Friday 9 November 2012

Hoops and Hops

One of the reasons I started blogging was to join in all the fun of swaps, and so far I have swapped Christmas and Novelty fabrics and made 50 Polaroid blocks for Quiet Play's Say Cheese swap, but until now I had never taken part in a swap of finished items. This glaring omission is why I rashly signed up for Sew Allegorical's HoopLaLa swap even although I knew I would be moving right in the middle of it!

As a secret swap this was also my first time trying to second guess the likes and dislikes of a swap partner, very nerve-wracking! Aside from knowing that my partner was not keen on pink and yellow fabric, which wasn't that onerous a restriction, the rest was up to me. As I find it difficult to decide on fabrics at the best of times, deciding for someone else meant even more dithering than usual.

In the end I came up with two choices and my partner went for these

So with one decision out of the way there was lots more indecision before I finally decided upon a plan for these fabrics, but in the end this is what I came up with, I hope my partner likes it!

The deadline for posting out the hoops is today, so I have just managed to get it done in time, and fortunately in time to link it up as a finish to TGIFF at Quilt Matters too!

Another deadline awaits me tomorrow for my post on the Sew Seasonal Blog Hop but check out today's posts at Plum and June and Finding Fifth


  1. I love your hoop, Fiona!!! The mushroom with the little panda is just so cute. I have never taken part in a swap. I think I'd be a nervous wreck... LOL!!!

  2. Such a great hoop - love the hexie tree! I know what you mean about finished item swaps being nerve wracking - it seems like such a big responsibility to make something that your partner will like. But I don't think you have anything to worry about in this case!

  3. So cute! I love the little panda in the mushroom house!

  4. oh my gosh that is totally adorable!! I love it all and is that a little hedgehog? So sweet and such a clever hexie tree too!

  5. You made some nice decisions on your fabric choices and the results are fantastic. WTG!

  6. So wonderful Fiona! Love the hexie tree, and the mushroom, and all the critters!

  7. Oh wow, well done! I'm sure your partner will love it. So adorable!

  8. Love this hoop! It is so sweet! I'm sure your partner will be thrilled!

    Guess what I'm doing today! Sorting out the Polaroids! Hope to have them back to you soon!

  9. Fiona, the hoop is lovely, and well done to you on the fact that you met the deadline with all that is going on with the move right now. Well done you!

  10. this is so lovely! How could she fail to love it??

  11. How neat!

    I am just learning some hand applique and wishing I hadn't sold the copy of Embroidery Workshop that I had.

    1. Thanks Marsha, I am hoarding all craft-related books now on the basis that they will definitely come in useful some day :)


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