First I'd like to show you what I made for my swapping partner, Whitney (the peacock tree). Whitney had this mousie in her inspiration mosaic and since I had the pattern (thanks, Leslie!) I decided to give it a try. Since I had never made one before I decided to give the pattern a test run first. I made the red and aqua mousie as a trial, and she turned out really well. Then I made the aqua polka dot mousie for Whitney. Whitney seems to like her, and has named hers Elsie.
This is a Fig Tree Pattern. It is called Three Blind Mice. While I adore the mouse, I don't like care for the way it is assembled. My background before quilting is in sewing clothing, stuffed animals and toys. If you want to make this mouse, I would strongly suggest you add the ears and the flower BEFORE you sew the body into the cone shape. It is much, much easier to work with a flat piece when adding the ears than attempting to put those ears into a cone shaped bulky body.
In typical scatter brained fashion I totally forgot to take a photo of the package I put together for Whitney but she posted THIS PHOTO to Flickr of her swap gift when she received it.
This is what I received in the swap. The person with my name is Kim, aka quiltingkimmie. When the first photos appeared in the flickr pool I did wonder if it was for me because of the red and aqua color scheme, but then I didn't think I'd be this lucky! I had mentioned my sewing room is red and aqua when I listed my preferences. I love the fabrics she used, and I love the spiral design. It's nice and heavy, too, filled with crushed walnut shells.
My cat Murphy was very helpful when I was trying to get some photos. It seems to meet with his approval. I had to chase him off because he was sure this was a cat toy and he was trying to steal it!
Here's all my loot! Isn't this a great bunch of fun things?
I feel quite spoiled.
|Fabric, Jelly Beans, Mints, Zebra Pencils, Autumn Note Pad and a Pincushion Pattern!|
And here it is on a test drive! Yep, it works!
Thanks again, Kim!
I really love my pincushion, and thank you for the lovely goodies, too!