For some reason I want to add a mouse ran up to my knee… to the end of that. Why? I don’t know…

I’ve mentioned that I am participating in Swaps yes?!  The first one I participated in is at Block Swap Adventure 12.5inch blocks are swapped each month, and you can sign up any time and will be included in the swap for the following month.  I did that one last month and will continue to participate. This month I am going to make (as per my partner’s request) a single colour themed block that will eventually be part of a rainbow quilt. I like that idea and am looking forward to contributing something toward it.

The first one I actually signed up too, but the second one I participated in is being hosted by Cheryll at Gone Stitchin’.  I completed my hot pad last night and posted it today, so it’s on it’s way to my mystery swap partner!  This was different, because I don’t know who will be sending me a hot pad, and my partner doesn’t know that I have completed one for her.  Here is a (bad) sneak peek of what I made. I quickly snapped a couple of photos this morning before I left for work, but didn’t inspect them properly and they were quite blurry…

Pot Holder Sneak Peek for Lets Exchange Swap at Cheryll's

Pot Holder Sneak Peek for Lets Exchange Swap at Cheryll's

Unfortunately the pot holder is not much better than the photo 🙁 ! I realised how dreadfully amateur my sewing is after looking around my mystery swap partner’s blog. I hope she doesn’t mind too much. I know I will get better as I go along… [Have you seen Finding Nemo?!  there’s a scene where they all sing… just keep swimming… just keep swimming… well I will just keep sewing] Cheryll is hosting another swap that will be posted about on her blog tomorrow, so go check it out, if you are looking to participate in one.

So after being a bit traumatised at the post office today about sending this gift away, what did I do? I signed up for another swap 😀 Nothing like shocking my fear into submission!  But I really like little zippy pouches and purses and this swap is for that! So I couldn’t resist and went ahead and signed up for it. Sandy from Cookies and Cream Crafts is hosting this one and you can sign up for it until the 12th April.

Zippy Purse Swap Hosted by Sandy at Cookies and Cream Craft

Zippy Purse Swap Hosted by Sandy at Cookies and Cream Craft

I also added a scrappy border onto my Endless Summer Le Petite Project ( just in the nick of time!)  The parade will be on the 1st April (US time) at Sinta and Sheri’s blogs. I really love how this turned out using the Sugar Pop Fabrics by Liz Scott for Moda, and I had a bit of scraps left over that were a similar width to the inner border requirements so I just stitched them together and used that for the inner border.  I like the size of it now, so will not be adding a wider border.

Endless Summer Centre Block

Endless Summer Centre Block

Endless Summer With Scrappy Border Added Take 1

Endless Summer With Scrappy Border Added Take 1

Endless Summer With Scrappy Border Added Take 2

Endless Summer With Scrappy Border Added Take 2

I am thinking of making the backing for this from something water proof so that I can use it as a picnic rug. Maybe all the colours will distract the ants for a while.