Friday, November 18, 2011

Rainbow Fat Quarter Swap 1


From the Blue Chair & Ellison Lane Quilts have been hosting Rainbow/Color Wheel Charm Swaps this year.  Being that I usually sew with pieces larger than a 5" Charm, I wanted to take their swap idea and turn it into a Fat Quarter Swap.  I'm giving this swap about a month & a half because of the Holiday Season.

This is a great way to build up your fabric stash with lots of color!  I also plan to do Designer Swaps in the future as well so stay tuned!


To avoid each participant from buying alot of fabric, I will limit each swap group to 12 participants, which is how many colors are in the color wheel.  This means that each participant will have to buy only 3 yards of fabric.  If I get alot of interest to participate, there will be more groups.  But I will need the total number of participants to be divisible by 12 to create additional groups.  Participants will be grouped together in the order they sign up.  DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS DECEMBER 20TH.  PARTICIPANTS MUST BE IN THE USA OR CANADA ONLY.


  • For the Rainbow Swaps, I might use the idea from the blog FROM THE BLUE CHAIR in that she is doing 4 swaps per round (1st being bright colors, 2nd being pastels, 3rd being jewel tones with black mixed in, 4th being solids).  I might plan on adding a 5th round of light colors that are not pastel.
  • Those who sign up for this first round will have priority in signing up for subsequent Rainbow rounds as long as they were good swappers, shipped on time and followed all guidelines.
  • Quilt-shop-quality fabric only--please no Jo-Ann's, Walmart, etc.
  • I'll assign each person in a group a different color.  You need to purchase the fabric in your assigned color.  We are swapping print fabrics only this round.  The fabric must "read" the assigned color, but does not have to be entirely that color.  Large-scale prints may not be appropriate as they will be too big.  Keep this in mind when choosing fabrics.  The image below is from The Blue Chair blog and will give you an idea of which fabrics are good for this swap.

  • There are 12 participant slots for each group--everyone sends 12 Fat Quarters and I'll send you 12 Fat Quarters from other swappers.
  • This round will be for Bright Colored Prints.  All color assignments will be based on the color wheel below.

  • Fabric must be New, Unwashed & come from a Smoke Free environment.
  • All fabric must be in my hands no later than January 10th, 2012 (although the sooner the better).  I will return the Fat Quarter packs as soon as all are received.  I hope to have the packages back to you within a week or 2.
  • When mailing your fabric, you must include a Pre-Paid Priority Mail Envelope.  If you do not send the pre-paid envelope, I can't send your Fat Quarters back.  I JUST CALLED USPS CUSTOMER SERVICE TO MAKE DOUBLE SURE YOU CAN BUY PRE-PAID PRIORITY MAIL ENVELOPES & THEY SAID YES.  Place your fabric in a heavy Ziploc or other plastic bag.  Include a 3x5 index card or any size piece of paper listing your name, address & email address so I can let you know I received your fabric.  Just fold your pre-paid envelope in half & insert.  Having everything pre-paid will make things so much easier and quicker for me.
    • If you choose to order your fabric online, you can have the fabric shipped directly to me.  I will cut it for you, since Fat Quarters are easier to cut than Charms.  This will avoid you having to pay shipping twice (i.e. fabric shop sends fabric to you to cut, you send fabric to me for swap). 
    • Please note that if you choose to have your fabric shipped directly to me, USA Participants will have to send me a money order for $5 in the postal mail.  CANADIAN Participants will have to send me a money order for $12.  This will pay to have your final package shipped back to you via USPS Priority Mail.  If you would rather send the money via PayPal, add $1 to your amount stated above which covers the normal PayPal transaction fees as I do have a business account with PayPal.
    • 3 yards of Quilt fabric weighs roughly 1 lb.  First Class Mail only goes up to 13 ounces.  Which is why USPS Priority Mail is best for this swap.
    • For those participants ordering online & having the fabric shipped to me, my blog Sponsor "STITCHIN STASH" has graciously offered a 10% discount to all swap participants.  The discount code will be provided to participants only & is to only be used for our swap.
    • You are more than welcome to use another online shop.  There are lots to choose from!
    • Let me know if you want to have fabric shipped to me and I will give you my home address.
    • How to easily cut a Fat Quarter, if you don't already know how:  You know where the crease is down the middle just like how it comes off the bolt?  You are going to re-iron that.  Open up your 3 yard piece of fabric.  Make sure the selvedges match up well.  Selvedges are the perfect sides that have the writing with the color dots & designer info.  Re-iron the crease down the middle, lining up the selvedges.  Cut on that ironed line.  You will have 2 long pieces.  Cut each piece into (3) 1 yard pieces.  Then cut each yard in half.  Voila!  You have 12 Fat Quarters.
    • Please only sign up if you are pretty sure that you can follow through with the swap.  I do realize that things come up in our lives, no biggie.  You won't get scolded or get your hands wacked with a ruler!  Those last signups that don't quite make a group of 12 will get bumped up into groups in the case that someone has to drop out & will be notified.

      Please leave a comment below so others can see who is signing up!  :)

      Click Here to Sign Up!


        1. I'll be the first to sign up! I need more variety of fabrics in my stash!

        2. A great idea! I love the Fat Quarter Size and the ease of swapping. Count me in :)

        3. Ooo, yay! I LOVE rainbow colors, prints or solids!!

          Signed up, and am hoping to have the shop mail it directly to you, and to pay my shipping cost via Paypal if that is all right with you.

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