The first package that arrived most recently was one all the way from Scotland. Laura
sent all kinds of fun candy, one little guy filled with smarties was damaged during transit, but still tasted just as good. Some spooky spider socks, light up jack o’lantern balloons, and two pouches that she made. One even contains glitter, but glitter sealed up inside a pouch (which is so fun!).
The next package was from Keetha
in Mississippi. She created the little Fall Daybook with recipes, some of her watercolor paintings, and essays on autumn. A cute little bracelet, some Jim Holtz Halloween ephemera, a little newspaper flag, and a wooden pumpkin sign.
I am still expecting two more Halloween parcels in the mail so I’ll have one more post when those arrive! I hope everyone who took part in the swap is having as much fun as I am.
My friend Jessee and I joined the DC Modern Quilt Guild and signed up for one of their swaps right away. I made this travel sewing bag by starting with a design to make a makers tote
(love this pattern) but then I made a few changes. I made a quilted front pocket, made the tote a bit longer, and added the zipper along the top edge. I added gummi bears since my partner said they were her favorite, and a few other small goodies which I didn’t photograph.
The swap had some questions to fill out explaining things you liked, and my partner said “bright + saturated colors, neon, linen, chambray, metallic. i like everything from the florals in flower sugar to the minimalism of carolyn friendlander. have fun!” so I wanted to combine chambray and bright colorful fabrics with a little bit of neon. I had to order the chambray and the pink dot because I knew I wanted to use both of those, but the rest of the colorful stuff actually came from my stash. I even had a little bit of neon from the Cotton & Steel fabrics, so it worked out really well.
The second instagram swap I signed up for was a Halloween mini swap. I love Halloween so this was right up my alley. I decided to use english paper piecing and focus on fabric that had a vintage look, since my partner said she liked vintage Halloween. Again right up my alley! I sewed up one of my Halloween bunting
from Spoonflower, some of my mini treat bags
, and of course had to include some candy & Halloween legos in the mix.