I think swapbot and I need to see other people. I always look at new swaps and think they look like fun, but it turns out to be a bit of a pain to get things out on time. Even worse, looking back over the swaps that I've done, I see that there wasn't a single one where I received something that I liked as much as what I sent out. So really, the only thing that I liked about it was getting ideas for things to make.
Like this messenger bag. I made it for a swap that called for a monochromatic package. My partner requested orange. I had some orange corduroy pieces that I bought from someone on Craigslist, and I paired it with some brown and yellow from my stash:
(That's the bag inside out)
This bag is on my sewing list now because I love how it turned out and I need one for myself. Thing is, I never would have thought of making it without the challenge of making something orange that someone else might like. I tried applique for the first time on this project, as well.
(As you can see...)
So if I break up with swapbot, where am I going to find challenges like this?