Monday, September 14, 2009

I-Spy Fabric Swap!

First of all, let me explain what an I-Spy quilt is. You know those books where there is a photo of a million bajillion objects and you have a list of a few things to find? Well, this is like that -- except BETTER, because it's FABRIC. Who doesn't love fabric??

So. My sister-in-law Susan and I (who are equally I-Spy obsessed, I might add...) are heading up an I-Spy Fabric Swap. There are lots of details, so please read and consider carefully before signing up.

In the poll I took, the majority of voters preferred 4 1/2" squares. HOWEVER, after doing a little math, it is much more economical to go with 4" cut squares, which will end up 3 1/2" finished, so this is the size we'll go for.



THE BASICS:
Mail 200 squares to me by October 10th.
Get 200 squares back, all different, by October 31st.



THE DETAILS:

~1~ In order to keep our sanity, we are keeping this swap small-ish. The first 18 people to comment are in. [If you live outside the U.S., that's just fine -- but please mail your fabrics a little earlier so there's plenty of time to meet our deadline!]

~ 2 ~ Cut 20 4" squares out of each of 10 different novelty print fabrics. a 1/4-yard cut or fat quarter will get you 20 4" squares, so you will be purchasing a total of about 2 1/2 yards of fabric. This is NOTHING when you think about all the different squares you will be getting back!
~ 3 ~ In order to avoid duplicates, everyone will need to search out unusual or obscure prints. Look for things that aren't available at chain stores.

~ 4 ~ Remember that we are looking for fabric with objects on it, not printy-prints. (A fabric with FLOWERS on it is very different from a FLORAL PRINT.)

~ 5 ~ No "licensed" prints: No Disney, Dora, L.A. Lakers, etc.

~ 6 ~ Remember seam allowances! Be sure you can tell what you are looking at within a 3 1/2"x3 1/2" square. (Depending on your fabric choice, you may need to buy more than 1/4 yard in order to get an object into each cut square.)

If you want to join me in this obsession, leave a comment here that includes your email address!!

FIRST 18 commenters are IN!

18 comments:

Christensen's said...

What a fun Idea!!! I would like to do this if there is still room for me. Thanks kscshop@yahoo.com

Aubrey said...

sounds fun....thanks aubarnold@gmail.com

Nicole said...

Please, can I play, too? Sounds like such a fun idea that I hope you still have a bit of room for me to wiggle in on this project - thanks a bunch!

dnagrl83@gmail.com

Suzy said...

I'd like to join in!

Peachicken@gmail.com

tessahjake said...

I'd like to be play too! Sounds like fun.

Joanna
tessahjake@yahoo.com

Marilyn said...

Count me in!!! This will be fun.

kraftymum03@gmail.com

Lisa said...

I'd like to join, if you'll have me!

bookslistslife@gmail.com

ibu_ann said...

I want to do it too!

ibu_ann@yahoo.com

Amy said...

I would love to join!! amyliz73@gmail.com

Marilyn said...

I'm posting on behalf of my sister.

I'll just forward the info to her.

kraftymum03@gmail.com

Marie said...

I would love to be a part.
marieallen@cox.net

Lucashell said...

I want to be apart of it - I am so new to sewing - pinkchev@comcast.net

www.hARTylittlepeaces.etsy.com said...

Yes please . . . I spy . . .
Wendy from Melbourne, Australia
artwendy@bigpond.net.au

Carrie said...

If there is still room, I'd love to be in on it - carriebjacobs@yahoo.com

Melissa said...

I want fabric squares! I've never made a quilt that big; but it could be fun.

melissa@christensenfamily.ws

Alyssa said...

That sounds like fun! I'm planning on "I Spy" travel quilts for my nieces for Christmas. This would be perfect!


alyssamjames@gmail.com

kristinorth said...

I would like to join!
kristinorth@mchsi.com

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

I would love to join please!

rsisland at hotmail dot com