Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Hello all you quilty friends! Want to join me in a CALENDAR QUILT SWAP? Everyone would make 12 identical blocks (1 to keep and 11 to share with your team). Each team would have 12 members representing the 12 months and each person would be assigned a different month. The block has to be representative of the month - color or design or materials. For example - in January something with winter themes - snow, penguins, polar bears, etc. In Feb - something with hearts or presidents. March would be Irish/green theme. April would be Easter. May could be spring/flowers. June - brides, graduation, etc. July - patriotic, red/white/blue. Aug - summer fun. Sep - school days. Oct - Halloween. Nov - Thanksgiving, fall. Dec - Christmas.
This swap will be for beginner quilters and beyond.
SIZE: 12.5 inches un-finished blocks
NUMBER OF SQUARES: You will get back 11 blocks - need 12 for a "quilt," and you'll want to make one to keep for yourself.
FABRICS: whatever fits your theme month - prefer not to mix flannels and cotton.
DESIGN: anything that fits your theme month - let's make this a usable quilt so take it easy on the embellishments
TECHNIQUE: pieced, paper pieced, appliqué, free form, touches of embroidery.
SWAP METHOD: Centralized.
hat means your calendar blocks will be sent to me - send me a friend request so I can send you my address. Along with your blocks send me a STAMPED self-addressed FLAT RATE envelope. I will use this to send the blocks back.
DATES: This will be where you will come for up-dates and any information about our swap.
SIGN UP DEADLINE: As soon as there are 12 players, a team will be formed and notices sent.
MAIL IN DEADLINE: ALL blocks must be in my hands by July 31, 2012 (I will be camping July 14-20 and will not have computer access, but my family will be home). Please - if you are an international player keep this in mind. Things happen, but it's not fair to make everyone wait. If you can get them done early, send them!
INSPIRATION: I looked up Calendar Quilts on the web and found lots of images. There are some beautiful images at http://www.google.com/search?q=calendar+quilt&hl=en&rlz=1C1...
You can also search SEASONAL QUILTS.
Please don't join if you're pressed for time or can't make the deadline. There's always next time!
If I have left anything out, or you have any questions, please ask!
YEA - WE HAVE 12! I put the months in a hat and drew them in the order names are listed below (actually, I used a box):
lol, works for me
You ladies are AWESOME! Just love these sneak peeks you're sending and all the humor you share.
I'm shopping for my focus fabric today. Trying for something with veggies or books - I want to try a log cabin block with a fussy-cut center - either back to school theme or fall harvest theme (veggies or applies would work). Wish me luck! Also finally going to get some help with my first quilt - it's purple and has a top and back but also contains some wavy borders.....maybe I could add sails and call it Nautical.
I like your ideas, books would be a lot of fun. Good luck with your first quilt!!
So, I went looking for bug fabric today.. and fish fabric but that's a whole different project. All I could find were lady bugs on a bright yellow background :( not what I envisioned. I'm going to St.Louis on Wed. though so I'll check fabric stores over there.. I really want to do Marcia's idea so cross your fingers for me ladies. I didn't find any fish either and I refused to let myself look at anything else and managed to come home with all my cash, lol.
WOW - you are AWESOME! I never manage to come home with cash from a visit to the quilt shops!
lol.. it was tough, I just stared at the floor
I mailed off my package today. Yay!
Linda please tell me how much postage I need to put on my return envelope I am mailing Melanie for the blocks you all are so graciously making for me....???
At the post office, I bought two flat rate, priority envelopes. I put one inside the other, together with my blocks. I believe the postage was $5.95. My guess is that it may have been cheaper to send it 1st class (regular) mail, but this is easier on Melanie - she can just mail it back, not have to weigh it at the post office.
I really don't understand the flat rate deal? But will inquire at PO....or, if I put $3 on the SA envelope it should be enough?
The way I understand flat rate is it's either 5.95 or 10 something depending on where it's going. The last flat rate I paid was 5.95 from Memphis to North Carolina. I don't think 3 bucks will be enough....but I hope so! I'll be sending my May blocks out sometime next week...almost finished!
flat rate is any where in the us Many sizes to choose from different price depending on box size. but remember It was 3 dollars cheaper for me to send mine in a bubble mailer,And you don't need to pay for priority mail'