Swaps, Swaps And More Swaps

It seems as though 2015 is turning into the year of swaps for me. Late last year I signed up for the UK Mini Swap over on Instagram. This week was mailing due date and as it’s a UK swap I have already received my parcel and so has my partner. Again this was a secret swap so I had been busy stalking my partner hoping to make something she would really like. She had said she loved bright, happy colours so here is what I came up with.

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I normally prefer machine piecing for swaps but for some reason this time I was set on EPP. I go through phases with my crafting and at the moment I’m really into hand piecing and crochet, my poor sewing machine must be feeling seriously neglected. I knew it had to be rainbow and in no time at all I was busy fussy cutting my little heart out.

For the quilting I didn’t want to detract from all that fussy cut goodness so I stitched in the ditch in the star and then simple lines for the background. I was hoping for a shooting star vibe.

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The backing fabric and candy stripe binding was from my stash and tied the whole thing together perfectly.

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I made a little fabric basket and crochet brooch too to post with my mini.

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The package I received blew my tiny little mind. Sandra did some epic stalking and made this amazing mini for me.

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Now its no secret I love Hello Kitty but Sandra took this Hello Kitty mini to another level. The Hello Kitty embroidery is actually a perfect copy of one of my tattoos. Sandra had seen a photo of it on my Instagram feed and decided it would make a great embroidery. Seriously how frigging awesome is that?! When I opened it I screamed with excitement! She even used Hello Kitty fabric too and included lots of pretty extras, so much kitsch and bright, right up my street.

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I can’t believe how spoilt I’ve been with swaps this year and I’m looking forward to joining more.

I’m taking part in #hexiefriends on Instagram too. The idea is you make a single EPP hexie flower from 1″ sided hexagons, make the centre hexagon out of a pale fabric and write you’re name and where you are from on it. Post the hexie flower to someone else in the swap and they will send you one in return. Eventually you should have enough to make a cushion or quilt from friends all over the world.

If you’re on Instagram and would like to join in either search #hexiefriends or private message me @jakandgeegee for all the info.

Right I’m off to make more hexie flowers!

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