All these are are half yard cuts that were on sale over at Fabricpalooza on of my fav' US etsy fabric shops. always great service, fabulously wrapped fabric in tissue paper tied with a strip of fabric. I particularily wanted the Hope Valley as I was missing these colours. I had originally purchased some of the pink/grey combo of this fabric and having not been able to buy the other colours I cut into it. Then there seemed to be quite a lot of HV around after all so I decided I wanted to snap it up before it becomes inflated in price. I bought a green bundle of FQ but many of the blues/blacks prooved too elusive until I saw this sale. I snapped up the others to add to my stash. It's not shameless hoarding as I want to use the HV to make a colour brick quilt.
Then there was a box and inside was my pouch in the Pretty Little Pouch Swap. I was really willing this one to be mine. Don't get me wrong there were a huge amount of pouches I would have dearly loved. But this one seemed to have my name on it. I think when the pictures first started appearing in the group I favourited 4 straight off! I shouldn't admit this and I know you lot won't tell a soul. I have been one of the last to receive and every time I'd looked in the group I'd check that nobody had posted pictures of receiving this pouch. You can see why!
This pouch has been made by Kelsey of Kelsey Creates. she did the most lovely embroidery of one of the Heather Ross mermaids. Despite having done a lot of embroidery I'm not sure what the stitch she's used for the mermaid tail is; it makes a fab scaley look to the tail body. The pouch has some adorable bits of Mendocino (I've mentioned before this is my favourite fabric right?) inset in the sides and for tabs either end of the pouch. More Mendocino lines it.
Inside the pouch was this adorable little elephant made from elephant fabric. How cute is this pinnie? Although I confess I may not be able to stick pins in something so lovely! He'll just have to come and keep me company as I sew.
There was also some lovely Mendocino scraps in the pouch too. This is everything all laid out. Pouch, scraps and the lovely elephant pinnie.
Now whilst this pouch would make a fab' travel toilet bag, I can't bear the thought that something might get spilt on this loveliness. I think it would make a great storage pouch for embroidery threads! So that's what I'll use it for; for now at least.
So I did really well in a swap again! Although when ever I receive something wonderful in swap I feel a bit down that I didn't manage to make something so wonderful for my partner. I think when I get back into swapping again I really need to lift my game. :-s