Swap items I made and sent

 This is the wool pin cushion I made Deb for the Pin Cushion swap that Susan  organised.  I had brought the pattern (Pear Tree Pincushion by Hatched and Patched) on a trip to the Warracknabeal patchwork shop previously, but it seemed fortuitous as I could see from her blog, that Deb loved Anni's patterns.
It was also great to find some crushed walnut shells at Quilt Convention, as they made the pear sit nicely without falling over!  
This is the first pear I made from my Anni Downs pattern....being new to wool I wanted to see how it sewed up with the stitching on the outside.  I loved it and was going to keep it for myself...but Vicki was having a birthday, so it made a nice gift.  I will make another one for me!
And lastly but not least, this is the reproduction dolls quilt I sent to my swap partner in USA.  Now we didn't have blog addresses, so I had no idea who I was making for or their tastes.  So being a lover of traditional patterns, I decided everyone loves a log cabin!

 I decided to quilt it very simply in the ditch, but used a stencil to quilt a "orange peel" around the border.  I have never made this variation of log cabin before, but I thought it complimented the mix of colours, as I wanted some brights and some darker colours.  My partner sent me an email recently to confirmed it arrived safely, and she loves it, phew!
Happy quilting Sue.  


  1. those are lovely swappies Sue....

  2. Lovely little pears. Your swap gift looks so pretty next to the old Singer. Lovely swap mini.

  3. Love the dolly quilt and the pears look amazing

  4. Sue, I am the very lucky recipient of the doll quilt! I LOVE IT! I have now started reading your blog as well. I think the swap is a fun way to get to know more quilty people.
    Thank you ever so much!!!

  5. Your doll quilt for swap was sweet made with all those shirting sand great repro fabrics. The pears are awesome. Just in case you're looking for more crushed walnut shells. I can find it here in the states in pet stores in the bird section.

  6. Lovely swap gifts. That pear is a challenging pattern, and yours turned out great. Cute mini.

  7. Both your pincushions look adorable - love those bees with flowers as a detail. I'd have a hard time sticking a pin in them though!

    And your mini is tres gorgeous ...lucky recipient . The colours really sing.

  8. I loved my pear pincushion!!!!! Thank you again!!,


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