I am getting ready to try my first ever quilt block swap. I’m doing the Polaroid Block Swap since I really like the block, and since the swap is beginner friendly and doesn’t require a huge commitment. The idea is to follow the tutorial by capitolaQuilter to make a bunch of blocks that look like Polaroid pictures. Then you send them in and get different ones back. It’s really neat since you can make a bunch with the same fabric, but when they come back, they will all be unique.
I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to do with the blocks yet. I have a few ideas. I was thinking about making a twin size quilt where they look like they are randomly scattered. I’ve also thought about making a small wall hanging for the room that is to become my quilting room. Maybe I’ll make a table runner? They could also be cute on pillows. I have so many ideas for them, and I can’t decide which would be the best.
I didn’t have any KONA white, and it’s important for everyone to use the same brand in a swap so that the whites all look the same. Since I couldn’t start sewing, I got a head start on fussy cutting the 2 1/2″ squares for the centers of the blocks. I had the idea to cut “windows” out of a granola bar box to help me with the fussy cutting. I cut 2 1/2″ squares out of the box, and then I cut 2″ squares out of the centers of the larger squares. That lets me visually figure out the best way to cut the pieces. It shows me what I will see in the finished square, and it shows me the space required for the seam allowances so I don’t get them too close together. I’m sure I’m not the first person to have thought of the idea, but I was really happy to come up with it since it’s been so helpful.
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My white fabric came today, and I am thrilled to get started with sewing the blocks. I can’t wait to have a few of them done. I’m especially excited since I didn’t expect to get the fabric until at least the middle of next week. I ordered it from the Fat Quarter Shop, and I am pleasantly surprised at how great their processing time is. I will definitely be visiting them again.