Patchwork Projects

After participating in a recent scrap swap and creating a couple projects from scrap fabrics, I was motivated to use more pieces from my growing stash.

I still adore the Chocolate Lollipop fabrics by Anna Maria Horner, so I decided to combine several pink and brown scraps from my stash with some Chocolate Lollipop scraps for good measure. I love how girly this patchwork project turned out – a drawstring bag using the tutorial from Pink Penguin. What a fabulous tutorial! I would highly recommend trying it.

Since Halloween is coming, I used up some scraps left over from my hubby’s Halloween quilt for this patchwork drawstring bag. It’s not big enough to collect many treats during trick-or-treating, but I don’t need that much candy anyway.

Another pile of scraps went well together so I thought a fabric basket was in order. I used another great tutorial from Pink Penguin. There are many ways to use these fabric baskets – makeup, office supplies, fabric scraps, jewelry, ribbons, buttons, threads, wrapped candy, iPod and cord storage, CDs, spare change, and on and on.

I am growing addicted to both of these projects so I loaded up on Christmas fabrics to make gift bags and gift baskets. I just need to make the rest less cute so I can part with them for gifts. In fact, I carry one of these bags to work to admire during the day. Seriously, I’ll do whatever it takes to get through some work days!

Fall Fabric Swap Goodies

I was so excited to receive an airmail package from Australia – from my partner for the Fall Fabric Swap, sponsored by Marvellous Mouse Designs. Yay! Woo hoo!

Each participant in this fabric swap was connected with a partner and given instructions to send her a total of one yard/metre of fabric made up in any increment.

Check out the loot my partner sent me:

I feel so lucky that Karen who lives in Australia got my name. She included a flower piece of the new Pop Garden fabric collection by Heather Bailey, a striped piece that might be from Sandi Henderson’s Farmers Market fabric collection, and other pieces of pink and green that will look great together, perhaps in a log cabin patchwork block, which is what I have in mind with an embroidered friendship message on the other side.

The goodies don’t end with these great fabrics. She also included this adorable fabric basket:

and this cute pattern for a glasses case (I love the embroidery on the flap):

and these notions – trim and buttons:

My swap partner also included a notecard with a letter handwritten inside telling me about herself. I love it! It’s like having a new friend on the other side of the world. It made me feel a little sheltered that I don’t know much about Australia, but it also got me excited to make a new crafting friend and a chance to learn more. Thank you Karen!