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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Block Swaps with Friends

CHURN DASH blocks: This swap was hosted by Barb Vedder of Fun With Barb.
There was a time limit on this swap,approximately 8 weeks to complete and mail off your 6 1/2" churn dash blocks. (they finish at 6")
The Reproduction fabric group each made 66 churn dash blocks to send off to Barb for swapping. When my swapped blocks arrived - I couldn't believe it - there were no fabric duplicates. How cool is that?

I love Barb's block swaps!
Her directions are very clear, her tutorials are fabulous and her swaps are FUN!

FRIENDSHIP STAR blocks: This is an ongoing swap I am involved in with a group of quilting friends. We've agreed for now to swap blocks each month for 1 year. This is the start of what the blocks will become.

The blocks are only 3 1/2" and will finish at 3" square once sewn into a quilt.
After swapping, we trim the corners and add our background fabric triangles to create the 4 corners.

This is NOT the method used in the pattern instructions, but works for our group because we are all using different background colors.

The Quilt we are making is a pattern design titled Among Friends by Primitive Gatherings.

I've already collected 56 blocks from our monthly exchange.
It sounds like a lot, but the quilt design requires more than 500 of these little stars. This will be a long term project for sure.

every quilt tells a story...

21 comments:

  1. Lovely blocks the churn dash is always a favourite of mine.

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  2. Churn Dash such a fun block to stitch--am sorry I did not join in the swap--looks like it was a good one

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  3. I love ALL your blocks. Doing a churndash is on my bucket list for sure. I can't wait to see yours together.

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  4. Churn Dash is a personal favorite. Can't wait to see what everyone does with their blocks.
    Love the Primitive Gatherings pattern. Clever way to make the background work as you swap with friends.

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  5. A wonderful group of swap blocks! I have admired that Primitive Gatherings pattern for awhile and you have found a perfect way to accomplish it...

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  6. Block swaps can be such fun. All those stars will be extra special especially made by friends.

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  7. Always love a churn dash. The 'among friends' quilt is a slow grower, it must be fun to keep collecting till you have enough blocks.

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  8. The churn dash blocks are very nice. The Friendship Star project is going to be a beautiful quilt. That was a great idea to swap the stars and then add your own background fabric.

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  9. Fun swap blocks! What a smart way to exchange the stars and add your own backgrounds--the quilt is going to be fabulous!

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  10. What wonderful blocks, Churn Dash is my favorite quilt pattern so of course I love those...and that friendship star pattern looks like it will be stellar when finished, an eye spy for a quilter's eye for sure!!

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  11. Yay for swaps. Wow that is a lot of stars but what a wonderful quilt and so perfect for making with friends. The quilts I made with Jill and other friends are among my favorites.
    It will be fun to start seeing what people do with their churn dash blocks.
    xo

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  12. 500! I think the quilt will weight a lot with that many seams in it. But a fun project between friends.

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  13. Oh my you are so ambitious! I'm lucky to be able to finish Lori's little doll quilt swap. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with all these!

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  14. I am familiar with Barb's block swap but not the other one / those tiny stars are amazing!

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  15. What a great swap. Long term projects always have a great payoff (at least in my mind). It's going to be lovely.

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  16. Glad you joined the quilt-a-long. You are off to a beautiful start.

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  17. I have seen several bloggers post about the churn dash swap but not these stars / amazing! :)

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