March Madness 2013! Postage Stamp Charm Swap Begins

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?

Here we go again! The March 2013 Postage Stamp Quilt Fabric Charm Swap begins today. You can sign up to swap, or request a Newbie Gift, anytime between March 15-22, 2013. 3/26/2013: This swap is now closed. Come back in October! Read on to learn more!

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. Returning swappers, I am glad to have you back. If you are a new swapper, I encourage you to review all the rules below carefully. You can find inspiration in the Postage Stamp Quilt pages on the menu bar above.

© CQ PSQ Flickr Photo SamplerYes, I am repeating my words from previous swaps, but there are new swappers out there too, so bear with me please. 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 shared. Be sure to put your collections and progress shots up on our Flickr pages! We have lots of photos, and there are a couple of really fun variations shown.

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 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 seven 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.

Special note about newbie gifts. Many previous Newbie Gift Donors do not want to do it anymore because their Newbie Partners never acknowledged receiving their gift. Some common courtesy is absolutely required. Your donor makes the effort to cut and pack your charms, and pays the postage to get them to you. Let them know when the package arrives!

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!

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:

Before 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 March 2013 swap, you are limited to swapping 12 charm sets in each size that you select.

Charm Size Comparison - stitchedYou 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. I will be getting those emails off as fast as I can, but please do not worry if you do not hear before March 31! (Remember, I have a job and write two blogs, so it takes me a little while to pull it all together.) 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 March 15-22, 2013, NOTE: Extended to 3/25/2013, 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- Nothing with PSQ this year. Truly! All I seem to do lately is organize swaps and not sew, and I have UFO’s cluttering every surface of my sewing room, my guest room…you get the picture!

If you swapped in the other swaps last 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! 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 me. I am not trying to be controlling, REALLY, just trying to keep it fair.

NEWBIE QUILTERS! Are you requesting a NEWBIE SET? Read those rules below. To actually sign up, any time between March 15-22, 2013, NOTE: Extended to 3/25/2013,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 MUST GET 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 the October Swap this year! When you GET your gifts, remember to send your donor an email letting them know it arrived safely. (I simply cannot stress that enough!)

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 from 2012 BARB K., had 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. recycle or freecyle! Check online for local free-cycle sites, Craigslist, 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!!
Needle and thread line copyright The Curious Quilter at WordPress dot comHere is the SWAP sign up model, repeated so you can copy, paste, and change to share your own info:

Any time between March 15-22, 2013, NOTE: Extended to 3/25/2013, 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!

Newbie request? Please scroll up for your sign up directions.Needle and thread line copyright The Curious Quilter at WordPress dot comMarch Madness, Postage Stamp Charm Swap Begins© 2013 by The Curious Quilter, thecuriousquilter.net, maryeoriginals.com. All rights reserved.

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133 Responses to March Madness 2013! Postage Stamp Charm Swap Begins

  1. Kelly says:

    1.Kelly
    2.Winston-Salem, NC, USA
    3.Yes, I will swap with International swappers
    4.1.5″ charms
    5.12 matching sets
    6.I can share 2 sets (matching)
    7.I have 2 blocks (100 charms each) sewn together and still have a ways to go, but loving how it looks so far.

  2. karen richardson says:

    I’d love to make a postage stamp quilt! I am a newbie only making quilts from squares but usually use a 5 inch finished square. I think this is where I order a newbie gift? Karen, Deltona, FL I’d like a 2 inch or 2.5 inch square, I think the small ones would be too hard.

  3. debbymc says:

    1. Debby
    2. Texas, USA
    3. No Int’l
    4. 2 1/2 inches
    5. 10 matching sets
    6. 3 matching newbie sets

  4. Debbie S. says:

    1. Debbie
    2. Arlington, TX
    3. yes
    4. 2″ charms
    5. 12 matching sets ready to go
    6. 0
    7. make a quilt

  5. Carrie says:

    1. Carrie
    2. St. Charles, MO, USA
    3. Yes International!
    4. 2 1/2 inches
    5. 10 matching sets
    6. none this time
    7. Thank you again to those who donated a newbie set to me during the last swap. I am starting off with a throw.

  6. JLVerde says:

    1. Jenny
    2. Pittsburgh, PA USA
    3. Yes to international (would love a mix)
    4. 2.5 inch
    5. 4 uniques AND 4 matching
    6. no newbie (maybe next time)
    7. I was a newbie last time and am excited to swap. I’ve been cutting sewing, and swapping with online friends on swapbot. I even shared your swap with an online friend and she’s excited to join, too. Thanks for doing this.

  7. 1. Beverly
    2. Pontiac, MI
    3. Definitely, International
    4. 2.5″
    5. 4 unique
    6. 1 newbie 1.5″
    7 .Quilt

  8. Pam Losely says:

    1.Pam
    2.Culpeper VA USA
    3.Yes international
    4.2.5
    5.4 unique
    6.1 newbie
    7.I just made a diamond quilt top where each diamond is a different color and the outline is all one color to give unity to the top. I will post when finished. I have made a Mondo Bag and am
    going to make another one as a gift. Great bag!

  9. I’m a newby quilter.
    1. Patricia
    2. Houston, TX
    3. 2″
    4. These quilts are fascinating to me. I don’t have much stash, so this is a great way to get started on a postage stamp quilt. Thank you for arranging this.

  10. Marianne says:

    1. Marianne
    2. Florida, USA
    3. Yes to international (not all though!)
    4. 2.5 inches
    5. 6 matching sets
    6. 0
    7. no progress on sewing, still collecting and working on other projects

  11. Nina Talbrant says:

    1- Nina.
    2- Boraas, Sweden.
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- 2 inches and 2½ inches.
    5- 10 matching sets of 2 inches, 2 matching sets of 2½inches.
    6- 4 Newbie gifts of 2 inches, 4 Newbie gifts of 2½ inches.
    7- I´m halfway trough a big PSQ, have sewed 2000 pieces together since october 2012 and now need some more pieces to be able to continue. But I already have a new plan for next project, a plain indoor jacket with body of small pieces mixed with bigger solid fabric and arms made of solid fabric. I don’t mind swap with same persons again if it’s okay for them.

  12. rutigt says:

    1. Gun
    2. Sweden
    3. Yes, international
    4. 2 inches
    5. 4 matching
    6. 1 newbie
    7. I´m about to start quilting my rainbowquilt, 2 inches charm squares. I also sewing a quilt with 1.5 inches squares. The rainbow have 1 dublicate, the 1.5 inches quilt has a lot of the same fabrics!

  13. maramooo says:

    Sadly I don’t have enough squares to sign up for a swap but I’d love a newbie gift…
    1. Marama
    2. Italy
    3. 2 inch
    4. I’m making a quilt with paper pieced, hand sewn hexagons. It’s going to be a long term project!

  14. Nelda Copsey says:

    1. Nelda
    2. Springfield, OR
    3. 2.5
    4. Because life got in the way I am now getting back into quilting after 17ys hiatus. I am having to rebuild up my stash and this would be a good start for me to get working on PS lap quilt.

    Thank you

  15. Angela Bacon says:

    1. Angela
    2. Grande prairie, Alberta, Canada
    3. Yes international
    4. 2″
    5. 12 matching sets
    6. 3 newbie gifts
    7. I’m making a couch quilt to match the chair psq 🙂

  16. 1. Merry
    2. St Francis, MN, USA
    3. Yes, Intl, but won’t be disapointed if i don’t get any Intl
    4. I will be swapping all the sizes
    5. All of my sets are unique. 1 set 1-1/2″, 1 set 2″, 3 sets 2-1/2″
    6. I have 1 1-1/2″ set and 1 2″ set for Newbie gifts.
    7. I want to make a throw for my LR sofa

  17. Carolynn McQuat says:

    1. Carolynn
    2. Fordyce, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
    3. Yes international
    4. 2″
    5. 2 matching sets
    6. none this time but next time I will be more organised!
    7. Going to (hopefully) make a couple of floor cushions for my 4 year old boy/girl twins for their reading corner 🙂

  18. Ann Testroet says:

    1. Ann
    2. Seattle, WA, USA
    3. Yes, international
    4. 2 inches
    5. one set
    6. no newbie sets
    7. I’m working on a quilt

  19. Denise says:

    1.Denise
    2.Melbourne,Australia
    3.Yes
    4.1.5 inches
    5.10 matching sets
    6.1 newbie
    7.Making slow progress on my k.s? quilt- may have to rethink this at a later date

  20. Mimi
    Bratislava, Slovakia
    Yes, International
    2 inches
    2 unique sets: one of them once, the other 3 times (4 sets altogether)
    None, sorry. I´m a newbie myself. I´ll do my best next time.
    I´m quite new in patchwork, so far just collecting charms and getting ideas from others; but hope to start soon.

  21. 1. Bunny Eisele
    2. Laporte, CO
    3. No international
    4. 2.5″
    5. 12 sets uniques
    6. unfortunately no newbies this time
    7. I’ve made a couple of tops using my squares and continue to look for patterns where I can use them

  22. Karen says:

    1. Karen
    2 Herndon, Va
    3. yes, int’l
    4. 2″
    5. 2 matched sets
    6. no newbies this go around
    7. still collecting for a lap quilt

  23. Tara M Canning says:

    1 Tara.
    2. Syracuse, NY, USA.
    3 Requesting NEWBIE- 4 sets 2.5, inch charms.
    Excited.First time making a quilt. Size depending (with embroidery maybe), I love color, pattern and design.Love your rainbow and watercolor quilts.

  24. Lee says:

    1. Lee (repeat swapper)
    2. Calgary, AB Canada
    3. Yes International
    4. 2.5″ charms
    5. 3 matching sets
    6. no to newbie gift 😦
    7. I am in the process of quilting a single sized postage stamp quilt using all the charms I received last year in the swaps. If I can tear myself away from the computer this morning I bet I can get the ‘stamps’ finished.
    8. Thank you for putting together another swap. I was so looking forward to this.

  25. Melissa Williamson says:

    1. Melissa.
    2.Ferris, Texas USA
    3. No international
    4.2 inch charms.
    5.10 (somewhat) MATCHING sets of 100
    6. 3 NEWBIE GIFTS to share.
    7. Still working on my full sized quilt. I have 16 12×12 squares right now. I am doing this as my leader ender project. I think I’m over half way there!! I plan on using some sashing so it won’t be solid 2″ squares on the lay out. I don’t mind repeat swappers. Thank you again for arraging this, again!

  26. Samantha says:

    1. Samantha
    2. NSW, AUSTRALIA
    3. Yes to international
    4. 2″ charms
    5. 10 matching sets
    6. 3 newbie gifts to share (2″)
    7. Plodding away at a 2″ one and a 1.5″ one too! Still, this has certainly been the BEST fun I’ve had making a quilt!

    • Oh, Sam, how fun to hear that! Are you doing a random selection for charm layout, or do you have a pattern you are using?

      • Samantha says:

        The 2″ is random, the 1.5″ is random but has every second charm the same neutral fabric. And I’m not going to say anything about the .5″ scrappy hexagon one I’m making with all the scraps!

  27. Nancy says:

    1. Nancy
    2. Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    3. International–total of 4
    4. 1.5″, 2″ and 2.5″ charms
    5. 1.5″–12 matching sets
    2″–12 matching sets
    2.5″–12 matching sets
    6. Newbie gifts–1.5″–2 matching sets and 2″–2 matching sets
    7. Collecting charms for a quilt.

  28. Judy M says:

    1 Judy M
    2 Comox, BC, Canada
    3 I am willing to swap with people in the United States
    4 I want to swap 1.5 inches charms.
    5 I have 4 MATCHING sets of 100 to swap.
    6 I have no Newbie gifts to share.
    7 I have enough squares to make a queen sized quilt but won’t be sewing it together till next winter. I have two other large projects to finish first.

  29. jgp60 says:

    1. Janice
    2. Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
    3. Prefer international
    4. 2.5″ charms please
    5. 3 matching sets of 100 to swap
    6. Just one newbie gift this time – 2″ charms. I was a newbie last time and really appreciated receiving the gifts – thanks!
    7. I found a quilt pattern I really like recently, so will start sewing blocks together when I have enough of each colour.

  30. AJ says:

    1. AJ
    2. Bryan, TX
    3. I’m willing to do international
    4. I’m swapping 2.5, 2, and 1.5 squares.
    5. 2.5 – 10 matching (ish) sets, 2 – 10 matching (ish) sets, 1.5 – 10 matching (ish) sets
    6. I’ll do 2 newbie gifts for 2.5, 2 newbie gifts for 2, 2 newbie gifts for 1.5
    7. I’m making quilts! yay quilts! I am using a personal pattern for the 2, Royal Squares for 2.5, and the 100-patch pattern for the 1.5

    • Thanks for your email as well, AJ! I am glad to hear that life has settled down for you, and you are enjoying the PSQ quilts so much.

      • AJ says:

        Oh and Mary, one other thing. I think I am going to have to drop the 2.5 down to 5 sets. I’ve been doing more swap-bot swaps recently with those and I don’t want to run out in a pinch. 🙂 I’m still ten sets for each of the other ones!

      • AJ says:

        Also, I’m game for swapping with the same people for the 2.5″ swap. I’m almost finished with my first quilt in that size!

  31. Marilu Franks says:

    1.Marilu
    2. Dowagiac, Mich.
    3. will do international
    4.swapping 2.5″
    5. will exchange 12 sets
    6. two newbie gifts
    7. I have started a charm quilt for my bed with the last exchange

  32. Sharon Bass says:

    1. Sharon
    2. Auburn, AL USA
    3. Yes international
    4. 2.5″
    5. 3 matching sets
    6. No newbie gifts this time around
    7. I’ making a king size quilt. Between this, my friends, my own stash, and swapbot I’ve almost collected what I need.

  33. Judy Purman says:

    1. Judy
    2. St. Paul, MN, USA
    3. yes, willing to swap internationally
    4. 2″ and 1 1/2 inch squares
    5. 3 matching sets of 2 inch squares
    3 matching sets of 1 1/2 inch squares
    6. zero newbie gifts
    7. I have made great progress on piecing a top – it will end up being about a queen size!
    thank you Mary for doing this swap again 🙂

  34. Susie says:

    Another newby here!

    1. Susie
    2. Sydney, Australia
    3. 1.5″ please
    4. Since finding this site at Christmas I am completely obsessed with making a colourwash PSQ! I have managed to gather only 50-60 fabrics so far but look forwards to being able to swap next round.

    Thank you SO much for the opportunity and the generosity of those offering newby sets. 🙂

  35. 1. Patricia Faye
    2. Lake Hills TX USA
    3. No international
    4. 2 inch charms.
    5. 4 MATCHING sets of 100 2 inch charms to swap.
    6 2 NEWBIE GIFTS to share.
    7. This is my 3rd swap. I’ve completed 1 kingsize quilt & have a queen size in the works. They are quite addictive.
    Mary, thank you for hosting this swap again. This is so MUCH FUN!

  36. Bonnie Jourdan says:

    1. Bonnie
    2. Old Station, CA USA
    3. Yes to International
    4. 1.5″ & 2.5″
    5. 6 matching sets of each size
    6. 1 Newbie of the 1.5″
    7. Starting my 1.5″ ps quilt since I finally have enough to get a running start on it. Planning on a king size.

  37. 1. Frances
    2. Elm City NC USA
    3.YES
    4.2.5, 2, and 1.5
    5.2.5 – 12 matching (ish) sets, 2 – 12matching (ish) sets, 1.5 – 12matching (ish) sets
    6. not this time
    7. I’m making postage stamp quilts in each size

  38. Astrid says:

    1. Astrid
    2. Mauritius – Indian Ocean
    3. Yes to Int’l
    4. 2 and 2.5 inch
    5. 3 matching sets each size
    6. 3 newbie gifts – each sizes
    7. so far I have done nothing to the charms, but I do hope for some progress this year… can’t just collect them – LOL!

  39. Karen says:

    1. Karen
    2. Huntington Beach, CA USA
    3. No International
    4. 2″
    5. 4 matching sets
    6. 1 Newbie set of 2″ to share
    7. Making progress on sewing 4-patches

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  41. 1. Jen
    2. Freeport, PA, USA
    3. Yes to Int’l
    4. 2-inch squares
    5. 4 matching sets
    6. 1 newbie of 2″ squares
    7. Twin-sized quilt(s).

  42. Cathy Kieser says:

    1. Cathy
    2. East Peoria, IL USA
    3. Not this time
    4. 1.5 and 2 in
    5. 12 matching sets for each size
    6. Not this time
    7. Love these little charms, still working on my first quilt with them. Will do a twin size first and thank you gals for all your work on this, I just love it!

  43. Sheri Rhodes says:

    1. Sheri Rhodes
    2. Rhome, Texas
    3. yes to international
    4. 1.5″ AND 2.5″
    5. 12 – 2.5″ matching AND 12 – 1.5″ matching
    6. 1 newbie gift for 2.5″ AND 1 newbie gift for 1.5″
    7. I am still very much in the collecting stage. I have started sewing leaders/enders of 1.5″ colored and neutral squares for a quilt called Crab Apple. I’m excited to do this swap again.

  44. Rene Trahan says:

    1- Rene’
    2- Waddell, AZ, USA.
    3- Yes Int’l
    4- 2″ inches
    5- 12 matching sets
    6- not this time
    7- Making baby steps in sewing squares together. We moved at the beginning of the year from Glendale to Waddell, which was time consuming all by itself. Now, we have a garden in full progress, two baby horses and 13 chickens….added to working full time!

  45. 1- Linda
    2- Coralville, IA
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- two inches.
    5- five matching sets
    6- two Newbie gifts.
    7- I have one queen size top almost into a flimsy! The next design will be more coordinated, I hope!!!

  46. Iris says:

    1. Iris
    2. Koeln, Germany
    3. Yes, international
    4. 1.5 inches
    5. 10 matching sets
    6. No, sorry
    7. Still working on my first PSQ. I cut new charms – repeat swappers are welcome.

  47. Another NEWBIE here!

    Marie
    Inverell, NSW, Australia
    I am collecting 2 inch charms
    I have about 25 different 2 inch charms cut and am really looking forward to this wonderful gesture from the wonderful people who help us newbies along! Exciting!!

  48. Barbara Keener says:

    Barbara
    Conyers, Ga
    I would like 2.5″ charms
    I plan on making a baby quilt or maybe a lap size depending on what I receive. I haven’t been quilting long so have little to no stash but I am saving everything hoping to be able to swap next time.

  49. whitney s says:

    1. Whitney
    2. Maine, USA
    3. Yes to international (not all international though please)
    4. 2.5 inches
    5. 8 matching sets
    6. 0
    7. I want to make a king size postage stamp quilt. I have about a twin size one done now.

  50. Sharon Jones says:

    1, Sharon
    2. Cloncurry, QLD, Australia
    3. Yes to International
    4, 2 inch
    5. 12 matching sets
    6. Five Newbie sets
    7. Still not commenced sewing, will do so shortly, aiming for a large Queen Size

  51. Hello from a newbie quilter! I’d love to receive a newbie set 🙂 Here is my information:

    1. Sharon
    2. Middletown, OH, USA
    3. 2.5 inches
    4. I am new to quilting, but I absolutely love it! I love the scrappiness and randomness of the postage stamp quilts and want to start one when I get a little more “stash”… Look forward to being a swapper in October!

  52. MamaMay says:

    I would love a newbie set!

    Elizabeth May
    Fort Riley, Kansas, USA
    I am collecting 2.5 squares!
    I am making my first ever quilt.

  53. Carolyn says:

    1- Carolyn
    2- Lanoka Harbor, NJ, USA.
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- 2.5″.
    5- two matching sets
    6- one Newbie gift
    7- I just finishes a PSQ tote for a friend and a baby quilt with my little charms.

  54. Denise Allmond says:

    1. Denise
    2. Cary, NC. USA
    3. Yes, International
    4. 2″ charms
    5. 12 sets
    6. 2 NEWBIE GIFTS
    7. I’m planning to make a lap quilt and to start it this summer.

  55. Kim Cole says:

    Hi, newbie set pretty please!
    1. Kim
    2. Jacksonville, FL , USA
    3. 1.5″
    4. I’m king size quilt for my bed

  56. Deanna says:

    Newbie Quilter:
    1. Deanna
    2. Chesapeake, VA. USA
    3. 2″ charms
    4. I’d love to make an i-spy quilt for my kids to enjoy!

  57. Helen Willis says:

    1. Helen
    2. Loudon, Tennessee, USA
    3. No International
    4. two inch squares
    5. five matching sets
    6. sorry no newbie gifts this year
    7. I have started a hand-pieced charm quilt using Cindy Blackberg’s thimble stamp. I use 2″ squares to stamp the thimble block.

  58. Wendy says:

    Wendy
    Lake Villa IL USA
    YES
    1.5″, 2″
    1.5″ 6 Matching sets 6 Unique Sets; 2″ 4 Matching Sets
    1 Newbie gift set for each 1.5″ and 2″
    Cutting ferociously and preparing for a queen size quilt.

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  60. Pam says:

    1. Pam @ Hip to be a Square
    2. Atlanta, GA, USA
    3. No (post office near me closed!)
    4. 2″ charms
    5. I have 3 matching sets
    6. I can share 2 newbie gifts
    7. I use my charms are leaders and enders, and am ultimately piecing them into a rainbow patch postage stamp quilt.

  61. Jeanne says:

    Newbie
    1. Jeanne
    2. Conyers, Georgia, USA
    3. 2.5″
    4. I am hoping to swap enough to make a 76″ X 76″ quilt. I’ll be ready to trade in the fall.

  62. Laura says:

    Hello everyone.

    I’m a Newbie! New sewing machine and never made a quilt before. I’ve always had a desire to make one. I have quilts made by my grandmother and would like to hand down quilts I make to my daughter.

    1. Laura
    2. Justin, TX
    3. 2.5″ set preferred
    4. Current project is to cut squares.

    So many patterns. So many ideas. So little time!

  63. Debi gneckow says:

    Newbie please
    1. Debi
    2. Riverside, Ca
    3. 2 inch
    4. I would love to make the quilt you are showing as example above. This sounds so much fun. Hoping to join in swap next time.

  64. 1. Terry
    2. Russellville, SC, USA
    3. Yes
    4. 2″
    5. 5 matching 2 unique
    6. 2 newbie sets,
    Working on a PSQ for my mom! Hoping to get more unique ones! I think I may need 800 more to finish!

  65. 1 Ada
    2 NL Canada
    3 Yes ( Not USA] I have a lots from USA now. Would like more from other Countries please
    if it is not to much trouble
    4 2″ International and 1.5″ from Canada
    5 5 matching sets of 2″ and 2 matching sets 1.5″
    6 4 newbies (2) 2″ and (2) 1.5″
    7 I am making 10″ squares from each set I get and would like to get from different countries.
    I will write on each square where they came from.
    I am using the interfacing grid to sew mine. It is a breeze doing them that way.

  66. Molly Stovall says:

    1 Molly
    2 Rowlett, TX, USA
    3 No international swaps
    4 2″ charms
    5 three matching sets
    6 No newbie gifts
    7 Have been sewing together 10 x 10 blocks of each color family (blues/greens/yellow) and will eventually make a color block quilt sashed with white or black. Each of the stamp blocks will have 100 unique fabrics.

  67. Peggy Malone says:

    1. Peg
    2. Slaton,Texas,USA
    3. 2.5 inch charms
    4. I have never made a quilt with 2.5 in squares and I want to find a great pattern to use them in. It will be wonderful to see what kind of prints and colors come from where.

  68. Peggy Malone says:

    I am sorry, I did not say that I want to exchange with 4 people and exchange the 2.5 in blocks.

  69. Sheila Davidson says:

    1- Sheila D
    2- Demorest, GA. ,USA.
    3- Yes Int’l.
    4- two inches.
    5- seven unique sets (already cut and ready to mail)
    6- no newbie gifts
    7- Return swapper, still working on PSQ started last year. It has a total of 7000 squares in it (all different) and needless to say I still don’t have enough yet. I’ll be glad when I finally get it done.

  70. 1- Kristin H
    2- Borås, Sweden
    3- Yes Int’l 😀
    4- 2″
    5- only 2 matching sets this time
    6- no
    7- This is my 3rd time swapping, but I haven’t had time to cut any new squares so it’ll be the same fabrics that I’ve swapped before. I have lots of 8 patch blocks now, but haven’t decided yet whether I’ll turn them into a king size quilt or a throw for our sofa 🙂
    Thank you so much for doing this for all of us – yet again!!

  71. Jo Goldsmith says:

    I am new to quilting and would love a newbie gift. I’m currently making my first quilt, at a local sewing class, but would love to make a PSQ.
    1. Jo
    2. Birmingham, UK
    3. I haven’t got anything to swap
    4. 2.5 inches please

  72. Alex says:

    1. Alex
    2. Perth, Western Australia, Australia
    3. Yes to international
    4. 2.5″ squares
    5. 3 x matching sets
    6.not this time
    7. Just found your website today. I absolutely love your quilts & want to make my own. Not swapping much this time because of the short notice but intend to be better organised next time. I have lots of fabric to share, just not a lot of time for cutting it up at the moment.

  73. Claire McWilliams says:

    I’d love a newbie set! I just discovered PSQs and want to make one for my teen daughter.
    1. Claire
    2. Rhode Island, USA
    3. 2.5 inch squares please
    4. I am hoping to find inspiration for the PSQS on this website!

  74. Rachel W says:

    I would very much like to sign up as a Newbie this time with high hopes of participating in the next swap. Here is my info:
    1. Rachel
    2. North Augusta, SC, USA
    3. 2” charm squares
    4. Your PSC quilt at the top of this post is my inspiration. I would be thrilled to just have a wall hanging or lap quilt out of charms. With the help from other generous quilters perhaps I can get started, with plans to participate in the swap next time around.

  75. barbara Kibler says:

    1. Barbara
    2. Ypsilanti MI USA
    3. yes international
    4. 2.5
    5. 10 matching sets
    6. 4 newbie gifts
    7. I have been busy making Christmas gift and shower gifts. Finished 2 lap quilts for Christmas and 1 baby quilt (not with little tiny squares). I will post them on the flicker acct soon.

    Nice to see lots of familiar names and lots of newbies!
    Thanks Mary for planning another round for us!

  76. Janet says:

    Janet
    Carcross, Yukon Territory, Canada.
    YES
    2.5 inch
    Three unique sets
    Two NEWBIE GIFTS (2 inch charms)
    I’m making blocks 10 by 10 with the 2 inchers I have collected. Not sure yet what I will do with the 2.5 ones.

    Thanks for the extension – I almost missed it.

  77. Judy Bowers says:

    1. Judy
    2. Washington state, USA
    3. 1 each of 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″
    4. each unique
    5. no newbie sets’
    6. several scrap quilts using all sizes

  78. 1. Connie
    2. Boise, ID
    3. International – not this time
    4. 2″ charms
    5. 12 UNIQUE sets
    6. One NEWBIE GIFT!

    I’ve participated in the last 2 swaps and LOVE how the blocks come out! I’ve only made 3 so far, but I show them to everyone I can! I’m even going to try to get the new quilters from my recent quilt class to start!

  79. raeleen Gladwell says:

    Hi, I’m a newbie- never swapped before and this is my first ever reply anywhere!
    1.Raeleen
    2.Suffolk, UK
    3.2.5 in
    4. Would love to be able to swap in the future and eventually make a quilt.

  80. Jeannie says:

    1. Jeannie
    2. Garretson, SD, USA
    3. Yes to international
    4. 2″ charms
    5. 4 Unique sets
    6. 2 Newbie sets
    7. This is my first time to swap and my first postage stamp quilt!

  81. carol Viens says:

    Hello, I am a newbie and would love to receive a newbie gift!!! I just started quilting and I am hooked!!!! (sometimes I just go to my sewing room and “touch” what little bit of fabric I have!)
    1. Carol
    2. Newport, VT
    3. 2.5 inch
    4. I would love to make a PSQ!
    I hope to participate in the next swap!

  82. Sheri Wonderling says:

    I would also like to be a newbie for the October Swap if possible, Not sure how to go about it.
    1. Sheri
    2. Leeper PA
    3. 2.0
    4. I would love to make a PSQ my original plan was to actually do one out of 1.5″ Squares but i admit I am scared…:(

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