... which is not like me at all! But my patience was rewarded when FINALLY a rather battered parcel turned up in my letterbox in yesterday's extra-hot weather. It was from Grace in South Portland, Maine, USA, my partner in Chookyblue's SSCS swap. The "C" stands for Christmas, and Grace had posted it in plenty of time for it to sit under my tree ready to be opened on December 25. Meanwhile, I've had plenty of time to admire what other participants in the swap had made, while keeping my fingers crossed that mine wasn't lost in a postal black hole.
And this is what I received:
a gorgeous little quilt - just my style and colours - a gorgeous selvedge needlecase, a tapemeasure and notebook from the New England Quilt Museum, a card from a museum in Lancaster, Philadelphia featuring a very fancy chook, a sweet handmade pinwheel ornament and a cross-stitched Tree of Life sachet, because Maine is the Pine Tree State (I didn't know that either!)
And these are what I sent to Andrea in England
A Phoebe handbag (free pattern online; should be easy to find) and a flex-frame purse in the same fabrics; a little drawstring bag, a felt brooch I made and the pattern for some cute little birds, a locally-made cupcake button and two cute Christmas ornaments.
Once again, I really enjoyed taking part in this swap. Many thanks to Grace for my gifts, to Andrea for being such an appreciative partner and to Chooky, for all your hard work in putting the swap together.
I love reading, stitching,music, my garden, my dogs and my family.I chose Little Red Hen as my blog name because I'm short, used to have bright red hair and as a wee Scottish girl growing up in New Zealand was frequently called Hen, a Scottish term of endearment.
January: Thread catcher; appliqued shoe bag.
February: Red Home bag.
March: Knitted baby shoes; embroidered pincushion.
April: 4 little drawstring bags; felt scissor ornament; little strawberry scissor ornament; SAL Christmas wall hanging.
July: 3 zakka drawstring bags.
August: Felt flower brooch; Christmas table runner; Red Fawn embroidered hoop ornament; knitted baby shoes; chunky knitted scarf.
September: Baby's socks; baby's knitted hat; 4 little drawstring bags; 2 embroidered ornaments framed in a hoop.
October: Embroidered hoop-framed Xmas ornament; 2 wool pincushions; 2 lavender sachets; 7 knitted washcloths; little drawstring bag; appliqued lavender sachet.
November: Potholder; 2 mini quilts; tote bag.
December: Strawberry handbag; toy bag; hoop-framed Xmas ornament;
JANUARY: Cushion cover; wool pincushion.
FEBRUARY: Girl's knitted hat; appliqued cushion cover; clutch purse.
MARCH: Skinny fabric scarf; cushion cover.
APRIL: Lavender-scented heat pack; mobile phone pouch; skinny fabric scarf; cover for dog mattress; simple lavender sachet; embroidered fabric panel mounted on canvas.
MAY: Triangular log cabin pincushion.
JUNE: 2 knitted hats; knitted scarf; fabric scarf; little purse; framed button tree stitchery.
JULY: Two triangular log cabin pincushions.
AUGUST: Sunbonnet Sue Christmas table mat; patchwork cushion cover; simple table runner;applique on 2 Tshirts; embroidered wall hanging; simple lavender sachet; little notebook cover; little wallet;small drawstring bag.
SEPTEMBER: 2 small drawstring bags; man's hanky sachet; felt flower brooch; Nicole M Designs' lavender handbag.
OCTOBER: 3 different Christmas ornaments; child's applique T-shirt; SSCS main gift and accessory;
NOVEMBER: SSCS Christmas ornament; 2 Cherry Christmas framed ornaments;Phoebe handbag;little drawstring bag.
DECEMBER: 2 little drawstring bags;
OPAM finishes 2011
Fabric flower brooch ; 2 covered coathangers; little fabric origami gift pouch;little Easter treats bag; bag and tissue cover (FIS swap); 2 covered coathangers;2 cushion covers; oval clutch purse; 4 wool pincushions; needlecase; embroidered framed picture; "Vintage" wall hanging; embroidered hanky bag; embroidered brooch; FIS Xmas in July stocking; 2 skinny fabric scarves; 3 kids' knitted beanies; baby's quilt; library bag; 3 framed button tree stitcheries.
two girls' handbags; purse with frame;4 children's knitted coathanger covers; Christmas ornament; thread catcher; pincushion; Bliss wristlet purs; FIS Christmas gifts (covered coathanger, drawstring bag, tissue cover,framed button tree stitchery); 2 large Christmas ornaments; 2 small Christmas ornaments; GGCS swap bag; baby's hat; SSCS gift (table runner)drawstring bag in Aussie fabrics; fabric bonbon; tissue cover; wool pincushion; denim drawstring bag; wool felt pincushion.
OPAM challenge 2010
Bird in a Basket wall hanging; FIS stitchery; 2 little wallets; Larry the Lamb wool pincushion; Leanne Beasley-designed bag for FIS swap; purse with spring clip; scrappy flower needlecase: hexy brooch; 3 pocket tissue covers; 2 clutch purses; embroidered giraffe softie; heat pack; FIS paper bag project; Jodie's one-hour bag; 3 little Santa bags; SSCS gifts - cushion cover, 2 hexy ornaments, hexy coaster; fabric scarf; 2 more hexy ornaments; tissue cover; GGCS bag for Katherine in England; felt and fabric heart; felt strawberry needlecase; bag for Kerry; 2 appliqued teatowels