We did a special swap, Alphabitties. My letter is M. Some wanted blocks for children's quilts, others for a more mature audience, so I did 3 different ones. Monkeys-
Mermaids in a margarita glass-
And Mr. Manatee, with seaweed M's. The swappers got to pick which one they wanted. I like them all, if I ever make the quilt up, it'll be hard to pick which one I use. Since I didn't make me a monkey, though, that'll make it easier. :)
And earlier, we decided to do "Fairy Tales Gone Wild" where we each picked a fairy tale or fable and gave it an evil twist. I decided to make Chicken Little. I had seen a cartoon where a chunk of sky had fallen on the chicken and decided to use that for my block. We are a group of 13, so I made 13 of 'em.
I thought it was too subtle and wasn't sure it was going to please everyone, though, so I made up a Rapunzel block as a test, slightly taller, and the twist was armpit hair. :) So it's called "Ew, Rapunzel!" Fortunately, everyone loved Chicken Little so I went that one. I'm glad I didn't have to make 13 of the Rapunzels, as it turns out, because it took too long to make and used up a lot of my soft fuse material. That translates to expensive. :) So I made 4 of them and will give them to my buddies that I owe a special block to, as a thank you.
I can't wait to see what the others come up with for this swap, so far from sneak peeks, they're a riot.
And a friend in CA, Marilyn aka Spiced Coffee, sent me a birthday package- a manatee with a Hawaiian shirt, he's so cute and soft and cuddly! He's made from Minkie fabric and his name is Minkee! I just love him, he's very kissable! Thanks again, Marilyn! Look at this FACE!
Ready for a dip! Oh, she included that cool water fabric, too, so he wouldn't dry up on the journey to my house! What a pal. She thinks of everything!
Yes, I had a birthday, May 22nd. I turned 54. Spent the day goofing off, sewing, talking on the phone, it was great. We'd gone out for a nice lunch the day before, so I felt very special and happy. :) Spring birthdays are just lovely.