Wow! This week I received two amazing swaps-- quilty bookends to a hectic week!
First, I received a lovely mug rug from Jennie in Northumberland! We both participated in Mumma Sews mug swap, and I'd say we both had a great time! It's so nice to meet through blogland, and it's so fabulous to see how another person sews. I for one am always fascinated!
Here's what Jennie sent me:
Isn't it sweet? It is her own design, and she even looked up how to say coffee break in Swedish-- Fika!
That comes from kaffe, which is coffee, being said backwards as a kind of slang that stuck. Ska vi fika? Wanna take a coffee break? I sure do! I could have some of that nice chocolate she sent with!
This little jewel is so sweet, I can't imagine putting a coffee mug anywhere on it! Well, maybe a tiny esspresso, in the corner with those lovely postage stamp scraps. Thanks Jenny! I love it! I think it's wonderful that you used such bright summery colors! And the detail of the embroidery is so tidy and so cheery, it makes me smile when I see it : )
Here's what I sent Jennie:
I made the design myself as well, using a little hedgie for a pocket, and some of my favorite dyed linen! I wrestled with the binding, and after I mailed it, I got the Eureka moment that I really should have done a single fold binding instead of a double fold. Live and learn!
Isn't it neat that we used such similar color schemes? They almost go together! And here I was afraid if I used orange, her eyes would blast off! The yarn on the green stripe actually has polka dots! I don't quite know how they did it, but it seems the yarn itself was crocheted, kind of like the pull string on a potato bag, if you can imagine that.
I also sent a special Swedish painted dishcloth (a thin square sponge) with triangles that look like quilt blocks, and perhaps a springy blue flowered one too, but I can't remember if that made it into the mailer.
Thanks Jennie! I'd swap again with you anytime! I'm such a lucky lady : )
Part Two is the next post !