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Thread: May Day!! 2.5” ‘CANDY’ swap!!! Oh Sew Sweet! ***Closes April 1, 2013***

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoriDeS View Post
    Well Ms. SheriR you know I am doing this but I think you better call me I need flash cards )
    HEY bestest SISTER! Since you didn't pm me YET... I'll put you down for MAX sets. lolol Let me know when you're ready to start cutting, I'll call and walk you through the steps. But for the record, youre doing this: 50 [B]DIFFERENT[B] cotton prints and you're sending me 15 baggies of those. 20 DIFFERENT Batiks and you're sending me 5 baggies of those! 20 DIFFERENT neutral and you're sending me 5 baggies of those too. Love you!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    If you were to do the quilt Sheri posted from Blue Elephant Stitches, you could do every block in different color family. The pattern has potential.
    Lisa I was thinking the same thing on my way home from church this morning. Oh the candy possibilities!!! I'm glad we're getting a little stock of neutrals!

    Also, I got PMs from Fraew, Marybrace, Lisa_wanna_b_quilter, Jannie, Mamaskeeto, Honchey, Kiwiquilter65, Sustraley, girlscouts1, NurseBonnie, Marytoddliz, Nancyw, Barbarakibler23, and goldendog55. (and DoriDeS)

    GREAT GROUP so far. I'm sooooo excited for a MayDay candy surprise!
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    SheriR, you have completely lost your mind! So have I so I'm in.
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    Who's ready to swap neutrals??? I love playing with candy.
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    Perfect Fraew! Those are exactly what I had in mind for our neutral swap!
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    OK, I am so glad i saw you post the neutrals, I was wondering how you got 20 different neutral fabrics, but I am sure now I have them. I got a little side tracked. Since getting to Oregon the second time I have been stitching up Red hatters! My Sister and my Mom both belong and they are doing something fun this weekend and i think they all were in need of a few stitches. But it really has been fun to fix and tuck the wonderful costumes they wear. I told my sister it reminded me of playing dress up as a little girl! I guess I am going to join, as long as it does not inner-fear with my quilting!

    But I was asked about a Red Hat quilt? any ideas?
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    Wow it's amazing so many have that many different fabrics in one place. I would love to play but don't have that many different ones. I can't even go through my scraps because I don't have that many. I buy for each project as I go. I have a little bit but not 50. I will have to watch you all.
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    Owlvamp, I didn't have enough the first time either. I went to the fabric store and bought 4 inches of a bunch of fabrics. It gave me enough to be sure it would square up to nice 2.5 inch strips and then a good string for my string box. I kind of expected the fabric ladies to hate me, but they didn't even blink.

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    Sandra, check at your local quilt shop too, some times they sell scraps by the bag after they do a project or teach a class. I usually can get a bag on really nice big scraps for about $2.50. If they don't have them ask? all they can do is say no, or sell them to you! and there is always the quilter friend who does not like her scraps and will give them to you rather than toss them! Ask around you will be surprised!
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    I just sorted everything from the last swap. There were only 3 that were obviously cut wrong. I consider that pretty darn good. There were only 4 fabrics that I'm sure I have a square of already. Again pretty amazing.

    I now have close to 80 (not counting my own stash) 1930 - 1940's repro squares which thrills me to no end. In my mind I'm making a cathedral window with them. Who knows if it will ever get out of my mind and into reality.

    Also, I have 39 Asian print squares. This is excellent because one of the quilts in the row exchange I'm working on has requested anything with an Asian feel. I'm working on a plan.

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    Lisa_wanna_b_quilter I'm working on a cathedral windows quilt with 1930's also. It's my hand project for when we go out of town.

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    I have no quilting friends except,here on the board and the nearest place to get fabric is Walmart and it 50 minutes away and the other direction is an hour and fifteen minutes away.which would be Joann's . I have no local quilt shop it shut down years ago. I see like 280 2 1/2 inch blocks like for 10.50 on ebay. Is that a good deal?
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    I'm almost home-bound and rarely get out of the house to get to a lqs. I buy almost all of my fabric online. I use Fabric Depot or Whittles, or Thousands of Bolts. If you want to buy small amounts of fabric, Fabric Depot will sell as little as 1/4 yard of a fabric, and the prices are always 25% off the list price, and sometimes, up to 35%. I have never had a problem with the quality of fabrics from any of these companies, and others can give you other names, if you don't mind cutting your own fabrics. It usually cost less that way. Just another option.

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    all me crazy .. but I am in for 10 cottons and 5 neutrals. already PMd you. Nice to see some familiar names.

    At my local sewing room they have the Stuido Acucuter* so I will be there cutting my candy.
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    I wish I had somewheres to go cut my fabric or even buy it.
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    owlvamp, I have purchased charm squares from E-bay several times and have been happy with them. Most often they end up being from a place called Emerald City Fabrics. Sometimes it is a specific charm pack with 40 or so squares in it and other times the have been lots of 100 squares. Just read before you buy. Even with a standard charm pack of 40 or so squares that gets you almost 4 full sets to trade after you cut them into 2.5 inch squares. There are also some packs that are alreadh 2.5 inches. You should be able to find something you like. And remember, you don't have to have 15 sets to trade. 15 is the maximum.

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    Owlvamp, You've gotten alot of good advise here from our swappers. I didn't have any stash when I first got on the QB. I still don't have any large pieces. If I need to back a quilt, I piece it or I go buy yardage. My WalMart is 20 mins away and any QS is over an hour. When I go into the city or on a road trip, I MAKE IT COUNT!! I often send my daughters money for fabric. My only request is whatever they buy, they get an extra 7" so I have a variety of what they get that I can cut into two 2.5" strips and one 1.5" strip. They laugh and call me crazy. lol YES...yes I am. I also just purchased some online from a half off sale. I ordered alot of 1/4 to 1/2 yard cuts. I'm so exctied to get it.

    And what Lisa said it correct, 15 sets is maximum. I have ladies who have signed up for as little as 3 sets to begin their trading.

    Right now we have 25 ladies signed up to trade Cotton sets, 11 to trade Batik sets and 15 to trade Neutral sets.
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    Hi Sherri,
    I'm so glad you spelled it out for the bestest SISTER.. I don't know if I am crazy or not, but of course I want to join.. I was at the LQS (30 miles away), and picked up a bunch of scraps, and found some fabric representing NY.. Maybe one day I will buy more from them, but I am having so much fun with swaping.. I will PM you, but wouldlike to join with 15 cottons, and 5 batiks.. I guess you, and Mariposa are gluttons for punishments.. You twoare very appreciated...
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    HEY bestest SISTER! Since you didn't pm me YET... I'll put you down for MAX sets. lolol Let me know when you're ready to start cutting, I'll call and walk you through the steps. But for the record, youre doing this: 50 [B]DIFFERENT[B] cotton prints and you're sending me 15 baggies of those. 20 DIFFERENT Batiks and you're sending me 5 baggies of those! 20 DIFFERENT neutral and you're sending me 5 baggies of those too. Love you!!!

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    LoL barri, I'm glad you're joining us. We really do have a great group of swappers. I have alot of fun too. Dori really is my sister too if anyone wondered. To bad she lives so far away from me.
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    Thought I would share with you all how I was able to get most of my squares cut recently and ready to mail out. I did the majority of them while watching the Oscars. It can seem overwhelming if you don't already have a stash cut. (Like me). I just decided to do 10 of a specific color, 10 of the next color and so on and so on until I had 50. You could also do 5 or whatever number you are comfortable with. Just like being on a diet. Just do baby steps. A little at a time and then the goal is achievable. Hope this helps the newbies in the swap. Would like to hear how others do their cutting.

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    I like to work with 1/4 yard pieces...I don't wash...I do starch & press..makes cutting and handling the "candy" easier and hardly any fraying of the edges... sometimes I will just rotary cut and other times I will use the Accuquilt Go cutter...I like to keep each color/pattern in little stacks on a tray...when I get all the sets needed I start picking them to get one of each and straighten them all out and then into the baggies I get from Dollar Tree....

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    I love both of the previous ideas. I didn't have any 2.5 squares cut. I have a ton of scraps, which I am finding a pain in the behind, as I am not dealing with long pieces. Since I am in the 1.5", I sometimes have left over pieces after cutting the 2.5" that I can get a 1.5.. None of my bags will have all of the same.. I am also cutting one of each for myself.. I was concerned that if I cut from my stash, everyone would have those fabrics already from other swaps..
    The dog is getting bored watching me cut..

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    There is also a site called 4my3boyz. She often has scrap bags, and the scrap bags can be themed or not. She sells it by the weight and the pieces you get are a variety of sizes. I love getting her Food scrap bags because I make Aprons and i like embellishing them. Before I moved up to Oregon I was a long way from a big town, but I bought a lot on line, some sites even have free shipping if you buy more than a certain amount.

    I am cutting 1.5 and 2.5 scraps now, My Mom is still in the hospital, and I can cut in the waiting room. I just bring a big ol' bag of scraps and a baggie, or a bunch of baggies and cut cut cut... then I am done in no time!
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    Marytoddliz, that site is lots of fun. Tell me more about these scrap bags. How big do the pieces usually run? I'm seriously considering ordering.

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    Other sites for scraps that can be purchased are Blue Bamboo, and Fabric Buffet.

    I had a tooth pulled on Mon., and now, I have a jaw infection; not feeling too good right now, but I did receive a gift from foxflower. It is a very cute bath mat with rubber duckies on it. I am still working on yours; just don't have any energy. I'll be taking a picture soon. Thanks so much!

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