I got my final part of Cindy's Mug Rug and Goodie Swap completed. I wanted to do a needle case / sewing kit and I'd seen the perfect tutorial here. I really should learn to actually refer to the tutorials regularly though... I read it so many times before I start that I sometimes forget to actually look at it whilst I'm beavering away. Naturally, that doesn't work. My needle case was pretty much a disaster from start to finish, every single stage went wrong and needed re-done. Then, when I finally got it finished, I spotted the fact that it closes back to front! D'oh! Never mind. It looks all right in the photos and it works, its practical enough!
There you have it. One back to front needle case. I wish I'd done a trial run first! But, it has the requisite needle pages, two pockets and, AND I did another zipper! And this time the zipper was about the only part of the whole thing that I didn't f#** up....
I've received one of my swaps back, a lovely, very thoughtful package from Catherine @ Sew wonderful Life
Those zigzags are just the teeniest little Half Square Triangles! And her box pouch has a perfectly fitted zipper... A package I should learn from! Note the inclusion of Another Zipper.... Cheeky ;-)
I also had some lovely post (non swap related). I got my Rainbow Charm Squares from Kati @ from the blue chair who after running round one of a brilliant charm swap is now about to host another Quilt Along that I really wish I could join in on! I'll go back to it later I'm quite sure, it looks awesome. Also, I got the kindest parcel from Elisa @ Postpartum Quilter who sent me a 9.5" Square Ruler, along with a fab wee origami crane, some adorable wee felt buttons, and some chocolate! Score! Thank you Catherine, Kati and Elisa! Ain't bloggy life grand?!
|Elisa's origami crane|
|Els getting in on the photy action...|
Took me at least 2 goes per curve....
Did that more than once too. Not to mention my awful not-quite-quarter-inch seam ends, which all had to be unpicked and re-done too. However, they are done - I just cant show you yet ;-) As much as I mess up, I have to say I LOVE that my bee ladies make me try new things! It is really challenging, but so pleasing to actually complete something you didn't think you'd have the nerve to try yourself. Great fun!