I am happy to be back to the blog today. I finished my last craft fair yesterday and almost our whole household has been under the weather. I am feeling pretty exhausted. I plan to do several posts about my craft fairs, but since that's all I've eating, breathing, and sleeping, I wanted to take the opportunity to focus on something else for this post: the FRMQG scrap pillow swap I participated in, all in the midst of the craft fairs.
Participants were asked to submit a small parcel of scraps and stash for another member to make them a pillow. It was a "blind" swap where we didn't choose our partners. In August, I won a prize in the Scraptastic Tuesday monthly linkup: a pack of Blueberry Park scraps from the designer, Karen Lewis. I love this fabric line but haven't had the opportunity to purchase these fabrics. One of my favorite friends from the guild received me as a partner and this is what she made me:
I love everything about it! She did a great job. You've got to take in the amazing quilting, it's a technique she's been practicing from the new book by Jacquie Gering Walk: Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot.
From my partner, Melissa, I received a half yard of Kona white with a note basically asking that I "sew anything I want, just nothing Christmas themed." That's very broad! I definitely had a lot of freedom to do whatever I wanted. I decided it would be fun to do some paper piecing; a time consuming/challenging technique that was quite the opposite to the mass-producing/easy sewing projects that consumed me for the craft fairs recently.
I already had a copy of the Forest Abstractions pattern by Violet Craft and decided to make a bunny:
Melissa loves everything "rainbow" and "color order" and I considered making a rainbow bunny, but I decided against that idea because I feared it might become too "Lisa Frank" and I didn't have a lot of confidence in my ability to place the fabrics in the right order.
Linking up to Scraptastic Tuesday! I'll be back soon with all of my craft fair adventures.