Thursday, November 10, 2011

TNT Thursday

It's Thursday so that means another round of Trying New Things Thursday!!!  Yippee Skippee!!  I am so excited for this week's TNT because I tried something that I have wanted to do for a long time.  What is it you ask???  I tried out my first Swap Experience!!!  And it was so much fun!!!!!  I can't believe I haven't done one of these already.


My first swap was the Post Sewing Summit Swap.  We could make mini's or little bags.  I opted for a mini.  My partner, SzyHomemaker, who pretty much let me know she would be happy with anything. (which I have to admit took off some of the pressure for this first timer :)  I  really wanted to use some of the fabric I got at the Sewing Summit for my mini. So I went with the Fat Eights we got at Material Girls during the Shop Hop. I really wanted a piece of  my Sewing Summit Experience to belong to my partner. So with the fabric chosen I was on to picking a design    I have wanted to make a Swoon block for some time and I  figured it would work perfect for a mini. Here's how it turned out.  
 I also tried somenew quilting with just some random straight lines.  It was hard for me to keep it random but I had fun with it once I was able to let go of my need for everything to be symmetircal.   (And I am just realizing that this is actually  3 TNT's in 1, New Swap, New Pattern, and New Quilting, Woo Hoo!! :)  I added some Flurry with the package since everyone is starting to get ready for the Holiday season and some chocolate to keep Suzy sewing late into the late night hours :)
And the coolest part of the swap is getting your own package in the mail.  This arrived from Mary Catharine the other day and boy was I excited!!!  The mini is gorgeous.  I absolutly fell in love with the purples and I love Dresden's!!!   And the extra's were a wonderful suprise.  Beautiful fat quarters and those Aero Chocolate Bars happen to be my favorite chocolate bar and you can't buy them in the States.  Whenever we visit my Mom's family in Canada I always stop at the C-Store to pick some up.  Now I don't have to wait for my next visit!!!
Look, she even bound it with a super adorable flange!!!  How cute is that!!!!
And here it is matching perfectly on my purple sewing room wall and with my purple sewing machine.  It is so fun to see it every time I sit at my machine.  Thank you a million times over Mary Catharine!!  I love it!!!  
So that's what I was Trying New this week.  Let's see what you have been up to!!!  Go ahead and link up your post of what you Tried New this week.  Remember it doesn't have to be anything big and it doesn't have to be quilting.  Let's see it all!!!




And since Amy from Amy Lou Who has posted this mini quilt challenge, I figured I would add my little mini to the bunch!!!  Thanks for having such a fun party Amy!!!
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24 comments:

  1. Very cool mini's! I've been wanting to try a swap, I think I will look for one after Christmas! Thanks again for hosting TNT Thursday!

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  2. Those are so pretty!! The Dresdeb natches your wall perfectly! Way to go!

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  3. I love your Swoon block. Swaps are fun. I am in a block swap and I am really enjoying getting my packages in the mail. I can't believe how gorgeous that purple dresden plate block is. It really goes with your purple room.

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  4. I'm so happy that you like your mini quilt. Purple's tricky so I was a bit nervous about it matching your new room. It even matches your sewing machine :)

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  5. Love your Swoon mini!! Aren't they fun!? I've made a couple plus just finished a full-size Swoon. Love the purple quilt too!

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  6. I love your Swoon block! I've got the pattern and am hoping to work on one early next year - I don't' know for whom or for where, but I definitely wanna make it!

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  7. what a pretty mini you made and the one you got back is pretty darn nice too. I didn't know you couldn't get Aero chocolate bars in the US...hmmm learn something new everyday...lol

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  8. Wow! I love both blocks - the one you made, and Mary Catharine's, too! Swaps are so much fun! I've never seen Aero bars....must find out about those! Hugs to you!

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  9. Just linking with my WIP post. Tried hexagons for the first time this week. Love them!

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  10. Sorry meant to add your Swoon block is gorgeous and that Dresden you received is amazing!

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  11. What a lovely first swap! The Swoon block is super pretty and I love the purple dresden, too. I can't believe there are no Aero bars in the U.S. I didn't know that! Good info for future swaps with Americans.

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  12. Love your mini swoon. I just made my finished my first mini earlier this week. They're so much fun!

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  13. I'm taking part in a couple swaps this month too, so fun 'stalking' someone and making something for them, and getting back something made especially for you!

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  14. I am not sure what a Flange is but it looks stunning. As does your swoon block! Lovely!

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  15. Beautiful block Melissa!

    And yea, just sayin' http://candy.candydirect.com/search#w=aero&asug=

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  16. the swoon block is really fun to look at, reminds me of a kaleidoscope! and we get the aero bars at world market, along with many other yummy stuff from europe.

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  17. Hi Melissa. :o)
    Your mini is adorable! Great job on all of your accomplishments! What a great way to do it.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    hugs. Trish

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  18. Both minis are so pretty! I love Aero chocolate, too - why won't they sell it over here???

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  19. Cute mini! I love that you added the fat 8ths from Material Girls--it's the perfect touch!

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  20. Very cool, Melissa! Your mini is super cute and MaryCatherine did a great job on her mini for you, too! Lucky you :)

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  21. Those are both beautiful minis! Congrats on your very successful "firsts." It looks fantastic!

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  22. Melissa - Both these minis turned out so great! I remember chatting with you at Material Girls! So fun!

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from each and every one of you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa