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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #350 on: March 31, 2018, 08:36:13 AM »
Thanks for the heads up, Garden Girl.
Scroll down that link to get a preview of the new Sonya Philip class - looks fun as usual.

As we seem to mention both Creative Bug and 100 Acts patterns quite a lot, I've debated whether to start a Creative Bug thread or a 100 Acts thread, both in the patterns section.  Have decided we need both and plan to start them up later this UK morning.  Will see how active they are. . .

Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #351 on: March 31, 2018, 12:43:40 PM »
Thanks Lisanne and Garden Girl! I'll go check out the threads in a moment.

Today is the first weekend of the final month!  Who's got sewing plans today? I had to get up early today, so really I should head into the sewing room and spend a bit of time cutting. Finding it hard to get the motivation going, usually once I start I get in the swing of it.  I think I'll give myself a little reward after each small task I accomplish.

For this morning that reward will be 5 minutes of Instagram browsing!

Happy sewing SWAP-ers!
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #352 on: March 31, 2018, 04:26:04 PM »
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Today is the first weekend of the final month!  Who's got sewing plans today?
I am going to try and fit in some "me" sewing into my work plans for today. Have been focusing on getting the actual paying work I need to do for others completed, and realised that my SWAP sewing has been on the back burner for weeks. I still need to make seven more garments if I am going to finish SWAP in time. I have three of the seven cut out and mostly ready to sew. If I didn't have actual work between now and the end of April, it would be easy, but I am going to see if I can make it happen in the interstitial moments of the month.
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #353 on: March 31, 2018, 07:20:47 PM »
Lisanne and all, the class preview of Sonya Philip's new Creativebug Tunic #1 class is up now. Class available April 11. There are several variations: tunic, cropped, empire waist with skirt and back ties and a good looking kimono type jacket. Class includes PDF download. Print pattern is $17 from Sonya.

I had a look at Sonya's patterns.  They don't seem to have any shaping.  Is that the case? or are the envelope sketches deceptive and they look better on?

edited to add:  Sorry, I should have posted this on the appropriate thread.
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #354 on: March 31, 2018, 09:43:41 PM »
Susan - you're right - they have no shaping, designed by someone with no shaping, see the photo in the 100 Acts thread.
They are intended as very casual styles.  They won't meet the needs of many other personal styles.
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #355 on: April 01, 2018, 07:11:55 AM »
The final month !
Good Cheer to all of you who are continuing.

Here’s my annual reminder of ‘quick sew’ patterns, in case you need a whizz-through project.
https://sewingplums.com/2016/11/19/speedy-patterns-to-make-in-half-a-day-or-less/
https://sewingplums.com/2016/11/19/very-quick-and-easy-patterns-which-are-not-timed/

These timings assume you’re using familiar simple techniques.  No time for making samples, finding extra help with instructions, taking a calming pause  ;D  And often the timings are just for sewing time.

Best Wishes and Congratulations to everyone involved, however many garments you finish before the end of this month.  It is lovely to hear all your news about what you are doing and deciding. 
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #356 on: April 01, 2018, 07:43:35 AM »
Mine is going to be down to the wire!
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #357 on: April 01, 2018, 08:01:59 AM »
I've had a gap whilst I emptied most of my sewing room into the even tinier study next door and got new cupboards in the sewing room instead of the old shelves. They look great and are partly refilled.
It has completely stopped any SWAP progress but refolding all my fabric reminded me of some I love.

I've decided I am definitely sticking with the brown, teal and ivory colour scheme so need to do a few ivory or ivory-based pieces in April to fill out the scheme. I still have dark brown on the machine so may do one final piece before I switch over to ivory.
I also need to rework some of my teal pieces, but they are extras so don't need to be tackled in the SWAP timeframe, but there's a risk if they are left too long they may never get done!

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #358 on: April 01, 2018, 12:28:28 PM »
I MUST pick up my pace and get the final few things done this fortnight.  The wedding dress is taking all my concentration this weekend though- wrestling with the 7m of 3m wide tulle nearly made me explode yesterday.  I think I got it beat though!
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #359 on: April 01, 2018, 03:37:10 PM »
Good luck with the wedding dress DementFairy, I don't envy you that.

I found a tiny remnant of leaf print fabric and now want to make a blocked tee. I think the leaf print at the top and the body in plain brown, a simple cap sleeved style would work.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #360 on: April 02, 2018, 05:15:54 AM »
I intended to sew on my SWAP this weekend, but got all caught up in a custom sewing commission instead. (Trapunto Pockets) But since the machines are all now threaded with black, for that, I can go ahead and make slow progress on my SWAP once that is done.
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #361 on: April 02, 2018, 04:10:56 PM »
I was going to change thread colour as I had finally got bored of brown after sewing 22 items with brown thread.
I was going to go for ivory which will mostly be tops to go with things I already sewed.
However when I pulled the fabrics out, one of them is more brown than ivory and probably would be better with the brown thread after all.
So one more with the brown thread and then I'll change!

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #362 on: April 03, 2018, 11:47:55 PM »
Indigo, your trapunto is really beautiful. You did a great job.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #363 on: April 03, 2018, 11:51:53 PM »
Had a productive weekend.  The hiking pants are finished, along witha t-shirt.  The weaving is off the loom and washed.  I'm now trying to work up the courage to cut it up. *** heavy sigh ****

Indigotiger - Your trapunto pockets look fantastic.  I've always admired the look of these so it was really interesting to read your post on how it is done.  Fabulous!

dementedfairy -  Good luck with the wedding dress. 

Melinda_B - What are you working on at the moment?  Hope you got some time over the Easter break to do some sewing.  We are in a touristy area so tend to have a quiet time away from the craziness.  I always find it odd when I go to the post office during the school holidays - that tourists will just walk across the road in front the car without looking, some stand in the middle of the road to take a photo and at least one will park in the centre of the road.  It's silly season

Ruthie - Wow that is enough to complete two SWAPs.  You sew so fast.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #364 on: April 05, 2018, 02:03:14 AM »
Still trudging along. Had a moment of panic at work when I thought the hoodie fabric I cut out was a WOVEN! (it is in fact a knit, phew!)

If I could get my family to stop needing me, I might get this SWAP done! The silly people!

I have spent the last few evenings snoozing on the couch, exhausted. I go through these spells every now and then. I hope it is gone by the weekend.
Wendy

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #365 on: April 05, 2018, 06:06:04 AM »
If I could get my family to stop needing me, I might get this SWAP done! The silly people!

I have spent the last few evenings snoozing on the couch, exhausted. I go through these spells every now and then. I hope it is gone by the weekend.

Fun though SWAP is, health and family are more important    :heartshower:
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #366 on: April 05, 2018, 11:48:51 PM »
Ruthie, it looks as you now know your personal print style as well as your best colours.  So many attractive possibilities you will have  ;D
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #367 on: April 05, 2018, 11:55:04 PM »
Demented Fairy - you choose such fascinating shapes !
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #368 on: April 06, 2018, 06:34:56 AM »
Ruthie, it looks as you now know your personal print style as well as your best colours.  So many attractive possibilities you will have  ;D
It feels more like I'm sewing a wardrobe not a SWAP.
The brown section on my knits shelf is rather small now. I think I have made a significant dent in it!

The problem with the approach I've taken is I have sewn a lot of stuff now, and it has a consistent (if narrow) colour scheme but there's lots of similar things and nothing really stands out to pick from it for the SWAP.

I have mentally done with brown now I've noticed as I just cut out a simple plain ivory tee. However I need to do some rework on a few items before I change the brown hread and I have reworking stuff sort of boring.
However maybe if I post it here it will encourage me to do something?

So brown tie dye cardigan - shoulder is too wide and the sleeves are a strange 3/4 length hybrid. Task - remove sleeves, narrow shoulders slightly, cut new sleeves in a classic full length and insert them instead.


And the lace sweatshirt has a wobbly neckline that probably needs a skinny neckband adding to draw it up.


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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #369 on: April 06, 2018, 07:02:44 PM »
Wow, less than 4 weeks are left! Now is when we need a few Speed SWAP ideas. ;D Thanks Lisanne for the post about fast sewing patterns and to Rene for mentioning the Sonya Philip patterns. I've come up with my own crazy quick SWAP plan but in reality my "quick" SWAP sewing will probably yield 3 garments before the deadline. :D

Ruthie, I really like your latest two tops. I especially like the pieced top but that's because I love leaf prints. :) I know what you mean about the similar styles you've sewn. Maybe if you have a quick try-on you will see that some tops hang a little nicer or the color is slightly better for you or you just plain like a few better than the others. :) If not, you could just close your eyes and choose randomly. ;D You've done a fabulous job sewing wardrobe coordinates far beyond the 11 SWAP garments. You are a great inspiration!

Demented Fairy, your red trousers are so fun! I love the gathered detail on the legs. I bet they'll be very comfortable in the warm weather.

Wendy, I enjoy reading the updates about your steady progress. :) Good luck making it to the finish line! I checked out the Metamorphic dress pattern you mentioned and I really like it. I think it will look great on you. Do you think you will end up sewing it for SWAP?

Treefrog, you've finished 3 amazing garments since I last checked in! Wow! I like the woven pink blouse a lot. The detail shot of your jeans is fantastic - great work! And the linen jacket turned out beautifully. The extra work paid off. ;D Your weaving is looking so good, I can't wait to see what you sew with it. Regarding indigo vs. black, if you still haven't decided, I actually like black with this grouping. And if you need the black garments anyway, why not continue as planned? :)

Stephanie, your safari skirt looks great! ;D I really like that style made up in linen. I hope you are enjoying your travels!

CCL, your pieced skirt is amazing. I actually really like how it looks with the jacket as well as the turtleneck. :)

Bessiecrocker, your colorful scarf is awesome!! Wow! And it looks so pretty with your jacket. I love all the coordinating fabrics you showed in your thread. Great job on getting so much sewn in spite of your knee surgery.

Turquoise, your 2 ivory tops are beautiful. You did a fantastic job on the twist blouse. Have you made any further progress on your coral pieces? I like what you wrote about your SWAP and how it has helped you with a more organized approach to sewing. If you don't finish by the deadline, I do hope you'll continue to post here with the rest of us slow finishers. :)

Good luck to everyone who is still sewing! :smiles-pom1: :smiles-pom1: :smiles-pom1:

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #370 on: April 07, 2018, 01:56:42 AM »
Demented Fairy - Love the red pants.  They are such an interesting design and look great on you.

Ruthie - I agree with you that it isn't much fun to rework projects, but it is so nice when it is done.  Those jobs tend to accumulate until I'm in the mood to get them done.  Are they ones which you plan to use in the SWAP?

Mary - Great to hear you have a plan to get you over the line.  What are you working on at the moment? 
Thanks also for the vote for the black shorts.  I actually cut them out last night.  After a lot of umm-ing and arrrrr-ing, I decided to stick with the plan.  I was working on the graphic T yesterday and it will help tie the shorts in nicely.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #371 on: April 07, 2018, 06:32:26 AM »
Probably not things I am going to use in the SWAP but they use the brown thread.

Last night I did remove the sleeves, cut the shoulders in slightly and add new sleeves to the brown cardigan. It does fit better in the shoulders now and has full length sleeves with a hem (not a cuff or band).

I'm going to wear the other one today (lace top) and then put it through the wash, see what it looks like after that. The topstitching may settle down.

I need to get on with my ivory pieces (I only have a tee and a cardigan and another print tee) so I have that as my accent colour and then I'll have to pick which pieces are going in to the official SWAP.

I see a few people have asked about photos, and I know May is going to be super busy for me.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #372 on: April 07, 2018, 01:49:50 PM »
Ruthie, you always amaze me at how fast you sew!
I am too disorganized to make individual comments, but I am really liking the finished products and the diversity here!

Hoping to get into the sewing room today in bits and pieces to complete one item and cut out another.  It is tax day with our accountant, and I am the book keeper so it will be busy!  The accountant's office is near my favorite fabric store, and I may venture in afterwards if I'm not too tired.
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #373 on: April 07, 2018, 02:08:49 PM »
It's all looking amazing!  Ruthie's done enough for three or four SWAPs it seems!
Loving the colour choices and styles, all so individual.
Right, I'm off to try to finish more of mine- the red silk sari is looking rather good in its new form, if I say it myself!
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #374 on: April 07, 2018, 02:55:53 PM »


Fun though SWAP is, health and family are more important    :heartshower:

Thanks Lisanne. You are too right. Luckily when I am that tired there is no pushing through any of it, my body is forcing me to take care of it!   But the weekend is here, family things have calmed down for now, and I'll have a little more down time. :)
Wendy

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #375 on: April 07, 2018, 03:58:41 PM »
Dear SWAPpers,
I have not fallen into a deep hole, although at times it has felt like it.  Complications recovering from the broncho pneumonia followed by my yearly sinus infection. In the middle of this one of my great-granddaughters (12) was seriously injured in a side-by-side (a type of ATV) accident and life-flighted to Boise, Idaho with head injuries. Because her mom is a single mom and the sole support of Jaedyn and her four siblings, I spent a lot of time sitting with her after she stabilized. Since she lives in the same town as I do, I also take her to many of her physical therapy and counseling appointments after she was able to come home. Oh, musn't forget, I also had another DVT while at the hospital. 
OK, enough about my personal challenges.  I have continued sewing when I could and will try to get an update on that sometime today in my thread.  I have also worked on several possible SWAP accessories while sitting at the hospital.  One, a crocheted bolero turned out too big, apparently I supstituted a "G" hook for the "F" hook I intended to use.  Most of the time I was working on it I was in a darkened room because Jaedyn couldn't stand light at first. 
While "incarcerated" (Jaedyn was fearful of being left alone) I read some Imogen Lampert articles and was intrigued by her reference to "Beauty Bundles".   I had made a simple LBD, only mine is a brown sleeveless tank dress instead of black and knew I would need accessories to go with.  The idea of a collection of similar colored accessories really appealed to me.  Since I had switched to teal as an accent color in my SWAP collection I decided to work on teal accessories.  More in my thread later.
I think I have caught up with all of the threads, quite impressed with the level of creative sewing happening here, however I am not nearly on top of things enough to individually comment.
I just need to gather all of my garments and decide what is going in my SWAP collection and what is not.  Somehow I had in my mind that all sewing had to be done by March 31.  I think I was confused with the spring 6 pac.  Anyway, I still may need to do some more sewing to complete the SWAP even though I have more than enough garments. I am short of tops for some reason.  I think I have enough of the terra cotta rayon sandwash to make a shell from using Cutting Lines "My Hearts A Flutter" pattern.  It would go with all of the bottoms I have.  I would have to muslin the patternfirst because I know it would be too big as I last used it.  All of the illnesses this winter have resulted in a 20#  weight loss making all of my TNT not so true.  The weight loss also resulted in horrible flabby upper arms, so cover ups are also needed. Ughh.......  I also need to re draft the neckline to accomodate my port-a-cathe.  I am considering just adding a placket to the back neck and leaving the higher neckline in front. 
Enough rattling on, again, the level of sewing is impressive.
 

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #376 on: April 07, 2018, 06:13:52 PM »
Congratulations, Lillie T, for getting so much done at such an eventful time.
As you may have noticed, few people manage to complete a SWAP.
But many people produce smaller groups of garments for us to admire and celebrate  ;D
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #377 on: April 07, 2018, 06:53:47 PM »
LillieT, I am so sorry you've had such a rough time, I hope you and your granddaughter both continue to heal. I am also amazed that you could do any planning at all! I'm glad you had sewing and planning as a distraction.
Wendy

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #378 on: April 08, 2018, 05:24:43 AM »
I'm going to officially 'resign' from SWAP.  I just seem to have lost interest in making the garments that I had planned.  And I have a pile that I want to make, that don't fit SWAP, and find that I look at them and think "I should be working on my SWAP" and then feel guilty so I don't sew anything. 

I know I don't need to resign really, but I feel that I need to acknowledge it's not working for me right now. I suspect if I had been able to jump in in January when it was all fresh I would have been closer to finishing.

What I have gotten out of SWAP - Four garments that are in constant rotation.  Several ideas for future garments.  Putting the SWAP plan together taught me a lot about planning, which is something I tend to lack, and end up with orphans. 

Maybe a 6PAC would be a good next step, both shorter and simpler.

I'll still be following along, and very interested to see what everyone else makes!
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #379 on: April 08, 2018, 08:13:14 AM »
Perhaps we should also have some sort of 'mini SWAP' gallery where people can show us what they made under the inspiration of SWAP that didn't quite match up to the full requirement  ;D
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #380 on: April 08, 2018, 10:57:54 AM »
That sounds like a great idea Lisanne! So much work goes into getting even halfway there that those garments deserve to be seen.
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #381 on: April 08, 2018, 06:20:33 PM »
Perhaps we should also have some sort of 'mini SWAP' gallery where people can show us what they made under the inspiration of SWAP that didn't quite match up to the full requirement  ;D

I agree with both of you that a mini gallery is a good idea as long as we are not required to model the garments. I hate having my picture taken. I need to switch sewing gears. My SWAP is work orientated but I need to change to sewing casual garments. I'm leaving for a cruise at the end of the month and only have a few garments that I want to wear. The collection is almost done but I still need two jackets and a couple of tops to pull everything together. Unfortunately, this will not get done until sometime in May or June.  No matter what, I'm happy because I made more garments that I thought I would be able to achieve.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #382 on: April 08, 2018, 06:30:21 PM »
Melinda, CCL, and Towanda, I'm sorry you won't be able to finish by the end date. I do think a mini SWAP gallery would be nice to see what alternative collections people have come up with.

Me I'm still plugging along. I've gotten most of a hoodie done, just need to hem up the sleeves and bottom hem. I love it! I hope to get a pair of pants (or two) cut out today but I have a lot of other things that just got dumped on me, so we'll have to see.
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #383 on: April 08, 2018, 08:00:58 PM »
LillieT, I'm so sorry to hear about your health problems and your great-granddaughter's accident! I hope you are both doing well now.  :grouphug:

I'm officially out of SWAP, too. My SWAP never really got off the ground, even though I enjoyed the planning stages. I made a brief attempt at starting a speed SWAP last week, but it's not for me! I will continue with a slow SWAP, though, and I wrote in my thread about the changes to my plan.

Lisanne, I like your idea of a mini gallery. :)

Best of luck to everyone continuing! I am really enjoying reading about your progress and seeing your finished garments as they pop up in your threads!  :smiles-pom2: :smiles-pom2: :smiles-pom2:


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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #384 on: April 08, 2018, 11:51:48 PM »
What a delightful idea, Lisanne!

I had hoped to finish the black trousers today and had even delusional hopes of cutting out the aubern wool crepe trousers.  ha, ha, haha.

Still, I may be able to finish the black trousers tomorrow - just have the back hooks to put on, the hems to mark, hem tape to put on and then hem.  That may be the sum total of my sewing next week though as there isn't much sewing time available.  Good thing I never really felt any urgency about finishing the SWAP sewing by the deadline. 

What I have really enjoyed is the comaraderie of my fellow SWAP sewists!  So if Towanda, Melinda and others want to post their mini collections, I am in too. 
 
Also, I have every intention of continuing with my SWAP sewing long after the deadline - and continue posting in my SWAP thread.   

And yeah, Mary, your new plan (and slow sew) suits you, much better than trying to sew up a speed SWAP.


Edited to Add:  LillieT, I hope you and your great granddaughter are on the mend and getting stronger every day.

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