This swap had a few requirements: it couldn't be a simple item, specifically it had to include at least 2 of the following features: embroidery/handstitching, patchwork, paper piecing, english paper piecing, multiple zippers, quilt blocks. We were sent a small questionnaire filled out by our recipient with their favourite colours, fabrics, likes/dislikes etc.
My recipient loves sea turtles and I wanted to challenge myself by trying paper piecing for the first time, so I set out to find a pattern.I find this great sea turtle that comes in 3 sizes designed by fernstitchco. I've had the Noodlehead Maker's Tote pattern for a while now and figured this would be the perfect opportunity to give it a go. So by now I'd figured out what I was going to make, but I had a little problem: I actually didn't know how to paper piece.
Right about now is when I got really happy I have creativebug! I hopped over there, thinking there ought to be a class, and I was right! Not only is there a paper piecing class, it's taught by Carolyn Friedlander - how cool is that?! My membership includes as many classes as I can watch on so many different types of creative outlets.
Know what I got for the swap? A Maker's Tote! Isn't that a funny coincidence?! I love that adorable whale! Both the one I made and received are the small size Maker's Tote; the pattern offers instructions for small and large.