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UPDATE 1/23 -Friendship Quilt - Round 1

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UPDATE 1/23 -Friendship Quilt - Round 1
Swap Homepage:http://www.flickr.com/groups/friendshipquilt/
Swap Coordinator:crazygirl (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Fabric  Sewing 
Number of people in swap:14
Last day to signup/drop:January 24, 2009
Date items must be sent by:February 20, 2009
Number of swap partners:2

This is an INTERNATIONAL Swap (These pieces will be lightweight and easily mailed)

You will have two partners for this swap.

Using a "backing fabric" - muslin, print, stripe, solid, etc, either all cotton or cotton/polyester blend (nothing "stretchy" please)


1/15 - The squares will measure 10.5" x 10.5" "raw edge to raw edge" - when sewn together, they will then measure 10" x 10" square.

To protect the edges from unravelling, you might want to stitch a straight stitch all around the outside border, once the square is this size.

Then using whatever technique you wish, you will make three quilt squares, for two partners (a total of SIX squares - all the same, or all different - your choice).

These can be pieced, appliqued, embroidered, embellished with beads, buttons, fancy stitching, etc. You can "build" a square, using different colors of fabrics, patching them in whatever pleasing "design" you wish - there are TONS of free quilt square patterns available online, just do a search. (If you need any help resizing instructions given so your square will be the right size, just let me know)

This is a "Block of the Month" project, and will continue each month until we will then be able to piece them all together, into a quilt - it will be either lap-size, or if the interest remains strong, will go a couple months further, to complete a full bed quilt!

If you have any specific color choices, please list them here - but please leave the construction of the pieces, to the creator.

This "first round" will be open to newbies also, as long as they have a filled-out profile (and yes, I'll check.)

Other stipulations are that you have a rating of at least 4.8, with no recent no-sends. If you think you've been unfairly rated, let me know, and we can discuss it.

Please "sign" your squares, either by embroidering your initials, or your first name, on at least ONE of your squares, to send to your partner.

You will have a MONTH to complete each round, and I don't think that is too difficult.

Please put some heart into these squares - I have made quilts from fabrics sent from all over the world, and every one of them warms my heart! (check out my website to see what I mean!)

Please do NOT sign up for this swap if you do not think you can commit to a longer term goal - this will go on for several months - but signing up for a "BOTM" (Block of the Month) quilt program from a quilting website costs money! - We can do it THIS way and have even MORE fun!

Any questions, post them here, or message me.

~~UPDATE~~ 1/23 - Hi everyone! I'm helping Mary (gramsbuttonbox) manage this swap while she takes care of some family things. Please feel free to message either of us for info, but her access to email will be limited for a little while. I'm also extending signup for one more day for weekend swappers!!


GreeleyGirl 12/29/2008 #

I am so excited to be a part of a swap like this :) My favorite colors are earthtones. I am particularly fond of the colors of the sunset (think oranges, reds, yellows). Thank you!

gramsbuttonbox 12/29/2008 #

welcome to the swap, and I'm looking forward to this as well - I've not seen a swap like this one, but since I do love to quilt, and have made quilts from fabrics sent me via my website, I thought it might be fun to try it here - let's hope we get a great good-sized group!


mlookyloo1 12/29/2008 #

hi I would love to join this swap I made one baby quilt for a swap but I don't know if I did it right she said I did a good job on it.

mlookyloo1 12/29/2008 #

do we put a back on the finished squae? I think i will try this swap I think it will be fun. I like all colors Barbara

gramsbuttonbox 12/29/2008 #

Hi and welcome to the swap - I'm sure that the baby quilt was lovely - if the recipient was anything like me, she adored it, just simply because you put some of your heart into it!

We do NOT "finish" the square - so there will be "raw edges" - that's why it might be a good idea to run a stitch all around the square so it will cut down on raveling.

I'm looking forward to this, it should be fun - and I will repeat it each month, so be sure to watch for it, (I can also send reminders to those who are in this swap, so it will be easy to find - what do you think?)

Happy New Year, everyone, keep it safe! Mary

gramsbuttonbox 12/29/2008 #

Since the goal of these squares is that they be put together into a single "piece" - when you are embellishing, or embroidering your squares, leave about 1/2" - 3/8" (1.3 cm - 1.7 cm), around the outside edge, so that they will not interfere with the seam allowance.

(hope that makes sense - if not, just let me know) Mary

ozduchess 01/ 2/2009 #

Will put on watchlist while I wait for your reply. It's late and my brain is not working too well........we don't finish (ie batting & backing) the sq but what is the "backing fabric" part you mention?

gramsbuttonbox 01/ 3/2009 #

perhaps it was confusing, but the "backing" fabric just refers to a base for applique, if you choose to make a square using that technique - - we are not adding the batting or actual quilt backing, only the "top layer" -

sorry if that was not clear -


StaciJane 01/ 5/2009 #

This swap sounds like a lot of fun. I am a beginner quilter and just finished my first quilt. I love "country" colors like dark greens, mustardy golden yellows, dark reds...I'm really not fussy though. Anything will be great!

crazygirl 01/ 6/2009 #

I'm excited about this! It's going to be a fun project. It will be so cool to get a collection of blocks that reflect quilters personal styles. I love the idea that anything goes! I'd like to put it together with red sashing at the end. If you would, please put a touch of red (any red hue, just a tiney spec or all over) for a common thread through the quilt. (no pun intended...hehe)

Just 1 question; Should the block be 10"x10" PLUS seam allowance of about 1/2"? So the actual fabric square is more like 10.5"x10.5"?

Thanks! -Jillian

gramsbuttonbox 01/ 6/2009 #

Actually, the original "plan" was for the squares to be 10" x 10" - that would INCLUDE the seam allowance - if that does not work for people, please let me know right away -


crazygirl 01/ 6/2009 #

I just didn't want to mis-interpret and send the wrong thing. Thanks!

fabriholic 01/ 6/2009 #

usually squares have a 1/2 inch so when they are sewn together they add up to 10 inches each , so most squares when sent to the other person would be 10 1/2 inches. Most pattern are this way so I think for beginners it would be hard trying to eliminate the 1/2 inch. Does this make sense? I also invite you all to check out my Animal Quilt Block swap, it will be ongoing also.

StaciJane 01/ 7/2009 #

Will we be sending to the same partners the whole time, or will we get new partners each month? This is going to be so fun!

PurpleTX 01/ 8/2009 #

I also see a lot of patterns that would be a 10 finished size - so 10 1/2 " raw edge size... also - my block rulder os 10 1/2 " with a marked line for the 10 " size -- this is the "is it square?" ruler & I use it a lot.

jmommy08 01/12/2009 #

I have been wanting to get into something like this for awhile. I have made a couple of quilts, but none for me. I would really like a rainbow colored quilt, so a variety of bright colors would be great! I'm not looking for what matches, just bright colors. :)

oooooo....I'm so excited!

gramsbuttonbox 01/15/2009 #

to try to clear some things up - - (and sorry for the confusion, this is my first "fabric" swap)

Squares will measure 10.5 inches - raw edges - you are right, that means when they are sewn together, the "finished" square measures 10 inches.

I HAD planned to run this swap each month - and probably emailing each of you to let you know - of course, that might mean we get NEW swappers, who may have NOT been a part of it from the beginning -

I am not going to ask anyone to angel this swap, since it's a pretty busy commitment as it is - but please let me know what you think about whether to hold "open" swaps each month, or close them to the present crew?


scrapkween 01/15/2009 #

what size does each individual square need to be? I am a bit confused, we send three 10" x 10" squares to each partner?I think I get it, six squares to make up one block, right?lol, I will put this one on watch

scrapkween 01/17/2009 #

does anyone know of a good pattern for a beginner quilter?

gramsbuttonbox 01/18/2009 #

depending on what technique you want to use, you can check out sites like freepatterns.com, (then click the "quilting" tab over on the right), quiltpatternlibrary.org, or a good one for beginners might be how-to-quilt.com, which shows some basic but really nice patterns.

hope that helps - - Mary

gramsbuttonbox 01/18/2009 #

size - - the block that you will send will measure 10.5 inches x10.5 inches - that allows for a quarter-inch seam allowance on all sides, so that the "finished" size will "become" 10"x10".

does that help?

if this has become TOO confusing for everyone, then let me know - Mary

gramsbuttonbox 01/18/2009 #

I have extended this swap for a few days because of a family emergency - I might not be able to get online until the weekend, so I apologize for any concerns or inconvenience -


pinkdiamond 01/19/2009 #

I'm going to use this swap to get started on a quilt for my daughter. The colors I'm wanting to use are bright purple and greens large squares and big prints

MrsAnnaSue 01/22/2009 #

This has inspired me to start a traditional Christmas quilt, so my colors will be primarily red, green, cream and white.

monaw2008 01/23/2009 #

I would love to take part and start learning different squares but I have an exam in March... but may I join in March or April?

scrapkween 01/23/2009 #

I love earth tones(think outdoors) but will gladly take anything..........I am soo ready to get started, i have these all cut out, just have to sew them up :-)

Kicki 01/24/2009 #

Hi I just adore homespun fabrics and would be very happy to get squares with that, to be inspired (or if you don´t know what kind of fabrics that is) please look at www.memesquilts.com. Nine patch, log cabin or other easy patterns are fine with me if you are new to quilting, everything else will just be a fun surprise! Looking forward to this swap!

crazygirl 01/24/2009 #

It's so exciting to see how big our swap has gotten!

Remember to list any specific color choices for your partners.

With the block design & construction being senders-choice we are sure to end up with an amazing piece of art if we all stick with it for the whole series!! Get ready, partner assignments are tomorrow! I'll try to do it in the morning so there is some fabric shopping time during the day :)

Miller974 01/24/2009 #

Yay I made it just in time. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. I am open to pretty much all colors. Hubby says no pink so I guess limit the amount of pink if you use it :-)

motheringheart 01/24/2009 #

I would love flower fabrics! yellow and reds or pinks and greens.

lob 01/28/2009 #

I would like anything as long as it's in shades of green.

sewcrazytwo 01/29/2009 #

I love red, yellow. black, fabrics, with roses and crosses, but i will accept anything,

smilesandsunshine 02/14/2009 #

I'm trying to decorate in a woodsy theme, so I'd like the colors of the woods and forest animals, like greens, browns, tans, and berry colors. Thanks!

smilesandsunshine 02/14/2009 #

Oh, and I'd like it to be an open swap in case some months I am too busy to do it. Thanks!

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