Wednesday, February 24, 2010

APQ Blog Buddies Block Swap


Registration for the Block Swap Closes
Saturday 27 February 2010

Okay, here we go!

We have had enough positive responses to our idea for a block swap that it's time to get down to details.

We have chosen a simple block which will suit a variety of fabrics from reproduction to modern and everything in between. Use light toned fabrics for the other half of the block.

You can make your blocks from scraps or yardage. Our block will be 8 1/2 inches (includes quarter inch seams).

Each month one or two names will be drawn at random to receive that month's blocks. Details will be published on the APQ Blogging Buddies Swap blog.

The number of blocks to be made each month will depend on how many people join the swap and the aim is for each member to receive enough blocks to make a lap quilt. You can make extra blocks for yourself if you would like your quilt to be larger.

You are free to finish the quilt in any way you choose. You may want to embellish your blocks as well.

Important: Please don't join in unless you can make all the blocks required

Some Rules: (necessary I'm afraid)

1. You must have an active blog and put the swap button on your blog (right click and save)

2. You must post your blocks each month on your blog

3. You will be expected to upload images of your blocks and quilt to our Flickr image group.

4. You must have a postal address that you are willing to share with other members of the swap.

5. You must post your blocks to the monthly winner by the due date.

6. You must acknowledge the blocks you receive in a post on your block.

Here is a picture of a quilt made using this block and 1930s prints.

How do you join? Simply leave a comment here on the APQ Blogging Buddies Swap blog. If enough people join, then the swap will run.

I will then ask you to email your details. Please make sure that you are not set to noreplyblogger for emails. Let me know if you aren't sure how to change this setting on your blog.

If you don't want to use your regular email, just setup a new email account on Yahoo or similar.

All further posts about the block swap will appear on APQ Blogging Buddies Swap.

Instructions for making the block will also be posted on the new blog.

Let's get Stitching!

Ann, Marsha and Katie


  1. Arrgh, more pinwheels! Now that that's over, I would love to participate. My only roadblock would be the Flickr thingy. Haven't got a clue! Question: Are you going to give us instructions that will make an 8-1/2 inch block or do we need to figure this out on our own? Also, I vote for one name per month. If we all participate, we will have to come up with 20 blocks each month. That might be tough for those of us with full-time jobs. This is exciting! My first block swap.

  2. I love that quilt, the colors and design are sweet..

  3. Ann,

    Thanks, you have really set this up nicely!
    I do appreciate all your help.


  4. Relax Liri - these pinwheels appear as if by magic. Nobody will have to make twenty blocks and instructions will soon be posted on the APQ Blog Buddies Swap blog. Ann :-)

  5. I am excited about the swap, but I don't know nything about Flickr either Thanks again for all the oranizing.

  6. That block will make a beautiful quilt for everyone, and I'm sure it will be treasured by each one in this special group who participates! Will you be signing your name and general location in the background?
    Much as I hate to tell you, I've decided I won't be able to participate except by cheering each one of you on every month! I just don't think I can keep up with the pace required, and I don't want to spoil it for the rest of you. I've been thinking about how I can make something smaller for myself in honor of our friendships. I'll keep planning and then work on it, maybe getting it finished by the time you get your quilts finished. I'll keep you posted on my progress when I decide what to do.
    Sounds like you have a good plan and rules. If everyone stays on schedule, you will all have a beautiful keepsake before you know it!
    So have fun, be patient, and get busy! *wink* I'll be watching from the sidelines!

  7. I'm in too! It looks like fun. BTW, the comment I left on the APQ swap didn't get through by email - it bounced back to me, but the comment is still there.

  8. I have a problem...I have no idea how to get the APQ Buddy Button on my blog page. I don't if it's because I have wordpress as a blog spot or not.
    If I could get some direction on that, it would be great.
    Thanks ahead of time,
    Happy Quilting

  9. Kathleen,

    I don't have an email address for you. Would you please send me an email (mine's up the top of this blog on the right).

    To save the button, right click on the image at the top of this blog and Save it to your computre.

    Upload the image to your blog as you would with any other image following your blog versions instructions. Should be somewhere in layout.

    Cheers, Ann :-)

  10. Oh wow, it sounds wonderful, and I'd love to take part too. I have to be realistic though and decline. Like Love I'll be cheering from the sidelines!

  11. I'm in too! Ann, thanks for pulling all the details together. I posted a comment yesterday but now it has disappeared and I got an error messgae sent to my email address. Is that a problem at my end that I need to fix? -Joanne

  12. I'm in! Just finished one quilt, so might as well start another. I'm like Liri, never have done a swap before, so this sounds like fun. I'm still learning on the blog stuff, so might as well throw in Flickr. Thanks to all! Mary

  13. You will have so much fun making this wonderful quilt and swap blocks. I hope that I will be exused for not participate - this time :o)


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