Part one: So sorry blog readers for such an absence. It has been a very busy month. And I'm glad to say that I have finished all my handmade birthday and christmas presents. I don't know if I will go handmade next year. Atleast not to this extent. I didn't make anything for my two kids or my husband. Part of me is ok with that because they get my handmade stuff throughout the year. The other part of me thinks it is wrong. I have a quilt planned for each child, and I think I should have been making those quilts.
We've also been busy visiting this month. Visiting family and Disney theme parks.
We have finished school for the rest of the year. We will pick up again the first full week in January.
Part two: Four Way Swap. Four Way Swap was a doll quilt swap between laurajay, lucyellen06, calamity kim and myself. We each contributed rules to this swap. The rules for this round were:
1. include birds
2. include neutrals
3. include recipient's color of choice
4. include liberated piecing
more pictures of the details of quilts and the goodies included on flickr.
It was a great swap. It challenged us all. We plan to talk about our plans for four way swap for next year soon. But we know that we want to continue it. Thanks for following along with our swap!
I have been asked "how do I join a swap like this?". The only answer I have is "make your own". Find two or three other quilters who you think would make a good group. Set up a few ideas, guidelines and deadlines. And have fun! I think there is at least one group that was inspired by our group. I would love to know if you start one.
And finally, Merry Christmas to you all! Thank you for reading my blog, and following me on flickr and (now) twitter. I am amazed by this network of friends that I have through the internet and throughout the world. And another thank you for the nice comments you leave for me. I enjoy every one. I hope you all have a joyful, peaceful and safe holiday filled with love and surrounded by loved ones. (I'm writing all this now because there is a good chance of me not writing another blog post before Christmas - hee)