This is a listing of challenges, mysteries and swaps coming in 2017. Please check the files under Guidelines for more information on swapping before signing up.
COMING IN JANUARY 2017
UFO CHALLENGE 2017:
SIGN UP STARTS: October 31, 2016
CHALLENGE STARTS: JANUARY 1, 2017
Do you have projects that are hiding in your closet that you don’t know how to finish or haven’t had the time to finish for whatever reason? Do you have items that have been around so long that they have become part of the décor in your room? Do you have UFOs that someone gifted to you and are at a loss on how to finish them? Well, this is the start of a new year, a new chance to finish them once and for all. That means binding and labeling. Let’s take control of our UFOs and get them done instead of being afraid to finish and hide them away for yet another year or two! The first person to finish gets a FQ from my stash!
You must send a picture of the finished project to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, this is for all projects and they must be finished with binding and quilting, if applicable. All other entries will be entered into Viewer’s Choice and will be voted on to be the banner quilt for the next month.
VIEWER’S CHOICE: I will post the pictures of the finished quilts for the current month and we will vote for our favorite picture to be the banner quilt picture for our group.
SQUARE DANCE SWAP:
SIGN UP DEADLINE: January 31, 2016
START DATE: February 1, 2016
END DATE: OPEN
LIMIT: 12 Players for a full year for a total of 12 blocks or 6 Players for 6 months for a total of 6 blocks, or 2 rounds each player for 12 blocks total. Because of the cost of postage, the swap is limited to the United States. Block size is 9 inches.
Here is how the swap should work. Please read completely for full details. In order to sign up, please send the following information to me at email@example.com:
- Your name and address.
- Your email address.
- Your color choice such as red floral with cream background as an example.
Your partner for the month will have that time period (4 weeks) to make your block using coordinating fabric and she has the option of choosing her favorite method; it can be appliqué, pieced or whatever is comfortable for her but it has to use your swatch. She returns the block to you and you then go to the next person on the list until the list is finished.
DETAILS: Each player starts off with one partner and then works their way down the list until you reach the end of the list. (If 6 players, then you would repeat for a second round or you can opt out.)
COMMITMENT: There is some commitment to this swap and also to your theme or color. Everyone will choose their colors/theme and your partner will make a block within 4 weeks. Once the block comes back, you go to the next player and repeat, until you have reached the end of the list and you will have the beginnings of a new quilt! Think of it as a variation on a round robin, everyone has a chance to play and create. Please note that if we go with 12 blocks, this will take longer to finish, possibly 18 months, as it will take time for mailing, sewing and then mailing again. I estimate and hope for a month for each partner to finish. Of course, if we go with 6 players, it will not take as long for the swap to complete. Please read the swap guidelines very carefully on fulfilling swap rules.
PLAYERS: This is going to be where the square dance comes in. Everyone will send their fabric choices to me in the email to sign up. Once the sign up is closed, everyone will receive a list of the players with their choices. The person at the top of the list will send to the second person, the second person to the third, and so on, until we have gone down the list completely and then the swap will be over.
TWISTED MYSTERY QUILT: Starts January 10, 2016. NO SWAPPING INVOLVED! If you are looking for something new to try, how about this? Choose a block that you want to do and challenge the rest of the group. It can be appliqué, paper pieced, embroidery or regular piecing. To sign up, post your name, a few links of the block or technique, and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You choose your own fabrics as it is not a swap, but a challenge, and if you choose to pass on the block, you can do so. We can do a vote on the size later. Rules are easy. Choose a block, any style, but should be the same size for uniformity of the quilt, send the info to me, and I will choose the pattern for that month. You have one month to finish and then we go on to the next block. Sounds easy and fun! Sew, join in! When it’s your turn to choose a block, try to think outside the square and let us all try something new – paper piecing, appliqué, etc- rather than plain blocks. But if you wish to choose a plain block, well………..we may need them too.
ONGOING: BUST THE BITS AND PIECES PARTY: This is an easy way to use up those small scraps that have a tendency to breed while we are sleeping. Every so often, I will post some fun, fast and easy links on ways to use up scraps. If you have a link you want to share, please do so. It is open to everyone and is designed to use up those pesky little pieces. This is not a swap but just a challenge to clean out our scraps and help keep them under control. If you find a link that uses up stash and scraps, please share with the group!
COMING IN MARCH: POOR QUILTER’S SWAP
SIGN UP ENDS: February 14, 2017
SWAP BEGINS: March 1, 2017
SWAP ENDS: May 31, 2017
It’s after the holidays and all we have left are strings and scraps left in our cupboards. Oh, what is a poor quilter to do? I know, we can make 8.5 inch String Blocks and share them with our quilting friends. We will be making 3 blocks each. If we have more than 12 players, we may do 2 groups at a time. Limit: One group per player, please. Each player will have a little over 2 months to finish and send out their blocks.
NOTE: Strings can be any width but no larger than 4 inches. We will be exchanging 3 blocks this time.
SIZE: Blocks must measure 8.5 inches square. Therefore, begin with a PAPER FOUNDATION measuring 9” square and then trim to 8.5”. You may use any PAPER FOUNDATION you desire – children’s drawing tablet, copy paper, tissue paper, paper made for paper piecing or foundations, old phone book pages, etc. Make sure to reduce your stitch length to 1.5 so that seams don’t pop open or break when papers are ultimately removed.
FABRICS: Please use good quality fabric. Color and/or theme will be voted on when the swap is full.
LEAVE PAPERS IN. DO NOT REMOVER PAPERS!!!! With so many different fabrics and biased edges, leaving paper in provides one more layer of stability for the block until it is attached to something else. Make sure to include your name on each block on the back. You may use address labels, or just write it on the paper. Please DO NOT use Glad Press and Seal on the blocks, it is impossible to pull off without ruining the block.
What is a string block? It is a simple PP block that uses up a lot of scraps.
Here are a couple of tutorials to get started:
Please read guidelines before signing up for more details on swapping.
Scrappy String Blocks, theme to be decided by group.
COMING IN APRIL: ANYTHING GOES SWAP: Do you have fabric that has been sitting around since forever? Do you have duplicate tools, magazines or whatever that is just sitting there? Then, I say it’s time to pass it on! Take all these goodies, put them in a large Flat Rate Box, ship, and send it on its merry way to another quilter. Who knows what goodies you might find in there? Take what you want from the box, fill it up and send it out again! Get the idea? Great! Then let’s get started!
ROW ROBIN: Choose a theme and create a beautiful quilt with the help of your friends. These are just samples of what we can do and we are always open to suggestions!
FABRIC SWAP: Do you need to stock up on certain colors or novelties or prints? Then sign up to swap with your friends and see what goodies you receive. Start date to be announced.
BLOCK SWAPS: Fun new blocks to swap with each other. You make a block for each person signed up and receive back from everyone! Start date to be announced.