I have played with my new ones too, and thank all my partners for sending me such delights. Isn’t it surprising how you can get three or four hundred pieces in the mail, and have few (if any) duplicates? That is why I think swaps are THE way to go to do a ‘true’ postage stamp quilt. If your goal is NO REPEATS, you will get there fastest by trading with others.
There are lots of types of postage stamp quilts. And there are other types of quilts made with little postage stamp charms. But to me, the ‘truest’ version is one with no fabric repeats. It can be randomly scattered charms, or carefully color-blocked, but would ideally have no duplication of charms. That is a tough thing to do, even for people with huge stashes. If you are stuck with duplicates, try to scatter them broadly through your quilt.Many people make ‘postage stamp-like’ quilts by piecing long strips of fabrics and cutting those to create rows of charms already assembled. The effect can be wonderful, and the more fabrics that are used to create these sets of strips, the closer you are to a ‘true’ postage stamp quilt. But this way of constructing the blocks makes for many repeats. That’s why I consider them to be ‘postage stamp-like’ quilts. Quilters who want the effect of a postage stamp quilt, but have a limited set of fabrics to use, will find this a great way to get a fast start on a quilt.
I often hear people say that it would take them YEARS to sew hundreds of little charms together. As I hope you will discover soon, it really doesn’t! With no triangles to cut, or diamonds to set, they go fast.In the coming week I will be announcing the 2012 Postage Stamp Quilt event for February! I hope you will all join in and have fun with it. While you are waiting to see what is next, keep thinking about your own postage stamp quilt project. Have you decided what to make yet?
I set up a new page under the 2012 Postage Stamp Quilt pages, with a lot of links to many postage stamp quilt sites. Actually, I have lots more to add, and will continue to do so, but wanted to get you links to some places to inspire or instruct. I took the liberty of putting a lot of my ‘two-inch treasure’ posts on the list first, and hope you will wander through them this week. There are some other fun and interesting sites as well. You will find an email link there to suggest other sites as well.
March will have another event, just to keep life interesting. And remember to keep cutting charms, as the April swap will be here before we know it. Tell your friends about it, spread the word. You can cut charms from the same fabric you used before if you need to, I will try to ensure that people have different swap partners this round. That will be harder for people doing 1.5 inch charms, unless you can get friends to join that group. On that new list of links, you will find a Yahoo! Group dedicated to 1.5 inch charms, and they would welcome new members. Tell them that The Curious Quilter sent you!