Friday, 17 April 2015

Apron swap

I recently signed up for an apron Swap through Jenny of Elefantz and Wendy of Sugarlane Quilts

This is only my second swap, my first one I was matched with my good friend Sam unbeknown to the swap organiser. 

For this one, we were to make an apron & include a recipe card of a favourite recipe. I was matched with Lesley from California, and we were asked to contact our partners to find out what colours and type of apron they may like.
When Lesley let me know she like the purple/ lilac palette, I knew I had some great fabric on hand that would be ideal. I did check out the shops but didn't find anything better so used what first came to mind. I love the colourings of this fabric and the words tea and pictures of tea pots set me imagining time spent with good friends catching up over a cuppa.
I also knew I had some gorgeous panel fabric with a pot of lilacs that could be appliqued onto a lilac tea towel as a little extra. How pleased was I to find out from Lesley when she received her apron that she loves drinking tea.
 For the design, I chose a simple butchers apron design, but added the frills across the bottom for a feminine touch. I was also able to fussy cut a tea pot for the pocket.
My all time favourite recipe is Chocolate Fudge so before writing it out for Lesley, I checked in with an American friend who lived here in Australia for several years to translate the sugar and flour types.

I loved how the recipe card from my recipe box even had touches of lavender on it to tie it all together.
When wrapping the gift, I had a strip of the apron fabric left so cut it into narrow strips & used that to tie up the package.
 Lesley & I posted our aprons on the same day (allowing for international time difference) & she received hers about 5 days ahead of my package arriving here.

What a gorgeous surprise inside my package! I had said I liked pinks & aquas & something pretty & how well did Lesley do in translating those suggestions! My gift apron is simply stunning, it's fully reversible, pockets on both sides, beautifully stitched & finished, something I will really treasure. Can you also see the curved shape along the bottom edge - how sweet is that.
 How cute too is the cake button on the neck straps, there is one on each side & it goes so well with the colours in the fabrics.
Lesley had also snuck little surprise gifts into the pockets - how cute is the notepad & I having been thinking for awhile now I need to find a needle threader.........pretty & practical!
If you have wondered about joining in a swap of some kind, I would encourage you to have a go, a great way to connect with other crafters from around the world. I will certainly be keeping my eye out for future swaps.

Thanks to Jenny & Wendy for organising this swap, it was lots of fun.

until next time,

Robyn

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