I loved how the blue fabric has little birds printed on it...very subtle, but there. Those are from the Zoey Christine Charm pack by Eleanor Burns for Benartex. It's quite different from the fabric I usually buy, but I'm glad I have it as it was perfect for this sampler. The green at the bottom in the first pic is from another Eleanor Burns charm pack called Ellie Ann's Treasures. The two charm packs coordinate wonderfully with many of the same prints in different color ways.
Joy said she likes bling, too...so I took some vintage flowers apart & sewed them on with a sparkly little crystal bead in the center. MY collection of beads is a great resource for these little banners. I love the green leaf trim, too...that's from my days doing ATCs & tags. Just add some vintage lace & trim & everything comes together. I did this one entirely by hand again...being just 4"x6" it's an easy hand sewing & quilting project. Hand sewing really relaxes me.
I had this cute little bit of 1930s fabric with green flowers...I thought it worked for the back of the little quilt. Those 1930s prints always make me smile.
So here's the little banner with some walnut dyed clothespins that I've added little wooden hearts to...I think they're the perfect touch if Joy wants to use them to hang her spring banner as part of a garland.
I sent a few little goodies in Joy's package, too...but I didn't take pix of them. We're not really supposed to add goodies, but I have so much to share that I couldn't resist. It's always fun to get some goodies in the mail, no?
Now on to the March Swap at A Swap for All Seasons. I mail to Jan in the UK this month...and I've already pulled out a bunch of fabric & lace & trims to inspire me. This has to be one of my all time favorite swaps ever! Go check out the swap blog for some great eye candy & inspiration from Linda, our swap hostess. There's also a monthly giveaway that you can enter. You don't have to be part of the swap to win, so check it out!
So here's my latest challenge. We finally broke down & got smartphones this weekend. So far I'm loving it but I still have a lot to learn. This old dog is really working on learning these new tricks.
Have a wonderfully creative...and hopefully warmer week!