Here's a collage to give hints about my apron for the swap. I picked a vintage tablecloth -- no embroidery, lace inserts, etc., because I plan to embellish it myself. I've pondered a bunch of patterns, and finally chose one of the ones pictured here. I've pawed through my ribbon, lace, books, buttons and bows to pick what I think is going to be eye-popping pretty. If all goes well I'll have it in the mail by the end of the week.
Wish me luck! I'd keep my fingers crossed, but it's so hard to sew that way.