Sign-Up Begins for the October 2012 PSQ Charm Swap

charm-swap-bannerYep, it’s that time again! Start packaging your sets and sign up to swap. I KNOW that many of you are already hooked, but I encourage you to invite a friend to join this time. The more swappers, the more variety. So, here we go again! While this is the last official swap in 2012, there will be at least one if not two swapping opportunities next year as well. I must be crazy!

Red Star Means ChangedThe October Postage Stamp Quilt Fabric Charm Swap begins today. You can sign up to swap, or request a Newbie Gift, anytime between October 6-21, 2012. Read on to learn more! OK, if this is your fourth swap, you might think you can just skip to the end and sign up. Well, you could, but there are a few important changes, which are included here and noted with a red star.

Even if you didn’t take part in a previous swap, you are most welcome to take part in this one. And if you have been here before, I am comforted to know that my obsession is 2012 PSQ button and link Be sure to put your collections and progress shots up on our Flickr pages! We have 58 photos so far, and there are a couple of really fun variations shown.

A favorite Postage Stamp Quilt.

Are you tired of seeing this picture of a PSQ that I made with over 4,000 two-inch charms?

What is this all about? Postage Stamp Quilts (PSQ’s) are made with small square charms, ranging from 1″ to 2.5″ before sewing. Most quilters strive to make one with as few duplicate fabric squares as possible, but there are some really striking quilts out there that have alternating solids, or lots of repeats. A lot of people are like me, they collect fabric scraps or charms with the plan to make a PSQ sometime. The goal for this year is to get people to actually MAKE a postage stamp quilt.

Me? Obsessed? HA! My collection of two-inch treasures reached well over 40,000 charms, and I started stitching them up a couple of years ago. I have finished six of them, with 3-4,000 charms in each. If you are new here, or just want to prove to your family that SOME people have more piles of charms than you, read more, and even more, about my journey to use my collection.

Postage Stamp Quilts Playing with Color

There are many ways to play with little fabric charms!

Help a New Quilter start a charm collection! Newbie Gifts are included in the swap this again round. I hear from new quilters who want to make a PSQ quilt, but do not have 100 fabrics to cut charms from. This is NOT a swap, it is a gift. If you are a new quilter who cannot swap, but would like to start a charm collection, sign up below. If you are a quilter with charms to spare, please sign up to donate a set or two. Details below.

I am repeating the basic rules (updated here!) for swapping below, but also want to refer you to the main Postage Stamp Quilt 2012 Swaps and Challenge page, and the FAQ’s About Postage Stamp Charm Swaps.

One note for returning swappers: I am not a meanie, really, but if your partner(s) still hasn’t received their charms from you, I will not be matching you with a new partner this round. Fix it, and you can join! Email me if you have lost your January swap information.
Needle and thread line copyright The Curious Quilter at WordPress dot comHow to Swap PSQ Charms

Preparing your Charm Sets to Swap Sign Up to Swap Newbie Gifts! Puzzled? Find help!

Needle and thread line copyright The Curious Quilter at WordPress dot comPreparing Your Charm Sets To Swap:

Red Star Means ChangedBefore you sign up to swap, you should already have your charm sets ready to mail. That saves time at the mailing week, and ensures that you actually have as many sets as you want to swap already cut and ready. Last minute cutting messes up swapping big time! Please note, for this October swap, you are limited to swapping 12 charm sets in each size that you select.

You have to decide which size charms you want to swap. Check out the info in Let’s Talk Size, which compares sizes and the number of charms needed for a quilt, then pick 1.5″, 2″, or 2.5″ charm squares, 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. When you hold it up to the light, you should not be able to see through it. Homespuns or flannels should not be used for this swap. Hopefully, your fabric has been pre-washed before cutting, but that may not always be possible. Be sure to use good cutting practices while preparing your charms, no selvedges, never torn, no ripped out stitch holes showing, and so on. No one cuts perfectly, but strive for accuracy in your cutting.

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.

Novelty Charms

Novelty charms are fun in these quilts!

Keep cutting. Fussy cut some fun novelties. Solids, stripes, plaids, prints, metallics, embellished, almost anything goes. Bust up as much stash as you want. Cut up strips and charm squares that you are not using.

Make sets of 100 to swap. Count them out into stacks of 100, with no duplicates in each stack. (Large-scale prints may read as different fabrics when cut into small charms, which is acceptable.) So every set of 100 charms will have no duplicates, and is a UNIQUE set. If you cut 400 squares from 400 fabrics, you have four unique sets. If you cut 400 squares, 4 each from 100 fabrics, you have four 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, jusRed Star Means Changedt 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. You are limited to swapping 1-12 sets in each charm size you select.

*Note: 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. That said, however, some duplicates are acceptable in Newbie Sets, read below.

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! Once you get started, you may want to make more than one quilt.
Needle and thread line copyright The Curious Quilter at WordPress dot comSign Up To Swap!

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. With a little help from a friend, I will be getting those emails off as fast as I can, but please do not worry if you do not hear before October 31! Once you have the swap info, you should contact your partner/s and arrange for mailing your charms and get them out within one week.
Rainbow CharmsSWAPPERS! Any time between October 6-21, 2012, leave a comment below ON THIS POST ONLY, 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 slightly higher postage rates may 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. LIMIT 12 SETS per charm size.
  6. How many NEWBIE GIFTS you have to share.
  7. A brief comment progress report on what you are doing with your charms. Please, start sewing asap, do not just save charms!

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 blank SWAPPER comment, you could copy it and replace the info with your own:
1- Mary.
2- St. Paul, MN, USA.
3- Yes Int’l.
4- two inches.
5- three matching sets, and two unique sets
6- two Newbie gifts.
7- my seventh PSQ, BUT all I seem to do lately is organize swaps and not sew, so this quarter I will SEW!

If you swapped in the other three swaps this year, an effort will be made to give you different swap partner/s this round, to help you get more diversity in your charm stash. But this will not always be possible, so please just enjoy what comes your way!

Red Star Means ChangedAfter you sign up, double check that your charms are all set to mail! If you have your heart set on a swapper from a particular area, go ahead and say so. Barbara and I will do our best to make it work, if it is possible. HOWEVER, please do not directly point a comment at another swapper asking them to swap with you. The only sharing of info between swappers should be through myself or Barbara.

OK, I know I am repeating myself here, and I said this before up there, but: If you did not send some of your partners their charms last round, you are on Santa’s Naughty List, well, actually Mary’s Hold List. I need you to clear the air with your former partner before I will give you a new one. Sorry. I am not trying to be cruel, just fair. I have a handful of names already, and do not want more!

NEWBIE QUILTERS! Are you requesting a NEWBIE SET? Read those rules below. To actually sign up, any time between October 6-21, 2012, leave a comment below, stating each of these items: (it will be helpful if you use the numbers to answer, you can copy and paste sample below and type over my info)

  1. Your first name.
  2. Your City, State or Territory, and Country.
  3. What size charms you are collecting, 2.5, 2 or 1.5 inches. If you are doing a 1 inch project please request 2 inch charms.
  4. A brief comment about what you are planning to make with your little squares; or share some comments about progress on your project.

Please DO NOT include your email address or your mailing address! You email address is held privately when you submit the comment form. By signing up for Newbie Gift/s, you are giving me permission to share your email information with your donor/s.

Red Star Means Changed*Note: Please Do Not Share Info once you get your swap lists! Not a change, but a stern reminder. Looking ahead to the matching, please remember that you simply can not share your swapper’s names and emails with other swappers. This is a privacy issue, as well as a swapping issue.

Needle and thread line copyright The Curious Quilter at WordPress dot comNEWBIE GIFT INFORMATION!

What is a Newbie Gift?

Two Inch Treasure Frames

There are many ways to use PSQ charms, even if you do not have thousands of them.

A Newbie Gift is a set of 50 fabric charms in the size requested. All fabrics must be suitable for quilting, with no homespuns or flannels. Preferably, all 50 fabrics will be different, but, since these are probably ‘overstash’ from a seasoned quilter, some duplicates will be acceptable. (After all, the new quilter can trade them with a fellow quilter.) In no case shall a set include fewer than 25 different fabrics, so two of each.

Who Donates Them?
Any quilter with charms to spare! As you probably know, most quilters are very generous people. They may be stash-busting, or have duplicates to share. Or they just may take delight in helping stash-less quilters become fabric addicts!

Red Star Means ChangedBut they are donations, not swaps, so they REALLY appreciate an email when the gift gets to you. Sounds so basic, but well over half of our NEWBIES in the past have not acknowledged receiving their gifts. Do let your donor know!

Who Can Receive Newbie Gifts?
Red Star Means ChangedAny quilter who has insufficient stash to create a charm set of 100 different fabrics AND HAS NOT PREVIOUSLY REQUESTED NEWBIE SETS! But please note, if you sign up to swap, you cannot receive a Newbie Gift. While you are waiting for gifts, you might enjoy my PSQ tutorial. Then, keep cutting so you can be a SWAPPER in a swap next year! When you GET your gifts, remember to send your donor an email letting them know it arrived safely.

How Do I Participate?
Follow the directions in the Sign Up section, above! Donors, use the SWAPPER instructions. New quilters will find their own instructions there as well.

How Can I Build My Stash?
Red Star Means ChangedOur Newbie Gift Goddess BARB K., who helps me do the NEWBIE part of the swap, has a few super ideas for building your own stash quickly, and moving into being a swapper.

  1. Join a local quilt group, as quilters are always willing to share the wealth. Ask for small pieces they don’t need anymore, tell them why!
  2. Check at your local quilt shops, one near Barb has a basket that people leave their leftovers!
  3. ecycle or freecyle! Check online for local free-cycle sites, craigslists, and more. Join these groups locally online and place an ad that you are looking for unwanted fabric suitable for quilting. You will have to pick it up.
  4. Buy SMALL! Buy from your local quilt shop, or the chain stores like Joann’s and Hancock Fabrics. Barb buys a 3″ piece when they are on sale and cuts it into squares. Most of the time the fabric piece is around 35-50 cents. She doesn’t know how small a quilt shop will cut but most Joann’s and Hancock’s will cut as small as 2″ BUT allow for crooked cutting and shrinking and get at least half an inch extra. (Mary says: When I find nifty small novelties, but feel broke, I treat myself to an eighth of a yard, and get as many fussy-cuts as I can out of that!)

Needle and thread line copyright The Curious Quilter at WordPress dot comHave fun! Keep watching for more Postage Stamp Quilt goodness. And thanks so much for taking part!! Oh, and do not forget to start SEWING the charms together. Collecting is fun, but a finished quilt is an accomplishment. And a QUILT is the goal of all this swapping!!
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158 Responses to Sign-Up Begins for the October 2012 PSQ Charm Swap

  1. Amy Kinard says:

    Sadly I have to sit this one out due to too many projects on my plate and some health issues, but I have been cutting and will be ready for some swapping next year!

  2. Lee says:

    1- Lee
    2- Calgary, AB, Canada
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- 2.5″
    5- 2 matching sets

    6- I put together one double top and a crib top with my charms and the ones from swaps. the crib quilt is on my machine to be quilted this week. I participated in all the swaps this year, I think, well three for sure. Its been great and thank you

  3. Carrie says:

    1. Carrie
    2. St. Charles, MO, USA
    3. 2.5” newbie
    4. I’d like to start with a throw.
    Thank you for helping us newbies get started. I look forward to being able to swap the next time.

  4. Umm-Yara says:

    1- Kristin.
    2- Boras, Sweden.
    3- Yes Int’l. (I’d love to swap with someone from Canada – Pretty please with sugar on top! 😀
    4- 2 inches.
    5- 10 matching sets
    6- —
    7- I have started sewing together all the pieces from July’s swap – and I’m loving it! Thank you so much Mary for going through all of this again for all of us!

    • While special requests don’t always work out, I suspect that Canada can be arranged. We usually get several people from Canada in the swaps!

      Hey, Umm-Yara, the Swedish half of my ancestry came from Smaland in the late 1800’s, pretty close to you!

  5. debbymc says:

    1. Debby
    2. Montgomery, TX, USA
    3. No Int’l
    4. 2 1/2 inches
    5. 3 matching sets
    6. 1 newbie set
    7. In Process: Twin quilt, 2 1/2 in squares, nine patch, civil war color scheme

  6. Allison says:

    1. Allison
    2. NH, USA
    3. yes, int’l
    4. 2.5″
    5. 9 matching sets
    6. no
    7. I’m still working on a 90″ square PST for my Dad. All my charms from the last two swaps are already sewn into it, but I still have a long way to go – I need to get moving if it is going to be a Christmas gift like originally planned! thanks for arranging these swaps, Mary! I couldn’t make a quilt like this from my stash alone!

  7. I’m requesting some newbie squares.
    1. Alice
    2. Wisconsin, USA
    3. 2.5″ charms
    4. I’ve started collecting but don’t have nearly enough different fabrics to equal 100.
    5. I’d like to make at least a lap quilt or twin size bed quilt.
    I enjoy the gift of quilting as it came at a dark time when I really needed to focus on something I had never before attempted. Thanks for doing this!

  8. ijrich50 says:

    1- Ida
    2- El Paso, TX, USA.
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- two and a half inches.
    5- 8 matching sets
    6- two Newbie gifts. I was a Newbie last time and so appreciate the start!
    7- my first PSQ and I have actually started sewing it together!

  9. Sheri Rhodes says:

    1- Sheri
    2- Rhome, Texas
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- 1.5″ AND 2.5″
    5- 12 matching sets of 1.5″ AND 12 matching sets of 2.5″
    6- 1.5″ newbie gift and 1.5″ newbie gift
    7- This is my second swap with CuriousQuilter. I’m super excited about it and thank you for organizing it.

  10. 1- Linda
    2- Coralville, IA USA
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- two inches.
    5- 5 matching sets
    6- two Newbie gifts.
    7- still working on my first PSQ, I have 44 of 56 blocks done!

  11. Judy Purman says:

    St. Paul, MN
    yes International
    2 inch squares
    3 matching sets
    0 newbie gifts this time 😦
    I am busy sewing my 2 inch charms. Not sure when to stop! When is a top done??!! Also doing a tumbler block charm at the same time only doing all the piecing my hand.

  12. Denise says:

    2.Melbourne, Australia
    4.1.5 inch squares
    5.12 matching sets
    6.2 newbie sets
    7.Still working on my PSQ

  13. twistedquilter says:

    1. Beverly
    2. Michigan, USA
    3. All International, if possible
    4. 2.5″
    5. 3 matching sets
    6. 1 newbie (1.5″)
    7. My Fall/Winter project is to start working on my postage stamp quilt. Just can’t seem to decide on a pattern…I love them all!

  14. Melissa says:

    1. Melissa Duran
    2. Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
    3. No intl
    4. 2.5 inch charms
    5. I have two Matching sets to swap
    6. zero newbie sets
    7.My sister and I just started each collecting for our PSQ. The two matching sets is our combined efforts so we would be willing to receive two matching sets from one individual (save on postage?) one for me and one for her.

  15. Hilachas says:

    1- Irene
    2- El Paso, TX, USA.
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- two and a half inches.
    5- 12 matching sets
    6- two Newbie gifts. I started out as a newbie and that really helped.
    7- My second round of swapping and I have actually started sewing charms together now.

  16. 1. Barb
    2. Prince George, B.C. Canada
    3. Yes – Int’l (hello Sweden!)
    4. 2″
    5. 2 matching sets
    6. 40 newbie sets
    7. I wasn’t going to exchange, just give away to Newbies, but our Swedish friend is in need, and there may be someone else who wants to trade Canadian, so I won’t be selfish in my drive to give and get rid of scraps istead of trading and getting more back!

  17. Sharon Bass says:

    1. Sharon
    2. Auburn…AL…USA
    3. Yes international
    4. 2.5 inches
    5. 4 matching sets
    6. 0 newbies this time
    7. Completed an American flag top using red cream and blue. Now trying to make a much larger throw using all colors.

  18. 1- Rene’
    2- Glendale, AZ, USA.
    3- Yes Int’l
    4- two inches
    5- 12 matching sets
    6- not this time
    7- starting to work on some projects finally……

    Thanks Mary!

  19. Miyavi says:

    I’m requesting newbie gifts..
    1. Miyavi
    2. Malaysia
    3. 2″
    4. I making a 2″ charms baby quilt. I’m new to quilting. Thank you 🙂

  20. 1. Bunny
    2. Roggen, CO USA
    3. No
    4. 2.5
    5. 12 matching
    6. 5 newbie gifts
    7. I have 3 projects I am working on. I have PSQ that I’m working on. I’ve done a scrappy triple irish chain and I’m going to start a “Film At Five” pattern with my squares

  21. Carolyn Mullins says:

    1 Carolyn
    2 Daniels, WV
    3 No
    4 2″
    5 12 Matching
    6 1
    7 Hope to put these many squares together this winter

  22. Brenda Houston says:

    1.Brenda H.
    2.Columbia Falls, MT USA
    3. Yes to International
    4. 2.5 inches.
    5.12 matching sets.
    6. 2 newbie gifts
    7.I participated in last swap, and must say, I am now addicted too. Started sewing as soon as the little gems arrived. Have alot to go, but, I have been teaching my sons girlfriend to quilt, and she is addicted now too! Thank you for your efforts!!!!

  23. Barbara Kibler says:

    1- Barb
    2- Ypsilanti MI, USA.
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- 2.5″ inches.
    5- 12 unique sets
    6- two Newbie gifts.
    7- my third PSQ, I have 3 completed projects and working on my 4th which is a lap quilt for Christmas for a friend. thanks Mary for the addiction! 🙂

  24. Betty Grove says:

    1. Betty
    2. Aurora, CO, USA
    3. Yes to international, I’ve made two lifelong friends through this swap.
    4. 2.5 inch charms
    5. 3 unique sets, two matching sets
    6. Can do one NEWBIE
    7. So far all I’ve done is play with them, arrange and then re-arrange. Once the queen size wedding quilt is finished then I will have time to actually sew the beautiful little charms.

  25. D J Matulewicz says:

    D J
    Broken Arrow, OK USA
    Yes to Int’l
    12 sets (2 Unique, 10 Matching)
    10 Newbie sets
    Nearing completion of my first PSQ, just need to finish the drop all the way around! See Mary’s Flickr page for my progress pics!
    Thank you, Mary & Barb, you both ROCK!

    • D J Matulewicz says:

      All sets packed up & ready for addresses! Have instructed backup (daughter) to mail them out, just in case I get “redirected”.

  26. Phyllis Davis says:

    1. Phyllis
    2. Beckley, WV USA
    3. Yes, International
    4. 2 inch charms
    5.12 matching sets
    6. 1 newbie gift
    7. Still in planning stage; have had both time and machine problems; hope to start sewing by the time the first snow flies.

  27. merrymaybee says:

    1. Merry
    2. St Francis, MN USA
    3. yes, int’l
    4. 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″
    5. 1 Unique set in each size
    6. 0 Newbies
    7. Last swap, I discovered this site only 2 hours after sign-ups closed! I have several projects I want to make. I might start out with a tote to see how it goes. I LOVE scrappy quilting. Now every time I cut fabric for a project, I cut up squares for this swap right along with the pieces I need.

  28. 1. Patricia F McL.
    2. Lakehills TX
    3. No, international
    4. 2 inch charms.
    5. 4 MATCHING sets of 100 charms
    7. This is my 3rd swap & I have begun sewing my sets together for my kingsize PSQ.

  29. merrie says:

    1- Mary.
    2- Akron, MI
    3- no, int’l
    4- 2″
    5- 5 unique sets and 7 matching sets
    6- 12 2.5″ newbie gift sets
    7- i have made several PSQ’s but these will all go to finish my quilt which started out to be a throw…..probably twin size….made of blocks of a color…the light backgrounds will be used for the border….almost done…what fun this has been!!!!

  30. Tina Coplan says:

    1- Tina
    2- Terre Haute, IN, USA.
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- two inches.
    5- 6 matching sets
    This is my first PSQ swap and I am very excited to get started. I didn’t have enough fabrics to make up the 100 last round so I’ve been working hard to get these sets together for this round of swapping. My plan is to make the “Film at Five” design quilt that I saw on this blog. With mostly 5×5 patches I think it’s doable for a first timer working with such small pieces.

  31. Brooke says:

    1- Brooke
    2- Barnes City, IA
    3- Yes, International
    4- Two inch squares
    5- Four matching sets
    6- One newbie gift
    7- I have pieced twelve squares, 64 charms each, with no duplicates. Still collecting to make a full size quilt, hopefully with no duplicates 🙂

  32. Cathy says:

    2-East Peoria IL
    3-Yes Int’l
    4- 2 inch
    5-12 matching sets and 12 unique
    6- no newbie
    7- I have been working like crazy sorting and sewing. Got my granddaughter helping so makes it fun! Would love to make a “Film at Five” one next. Thanks Mary for all you do! I have really enjoyed this!!

    • Cathy says:

      I always seem to get mixed up with the UNIQUE sets. I dont think I will do those this time. Just the 12 matching.

    • Cathy says:

      I am in 7 different quilt groups and some of them do “garage sales” to get rid of some stuff in their sewing rooms. So guess who gets all the left overs that dont sell? I make lots of charity quilts and for some reason I can always manage to save a strip off of a fat quarter. So tonight I ended up with close to 100 more fat quarters 🙂 from yet another “garage sale” Bring on the swapping!

      • Tina Coplan says:

        Wow, I am in awe! I would feel like a kid in the candy store to look at such a variety of fabrics to choose from! I’ve had to collect fabrics for 3 months just to participate in this swap. I think it will be totally worth it though to have the variety in a quilt when it’s complete. I hope there’s a spot to see the quilts that everyone creates from these darling little pieces. 🙂

  33. Alicat99 says:

    1) Molly
    2) Rowlett, TX USA
    3) No to international
    4) 2″
    5) 3 matching sets
    6) No newbie gifts
    7) Planning on an around the world style quilt broken up by several white border strips. Slowly accumulating enough to make a start with!

  34. Kathy says:

    1) Kathy
    2) Florissant, MO USA
    3) Yes – Int’l
    4) 2.5″
    5) 7 matching sets
    6) No newbie gifts this time
    7) I collecting for a king size quilt. I’m getting ready to start sewing some squares together in the next few weeks.

  35. Mandy Weaver says:

    1. Mandy
    2. Princeton, Texas, USA
    3. Yes
    4. 2.5 inches
    5. 4 MATCHING sets
    7. I am sewing together for a king size quilt. This is my 4th swap and I love it! thanks Mary for getting us all together!

  36. Iris says:

    1. Iris
    2. Koeln, Germany
    3. Yes, international
    4. 1.5 inches
    5. eight matching sets
    I actually started sewing my first PSQ. I enjoyed the July swap so much, and now I am ready for a new round.

  37. rutigt says:

    1. Gun
    2. Alunda, Sweden
    3. Yes, international
    4. 2 inches
    5. 4 matching sets
    6. Sorry, no newbie gift this time
    7. I´ve sewn my squares together two by two. I´m doing a rainbowquilt, so I´m waiting for all my squares first.
    I´m still waiting for a package from the julyswap. I´ve emailed the lady, but now I´ve lost her emailaddress (My PC crashed).

  38. Donna DuMouchel says:

    1- Donna
    2- Hemet, CA, USA.
    3- No Int’l.
    4- two inches.
    5- 10 matching sets
    6- no Newbie gifts.
    7- queen-size, first few blocks are pictured on Flickr page

  39. GA Quilter says:

    3-No Intl.
    4-2 inches
    5-5 unique sets
    6-no newbie gifts
    7-Film at five

  40. kimr says:

    1- Kim
    2- CT, USA
    3- No Int’l.
    4- two inches.
    5- 4 matching sets (with company coming-I am going to have to go with what I have cut now.)
    6- no Newbie gifts.
    7- I am still collecting charms and ideas. We are in the middle of a bathroom remodel-which included gutting our hall closet–so my “design bed” is our closet right now! Needless to say,the charms are put away.

  41. Samantha says:

    1. Samantha
    2. Pottsville, NSW, Australia
    3. Yes to International
    4. 2 inches and 1.5 inches
    5. 12 matching sets of each
    6. no newbie sets this time sorry
    7. Had a false start with my 1.5″ (wasn’t happy with the seams joining up well enough) so I have started english paper piecing it now…on to block 4. Great fun to do in front of the idiot box! Still collecting for my 2″.

  42. 1.Evelyn G
    2.Weston, Idaho
    3. Yes, International
    4. 2″
    5. 10 matching sets
    6. 2 newbie sets
    7. My first quilt top will be finished this week and I have already started the second. There are so many ideas in my head for little charms.

  43. sjtwxgirl123 says:

    1. Amy M
    2. San Angelo, TX
    3. Yes, international
    4. 2.5″
    5. 10 matching sets
    6. 1 newbie set
    7. I like to cut charm square sets for this, so the fabrics this time will be completely different from last time, but will probably follow a theme or two. I have about 6 16-square sets sewn together from the last swap for a charm bed quilt. The hardest part was “randomizing” the squares for each 16-square set.

    • sjtwxgirl123 says:

      Should have been more clear on that last comment…I buy packs of 5-inch and10-inch squares from Keepsake quilting, which do not have pinked edges, so they cut up into 2.5″ squares nicely.

      • The 5″ sets would give you 4 two-inch charms each, so you would have 4 repeats in one quilt (Unless you use only one and swap three sets away!) But the 10″ pieces give you lots of each fabric – makes it hard to randomize. Please both the 5 and 10 inch sets are often very coordinated, so they never seem as random.

        Both help build stashes though, and help you build sets to swap or share as well!

      • sjtwxgirl123 says:

        Yes, that is why I have so many sets to swap 🙂 I get together 100 different 10 inch squares mixed from 4-5 different sets different sets (usually about 42 large squares to a set) and cut them into 12 pieces…10 to swap, one for me, and an extra for newbie or organizer gift 🙂

  44. Narelle says:

    1. Narelle C
    2. Queensland, Australia
    3. YES to International
    4. 2.5″ charms
    5. 3 matching sets
    6. Sorry, not this time
    7. I’ve sketched out a plan using 12 blocks of 100 charms (3 x 4) with sashings. I have 3 completed blocks and have sewn the remaining charms into pairs so far.

  45. Stacey Kibler says:

    1. Stacey K
    2.Darien, WI USA
    3. Yes International
    5.9 Almost Matching Sets 🙂 (First time swapping yayyy!)
    6.0 Sorry 😦 Maybe next time?
    7.I finished my first PSQ, a small lap blanket, Now I’m going to work on a bigger Quilt with them, I’d love to wrap myself in it many many times!

  46. Melissa says:

    2.Ferris Texas USA
    3.No foreign countries please.
    4.What size charms you want to swap, 2 inches.
    5. 12 MATCHING sets of 100
    6. one NEWBIE GIFTS to share.
    7.Progress since the last swap on a queen sized quilt. I would be happy to help with anything you need in the swap. Just let me know what I can do. Thanks for all your efforts.

    • Melissa says:

      I am going full addiction here, I bought a 2″ square die cutter for my accuquilt yesterday! (cuts 6 squares at a time) Next swap I’ll be going to town! Is it too late to change my seletion to 2 newbie gifts? I think I’ll get my cutter in the mail in time to cut more.

      • Two newbie gifts it is!

        I am curious as to how much waste you get when cutting charms on your Accuquilt. Please share!

        I always layer my scrap fabrics when I cut squares. With a sharp rotary blade and a steady hand, I can cut out 8 layers at a time, and churn out tons. That way each set of layers is matched, and set to be added to piles until I reach 100 in each!

      • Melissa says:

        There is some precutting of the fabric involved to get “ready” to use the die cutter. You can cut up to 8 layers at a time. With this particular die you could get your squares cut with very little waste. Some of the other dies create quite a bit of waste depending on the shape. I am not sure I will gain much quantity in my cutting. I was striving for more accuracy. My previous method was to cut 2 inch strips and then subcut the strip into the 2 inch square. Yes, you can crank out quite a few at a time!! I’ll use the method you suggest in the future to stack 8 different fabrics then set aside in groups. That will eliminate alot of my “handling” and counting. Thanks!

  47. Bonnie says:

    1. Bonnie
    2. Old Station, CA USA
    3. Yes, International
    4. 1.5″ stamps
    5. 6 matching sets
    6. one NEWBIE gift — never heard if my last newbie got hers. I sent some for her kids, too.
    7. This is my second PSQ swap & I love it. I will be starting on a PSQ this winter when life slows down around my family. Thanks for doing this swap. You do an awesome job!!

  48. jgp60 says:

    1. Janice
    2. Tauranga, BOP, New Zealand
    3. 2.5″ please (newbie gift)
    4. I’m not sure yet, maybe a baby or cot quilt for the grandkids when they come along. I just heard about Postage Stamp Quilts for the first time today and have been checking out some of the links for inspiration. Suggestions welcome! I’m a beginner, working on my first quilt (queen-size) at the moment so need to get that done before starting anything new. Thanks, this is a great idea! I look forward to having enough fabric to swap sometime in the future. 🙂

    • merrie says:

      a thought for you since you are just learning about PSQs…use your little charms for a leader/ender while you are working on your queen size quilt…sew them in pairs…it goes so fast and when you finish your queen size you will have a good start on your PS quilt…just a thought…

      • jgp60 says:

        Thanks Merrie, I will keep this in mind. I haven’t done any chain piecing yet and had to Google ‘leaders and enders’ but I know what you mean now!

  49. 1. Mary
    2. Zumbrota MN, USA
    3. yes to international
    4. 2.5 inch
    5. 12 matching sets
    6. 3 newbie gifts, 2.5 inch
    7. one twin PSQ quilt done, 2nd top almost done and this swap will find me doing something different – window valances! Thanks Mary & Barb!!

  50. Saskia Mehlhorn says:

    1. Saskia
    2. Sugar Land, TX
    3. 2.5
    4. I would love to make colorful place-mats. My first quilting projects ever were mug rugs (thanks to your great instructions, Mary!), and now I’d like to move on to a slightly bigger project.
    Thanks for the great idea of a newbie gift!

  51. Helen says:

    How often do you have these PS swaps? I would like to participate in one but I don’t think I have enough fabric yet.

    • In 2012, we have had four swaps, the last one running right now in October. By popular demand, there will be one or two swaps again next year. The dates for those are not yet set, but will be posted on The Curious Quilter when they are.

      There will be other Postage Stamp Quilt Charm Swap options coming up as well, so stay tuned. – Mary

    • Tina Coplan says:

      Helen, I was in the same boat last swap. I spent the past 3 months “collecting”. Every time I went to the fabric store I’d pick out more, sometimes from the bins that they put small amounts of fabric in and sometimes just getting an 1/8 yard to build the stash with. Keep collecting, it won’t take long. If the Curious Quilter allows such things and is willing to swap our email addresses, I’d be happy to swap a smaller amount for you to get you going!

      • During swaps, the exchange of names is not allowed (sorry, it is confusing enough to manage the swap as it is.)

        I frequently pick up an 1/8 of a yard of something, especially colors I am NOT drawn to, to increase my variety. Cheap thrills! But with novelties, I start at 1/4 yard, so I have room to fussy cut.

  52. kazkitty says:

    1. Jenni
    2. Bristol, CT USA
    3. 2.5″
    4. I’ve always wanted to make a PSQ! I’m new to quilting, so thank you for the opportunity to collect squares. 😀 I can’t wait to collect enough fabric so I can swap the next round. I want to make a pretty throw quilt to cuddle under.

  53. Evelyn H. says:

    1. Evelyn
    2. Los Angeles, CA, USA
    3. Would love international swap.
    4. 1.5″
    5. Six (6) matching sets
    6. I can do two newbie gifts.
    7. Still working on my first quilt. I think I have enough blocks for a lap-size. 🙂

  54. 1- Caryl
    2- Austin, TX USA
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- 1 1/2 inch
    5- 3 unique sets
    6- two Newbie gifts.
    7- I’ve accumulated LOTS of squares, but haven’t done much piecing yet. I have pieced 3 other tops this summer.

  55. Aldina Craig says:

    Coffs Harbour
    Yes happy to swap to other countries
    2 inch charms
    7 Matching sets
    Hope to have enough for my first PSQ

  56. Katie says:

    1- Katie
    2- MB, CANADA
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- 2.5″
    5- two matching sets
    7- I am using the 2.5 inch charms to make an english paper pieced hexagon charm quilt. Although, I have started to save 1.5″ fabric squares to make something with one day!

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  58. 1. Janet.
    2.Carcross, Yukon Territory, Canada.
    4. 2.5 inch and 2 inch.
    5. Two matching sets of 2.5 inch and two matching sets of 2 inch.
    6. Two (2 inch).
    7. I am making my 2 inch squares into blocks of 10 squares by 10 squares. I am just starting to gather 2.5 inch squares.

  59. Alison Nevin says:

    1. Alison
    2. Cincinnati, Ohio
    3. Yes
    4. 2.5 inches
    5. 4 Matching sets
    6. 2 newbies 2.5″
    7. I’m starting on the PSQ quilt, very slowly 🙂

  60. Nelda Copsey says:

    2.Springfield, OR
    3. 2.5, or 1.5 inches.
    4.I have jut started collecting PSQ and have seen a quilt that is using both 1.5 and 2.5 sq. I hope to make at least a lap quilt to snugle in while reading during the winter.

  61. Denise says:

    1. Denise
    2. Cary, NC USA.
    3. Yes – Int’l
    4. 2 inch charms.
    5. 12 MATCHING sets
    6. 4
    7. This is my first PSQ. Planning to make a lap quilt.

  62. 1.Marilu
    2. Dowagiac, Mich. USA
    3. yes Int’l
    4. 2.5 inch charms
    5. 12 matching sets
    6. 2 newbe’s
    7. This my first PSQ. going on a retreat and will sew it there.

  63. Sharon Jones says:

    1. Sharon
    2. Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia
    3. Yes international
    4. 2 inch charms
    5. 12 sets UNIQUE charms.
    6. 6 NEWBIE GIFTS.
    7. This is my first PSQ – very excited as I love scrap quits, aiming for a queen size bed quilt.

    • Sharon Jones says:

      OOps – I have read the rules again and I am sure I have matching sets not unique – sorry about that, Though some sets are entirely different from the other sets.

      • Sharon Jones says:

        charms all ready to be posted. so excited about this.
        Mary could you please send me an email to make sure that my email address is working (January something went odd and no emails came through, technology does my head in lol) many thanks.
        definitely have twelve matching sets and six newbie sets.

      • email sent, hope it reaches you

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  65. Lori says:

    1. Lori
    2. Emmetsburg, Iowa
    3. Yes to international
    4. 2.5 inch charms
    5. 8 sets of matching charms
    6. 1 newbie gift
    7. I’ve been cutting 2 1/2 inch charm squares off and on for years. I want to finally start sewing them.

  66. Rockgranny says:

    1. Stanislava
    2. Croatia
    3. Yes international
    4.2,5 ” charms
    5. 12 matching sets
    6. I’ve finished top of my first PSQ , hope to make another by the end of the year

  67. Sophie Brown says:

    1. Sophie – I’m a NEWBIE!
    2. Cody, WY USA
    3. 2.5
    4. I’d like to make a throw sized PSQ to keep me warm at my children’s sporting events. 🙂

  68. Roberta says:

    i thought i had joined but i can not find my entry
    1. Roberta
    2. Louisiana
    3yes to international
    4. 2.5 inch charms
    5. i have 8 sets cut from 200 fabrics so i could trade 2 to a person 4 times?
    6. no newbie at this time
    .7 i really want to move this from the UFO to the top of the bed!

  69. Astrid says:

    – Astrid
    – Mauritius (Indian Ocean)
    – Yes to International
    – 2 inch and 2.5 inch
    – 8 matching sets of each size
    – 4 newbie gifts of each size
    – I’ve had two birthday quilts and several smaller projects on my ‘to do’ list this year so I haven’t had time working on the charms. Hope I can start putting them together before Christmas…

  70. JLVerde says:

    Newbie request:

    1. Jen
    2. Pittsburgh, PA
    3. 2.5 inch
    4. I may use a few to make some more reversible patchwork drawstring bags (for christmas gift wrapping!) but most will be used to start my very first quilt. (I’m so excited to dig through my very modest scrap pile and cut up some charms in hopes of being a swapper next time).


  71. Janice says:

    2.Ridgecrest, Ca. U.S.A.
    4. 2 inch
    5. 12 matching sets

  72. Regina says:

    I am new to patchwork and I don’t have 100 fabrics to swap so I would like to have a newbie gift please:
    1. Regina
    2. Koln, Germany
    3. 2.5 inch
    4. I thought of making a pillow case but who knows, maybe something bigger? This newbie gift is a great idea, thank you Mary. I hope I can swap one day.

  73. Cynthia says:

    Cynthia – I am a newbie!
    Indiana, USA
    1.5 inches
    I have always wanted to make a Granny Squares quilt and, as a matter of fact, just ran upstairs to grab my pattern from the American Patchwork and Quilting magazine of October, 2010 so I could see what size to order. Just this week I sat down to start organizing the bits and pieces of fabric I save and begin to cut it up so finding this group was some kind of confirmation I am on the right track :).

  74. Charlotte says:

    1. Charlotte
    2. Newnan,Ga USA
    3. Yes int’l
    4. 2.5″
    5. 4 matching sets
    6. Working on collecting charms now. I promise I’ll start sewing soon 🙂

    Thanks for all your hard work!

  75. Yvonne says:

    1. Yvonne
    2. NSW Australia
    3. Yes International
    4. 2″
    5. 12 matching sets
    6. 4 newbie gifts
    7. I’ve almost finished a “Fading Charms” quilt with 2 rounds to go. For my next PSQ project I’d like to do “Film at Five”

  76. Amanda says:

    1. Amanda
    2. Waterford ON, Canada
    3. 2.5 inch
    4. I would love to be able to make a postage stamp quilt…..once I have enough charms!

  77. 1. Genevieve
    2. Elberta, AL 36530 USA
    3. Are you willing to swap with people in other countries? No thank you.
    4. What size charms you want to swap, 2.5, 2 or 1.5 inches? I would like to swap 1.5 in and 2.5 in charms.
    5. How many UNIQUE sets or MATCHING sets of 100 you have to swap. I have 4 sets of each size ready to go.
    6. How many NEWBIE GIFTS you have to share. I have one set of newbie gifts ready to go.
    7. I plan on making several postage stamp quilts. I have many squares sewn.

  78. Ann Testroet says:

    1. Ann
    2. Seattle, WA
    3. Yes to international swapping
    4. 2 inch squares
    5. One set
    6. no newbies
    7. An working on a PSQ (kind of slowly though, I have many projects in the works!)

  79. Kelly Baker says:

    2. Winston-Salem, NC, USA
    3. Yes, I will swap with International swappers
    4. 1.5″ Squares
    5. I have 12 matching sets
    6. Sorry, I do not have any for this swap
    7. I wish I had found this swap earlier. I have participated in 2 postage stamp swaps from the Quilting Board, but missed the last one. I don’t have a huge supply of stamps yet, maybe 2000-3000, and I need a lot more. I am planning on making a quilt using bright colors, but I will take anything, and save the ones I don’t use for this quilt for another one.

  80. Nina Talbrant says:

    1- Nina, Bettybus.
    2- Boraas, Sweden.
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- Two inches (2 and 2½ inch for newbie)
    5- Four matching sets + four matching sets and three unique sets
    6- Two Newbie gifts with 2 inch, one Newbie set with 2½ inch.
    7- This is my second swap, have started now sewing blocks together ramdomly and now I’ve come up with eight blocks (8*8 squares) and my addiction is growing. As soon as something will be ready, I’ll show it at “Flickr”.

    I must send you Mary and Barbara a lot of warm thoughts for doing this for us all. I met 10 warm-hearted swappers in July-swap and some of them even added lovely letters in the parcel which I read over and over again.

  81. Shani says:

    1. Shani
    2. Salem, NH USA
    3. 2.5” newbie
    4. I’ve always wanted to make a PSQ.
    Thank you for providing an opportunity to get started. I hope to swap next time.

  82. Theresa says:

    My daughter just signed up and told me about the swap….we are both quilting newbies:) and love to quilt together. I would love to participate as well…
    1. Theresa
    2. Waterford ON, Canada
    3. 2.5 inch squares
    4. Postage stamp throw quilt for the couch!!

  83. becky meclock says:

    1- becky
    2- Farmersville, Tx. USA
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- two and a half inches.
    5- four matching sets,
    6-no newbie gifts.
    7- king size quilt

  84. Diane says:

    I would love to receive a Newbie Gift
    1. Diane Dugan
    2. Nobleton, Ontario, Canada
    3. 2 1/2 inches
    4. I would love to try a little mosaic quilt

  85. Julie Clarke says:

    1. Julie Clarke
    2. Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
    3. International OK
    4. 2 inch.
    5. 2 matching sets
    6. 1 newbie gift 2 inches.
    7. Used quite a few charms in a quilt I had underway that used 2 inch charms.

  86. ajonkarl says:

    2.Phoenix, Arizona USA
    3. 2.5
    4.There are so many patterns in the Moda Bake Shop, that I haven’t made a decision yet.
    A first time for my friend and I – thought the newbie gift will jump start our quilt making and we can start cutting squares for the next swap as we add to our stash.

  87. ajonkarl says:

    Would like to join but my computer is in being fixed. Using my friends computer, She can give you my email address and mail address if needed.
    2. Phoenix, Arizona USA
    3. 2.5
    4. I love scrappy quilts, have made several strippy/jelly roll quilts, ready to try something new with squares and strips.

  88. 1. Connie
    2. Boise, ID USA
    3. Yes, international is OK.
    4. 2″ charms
    5. 12 MATCHING sets of 100 (all of my sets are mostly the same)
    6. No newbie sets, sorry.
    7. I haven’t started sewing any sets together yet because I want to mix them up a bit more (I don’t have many sets!) but with this swap I can see a sew date in my future!

  89. Mary says:

    1. Mary
    2 . Bellingham, WA. USA
    3. 2.5
    4. I would love to try a rainbow scrappy postage stamp lap quilt.

  90. Nancy Smith says:

    Would like to join the newbie swap.
    1. Nancy
    2. Pittsburgh, PA USA
    3. 2 in squares
    4. Begin a postage stamp quilt–love scrappy quilts.

  91. 1- Carolyn
    2- Lanoka Harbor, NJ USA.
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- 2.5 inch
    5- two matching sets
    6- no newbie gifts
    7- My second postage stamp swap. I just completed a quilt with 936 – 2.5 inch squares and 225 unique fabrics all out of my stash. I am using my swap postage stamp swap fabrics to make up blocks for now to be put together later.

  92. sewfrench says:

    Just in the nick of time!

    1. Lori
    2. Grand Rapids, MI USA
    3. Yes, international, please!
    4. 2.5″
    5. 2 unique, 2 matching
    6. 2 sets. Possibly more.
    7. Scrappy quilts are my life, LOL!

  93. 1) Elizabeth
    2) Green Cove Springs, Florida
    3) national only this time
    4) 2.5 inch
    5) 12 matching sets
    6) 2 newbies
    7) making 36 square blocks for several quilts – all from the last swap are sewn into blocks!

  94. Vena Stevens says:

    1. Vena
    2. St. Charles, MO USA
    3. Yes International
    4. 2 inch
    5. 12 matching sets
    6. three 1.5 inch newbie gifts
    7. This is my second swap with CuriousQuilter. I have 20 squares done for my 1.5″ psq. Each square has 64 stamps. I hope to finish it at about 64″ X 72″ I will start a psq with 2″ squares next. I am planning on taking a picture of the 20 finished squares on my design board. I will post the pic if I can figure out how to do it. Thank you Curious Quilter!

  95. Wendy says:

    So Sad I missed this swap this time around, October went by in a blink and I am finally just getting caught up. Hope everyone is enjoying their little treasure “Stamps”

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