- Mug rugs are popular, and a cute way to use up scraps or try a miniature version of a block.
- Pincushions, the ever useful (and another great way to use up scraps), and really, can one really have too many pincushions?
- Name tags. You can swap names ahead of time and make one for someone else.
- Bag. This is one our guild is doing right now.
- Sewing space sign. I haven’t actually seen this one out there, but I think it would be fun to make little hanging signs (for door or wall) announcing this space as a quilter’s work area. (e.g., “quilter at work, enter at own risk”).
- Challenge fabric project: guild could buy some yardage of a challenge fabric, and all guild members get a fat quarter (or charm square or something) and do a project with it.
- Gift bag – make a bag meant to hold a present, swap, and then we all have a nice homemade gift bag to use for someone else!
- Ugliest fat quarter (could always follow up with a project challenge to use it in a project and swap again).
- One yard of fabric (divided up any way you like or not at all).
- Fabric scraps (some predetermined weight or baggie full).
- Charm swaps, bring 5” or 6” square pieces of fabric, and take home the same number. Thanks to the Triad Modern Quilt Guild for this great idea!
- Favorite color fabric swap. Each person picks their favorite color, everyone trades names at one meeting (with the favorite color) and then get that person a small bundle of fat quarters with that color as the focal color. If you are feeling feisty, you could also do the opposite, and give a bundle of least favorite color (can’t we all benefit from broadening our creative base?).
So there it is, the beginnings of a swap list. Happy swapping!