Even before this swap, i'd been starting to work smaller. I'm finding infinite possibilities in detail and am loving the tiny "canvas" it presents. This means (for me, at least!) that each piece says more---the "story" gets told with effect, with little extraneous detail.
I've been looking at my fabrics in new ways--instead of vast yardages, i'm concentrating on small areas of colour gradation or pattern. Looking through my bead/junk/found object/mixed media stash has presented me with a lot of "OOOOO i can use *that* here!"----all the bits and odd things i've accumulated that don't "match" anything else are perfect for this swap!
I don't plan on stopping after i've done all the squares for this swap!