These are not the official rules, but just an explanation of how it will work. Once we get the set number of participants, I will re-post the specifics. Some people weren't sure if they would join until they knew how it works.space
This is what I was thinking:
- each person will purchase 2-4 different I Spy fabrics ( if there are a few people we'll do 4, if there are a lot of swappers, we can do 2)
- block size will be 5 inches square (remove selvage before cutting so there won't be a white edge on some of the blocks
- you will then mail me the blocks in a large envelope. Also in the package will be another envelope that is addressed to YOU and will have the appropriate postage already on it. (I'll explain this in detail later)
- there will be a deadline for when the squares are due
- once I receive them all, I will separate all the blocks so that each of us will get one square of every one's fabric.
- I will place all the squares in your pre-stamped envelope and mail them back to you.
- you can get 8 squares out of a 5 inch strip of fabric that is 42 inches wide.
- so just say we have 32 people in the swap. You will need to cut 4 strips of fabric (selvage to selvage) that are 5 inches wide. From each strip cut the 8 squares at 5 inches. This will give you 32 squares. 4 strips at 5 inches wide is 20 inches of fabric that you need.
- I always over estimate, so if you buy 3/4 of a yard of each that should be plenty.
- if we decide to do 4 different fabrics with 32 people, each of us will get back 128 squares
- I have noticed the issue of fabric quality seems to come up in other swaps. During this economic time period , I won't say "only quilt shop fabric". However, I think we all know when some fabrics are just not up to par. Just go by how the fabric "feels" and remember, what would you like to get in return.
- Some people asked...what exactly is I Spy fabric. It is also called novelty fabric. It's usually an all over print of foods, animals, bugs, holiday motifs, sports, trucks, leaves, musical notes etc. Just make sure the design is close enough together so you can see what the object is in the 5 inch square.
- sometimes the pattern is spread out wider on the fabric, you would have to fussy cut that so it showed up on the square. No one will want to fussy that many, so the closer the print the better. Look at the give away post to see some of the examples.
- one more thing about the fabric: no trade marked fabrics. An example of that would be, it's fine to have fabric with footballs all over it, but not fabric with The Patriots football team. It's fine for baseballs or bats all over, but not The Red Sox logo. I'm thinking that someone in Texas really wouldn't want a New England team. Once you get all your squares, you can always add your favorite sports team from your area.
- the only other issue is duplicates, but not sure how to avoid this. Maybe send me a picture of them as you buy them, so I can post it so every one can see before they shop.
Yikes, that was wordy...sorry about that. I'll be better next time. If anyone out there who has been is swaps feels I have left something out, please let me know.
Let's get started.
Sign up here on this post. Make sure I have your name and email address too.
Thanks to everyone for joining me on this adventure!!! I will post often to keep every one updated.