Swapaholics Retreat: What I Received

Yesterday, I shared with you the handmade projects I made for the Swapaholics Retreat. So today I will share the projects I received. I couldn’t be happier with these swap gifts. The makers really put a lot of time and effort into each project and made items that truly reflect my style. First, was the Hexi Bag Swap. Teri made this beautiful drawstring pouch featuring Flower Sugar florals and linen. Along with gifting these hexies so that I can make something of my own, she hand appliquéd a pretty layered hexi flower on top of the pouch. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to use the pouch, but for now, I just like staring at it.Hexi_Bag_BPLisa made me this pretty patchwork fabric basket for the the Basket Swap. I love the combination of all the sweet floral prints and soft colors. I hadn’t even seen most of these fabrics before so that makes it extra fun. She filled the basket with lots of fun kitchen items like a spatula and cookie cutters as well as some pretty fabric.FloralFabBasket_BPI love that she added some fine hand quilted details like a stitched pink heart. If you look closely, you can see it below.FloralFabBasket_Heart_BPFor the Embroidery Hoop Swap, Jen cross stitched this sweet work of art. She did a fantastic job and I was intrigued by the scalloped edge hoop since I hadn’t seen a hoop like that before. HoopSwap_BPI was super duper spoiled by Galia (she flew all the way from Spain!) who made so many incredible things for me for the Secret Sister Swap. Her attention to detail is spot on and certainly the quote, “do small things with great love” is reflective of how she creates. I have always admired her work and she was such a sweetheart too! First, she secretly surprised me with THE most adorable little zippy pouch!ZipPouch_BPTiny low volume patchwork paired with linen, hand quilting and a cute label – my heart melted with the first gift!ZipPouchDet_BPNext, she gave me this adorable glasses case made from one of my all time favorite prints – aqua florals and berries by Bonnie and Camille. GlassesPouch_BPThe beautiful embroidery patch adds the perfect detail.GlassesPouchDet_BPShe knows my love of reproduction fabrics and made me a patchwork mug rug and small placemat set featuring more hand quilting, lace and ribbon details, and a cute label.MugRugs_BPMugRugsDet_BPI’m in love with this beautiful handmade tag and the gorgeous stack of fabric she gifted me…
FloralTag_BP…and I’m in awe over the amazing embroidery stitches and details.FloralTag_detail_BPI about died when I received this Sew Together Bag! First of all, I’ve been wanting one of these for like three years but look at the beautiful stitched details on the outside. And you can’t go wrong with linen and Paperie fabric by Amy Sinibaldi.STbag_1_BPSTbag_2_BPThis pouch has three different zipper compartments and holds so much stuff! I can’t wait to put it to good use.STbag_3_BPLook at this adorable patchwork tote she made with some of my favorite ditzy floral prints! I just love this color combination of pinks, aquas and yellows as well.Tote_BPAnd that handmade tag! I mean, SO cute!ToteTag_BPYes, there’s even more! This sweet mini quilt using Tilda fabrics, which I adore. I’ll take all the tiny florals I can get. HSHmini_Full_BPThere are so many great details in this piece but I especially love the embroidered flowers under the windows. So pretty!HSHmini_Det_BPThese are just the handmade items I received. This post doesn’t even cover all the little extras that these ladies and the retreat hosts provided. I am seriously so grateful for everything made or gifted to me, but I am also grateful for the new friendships I made. It was all such a wonderful experience.

–Stacy

Swapaholics Retreat: What I Made

Two weeks ago, I attended my second Swapaholics Retreat. I had so much fun at my first one in September 2015 in North Carolina, I was elated that the hosts were holding another one within driving distance the second time around. I met so many fabulous friends at the first one and was so grateful that some of them could attend the second. And of course, I made some  new friends at this latest retreat too! This sewing community is just the best! Swapaholics  is not just your typical sewing retreat where you free yourself of obligations at home for a weekend and sew what you want. I mean yes, that’s part of it, but this retreat is all about sewing and swapping projects with other attendees. With this post, I wanted to share with you all the projects I made for my swap partners. In a separate post, I’ll share with you what I received. The first swap happened  before the retreat. This project was to make a unique lanyard and name tag holder for another attendee. This happened months ago before the retreat occurred. Here is the one I made for one of the hosts, Amber from @simplelovemade, and one of the sweetest people on this planet. She likes rich jewel tones and english paper piecing so I thought this would be a good fit.AC_Lanyard_Front_BPThere was an embroidery hoop swap and my partner asked for something woodland themed. I am not the World’s greatest embroiderer so when I found this deer pattern by Flamingo Toes, I was so happy! Not only is it so adorable, but it was manageable for me (with a little help from my dear friend Melissa). I was thrilled to give it to my partner Jen because she expressed so much excitement over it even before she knew it was hers. I would love to make one for myself someday (that is going to be a recurring comment, just so you know).HoopSwap_BPThe hexie swap consisted of making a drawstring bag (tutorial by s.o.t.a.k handmade) for your partner and 25 hexies for English paper piecing (EPP). There was a citrus theme but my partner said it didn’t matter if I gave here something different. I decided to bust into my Old New 30’s collection and make a cute hexi bag with hand embroidery and a sweet label from Amy Sinibaldi’s book, Sweetly Stitched HandmadesHexiSwap_BPThe basket swap was so fun because I got to create something special for my dear friend Sarah (she’s a great long arm quilter by the way)! She was my secret sister at the last retreat and she spoiled me rotten so I wanted to do the same for her. This swap consisted of a handmade fabric basket and adding in fat quarters of your partner’s liking along with a kitchen item. I knew she liked vintage feed sack fabrics like me so I used the red, white and blue floral feed sack pictured below on the basket and paired it with a red gingham. I then decided to make the contents of the basket Fourth of July themed. I started with a star cookie cutter and festive sprinkles and added letter press recipe cards and a stack of blue and red fat quarters of Lecien’s Flower Sugar fabric.BasketSwap_BPI also thought it would be fun to make her a country style apron for her cookie baking. I used a lightweight denim with wide red gingham for the waist band, ties and pockets then added in a cute lace detail.Swap_Apron_BPThe Secret Sister swap is the biggest of the retreat. For this swap, you are paired with another attendee and you secretly shower her with gifts throughout the three days you’re there. Many of the items are purchased according to your partner’s liking such as treats, sewing notions or fabric, but you are required to make your secret sister at least three handmade gifts. I was so thrilled that I would be sewing for one of my dearest friends, Melissa. While it was easy to make her beautiful things because we have similar tastes and styles, it was certainly a challenge to keep her gifts a secret since we talk regularly and she was sitting right next to me at the retreat. On day three, she was surely onto me and the gig was up. I loved everything I made her and threatened to steal them all back when she wasn’t looking, ha! First, I made her this small embroidery hoop with appliquéd hearts in all Bonnie and Camille scraps.Swap_HeartHoop_BPThen there is this little boxy pouch made out of a Bonnie and Camille fabric and a white lace zipper. I included a few “essentials” like hand lotion, gum and lip balm for her to use during the retreat.Swap_LaceZipPouch_BPSwap_LaceZipPouch_2_BPI made this cute fabric button bracelet made all out of Liberty of London prints.Swap_LibertyBracelet_BPSwap_LibertyBracelet_Wrist_BPI simply adore this Tall Trees pillow in the soft and pretty color scheme. I machine quilted the top and then hand quilted around the trees using a mint colored Perle 8 cotton floss. I think it’s suitable to use all year round instead of just during the winter holidays. I’m definitely making one of these for myself.Swap_TTreePillow_3_BPSwap_TTreePillow_2_BPSwap_TTreePillow_1_BPI had so much fun choosing some of my favorite sweet, soft prints to make this scrappy log cabin mini quilt. I love the simple hand quilting around each square. Yep, I’m going to make a big one for me some day.Swap_MiniQuilt_Full_BPSwap_MiniQuilt_1_BPSwap_MiniQuilt_2_BPLastly, I made her this Poolside Tote using Essex yarn dyed linen and a navy calico print from Bonnie and Camille. It’s such a great bag to carry lots of stuff. I wanted to keep this one too, but I have another one in the works for myself.Swap_PoolsideTote_1_BPSwap_PoolsideTote_Clasp_BPSo that’s everything I made for Swapaholics. Tomorrow, I’ll share with you all the sweet handmade gifts I received.

–Stacy

Foxglove Showcase: Toddler Quilt

Today is my turn to share with you what I made for the Foxglove Showcase. Foxglove is the most recent fabric collection by the talented Aneela Hoey for Cloud 9 Fabrics. Aneela has long been known for her whimsical illustrations and she brings that to us again in this latest collection featuring cute little foxes and pretty foxglove and cowslips florals. There are 12 prints in colors of navy, orange, coral, aqua, gray and white. Paired with Cirrus Solid in Shadow by Cloud 9 Fabrics, I made this scrappy twirl toddler quilt.Foxglove_Full_BPThe entire quilt is constructed with 2″ squares and quilted in a grid-like pattern. I again used a super soft minky backing in light gray.FoxgloveQuilt_2_BPFoxgloveQuilt_1_BPI gave this quilt to my sweet little friend Lucy. She just loves animals, including foxes as you can see, and the colors match her room so I thought it would be perfect for her. I think she likes it!Lucy_1_BPLucy_2_BPAneela is sharing details about the inspiration behind Foxglove on her blog, Comfort Stitching, so be sure to check that out. She is also featuring many other talented ladies who have made something with Foxglove which you won’t want to miss.

I’m beyond thrilled to be packing my bags and heading to my Swapaholics sewing retreat for the weekend! I’ve been sewing like crazy the last couple weeks in preparation and will be showing you what I made and what I receive next week.

–Stacy