Postage Stamp Quilt – 2012 Charm Swap Kick Off

The Curious Quilter hosts the Postage Stamp Quilt 2012 Charm Swap & ChallengeBehold the Postage Stamp Quilt. Simple squares. Not difficult to stitch. No rules to follow. Perhaps the ultimate scrappy quilt.

I freely confess that I am an addict. I love cutting tiny squares. I started doing it when I was about seven, and have thousands and thousands of them in shoe boxes and baggies. I have sewed six quilts with them, but I still have tons of my little “two-inch treasures” left. I have sold some and given many away, but there remain several boxes of them under my bed. And yet, every time I have new fabric scraps, I cut more little charms, and tuck them away. Personally, I strive to keep duplicate charms to a minimum, but there are lovely quilts out there with lots of repeats.

As I have shared my cutting and storing antics with my blog followers, many of you have written how much you love postage stamp quilts too. Or how you have dreamed of making one. So I have declared 2012 to be the Year of the Postage Stamp Quilt at The Curious Quilter, and invite you all to join in the fun. Add to your own charm collection, or start one. Stitch up a quilt top, or a potholder. Start using your scraps to create a quilt that can be cozy, comfortable, and even entertaining!

What’s Coming Up? Let’s Talk Size. Join the January 2012 Swap!

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What’s Coming Up?

At least twice each month in 2012, I will be posting about these fun quilts, or hosting a swap, or a giveaway, or a blog hop, or, well, just stay tuned and see! Blogging friends are planning to showcase their own examples of quilty items made with little charms, ranging from one to 2.5 inches square. Today is the first day, so we will look at what size charms to use, and get started on the first swap of the year.
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Let’s Talk Size.

Yes, size matters! Before you can start to assemble your first postage stamp quilt, you have to decide what size charm squares you want to use. There are quilters who insist that you should use 1.5 inch squares for a postage stamp quilt. But there are also quilters who are just as adamant that a charm size of 2.5 inches is perfect. I have seen stunning quilts made from charms as small as one inch. Because I accidentally started cutting two-inch squares as a child, I have stayed with that.

While you are deciding which size to collect and stitch up, here are some things to consider:

  • The smaller the charm, the more pieces you need to make your quilt.
  • A two-inch charm makes for a 1.5 inch finished square. A one-inch charm makes a finished square a mere half-inch across.
  • The pattern of the fabric shows the most in larger charms, and matters less in smaller squares. There is no right or wrong, they just look different.
  • In scrappy postage stamp quilts, charms are placed in random order.
  • Postage stamp quilts can be watercolor quilts. Prints can alternate with solids. You can color-block your charms. You just need to choose what direction you want to go. Playing with color can be a lot of fun!
  • If you are undecided, you could make 12.5 inch blocks of each, and put them together for your quilt. Or you could make the quilt body with two-inch squares, and the border with one-inch squares. Like I said, there really are no rules.
  • While you may aspire to not have any duplicates squares in your quilt, they are totally acceptable. Over the next months we will talk about this more.
This is what the different size squares look like. This is how 16 of each size look when stitched up into a square.
Charm Size Comparison - cut Charm Size Comparison - stitched

And, looking ahead, this is how many charms you need to create different size quilts. Don’t panic, they go together faster than you may expect.

Charm Size 2.5 in. 2 in. 1.5 in. 1 in.
12×12″ (1 blk.) 36 64 144 576
48×60″ (20 blk.) 720 1,280 2,880 11,520
60×60″ (25 blk.) 900 1,600 3,600 14,400
72×90″ (45 blk.) 1,620 2,880 6,480 25,920
84×96″ (56 blk.) 2,016 3,584 8,064 26,496
96×108″ (72 blk.) 2,592 4,608 10,368 41,472
108×108″ (100 blk.) 3,600 6,400 14,400 57,600

You can see from the chart why most people choose not to make a quilt starting with one inch charms! But they are spectacular, unique, and duplicates disappear. The 1.5 or 2 inch sizes are most common, the 2.5 has become more popular as strips and 5″ charms have come easily available, but do not have quite the same effect as the smaller charm option. If you are undecided, why not make up some samples.
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Curious Quilter Postage Stamp Quilt Charm Swap BannerJoin the January 2012 Charm Swap! Note 1/20/2012: This swap has closed, the next swap will be in April, 2012.

Now for the fun! Pick your size, get out your scraps, and start cutting. Cut some for you, and some to swap. Please use only 100% cotton fabric that is suitable for quilting. Homespuns or flannels should not be used for this swap. Hopefully, it has been pre-washed before cutting, but that may not always be possible.

For this swap, if you are interested in one inch charms, please cut two inch charms to swap. You will have more people available to swap with, although you will have to quarter the ones you receive.

Keep cutting. Fussy cut some fun novelties. Solids, stripes, plaids, prints, almost anything goes. Bust up as much stash as you want. Cut up strips and charm squares that you are not using. Keep cutting, as charm swaps will be offered in January, April, July, and October.

Mary, The Curious Quilter

My head is STILL full of little squares!

Make sets of 100 to swap. Count them out into stacks of 100, hopefully with no duplicates in each stack. (Large-scale prints may read as different fabrics when cut into small charms, which is acceptable.) If you cut 400 squares from 400 fabrics, you have 4 unique sets. If you cut 400 squares, 4 each from 100 fabrics, you have 4 matching sets. OK, that may sound confusing, but think of it this way: with unique sets, you could swap them all to one person, but with matching sets, you would swap one set to each of four people, so no duplicates came through!* Don’t sweat it, just holler if you are stuck. If you have 100 charms to swap, you will get 100 charms back. If you have 1,000 charms to swap, you can get 1,000 charms back. But remember, there will be more chances to swap later this year!

Note added 1/12/2012:  A UNIQUE set has each one different. Two UNIQUE sets have 200 different fabrics.  If you only have one set, with all different fabrics, it is UNIQUE. TWO MATCHING SETS means that you have two sets cut from 100 different fabrics, but each set is the same. The sets match each other. A goal with postage stamp quilts is to have few or no repeats, so ‘coordinated sets’ – say with 4 each of 25 fabrics, are not acceptable for this swap, but will be for one coming in April!

Keep some for yourself. Set aside the number of these stacks that you want to keep for your own stash! After all, they are YOUR little treasures!

Now that you have cut and counted, you are ready to sign up to swap.
I will be matching you up to one or more other swappers, and emailing you both so you can share mailing addresses. I will be getting those emails off as fast as I can, but please do not worry if you do not hear before January 22th! Once you have the swap info, you should arrange mailing your charms and get them out within one week.

Any time between January 6 and January 18, 2012, leave a comment below, stating each of these items: (it will be helpful if you use the numbers to answer)

  1. Your first name.
  2. Your City, State or Territory, and Country.
  3. Are you willing to swap with people in other countries? (Often more variety, but higher postage rates will apply.)
  4. What size charms you want to swap, 2.5, 2 or 1.5 inches. If you are doing a 1 inch project please swap 2 inch charms.
  5. How many UNIQUE sets or MATCHING sets of 100 you have to swap.
  6. A brief comment about what you are dreaming of making with your little squares.
  7. Please DO NOT include your email address or your mailing address! You email address is held privately when you submit the comment form. By joining the swap, you are giving me permission to share your email information with your swap partner/s.

Here is a sample comment:

1- Mary.
2- St. Paul, MN, USA.
3- Yes Int’l.
4- two inches.
5- 3 matching sets.
6- a crib quilt perhaps.

Have fun! Keep watching for more Postage Stamp Quilt goodness, tutorials, pictures, giveaways, and surprises. And thanks so much for taking part!!
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125 Responses to Postage Stamp Quilt – 2012 Charm Swap Kick Off

  1. Martin says:

    How exciting! Can I be first? Thanks for doing this.

    1 – Martin
    2- Kingsport, TN, USA
    3. Sure to International!
    4. Two Inches (I started collecting them when you showed your shoe boxes!)
    5. 3 unique sets. PLUS 2 matching sets.
    6. For now, a collection of charms. In shoe boxes. Later, a BIG quilt.

  2. anne says:

    Thank you! Sounds like fun! Hope to get busy cutting today!

  3. Becky
    Alton, NH USA
    2 inches
    2 matching sets, atleast thus far, aiming for more!!
    A big quilt, white background with blocks spaced out with white between them, and fantastic quilting!~
    THANKS for hosting this!!!

  4. pat p. says:

    Yippee it’s time!!!! #1. Pat #2. Earl park,In. U.S. #3. Yes to int’l #4. 2.5 and 1.5 couldn’t decide on just one #5. 3 unique and 2 matched sets in each size #6. A throw for using on my porch swing, a queen size and at least 2 twin size.

    I forsee this getting totally out of control if I’m lucky!! I also had hubbo sharpen my blades, cleared the fuzzies out of my rotary mat,Cleaned the goop off the soleplate,wiped the prints off the rulers,sharpened the chalk pencils and mixed up some fresh lavender starch!! Dinner is in the Crock Pot and all is right in my little corner of the universe. Let The Cutting Begin!!!

  5. Judy Purman says:

    1- Judy
    2- St. Paul, MN
    3. Yes to International!
    4. Two Inches
    5. currently have 2 matching sets but anticipate that this will continue to grow and grow!
    6. Have begun sewing 12 inch squares with the 2 inch charms. Hoping for at least a double bed sized quilt.


  6. J. Johnson says:

    I am cutting as fast as I can! Wheeeee

  7. 1- Michelle.
    2- Madison, WI USA.
    3- Yes International
    4- 2 inches
    5- 4 matching sets.
    6- I would like to make a big quilt to snuggle up with our dogs and to take to the park and spread out on the ground..

  8. Sue Fender says:

    1. Sue
    2. Kalamazoo, MI USA
    3. No Int’l
    4. 1-1/2″ cut size (1 inch finished size)
    5. anything
    6. Would like to complete my second king-size PS quilt

    • Pat Pagels says:

      Hi Sue….I’m Pat and I live in Battle Creek….I’m in love with the postage size quilt and I’m very grateful to The Curious Quilter for giving us sooooo much detail and info on this quilt…If I understand correctly she wants us to build blocks out of our squares and then sew the blocks together…Is this correct?

      • Absolutely! I am not trying to create stash collections–I want people to see how easy these fun quilts are to make!! Check out the Postage Stamp Quilt demo under tutorials if you need a nudge.

  9. rutigt says:

    I´ll start cutting tomorrow! You´ll hear from me when I finish 🙂
    Gun, Sweden

  10. Teresa says:

    Ohhhh….this sounds great. I have some cut but need to cut more which I hope to do tonight. Will post again w/ that info. THANKS!!!!!!!!

  11. Karen Arnold says:

    1. Karen
    2. Ardmore, Ok.
    3. yes
    4. 2In
    5.3 sets
    6. Big Quilt

  12. Karen Arnold says:

    Oh this sounds like so much fun, I love working with littles squares; Can’t wait to start cutting tomorrow.

  13. Narelle says:

    1. Narelle
    2. Queensland, Australia
    3. Yes to international
    4. 2 inch charms
    5. 1 unique set (perhaps 2 if I get the time)
    6. Not sure but I like the idea and my quilting group is having a quilt display at the end of 2012 of quilts made from scraps so perhaps a lap quilt?

  14. I’m sew escited for this. Will get to cutting and post soon my amounts. I am hoping to make an art wall quilt. Hi Karen, am from Sherman TX!

  15. coloradolady says:

    1. suzanne
    2. Ft. Worth, Tx
    3. Yes, International is fine
    4. 2 inch charms
    5. two unique sets. two matching sets
    6. I am going to work on another quilt or TWO! One huge one was just not enough. I want to make one with white background (all 2 inch white squares mixed with the colored squares) Also, saw a neat quilt with charm squares, all 2 inches and they were done in a color wash look…..maybe try that too! My Begging Quilt is my favorite and most special to me..hope to have it quilted this year.

  16. Lucy says:

    1. Lucy
    2. Kokomo, IN, USA
    3.Yes, international is fine
    4. 1.5 inch charms
    5. 3-4 matching sets
    6. Super scrappy bed quilts

    Thanks for doing this swap~

  17. Astrid says:

    1) Astrid
    2) Mauritius (Indian Ocean)
    3) Ship Int’l
    4) Not sure yet, I started cutting a couple of days ago
    5) Twin size or bigger, if I get enough squares

    Thanks for hosting the party! It’s going to be lots of fun!

  18. Martina says:

    1.Please, count me in, Martina.
    2. Cologne (Germany)
    3. Yes to int. shipping
    4. 2.5 Inch – 2 sets
    5. Planning a scrappy baby quilt
    Thanks so much for organising.

  19. rutigt says:

    1. Gun
    2. Alunda, Sweden
    3. Yes, int´l
    4. 2 inch
    5. 2 sets (I´m not sure I understand the different between unique and matching)
    6. One quilt, as large as it can get!

    Thank you for doing this!

  20. Marcia says:

    Marcia lol
    palmyra, ny
    yes international is ok
    excited to make a lap quilt!
    4 sets/not unique

    thanks!! Woot woot!

  21. Jennifer Hale says:

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    2 matching
    How many UNIQUE sets or MATCHING sets of 100 you have to swap.
    A crib is the goal… I would love to go higher.

  22. Janet says:

    1. Janet
    2. Yukon Territory, Canada
    3. Yes to international
    4. 2 matching
    5. a lap quilt

  23. Andrea says:

    I would like to join in but need to check that I can supply 100 squares. Will be back asap.
    Excellent project idea!

  24. Sharon says:

    1. Sharon
    2. Christchurch, New Zealand
    3. International
    4. 2″
    5. single bed size – being very optimistic here. Will alternate a scrappy with a white square.

  25. petra says:

    Hi I would love to join:
    1- petra.
    2- Stonington, CT, USA.
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- 1.5 inches.
    5- 3 matching sets.
    6- who knows, perhaps a lap quilt
    thanks for organizing

  26. Kris says:

    1. Kris
    2. St. George, UT, USA
    3. Yes International
    4. 2 inch
    5. 6 matching sets
    7. Small square table cloth

  27. rutigt says:

    Me again, haha! Now I know I have 2 matching sets.

    That´s it!!!!!! 🙂

  28. Molly Stovall says:

    So glad I stumbed upon this blog.

    1) Molly
    2) Rowlett, TX, USA
    3) Yes to international, but prefer domestic
    4) 2″ squares
    5) 3 matching sets
    6) Lifetime achievement full size quilt!

  29. AngieSue2 says:

    1. Angie
    2. Wiesbaden, Germany (but a US postal address!)
    3. yes to international (although both US and German addresses are “local” to me)
    4. 2 inch
    5. 2 matching sets
    6. a lap quilt is probably the most realistic!

  30. Wendy says:

    I am very excited about finding this group as I have been wanting to do a postage stamp quilt for sometime now. As I have been collecting both 1.5″ and 2″ squares, since I was undecided. Is it possible to swap different sizes now that I have decided I would like to do a 2″postage stamp?

  31. Teresa says:

    Okay, after a few days of sorting and cutting, my scrap pile has a tiny little dent in it but i do have some 2.5 inch squares to swap:

    1. Teresa
    2. Saratoga, CA, USA
    3. yes to international shipping
    4. 2.5 inch
    5. 2 unique sets (more to come later)
    6. twin bed size quilts for my three boys (6.3″ boys so they may have to be extra long! And I need some fabric that is less “girly” than that in my stash!)


    • Lol, my boys have noticed that the standard florals, once cute small, are just blotches of color. I do watch for manly, small-scale novelties though. Sports, woodsy, stripes, even solids work. Enjoy the process!!

  32. Jessica says:

    ooh, I want to do this. I have only just begun collecting charms – I admit I was using leftovers, never thought to dig right in and make them. I will get to cutting and get back to you but I want to play!!

  33. Raelene says:

    1. Raelene
    2. Victoria, Australia
    3. Yes to international
    4. 2.5 inch charms
    5. 2 unique set or 3
    6. Thinking a Queen Size Quilt – Maybe a little adventures, but goals are good 🙂

    • Raelene says:

      Hi, After reading your update I think “THREE MATCHING SETS means that you have two sets cut from 100 different fabrics, but each set is the same.
      So count me in for THREE MATCHING SETS OF ONE HUNDRED.

      Sorry for the mix up.

  34. Narelle says:

    Hello again 🙂
    I’d like to make a slight change for no. 5.
    I now have 2 matching sets.

  35. Rebekah says:

    1. Rebekah
    2. Chattanooga, TN
    3. Yes to international
    4. I currently use 2 in squares
    5. I am working on 6 separate sets right now, but I will commit to 3 for sure since there are other opportunities 🙂 All my sets are not 100% identical, but are very similar. (on a separate note, as I am getting scraps I would normally toss, I’m cutting out 1″ and 1.5″ squares to just mail to someone who wants them!)
    6. I’m currently working on my own postage stamp quilt (maybe 70″x80″) and I’m collecting squares for 2 future quilts.

  36. Alberta in N GA says:

    1. Alberta
    2. Martin, Georgia, USA
    3. No
    4. 2 inches
    5. 5 matching sets of 100 each
    6. Queen size quilt

  37. Willie in GA says:

    2.Cornelia,GA USA
    4.2 inch squares
    5.5 matching sets of 100 each set
    6.a full size or queen size

  38. amdewit says:

    I made a lap size one last year when I saw yours. Actually it was the first quilt I ever made….Very addictive!! So I’m in!!!!

    1. Angela
    2. Atlanta, GA USA
    3. Yes
    4. 2 inch squares
    5. 3 matching sets
    6. Full size bed quilt!!!!

  39. Sheila in No GA says:

    1. Sheila
    2. Demorest, GA USA
    3. NO
    4. 2 inch squares
    5. 5 matching sets
    6. Full size bed quilt

  40. Sheila in North GA says:

    Please change Willie in GA to Sheila in North GA at last sign in by Willie in GA

  41. Katie says:

    I have been waiting for something like this!

    1. Katie
    2. Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    3. Yes, Int’l
    4. 2.5 inches
    5. 3 UNIQUE sets
    6. I am making a lap quilt for my bedroom.

  42. kimr says:

    I also want to play!! I will have to see what I can come up with first….maybe I can just start cutting and join the next swap? I will see where I get..

  43. merrie says:

    this sounds like so much fun..
    1. mary
    2. akron, MI, USA
    3. just the US please
    4. 2″
    5. 1 unique set of 100 (if i understand this each one is different????) and 2 matching sets (if i understand this they are co-ordinated????)
    6. i am going to make a quilt with each block being one color….all the fabrics in a block one color…hope to put it to together like a rainbow …..whatever size it turns out is fine with me…

    • A UNIQUE set has each one different. Two UNIQUE sets have 200 different fabrics.
      If you only have one set, with all different fabrics, it is UNIQUE.
      TWO MATCHING SETS means that you have two sets cut from 100 different fabrics, but each set is the same. The sets match each other.

      A goal with postage stamp quilts is to have few or no repeats, so ‘coordinated sets’ – say with 4 each of 25 fabrics, are not acceptable for this swap, but will be for one coming in April!

  44. amdewit says:

    I did notice last night as I was going through stuff look for more to cut that I may be able to come up with a set of “non girly” fabrics especially if I do some fussy cutting for Teresa but I’ll let you know for sure by the 18th.

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  46. Andrea says:

    I would love to sign up this, I have never made a postage stamp quilt before.
    1) Andrea
    2) Cornwall, United Kingdom
    3) Will swap internationally
    4) 2″ x 2″ squares
    5) 1 ste if 100 unique fabric
    6) If I am honest I am not sure as it will depend on how much fabric I can source, but we have a cream chair that would look good with a throw or cover down the centre to add a bit of zing.

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  48. Carolyn Mullins says:

    Hi, sign me up — have always wanted to make a postage stamp quilt — 1—Carolyn
    2—Daniels, WV, USA
    5—4 matching sets
    6—Full or queen bed

  49. Wendy says:

    Hi, I have my sets ready!! and I am so excited that I found this group that I decided my goal for 2012 is to find and cut all my fabric for my first postage stamp quilt!

    1 – Wendy
    2 – Lake Villa – IL, USA
    3 – Yes
    4 – 1.5″ and 2″
    5 – 5 Unique Sets of each
    6 – Queen

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  51. anne says:

    I am excited to participate!
    1. Anne
    2. Jonesboro GA USA
    3. USA please
    4. 2 inch
    5. 3 matching sets
    6. Not quite sure yet but probably a lap size.

  52. Anastasia says:

    I would like to try this… I have never done a swap before!
    1. Anastasia
    2. Burlington,KY USA
    3. Either is fine
    4. 2 inch
    5. ? I am not sure yet
    6. Haven’t a clue! LOL

  53. mandy says:

    so happy to play!
    1. Mandy
    2. Princeton, Texas, USA
    3. yes, int’l
    4. 2-1/2 inches
    5. 4 unique sets
    6. queen size quilt

  54. Lori says:

    Thompsons Station, Tennessee USA
    prefer US but will do Int’l
    1.5″ i have lots already cut
    4 unique set
    king size quilt, but will probable end up a twin

  55. Grace Miller says:

    1- Grace.
    2- Stevens, Pa.
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- two inches.
    5- 4 matching sets.
    6- a queen size qult

  56. Lisa says:

    I’ve been wanting to make a charm quilt for ages and have been waiting for something like this! Count me in! I’m going to start cutting tonight and will hopefully have enough done to enter the swap by the 18th! Yay!

  57. Anastasia says:

    DUPLICATE!!! Just need to change an answer on how many I plan to have.
    1. Anastasia
    2. Burlington, KY USA
    3. either
    4. 2 inch
    5. 2 unique sets
    6. still don’t know what I will do. 🙂

  58. Mish Kopack says:

    Wow, this is a great plan…thanks so much.
    Clifton NJ USA
    Prefer no International shipping
    2″ squares
    Have 3 matching sets to swap
    Will save them for a charm quilt to be made some day….

  59. turtle says:

    how fun!! (hubby will be gone for two weeks so i will have plenty of cutting time! 🙂 )

    1. Tanya
    2. Port Orchard, WA USA
    3. Yes
    4. 2 inch
    5. 4 matching sets
    6. A wonderful quilt for our “poor man’s river weekend home”

  60. Cathy Byrd says:

    I want to do this. One of the questions asked on another quilting blog was – what is a quilting pattern you dream of doing… and I answered postage stamp.
    SO – I ask you = HOW could I possibly deny myself this opportunity? Wouldn’t that be unfair?
    I would love to do this – but – how long will it take me to cut that many squares? A few hours?
    Anyone have an answer?
    How much do you think it would cost to ship 100 internationally? Surely couldn’t be too much?
    I’d really love to swap internationally.
    So … I’ll be back – that’s a promise and a threat . 🙂 Ha just kidding
    Cathy Byrd
    Robertsdale, Alabama (Way down south in the good old USA)
    2 inches (?)
    I’ll start cutting tomorrow (or maybe tonight) and come back soon with another comment
    SMILES! and HUGS to y’all!
    Just a postage stamp something small kind of thing – maybe even a wallhanging

    • If you have a pressed pile of scraps, stack & whack 6-8 layers at a time- goes fast.

    • J. Johnson says:

      It seems that 100 charms fit in a regular envelop, so sending them abroad would not be a big deal!

      And I have been cutting for a while, thanks to Mary’s inspiration. If I sit down for an evening JUST to cut charms, I can crank out well over 100 in the time my movie runs, even while watching the show and munching on popcorn.

      But I also cut a few out of everything I sew with and stash them in a box. They add up.

  61. kimr says:

    Woohoo! It looks like I will be able to participate in this initial swap afterall!
    Here is my info

    2. Connecticut
    3. Yes
    4. 2 inch
    5. 3 MATCHING
    6. Who knows! LOL I would like to make a throw, I think…..

  62. Rockgranny says:

    1. Stanislava
    2. Croatia
    3. Yes
    4. 2,5 inch
    5. 4 matching sets
    6. Not quite sure , dependa how many I’m going to collect them

  63. Jen Robertson says:

    1. Jen
    2. Freeport, PA, USA
    3. Yes, Int’l
    4. 2 inches
    5. 2 unique sets – 3 matching sets of each
    6. Right now, I am aiming for a lap quilt/throw. Maybe even a tablerunner.

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  65. Lyn Smith says:

    1. Lyn
    2 Brisbane, Qld, Australia
    3. Yes
    4. 2 inch
    5. 2 matching sets so far
    6. Would love to make some bags, but might get more adventurous.

  66. Julie Clarke says:

    1. Julie
    2. Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
    3. Yes, international
    4. 2 inches
    5. 2 matching sets (not completely matching – some the same)
    6. I make bed size quilts.

  67. Karen says:

    1. Karen
    2. Virginia
    3. yes, international
    4. 2 inches
    5. 1 unique set
    6. hope to make a lap quilt

  68. Bunny says:

    I’d like to play also.

    1. Bunny
    2. Colorado
    3. Yes, International
    4. 2.5″
    5. 3 unique sets, my fabric is vintage
    6. Would like to get enough put together eventually for a queen size.

  69. Willie in GA says:

    Have mine all cut,today will start putting them into sets,The next swap in April, I will do unique as I was cutting this time.Found small pieces that I cut.Sometimes only 2 or 3 from a piece.

  70. Torina says:

    1. Torina
    2. Minnesota
    3. No
    4. 2″
    5, 1 unique set
    6. I make quilts for kids with special medical needs in foster care. Always looking for fun new things to make for them…like this!

  71. christine horlbeck says:

    1. Christine
    2 Rehoboth Ma
    3. Yes Int’l
    4. two inch
    5. one unique set of 100
    6. Who knows? I’ll just start sewing them together

  72. Alberta in N GA says:

    mine are cut, bagged and ready to mail….

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  74. Betty Grove says:

    Yes to International
    As many as my little fingers will do
    Hopefully a lap quilt

  75. Fran says:

    Nassau County, Long Island resident
    Unique all cotton only, please, (will send same fabric)
    2.5 squares to swap in US only No animal prints, thank you
    Planning to make a queen bed quilt…eventually!

    • Special requests like ‘no animal prints’ are probably not realistic for this swap. But, should you receive animal prints, tuck them away for the next swap in April!

      And the swap rules state cotton only, no flannels or homespuns, so you should be just fine with that!

  76. Gayle Grier says:

    1. Gayle
    2. South Pittsburg, TN 37380
    3. Yes to International
    4. 2 inch charms
    5. 6 MATCHING sets of 100
    6. My favorite quilts have been made with little squares. Also, I love to watch my grandaugter play on the design wall with the squares.

  77. Kim says:

    1. Kim
    2. Van Buren, IN, USA
    3. US please
    4. 2 inch
    5. 3 matching sets
    6. no definite plan yet

  78. amdewit says:

    I have the 2″ of 3 matching sets ready to go!! I did not come up with enough boy type fabric for Teresa that wanted the 2 1/2″ squares, but I’ll keep adding to it and by the next swap time I should have plenty. Really looking forward to getting started on sewing these little beauties together!

  79. 1. Victoria
    2. Gilmanton Iron Works, NH, USA
    3. USA, please
    4. 2″
    5. 3 Matching sets
    6. Queen sized quilt is my goal

  80. Lee says:

    1. Lee
    2. Calgary, AB Canada
    3. Int’l is wonderful
    4. 2.5″ squares
    5. 2 matching sets
    6. something wonderful not sure yet, but I love scrappy quilts
    Sorry just found your blog and this wonderful swap. Hope I am not too late. Now to go count my 2.5″ square stash.

  81. Sue Rushton says:

    Hopefully I’m not too late… this sounds so neat!
    2. Ottawa, ON Canada
    3. International is fine. 🙂
    4. 2″ squares
    5. 4 matching sets
    6. I’m not sure what I will make! But if I commit to just collecting for the next while, I will maybe make a queen-size quilt for the guest room! 🙂

  82. Mary Lorenz says:

    Hope it’s not too late to sign up! I just discovered this blog….

    1- Mary
    2- Apple Valley, MN, USA
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- 1.5″
    5- 1 matching sets – maybe more…..I’m going to run home after supper and start counting. Can I let you know later today how many sets? Please, please, please? If not, that’s ok. I’ll wait til the April swap then.
    6- some day a queen size quilt

    • Mary Lorenz says:

      I will do 2 sets of 100 each, please. So, 100 unique squares, times 2. I can do 2-3 more sets if you need them to even out the trading. This is soooo fun!

  83. I’ve already commented above, but I wanted to confirm that I have 3 sets officially completed for this swap since I didn’t know for sure before!

  84. Karolina says:

    Hope I’m not to late? I just had to dig up my box of 2inch squares I knew I had put in a good place. It took mee some time to remember where, and to add some extra. Feels really nice to get the opportunity to put them all to use.

    2.Motala, Östergötland, Sweden
    3. Yes to international
    4. 2 inch
    5. 2 matching sets
    6. Depends on my patience.

  85. Mindy says:

    Hi again…have gotten mine cut and actually have been working on my baby girl’s crib quilt. Has a panel in the middle but a postage stamp my sets will have lots of pinks & reds. Not a good choice for Teresa who needs boy fabrics.
    1) Mindy
    2) Sherman, TX-USA
    3) Yes, Int’l.
    4) 2 inch
    5) 4 matching sets
    6) a wall art quilt or maybe a full size

  86. 1. Genevieve
    2. Foley, Alabama
    3. No International
    4. 1.5in
    5. 4 matching sets
    6. planning on make a king size true postage stamp quilt.

    Thanks for hosting this. I look forward to swapping many times this year.

  87. Gayle Grier says:

    I would like to change the quantity I have to swap from 6 to 5 matching sets. That way I can keep one set for myself.

  88. Jo says:

    UGH! I am so slow and just found out about this. I would have loved to swap. I’ll hang out and hope to catch you the next time around. I’ve never done a swap and would like to give it a try.

  89. Samantha Rowsell says:

    Oh no! I have just found this!
    I would absolutely love to play! I know I’m late but I have sets ready to go if that means anything! I’ll give my answers below anyway, if I can still join this round great…if not please add my details to the next round.
    1. Sam
    2. Pottsville, New South Wales, Australia
    3. Glad to do international
    4. 2″ charms
    5. 5 matching sets
    6. Hoping to create a huge stash and made lots of different big quilts. Like the idea of a true postage stamp quilt with white in between as well.

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  91. Melissa says:

    A good friend referred me to this site. I am over the moon, having just embarked on my first PS quilt. I’m sort of a “purist” so am hand piecing/sewing, and have decided on 1 inch squares (sewn) so 1.5 inch cut. my king size quilt will have a total of 3,969 squares in all, with a border. So far, I’ve sewn 7 of 49 blocks!! I can’t stop cutting and sewing. This has become a sort of meditative/compulsive activity.
    It is so good to know that I’m not alone, and that I’ll be engaging in the swap in April.
    More details later!

    • Extremely addictive, isn’t it! It sounds like a wonderfully satisfying project to me.

      Do not be frightened, but I think you have miscalculated the number of 1.5 inch charms you will need. A one foot square, completed will take 144 of them. A quilt that measures eight feet square would take over 9000 little 1.5 in charms. (12×12=144. 8×8=64. 144×64=9,216.) You mentioned 49 blocks, so more of a queen sized quilt, or 7,056 pieces.

      But never despair over the amount it takes!! These quilts are a fun process, surprisingly fast. I believe that, with smaller squares, duplicates are acceptable and less obvious. Hand-piecing makes it portable. It also gives an intimacy with the quilt that is very special.

    • carol Tipton says:

      Melissa, I ‘m a newbie and plan to make a king quilt.. Good luck on yours

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  94. Donna White says:

    I’m new to quilting, you all are inspirations to me. Now to see if I have the talent to go w/desire!

  95. Nelda Copsey says:

    I am a newbie and starting to build up my charms. Here is my info for the Oct sign up
    1. Nelda
    2. Springfield, OR
    3. Not at this time
    4. 2.5
    5. 3 matching sets
    6. I am a newbie
    7. I have started swapping with in the Quilting Board. My First time swapping.
    so still building up my charms. I saw a quilt at a show using both 1.5” and 2.5” sq and
    I would like to try that one.

  96. Gandee L says:

    I want to do a 2.5 square swap. Can you start another? I already cut 15 bags filled with 50 different regular quilt fabrics.

    • Watch for the next post, there will be two swaps in 2013.

      But please also read the swap rules. Sets of 100 different fabrics were required last round! I can survey and see if some people are OK with duplicates, perhaps folks are as crazy as me and commit to making several for others….

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  99. jane owen says:

    I would like to join this group…I have lots and lots of scraps but I don’t have any cut up for sets of 100, so I will not be able to participate this go around….I would be interested in getting set up so that I can participate in the next swap with as many sets that i can get cut between now and then…i am a newbie so I might need assistance in the matter of downloading any required software or applications….I found your page by typing in “quilting Texarkana AR” in my search block and your site for the swap ……let me know what I need to do…..I really want to make a Postage Stamp Quilt and even though I have lots of scraps, I don’t have like 3,000 different prints…that’s a lot…ha. Hope to here from you soon… Jane Owen

  100. Rhonda Meredith says:

    Thanks for directing me here to “let’s talk size” Very interesting
    ‘Help Me Rhonda”

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