As someone who loves to continuously create new things, I almost never get to remake a block that I have designed. Even though I would love to make a few of them using different colours, I mostly move on to drawing new designs and making the new blocks instead. That holds especially true for the star quilt patterns. However, I recently got a chance to remake one.
When I made the coffee-themed cross-body bag earlier this year, Dixie really liked it. She is a fantastic painter. So I emailed her asking if she would swap a seascape painting for a bag. She loves the colour blue. I picked one of my favourite star patterns, Starlight Converging, and remade it in blue for her bag. I added a starfish charm to the zipper since she loves the water so much.
I also made a pencil case for her. I just had to pick up this sea horse charm for her, along with the starfish charm for the bag.
This is the painting Dixie made for me! There are so many details in this painting, the photo just does not do it justice. It really looks like I am viewing this little seascape under water.
Here’s a close up of the fish. See the individual scales?!! She added such beautiful details to every single piece of this painting. I can’t wait to frame it tomorrow.
Dixie writes a lovely blog at Arranged Words where she shares photos, paintings and crafts. I am so glad to have found a friend in her.
Lori June 17, 2015 at 11:18
Beautiful pieces, and I love the addition of the charms. They are a perfect addition.
Anne June 17, 2015 at 08:05
The idea of a swap is a good one. You little extra zip pouch is a nice additional touch too. Good swap all around.
Maartje Quilt in Amsterdam June 16, 2015 at 09:10
What a swap!!! Both happy and I understand why!!!
Ruth June 12, 2015 at 08:07
That’s a great idea – love your painting and the starburst is gorgeous!
Dixie June 12, 2015 at 02:10
What an absolute treat to receive your wonderfuI parcel in the mail, Soma.
I absolutely adore my blue star bag!!! It’s so beautifully crafted! And the pencil case has come in so handy. I love the sea themed emblishments, too.
Thank you so much Soma for swapping with me and being the wonderful person that you are!
Kaja June 11, 2015 at 23:17
What a great idea, Soma; each of you gets something really special. Your bag and pencil case are beautiful; I love the blue you used for the star design and the little personal touches.
Cheryl June 11, 2015 at 19:15
I think that you both lucked out. The bag and the painting are beautiful! I really like the one color version of your star pattern, it is very simplistic and striking.
susie June 11, 2015 at 18:44
What a fun swap for you, Soma! Your Starlight Converging bag is gorgeous in the two tones of blue. I KNOW she loved her bag and pouch!
Maria June 11, 2015 at 15:42
What a great idea to swap items…the bag you made is beautiful and the pencil case with the charm makes such a charming set. Dixie’s painting is incredible…thank you so much for the close up photos so we can see those details…gorgeous!
Janine June 11, 2015 at 14:59
That looks like a lovely swap for both of you :)
Lara B. June 11, 2015 at 12:36
Such a lovely amount of thought and talent went into this swap on both your parts. I love the tiny details you each added Soma. Are those abalone colored buttons on the front of the bag? Beautiful!
Susan June 11, 2015 at 11:06
Beautiful bags and painting. I checked out her blog. Love the short stories.
Silvana Pereira Coutinho June 11, 2015 at 09:42
Oh my! You both are very lucky partners!