Krista and I faltered in arranging a private swap last year, but the fact we were going to meet for real, meant I whipped her up a Liberty-linen frame purse...
... and she reciprocated with one of her awesome thread catchers...
... and an amazing Purple Thang!
Before you go all ga-ga at the brown, it's animal print, it is meant to be brown! I love it and need to get back behind my sewing machine so I can use it rather than just looking lovingly at it!
I also made a trio of pincushions for my 2 smashing Brit Bee besties Terri and Susan, who sent me some treasured Heather Ross fussy cuts last month, and another for Di, who has been my States-side go-between for a couple of (spookily) Heather Ross t-shirts; so HR fishies were the only way to go; however caught up in the secrecy of making them, I forgot to take any pictures - doh! This is my one, the ones I made for them were the same... but different!
And unexpectedly, Di made me the most superb Tula Pink/Prince Charming purse...
I think this has holiday boiled-egg-smuggling written all over it! Perfect. I love it!
Generously, and for no reason other than being wonderful friends, I came home with a pretty flower brooch from Catherine and some of my favourite Denyse Schmidt FMF print, zipper, thread and lolly, so far hidden from the kids, from my curve-class buddy Emily...
If you need a big quilt basting, or are in the South-West (UK) and want to use her frame or studio space, Emily is your woman; check out her web page for more information.
Thank you all for my wonderful gifts, there is nothing like handmade gifts from friends xxx
The other gifts I need to mention are the top secret wall hanging that Brit Bee made to commemorate Susan's big 5-0. This was presented to her on Friday night, she wiggled her butt in my face as thanks; she has put it more sweetly than I could here.
|Jude, I borrowed this one, as I only have the one of her arse!|
|Photos c/o Robin 'have you taken it yet?' Robin!|
So many quilts were handed over, the huge pile was quite overwhelming for them and us!
I am almost at an end of my Retreat round up now; tomorrow, it'll be a week since we all got together, so I shall finally show you what I made.
Apologies I have not responded to emails, or commented on blog posts much this week, hopefully I will be able to get myself all caught up soon, the house is now tidy, I will fill the fridge tomorrow morning and then be able to start enjoying the holidays xxx