I was nervous to join the For the Love of Solids swap on Flickr. It was my first swap, and they seem like a lot of pressure! But I joined anyway, because I figured it would be fun and maybe a bit of a challenge. When I found out my partner was my friend Elizabeth, I was even more nervous (she's one of the hosts of the swap, after all) but definitely excited. The first step of swapping is to stalk your parter's blog, Flickr photo stream, and favorites. I've been following Elizabeth for a while, so no problem there! Elizabeth gave lots of specifics in her questionnaire (thankfully!!), so had lots to go on.
This is what I ended up sending.
(The colors are more accurate in this photo.)
Elizabeth requested a cover for her sewing machine, Betsy 2.0. I used this tutorial to construct the cover. For the patchwork, I used the pattern in Malka Dubrawsky's Fresh Quilting. A few other swappers used this pattern too--it's perfect for solids! Elizabeth gave me her sewing machine's dimensions, but I was still worried about it fitting! She posted a picture of it on her machine, so I think it worked out.
For the small item, I made a notebook cover. I know Elizabeth is a sketcher and a list-maker, so I figured she could use these. I sent a journal and a graph paper version. (Note to self: buy these in bulk next back-to-school season!) Tutorial here.
I sent this little Batman mini for Elizabeth's son. Our boys are kindred spirits, and I know they'd be buddies if we lived closer together.
I also threw in this Kona Solids charm pack. I figure if she didn't like anything else, she could at least use this!
Everything arrived safely at Elizabeth's house, and she seems really happy with it, so I'm calling it a success. Thanks to Elizabeth and Megan for hosting! I can see how this swap business can become an addiction...
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