Last night was opening night for our on-line group's first swap of the year. The theme was Natalie Bird and, as usual, so many beautiful presents were made and sent across the country.
My first partner is Fiona and I'm going to use the photos she took of what she made because they are much better than any I take.
Fiona made me "True Friends Tote Bag" from Natalie Bird's Red Home book - the stitching and sewing are so lovely. I don't have any French General fabrics so this bag is a lovely introduction.
Fiona also included a very sweet purse that will be great for threads, scissors etc and a Hatched and Patched notepad. I love anything from Anni.
My other partner was Lorraine and I made her the Patchwork Caddy from Natalie's Book "With Thread and Needle" using red and white fabrics from the Oh Cherry Oh range (from reading Loz's blog I gather she likes redwork).
Was lovely chatting with the girls last night - fast and furious as always.
During the week I cut out a quilt for some people who are so dear to me - "Picnic" by Kim Brackett from her "Scrapbasket Sensations" book - so many great quilts in her books.
I'm using some of the fabrics I won in Di Mill's giveaway. Some of the other fabric has gone to the Tuesday girls and the rest I'll use over the next while.
Going to Sydney tonight for dinner with the children - hard to believe it's Michael and Peta's first wedding anniversary tomorrow week. My friend Lynell has made a wedding present for Elizabeth and Matt and we are going up so she can give it to them. Can't wait to see what she's made - something using stained glass.