Friday, January 22, 2010

{ Hoop Up! Stitch & Send Swap } My Theme and Received Stitcheries

Fellow male quilter and friend John (aka QuiltDad) is hosting a wonderful swap over on flickr for embroidery. The idea came to him from some of the swaps he participates in over at Craftster. A whole bunch of us wanted to explore the challenges of embroidery so the Hoop Up! Stitch & Send Swap was created. John was trusting enough to let me help lead a group of poor souls on this crazy adventure.

About 40 members were separated into 6 smaller assignments and given names: We have John's Jackrabbit's, Jennie's Blue Jays, Solidia's Squirrels, Tacha's Toucans, Ryan's Raccoons, and Sudi-Laura's Sparrows. What a wild bunch! We all are having so much fun with this swap. Each of us had to pick a theme for our embroidery and stitch an example piece for the other member's of our group to follow. Then mail pieces of fabric to the other members of our group to stitch on for us. At the end of the swap, everyone should have between 6 and 7 finished pieces depending on the number of members in your assigned group.

The theme I chose was vintage modern owls. I wanted my partners to put a modern twist on a vintage owl pattern. I'm going to use all the pieces I receive in an owl themed quilt. This is the stitchery I created for myself:



Today, 2 finished pieces flew my way (along with some nice extras). One from Amy:


Isn't he neat! I love his one brown eye and the fabric leaves she added. Amy also sent me a FQ of owl fabric. I think I'll use it in the quilt I plan to make. Thanks Amy!


An owl from Dena (aka Rowdy Raccoon) arrived today as well. Isn't he wonderful?


His fabric feathers really make him special. The yellow dot fabric she chose for the moon was a great choice. It really looks like cheese! Dena also sent me some fabric to incorporate into my quilt. Thanks Dena!


I've been working all week on a project for Dena. Her theme was trees and forest animals. She included a Bad Bird tree pattern in her inspiration mosaic. It looked like a good challenge so I decided to make it for her. Even though the tree was a Christmas Tree, I decided to use non-traditional colors to make it different. She told us that there were no limits as to how we make her blocks so I just went with it. I hope she likes it! Please excuse the bad pictures as I am using my old digital camera to take them. I adjusted the colors in photoshop the best I could.




I'm starting Amy's stitchery this weekend. Her theme is vintage Sew-on-Wednesday. I've found a cute pattern online I think she'll really like. Stay tuned!

Happy stitching,

21 comments:

  1. Love my tree! I can't wait to see it up close and personal. Thank you for the pictures.

    Rowdy

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  2. Great stitchery Ryan!! Love those owls and the tree is fantastic!

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  3. Love your project. Your stitchery is great.

    Darlis

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  4. Very nice swap. Clever designs and love the added fabric to the owls. Dena's tree looks great.

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  5. those are beautiful! Love the tree..lucky Dena!

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  6. The owls are darling! Keep up the great work. Love your blog!

    Melanie
    crazyaboutquits.blogspot.com

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  7. you are very welcome. I am so happy you like your owl. And I can't wait to see what everyone else stitches up for you.

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  8. Stunning, love them. I want to learn embroidery, these are soo inspirational, sounds like fun your swap.

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  9. Love that tree......and what a great swap idea......lots of creative folks out there.
    Cheers!

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  10. Those owls are wonderful! I particularly like your guy's tie. :) And your tree is stunning - great colors. It will be great to see all the theme blocks together.

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  11. ooh the owls are just tooo cute!!!!

    Quiltingly Yours
    Andrea

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  12. Looks like this will be a hoot of a swap ..... love all those owls and the tree!

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  13. Wow, I am so impressed Ryan! Your work is awesome and I love the owl fabrics! I have lots of owl fabrics, too if you ever want to do a swap with me! Warmly, Alison from Starlit Nest Fabrics!

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  14. That tree is awesome. I love it! Great job and your owl themed quilt will be so cute, I'm sure. I love what you've got so far. Especially the owl fabric. So cute!

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  15. This looks like a fun project. I might have to start doing some more embroidery! It's nice to have little projects that can easily go with you to the couch (since a sewing machine can't!).
    I look forward to seeing your owl quilt shape up!

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  16. your stitching is fantastic!!! I made up that same tree pattern and used it as a label for a mini quilt that I made and swapped with a friend. The front was of a tree - so when I saw it I thought it would be perfect. Love your colors - I know she will like it too!

    Love from Texas! ~bonnie

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  17. I love your blog, your owls are adorable!!!! I just completed a wonky star/string quilt with the owls and love how it turned out! Come visit me sometime and thanks for having such an awesom blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. This owls are so cute, I love owls, embroidery, patchwork....
    Hello from France

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  19. Love those owls! I just found your site today, and spent way too much time here. I'm new to quilting, but am quickly becoming addicted. It is so neat to see this medium explored from a guy's point of view.

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