Monday, March 7, 2011

obsessive swapping disorder

So I signed up for too many swaps and I got in over my head. Which is ironic, because just as I was catching up and feeling like I could hit the deadlines, the basement flooded.  Luckily my sewing studio is on the second floor of our house, so the only things we really lost were the (new in Nov) carpet and a few days of sanity.

There's a long road ahead, but life feels normal again. Or, normal enough for me to spend some time finishing swaps. 

First up was the scrappy mug rug swap. My finished product: 
I wasn't sure what color to use for the binding. My original plan was for the orange you see above, but once i got the handstitching done I thought a more subtle binding would better showcase the embroidery. So I floated the question out to flickr, and...lo and secret partner commented with a request for the orange. Brilliant. 
final mug rug back
Meanwhile, check out what i received from Kelsey. it's magical. 
mug rug - received!
You should see the teeny, tiny handstitching. I covet Kelsey's patience. This definitely took hours and hours. Seriously, I keep picking it up and carrying it around the house, touching it. Pretty soon I'll be clutching it in my sleep. 

Speaking of coveting and clutching and dragging things around the house, I finished my quilt for Doll Quilt Swap 10, and I don't want to mail it. 
DQS10. done!
The swap instructions dictate that all quilts need to be labeled, so I designed the back with an integrated label. 
DQS10 the back
I don't know how I'm going to bring myself to take a marker to that little star, but rules are rules. I'll probably need a Xanax first, though. And another when it's time to mail. 

Truthfully, making this miniquilt has been totally fun. I started with a sketch and now I have a finished product. But that's another story that I don't have time for today. Why? Because I'm under the gun to finish up ANOTHER swap. This time, it's pincushions, and the deadline is in about 5 minutes. I've already received this amazingly-perfect-for-me pinny from Michelle over at I Like Orange, Too
When it arrived in the mail last week, I was THRILLED, but not really surprised. The minute I saw it pop up on flickr, I kinda knew it was for me. it's everything i love. Stacked strips, rainbows, FMF, kona charcoal, topstitching. It's so lovely. Luckily both of my hands are occupied as mentioned above, because I think my husband would institutionalize me if I started carrying a pincushion around the house like a woobie. It's already getting use in the studio, so my (his) sanity is safe for the time being.  


  1. Pretty sure I saw that pincushion on Flickr, and admired from afar! I wouldn't want to write on that quilt, either. Have you ever tried Freezer paper stencils? Maybe you could just do a big "L" or something.

  2. Funny! I did carry it around with me around the house and to work and sat with it on the couch. Then, blew it a few kisses before sending it. I almost kept it! I'm glad you love it!!

  3. Is it wrong that I want everything pictured above?

  4. I can SO relate to this post. Very hard for me to not want to participate in all the Flickr fun!