Fat Quarter Swap

on February 10 | in Swaps | by | with 102 Comments

We’re hosting a Fat Quarter Swap! You can send off some favorites and get something new, fun and different in return. We all love good mail, right?

Here’s how it will work: You send us your name and address.  We’ll put you in a group with four other people.  Send each of them 1 fat quarter and they’ll send one to you.  You’ll get 4 new fat quarters!

Remember, a fat quarter is 18″ x 22″.  Since you’re sending out 4 fat quarters, you could (but don’t have to) cut up a yard and send out the 4 pieces.  (Make sure you cut it correctly.  See this post.)  Fabrics should be 100% cotton. (How can you tell? You can cut a tiny sliver of the fabric and burn it with a match. Cotton will leave an ash residue. Polyester or nylon fibers in fabric will leave you with some “chunks” of residue.)  Also, we hope that you will share something pretty, bold or cute–not just the print that you inherited from your grandma (although vintage fabric can be wonderful!).  You know what we’re saying.

We welcome our friends all around the world!  Let us know whether or not you want to swap internationally, or just in your country.  We’ll do our best to make it work.

Email: kristin@sewmamasew.com
Subject: Swap

  1. Your name
  2. Your blog name and url (if any)
  3. Email address (We know that we can get it from the email, but it’s easier for us if it is in the body.)
  4. Your address
  5. One swap or two (sending 4 FQs or 8)?   
  6. Are you willing to ship internationally?  (Depending on the destination, shipping might be $2–$3.)

Swap sign-ups will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on Friday (2-13-09). We’ll email you with the addresses of your swap group within one week. (If there is a chance that you won’t be able to follow through, please don’t sign up. Four people will be counting on you. We’ll have another chance for you to play in the future!) Ready?  Set?  Swap!

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102 Responses to Fat Quarter Swap

  1. Peggy says:

    Sounds like fun. Just signed up.

  2. Jenna says:

    hey! I’ve joined and got 2 fabrics already! this is great!! You (SewMamaSew) should do way more swaps! A Christmas swap. thanksgiving swap. Anything! My name will be sure to be in the swap!

  3. I am still working on the total package of my Fat Quarters. My peeps will be receiving a little extra. 🙂 I can’t wait to meet my swap partners

  4. wendyvh says:

    I mailed mine on Thursday and received my first one in the mail today (Saturday 2/21). Thanks Laura O.!

    I’ll be posting my swaps to Flickr soon : )

  5. Grace says:

    OH MAN!!! I missed it!! Please do this again. I would love to get some international fabric.

  6. Miya says:

    Yay! I just got my names! I’ll be post photos of the quarters I get on my blog!!

    Super excited!


  7. Lisa says:

    Oh, I’m with you Leah…hoping that another one comes up soon 🙁

  8. Leah says:

    Oh, I hate that I missed the deadline! I just read this post and realized I had missed the swap by one day. Sadness! 🙁

  9. elena says:

    Count me in please!

  10. Annie says:

    Well, I’m going to be brave and enter my first ever swap–will be sending my email now. Looking forward to getting some fabrics I’d never pick out on my own!

  11. Trinity says:

    How fun, I’m in!!!

  12. Kimberly says:

    Love it! I signed up for two. I aid I would ship internationally for one, so hopefully I can send out some fun American designer prints and get some get international fabrics back. (Maybe some Japanese prints…) 🙂

    Not to be a negative-nellie but, are there any nets in place for those people who might sign up and not follow through? Are their partners just going to be left high and dry or what?

  13. Dorrie says:

    How exciting! I love all of your ideas! Count me in!

  14. Bianca Tovar says:

    This is a great swap idea. This is the first swap I’ve taken part in. As a novice sewer, I never felt good enough about my skills to swap things I made, but I don’t need sewing confidence for this 🙂 I’m definitely going to go the cutting-route. The FQ in my Hancock Fabrics are rather simple.

  15. Oh boy! Fun, fun, fun!

  16. AwtemNymf says:

    Please count me in! I’m emailing you now !

  17. Beth says:

    Unfortunately, my entire stash is already cut into 5″ squares…

  18. Nelda D. Fairley says:

    I just started sewing and have gotten some great fat quarters from Hancock’s when they were on sale for 99 cents. Lots of bright colors.

  19. katrina says:

    When I started sewing, not too long ago, I heard about swaps and was wondering where I would find information about them, but I’ve found SO many, it’s ridiculous, and now I’m completely obsessed. I love it! Thanks for fuelling the obsession and organizing another one! 😀

  20. Beth says:

    Yeah! I am definately in for two swaps!

  21. Ashley says:

    Fun idea! I’m sad that I’ll be out of town and will miss out… maybe next round!

  22. adrienne says:

    Yea! =]

  23. Let the wild rumpus begin!!

  24. Nova says:

    This is my first swap – so exciting! Great work girls for organising this 🙂

  25. Maranda says:

    I’m in. How fun!!!

  26. Catherine says:

    This is my first fat quarter swap. Very exciting! I’ve got 2 lots of fat quarters sorted already!

  27. sandyandcosmo says:

    This is my first swap, I can’t wait!

  28. Carla says:

    I have already signed up and sent my info. Just wanted to say I had so much fun at the quilt shop today picking out more fat quarters.

  29. Sara says:

    This has to be fun….I’ll e-mail you with my info….

  30. Valerie says:

    Wow, I guess I’ll have to look to see what I have to swap.

  31. Trina says:

    I am so in! Sounds like a lot of fun!

  32. janet says:

    I am so ready for this! Thank you for organizing!

  33. Christina Coghill says:

    I just had to sign up. I love swaps and have really gotten into FQ lately… I hope to find some really cool fabrics to send out.

  34. Diane says:

    My first swap! I am very excited!

  35. Isobel says:

    Fantastic idea – isn’t it great to get exciting post in the mail?

  36. Shelly says:

    I’m in! My email has been sent!

  37. Karin says:

    What a great idea – already sent a mail with my infos – hope there are some swapers whom are willing to send international.

  38. Jen says:

    Signed up – for one domestic swap and one international! I can’t wait to see what else is out there! And to shop for these FQ’s.

    Wonder what most people are hoping to receive?

  39. Kristin says:

    Great! I just sent you an email. This will be fun!

  40. Julie Andrea says:

    Woo hooo! What an awesome idea! I sent my email, hmmm … not sure if I mentioned that I’m in Canada. I hope there are other Canucks out there or someone else also willing to ship international?

    Julie Andrea

  41. Kelli says:

    jsut signed up. I’ll try to pick out some good ones tomorrow when I go to town!

  42. Heather says:

    Sounds like fun! I just sent you an email to join.

  43. michele m says:

    just signed up. 2 swaps. so excited. so much new fabric now to decide what i am sending…….

  44. Cheryl says:

    I can’t wait!!

  45. Libby says:

    What a great idea.

  46. oh what fun! i just love FQs!

  47. Alice S says:

    I’m so glad you are hosting this. I’ve never participated in a swap, but will be starting with this one.

  48. Maggie says:

    Hooray. I’m excited for this one.

  49. Mam says:

    This is my first swap, sounds like fun.

  50. Valerie says:

    Awesome- I can’t wait!

  51. Michele C says:

    This is a great idea!

  52. Carlotta says:

    I would love to get in on this. One question though, what date do the fq’s have to be sent by?

  53. Norine says:

    I’d like to join in the swap!

  54. kristine hanson says:

    how fun is this??

  55. Stephanie Wehrman says:

    exciting! What a fun idea!!!

  56. kristen says:

    Definitely going to participate. I need to increase my stash and I would love to see what other fabrics people choose.

  57. jodie says:


  58. Sarah says:

    Just sent you my info! Can’t wait!

  59. christine says:

    count me in. just sent off my email.

  60. Erica says:

    I’m so excited! I’m signed up… I love getting snail mail!

  61. jackie says:

    yeah! more fabric for me!

  62. Sara DeGrace says:

    Sending email – I’m a total sucker for a swap.

  63. Lori Krause says:

    I am so excited this will be my first swap too!

  64. Danielle says:

    Oh, I’m excited.
    Hope you guys don’t mind some very “springy” fabric. 🙂

  65. Annette says:

    I’m in – sounds like a blast – and of course, who doesn’t like a fun piece of mail – something bright and full of potential!!

  66. alison says:

    What an awesome idea! I can’t wait to join in! 🙂

  67. Anna Luna says:

    Count me in! I promise not to send western fabric (since I’m in Texas) unless the swappers specifically want that. I get tired of the boots and saddle fabric sometimes. Looking forward to this! A great chance to get to know some more quilters and learn about other cultures/states.


  68. Tricia says:

    I’m in! I am new to this but it sounds great!

  69. Stacy Gibbs says:

    OH how fun! I would love to participate! I’m sending my info right now! 😉

  70. Megan says:

    Yay! Fun!

  71. Sabra says:

    Count me in!! Can’t wait to get something in my mailbox besides bills!!!

  72. Barb says:

    So fun! I’m in!

  73. Trina says:

    I signed up, I had to send two emails though. I hope you catch that, because I forgot my apt number on first email. (Good grief!).

    I am so excited about this!

  74. Love Fat Quarters and can’t wait to go shopping for my ‘swap partners’ !!

  75. Tina says:

    Totally fun!

  76. Lorene says:

    What a great, fun idea!

  77. Katie says:

    This is a great idea. I really enjoy swaps… just maybe I will join in…

  78. Debra says:

    I’m in !!! Sounds Fun.

  79. Terriaw says:

    Yay, these are so fun! I especially love doing these swaps with someone from outside the US to see what else is available out there in the rest of the world.

  80. Rebecca says:

    Perhaps a crazy question, but what is the best way to ship the fat quarters? Anyone know the approximate cost?

  81. Nikki says:

    This is a terrific idea! What’s great about it is that beginners and experienced crafters can exchange fabric; it’s not one of those swaps where people are intimidated to make something or don’t participate because they don’t know how to make something. Plus, it doesn’t really require any time. How could you not participate?

  82. Shannon says:

    How exciting!! I’ve sent my info & can wait!

  83. Carla says:

    Wonderful! I am a fat quarter junkie. I buy 3 or 4 every time I go to the quilt store and that’s often LOL

  84. Deb says:

    After reading this post, I went back to check out What is a Fat Quarter, which evidently I somehow missed. Very interesting. I’ve always wondered what exactly a fat quarter was!! Now I know…and interesting, too, that you can get more 5″ charms from one.

  85. Another way I learned how to tell if fabric is cotton well over 50 years ago is to hold a section of it in your hand and squeeze it into a ball and hold it there for a few seconds, at least for a slow ten count. Then, let it go and take a good look at it. Did it wrinkle up? Cotton wrinkles up and most other fabrics, including polyester, hardly wrinkle at all. If you do this quite often you should learn how to and be able to tell the difference between cotton and other fabrics and you won’t have to play with matches….. Peggy

  86. Great idea…this will be so much fun!

  87. Oh…….please put me down for one swap.
    This will be my first swap, so I’d like to limit it to the US.
    Kristy Ryan
    110 62nd Ave. S.
    St. Pete, FL 33705-5420

  88. Lisa says:

    What a great idea! How fun! I just got my 4 quarters ready to go!

  89. Looking forward to this!

  90. Rachel says:

    I can’t wait!

  91. Vicki-Lou says:

    I’ve never participated in fabric swap before, but always wanted to try. Got any tips for picking fabric out?

  92. Pam says:

    I think this will be a great swap!

  93. Stacy says:

    That is an awesome idea! I am lucky enough for this to be announced right before I leave town to go to my favorite “local” fabric store!

  94. Dani says:

    Oh this is just too cool! I was thinking this very morning how I would love to have a fat quarter swap because I love fat quarters so much. This will be so much fun!

  95. Mary Ann M says:

    I just signed up. I hope lots of you ladies join in!

  96. Ellen B says:

    This sounds like fun. I look forward to your fat quarter posts every morning!

  97. Nikkapotamus says:

    This sounds like such fun! Count me in.

  98. JaneR says:

    This will be fun…I have signed up and will begin selecting my fabrics and preparing the envelopes. Thank you for doing this!

  99. Peta-Jane says:

    I have never participated in a swap before….but I am excited to do so !!!
    I am in Australia…hope there are others who will ship international !!!

  100. LisaC says:

    What a fun idea! I sent my e-mail already.

  101. alisha says:

    This is a great idea! Now I just have to decide — one swap or two?

  102. Shellyfish says:

    This is so cool…now if only I had some fat quarters…I don’t know if I have the courage to cut.

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