The first was made up entirely of little 1" HSTs. (Isn't that yellow bird mug adorable?) I used value to create an overall radiating diamond shape from the mix of patterns.
The second one is simpler with lots of negative space and wavy line quilting. I think it's kind of Japanese looking.
Then, because my parents were visiting (boo, they're gone now), there were lots of yummy props for my photos. So here are some more photos with some of the goodies they made. My dad baked this red velvet cupcake and my mom iced it with homemade cream cheese frosting.
And one of my favorite cookies that my dad makes, Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies. He found the recipe in the Washington Post newspaper back in Maryland, but couldn't resist trying them since I'm down here in Texas. They turned out really, really good, so good in fact that I asked him to make them as favors for my rehearsal dinner when I got married almost 5 years ago. They've become a tradition ever since! The one below is actually a miniature version, the real thing is Texas-sized. Here's the recipe if you'd like to try making them yourself. (The only change he made was omitting the cinnamon.)
Between my local Quilt Guild and online Flickr groups, I'm really enjoying these swaps. There are so many fabulous ones out there that I'd love to join, but I have to pace myself! What kind of swaps do you like to participate in?