One of the participants of the Autumn Gathering and I decided a few months ago that we would do an Autumn swap with each other. The rules of our Autumn swap were based upon the valentine swap that Lucy Locket hosted earlier this year, we had to handmake something with an Autumn theme (rather than the valentine theme) that took about 3 hours to make, add something from our stash to the value of about $6 and of course give something sweet.
Can you see there is the neatest blanket stitch and feather stitch down the seams.
Then there was this brilliant 'thread catcher' which makes me wonder if my swap partner has seen my messy workshop... maybe I think she has guessed I am messy when working. Anyhow this little fabric pot for popping your threads into whilst working came from a tutorial on The Stitching Room's blog, maybe you can make yourself one too.
This is what I made for Jo, its an acorn needlecase from a pattern from Crabapple Hill. The patterns from this designer are all gorgeous and are widely available, ask for them at your local quilt shop.