Craft Swap!

A friend from an online game and I decided to do a craft swap before Christmas.  She’s a very clever beader and made me three truly fabulous bracelets.

In return, I am making her a wall hanging using my Paper Crane pattern.  I hope she likes it!


I re-sized the pattern from the original 12″ finished block down to 8″ finished, which was more manageable (and meant I could fit more of the pieces onto one page of printer paper).  Then I picked out my fabrics and set to!  After some humming and hawing, I ended up with four pairs of fabrics I liked, and decided to make four cranes.  The set-in triangles are fabric I originally bought to make box bags with, but the slightly oriental feel and the colours went so well that I couldn’t resist using it for this project!


Then a house move/Christmas/New Year/work happened and I didn’t manage to make much more progress until the last couple of weeks, when this project has leapt forward again.

Craft goes in craft place; unfortunately, so did everything else...
Craft goes in craft place; unfortunately, so did everything else…

I’m now busy quilting it and hope to be able to send it off to its new home in Kentucky very soon!  🙂

Linking up with Monday Making!

8 thoughts on “Craft Swap!”

  1. I love your cranes wallhanging! Your swap partner will be thrilled I’m sure. Looks like you have a bit of work ahead of you to get the craft room sorted, but in a way, that’s the part I like about moving to a new house.

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 Fortunately, the craft room doesn’t look as bad as that now; I had a Moment (well, a weekend really) and shuffled a lot of stuff around. There’s still far more stuff in there than there should be, but at least I can get to my sewing and cutting tables now!

  2. Hi! I’m visiting from Monday Making, but I should also say America! I don’t know how dark Wales is, but I only know I’d love to see it and all of Great Britain for that matter. Way back in my history I’m Welsh, Irish, and English, so that’s why it calls to me.

    I must say that your crane blocks are wonderful! Your friend will love her gift I’m sure. It might look cool to try rotating the blocks a bit so that the bird peaks point left and right like the birds are flying. They really are cute and seem to take flight on their own! Great job, and I can’t wait to see it quilted.

    1. Hi Jennifer, I’m always thrilled to have visitors no matter where they’re from! 🙂 I s’pose I ought to put up some pictures of Wales in among all the patchwork, although our new address is rather less picturesque than our previous home (but much closer to civilisation, which has its own benefits I guess).

      Thank you for the feedback on my blocks – foundation piecing is still quite new to me, but I’m really enjoying it. At some point I’d like a whole scrappy quilt of these lil guys, so next time I make some, I’ll try out your layout idea. 🙂

    1. Thank you! 🙂 I’m hoping to quilt around some of those circle shapes once I’m done with the birdies.

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