Thursday, June 17, 2010

TMQG Block Swap

TMQG Virtual Quilt

As the "swap swami" of the newly-formed Triangle Modern Quilt Guild, my job is to organize swaps of all kinds to foster community and collaboration among our local quilters. For our first swap, I decided to run a block swap. For an entry fee of $4, each swapper got 3 fat quarters of a "mystery line" of modern fabrics ... which turned out to be "Odyssea" by Momo for Moda. By pulling in other prints and colors that they felt complemented the line, swappers then made blocks for 11 of the other swappers based on their stated preferences. Most said "anything goes", but some people asked for wonky stars, crosses, and straight log cabins.

Above are the 11 blocks I made for the other swappers. We swapped them at our meeting this past Sunday, and it was fun to see all of the different interpretations of the fabrics, colors, and designs.

I also hosted a fat quarter swap during the meeting. Interested members brought in 2 fat quarters wrapped up in plain paper so that the fabric was not evident. For every packet that a swapper brought, he/she could take one away. I think that swap was pretty successful, too.

We are toying with some swap ideas for future meetings. For our next block swap, I think people will supply their own fabrics (similar to a virtual quilting bee format). For our next fabric swap, we're considering a "bag o'scraps" swap, where people bring in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag full of their scraps. We've also discussed finished goods swaps, including things like mini quilts.

Do you have any other fun group activity ideas? What kinds of swaps do your local groups do?

16 comments:

  1. Right now I am totally dry of ideas. But I would love to hear some good ones too. I will need them in the next few months.

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  2. Man, I wish there were a local Modern Quilt guild, here. I would start one but I have NO idea if there is any interest.

    It sounds like you have a great group going with some great swaps. What about some tool swaps? Or a pincushion swap?

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  3. Great blocks! I especially love the Union Jack. It reminds me of a quilt in the V&A made up of lots of liberty print union jacks.
    I also love the FQ swap idea.

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  4. @kylydia I felt the same way before starting the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild! I contacted Alissa from The Modern Quilt Guild and she said to start up an online group. I did that and now we have 75 people online and at least 20 coming to our first meeting tonight! Go for it!

    John, those sound like fun swaps! I'm a little hestitant to start swapping with our Modern Quilt Guild until I learn more about people's taste in fabric. Did you have any guidelines re: type of fabric to swap?

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  5. I love the pincushions swaps too John. And another one my online guild did years ago was to layout a calendar of blocks for the year, like stars one month, log cabins another. Each player (and you could play any or all months) brought in a pair of the months blocks, one went into a drawing and one went into a charity block bank. So we'd draw for 12-24 blocks each month depending on how many members were playing and then the extra blocks got made up into charity quilts. We picked a fabric style too, like 30s or civil war, in this case it would be modern designers and solids.

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  6. Not really swaps, but we've being doing a FQ drawing and are now working on a challenge quilt...each member contributed a 2.5xWOF strip of a dot fabric of some sort and we to make a quilt with the strips plus one other fabric.

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  7. Gasp, I love that union jack block! You have some lucky people in your guild. The only group need us is a traditional guild, so our swaps are more sedated. I do like the idea of giving fabric that you like and getting blocks made with that fabric back. Seems that everyone would have a wonderfully unique quilt.

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  8. Los Angeles MQG has done 3 swaps since last October, a potholder swap, a valentines swap (where you made your idea of a valentine), and a mini-quilt swap. All have been super successful and people love to participate. We usually announce the month before and then everyone gets a month to make the swap.

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  9. Portland Modern Quilt Guild did a potholder swap that was lots of fun. We also did a charm swap where people brought in charms of any fabric they wanted and took away as many as they brought. I made a quilt with mine to celebrate all of the wonderful new quilty friends I'm meeting!

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  10. I love your block swap idea! I should try that with our chapter. They're doing a doll quilt swap right now, but I had to decline to participate this time around. Not enough hours in the day!

    I'm going to take a page from Angela and do a ticker tape quilt workshop / scrap swap in September. Should be fun!

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  11. We did a swap (in Chicago) where we chose four coordinating fat quarters and made a block, and then brought the block & scraps to the meeting, where we traded at random. Then, each person makes a mini quilt for their partner using his/her original block, the scraps, and whatever coordinating fabrics. Can't wait until our next meeting to see what my partner made for me!

    Those blocks are great!

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  12. How do you do those cool blocks? I love them.

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  13. thanks for organizing the swap john! i thought it was great and i can't wait to get started piecing my blocks together.

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  14. Right now my guild is hosting a round robin. I am teamed up with five other quilters. We each made a center square and then passed our square on for the next person to put on a border and so on. It has been fun and challenging to work in the different styles that each person chose.

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  15. HI, so thrilled to have found someone local! I have some small size scraps, FQ size, and larger size OOP pieces of Blue's Clues, Daisy Kingdom, Smurfs, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends, Puppyville, etc., that I would LOVE to swap for prints I'm in need of. Are you or anyone here interested?

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