I just got home from the domestic portion of my travels. In NYC I was able to sneak into Purl SoHo yesterday for a second. And when I arrived home, moments ago, I was greeted with this lovely PTS7 package from Elaine...
Oh my God! I can't believe it's mine. She totally "got" me. The colors and fabrics are absolutely perfect for me. Seriously, they're some of my favorites. Plus, I love curves and she nailed them, didn't she? And just wait until you see the back!
I freaked when I saw her post this in the Flickr group and then it came home to me. I adore texture. I mention my love of texture to every swap partner and this is the first time a secret partner has delivered. And she delivered in a big, bad way. And did you notice that adorable journal she made for me as well? Seriously this was an awesome round. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
And since this is a swap, of course I made something too. Here's the package I made for my secret partner...
My partner didn't give me a lot of direction and she was relatively silent this round so I was a little stumped at first but after stalking her favorites I settled on a design fairly quickly. It was the color scheme I was concerned about.
Finally, I just had to bite the bullet, jump in and hope that I was making something that would make my partner squeal. I started out using this tutorial, but I augmented the paper pattern so the points matched in the middle.
I decided that this one needed hand stitching. I didn't think machine quilting would do it justice.
In the end I opted for simplicity in the stitching and a button in coordinating Essex Linen to tie everything together.
The back has a simple zipper enclosure to give the pillow a tight fit around the pillow form.
And, as usual, I added some extras in the package, including fabric, as an added bonus for my partner.
I sent this off to my partner last week, and it should arrive on her doorstep any moment now, if it hasn't already. I truly hope she's as delighted with it as I am with my package.