One of the best things about the online sewing community is the range of talents and skills that your friends have, and sometimes you can do a skills trade to get something that might have otherwise been out of reach. Fellow Brit Bee Trudi does the most fabulous feather quilting, which I really wanted on my Brit Bee Retro Flowers quilt (without me trying and messing it up!), and handily, Trudi wanted one of my wee bears, so it was a perfect trade off.
At our get together last November I took a whole assortment of mohair and mini fabrics for Trudi to choose from, and after that it was up to me as long as he was small, because, if you know Trudi, she is a little vertically challenged and she wanted him to fit in ;o)
So here he is, all 7″ of him, and named Thrifty already by his new mum: (Perhaps I should have made her choose a fur that was easier to photograph ;o) )
And today he got to leap into Trudi’s arms for a
big mini hug.
Once my Retro Flowers is bound, I’ll share what I received on my side of the trade :o)
Hello, Thrifty, you look like a friendly sort – I hope Trudi takes you on her travels and feeds you pieces of those lovely cakes she's always baking. Be warned though, if you play hide and seek in her fabric pantry you may never be found!
Thrifty is adorable! Swaps like this are such a wonderful side effect of getting to know blog friends!
eeeep! he's so cute!
Thrifty is quite the handsome bear, and you know (don't you) that size isn't important with teddy bears. It's the size of their heart that's important. (o:
How cuuuute! You both made out like bandits, I'm sure! 🙂
Well hello there Thrifty! You're so sweet!
Thrifty your feet are awesome!
He is utterly gorgeous
Thrifty is adorable . Great idea to do a skills trade!
Oh, he's fabulous!
He is adorable and I just love his bear paws!
what a great swap! hope you are having a great time
Aw, he's super sweet and snuggly looking. The craft community is full of such good eggs, I love hearing about things like this.
I love your side of the bargain now looking forward to seeing Trudi's side too.
Sounds like a perfect exchange of skills.
Oh, he's adorable! No wonder he lept into her arms 🙂
Having been lucky enough to meet Thrifty in person I'm only gutted he did better in the FMQ class than me! 😉
Your Retro Flowers is amazing, and I love Thrifty!
I did see Thrifty making a good job of FMQ .. Gorgeous.