Thursday, April 5, 2012

New Charm Swap: Neutral and Solids Charm Swap!

I love charm swaps, recently there have been some awesome rainbow charm swaps. 
Now though, my stash is so very low on neutrals and solids.

Turns out I'm not the only one.  
Since I'm feeling up for an adventure and there was a great response to the idea. I present to you...

Sign Ups will go live on this blog 12 noon EST on Friday, April 6th, 2012.

The first 28 people to sign up will be guaranteed a spot (you must fill out the form, comments will not count). After that I will start a waiting list and if we reach 56 by April 15th , we will do 56 participants. 
This will be open to U.S. swappers only this round. Sorry! This is my first swap, so cross your fingers, if it goes well I will do a second round and open it to international swappers!
Mailing deadline will be May 25th 2012. This gives you little more than a month, since lots of families are traveling for Easter and Spring Breaks.

 Fabric requirements (as written by the wonderful :
  1.  Each person will purchase 2 yards of fabric (1 yard neutral, 1 yard solid) and cut them into 5" charm squares. 1 yard = 56 charms.  (I recommend buying 1.25 yards- never hurts to have a little extra in case you make a cutting mistake.) 
  2. Choose a fabric that has a small print suitable for an 5" charms. Scale of the print is very important as smaller works better in this case. A larger print has a larger repeat and you want each charm to have enough of the print showcased on each piece.
  3. Fabric should be designer label, 100% cotton, quilt shop quality fabric.  No Hancocks, Joanns or Michael's fabrics. For a fabric swap, the fun is receiving quality fabric that you might not be able to pick up around the corner.  *The exception to this is Kona Cotton Solids which can be purchased from Joanns, just check the end of the bolt to make sure it says Kona Cotton.
  4. Fabric must be new and unwashed and must come from a smoke free environment.
  5. Before mailing, cut your fabric into 5" x 5" charm squares.  Press your fabric before cutting. 1 yard = 56 charm squares (5" x 5".)  Here's a great tutorial on how to cut fabric into charms by Elizabeth Hartman.
  6. Put your fabric in a ziplock bag and include an index card with your name and email address. 
  7. Upload pictures of your fabric to the swap Flickr group and include the name of the fabric, designer, etc. This ensures that there are no duplicate fabrics chosen and allows everyone to find out more about the fabrics in case they would like to order more once they have received their charms.
    Still interested? Awesome! I'd love to have ya!
Check back here for the SIGN UP FORM, after NOON on Friday April 6th!


  1. Are the neutrals prints, or is it all solids? :) Love the idea!

  2. Good luck with everything! I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed cause I cant play along this time. I am gonna post about it though.

  3. I'm confused, it makes it sound like its all solids, which I love, but then there's that bit about making sure the print is small enough to suit charm squares... Which is it? I'd love to participate, I've never done a swap like this but would like to!

  4. You choose one yard of a solid color which you make a preference to on the sign up form. You then choose also a neutral small print patterned yard so that is your two yards, you also choose a neutral preference on the sign up form, together you'll be contributing two different charm blocks, one solid and one patterned neutral. So hoping you will join us Krista!! I am already signed up. When you sign up you will see the things I mentioned on the sign up form. I just realized you may not have done that yet.

  5. okay, i commented wrong blog, but still like to be on waiting list.