Anyway, yesterday was a squeely moment of excitement and nothing to do with being on a camel with Laura Jane! I received a pouch from my partner in the Mouthy Stitches swap and it is a beauty!!
It was made by the lovely Ali of Very Berry Handmade and I love it so much. When Ali was about to insert the zip she asked the Mouthy Stitches flikr group what colour we would like. I plumped for purple and was very much in the minority as most people chose teal. When I saw the update that a purple zip had been put in, I started to get very excited. I checked my mosaic and saw that I had included some Drunkard`s Path blocks as inspiration. I waited and crossed my fingers.
Yesterday, I was in the middle of lunch (chicken couscous cooked by my MIL if you must know) and the doorbell went. 3 packages - thank you postie! One was significantly fatter, came from England and was a `handmade gift`. I chobbled down the remains of lunch and tore the package open. I couldn`t believe my luck! I love the design, my very favourite fabrics, the gorgeous hand-stitching, the wooden leaf zip pull - everything!
Oh and the scraps! I will be able to use each and every one of these.
Ali even included generous pieces of her Liberty Lawn fabrics...see the front three on the left? Amazing. Ali couldn`t have read me better - she was an awesome partner. I couldn`t be happier - thank you so much Ali! Thank you also to all the swap mamas - Susan, Hadley and Cindy for all their hard work in putting the swap together and making it such fun...and a particular thank you to Susan for pairing me up with Ali.
Turning to the For the Love of Solids 2 swap, international shipping has started and I need to get my package off. It`s finished and ready to go.
I made a zip pouch to match the mini. I had a reject block that I cut up and used with some Kona charcoal and a lovely olive green zip.
I was a rebel and broke the rules slightly by using the Downtown print for the lining. I hope I`m not in too much trouble!
I had no trouble putting the zipper in...
...and here`s the back...
I use the variegated grey and black thread that was part of my FMQ prize from Rhonda. I really hope my partner likes it. It`s her style and in her colours...she`s been positive online so fingers crossed!
Lastly, there are some scrappy grannies in town. Yesterday morning I needed some indulgent me me me sewing. Having admired the granny blocks springing up over the blogosphere. I made these bunnies.
I`m using my scraps and the blocks are fun to make and quick too. I`m using my second camera at the moment as I can`t find my charger (grrrr) and so the colours aren`t great - they are brighter in person and not so pastel.
My mum arrives tomorrow, the sun is shining, there are blue skies and we have temps around 26 C (79F). Life is good here. Hope it is wherever you are!