"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Sunday, August 25, 2013

How do you define F-R-I-E-N-D-S ?

For the past couple of years, I have watched from afar as Khris of Sew Prim Khris held her popular F-R-I-E-N-D-S swap.  But not this year – no Ma’am -  I joined right in.  One day last week, a lovely package arrived from my assigned partner, Linda of NC Fabric Junkie.  I didn’t open it right away because I came home from work sick the day it arrived.  I also hesitated to open it right away, because I hadn’t finished my items for Linda, and I didn’t want to be influenced by my gifts as I was making my final selections for her.  Just let me say that Linda was extremely generous, and if you’ve never had her for a swap partner, you’re missing out.  How does Linda define F-R-I-E-N-D-S ?


F = Fabric markers, Friendship cross stitch kit, Friend magnets, and fabric all boxed up in a nice File box

R = mug Rug


I = Inspiration (a cross stitch kit)

E = beautiful Embellished bag, embroidery floss, embellishments


N = needle case, notebook,

D = datebook, dishcloth


S = sweets!  and sleepy time (pretty pillowcase), sewing threads

I hope I haven’t left anything out.  There was just so much packed in that box.  Thank you Linda from the bottom of my heart.

If you’re wondering how I define F-R-I-E-N-D-S, here’s a hint.  It’s all packed up and going to the Post Office tomorrow or Tuesday.


I’m on a deadline to finish another swap item, and Fiona, my sewing machine is in one of her moods.  She just does not want to play nice and quilt for me.  I’ve tried to change the tension, changed thread, changed bobbin thread, changed needle, let her rest,  and rethreaded several times.  If you hear a really loud crash in a few minutes, it might be her sailing out the window!

Be kind to your sewing machine….Sunny



  1. That sounds like a fun swap and a great partner. Good luck with Fiona I hope her PMS is over soon. ;)

  2. That sounds like a great swap.
    Please please please be kind to your machine.

  3. Wow some people just do things right.... Maybe the little sewing machines needs a day at the spa!

  4. what a gorgeous lot of gifts Sunny.xx

  5. What a great looking swap. I just hate those times when the machine acts up. And it always seems to happen when I am on a deadline. Hope you get her fixed soon!

  6. what lovely FRIENDS surprises and wonder what surprises your gifts hold! Poor Fiona...hope she shapes up.....I had to finish one of my swaps on my son's sewing machine and it was being a little difficult too....

  7. Wow, what a wonderful bundle of gifts - very thoughtul and lots to drool over. I hope by now that Fiona is behaving herself and hasn't had to go for a 'trip' through the window.

  8. Oh lucky you , that is a great swap package lots of great things to enjoy . I bet your package is equally as nice. Hope your machine has decided to play nice.

  9. Wow they are gorgeous goodies there from Linda - what a generous partner indeed! I considered joining in this swap, but couldn't be sure of having the time to commit to it... perhaps next time...
    Bad luck about the sewing machine, it's either being a 'teenager' or perhaps it's menopausal?! Good luck figuring it out Sunny x

  10. Wow! That is one terrific pile of goodies you have there and I'm sure what you are sending is just as wonderful.

  11. What a fun swap to be apart of! Enjoy your goodies!

  12. Oh my goodness, what a fun swap! You got a great partner and some wonderful goodies!!!

  13. So glad you liked your package sunny. I enjoyed the swap too and look forward to getting your package. sorry to hear about Fiona. hmmmm never thought of naming my sewing machine " wonder if she would become persnickety if I give her a name?? lols Linda

  14. Wow what an amazing swap partner you had. Love all the thoughtful gifts she sent you.

  15. It sure sounds like you have been kind to your sewing machine--it's time now for it to be nice to you and run well!!!!
    Love all those friends gifts--some of them will keep you busy!!
    sorry to hear that you didn't feel well for a couple days there--but you had some company--that is why this is so late!!!
    love, di and miss gracie

  16. oh sorry to read you are not well sunny...
    What a fabulous F_R_I_E_N_ D_ S_. parcel you received from Linda and the pretty pink parcels look interesting too...

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  18. Lots of lovely goodies there...so glad you enjoyed the swap...hugs Khris

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