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Swapland, NJ


The swap is coming together! I’m still waiting for about 15 packages, but I thought I should get started sorting, and assigning. Packages have all arrived here from those who have been visiting the Flickr group and telling me which sheets they like, so it seemed like those people would be the logical place to start. I’ve divvied up many of the sheets and put them in envelopes ready to go. I haven’t sent them yet, though… I’m thinking I should wait for another few packages to come in, just in case there might be some better matches to be made.

I did pick out which ones I’m keeping, though. It got a bit out of control…


I had intended to swap six sheet pieces, but then I found another sheet that gave me three more, and one of the swappers gifted me with three more pieces (thanks, Regina!) So twelve it is. And I’m pretty sure these are them.

So there I was, after supper tonight, face-to-face with a tempting pile of colorful fabric, thinking about the special “Moms Day” tomorrow morning at the little guy’s preschool.  Clearly I needed a pretty skirt to wear.  And clearly none of the dozen or so existing skirts in my closet would do.  Clearly. I thought for a moment that I probably ought not to dig into my new sheets until the swap packages had been sent out. (Isn’t is cheating to start making things before anyone else has had a chance?)  But in the end, the urge to make something new won out.  Yeah, I know you’re not surprised 😀

New skirt

I seem to have wrap skirt fever lately, so that is what I made.  I used the beach wrap instructions in Sew What Skirts as a guide as usual, and I took advantage of the sheet’s existing hem.  Since it’s Eamonn’s school I’m going to tomorrow morning, I asked him to choose a sheet from the pile for me to use.  He picked this pretty butterfly floral pattern from Jackie.  It’s perfect for me – I love the pattern, and the colors are some of my absolute favorites.   Thanks, Jackie, for a lovely sheet!

I can hardly wait to play with some of the other sheets in my pile now.  I’m going to try to control myself, though…  for now.  One of the sheets I kept was a plain yellow one.  I initially thought a completely plain sheet would be boring, but I’ve since decided to think of it as a blank canvas instead.  I have big plans for it now, involving fabric ink and polymer clay buttons.  Stay tuned, because you know if I actually do it, you’ll be the first to know!


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17 thoughts on “Swapland, NJ

  1. Tag, my lovely Lisa! You’ve been tagged at:

  2. I love looking at the sheets people found and the skirts they’ve made from them. I ended up buying a plain blue flat sheet from my least favorite chain store because it was inexpensive and sold by itself. I wouldn’t dream of sending it to you, though, because it’s so boring compared to the wonderful things everyone else found and sent in. I would feel so bad for whoever got my sad blue sheet piece.

    I don’t suppose there’s any chance you would want to share a couple of the pieces you kept with me? I’ll happily send you a check!

    See what Melissa has been blogging about: Primary Day

    1. Aw, I’m really awfully attached to the ones I kept…

      You know, you can make that sad blue sheet piece a lot more interesting. You could tie dye it, or you could draw on it with fabric markers, or stamp on it with fabric ink. It’s a blank canvas! 🙂

  3. I am kicking myself for not joining in! Would you consider doing another one later in the summer??? 🙂

    1. I’m thinking about it! And if I don’t, somebody else surely could do it. I wouldn’t mind 🙂

  4. Very cute! I need to pull out my skirt book and start making some patterns. I’m sure when I receive my sheets I’ll want to dive right in!!

    1. Thanks! I am in “diving mode” myself… the only thing holding me back is trying to figure out which great sheet to start with 😉

  5. Your new skirt looks great. Makes me want to get my sewing machine out and make a matching one.

    1. You should! And if you do, post a picture on the flickr group so everybody can see it 🙂 I think a lot of the fun of this swap is going to be seeing what multiple people do with the same sheet.

  6. squeee!!! how exciting! fed ex says my package was delivered today… a little later than i had expected, sorry!

    swap sorting is such a HUGE job… thanks so much for organizing this!! 🙂


    1. My pleasure 🙂 And don’t worry about how long it took – there are still a few more that I’m waiting for, even today!

  7. Uh, I bought another sheet today. At Goodwill. You’ve created a monster. But I’m hoping the monster will be wearing a lovely chocolate brown and beige ethnic print wrap skirt sometime next week….

    1. Muhahahaha! Creating monsters is a favorite pastime of mine.

  8. Good picks!!

    You are one crazy, insane skirt making girl! Wowwweeee! You’ve inspired me to buy the Sew what! skirts book. I love it. I can’t wait to start going crazy insane with the skirt making myself!

    1. Crazy and insane just about covers it, LOL! I need to look through my copy of that book and think about stepping outside of my comfort level and trying one of the projects I haven’t tried yet. All of the skirts I’ve made have been based on the same two patterns!

  9. Would love you to make me a couple of these stunning skirts for summer! Kylee

    1. Heh. I haven’t quite gotten the hang of garment-making for anyone other than myself yet!

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