Sunday, April 16, 2017

Feeling Swappy, Anyone?

Are you feeling like it's time to swap something?  Well we've got just the thing!  Two things, in fact!

Thing One.  Moda Grunge F8 Swap.


First up, it's a Moda Grunge fat eighth swap.  Natalie suggested we each swap a warm color, a cool color, and one of the newest, Grunge Hits the Spot (any color).  That way, we'll get a great variety of modern basics in our stash.  There are more than a hundred different colors, so duplicates shouldn't be a problem.

Grunge is a really unique basic fabric because it's dyed first, then printed to give it a textured look.  The color variations add a lot of depth and interest to your quilt projects.

As always, you can swap up to three one-yard pieces (each choice must be one yard).  Cut them into modern fat eighths, fold them individually, and put them into a zip top bag labeled with your name.  Bring your bag(s) of fabric to the May 13th meeting where our swap team will sort and return to you, eight different Grunge pieces.  Please sign-up in the blog comments section, or our Facebook group, with your color choices because we want to reduce duplication.  
Need to know how to cut a modern fat eighth?  It's easy-peasy!  This blog post will walk you through it.

Thing Two.  One Hour Basket Swap.
Photo courtesy of KelbySews.com
Next up for the June 10th meeting is this cute, fast, and useful (utilitarian even, to use Cindy's new favorite word!) basket to swap.  

This fun little basket is Kelly Bowser's 1 Hour Basket (original size) available on Cratsy for $1.  She's updated the pattern with multiple sizes.  (Fun Fact:  Did you know Kelly was a founding member of ECMQG??  Yup!  It's true.)

Here's the way this swap will work.  Everyone who wants to play will make a basket and add a few favorite things valued at NO MORE THAN $10.  Items such as candy, a piece of fabric, a sewing tool, a couple of lottery tickets, some homemade caramel corn, etc.  You get the idea.  It's your choice to make either the basic basket, or jazz it up any way you want.  Search the web or Instagram for ideas - there are hundreds of these easy baskets out there!


Then, at the June meeting, we'll number each basket received, set them out for display and oohs and ahhs, everyone who made a basket will receive a number, (only not the number that matches the basket you made), our Super Secret Basket Team will put each in a brown paper bag, and finally, randomly draw participant names.  

So choose some pretty, modern fabric and get cracking on a One Hour Basket.  Your quilty ECMQG friends will thank you.

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