My First Ever…

Charm Swap(s)

I recently discovered another quilting blog… Ellison Lane Quilts.  As I was reading older posts, I discovered that she was hosting a Charm Swap.  Having never participated in a swap, I was interested and excited to find out more, but it was already closed.  (Insert sad face here.)

I subscribed to Jennifer’s blog, and within a couple of days, she posted about another swap hosted by another blogger – Lorelei at Midnight Maker.  I hightailed it over to Midnight Maker, took a look around, liked what I saw, joined her blog and signed up for her swap.  Then I thought to myself, it would be nice to be able to do a few different things with these charms I’m going to be getting….maybe I’ll sign up to take 2 spots.  As soon as Lorelei opened her 2nd swap group, I took a spot in that one also!

The fabrics I chose for the swaps: Fox Trails Camping Toss Blue (Riley Blake Designs) for Swap #1 and 5 Funky Monkeys Red Counting Monkeys (Erin Michaels for Moda) for Swap #2.

I found the Fox Trails fabric while searching for new project fabrics last week, and thought I’d really like to make a quilt with these fun fabrics for our camper.  After looking at patterns and trying to draw something up myself, I decided that although I really like the fabric, I don’t think I’m going to make myself something with it this time around.  But I wanted to have at least a little piece of it, so I decided to use it for the swap.

The Funky Monkey fabric is a no-brainer if you’re a reader of my blog.  I love me some Funky Monkeys!

I ordered my fabric last night and I’m excited for them to come in.  But I’ll be honest – I’m not looking forward to cutting 56 charm squares from each of the fabrics!

I’ve been checking out the Flickr groups and I must say that I’m a wee bit excited about the swap and receiving my fabrics!

I’d like to think that I’ll get started on something right away, but I know myself, and I know that I should REALLY finish clipping seams on The Blue One’s flannel monkey rag quilt, then I should REALLY sew the binding onto the Sock Monkey Quilt, then I should REALLY sew the binding onto the first ever quilt top I made (over 8 years ago – gasp!).  I’m a project starter, not always a project finisher – can you tell?

I guess I’d better get to it…


About msminnesota

I'm a wife, mom of two (one blue, one pink), and I work full time. Our family loves to camp, and we're often on mini adventures during the summer. My fall/winter/spring/rainy day hobby is quilting. I started about 10 years ago, then put everything away when The Blue One was born. A few years ago a good friend decided to take up this 'hobby' and I've been back at it ever since. She's my partner in crime (A.K.A. 'the enabler'). I have no aspirations of becoming a quilt designer - I'm just not that good at geometry (I rely on my math major/computer programmer husband to help with piecing backs at times!). This little blog is my way of chronicling my quilting adventures. Occasionally I post about non-quilting things as well. Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to say HI! IG: wannabequilter
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