I just finished hosting a quilt square swap. If you haven’t participated in one before, here’s how it works.
Each swap has 30 spots in it. Each participant signs up for one or more spots. For each spot, one yard of fabric is sent in. For each yard, 30 different 6.5″ squares are returned, including one from the yard sent in by the participant.
In the past, each participant has sent in their squares already cut. For this swap, participants sent in uncut fabric and I ran it through my Accuquilt Studio cutter to make the squares.
This worked really well. However, there were a couple things I didn’t consider.
1) Fabric sent through the mail needs to be ironed before it can be cut into squares.
2) I can cut one yard of fabric pretty quickly to make 30 squares. However, doing this 30 times takes a while!
While ironing, cutting and sorting, I played through an entire season of Mad Men on Netflix and made my teen sit through Sneakers!
In this case, two swaps ran at the same time to make shipping costs more economical for participants. So, those piles each contain 900 squares. 1800 squares total from 60 yards of fabric.
Once cut, the fabrics are sorted into piles containing one of each print. Here are the dots:
Then I stacked them just to get them out of the way so there was room to pack them!
Once sorted and packed by destination, they just need postage!
One waiting for an address, but the rest are ready to ship! I will drop them off at the post office since I try not to leave big piles of mail for the mail carrier without giving him advance warning.
I am looking forward to seeing what all these squares become!
How it works:
Each swapper sends in one yard of dots fabric for each spot they sign up for.
Fabric should be a solid color background with dots. Big dots, little dots, red dots, white dots, purple dots, dots, dots, dots!
Each swapper gets back 30 6.5″ squares for each yard of fabric they send in.
Sign up is open in the forums, deposits are due March 25th and fabric is due April 4th.
Photo credit: gina pina on flickr, licensed by Creative Commons
These girls need clothes!
The doll clothes swap is my favorite swap. Signups are currently open for both the American Girl 18″ size doll clothes and the smaller Bitty Baby 15″ size doll clothes.
More information is available in the forums – here!
Signups are open through October 8th, so make sure to pop in to the forums before then and get signed up for this swap. Packages must be received by the sorter (me!) by November 16th so they can be swapped and sent back on the 18th. This should leave plenty of time for holiday gifting.
Check it out and come join in the swappy fun!
ps – Just to be safe, I’ll tell you that this swap is not endorsed by nor in any way affiliated with American Girl, Mattel or Pleasant Company. All American Girl marks are trademarks of American Girl.
Remember this post about the fall doll quilt swap?
It’s time for the 2013 Winter Doll Quilt Swap!
Signup in the forum – here by February 1st. This swap is open to everyone, and a great way to see if you like swapping!
Confused or full of ideas? You can share ideas and get clarity by posting in this thread in the forum.
Mail your package by March 1st.
Wait for your new quilt to arrive!
For inspiration, a couple more from the Fall Swap:
Ruth Ann’s paper pieced leaves:
Lorraine’s doll quilt made with “Bella” by Lotta Jansdotter in the Poppy colorway:
Happy Sewing and Swapping!
Lorraine (starkl on the forum) has been kind enough to host several doll quilt swaps for us on Sewing Mamas. Check out these quilts from the Fall Swap –
What’s a doll quilt?
It’s a small quilt that’s between 16 and 22 inches in both length and width. It can be used for a wall hanging, a table centerpiece or a doll’s bedding. The quilts are pieced or appliqued.
A doll quilt is great for beginners because the small size makes it a very manageable first quilt project. Check out Kim’s quilt close up:
And look at this one from Jeri:
Even the back is full of fall color:
Here’s a couple more, I’m resisting the urge to overwhelm you with every single one of them. I love them all!!
Vanessa’s stacked coin quilt:
Check out this blanket stitch! Love!!
Jozel’s wonderful fall colors:
You want one, right? I know I do! Lorraine will be hosting the Winter Doll Quilt Swap very, very soon!
In the meantime, you can pop over to the forums and search the Runway for “doll quilt swap” to see other past participants’ quilts. I may also be unable to resist the urge to show you more of the quilts from the fall swap in the next day or two… :)