Thursday, February 5, 2015

Not so sweet

My latest swap was super fun, although a real challenge. Called #bitchesgetstitcheswap, it was a profanity themed swap. The field was pretty wide open. Pretty much make anything crafty with your partner's favourite swear word. Where to start?! People made crazy awesome, inspired things! Although not specifically a sewing or quilting swap, that's where lots of people went and of course it's my comfort zone too. Here's a fun picture I posted during the swap. My team was #foulmouthedmakers. So much effing fun!

Luckily me and my partner both have the same go-to for cursing: the f-bomb. And oh boy did I drop a lot in the course of making my item! So many problems and so many changed plans! Right away I knew I wanted to use pretty fabric to make hexies to spell out the word, cuz that's just fun to spell a bad word with pretty fabric.

The original plan was a zippered pouch with two letters on each side so she could use it without offending anyone. Well, dummy me, I thought about the height of the letters but not how wide they would be. When I started laying out the 50-plus hexies, the problem became immediately apparent. Insert f-bomb. Oh and that was after I discovered a massive tea spill I had in my work bag leaked into the pouch with my hexies in progress and I found a bunch of soggy, wavy hexies with a minty aroma. And so many other problems popped up, but I forged ahead with my mini quilt plan and I love how it turned out. No swearing there! How fecking awesome is this, if I do say so myself!

I top-stitched the hexies down with a light blue thread, and then echo quilted around the letters. It doesn't look like a lot of quilting, but it took a while. I really like the effect, though. And that hot pink is awesome. I was originally going to put it on a grey and then have pink and orange borders on the top and bottom, but this looks so much better. I cannot wait for my partner to get it. I really hope she loves it as much as I do, otherwise I want it back! I love that the swear word is subtle, so I hope she feels OK to have it out somewhere. She can always turn it and then the word disappears and it's just pretty hexies.

Here's the great package I got from my partner all the way up in Alaska. There was so much happy swearing when I began pulling out all these treasures. How fan-freaking-tastic is all this?!

The WTF basket is my favourite. And all those fun goodies! A wee Vincent van Gogh keychain, sans one ear! A little comedy book from someone who shares my love of vodka! Oh and in the fabric bundle is a bit of the fabric that is just what I need for my first quilting bee block. How perfect!

In the meantime, I signed up for two more swaps, putting the total in progress now at four. But oh I have so many great ideas and can't wait to get started on those!


  1. I LOVE the stuff you make! And where do you find all these swaps anyway??

    1. Thanks Ann! I find all the swaps on Instagram. There is even an account that gathers them all in one place - @openquiltswaps.