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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

February 2015 Banner Swap, Part 2

I was definitely thinking SPRING when I made my banner for Joy who lives just south of me here in OH.  She's had a very rough winter, too...so I put the ugly images of the dead, snowy Ohio landscape out of my mind & thought of better days ahead.  BTW...that UGLY snow is still out there, but melting...just like the Wicked Witch.

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!
 
 
 
 


14 comments:

  1. I just got a smart phone for the first time about 6 weeks ago and I still haven't figured out how to "hang up" after a phone call. :) It stinks having a phone that's smarter than me. haha

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  2. Beautiful sampler Debbie... Love the trims and fabrics you chose, esp the sweet bird print,,,, looking forward to see what you create for me now ;) x

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  3. Love your sampler, so darling. Isn't this the best swap?! I'm having so much fun.
    ACK! We've had iPhones for quite a while and I still don't know what I'm doing!!! I'm sure you'll fare much better than this techno knucklehead.

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  4. What great little project. Love the way you stained the clothes pins to dress them up a bit!

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  5. What an adorable project. I love the fabrics you chose.

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  6. I love your sampler Debbie...so cheery!

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  7. Its a cheerful little sampler. I'm sure Joy will be happy with it.
    I've had a smart phone for about 18 months. I love it - easy to use and you can do so many things with it. It would have helped though if I had read the manual in the first place! LOL

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  8. The pattern is awesome and these birds are really cute. great job!

    House cleaners Balham

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  9. So cute the way the bird looks to be smelling the flowers!
    Great job!

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  10. soooo pretty! love the blue!

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  11. soooo pretty! love the blue!

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  12. Debbie this is beautiful! So creative! I'm lucky to get your this month! Marti

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  13. That is so pretty. That green 1930's print looks a bit familiar.

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  14. Your banner is lovely. I love the detail that you added to the banner. I'm loving this swap. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have been neglecting it for some time. Just having trouble motivating myself to get back to blogging.

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