Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Rockin' Holiday Swaps! Part 1

by Amanda

Get ready all you savvy-crafty super-swappy peeps! It’s time to rock the holiday swap!
For this year’s holiday we’re swapping TIMES TWO. You heard that right – it’s a chance to get more gifts than you could ever-ever possibly dream of!  Okay, maybe that’s being a tad bit melodramatic, but you get the picture, right?  We wanted to please all you crafters and shoppers, so this year, if you choose to join in the FUN, we’ll be making a faboo pincushion gift to swap, and also bringing in a purchased gift of a fat quarter stacks to swap.

So, are you in or out?!? Wait, what’s that you say – you need details?  All right already, keep your fabulously-quilted panties on – here they are:

PART 1: The Crafty-Makey EXTRAGUILDULAR Gift Swap:  We're makin' pincushions!  Our lovely president got us invited to participate in the KCMQG (Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, in case you’re wondering) pin cushion swap.   If you choose to accept this mission, then get started RIGHT NOW! :) You’ll bring your pincushion into the NOVEMBER meeting to hand in.  Then, in December you will get back a totally  DIFFERENT pincushion, made for you by the precious little fingers of another far-flung guild member.  Those participating in the pincushion swap are: Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, Austin, Wichita, Vancouver, Indianapolis, and US! (Did you see Vancouver in there? That means you might get an INTERNATIONAL pincushion of mystery, a pincushion who has seen the world and will tell you all its stories about it!)

Any size, shape, form is acceptable, however, make it a Modern aesthetic.  It shouldn’t be breakable, but you can fill it with any appropriate filling [sand, crushed walnut cells (lizard litter from PetCo), polyfil, etc].  When you bring in your pincushion, make sure it has a little label that says your name, BAMQG, and what it is stuffed with.

Here is a write-up by the Vancouver guild, and includes links to all the guilds participating!

If you find any superfabulistic patterns you want to share, post them here or send them to Jaye and she will post them on the blog.

PART 2: The “let’s go shopping or raid our stash” purchasey-assembly Fat Quarter Stack Swap: Come back to see the post on this swap tomorrow!

Alright, so NOW are you IN?!?! I hope so!!  Leave a note below to let us know whether you’re playing (ahem, sewing, shopping) or not.  Tell us whether you’re doing one or the other or BOTH! We’ll take whatever swapping we can get from you to make this a rockin’ holiday swap!

And yes, BTW, questions are welcomed. Post them on the forum or in a comment below.

Remember: place your pincushion in a zipper plastic bag and label with:
  • your name
  • your blog and/or your email address
  • the filling (crushed walnuts, pellets, etc)
The labeling is due to some allergies to nuts that have come up with other pincushion swaps. Bring your fabulous creation to the November meeting.

Inspiration and Patterns:

Cathedral Window Pincushion by Kim, My Go-Go Life: http://gogokim.blogspot.com/2011/12/cathedral-window-pin-cushion-tutorial.html
Patchwork Pincushion from The Purl Bee: http://www.purlbee.com/miniature-patchwork-pincushion/

Inspiration: Rainbow Pincushion: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25372265@N00/4773087260/ - pattern from Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson

A Girl in Paradise Spinning Star pincushion: http://agirlinparadise.blogspot.com/2012/02/work-in-progress-wednesday_29.html and tutorial. She also has a nice inspiration board of pincushions posted.

Quirky Eye Pincushion: http://www.flickr.com/photos/verybigjen/sets/72157594386689892

Thanks to Adrianne for the above links and patterns.

Check back for more inspiration and clarifications or changes to the information. And yes, questions are welcomed. Post them on the forum or in a comment below.

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