Every year, I have this startled revelation as soon as it turns March again: spring is coming! I mean, obviously it comes every year (at least, so far), but it always seems like this delightful surprise to see blooms and buds. And even though I know that the warm weather we’re wallowing in right this minute is doomed to pass into a lion of a March, with freezing temps and frosted flowers at least once more before Easter rolls around (happens every year), I’m still letting that Spring Fever kick in a bit and get me excited about the coming allergy season. Woot!
I was getting in the car yesterday and glanced over and saw this little fella:
That’s Mr. O’s Easter basket from last year. It was supposed to be his Easter basket again this year. Except for the fact that he’s been defiled. See what’s missing?
That’s right: arms. Poor little robot. No wonder he has that look on his face. Our son’s superhero name is The Destroyer. Appendages ripped from Mr. Roboto’s digitized body over the course of a long, cruel winter. And now he’s bound to be replaced by some cowboy Easter basket. Isn’t that always the way?
So, somehow on our ridiculously long car pool drive this morning, these thoughts all coalesced for me: doomed Easter basket; spring is near; Sewing Buddies are jonesing for projects. Hey! Let’s throw all that in a bowl and see what happens!
How’s about these two words for you: Spring Swap.
I love me some spring sewing, especially if I actually get it started in time to wear/use/enjoy it before summer comes around. Let’s get all you Sewing Buddies going and stitching up something seasonal for a nice swap, shall we?
This isn’t super complicated. Simple steps to follow:
I, for one, would LOVE to go to the mailbox one day and find a package with my name on it stuffed with a fabric flower pin or bundles of scrap fabric or new-to-me vintage patterns or a fabulous quilt block. Oh, happy day! Or even better: if my Buddy stitched up a new (and less sad) Easter basket for my boy. That would be the gift that keeps on giving and saves me time I don’t have to craft a new one.
This simple swap is a great way to do something nice for your Buddy (and nice for yourself) and can be as quick & easy or as complicated as you’d like. How about swapping scraps with your Buddy to take part in Stitched in Color’s Bottled Rainbows quilt along? That wouldn’t take but fifteen minutes of your time, but how fun would it be to quilt along together with your Buddy and share scraps? Woot!
Don’t have a Sewing Buddy this round? No worries! You can still take part in the Spring Swap. Start with Step 3 above: come up with an idea of what you’d like to swap.
If you’re hoping for a Sewing Buddy but weren’t part of the initial match-ups, Spring Swap is a great way to get on board and be prepared for the April round!
Can’t wait to see what you’ll all swap. Welcome, Spring!