Fat Quarter Swap

on April 2 | in Etc... | by | with 90 Comments

We had so much fun with last year’s Fat Quarter Swap so we’re doing it again! Send off some favorite fat quarters 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.

Want to see what you can do with a Fat Quarter? Take a look at our archives for Fat Quarter Month!

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 Monday (4-5-10). 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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90 Responses to Fat Quarter Swap

  1. Karen says:

    This was my first swap and it was a GREAT experience! I’m so glad I did it! THANK YOU!!! I can’t wait for the next one!

  2. Melissa says:

    Anyone get info on this yet? I haven’t gotten an email yet and I’m worried I missed it somehow.

  3. DebiJo says:

    Just my luck to miss a fabric swap. I did this several years ago and we did 9 in squares. It was great, because I was able to accumulate several plastic shoe boxes full of squares. I was doing a lot of appliquing back then.

  4. Brendajos says:

    *whew* just remembered that I signed up for this swap and got a little panicky. Thought the email either didn’t go through or the info on my swap partners didn’t arrive. Looks like it could still be on the way. Hoping so! Maybe I will send another email just in case.

  5. Katrina H says:

    This is my first swap. so excited!

  6. Rebecca says:

    I’m so excited. I already have my FQs cut and ready to go!

  7. Faith says:

    How fun. I will have to sign up next time.

  8. Oherin says:

    Signed up by the deadline. This is my first swap. 🙂

  9. Helen Bridges says:

    Think I saw this too late but have emailed anyway in hope!

  10. cate says:

    I signed up on sunday night, and i’ve just worked out what i’m going to send, very excited about this, it’s my first fabric swap!

  11. AnneC says:

    My swaps are all packaged, just waiting to send out

  12. I know that I’m about 7 hours too late but I was hoping to still be able to be part of the swap. Can you let me know? If not I’ll look for it the next time. Thanks.


  13. Sara says:

    I can’t do it this year but I did last year. Amazingly 3 of the 4 fat quarters matched wonderfully with the one I sent and I just finished a skirt for my daughter with it for Easter! Swaps rock!

  14. Arita says:

    Count me in….

  15. Cheryl says:

    This sounds like fun!!

  16. Stitchminx says:

    I’ve just signed up and so looking forward to the Fabric Swap now! Hope everyone had a great Easter Weekend. Toodlepip!

  17. Deb says:

    Whee, I have signed up.. sounds awesome!

  18. Caro says:

    This will be great fun! Thanks for organizing.

  19. Debbie O says:

    Im in sent an email! Cant wait!

  20. amy c says:

    aewsome! just signed up@

  21. Maddie says:

    Ohhhhhh this is going to be fun!.. and yet another reason to go to the quilting store!


  22. Barbara says:

    What a great idea!

  23. Tara Boos says:

    I have not had a swap in the last year so I am keen. Any other Australian’s up for swapping too?

  24. Kelli says:

    I loved doing this last year!! Funny enough, 3 out of the 4 of the ones I received were similar in design to the ones I’d sent out, so that was really cool. Thanks for doing it again!

  25. AnneC says:

    I’ve fancied a swap for a while, and this has given me a great excuse to sign up and look forward to little packages. Ive already got some ready to sent out

  26. Lisa H. says:

    I’m definitely going to do this! Sounds like fun!

  27. Stephie says:

    I’m very excited you’re offering this swap. I’ve signed up for two swaps! I’ve read your link on how to cut a fat quarter and now I’m going to get my fabrics to swap all ready to ship! What fun!

  28. Candi says:

    *raises hand* I’m in!

  29. Lindsay says:

    Count me in – I love surprises!

  30. Donna says:

    Email has been sent. Thanks for organizing. Swaps are so fun!

  31. Kate says:


  32. Jeannie says:

    Love fatquarters!

  33. kathy h. says:

    This sounds fun. I’m open to International.

  34. Val Miller says:

    fun .. I am totally in!

  35. farscapegirl says:

    Awesome this will be my first time participating in a fabric swap!

  36. Cheryl says:

    I can hardly wait! This was so much fun last year!

  37. elena says:

    Sounds great!! Count me in. Last year had so much fun with my swaps so let’s go to repeat. 😀

  38. gill says:

    i’ve emailed you!!
    this sounds fun


  39. Sheetal says:

    oohh, i’m in! i’m in!

  40. Manechka says:

    That’s a great idea! I am in!

  41. Holly says:

    I’m in! Sounds like a fun way to get some new fabric!

  42. Becca says:

    Sounds like such fun…but I think I’ll sit out this time since I don’t know of any good fabric shops locally. I’ll have to stock up on swap-worthy fat quarters in my online shopping for next time!!

  43. Sandra says:

    me too! 🙂

  44. Melissa says:

    Sounds like fun. I’m in!

  45. so excited for this!

  46. Kelly Reid says:

    sent my info already!! If we do two swaps would that be two different fabrics or can all 8 fat-quarters be the same fabric?

  47. Deb Cameron says:

    Wow, this will keep you guys busy…but that’s why we love your site so much! You keep us enthused, educated and oh so involved! Thanks!

  48. alisha says:

    I love the fat quarter swap the last time and can’t wait to participate again!

  49. Nichole says:

    Great idea – love to get new fabric!

  50. Linda says:

    Sounds like fun…

  51. Leigh says:

    Yay!!! Sent my email!

  52. Lynne in NC says:

    I’m in! looks like fun.

  53. Nicole N. says:

    Thanks so much for doing this again, I can’t wait!

  54. Michele C says:

    Great! I participated last year and met new bloggers. This is such an easy swap to participate in!

  55. MissMary says:

    YAY! How fun! Just emailed my info… 🙂

  56. WHATUPDUCK says:

    Love it! I’m signed up!

  57. Lesly says:

    Great! I’m in!

  58. Jessica says:

    Just emailed to join in the madness…..yipeeeee, how FUN!

  59. Java Jane says:

    One question: Should we swap only fabrics that have not been washed? I have some great cottons that I laundered when I was in holiday insanity mode. Would swapping a laundered fat quarter be problematic??


  60. peggy somers says:

    Count me in. Sew excited. I emailed my stuff.

  61. Stacey says:

    Emial is sent and I can’t wait

  62. 2hippos says:

    I loved it last year and can’t wait to swap again!

  63. Helen says:

    I am so looking forward to this I have just started blogging and making quilts, so it will be the first time I have participated in anything!
    Woo hoo xx

  64. donnag says:

    I’m so excited about the swap!

  65. Sara says:

    I did it—never did one before so I am really EXCITED to see what comes of it!

  66. MamaBee says:

    Wish I could do this!

  67. Lee says:

    I’m in, going to register my information now.

  68. Hannah says:

    yea! I really enjoyed doing this last year. I’m looking forward to doing it again.

  69. Stephanie says:

    I signed up as well. It sounds so exciting!

  70. Kate says:

    I’m in as well! Keeping my fingers crossed for some Modern Meadow. 😀

  71. Maeve says:

    I’ve signed up! Love fat quarters!

  72. Nikki says:

    I loved this last year and have been eagerly anticipating another swap!

  73. Dee Wilson says:

    What fun! Should we include any extreme likes or dislikes?

  74. Anja says:

    Yeah! I’ve been waiting for this!

  75. Andrea says:

    Great idea, I’m signing me up now.

  76. Genevieve says:

    Ooh! It’s going to be so much fun!

  77. Rebecca says:

    Looking forward to this!

  78. This sounds like fun!

  79. Deb V says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun.

  80. Rachel says:

    I can’t bare to part with any in my stash!

  81. Terriaw says:

    Yippee, I love these swaps! I had fun doing it last year, so I’m happy to see it’s back again.

  82. Java Jane says:

    Thank you so much for orchestrating this. It is gonna be fun!


  83. KristenA says:

    This sounds like fun! I’ve never done a swap, but this one seems easy for beginners…

  84. Kaye Prince says:

    Woohoo! I sent my email!

  85. Jessica says:

    Yay, a swap!

    I would like to keep it domestic (I’m in the US) and I would like to exchange 4 fat quarters.
    Jbaileycassin (at) gmail (dot) com
    2432 Eagles Eyrie Ct #4
    Louisville, KY 40206

  86. Katie B says:

    This sounds really fun!!!

  87. Emily says:

    So excited for this!

  88. Sign me up. Oh, wait, I’ll go sign myself up 🙂

  89. sarah says:

    Great sounds like fun and an excuse to buy more fabric:)

  90. Mary P says:

    When will we need to have it sent by?

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