Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Swap Stingy

One of the things I love about the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild is that there is always something going on. We have swaps, bees, round robins, Block of the Month, and lots of other challenges. For our July meeting, I'm particularly excited, because we're  swapping Journal Covers. If you've been around here for a while, you know I adore journal covers. I like making them, I like looking at them, I like using them. I have a daily journal, a guild journal, a travel journal and a sketch book (with grid paper!) journal. This was going to be an easy swap for me. Immediately, I knew I wanted to incorporate hexies and linen. I pulled out some of my favorite scraps, made some hexies, sewed them up, and this is my journal cover. 

I love it. Love love love it. I love it so much that I don't think I can part with it. Swap stingy. That's me.

So, I made another one. I hauled out my scraps, and started pulling out the pinks. I have no idea why. I'm not a particularly pink person. So there I was, happily sewing up scraps, and realizing, I don't think I can part with this one either. Look how pretty it is!  Swap stingy again.

I showed them both to Katie and shared my dilemma. Hmmm, she agreed, I see the problem. Can't you just make an ugly one? 

Here's the thing. I don't think so. Not that I'm incapable of sewing up ugly. I'm very capable of sewing ugly. I've sewn plenty of ugly. There's just something about journal covers that makes them all beautiful to me.

I don't know what I'm going to do. I've go 2 weeks to figure it out. 

Did you ever make something for someone else and decide to keep it? Did you feel guilty? Did you make them something even more fabulous? Please share!

eta: a day has passed since I wrote this. I think I'm going to put them both in the swap, and let the recipient choose.Share the love, right?


sandra said...

Wonderful choice Heather good for you. I knew you weren't swap stingy.

Laura said...

I'd be happy with either of them! I especially like the covered buttons. I haven't even started one yet!

Needled Mom said...

Never kept it for myself, but I have made a duplicate for myself. Both are gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

I love journal covers too and yours are totally awesome! I would just make more till I could say enough.hah.ah.a.a.a.
They do make wonderful gifts!

Michele said...

Totally understandable that you'd want to keep them both for yourself and I think your decision to let the winner choose. Either way, you'll still have one of them yourself.