I've really been limiting my participation in swaps and bees this year, the stress was a bit much with all that I had committed myself to in the past and I really wanted to try to avoid that.
But when the Mouthy Stitches Swap opened up for sign ups for round 2 I jumped at the chance. I had such a blast in round one and received the best pouch ever, I HAD to participate again.
One thing I really love about this swap is that it is strict with what we can and cannot send to each other. There is no added stress of whether we're sending enough, or if we should send extras, etc. We are allowed to make one thing, and it's predetermined my our swap mamas, and we can only send one extra, which is also predetermined.
This go around we all had to follow the Skip to My Lou tote bag pattern. We were allowed to get creative with the design, but it had to be that particular pattern.
My partner has an awesome inspiration mosaic and her tastes are right up my alley. I don't want to say too much and possibly give her away, so how about just some pictures for now.
Here is the front of the bag, the block pattern is called Jack's Chain and can be found here.
Here's the back. I did a bit of snooping on her blog and determined that she likes selvage projects. I hope I'm right!
The pattern is for a reversible tote bag, so I wanted to get creative with the inside, just not as busy as the outside. That way, if she wants to have a not-so-busy bag she can just flip it inside out. I embroidered her name on it and since it's a secret swap, we'll just keep that blanked out for now.
The required extra for this swap is a key fob, any key fob, as long as we make it. I fell in love with this little pouch one when I first saw it. It was SO easy to make. It's a bit wonky unfortunately, I hope she doesn't mind. Sewing a circle wasn't as easy as I thought it would be!
Now I have to wait a WHOLE WEEK before I can send it out! I've never been this early to finish a swap!! But it's done, and off of my list, and that's a relief.