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X Factor Swap – Round 6

by Clare Mansell
X Factor Swap – Round 6

This morning I came home from the dog walk to discover a parcel from Saskatoon in my mailbox. Saskatoon is about 4 hours from where we used to live in Canada and as Canada is a VERY big country, that makes the sender our former near-neighbour, exciting enough for a Tuesday morning frankly.

But more excitement awaited, inside was my pillow cover from the X-Factor pillow swap. If you aren’t familiar with how the swap works, everyone contributes a cushion and then after secret voting you are assigned a pillow according to how highly your own contribution was rated by other swappers.

I let my parcel sit on the kitchen table for a good 10 minutes. I love this part of the swap, where like Schrodinger’s cat, several possibilities simultaneously exist before you open the package…

I made some tea, unloaded the washing machine and waited for a quiet moment before I opened it and I was astonished at what came out of the envelope! There were 3 or 4 pillows in the swap which I absolutely loved and I never expected to receive any of them, but I was wrong!
X Factor swap cushion - Received!
This pillow was made by the very talented Lisa and I LOVE it. How cute is the fabric and that fussy cut Dalmation dog and the quilting is perfect. I photographed it in Theo’s room because our sofa is looking rather tatty, but it’s not staying there – something might happen to it n the night!

Lisa’s pillow is so lovely I’m actually a bit embarrassed to show you the one I contributed, but here you go…

Hexies Around The World

The next round is low volume and I think I have a fairly good idea of which design I’ll be making. I’m hoping I might be able to pick up an appropriate fabric bundle at the Festival Of Quilts later this week. Anyone else going?

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Amy's Crafty Shenanigans August 6, 2013 - 6:00 pm

Wow gorgeous cushion!! I am in the next round of the pillow swap and I can’t wait to make a low volume pillow! I may bump into you at FoQ on Saturday 🙂

Isisjem August 6, 2013 - 6:26 pm

Not heard of this swap but I like the idea of how the pillows are assigned. You made a great pillow and got a great pillow!

Kelly August 6, 2013 - 6:32 pm

Love the pillow you received and the one you made. I keep meaning to join in on the pillow swap and never quite get myself organised.

pennydog August 7, 2013 - 8:08 am

That is gorgeous! We’re planning on moving to Canada, what made you move here?

Clare Mansell August 7, 2013 - 9:28 am

Ahh I’ve caused confusion. We are Brits, but we were posted to Canada for two years!

Linda August 7, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Yes, I shall be at the FOQ, on Thursday with my sister and on Saturday to see everything I didn’t have time to see on Thursday.

Teje Karjalainen August 7, 2013 - 1:46 pm

You received very beautiful pillow but yours is also fantastic! I love both designs! Sunny wishes from Greece!


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