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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Black & White Bag Swap

Hi all

I have recently taken part in the Black & White Bag swap, part of Cheryll's 'Lets Exchange' series of swaps. Cheryll is a great Swap Mama, so thanks again for all your hard work Cheryll xx

Boy was I glad I did when I got matched with Sharon from Lilabelle Lane. I am just amazed by her beautiful creations & how finished quilts & smaller items come out thick & fast. Her sewing machine must have smoke coming off the feeddogs!

This swap was no exception. The parcels arrived about a week before the post date so I sat them on the table & tried not to look at them, touch them, smell them or rip into them.

I hadn't even posted mine but that was soon remedied so I waited for Sharon to receive my parcel on Friday before I opened them. A nice start to a Friday night after the work week.

My bag is beautiful. It's roomy, has great inside pocket & I love the conversation print lining.

An added bonus is the embellishment is on a brooch pin or hair clip so can be moved or taken off the bag & used else where. It is very pretty close up.

The fragrant part of my present is a gorgeous set of lavender & chamomile body wash & body lotion. They are all naturally derived ingredients and beautifully packaged. Spoilt!

Thanks again Sharon, loving my swap pressies! xx

Here are my presents to Sharon; the black & white bag.

I have been saving that white & black swirly print for just the right project - it's a favourite & I think looks very posh in this little bag.

I also sent a glasses case made to match. I have been meaning to make one of these for ages & was pleased how easily it came together. It is from my favourite US magazine, Quilts and More.

It fitted my sunglasses very nicely. Here are both gifts together.

As you can see the pics are taken aboove my sewing table - no fancy settings for me, I just don't have the knack for doing that!

I forgot to take a pic of the smellies & extra but you can see them on Sharon's blog. I sent Blueberry & Raspberry Body Butter, Soap & Hand Sanitiser and a chocolate with a spoon in it all ready to make decadent real hot chocolate. Maybe I should trial things like that before I send them.........

My bag came from this great UK magazine filled with lots of great bag patterns.

Shez also used this magazine for the pattern to her amazing knitting bag that she made for Maria. If you haven't seen it, check it out, it's a beauty & on my 'to do' list. We both made a slight change by adding pellon to the bags but otherwise even though both patterns introduced us to something new, they worked a treat and gave excellent results.

Here's the original of my bag in the magazine. I think the pellon making it a more formal looking bag suited the colours & fabrics used. I have one cut out for me in red & black. I'm sure I will make it one day soon........

Happy stitching
Tracee xx


  1. You both made such lovely bags... and what fun to have the extra goodies in your bags...

  2. My bag is beautiful and has already been put to use :) thank you so much for making it for me. I am pleased that yout didn't test the hot chocolate otherwise I may not have got it, it was yummy :o) Thanks for a fun swap. hugs

  3. Both bags are beautiful. Now you need a nice night out Tracee to put your bag to good use.

  4. All the black and white bags look amazing.
    Love the one you sent.

  5. Gorgeous bag Tracee! The black & white colours together with the structure given from the pellon makes it a really classy-looking bag... And Sharon's bag is fab too, love that brooch it's so pretty. Well done both of you.

  6. Gorgeous bags both sent and received.

  7. i agree with you Trace ,Sharon must have smoke coming off her machine,lol.I absolutely love the bag and matching glasses case you sent Sharon,you have out done yourself yet again and i bet i will get to see it in person at our next swap meet,i also love the bag and goodies you got of Sharon,such a wonderful swap ladies,well done.xx


Thank you friends for leaving a comment on my post - love to get them! Tracee xx