and eventually to this....
The book and artist that started it all! "Fabric designer and quilter Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts invites quilters everywhere to enjoy the fun, creativity and camaraderie of her new friendship fabric exchange idea--trading fabric strips. Share from your own stash or use precut fabric strips such as Jelly Rolls and Honey Buns. Edyta tells you how to plan a successful fabric strip exchange, so go ahead and start your exchange with friends, through shops, a guild or on a retreat, just keep in mind that the more people, the more variety of fabrics and the more the merrier! Edyta has created a simple strip panel technique and designed 18 gorgeous quilted projects......Hundreds of step by step technique photos, diagrams and illustrations for creating strip panels and fusible applique. You'll want to make every quilt in this book."
20 of us..........Leisha, Lauri, Renee, Sandra, Susan, Barbara, Debbie, Jeanenne, Caroline, Penny, Julia, LaReen, Kim, Joleene, Shelli, Nola, Pam, Valerie, Kristin, and Jen. We all traded 1 1/4" x WOF strips. We went with that width so that we could use Jelly Rolls. As you can see in top photo, each member brought 10 different strips for each member. YES that is 190 strips we cut to trade and another 10 for ourselves. But wait untill you see the collection of strips! It was like Christmas or a birthday. We were so excited.
We had some wonderful soups and dips! This first meeting was a day to evening event to accommodate everyone's busy schedules. Ladies dropped in when they could and about a dozen of us stayed to sew.
My first attempt. This was a little difficult at first.........I was trying to match prints and colors. HA. Forget that. Just select random prints and let those colors "sing" as Edyta says. Penny also suggested to cut each strip in half at the 2022" mark and sew shorter blocks. That way you can create more variety in your blocks. Another plus is that you will have less wave.
I am sorry I didn't get pictures of everyone that was there. Jeanenne was there earlier in the day sewing her Hearts Hearts Hearts Quilt. Heather was there working on her half square pinwheel quilt as well. Next time I will remember to get some better pictures and permission from everyone to print them here on our blog! I didn't use pictures of the ladies today because I didn't get permission first. Also, I have some great pictures of us busy teaching and sharing with each other, but someone is always bending over. Haha. We will print no unflattering pictures.
SO, when are you starting your sewing group? We are going to meet once a month! That is doable! Get the ladies in your area together. It is so fun. And we can keep those Quilting Bee traditions alive.