I love this swap. It’s such a great idea. You get rid of some fabric scraps, get some new pretty ones, plus a lovely little patchwork gift in the mail–from someone you may have never met! I had such a fun time putting my package together and even more fun opening my patchwork package from Liz.
Here is what I made:
A small tote and some coasters made from an old vintage quilt top that I thrifted almost exactly a year ago. It’s such a beautiful piece that I wanted to keep it all together, but there were too many stains and holes that couldn’t be repaired. I did manage to save a piece big enough for a baby quilt or lap blanket. The rest I cut into. I have lots of pieces left over to make myself a tote, more coasters and maybe some pot holders too.
The fabrics used for making the quilt top are to die for. How I would love to get my hands on some of that fabric. Each square was hand sewn together! I marvel at the time it must have taken to make this beautiful piece. The person I bought it from was the daughter of the maker. She had no interest in keeping it and I was aghast. But, I tucked it under my arm (along with another quilt top) and gladly handed over 5 bucks.
Now I think it a sort of tribute to that women who made this beautiful quilt, to pass a bit along to other crafty women. Women who truly appreciate the hard work, love and time that went into making it.
Here is what the very lovely Liz made for me. A beautiful patchwork scarf and an extremely generous assortment of fabric scraps, buttons and notions. I was drooling everywhere! No joke. I, unfortunately forgot to take a picture of everything I put in the tote I made. I hope it all was well received.