IT HAS ARRIVED, it has arrived!!!
After over two weeks in transit, the package has finally arrived in northern Sweden. The recipient is called Elizabeth, or lizziebird as she is known on Flickr.
When I got the email revealing my Swap Partner, one of the things which immediately caught my eye, was that she "had a thing for hedgehogs and Totoro".
I didn't have a clue who Totoro was, but with the help of Google I soon found out. He's an incredibly sweet animated Japanese character. My first plan was to make a Totoro mini quilt, but checking her Flickr feed, I realised someone else had beaten me to it. Instead I settled for a car / window sticker.
For the hedgehog I came across a fantastic paper piecing template on Artisania's homepage. I had never done any paper piecing before, but with an engineer's logic I set off and made a trial version.
After realising I needed to trim and press (a lot) more often, I dug out the nice fabrics. Some of these are from Karen at Blueberry Park and I had seen my partner liking her fabrics on Instagram.
For my second go at paper piecing I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.
As I spotted a motorbike in her feed, I added some of the Alexander Henry bike fabric. One of the few of his designs without scantily dressed ladies...
The hedgehog was too small to be the main thing, so I really needed to come up with something more. Checking through her Flickr profile I spotted quite a few projects from the book "Patchwork Please" with plenty of inspirational zakka projects. The envelopes caught my eye as she had a few of them in her feed.
Oups, another paper piecing project!
Oh well, if I could make the hedgehog, I should be able to do the envelopes, right?
Actually, this was much easier as there was a step by step tutorial in Love Patchwork & Quilting, issue 7.
Close-up of the label on the back. This was made at 50% of the original template:
So, here goes, the whole lot (minus the motorbike fabric, as I was too fast wrapping that up!)
The extras included: Totoro window / car sticker, curved quilting safety pins, The last Runaway about a quilter in the United States (my partner's home country) and written by the author or The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Hersey chocolates, the hedgehog minimini / mug rug, bike fabric and some Merry Christmas (in Swedish) labels.
And finally the card, from Stonehenge, a place I have visited more times than I care to remember.
Thank you so much for allowing me to be your Swap Partner and getting to know you a little bit during these weeks. Thank you also for all the lovely photos from my home country!