Fabric Exchange & Block Drawings

2017 Coordinator - Ann Davidson

What is a Fabric Exchange?
We will be having at least two fabric exchanges this year. Guild members may sign up to exchange either a specified size fabric square or 3” strips, according to a specified theme. Participants stack the required size cut of three (3) Quilt Shop quality fabrics in a single layer, one on top of another, and cut the pieces according to the instructions for that particular exchange. When cutting the squares only, please remove the selvages before cutting. Each set of the three (3) fabrics are then secured by a tailor tack or basting stitch across one corner. Please do not use pins or staples to secure the sets. The yield of squares for the exchange will vary depending on the size of squares or strips being exchanged. (Ex: The 3” strips will yield 12 strips per yard. Three fabrics x 12 strips = 36 strips exchanged.). Guild members may sign up more than once and prepare a separate packet if they would like a larger collection from a particular fabric exchange. Sets are stacked and packaged in one, large Ziploc baggie with the participant's name and phone number written in permanent marker on the baggie. Packets must be returned to Material Girls on the due date before the meeting begins. Material Girls shuffle and redistribute the sets to the participants at the close of the meeting in which they are due. This activity is a great way to collect a selection of fabrics you may not already have or don’t usually buy to be used for appliqué, charm quilts and more.

What is a Block Drawing?
This is an optional activity offered twice this year. Material Girls supplies a packet which includes a piece of focus or background fabric. Participant adds other fabric component to complete the block according to instructions. Participating guild members sign up and get instructions to make a block or block(s), as directed, to be turned in for a chance to win a “block kit”, consisting of enough blocks for a throw size quilt. For each block(s) the participant turns in, she enters her name into the drawing. Each participant may win only one “block kit” even though she may have entered the drawing several times by making more blocks for the drawing. Completed blocks are turned in at the Material Girls table before the start of the meeting in which the blocks are due so that the drawing may be held before the end of the meeting. Participants may add their own sashing, borders, etc., to design and complete their quilt, or use suggestions provided by Material Girls. There are usually 4-6 winners, depending on how many blocks are turned in. This is a great way to try a new block or fabric line. Any member may participate as long as VQ packet supplies last.

March 2017 Fabric Exchange
At the January meeting we made a quick switch in our Fabric Exchange in response to an announcement by Monica Schmidt regarding a need for quilts for high school students affected by the recent fires in the Gatlinburg area. The exchange will be for Quilt Shop quality tone-on-tone or Low Volume prints in light  grey, medium grey, and Tennessee orange. Fabric requirements are 1-1/4 yard of each of the colors. Please cut yardage into 10-1/2” squares, and baste one of each of the colors together into a set. The 1-1/4 yard cuts will each yield 12 of the 10-1/2” squares. In total you will have 12 sets, each with 3 fabrics (one light grey, one medium grey, and one TN orange. Stack the 12 sets and place in one large plastic ziplock bag with your name and phone number clearly printed in permanent ink. After the exchange you will have 36 different fabrics in each of the three colors that could be used in combination, or to make a monochromatic quilt. We will have patterns and ideas at the Material Girls table when we introduce the Block Drawing in March that will suggest ways to use these 10-1/2” squares. The packets are due before the March guild meeting begins. You may send your packet in with a friend who may also pick up your shuffled packet. If you would like to collect more that the 36 blocks, you may enter the fabric exchange more than once as long as you bring in one packet for each entry. To participate, please sign up and pick up instructions at the Material Girls table.

Note: The Fabric Exchange that was introduced in January was inspired by a need for quilts to donate to the teenage or adult victims of the Gatlinburg fires. Material Girls will suggest ideas for quilts using the 10 1/2” squares in grey, orange and green. However, participants are NOT required to use their collection to make quilts for this purpose. As with all fabric exchanges, the collection is simply a way to broaden your stash and may be used however the quilter wishes.

The next Fabric Exchange will be introduced at the May Guild meeting.

March 2016 Block Drawing
At the March Guild meeting we introduced the Disappearing Pinwheel block drawing. Material Girls is supplying the background print (white with a small square of orange). Participants will supply a 10” square of a grey tone-on-tone or low volume print for each block they complete. For every completed block the participant may enter her name in a drawing to win enough blocks to complete a throw size quilt. For any winner who desires to complete their quilt to donate to the Gatlinburg fire survivors, Material Girls will provide the additional background squares for the 60” x 72”quilt. The completed blocks are due at the May guild meeting.

The Material Girls Committee
I want to express my appreciation to the Material Girls Committee. Their excellent service is the key to any success we hope to achieve and they are a joy to work with. They are: Donna Weaver, Linda Racke, Barbara Lowry, Judy Pardue, Katy Spade and Debra Wardell

For more information, visit us at the Material Girls table at the Guild meeting or contact Ann Davidson.