I go (when I can get there!) to a quilt group in the next town (Renmark, Sth Australia) over to where I live. They're called Evening Star Quilters....every year they hold a Brown Paper Bag Challenge, where you put some fabric and other bits n pieces into a brown paper bag (I've also seen these done on blogs too) and the bags are put into a central location after being numbered. Then, all those that are participating pick any bag but their own, and have a few months (I think we had about 4 months) to construct something with what's inside the bag. I had completely forgotten what I'd put in my bag....all I knew was I was intrigued to a) find out what my partner had made me & b) who my partner was, well tonight, my curiosity was cured.
I opened the wrapping paper that Kate (my swap partner who made for me) had wrapped my gift up in and immediately saw that it, whatever it was, had been exquisitely quilted, and when I took it out of the wrapping, I was busy 'fondling' it, when I realised there was something else inside it.....so I opened up the bag, the Mariners Compass bag pictured above, and I'm surprised I didn't scream with delight! Kate had designed a quilt especially for me.
It's extremely well quilted....Kate's lucky, she has a proper quilting machine (green eyed monster here is sooooo jealous!) so it has a lovely design all over it. Thank you so much Kate, it's gorgeous.
Aren't both my gifts lovely? I think so, and that's all that matters really, but if you think Kate did well, please leave a comment and I can pass them on to her at the next meeting.