Greetings lovely friends & readers 💕
(Warning - Long Post & Photo Heavy)
At the beginning of this year my friend Claire & I decided to do a Tilda swap - this entailed each of us making for the other an item from the letters T I L D A . Claire & I are both dedicated "Tilda Addicts" loving both the fabrics & the patterns.
We agreed to have an approximate timeline for our swap as the end of May .... however once I began working on my swap gifts, I found I could not stop. I had planned a visit to Mums at the end of this month but when she had her fall & I bought my visit forward, I decided to take Claire's swap gifts long with me in the hope that I could catch up with her on this trip. (Claire lives in Mum's town but we don't always get to catch up)
When we first decided to do the swap I purchased these wooden letters from Spotlight. Whilst painting another item I applied some cream chalk paint to them, so to pretty them up a bit I added some small size Re-design transfers.
As I didn't want to drill holes in my letters I attached them to each package with double sided tape.
Would you like to see what was in each package??
(I will link to the patterns I used & also try to remember the fabric ranges tho' this may be a bit trickier)
"T" stands for Tea towel, Tilda pumpkin, tea coasters, tea mug & tea ... also tags
|I knew these were the colours in Claire's kitchen.|
I took a plain white waffle tea-towel & patchworked a pumpkin block onto it using a mixture of Tilda fabrics from older ranges.
While I was browsing the book I decided to make Claire a pumpkin - pattern is in the book. I actually scaled the "smallest size pumpkin" down a bit & used matching fabrics to my teatowel block.
I also made a pair of tea coasters using some white linen from my stash & adding a Tilda Yo Yo flower/Suffolk Puff.
Lastly I cut out some cute tags using images photocopied onto thin card. (I knew Claire loved tags)
"I" stands for "I 💗 Christmas"
(Yes I know I bent the rules a bit on this one 😉)
. . . . I made Claire a Tilda Santa
Claire decorates her entire home for Christmas so I knew that making her anything in this line would not be out of order & was fairly sure she did not have this Santa.
Underneath all that mohair beard he does have some eyes - the white wooden stand is for him to perch on but I thought Claire may even decide to hang him.
I am pretty sure this fabric is from the Tilda Old Rose range.
The pattern book comes complete with the drum which you photocopy onto thin card & make up - his other pocket holds his drumsticks. (toothpicks with beads glued on)
I included one of the tags I made earlier in the year & a card of gorgeous Christmas buttons from Theodora Cleave
"L" stands for Lovely little linen table runner & lavender bags 💜
I used this Video tutorial from Crafts with Fee's YouTube channel to make Claire a table runner with Applique & Prairie points. I know I frequently mention Fee's channel as she shares such wonderful projects. I used a mixture of Tilda Maple Farm & Woodland fabrics for this project. The grey linen was in my stash & was left over from this bunting that I made recently.
The table runner is reversible & can be used on either side. I enlarged it slightly from Fee's measurement.
I made two lavender bags using English Paper Pieced hexagons - the linen was already in my stash & the lavender is from this years harvest.
"D" stands for Doll .... Tilda Fisher Doll with her Whale
|(I had to quickly take all my photos before I left for Mums hurriedly so the light is very poor & yellowish unfortunately)|
The doll is dressed in Tilda Plum Garden fabrics - one of my favourite ranges.I had no matching fabric paint for her boots so I just used my pale blue chalk paint & it worked out fine. This particular pattern has the sweetest little cardigan that laces at the neck, the pattern of which is in the book. I knitted up to the underarms & then just could Not figure out the pattern from there. I even took it to my clever-knitting-friend-Shirley for advice but she found the same. So I unpicked it & knitted a tiny dolls Jumper pattern which I Could figure out.
I made the smallest size whale, pattern also in the book - this was fun to make.
"A" stands for Angel ... Tilda Autumn Angel & her PlumI used gorgeous Maple Farm Fabrics for my Autumn Angel. I purchased these fabrics from * Here *
I made myself this pattern almost two years ago - blog post here & still really love my Autumn Angel. I extended the apron quite a bit & added the pompom trim, the same as I did for my Angel. The Plum is also a free pattern on the website.
Well friends you can see why I could not post all that & wanted to hand deliver it. I also wanted to see Claire's face when she opened each package & afterwards she may have shed a tear or two - she was so delighted with all her treasures. Claire is one of the kindest, most generous people I know & it was such a pleasure to make this for her & bring her some Joy. I thought long & hard about her colours & what she might like & was pleased to say I got it just right. (If you are on Instagram you can follow along with Claire * Here *
If you made it all the way to the end - Thank You So Much !
I shall be back in a few days with my final Catch Up Post.
Have a wonderful week ahead dear friends,
With much love & friendship to you All,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x0