Quilt Block Swaps and Exchanges
Are you interested in using your stash, reducing your scraps or creating blocks for scrappy quilts?
This is a new area we are starting in February 2022. Join us each month, starting the third Tuesday of the month, where we will be introducing a swap block that you have a month to make as many - or as few as you like. The number of blocks you send are the number you will get back.
I've been a part of many block swaps, birthday blocks and exchanges and I've loved them all. I love the scrappy look it has and I love knowing that many talented and loving hands went into making it.
So what is a swap?
It's a way for quilters to make and exchange quilt blocks with one another. Usually the swap is set up in such a way that each quilter puts in a set number of blocks, all the blocks are put into a group or pool, shuffled and then a different set of blocks is sent back to each quilter.
Why should I join a swap?
Swaps are a great way to get a scrappy look! For this low volume plus block swap, I made 20 blocks from the same few fabrics, but I received 20 blocks made from dozens of different prints - so fun!
Meet new people and make new friends. Every swap I participate in results in me gaining a new friend. You get to swap with people from around the country - sometimes around the world! I have a quilt from 1990's that has a couple of blocks in it from a gal that I swapped with way back on Prodigy (way before the internet).
How can I find a swap to join?
Most of the time I hear about swaps in different local quilt groups and guilds that I visit. I also hear about them online on Instagram and Facebook. If you're looking for a swap, ask your local guild or quilt shop, and ask around online. Or...you can start your own swap! (see below for tips).
Our local Chapter (Mulberry) in The Villages is new to swapping blocks. I am introducing them to simple blocks to be swapped throughout 2022. This will help them started building their confidence, quilting skills and reducing (or increasing!) their stash.
Usually, we determine what the BackGround (BG) fabrics will be. This makes it so that the scrappy quilts have something in common, and gives a bit of continuity to the quilt. See BITE, ICE in Swap Acronyms
See Swap Acronyms
Note: if you are mailing your blocks in, please try to mail them at least seven days in advance to allow the blocks to arrive. We cannot swap blocks after the due date. If received AFTER the due date, your unswapped blocks will be returned to you. (although, I make take pity and swap some of the blocks that I have already received). I always suggest USPS Priority mail as they provide a tracking number and you can stuff A LOT of blocks in the Flat Rate Envelopes.
The links below are about swapping, learning new techniques and ongoing swaps. Feel free to join in at anytime.
Back to Block Swap Quilts
Quilt Block Swaps
Block Swaps - Block Exchanges, Birthday Blocks.
How swapping changed my quilting life!
Quilt Swap Shipping Labels
Easy format for creating labels for block or fabric swaps.
When you have a 6" block and want to make a 9" block. How do todo the math.
Block Swap Acronyms & Definitions
What does HST or WOF mean? Click on link to get the definitions.
Back to Quilting Tips & Tricks page.
SWAP Block Tutorial
Lots of information about the guidelines and expectations (rules) when doing block swaps.
Mulberry Chapter Block Builders
Our Mulberry quilters have stepped up and embraced Block swapping.
Instructions are handed out on the third Tuesday, blocks due in one month on third Tuesday.
April - Block
Snowball Block is an easy block. Just cut a 6.5" BITE BG square and add 4 darker printer to four corners. Easy Peasy.
6.5" Snowball Blocks
Note that the March block (Hourglass) will be swapped on April 26, as I will be visiting kids/grandkids for Easter in Missouri. You can turn your blocks in to Tina Harvey or wait till I get back on the 26th.