Kokka Layer Cake Swap

Thank you all for your well wishes from my last post. The family is feeling much better and hopefully that is the last of the winter illnesses around here. We had a 3 day weekend due to Presidents Day and it was nice to just relax around the house.

I thought it’d be fun today to share a little about a fabric swap I hosted over the last couple of months. I really love Kokka style fabrics. They are fun to fussy cut for little projects, always so cool and quirky. The problem is, they are quite pricey. Occasionally I’ll splurge on a print or designer that I absolutely love, but I thought it would be great to have a little fabric swap to expand the stash a bit.

After talking it over with some people at Quilt Camp, I decided to host a swap with 26 people. Each person bought 2 yards of a Kokka style fabric and then cut it into 10″ squares and mailed me 26 of them. 2 yards will actually get you 28 squares, but I thought it’d be nice to have a little extra in case of cutting errors. Which of course I had when I cut mine!

Everyone in the group sent me their fabrics and I spent the weekend sorting and repackaging. Looking at my photos, I’m pretty sure there is a March of the Penguins joke in there somewhere?

We ended up with a great variety of squares and I can’t wait to work them into little patchwork projects. I really want to get Ayumi’s upcoming book Patchwork, Please! I think these fabrics would be perfect for it.

Hosting a swap is a bit of work, but I think the key is to keep it a manageable size. I also limited this swap to people I knew (or were referred to me by people I knew) and that made me confident that we would have a successful outcome. A swap like this would be great for a quilt guild too – no mailing required!

Comments

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    Carol N says

    What a great way to get an assortment of cute fabrics! I, too, am looking forward to Ayumi’s not-yet-released Patchwork, Please! Can’t wait to make the bell pepper coasters–perfect for Kokka swap fabrics. I know you will have fun playing with your fabrics!

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    Ruth S. says

    What a very nice swap! How wise to limit it to “reliable” traders, too. I participated in a swap once where we had to send (I think) 10-12 different fabrics. We, also, had to list the name/designer/manufacturer of the fabric. It caused me to do a little homework for the names etc as I often buy fabric and stash it. Then the swap coordinator just sent the entire swap packet to another person. It ended up that I received a packet from a person in my quilting guild, same town. Fortunately, it was a great packet, but the mailing costs could have been avoided.

    I like your swap where you had everyone buy yardage and cuts squares from the same fabric, as the other swap ended up being expensive with all the purchases.

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    Nutella Nutterson says

    Those look fantastic! If you host another, I’d love to join in. I’m a prolific swapper (and sometimes I even sew!) over on Flickr. :-)

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    Jennifer says

    Faith,
    Did you assign a particular fabric to each participant in order to avoid duplicates? With 26 people, it seems several could easily pick the same fabric.

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      says

      Hi Jennifer – good questions! I set up a Flickr group and everyone posted a picture of the fabric they were buying to “reserve” it. That way we didn’t have any duplicates.

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    Dianne says

    What lovely fabrics!!!!!!! I like your idea about selecting the participants. I joined a fat quarter swap and followed the guidelines for sending out good quality designer/cotton fabrics, but I guess that means someting different to each person. All I got was crappy fabrics that ended up in my trash can. Never again!!!

    Dianne

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    Dianne says

    Though I would definitely join again, if I could participate in yours. :)
    I promise you won’t be disappointed.

    Dianne

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    Cathy says

    This is totally unrelated, though I do love all those cool fabrics. I just attended Quilt Con (two days in a row) and I saw your Belle Wave quilt. It was definitely one of my favorites and I had to come back and look at it several times! You make such beautiful quilts!

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