaps down this year I have signed up again because it was fun last time and a little different.
So here's the point of the title... I have just checked the list of swappers and there are only 2 Australians. In Connie's latest post she says there are only 7 more spaces - how about it Australians... we need a few more of us.
The information is here .

I just thought we needed some more representation - but I think you will have to be quick.

Thank you Connie for doing this.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Fashionably Late...

The wonderful Chookyblue has posted all the photos of the Secret Santa Chrsitmas Swap but I thought I would put up my personal photos as well. My partner was Sweet P and she sent me this lovely collection. The table runner is just perfect and in my favourite colours. The blue items are placemats and have a great bag to keep them in. ( If you saw my linen cupboard you would realise that that is a big help.) All the fabric shown in the container was what was used to wrap everything in. I'll be thinking of something special I can make with that too. Not shown in the photo was the chocolate and I'm sure you can guess why that isn't there. Yep, it's gone! Thank you so much Sweet P - it was a lovely Christmas surprise.

This is what I made for my partner Debbie. I have to say that this something that was really hard to part with. Luckily though I have enough fabric left to make another one, and I can always use different fabric. I just have to find the time.

And of course Chookyblue did a wonderful job, especially as there were so many more participants than last year. Thanks, Donna !

Sunday, January 04, 2009

All is quiet...

Happy New Year to everyone, even if it is a few days late. I'm afraid that the time since Christmas has been quiet here as I have been fighting some sort of cough and infection for ages now and it all seemed to cause me to crash after the busy family days. Anyway things seem to be looking up and although I still have to post a photo of my Secret santa swap parcel opened I thought I would drop in and start the year off by posting two things I made last year but didn't get to talk about.
This is a photo of a tote bag I made for my Sister-in-Law last June but didn't get to post. In case you didn't realise, she likes frogs. This is a simple pattern with no wadding, just lined. I am working on a smaller version using charm squares - maybe I should make that a January finish.
And this little zipper bag comes from a Lazy Girl pattern - Purse-Nickities - which was fun to do. It started because I wanted to try quilting with a Serpentine Stitch for a little quilt I was making. ( You can see the quilt back underneath the bag - the rest is another story coming soon). These bags are a great way to try out new quilting designs, and there are three different styles in the pattern so I can see some more of these being made soon.

It's summer School holidays here so I don't know how much sewing will be achieved, however I am making a bit of a list of things I want to finish in the next few months. I am working on being prepared and ready to go when I find the time.
I am not really going to make any official resolutions - however I do need to continue to try being more organized and it would be nice to finish a few things I've started in the last few years. Seems like a reasonable plan to continue for 2009. I might even try to keep up to date with my blog posts too. It can't be too hard, can it?