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.

July 2017 Fabric Exchange
At the May guild meeting we introduced a 7 1/2” square Jewel-toned Batik fabric exchange.  Participants will need 1-1/4 yards of three(3) Quilt Shop Quality jewel-toned Batiks. Yardage allows participants to cut 5 squares across and 6 squares per length, yielding 30 squares of each of the 3 batik fabrics. Please secure each set of three by basting across one corner. Stack the 30 sets and place in one ziplock baggie with your name and phone number written in permanent ink. Fabric packets are due at the beginning of the July guild meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting, you may turn your packet in early, or have a friend bring it in for you. Sets will be redistributed at the July meeting. Fabric exchanges are an economical way to build variety into your stash. Batiks are easy to work with and an excellent choice for appliqué. To participate please sign up and pick up instructions at the Material Girls table. 

September 2017 Block Drawing
We are very excited to introduce our new Block Drawing. It is a 12 1/2” machine stitched, raw-edge appliqué block in batiks. Material Girls will provide the background fabric, appliqué pattern and basic instructions. Participants provide batiks to complete the design. For every block completed, participants may enter their name in a drawing for a chance to win a set of completed blocks. These are adorable blocks and are fun to put together. This is a great opportunity to try out raw-edge appliqué even for the newest quilter. We will be offering at least one “help” day at Chota (date TBD). The blocks are due at the September 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, Judie Pardue and Debra Wardell.

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