GET EXCITED! We’re hosting our very first Swap to keep the good vibes coming as the weather cools down!
What on earth is a swap, you ask? Let us enlighten you!
What is a Swap?
A swap is like a crafter’s Kris Kringle. You get given a person’s name, and you make a secret something for that person (hereafter known as your “swap-partner”). Someone else gets given your name, and they’ll make a secret gift for you!
Because we have such a diverse community at Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage, we’re going to give you a little questionnaire to fill in when you sign-up, so that the person who’s making for you can get a few ideas about what you might like.
To close out our swap, we’ll finish with a pot-luck lunch together! It’ll be a great excuse to hang-out, get to know our little community a bit better, and exchange our swap-gifts! A Christmas-in-July event, if you will!
What are we swapping?
This year, to kick us off, we’ll be swapping a cushion – approx 16″ x 16″. Each participant will make a patchwork cushion cover. Style, colour, and technique for piecing the cover is totally up to you, and your swap-partner’s preferences. For inspiration, we’ve included some pretty patchwork cushions throughout this post to oooo and ahhh over!
L-R: Flyin’ Together Pillow by Canoe Ridge Creations, Maker Pillow by Fabric Mutt, Sashiko Pillow by Pieceful Thoughts
Who gets involved in a Swap?
Everyone can get involved! The swap is being hosted by us (Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage), and the finale pot-luck lunch will be at the shop – so it’s best if you can attend the lunch, however, it’s not necessary. Also, skill level shouldn’t be a deterrent – this is a great, bite-sized project for getting involved in, whether you’re a beginner or a pro!
We do ask, though, that you be realistic about your time – making a cushion shouldn’t be a daunting task, however, if you know you’re especially busy at this time of year and that there’s a good chance you won’t get around to it, then please be fair to the other people participating. It’s not good swap etiquette to drop-out at the last minute (although we do understand that sometimes unforeseen circumstances just happen – there’s allowances for these).
L-R: Bjorn Bear Pillow by The Quilted Cardinal, Hexie Pillow by Elizabeth Hartman, Rainbow AT-AT Walker by A Stitch in Between
How long do we get to make our Swap-gift?
You can sign-up to the swap between 1st-18th May 2018, and then you should be allocated a swap-partner by 25th May. You have until the 7th July 2018 to make your gift, because the 7th will be our pot-luck lunch and swap-gift exchange.
If you can’t make it to lunch, never fear! Just arrange to get your swap-gift to the shop before the 7th July 2018, and we will also arrange for the gift made for you to find you ASAP.
L-R: Rasberry Kiss Cushion by Sew Delicious, Prairie Point Bunting Pillow by Woodberry Way for Moda Bakeshop, Prince Charming Cathedral Window Pillow by Rag-a-muffin
Are there any rules?
We have a set of guidelines to help take out some of the guess-work in this swap. You can find the guidelines here.
Top Row, L-R: Aviatrix Medallion Pillow by Elizabeth Hartman, Hexie Pillow from Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, Unicorn Pillow by Lalala Patchwork
Bottom Row L-R: Modern Tribal Pillow by Small Town Thread, Christmas Gnome by Centre Street Quilts, Kaleidoscope Pillow by Pitter Putter Stitch
How do I get involved?
You need to talk to Nic, either in person at the shop, via Facebook, or via the contact-us page on this website. Sign-ups open on 1st May 2018 – Nic will give you a sign-up sheet with the questionnaire about your likes and dislikes, and then she will let you know when you’ve been allocated a swap partner! From there, you are welcome to work on your swap-gift during any of our classes or at home – your choice.
In the meantime, we encourage you to look for inspiration – find patterns and things that suit your style on Google or Pinterest or Instagram. It might be helpful to your swap partner if you can show them your style, if you’re having trouble describing it! You don’t even have to find pictures of cushions you like – mini quilts are another great example of patterns on a small scale, and can be easily turned into cushions. Check out these ones below:
Top L-R: Rainy Days Mini by Ellis & Higgs, Flying Geese Wall Hanging by Salty Oat, Cotton and Steel Mini by Mama Love Quilts
Bottom L-R: Ombre Vibes Mini by During Quiet Time, Converse Shoes Mini by Quiet Play, Spin Cycle Mini by Cluck Cluck Sew
So that’s it! If you have any questions or concerns, talk to us! We’d love to hear from you, and we really hope you can get involved in this great little community event!