Here is a detail of the hand stitching I added to the bag.
(Sidenote: this pattern is great. It calls for quilting weight cottons which are much lighter than the fabrics I chose. I struggled with turning it right side out and with getting the strap to fit to snap it up. That was all because of my fabric choices and not the bag pattern. Word to the wise: do as the pattern says and not as I do.)
Then I wasn't sure what to send as a package extra. My partner did have quite a few tree quilts in her favorites, so I thought I'd try one out. I originally planned on making a mug rug, but it ended up too big for that. At around 7 x 14" it counts as a small wall quilt.
I hope she likes it.
Have you ever participated in a secret swap?
It is a challenge to make something that inspires me but that also fits in the tastes of my partner.
And, having never met my partner in person, am I getting the right "read" on her? Do you ever get nervous when you send out a swap package? Or any other handmade gift for that matter?