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!

First up, it's a Moda Grunge fat eighth swap.  Natalie suggested we each swap a warm color, a cool color, and a dot.  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 variations can add a lot of depth and interest to your quilt projects.

As always, you can swap up to 3 one-yard pieces (each choice must be one yard).  Cut them into modern fat eighths, fold them individually, and put them into a ziplock bag with your name on it.  Bring your fabrics to the May meeting and our swap team will sort everyone's fabrics and give you back 8 different grunge fabrics.  Sign up on the blog with your color choices so we reduce the chance of duplicates.  Need to know how to cut a modern fat eighth?  It's easy-peasy!  This blog post will walk you through. 

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Next up for the June meeting is this cute, fast, fun, and useful (utilitarian even, to use Cindy's new favorite word!) basket to swap at the June meeting. 

This fun little basket is from KelbySews blog.  The pattern is on Craftsy and costs $1.  (Fun Fact:  Did you know Kelly was a founding member of ECMQG??  Yup!  It's true.)

Kelly also has a Friends of the Hour Basket pattern on Craftsy (which includes the original One Hour Basket) for $5 if you think you'd like to try some of her cute variations.  Be sure that you make the original One Hour Basket for this swap, though. 

Here's the way this swap will work.  Everyone who wants to play will make a basket.  You can make a plain basket or jazz it up any way you want.  Search the web and instagram for ideas - there are hundreds of these fun baskets out there!  Then, at the May meeting, we'll put everyone's basket in a brown paper bag and draw numbers.  You'll get to choose your basket when your number comes up.

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

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