And it's Miiine...
All the way from England, via Royal Mail.
My Mouthy Stitches swap tote has arrived wrapped in some lovely text fabric. No one said there was a rule for how to wrap your tote, so Trudi snuck in a little extra something. Don't tell the swap mamas!
She also made a beautiful machine embroidered postcard.
Trudi used some of my favorite linen and text fabrics combined with some great fabrics to make a panel of flying geese on the front of the tote. She quilted it with straight lines about 1/4" apart.
Trudi made a big pocket all across the back side. That is what is so cool about this swap. Everyone used the same basic pattern and then added their own personal touches and changes to make each bag unique. The back is quilted with straight lines and a great leaf-like vine, a la Orla Kiely.
I forgot to take a photo of the lining, but it is a lovely apple green pin dot. You can see Trudi's photo here.
The one little extra we were supposed to make was a key fob and Trudi made this one with a cute "made with love" twill tape on it.
This tote is destined to carry around all my English Paper Piecing supplies. It's just the right size for carrying my projects when traveling.
Thanks to Trudi for making this perfect for me tote and the swap mamas Susan, Hadley and Cindy for running such a wonderful swap. I can't wait for round three!
I hope everyone in the eastern US is recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. I still can't get through to my cousin in New Jersey, but I hear their electricity might be out for 7-10 days.
We are going Trick-or-Treating with the grandkids tonight. Everyone stay safe.