So below is my idea, I think it is a great way to explore creativity in ways that maybe we wouldn't necessarily on our own.Swap Theory:participant details
The swap would be limited to 5 groups of 5 swappers each. Those that have completed at least 10 swaps in the past without issue would be allowed to sign up for 2 sets of strips. I would like it to be open to international participants too, Honestly shipping in a padded mailer to those in other countries isn't too much more (sometimes less) than shipping to the US. If left open to international and there is reservations by participants about shipping overseas, I would limit international participation to 1 per group of 5. I know that the US sees fabrics that international crafters don't necessarily get to see, and vice versa. general hopes for this swap
We all have our own idea of how fabrics should go together, the purpose of this swap is to get us to experiment with fabrics that other people love and to coordinate them together with the others we receive to make a quilt that we can love and enjoy. Shipping should be able to be handled in padded mailers.
This swap (hopefully) will encourage you to visit your locally owned Quilt shops. swapping requirements
you will need to purchase (or use from your stash) approximately 2 yards of fabric. You will be making 5 stripped 12.5" wide sections of 100% quilting cottons.
We should expect to use mid to high range quilting fabrics for this project. You should expect to spend between $20-$25 for the fabrics for this project (the pricing estimation is based off quilt shop pricing between $10-$12 a yard and the need for 2 yards of fabric total). You will be shipping to 5 other people and in return you will receive 5 sets of strips from them. You should plan to use at least 4 fabrics in your strip sets (but more is ok too)
Your strips can be coordinated with eachother, or completely mismatched it is completely up to you and what appeals to your sense of style. The individual strips could be of equal width or of varying widths, again up to you. The sets you send out can be matched, or you can do each of your 5 differently, again completely up to you. If you're a pleaser you can ask your partners what styles/colors/etc... appeal to them, but realize that not everyone will be in the pleaser category. The purpose of this would be to challenge your creativity
Upon receiving your strips you should make a quilt using the 5 sets of strips that you have received. Size wise this project will make approximately a throw size blanket (though with sashings and other additions you could easily make this a twin sized quilt) using just the strips received, it should be approximately 40X60time frames
I am thinking a 1 week sign up period, and a 2 week crafting period for shipping to partners. I realize that that is a short period of time for some, but from my own calculations this is at most an afternoon project, and 2 weeks should be plenty of time for everyone to complete and ship.the twist
I also think it'd be cool to turn it into a mini contest, to encourage actually completeing a top from the pieces you receive
there would be an additional 4 weeks of crafting time after reciept of the stripped sections to post photos of the completed project, and then we would all vote on the best one and the winner would receive 1 fat quarter from each participant in the swap as a prize. We could either send individually to the winner after voting closed, or I could provide participants with my address and we could get a pre photo of the prize pool to oogle
Any interest? suggestions? further elaboration on the idea?