Vintage quilt square swap -

17 November 2011

How is everyone going with their fabric hunt?
...or square cutting?

I have a little pile growing on my desk in readiness...
and I also washed some fabric today ready to cut up tomorrow.

I think we have about 26 participants so far....
but its not too late to join in if you are thinking about it.

The swap details are once again below.

Thanks so much for the response so are some further details....and how to get started.
Please sign up for the swap by leaving a comment which includes your email address at the bottom of this post - or alternatively email me direct via the link in my sidebar.
(I have a couple of names without email if you haven't received an email from me yet.....please recheck your address.....and let me know)

Once I have your email I can send you the postage details and any other information required.
I think a month would be a great amount of time for the swap.....
so please join up and then post off your vintage squares to me by the 7th December.
There is no set amount of squares to swap.....
swap as many or few as you will get back the number you send.
Please include a self addressed and postage paid postbag or similar for me to return your swapped squares in.... its easy to work out the postage......whatever it costs to send yours to pretty much what it will cost for me to send yours back.
Start hunting out some fabric for the swap....please make sure it is clean and in good condition and something that you would love to have included in your quilt....that way.....I'm sure everyone else will love it too.
The squares need to measure 6" x 6" and can be from a variety of fabrics or all the same.
As I mentioned in the earlier post quilt is made up from an eclectic has a vast array of colours and anything goes other than solid colours or unsuitable fabrics...cotton or cotton blend fabrics would be the best.

I had a few questions in my last post so because I'm time poor....Ill add the replies here so that everyone can read them too.
 "can YOU come with the swap and teach me to sew a quilt?????'
"Step by step instructions wouldn't go astray either for the sewing challenged!!!."
Well.....I can do a lot better than that.....and I'm super excited about this....
because....the extremely talented Janelle has very kindly offered to do a tutorial that will explain how to make the quilt with your beautiful new stash of squares!!!
No excuses now girls!!

"I'd so love to join in but I don't think I have any vintage fabric in my fabric stash. :( "
"id love to as well but i don't have any vintage fabric :("

Please don't give up just yet.....there are a few options for sourcing vintage fabric - visit your local Op shops and be on the look out for old sheets, pillowcases or for this quilt try looking for some old clothing that could be cut up.....old ladies dresses or even some old men's shirts are made from gorgeous fabrics.
Ive often found that if you ask at the counter in the Op shop they may have a box tucked away full of old fabric remnants.....dig to the bottom and see what is hiding in there.
You can also source vintage fabric online via ebay or etsy.
I really want everyone to get a chance to join the if I can help...yell out.

and this one..
"I would love to be counted in but I'm in the US, could I still participate?"

Yes of course...just make sure you include the correct postage on the return post pack....and we would love to have you join in. (edited to add: Thanks for pointing out that there may be a problem with international postage that I hadnt considered.....I called in to my local PO and it seems it is a tricky one.  I would love to still help out drop me an email and I will see if I can arrange something.)

Finally.... please spread the word...
The more people we have join.....the more lovely squares we get to swap.
Please feel free to use the image from my blog.

Any questions...please shout...
Ive not coordinated a swap before....and no doubt Ive forgotten something.


  1. I sent my squares yesterday! So exciting!!!

  2. Mardi can you please include me?? Am I too late??

    Mel xxx

    PS will try to find vintage fabric even being out here in the stix!! LOL

  3. Hi Mardi
    Id like to join in too. I have a stack of vintage sheets, I hope they will be ok.


  4. Marg S5:45 pm

    Count me in too please, Mardi. Marg

    How old is 'vintage'? Some fabrics are obvious, but I have a stash of patchwork fabrics from the past 10yrs or so.

    Thanks for co-ordinating this,

  5. Anonymous7:16 pm

    Hey Mardi - I'd love to join in if it's not too late!
    Moi xx

  6. mardi id love to join too.......i found some perfect fabric, now to go and see if it is still there:) will catch up more on tuesday:)

  7. Anonymous10:21 pm

    Mardi would love to join in !! Can I join in too? thanks Mel xoxo

  8. Meredith Healy