Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Summer Exchanges

Two wonderful exchanges arrived on my doorstep. The first was a Fair & Square exchange that was sent by Darla. She stitched me the cutest design taken from the Gift of Stitching magazine (great online magazine). I just love that there is a little dog and that she changed the design up a bit and added my initials. Thank you so much Darla for the wonderful blocks!

Fair & Square #14
Stitched by: Darla

The next exchange piece was from Moni who was my stitching partner in the FTT: Seasonal Exchange Summer rotation. Moni stitched a decorative hanging heart with a strawberry motif. The backing fabric on this is truly perfect; it has tiny strawberries growing from the vine. I love pieces like this that I can easily display on door handles, knobs, or pegs. This beauty is hanging from a peg on my hall tree.

In addition, Moni treated me to a very generous piece of fabric, a pretty piece of backing fabric, ribbon, variegated floss, floral buttons, 2 wonderful patterns, and a delicate and very pretty crochet sachet that has a scented heart shaped soap inside. I venture to guess that Moni made this, it is beautiful! A special thank you to Moni for making this summer exchange extra special.

FTT: Seasonal Exchange ~ Summer
Stitched by: Moni

So, what did I stitch for Moni?

This is the first time that I finished a piece as a fabric basket. I received one from Chris back in the summer of 2007 and loved it. It only took me 2 years to finally get around to making one myself!

FTT: Seasonal Exchange ~ Summer
Designer: LHN
Design: Season of Growth
Stitched for: Moni

Okay, are you wondering how I remembered "who sent me what" over 2 years ago? I have a horrendous memory so I assure you that I did not rely on that! When I first entered the world of exchanging, I started a photo album to document the exchanges that I sent and received:

I do have the pictures on the computer but this book has become a great resource and a source of enjoyment. Sometimes I just like to grab the album and a cup of coffee (naturally), sit on the couch and flip through it.

In my last post I showed you the beautiful squares that I received from Jill in the F&S Summer Exchange. Let me share with you the squares that I sent her ~

Fair & Square Summer
Designer: Prairie Schooler
Design: A Prairie Year Book #13
Stitched for: Jill F.

Life is GOOD…my Primitive Wizard of Oz arrived and I rushed to pick it up. I would start it TONIGHT however, I was unable to get the fabric and must wait until that gets ordered. Jenn, keep those “FYI” links coming and thanks again for this one.

For now I shall leave you with this "Wishing Custom"...

When blowing into a jug, if you can get a sound on the first try, make a wish.

Until next time...


Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Marie, you are awesome! Loved seeing your stitchey pics. And, I always enjoy your entires, too. Thank you so much for the wonderful surprises with Elaine's Quilt package...I'm "gobsmacked" as our friend Patti would say!! LOL Truly, I was so surprised and happy to receive the package with the huge bunch of squares for Elaine. You are so thoughtful, Marie. I'm wishing you the best of weeks. Bless you! Deb

Brigitte said...

Oh, what a wonderful exchnage this was. I love both pieces, and particularly the way they are finished. I once was dreaming of a wall with hanging hearts but at the moment I don't have enough hearts stitched AND finished, lol.
The little tray/basket finishis so lovely. I used to make these with quilted blocks, I should try them with stitched blocks in the centre.

Jen said...

Very pretty exchanges. I love the photo album idea.

Cindy F. said...

Those are great exchanges!! I especially love your tray and watermelon/name squares!!
Your album is the most awesome idea!!
The Smithsonian will love you when they display all your goodies:)

Tammy said...

I just luv that strawberry ornament it is soooo cute. What a great exchange!!