I was the swap mama and a participant in the F.R.I.E.N.D.S swap. The amazing idea came from Shruti Dandekar on friendship day of making/collating one items for the partner starting with each letter of the work FRIENDS.

This is what I sent my partner, Aarti who is a dog lover and has two lovely dogs Bono and Penny at her place.

F: Fat quarters (one from TMG who hosted the swap, one international and one domestic)

Fat quarters

Fat quarters

Bullion rose pouch

Bullion rose pouch


R: Rose(bullion pouch)

I: Inch tape
E: Embroidered dog, Snoopy

Snoopy

Snoopy


N: Neon bands and thread

Neon Thread and bands

Neon Thread and bands

D: Dog gone cute cushion cover

Dog gone cute cushion cover

Dog gone cute cushion cover

S: Shoe box with spools

Shoe box with spools

Shoe box with spools

swap goodies

swap goodies

And this is what I received. Such a lovely package from the ever so talented Alka. Her work is very very neat!

Friends swap received

Friends swap received

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Here is the mini quilt I will be taking you through today !

Hand Pieced Mini quilt

Hand Pieced Mini quilt

I love hand embroidery as much as I love English paper Piecing(EPP). A heartfelt thank you to @shoppershaz for giving me the opportunity to go back to hand quilting. EPP rather…
It is such a destressing and enjoyable feeling. Once I started making the squares and triangles, I just couldnt stop. The plan was to make one and I ended up with Three ferryswheel.

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But all was not well to begin with. Of course I knew what I wanted to make and remembered it was a tute from ‘I am a ginger Monkey’ …but to my utter surprise, she has stopped her blog and previous posts are unavailable. Went to craftsy where it was registered but the link was dead.After a bit of research, I realized its called a ferryswheel with EPP triangles and squares.

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That wasnt all. I had no clue how to EPP triangles and squares. Ended up sewing them like spider webs and all was messy. Also, started with solids as I originally planned to make it but they looked rather flat.My mini quilt swap partner loved bright colours. So I finally brought out my Alison Glass FQ bundle which I had received here from Shruti and since then I haven’t looked back.

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The squares were squared and the triangles triangled…then joined and sewed and done! I tried some colourful echo hand quilting around in matching colours and loved it even more .
Sooooo want to make one for myself now!

Linking it to WIP Wednesday and Sew Fresh Quilts!

I have been quilting for a while but I had never tried flying geese blocks…was always intimidated by the thought of them.

Alison Glass Flying Geese

Alison Glass Flying Geese

When the idea of making a mini quilt came up,the Alison Glass mini quilt swap on Instagram I decided to give it a try with the lovely Alison Glass fabric. The hand embroidered centre is flanked by flying geese on all sides.

Alison Glass hand embroidery

Alison Glass hand embroidery

And here is the finished mini!

Alison Glass mini quilt

Alison Glass mini quilt

My partner would love some goodies so I posted her some Indian Fabric and border, a frixion pen with zippers and a pouch along with the mini.

Alison Glass mini quilt swap

Alison Glass mini quilt swap

The tote is done and ready for shipping. I am really proud to see how I have improved since the last one –the stitches are even and neat, the size is perfect, the bag is stiff as required. Overall am glad of how it turned out so soon it will leave for its new home ๐Ÿ™‚

This was for a specific swap at a friend’s site whom I buy fabric from’ ‘The Material Girls’ on Facebook. I used a butterfly print from her with a copper sulphate colour solid and same colour polka dots for the inside. A hand embroidered monogram for the partner adors the front.

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Linking it to WIP Wednesday, Let’s be Social and a Lovely year of finishes. The HTML links are on the side bar.

I’d rather call it a quick finish and glad that it didn’t join my list of WIPs.

Of late, I have been completely engrossed in the granny square afghan as I set myself a personal target of 20 blocks a week. This week, we had a mid week holiday and as I finished my day’s quota of blocks early in the morning, I set out to do something different. Granny square afghan is the first large project that I am undertaking in crochet and every large project deserves a dedicated project bag, in which, I can stow away as another WIP.

Just joking…I have every intention of completing it on schedule before the winter chill wanes off.

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Now about the bag:
I wanted the bag dedicated to the project so the colour combination needed to match. After a little deliberation, I realized that for 5 bright colours to be sewn in, it had to either be a rainbow or a peacock. A quick free hand peacock diagram translated into 5 colourful peacocks in running stitch and lazy dazy.

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After the hand embroidery, I took 4 pieces of 12X15 inches: 2 top cloth and 2 lining fabric choosing a lovely shot cotton for the top and a green fabric with stripes for the lining…finally sewing it into a simple tote with a 1.5inch base.

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A twist in the tale ๐Ÿ™‚ , the handles are half and half. One half is green and the other is in green stripes of the total 20inch handle.

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