My last swap that has to be mailed is the Animal Swap.
In this one you named three animals that you liked ( mine were owl, pig and orangutan ) and then your partner made three items for you based on these items.
My partner just said owls and birds for her animals. So a limited choice but this did make life easier.
First up is a stitchery owl. This is based on something I saw on pinterest. I used an Anchor perle type thread in multi variegated. To be honest it was a bit thick for the fabric but I love the effect. The leaves are in a plain green stranded cotton.
I've made this into a cushion/pillow case using the quilt as you go method
Next up is a basket made with machine embroidered birds
I experimented with Zentangle type quilting with each of these and all four are different
I wasn't sure at first but they have grown on me and I'd quite happily do something like this again.
Finally my last make is a mug rug and coasters.
Yes I know it's not a bird but since the start of the swap my partner has got a German Shepherd pup so I thought it would be appropriate to make something inspired by this. The silhouette is a free one from Google Images and the paw prints are free drawn by myself. They are all raw edge appliqued on a scrappy background using Bond a web/Wonderweb.
This will all be mailed out this afternoon and I plan to have a day off sewing and concentrate on the garden tomorrow, weather permitting