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 behold...my secret partner commented with a request for the orange. Brilliant.
Meanwhile, check out what i received from Kelsey. it's magical.
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.
The swap instructions dictate that all quilts need to be labeled, so I designed the back with an integrated label.
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.